Record Gisborne i-Site figures

Visitors contributing to local businesses.

Visitors contributing to local businesses.

HOLED OUT: Louie Williams has a go at the minigolf at the Gisborne i-Site yesterday, watched by Byron Williams and Michelle and Nathan Deedman. Picture by Rebecca Grunwell

GISBORNE’S “bloody good” summer continues to attract people to the city’s i-Site, with more than 91,000 visitors checking in for advice, information or a game of mini golf over the past year.

Official statistics provided by Tourism Eastland who operate the i-Site show that the number of people using the Grey Street facilities last year rose by 252 to 91,176, helped by a record month in June.

On average across the year, 3000 visited the i-Site with 10,370 attending in June. That was double the amount of visitors in any June month in the last 16 years, and equated to an average of 346 people a day going through the i-Site doors over the month.

Tourism Eastland president David Sly said most months had experienced a steady increase in visitor numbers.

“The general feeling is that it has been bloody good. Talking to the motelliers, their forward bookings are looking really good. They are quietly confident that it’s going to be a very good season and that could even follow through into the winter.”

Mr Sly said there had also been an increase in the number of cruise passengers coming ashore this summer, with passenger feedback very positive for the city.

“The comments that we have been getting have been pretty good.”

The voluntary cruise ambassadors who helped passengers find their way around were also garnering a good reputation.

“They are unique to Gisborne. Cruise passengers don’t get that anywhere else.”

Emerald Hotel and Conference Centre general manager Amandeep Singh said the summer had started with a bang for the hotel, which was under new ownership this summer.

“The holiday season has been great for us. This is the first R and V event for the new management and we are enjoying being a part of the event. The whole of Gisborne looks great with visitors from all over the place.

“They have made a great impact on businesses in Gisborne, whether small or large.

“Bookings are really looking great for the new year and we look forward to welcoming 2017.”

GISBORNE’S “bloody good” summer continues to attract people to the city’s i-Site, with more than 91,000 visitors checking in for advice, information or a game of mini golf over the past year.

Official statistics provided by Tourism Eastland who operate the i-Site show that the number of people using the Grey Street facilities last year rose by 252 to 91,176, helped by a record month in June.

On average across the year, 3000 visited the i-Site with 10,370 attending in June. That was double the amount of visitors in any June month in the last 16 years, and equated to an average of 346 people a day going through the i-Site doors over the month.

Tourism Eastland president David Sly said most months had experienced a steady increase in visitor numbers.

“The general feeling is that it has been bloody good. Talking to the motelliers, their forward bookings are looking really good. They are quietly confident that it’s going to be a very good season and that could even follow through into the winter.”

Mr Sly said there had also been an increase in the number of cruise passengers coming ashore this summer, with passenger feedback very positive for the city.

“The comments that we have been getting have been pretty good.”

The voluntary cruise ambassadors who helped passengers find their way around were also garnering a good reputation.

“They are unique to Gisborne. Cruise passengers don’t get that anywhere else.”

Emerald Hotel and Conference Centre general manager Amandeep Singh said the summer had started with a bang for the hotel, which was under new ownership this summer.

“The holiday season has been great for us. This is the first R and V event for the new management and we are enjoying being a part of the event. The whole of Gisborne looks great with visitors from all over the place.

“They have made a great impact on businesses in Gisborne, whether small or large.

“Bookings are really looking great for the new year and we look forward to welcoming 2017.”

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Winston Moreton - 2 months ago
I-site perfect location and a jewel in the crown despite the interference by ECT and Chamber of Commerce

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