West Coast attracts a record number of tourists

Published on : Wednesday, March 22, 2017

west-coast-tourism-boomTourism numbers along the West Coast had exploded last month.


This includes a fresh new record at Franz Josef Glacier though there has been a six-week closure that resulted in 17,000 cancellations on the Tranz Alpine train. This train has resumed service today after the Midland Line was shut down on 7th February on account of fire damage in the high country of Canterbury.


Also, it was quite cold and wet in the initial half of February.


But then, the operators have said that the tourist arrivals have increased to a great extent thanks to international advance bookings so far. In February, at Franz Josef, the total for people who have been walking the glacier track was about 103,852. This marked a 44% jump on the existing 71,905 that was counted there in February 2016.


4th February was the busiest day ever, since nearly 6684 people had managed to turn up.


Therefore, February 2017 marks the busiest month this year. The next closest is 2006, with 96,908. Wayne Costello, who is the conservation services manager of the Department of Conservation Franz Josef said that only six January’s are there that have been quite busy all the way back to the year 1999.


The pedestrian counters on the Dolomite Point Track was quite similar to the blowholes that recorded 75,038 people as compared to 71,085 last year.


Jim Little, the chief executive of Tourism West Coast said that the growth existed though the weather was quite shocking during the summer.



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