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Bay of Plenty buzzing with school holiday tourism boost

Photo Credit: Rotorua NZ : Graeme Murray

The wider Bay of Plenty has received a much-needed boost in tourism thanks to a combination of eased COVID-19 restrictions, back-to-back long weekends, and the first school holidays of the year.

Tauranga, Taupō and Rotorua all saw a marked rise in domestic tourism to the region over the holidays, with most areas reaching pre-COVID visitor numbers.

Amplify Chief Executive, Rick Keehan says Taupō was extremely busy in the first week of the school holidays, with the street count up on previous years, and more people through the doors of retail and hospitality.

Without looking back on pre-COVID data, he says it appears the numbers are reasonably close to pre-COVID times, with most hotel operators saying they had no vacancies.

The only reported issue was challenges with staffing, resulting in longer wait times at popular tourism spots.

Tauranga and Rotorua have also seen a significant increase in people visiting, with hotels booked out, cafes full, and manuhiri appearing to enjoy the more relaxed environment under the Orange setting.

Rotorua had just three vacant holiday homes to book, despite there being hundreds of holiday homes listed.
According to a recent RNZ article, bach bookings across the country have been higher over these holidays than they have been in years.

One holiday home company was 97 per cent booked.

For some, it has been busier than Christmas and New Year’s, while Bookabach bookings have been at their highest since Easter in 2019.

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Wednesday, May 4, 2022

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