10 Oct 2012

Hopes for continued NZ visitor number increase to Vanuatu

3:26 pm on 10 October 2012

The Vanuatu Tourism Office expects to get continued funding to attract more New Zealand visitors, despite a possible change in government.

An extra 240 New Zealanders visited the country in August, compared to the same time last year.

The 15 percent increase was the highest in the South Pacific region for the month, with the Cook Islands with an eight-percent rise.

The office's New Zealand representative, Jackie Carson, says it came down to more money being spent on advertising.

She says she is confident the trend will continue.

"We do have elections this year in Vanuatu, which happens in November, so we will have a new government in place next year. But we have been given a commitment from the parliament members that tourism is the number one money earner for the country and you know, of course they'll continue to invest in that."

Ms Carson says New Zealand travellers are good for the economy because they do a lot of activities.