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

 

Domestic tourism leads Auckland’s visitor growth

Domestic tourism leads Auckland’s visitor growth

Auckland’s tourism industry has experienced a strong autumn led by more Kiwis visiting the region, with domestic guest nights up 10 per cent in April compared to the same month last year.

Figures just released by Statistics New Zealand show Auckland enjoyed almost 30,000 more guest nights in April 2014 than 2013, making it the strongest April the region has ever experienced.

ATEED Chief Executive Brett O’Riley says these results follow a strong month of events and back up the organisation’s work to help grow the visitor economy.

“It is great to see Auckland welcoming more New Zealanders to the region during a traditionally quieter time of year and following a period of domestic marketing,” says Mr O’Riley.

In April Auckland hosted several major events that attracted visitors from around the country to the region, including the ITM 500 Auckland (V8 Supercars), NZ Badminton Open, NZ International Comedy Festival and the ITU World Champs Series, as well as several big-name concerts.

ATEED’s domestic marketing campaign – AKL: The Show Never Stops – was also in market in March with a specific campaign around the autumn events.

Auckland’s trend of sustained visitor growth during the summer months has continued into the shoulder season. For the year end April 2014, guest nights were up 4 per cent on the previous year with domestic guest nights up 4.8 per cent and international guest nights up 2.9 per cent.

Auckland’s international arrivals for April also saw an increase, up by 16,000 on last year, driven by an increase in holiday arrivals and people visiting friends and relatives.

Auckland’s strong start to 2014 will help to support ATEED’s work to grow the overall visitor economy, in line with the targets in its 10-year Auckland Visitor Plan.

ATEED – on behalf of Auckland Council – aims to expand the visitor economy from a $4.8 billion industry in 2012 to a $7.2 billion annually in 2021 – demonstrating growth of 50 per cent or 4.6 per cent per annum.


Ends

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On DHB Deficits And Free Trade

Currently the world is looking on aghast at the Trump administration’s plans to slash Obamacare, mainly in order to finance massive tax changes that will deliver most of their gains to the wealthy. Lives will be lost in the trade-off. Millions of Americans stand to lose access to the healthcare they need.

Spot the difference with New Zealand, where DHBs are under intense pressure to reduce deficits within a climate of chronic underfunding. More>>

 
 

Greens' Response: Slum-Like Rentals Exposed In Renting Review

“...The grim findings of the review are a wakeup call about the true state of rentals in this country. Too many renters are festering in slum-like conditions under the thumb of landlords who have largely unchecked powers and ignore tenants’ complaints when it suits them.” More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Life And Times Of Peter Dunne

The unkind might talk of sinking ships, others could be more reminded of a loaded revolver left on the desk by his Cabinet colleagues as they closed the door behind them, now that the polls in Ohariu had confirmed he was no longer of much use to National. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Labour’s Campaign Launch

One of the key motifs of Ardern’s speech was her repeated use of the phrase – “Now, what?” Cleverly, that looks like being Labour’s response to National’s ‘steady as it goes’ warning against not putting the economic ‘gains’ at risk. More>>

ALSO:

Lyndon Hood: Social Welfare, Explained

Speaking as someone who has seen better times and nowadays mostly operates by being really annoying and humiliating to deal with, I have some fellow feeling with the current system, so I’ll take this chance to set a few things straight.. More>>

ALSO:

Deregistered: Independent Board Decision On Family First

The Board considers that Family First has a purpose to promote its own particular views about marriage and the traditional family that cannot be determined to be for the public benefit in a way previously accepted as charitable... More>>

ALSO:

Transport Policies: Nats' New $10.5bn Roads Of National Significance

National is committing to the next generation of Roads of National Significance, National Party Transport Spokesperson Simon Bridges says. More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election