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Budget 2006: Funding to boost promotion of NZ

Hon Damien O’Connor
Minister of Tourism

Funding to boost promotion of New Zealand

Budget 2006 provides an extra $63.7 million over the next four years to enable Tourism New Zealand to undertake more promotion of the New Zealand experience to potential visitors overseas.

Tourism Minister Damien O'Connor said the funding increase cements in place Tourism New Zealand's annual expenditure of $69 million for the next four years.

The extra funding supplements previous time-limited and targeted funding that has been used to promote New Zealand overseas, and provides greater security for the industry, Mr O'Connor said.

"There is no doubt that offshore marketing helps to attract more visitors. In a competitive global tourism market it is vital we do more to ensure New Zealand remains at the forefront of the minds of potential visitors.

"Tourism has a critical role to play in expanding opportunities for New Zealanders and boosting the economies of regions across the country and it's going to become more important.

"The World Tourism Organisation predicts that a quarter of the world's tourists will visit the Asia Pacific region by 2020.

"The '100 percent Pure New Zealand' campaign shows how effective we can be. Tourism New Zealand is focused on attracting higher spending, interactive travellers who want to do more while they are here.

"Our strategy is helping to ensure the economic opportunities of tourism are maximised. And the extra $15.9 million a year will help Tourism New Zealand to expand its marketing efforts to ensure we keep telling potential visitors about the great New Zealand experience," said Damien O'Connor.

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