Strong growth in Canterbury tourism

Friday, February 12, 2016

Tourism gave Canterbury’s local economy a real boost over summer.

Guest nights in Canterbury for December were up 48,000 on December the year before.

“Tourism in Canterbury is in great shape and there is a real flow-on effect to the rest of the local economy,” says Nicky Wagner.

“As well as accommodation providers, extra guest nights benefit many local businesses including food outlets and retail.

“In our local area, I have seen the positive impact of tourism growth.  Christchurch city is humming with activity and I’m excited about the year ahead.

“Last year was a busy one for the region with a long list of new attractions including the Margaret Mahy Family Playground, Night Noodle Market, and the Re:Start mall which will continue operating on its current site for the time being after its lease on Crown-owned land was extended.

 “Nationwide, guest nights were 6.2 per cent higher than the year to December 2014, representing 21 months of consecutive monthly increases.

“Tourism is supporting jobs both locally and around the country. More people are coming, they are staying longer and spending more.

“Tourism helps support our regions with 11 out of 12 having increased guest nights and over half of international tourism expenditure spent outside the three main cities.

“Last year was a big year with tourism directly contributing $10.6 billion or almost 5 per cent to GDP.

“Since 2008, the National-led Government has invested over $700 million in tourism and tourism promotion. These impressive results show it is paying off.”