Summer Accommodation Guest Nights Reach New Heights in Christchurch
Christchurch has had a stellar summer, with accommodation guest nights in the city breaking records.
Regional tourism promotors and official Christchurch accommodation booking service Christchurch and Canterbury Tourism says there was an 11 per cent increase in international guest nights this summer compared with the same period the previous year.
Christchurch and Canterbury Tourism Chief Executive, Vic Allen says it is no surprise Christchurch is experiencing renewed tourism growth, citing the level of redevelopment the city is currently achieving.
In the past two years, three new hotels and a new backpacker accommodation development have opened, with work about to get underway on several more. By December 2017, new accommodation at the airport will be able to offer 264,000 rooms a year and more accommodation is set to open in central Christchurch in the coming year.
Chief Commercial Officer - Aeronautical, Justin Watson says Christchurch Airport is enjoying a record-breaking summer. The airport has seen 10 per cent growth in overall airline seats in the past year, with its busiest day ever scheduled within the next fortnight. Flights are bringing about 50,000 more people to visit Christchurch and $150M new GDP into the South Island, a result of increased and new services from existing and new airline partners, Watson said.
The growing interest in Christchurch as a destination was seen recently at the largest tourism industry event in New Zealand, TRENZ. The Canterbury region had a strong representation with Christchurch and Canterbury Tourism hosting three full appointment streams and meeting with over 160 trade and media representatives. Mr Allen said the level of engagement at the event is a positive sign of the renewed growth and excitement about the future for tourism and accommodation in Christchurch.