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Regional tourism highlights: MayPosted on 30/05/2018 by Jess O'Connor
At the end of each month, we bring you regional tourism highlights so you can stay up-to-date with airline, travel and tourism news from around New Zealand.
This month, tourism spend rose in the regions, Air New Zealand committed to more regional flights, and much more.
Visitor spending in the Bay of Plenty increased in the year to March 2018 thanks to local events and more tourists choosing to travel in off-peak times.
Air New Zealand is considering restoring flights to Wanaka in the future. The national airline is also planning to grow its regional network by 20 per cent in the next five years.
Plans are underway for a new running and mountain bike race on New Zealand’s newest Great Walk, the Paparoa Track.
Air NZ will add five new A320 services between Dunedin and Auckland per week in October. This will add around 70,000 seats to the route every year and increase overall seat capacity by close to 25 per cent.
Retail spend reached an impressive $2.7bn in Northland last year, with tourism one of the major contributors to this increased spending.
That’s all for this month! We’ll be back at the end of June with more industry updates.
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