Tourism continues to boost local economy

New estimates suggest further increase in off-peak tourism

New estimates suggest further increase in off-peak tourism

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TOURISTS continue to pump more money into the regional economy here, as new estimates suggest another increase in off-peak tourism.

The latest monthly regional tourism estimates released by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) show the tourism spend for Gisborne to be about $136 million for the year to March 2017, up 6 percent compared with the year to March 2016.

MBIE manager of sector trends David Paterson said international visitors accounted for $28 million of that (up 12 percent compared with the year to March 2016), with domestic tourists also spending more: up 5 percent to $107 million.

Monthly expenditure also increased.

“When it comes to the monthly expenditure, tourism spend in Gisborne for the month of March 2017 is up 9 percent (to $12m) compared with March 2016.”

TOURISTS continue to pump more money into the regional economy here, as new estimates suggest another increase in off-peak tourism.

The latest monthly regional tourism estimates released by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) show the tourism spend for Gisborne to be about $136 million for the year to March 2017, up 6 percent compared with the year to March 2016.

MBIE manager of sector trends David Paterson said international visitors accounted for $28 million of that (up 12 percent compared with the year to March 2016), with domestic tourists also spending more: up 5 percent to $107 million.

Monthly expenditure also increased.

“When it comes to the monthly expenditure, tourism spend in Gisborne for the month of March 2017 is up 9 percent (to $12m) compared with March 2016.”

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