Tourism numbers great for the Bay
Todd Muller MP for Bay of Plenty welcomes the recent statistics that show that guest nights for the Bay of Plenty in March 2016 were up 17.5 per cent on the same time last year.
“The figures for guest nights in the Bay show an upward trend this year when compared to the previous year and the 17.5 per cent increase goes to show how popular our region is for visitors,” said Mr Muller.
“Tourism is extremely important for our country and our region and it is good the see that we are gaining numbers of visitors and guest nights.
“Nationally we had we are seeing record numbers of tourists arriving with 3.2 million in the past year, so it is great that we are seeing the flow on effect in our area.
“With the recent accolade from our friends in Canada our region should continue to be a popular spot for international and national travellers. Mount Maunganui has been described as a rival for the Caribbean which I endorse wholeheartedly and am sure will continue to bring the visitors flooding in.
“Mount Maunganui beach has been voted New Zealand’s best beach for 3 years running by Tripadvisor and the drawcards for our region are numerous with not only the beach and the mount but lots to do and great places to stay.
“A significant amount of work has been done to get our region on the map for tourism and I would like to acknowledge Rhys Arrowsmith who recently stepped down after four years as CEO of Tourism Bay of Plenty for his great achievements in this regard.
“Kristin Dunne-Powell as the new CEO will continue the efforts fantastically, and I look forward to working closely with her as I did Rhys."
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