Monday , July 23 2018
Mountain view across NZ paddock
Domestic travellers are taking in the New Zealand sights

Growing domestic travel to support NZ economy

AA Traveller has launched the Great Spot Specials campaign that offers attractive deals with leading TIA members.

The Great Spot Specials website makes it simple for New Zealanders to select a place to visit, an activity to do, work out their travel arrangements and book accommodation.

Tourism Industry Association New Zealand executives believe there has never been a better time for New Zealanders to see for themselves why 3.2 million visitors a year flock to our shores.

“Easter traditionally marks the end of the peak tourism season,” said chief executive Chris Roberts. “We’re delighted that AA Traveller is encouraging Kiwis to see their own backyard through this autumn and winter.”

Potential of domestic tourism

Mr Roberts said the importance of domestic tourism is clearly identified in the industry’s Tourism 2025 growth framework.

“Domestic tourism is officially valued at $18.1 billion, greater than the value of international tourism. We want to see that number grow to $22.6 billion by 2025.

“Increasing domestic travel at off-peak times will help the industry smooth out seasonal peaks and troughs and improve productivity. If Kiwis are given the right incentives and information, they will visit different regions at different times of the year.”

Domestic tourism also offers huge potential for boosting regional development, he said.

“If we can persuade more New Zealanders to use their discretionary dollars on a domestic travel experience, we’ll have more successful tourism businesses significantly contributing to the social and economic vitality of New Zealand.

“This will ensure the visitor economy benefits will be realised sooner, helping the tourism industry achieve its Tourism 2025 goal of growing annual tourism revenue from the current $30 billion to $41 billion by 2025.”

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