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

 


Visitor expenditure increases again

28 April 2004 Media Statement

Visitor expenditure increases again

International visitors injected $6.4 billion into the New Zealand economy in 2003—an impressive 3.9 per cent increase on 2002’s record figures, and a continuation of tourism’s strong growth trend.

Tourism Minister Mark Burton says he is “absolutely delighted” with the figures, which were released today by the Ministry of Tourism.

“In a year where the tourism sector faced such major world-wide challenges as SARS, global conflict, and terrorism, as well as significant changes to our exchange rate, New Zealand has emerged as an international success story. Very few nations will have seen positive growth in either visitor numbers or expenditure in 2003. We achieved both.

“Our tourism industry’s success is built on strong, cross-sector relationships and innovative, world-class marketing solutions. In 1999, the government began to work closely with the industry to develop the New Zealand Tourism Strategy 2010—a plan for building a sustainable tourism industry that strikes a balance between managing the impacts of tourism on our unique nation and maximising its obvious economic benefits.

“During this same period, Tourism New Zealand developed the multi-award winning 100% Pure New Zealand campaign and refined our target customer to maximise impact.

“Our strong partnerships with the sector have enabled us to respond to world events in a collaborative and coordinated way, as well as to act quickly and efficiently to leverage off The Lord of the Rings and, more recently, Whale Rider, to raise international awareness of New Zealand as a premiere destination. And, as today’s survey illustrates, our strategy is working.

“Visitor arrival figures for March 2004 show an increase of over nine per cent on 2003. Latest accommodation figures show a three per cent increase on guest nights for February 2004, with nine out of twelve regions registering more guest nights than in 2003.

“For the first time ever, the Australian market has exceeded $1 billion, reaching $1.18 billion, up 26% from 2002. Overall, the 2003 figures show a near doubling of the 1998 spending level.

“It’s clear that tourism continues to be a winner for New Zealand—I congratulate the entire sector for this outstanding success.” For further information, please see www.trcnz.govt.nz. Visitor numbers and accommodation figures are available on www.stats.govt.nz.

ENDS


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

Scoop Images:
Dame Patsy Reddy Sworn In As Governor-General

This morning Dame Patsy Reddy was sworn in as the New Zealand Realm’s 21st Governor-General. The ceremony began with a pōwhiri to welcome Dame Patsy and her husband Sir David Gascoigne to Parliament. More>>

ALSO:

Ruataniwha: DOC, Hawke's Bay Council Developer Take Supreme Court Appeal

The Department of Conservation and Hawke's Bay Regional Investment Company (HBRIC) are appealing to the Supreme Court over a conservation land swap which the Court of Appeal halted. More>>

ALSO:

With NZ's Marama Davidson: Women’s Flotilla Leaves Sicily – Heading For Gaza

Women representing 13 countries spanning five continents began their journey yesterday on Zaytouna-Oliva to the shores of Gaza, which has been under blockade since 2007. On board are a Nobel Peace Laureate, three parliamentarians, a decorated US diplomat, journalists, an Olympic athlete, and a physician. A list of the women with their background can be found here. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On The Key Style Of Crisis Management

At Monday’s post Cabinet press conference Key was in his finest wide- eyed “Problem? What problem?” mode. No, there wasn’t really a problem that top MPI officials had been at odds with each other over the meaning of the fisheries policy and how that policy should be pursued... More>>

ALSO:

Mt Roskill: Greens Will Not Stand In Likely Post-Goff By-Election

“The Green Party’s priority is changing the Government in 2017, and as part of that we’ve decided that we won’t stand a candidate in the probable Mt Roskill by-election... This decision shows the Memorandum of Understanding between Labour and the Green Party is working." More>>

ALSO:

Wellington: Predator Free Capital Plan

Wellington City Council (WCC), the Greater Wellington Regional Council (GWRC) and NEXT Foundation, today announced a joint collaboration to make Wellington the first Predator Free capital city in the world. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Judith Collins’ Efforts At Self Correction

Thousands of prisoners currently in prison may be entitled to an earlier release than expected – and compensation – because Corrections has incorrectly calculated their term of imprisonment. Unless of course, the government buries its mistakes by changing the law and retro-actively getting itself off the hook… More>>

ALSO:

More Justice & Corrections

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Parliament
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news