Visitors stay and play in summer
‘‘North Palmerston’’ a tourist trap?
Well, according to an AA Traveller research report, this could be so.
Admittedly, the figures cover the wider Manawatu-W(h)anganui’ - but apparently, the city has its fair share of Aucklanders and Wellingtonians coming to stay and play over summer.
These made up the largest number of domestic visitors to the region last summer, collectively spending more than 302,700 visitor nights from December 2014 to January 2015.
AA Traveller’s Jodie Fitzgerald says the numbers give a good indication of the wider region as a preferred summer holiday destination.
She suggests that with a long hot summer forecast, holiday accommodation across the region could be at a premium - especially as many of the AA’s 1.4 million members indicate a preference for steering clear of crowds and want accommodation in less populated places.
69 per cent of the survey’s respondents listed great scenery as a key ingredient to a ‘weekend getaway’, with 52 per cent looking for great food, and 45 per cent hoping to ‘get away from the crowd’.
But where do he tangata from Manawatu-Wanganui prefer to go when the Aucklanders move in? Taranaki. Apparently, us guys spent 114,500 visitor nights in the ‘Naki from December to January last summer. Wellington is only the second most popular destination at 104,100 visitor nights.
Aucklanders and Wellingtonians make up the bulk of our summer tourist trade.