Parliament

Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search

 

Cruising To A Bright Future

The Minister of Tourism Mark Burton says new research confirms the rapidly growing importance to the New Zealand economy of the cruise ship industry.

"The economic impact this summer is expected to exceed $600 million", Mark Burton said.

McDermott Fairgray is completing a comprehensive report for Cruise New Zealand, on the economic impact of cruise ship visits. (Cruise New Zealand promotes New Zealand as a cruise ship destination and has members from Tourism New Zealand, regional tourism organisations, inbound tour operators, port companies and shipping agencies).

Headline figures from the report shows that last summer 32,227 passengers on 51 cruises came to New Zealand. The passengers and crew directly spent $91 million while they were here. Total economic activity generated by cruise ship visits was $327 million.

"These figures, while impressive, will be far exceeded this coming summer," Mark Burton said.

"Cruise New Zealand is expecting a total of 64 cruises, bringing almost 49,000 passengers to our waters. The first cruise ship is due here in late November.

"The report estimates that direct expenditure will be $171 million. However, when a cruise vessel arrives in New Zealand, it begins a long chain of economic activity that stimulates employment and profits in many sectors of the economy.

"This summer the cruise industry is expected to generate a total economic impact of $612.6 million, and support more than 3000 full time equivalent jobs.

"The partnership approach embodied in Cruise New Zealand is reaping enormous benefits," Mark Burton said. "In a similar vein, a cross-government approach has been adopted to address issues with border agencies, and regional infrastructure.

"The Government will work closely with the private sector to ensure the tremendous growth in the cruise ship industry is sustainable and that it has a positive impact right around the country."


Ends

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On The Claims About The CPTPP

As a Tufts study usefully explained, some of the basic mechanisms of the original TPP (and the CCTPP is not radically different in this respect) would – in practice – contribute to income inequality, by further tilting the existing imbalance between those reliant on profit-taking as a source of income, and those reliant on wages...

Under the original TPP deal, the Tufts team estimated, 5,000 jobs would have been lost across New Zealand. More>>

 

22/2: Earthquake Memorial Service In Christchurch

"The theme of this year's service, 'Keeping their dreams alive" helps us look back at all that we've lost with a sense of hope and aspiration for the future,'' says the Mayor. "It also helps us to recall all those who came to our rescue and those who offered support at our time of need and what that meant to us." More>>

ALSO:

Submissions Closing: Mangroves Bill 'Designed To Bypass RMA'

Forest & Bird is releasing emails which show the Mangroves Management Bill is intended to completely override the safeguards of the Resource Management Act (RMA). More>>

ALSO:

Percieved Transparency: New Zealand #1 Least Corrupt Public Sector In The World

New Zealand's public sector is ranked the least corrupt in the world, according to Transparency International's 2017 Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) released globally today. More>>

ALSO:

Reviews: Three-Year Work Programme For Education

The work programme includes the NCEA review, a review of Tomorrow’s Schools, developing a future-focused Education Workforce Strategy, a continuous focus on raising achievement for Māori and Pasifika learners, an action plan for learning support, an early learning strategic plan, a comprehensive review of school property. More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

Featured InfoPages