Nick Smith - Nelson MP, Minister National Government

Nelson leads National Tourism Growth


Nelson MP Dr Nick Smith welcomes news of Nelson’s tourism growth leading the country in the last 12 months to February, at more than double the national growth of five per cent.

Monthly Regional Tourism Estimates figures released by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment show that $342 million was spent by visitors to Nelson in the year to February, a rise of 11 percent on last year’s total of $308 million.

The growth in Nelson was consistent with the trend across the country, as all regions registered increases in expenditure across the 12-month period.

“This demonstrates the popularity of not only Nelson, but New Zealand as a preferred destination for tourists,” says Dr Smith.

“Along with directly employing 188,000 people, this spend trickles down through so many sectors of our community, be it accommodation, supermarkets, restaurants and other local service providers.

“This growth is being supported by more investment into tourism infrastructure. Just this month the government announced applications were open for an additional $5.5 million in infrastructure funding for councils to help build mid-sized tourism facilities, like toilet blocks and trash compactors.

“I encourage the region’s two councils, Nelson City and Tasman District to apply for any co-funding they think is necessary to support this positive growth in Nelson.”

MBIE developed the Monthly Regional Tourism Estimates in consultation with tourism industry representatives to create a better measurement of the value of tourism in the regions. To view the full statistics from the Monthly Regional Tourism Estimates, visit the MBIE website.


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