Tourism New Zealand has released new figures that show Wellington as an emerging tourist destination.
The tourism board highlighted a significant increase in travellers from Singapore, noting a 170% growth in the number of visitors since 2016 according to the Wellington Airport. Furthermore, there have also been increases in the number of visitors from other parts of Asia including India and Indonesia, which recorded a 92% and 76% growth in visitor numbers respectively.
“We are working well together with airlines and tourism boards”
Mike Vincent, Wellington Airport’s airline development manager, said: “It is great to see Wellington increasingly included in touring itineraries. We are working well together with airlines and tourism boards to generate positive tourism outcomes for the region, and it is great to see these efforts resulting in accolades and growth.”
The increase in visitors from Singapore can be attributed to Singapore Airlines flight service to Wellington which launched in 2016, making travelling to Wellington more convenient.
Steven Dixon, Tourism New Zealand’s regional manager, South & South East Asia, also commented: “It makes absolute sense that so many Singaporeans have been attracted to Wellington. The city and surrounding regions have a wide range of activities and attractions which are of interest to Singaporeans such as excellent food options, craft beer, rich art and cultural scene, and easy access to wildlife and nature. And of course, it is also a mecca for film tourism.”
Top 8 Wellington attractions
Zealandia eco-sanctuary – a picturesque sanctuary that offers New Zealand’s rare and extraordinary wildlife just minutes from the city.
Weta Cave Workshop tour – an immersive filmmaking experience at the iconic Weta studios.
Te Papa Tongarewa – New Zealand’s national museum is the best place to discover New Zealand’s national stories and treasures.
Craft breweries and beer bars – Wellington is the brewing centre of New Zealand, and there are plenty of places to try excellent local beers.
Wairarapa wineries – The wild and diverse landscape of the Wairarapa is the perfect backdrop for world-class wineries and producers.
Mountain biking – With over 217 miles of trails in the region, Wellington is an ideal destination for mountain biking.
Zest Food Tours – Taste your way across the compact capital on this delicious walking tour.
Hannahs Laneway – This cosy culinary quarter is every foodie’s dream destination.
Last year, 3.8 million overseas visitors came to New Zealand (year-end August 2018). International tourism is New Zealand’s top export earner contributing USD 14.5 billion into the economy and directly employing over 188,000 people (year-end March 2018).