Tourism spend continues to rise in Hawke’s Bay

Monday 30 July 2018

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Overall, shop numbers remained unchanged.

In Hastings, the mix of shop types showed a small move from fashion retailing to food and hospitality.

The outlook for Hastings CBD retail was “looking up” director Pat Turley said, with very good Marketview retail spending stats and Hastings District Council investments.

“Council has budgeted $4.5m for Hastings CBD reworks and streetscape enhancements. It is investing $30m in the Opera House precinct plus its laneway projects. Some game-changing private developments are in the wings.

“CBDs, like shopping centres, periodically require format and design updates to remain successful. Palmerston North City, which is marginally bigger than Hastings, will invest $31m over the next six to eight years in CBD reformatting and streetscapes plus $25m on reworking the sports arena on the edge of its CBD.”

The redevelopment of the Hawke’s Bay Opera House precinct was also expected to be good news for surrounding retailers, Turley said.

Hawke’s Bay Tourism general manager Annie Dundas said she was particularly thrilled to see a rise in tourism spending for the month.

“We are actually really thrilled that the result is up overall for June because we thought June [and July coming] would have been affected a bit without a Lions tour this year. So having a positive result is extra good.”

Dundas said an extended F.A.W.C! event, which included an edible fashion show and also coincided with Queen’s Birthday weekend, played a significant part.

“We had a much bigger programme and all our F.A.W.C! figures were up. We did 4500 tickets this year, which was up on last year for the events that were ticketed.”

Ticket sales through Hawke’s Bay Tourism alone hit about $300,000, which was also up on last year, she said.

MBIE figures also show that last month tourism spend rose $16m in Napier, from May, and another $8m in Hastings. Visitors also shelled out another $4m in Central Hawke’s Bay and $2m in Wairoa.

The retail sector was the area where visitors spent most, outlaying $14m over the course of the month – a cool $1m up on the same month last year.

Visitor retail spending also appears to have been one factor behind a rise in retails spending in Napier for the second quarter of the year.

“Total spending for the last quarter [April-June] was up on the same period last year, with $101m spent within the CBD,” Napier City Business Incorporated acting manager Steph Kennard said.

“Across Napier, this figure totals $206m.”