Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search

 


Weekend Events Drive Strong November for Capital

Monday 10 December, 2012

Weekend Events Drive Strong November for Capital

Weekend rooms sold in Positively Wellington Tourism’s (PWT) partner hotels increased by almost 13% in November, again proving the importance of events to the city’s economy.

PWT Chief Executive David Perks says the regional tourism organisation’s monthly Hotel Monitor shows overall occupancy across November increased 2% to an average of 84.9%, with weekend rooms sold increasing 12.8%. The average dollar rate for November rose by $4.95.

“November saw back-to-back sell out concerts from Ben Harper and Mumford & Sons, followed by three consecutive weekends of major performance events at St James Theatre,” Mr Perks says. “This line-up will certainly have played a big role in November’s strong growth in weekend room sales.”

Positively Wellington Venues Chief Executive Glenys Coughlan says tickets to the Wellington exclusive of the diamond anniversary tour of The Mousetrap sold “exceptionally well”, with an estimated 28% of the audience coming from outside of the Wellington region.

Weekday growth - up 2.3% - was more modest for the month, but had finished on a high. Average occupancy was at 99.7% on the night of the world premiere of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey and 95% from Monday 26 – Thursday 29 November, Mr Perks says.

The events calendar for 2013 is already starting to look strong, with a series of big name concerts throughout the summer, Game Masters running through until April, the AFL premiership match on ANZAC Day, an Andy Warhol exhibition at Te Papa in June, an All Blacks vs Wallabies test and the fifth course of Visa Wellington On a Plate in August, and the 25th year of the World of WearableArt™ Awards Show.

Right now, though, the challenge is to crack summer, Mr Perks says.

“January in particular is a trouble spot for Wellington’s tourism industry, so we’re currently working through ideas on how to work on that in both the short and long term.”

ENDS…/

NOTES TO EDITORS

Positively Wellington Tourism (PWT)

PWT is the regional tourism organisation for Wellington. It is a council-controlled organisation primarily funded by Wellington City Council through the Downtown Levy, a targeted rate paid by commercial ratepayers in downtown Wellington.

Wellington Tourism statistics

• Visitors spend over $2600 in the Wellington region per minute - $1.4 billion every year. (Source: Ministry of Economic Development Regional Tourism Data).

• Over four million visits are made to Wellington every year: 750,000 international and over 3.4 million domestic. (Source: Ministry of Economic Development Regional Tourism Data).

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell:
On Andrew Little’s Debut, Mockingjay, And Drunk Texting

John Key’s credibility has taken a hammering this week – at least among the 50% of the electorate who have always had doubts about him on that score.

The other substantial story of the week has been about Andrew Little’s debut as Labour leader, which has received top marks, especially among the 25% of the electorate still voting Labour. According to some reports, the Labour caucus has been ‘in seventh heaven’ about Little’s success this week in taking it to the government in the House. More>>

ALSO:

 
 

Parliament Today:

Gordon Campbell: On Government Arrogance

Right now, National is ramming anti-terrorism measures through Parliament. This legislation will grant the SIS the power to carry out 48 hour bouts of surveillance on anyone without a warrant, and will bestow on government the power to unilaterally revoke anyone’s passports and thus deny them the freedom to travel. More>>

ALSO:

Glenn Inquiry: Report Offers Solutions To Family Violence

The People’s Blueprint unveiled today by Sir Owen Glenn’s independent inquiry into child abuse and domestic violence outlines a new, more cohesive and effective system for reducing New Zealand’s alarmingly high family violence rates. More>>

ALSO:

Environment Commissioner: Changing Climate And Rising Seas - Understanding The Science

A rising sea will be with us for a long time to come – one way or another we will have to adapt. But how high and how fast the water rises will be influenced by the speed at which the world – including New Zealand – reduces greenhouse gas emissions over the coming decades. More>>

ALSO:

Key Texts With Whale Oil Released: PM Can’t Be Trusted Over Dirty Politics Defence - Greens

John Key’s answers to questions about dirty politics can’t be trusted, after he was forced to admit that he had misled journalists and Parliament about contact with attack blogger Cameron Slater, said the Green Party today.. More>>

ALSO:

Temporary Release Crackdown Continues: Corrections Review Of Phillip Smith Case

“The review by Corrections’ Chief Custodial Officer reveals that the plan for Smith’s series of temporary releases was overly ambitious and misinformed. He’s a highly manipulative and deceptive person who although technically eligible, should not have been considered for temporary release." More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Regional
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news