Wellington tourism grows rapidly

Published on : Friday, February 24, 2017

WellingtonPaul Foster-Bell, National List MP was quite thrilled at the tourism outpour of Wellington Central and its continued benefit from the rise. To quote Foster, ‘’ we have seen an increase in spending for the year to January 2017 of 3.0% in Wellington. That takes tourism spending to a total of $2.367 billion in our city. Domestic and international tourism bring welcome employment opportunities and economic prosperity to the area. Wellington is becoming a more and more highly desirable location to visit. There are many attractions and activities to discover and enjoy here. They include Te Papa, the Botanic Gardens and a thriving craft beer industry. Wellington has such variety and diversity on offer. Across New Zealand, tourists spent more than $26 billion in the year to January 2017.’’

Domestic and overseas travelers have added immense value to the life of the professional New Zealanders as tourism employed more than 180,000 people in various positions in 2016. To quote Foster, Communities around New Zealand continue to benefit from increasing tourism and higher spending. This is great news for Wellington and New Zealanders as a whole. As international visitor spending is booming, we must also invest to sustain and support this. The Government is investing in infrastructure across the board to support visitors, including $1.439 Billion towards improving Wellington roads from 2015-2018. Increasing numbers of tourists of so many different nationalities is proof that New Zealand offers a world class experience for its visitors, from near and far.”

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