Record cruise ship passenger spending in New Zealand

Peeni Henare, New Zealand’s newly appointed associate minister of tourism

On the eve of the seventh annual New Zealand Cruise Association conference, Stats NZ has released the latest ‘Cruise Ship Traveller Expenditure’ report that shows a 28% hike on the previous year to June 30.

On double-digit passenger increase

Expenditure was NZ$569.8m and the 322,000 passenger count for the year to June 30 was up 24% from 2018.

‘New Zealand has become an incredibly popular destination for international cruise passengers and the financial impact they have reaches deep into the local economy,’ CLIA Australasia & Asia MD Joel Katz said.

Top speakers

It has also been confirmed that New Zealand Associate Minister of Tourism Peeni Henare will speak at NZCA 2019, now set for Auckland’s Aotea Centre August 22-23.

To date the conference, with the theme ‘Shaping The Future,’ has attracted a record number of 230 delegates.

The high-powered guest speaker list includes Adam Goldstein, Ann Sherry, Robert Morgenstern, Susan Bonner, Stuart Allison, Sarina Bratton and Adam Armstrong.

Posted 17 August 2019

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Helen Hutcheon

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Australasia correspondent Helen Hutcheon did her cadetship on a shipping magazine and worked in P&O’s Sydney office for seven years as a public relations journalist. For 19 years she was deputy editor of Travel Week, which was Australia’s leading trade newspaper that covered major local and international industry events. In 2008 the late legendary Rama Rebbapragada presented her with an award from Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd ‘in recognition of her outstanding contribution to the cruising industry.’ In 2010 she won the Neil Frazer Award for ‘outstanding contribution to the cruise industry,’ elevating her to CLIA Australasia’s hall of fame. She has been the Australasia correspondent for Seatrade Cruise Review since 1997 and for Seatrade Insider (now Seatrade Cruise News) since its launch in 2000.

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