Gisborne records $38.7 million tourist spending in February

Published on : Tuesday, March 7, 2017

GisborneThe tourism spending in Gisborne was up by 3.7% in February 2017 as compared to the same period last year thanks to the increasing influx of tourists to this region. This marks the seventh highest lift of the regions that are based around New Zealand.


Statistics indicate that a large chunk of component is being spent on transport and accommodation.


The corporate figures of Paymark portray that as much as $38.7 million was spent by tourists here during February. This company processes about 75% of all the electronic card transactions in New Zealand. This month was also quite popular in terms of cruise ships and several tourists have come ashore to spend money in the city or even in the various activities across this part of the world.


The local moteliers have also said that February has proven to be busy mainly due to overseas visitors.


Adele Swanson, the co-owner of Beachcomber motel said that they have witnessed quite a rise in offshore tourists.


Swanson has mentioned that this time, the number of tourists have been quite high, representing mainly Europeans like Germans, Swiss, English and also Asians. The tourists simple love spending time in Gisborne. The co-owner of another hotel has also observed an increase in tourist numbers.


The co-owner, Peter Martin said that these tourists were generally termed as ‘Free Independent Travellers’ or FITs who believe in organizing their own trips and do not prefer relying on travel operators or tourism agencies.


Paul Brislen, the communications manager of Paymark said that the additional day in February 2016 that was a leap year was not a part of the results.



And, had it been a part of the results, the figures would have represented more of a lift.


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