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11 Sep 2015
Wellington’s tourism sector continues to thrive, more than doubling the national growth rate for commercial guest nights in July. Latest Commercial Accommodation Monitor figures show Wellington city recorded an increase of 10.6%, compared to national growth of 4% for the month.
Positively Wellington Tourism Chief Executive David Perks says North Island visitation had driven July growth, with the international market experiencing a softer month;
“Domestic commercial guest nights for the month of July were up a tremendous 18.4% - significantly ahead of the national growth of 4.4%. This has brought year-to-date growth to 7% for the domestic market, while international guest nights have increased by a phenomenal 10.7% in the year to July.”
The Chair of Wellington City Council’s Economic Growth & Arts Committee, Councillor Jo Coughlan, says the results are particularly impressive when compared with the national trend;
“In the year to July there were 2.23 million commercial guest nights spent in Wellington city – an increase of 171,055 on the year prior. With growth of 8.3% in the year to July, Wellington city is well ahead of the national growth of 5.3%, and with a forward programme of incredible events and the formation of the Wellington Regional Economic Development Agency I’m confident we can continue this trend.”
In the year ending November 2014, Wellington city surpassed its previous record for guest nights in a 12-month period, (set following Rugby World Cup). The record has been raised every month since.