Regional tourism boom creates jobs throughout New ZealandPosted on 01/03/2017 by Jess O'Connor
Do you live in regional New Zealand? If so, you might want to consider studying towards a qualification in tourism.
According to the latest estimates from the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE), tourism expenditure grew in most regions around the country throughout 2016.
The three fastest growing regions are located in the South Island. Nelson is leading the way with a 14 per cent increase in tourism expenditure. The West Coast is hot on its heels (up 13 per cent), followed by Otago (up 11 per cent).
More spend = more jobs
Tourism Minister Paula Bennett said tourism created thousands of jobs last year.
“Domestic and international tourism creates immense value for New Zealand, with tourism employing over 180,000 people in 2016,” Mrs Bennett said in a press release.
She added that the Government will continue to support the sector through investing in local infrastructure, especially in earthquake-affected areas.
“There is more work to do. The earthquake last November heavily affected the North Canterbury region, and though we are starting to see tourist spending recover slightly, it’s important we continue to market the area internationally, and encourage New Zealanders to keep visiting,” Mrs Bennett added.
Study tourism from anywhere in New Zealand
ITC’s Study From Home programme accepts enrollments from students all around the country, from Cape Reinga to the Bluff.
With Study From Home, you can access all course materials online – there’s no need to travel to a classroom. You will have support from dedicated Study From Home tutors via phone, email or video. You’ll also have access to an online forum, where you can ask questions and interact with other students studying the same course.
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