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Tourism now a half a billion dollar industry for Wanaka

Media release from Lake Wanaka Tourism

Tourism now a half a billion dollar industry for the Wanaka region

Wanaka, New Zealand ( August 2, 2017 ) – The latest Monthly Regional Tourism Estimates from the Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment (MBIE) shows visitor spend for the Wanaka region, now equates to half a billion dollars annually.

Visitor spend for year ending June increased 17 percent from $427 million in 2016 to $502 million in 2017, with 56 percent generated from the domestic and Australian markets.

General Manager for Lake Wanaka Tourism James Helmore said these results are really positive for the Wanaka economy as a whole.
“The tourism dollar has a broad impact for the region, with spend spread across a wide variety of sectors, from food and beverage, recreation, retail, accommodation, through to fuel, automotive and activities.”

Nationally, figures showed that spend is up 6 percent overall for year end June. For more information and a breakdown of spend for the Wanaka region click here

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The Monthly Regional Tourism Estimates (MRTEs) provide an estimate of regional monthly expenditure on tourism from both international and domestic consumers.


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