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Wellington’s Tourism Growth Needs Infrastructure

Media Release
12 February 2008

Wellington’s Tourism Growth Demands Improved Hotel and Cruise Ship Infrastructure

Strong guest accommodation data released today demonstrates that Wellington needs more accommodation space and infrastructure investment for it to meet its full potential as a tourist destination, according to the Wellington Regional Chamber of Commerce.

Statistics New Zealand figures show that December guest nights in Wellington were 10,000 higher than the same time last year. The 5% increase was the highest in the country. Wellington’s occupancy rate, at 53%, was also the second highest in the country.

“These figures show the increasing importance of tourism to the Wellington economy,” said Chamber CEO, Charles Finny.

“They also show the need for continued investment in the region’s infrastructure if this growth is to be sustained. Not just in hotels and other accommodation to meet the growing demand, but also improved transport links, tourist attractions and infrastructure generally.

“In particular, it is a timely reminder that the cruise ship infrastructure needs attention. Wellington’s cruise ship business is growing but the walk from the container wharf to the city is not a good look.

“The figures are also timely as new transport initiatives in Wellington city are being considered reinforcing the case for increased investment in both roads and passenger transport.

“Within the city, road congestion and parking problems need to be improved. In particular, we need improved links between the city and the airport.

“The Wellington tourism industry, including Positively Wellington Tourism, Tourism New Zealand, Wellington International Airport Ltd, and the Wellington City Council, must be congratulated for this performance but the figures show how much potential growth remains,” Mr Finny concluded.


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