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Quake fails to deter capital visitors

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 2/02/2017

Visitor spending in Wellington rose in December compared to a year earlier, despite the capital city suffering damage from the Kaikoura earthquake.

Spending rose by 3 per cent for the month to hit $230.6 million - a $6.7 million increase on December 2015.

"In the context of the November earthquake, this is a tremendous result for the local industry. It's a testament to the improved resilience and response of the sector," said Wellington Regional Economic Development Agency chief executive Chris Whelan.

International visitors drove the growth, with a jump in spending of 11 per cent compared to the previous December, offsetting a decline in the domestic spend of 1.8 per cent.

Mr Whelan said in response to the quake the agency had beefed up marketing and worked closely with key players in the domestic and international markets to assure them that the city was open for business.

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