Parliament

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

 

Upward trend in guest nights great news for touris

Upward trend in guest nights great news for tourism

Minister of Tourism Mark Burton is today welcoming the results of Statistics New Zealand’s latest accommodation survey.

The survey shows that the number of actual guest nights increased 3 percent in December 2002, when compared with December 2001. Total guest nights for the year ended December 2002 were up 7 percent on the year ended December 2001, and up 13 percent on the year ended December 2000.

But while he is pleased that the underlying trend in guest nights has been on the rise since May 1998, Mark Burton stressed that a sustainable tourism sector depends on more than just numbers.

“This ongoing increase in the numbers of guest nights certainly indicates a strong pattern of growth, both in the domestic and international tourism markets. However, New Zealand’s long-term interests are best served by striking a balance between building the obvious economic benefits of tourism and implementing effective policies to ensure sustainability.

“Tourism is a key driver of economic development in New Zealand. In 2001, our international guests injected nearly $6 billion into the New Zealand economy—a 95 percent increase since 1997—and New Zealanders enjoying domestic trips spent nearly $7 billion. Taken together, these tourism figures account for 10 percent of New Zealand’s GDP—a figure of no small significance.

“New Zealand’s tourism market is certainly booming. But neither the industry nor the Government can afford to become complacent. We must redouble our efforts to ensure that we build on our progress thus far and make tourism a genuinely sustainable industry.

“It is essential for both the industry and the Government to focus on protecting, preserving and enhancing those things that travellers want to see and share—our core environmental values and assets.

“Our challenge is to encourage all those who choose to travel throughout New Zealand—whether they are domestic visitors or international guests—to visit at different times of the year, to try a greater number of products, to stay longer, to explore a wider range of locations, and, of course, to spend more.

“To achieve this goal, the entire sector must strive to find innovative solutions to issues of sustainablility. Tourism must demonstrate the flare, originality, determination and unwavering commitment to quality that drives the creative film projects and yachting campaigns of which we are all so proud. “This Government is committed to playing its part in meeting this challenge.” Full results of the survey are available on http://www.stats.govt.nz.

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Veronika Meduna: The Kaikoura Rebuild

A Scoop Foundation Investigation

Friday will be a big day for people north of Kaikōura – and for hundreds of construction workers who are racing to reopen State Highway 1 in time for the holiday season.

By the afternoon, the South Island’s main transport corridor will be open to traffic again, more than a year after a magnitude 7.8 earthquake mangled bridges and tunnels, twisted rail tracks and buried sections of the road under massive landslides. More>>

 

BPS HYEFU WYSIWYG: Labour's Budget Plans, Families Package

“Today we are announcing the full details of the Government’s Families Package. This is paid for by rejecting National’s tax cuts and instead targeting spending at those who need it most. It will lift 88,000 children out of poverty by 2021." More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Defence Spending, Alabama, And Dolly Parton

The spending lavished on Defence projects to meet the risks that could maybe, possibly, theoretically face New Zealand in future is breath-taking, given how successive governments have been reluctant to spend even a fraction of those amounts on the nation’s actual social needs. More>>

ALSO:

Members' Bills: End Of Life Choice Bill Passes First Reading

The End of Life Choice Bill in the name of David Seymour has been sent to a select committee for consideration by 76 votes to 44. It is the third time Parliament has voted on the issue in recent decades and the first time such a Bill has made it over the first hurdle. More>>

ALSO:

State Sector: MPI Survives Defrag Of Portfolios

The Ministry for Primary Industries will not be split under the new government, but will instead serve as an overarching body for four portfolio-based entities focused on fisheries, forestry, biosecurity and food safety. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Vulnerable Kids, RNZ Funding, And Poppy

The decision to remove the word ‘vulnerable’ from the Ministry for Vulnerable Children could well mark a whole shift in approach to the care of children in need... More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

Featured InfoPages