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Tourist spending tops $10 billion

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 20/05/2016
Cruise ship bringing tourists to Auckland. © Brendon O'Hagan/Bloomberg Cruise ship bringing tourists to Auckland.

Spending by international tourists has topped $10 billion a year for the first time.

It increased 25 per cent to reach the figure in the year to March 2016, Associate Tourism Minister Paula Bennett says.

"Surpassing $10b in visitor spending for the first time confirms that the tourism sector is continuing to grow and is adding significant value to the economy," Ms Bennett said on Friday.

"The rapid visitor growth we've seen is testament to the hard work of the sector and the fantastic New Zealand experience offered to those who visit our shores."

She says the government will continue to support the sector.

Next week's budget will allocate a further $45 million over the next four years, which includes $12m to help communities with infrastructure projects and $8m for Tourism New Zealand to target key growth markets.

The spending figures are in the latest International Visitor Survey that's just been released.

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