The busiest cruise-ship visit day of the season made for a
packed Dunedin city centre yesterday, giving retailers a
boost as signs point to increased Christmas spending this
Dunedin City Council business development adviser Sophie
Barker said the more than 7000 passengers and crew from
Sun Princess and Voyager of the Seas would have
probably spent more than $500,000 in the city yesterday.
This gave a boost to some retailers and yesterday's i-Site
report showed that ''pretty much all the tours were full'',
The $500,000 boost came as the Roy Morgan consumer confidence
survey released yesterday showed confidence levels were
edging toward record highs. ANZ chief economist Cameron
Bagrie said the survey augured well for the Christmas
Otago Chamber of Commerce chief executive John Christie said
yesterday's bumper cruise-ship day gave the city a ''big
boost'' ahead of what was anecdotally looking like a better
Christmas for retailers.
''I would expect that we would see some increases on last
year, but until we see the data come through it's only
anecdotal at this stage.''
Arthur Barnett general manager Sue Smaill agreed early signs
''We are in good shape at the moment, but it depends on what
happens in the next 10 days.
''So we will be watching it day by day,'' she said.
The number of cruise-ship passengers in town boosted the foot
traffic both at Arthur Barnett and the Meridian mall.
''It has given a lift, definitely. There has been a lot of
people through,'' she said.
Cadbury World events manager Kylie Ruwhiu-Karawana said staff
were run off their feet yesterday, with 1000 people having
taken a tour by about 3pm.
''It's chock-a-block - pun intended,'' Ms Ruwhiu-Karawana
The day left ''every other cruise-ship day this season in the
dust'' and was one of the busiest on record.
Taieri Gorge Railway carried 900 passengers yesterday, chief
executive Murray Bond said.