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We've had a busy yet advantageous month of meetings and introductions. Paul attended the Cruise New Zealand Conference 2016, which was held in Wellington 26 August. Cruise lines, shipping agents, ports, shore excursion operators and tourism suppliers all came together to review cruise sector activity.
After a record 2015/2016 cruise season, the 2016-2017 cruise season will start again at the end of this month. New Zealand will welcome 11 ships new to New Zealand, and another three new ships are scheduled for the following season. Although there will be a slight dip in passenger numbers despite this new capacity in 2016-17, it will rise by 11% to a new record in the 2017-2018 season.
As an indicator of future growth in the international cruise sector, conference delegates were advised every shipyard in the world capable of building cruise ships is booked out until 2022, a staggering statistic. Paul caught up with the Ports Authority of Tonga board members at the conference. For more details on the cruise conference contact Paul (09 438 3651). Pictured: Tonga Ports Chair Steve Edwards (far right) and Tonga Tourism Authority Chair Tomifa Paea (far left)
Doubtless Bay Visit
The Regional Promotions & Tourism team met with Doubtless Bay Promotion Inc. members at Carrington Resort on the 6th of September. It was a great exchange of knowledge and ideas. As the region's economic development agency working with promotional and business groups is just as important as working with individual tourism operators and marketing cluster groups. Please let us know if you would like us to join any of your meetings Pictured: Doubtless Bay Promotion Inc and Northland Inc on a winery tour at Karikari Estate (pictured above)
Please note each month we now report 'Monthly Visitor Spend' data for Northland which is published by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment. See under Latest Data.
Until next time,
Paul, Karly and Sarah
Northland Inc - Regional Promotions & Tourism