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The recent influx of Lions fans to Wellington has shown the value of tourism to the capital’s economy, according to Tourism Industry Aotearoa Wellington hotel sector chairman Steve Martin.

‘[Tourists] are especially valuable during winter, which is normally a quiet time for the holiday market in Wellington,’ he says.

Commercial accommodation in Wellington was full, with many fans choosing to stay in the region all week.

Martin says the city has plenty of scope to attract more big events to Wellington at other times.

‘The Wellington hotel sector is fully supportive of the planned new Convention Centre and the recent proposal to develop a major regional concert arena. Adding these two new venues to the city would mean we could target lucrative new markets for conferences and major international entertainers,’ he explains.

‘We are confident that this investment will pay dividends, contributing to jobs and business growth, not to mention building on the vibrancy Wellington offers its residents.’

Martin says the hotel sector is keen to work with the Wellington Regional Economic Development Agency and Wellington City Council to achieve progress on the venue plans.

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