Kapi-Mana News : February 5th 2013
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''To me it wasn't a commercial boom, but it was good.'' Accommodation inquiries far exceeded the lodge's 28-bed capacity and she turned to the local community to accept guests during the cup, charging nothing for the service. Disappointed: The Rugby World Cup didn't bring guests to Chris Parkin's Museum Hotel. Photo: JIM CHIPP Despite the pre-event hype, visitor numbers actually fell during the 2011 Rugby World Cup. That is Wellington hotelier Chris Par- kin s view and Statistics New Zealand s analysis bears it out. Instead of producing a bumper year it produced a pretty average year because the relatively small gains from matches in Wel- lington were in part affected by normal business staying away in droves, he said. Mr Parkin owns the Museum Hotel and he said would-be travellers from New Zea- land assumed there would be no accommo- dation available. The cup attracted about 100,000 visitors to New Zealand during the world cup month. A 100,000 visitors sounds quite im- pressive but if you even out our annual visitor count, it s not far short of 200,000 in a month. So what we are talking about is half of one month s travel, Mr Parkin said. Statistics New Zealand figures support Mr Parkin s impression. They show rises in international visitors were offset by falls in domestic guest nights, resulting in a net gain of 0.3 per cent for September and a fall of 1.5 per cent for October compared with the previous year. Wellington City Council spent $1.8 mil- lion on Festival of Carnivale content, fan zone costs, security, tournament costs and training venue costs, aiming to achieve an economic benefit of about $45 million. It also spent $150,000 of commercial ratepayers money on a village around the Wharewaka and $350,000 for a Rugby World Cup sculpture by Weta Workshop, and $350,000 of general rates on extra street cleaning and $37,000 upgrading Newtown Park. Mr Parkin said there was no dispute that the cup was good for the nation as a whole, particularly as we won. More than just economically, but psychologically it was good for New Zea- land, he said. I think we are perhaps starting to recover our confidence on the world stage. We are starting to see ourselves do bet- ter than other countries in the world. The New Zealand dollar is very strong. At the end of the day, that s how the world tends to measure your economic suc- cess. However, there were other events rate- payers money could be spent on for a better return, he said. As far as Wellington was concerned the best investment was the World of Wearable Arts because it brings visitors from outside Wellington over a longer period. Events we want to fund are ones that occur annually, occur over a longer period of time and result in a steady flow of visitors from outside Welling- ton. Positively Wellington Tourism chief executive David Perks said the agency also spent $194,000 on cup events, mostly aimed at optim- ising its economic benefits rather than running it. Positively Wellington Tourism s own monitoring of hotel guest nights found a increase of 6 per cent in September 2011 over the previous year followed bya2pe r cent decline in October. However, there had been a sig- nificant shift from domestic travel- lers to international tourists. He said events impacted on dif- ferent areas of the local economy. The World of Wearable Arts had a strong impact on retail, whereas the Rugby World Cup s impact was more general. No sector would have seen a boom time, but every sector would have seen an increase. It was important to cultivate a spread of events across the whole year, he said.
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