Statistics New Zealand today released new figures under the Tourism Satellite Account (TSA): 2009, reporting 1.1 per cent increase in spending to $21.7 billion in the year ended March 2009.
The report gave its credit to Kiwi holidaymakers whose spending worked well to stimulate domestic expenditure to $12.4 billion.
P&O Cruises would launch its 1800-passenger super liner, Pacific Pearl, in Auckland, New Zealand to make it ship’s home port for making its easy to travel to Australia and the pacific Islands.
Craig Harris, Chairman of Cruise NZ while confirming the move, asserted, “It is a real coup for New Zealand".
During August, the number of visitors to New Zealand dropped by 1% i. e 161,000, as compared to the figures for the same month last year.
The drop in the number of visitors from Japan, Korea and China was 39%, 34% and 29% respectively.
The average duration of stay of the visitors also dropped from 18 days to 17 days.
However, there was an increase of 12%, i. e 9600, visitors from Australia; and 7%, i. e 700, increase from the United States.
New Zealand Tourism is going to launch its $2 million tourism advertisement campaign wooing travelers who continued their traveling activities despite the global financial crisis. The campaign, dubbed as "Go All The Way," was launched by George Hickton, the Chief Executive of Tourism New Zealand, in Auckland amid trials for travelers.
A fall in spending by UK visitors to New Zealand was seen by 18.6 percent, to $826 million, in the year to June from the earlier year. On the other hand, spending by international visitors fell 2.6 percent.
The Ministry of Tourism specifies that a sum of $6 billion in the year to June was spent by international visitors.
It has appeared that Prime Minister John Key is encouraging everyone to invite their overseas-based friends and family for a visit to New Zealand - the invitation being a part of a "Great Kiwi Invite" campaign launched by Tourism New Zealand with the aim of strengthening international visitor numbers.
Mr. Key along with the Tourism Minister said: "New Zealanders are known as great travelers, and as result so many of us have connections overseas."
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