Tourism reports 4.4pc growth
The Hamilton and Waikato region has recorded a 4.4 per cent increase in guest nights for the year ended June 2012 compared with the year ended June 2011, along with a 12.6 per cent increase for June 2012.
The latest Commercial Accommodation Monitor (CAM) statistics show international guests nights rose by 5.7 per cent for the same period (June 2011 YE com- pared with June 2012 YE) and domestic guest night rose 4.1 per cent.
Hamilton and Waikato Tourism CEO Kiri Goulter described the growth over the last 12 months as very positive.
“This is a fantastic result in what has been a challenging year for the industry, with a combination of strong business tourism and sport- related events including Rugby World Cup, the filming of The Hobbit movies at Hobbiton Movie Set, regional campaigns and an extended summer season attributing to the increases.”
“We can also certainly see the impact that filming at Hobbiton Movie Set has had on the Matamata Piako area with a 6.4 per cent increase in guest nights for the year end,” she said.