Christmas is coming...

It’s Saturday 22nd Dec at Eden Park Bed and Breakfast. Bit of a rush day here. guests for breakfast and then a dash to Pukekohe (south of Auckland) for the annual family gathering and lunch.
Been very busy at the BnB with guests in and out. Makes one envious of the places that we hear, about; although travel is like a job…. Move on and gotta go….
We just had Guy check out last night and he had just finished a 2 month cycling trip around NZ. He had a great sun tan to go back to Germany with but on Tuesday he was back at his job in the Bank.
Kinda feel sorry for him..
I have a painting plan this summer. I have erected scaffolding on the west side to make the high rise gable easier and safer. I remember the last time I did this and thought never again… And here I am again.

International Visitor Arrivals to 9th December 2012
Total visitor arrivals are down 1% compared to the same four week period last year.

Ups: China 16%, Japan 37%, Korea 8%, Germany 4%

Downs: Singapore -4%, USA -12% , UK -12%, Malaysia -21%, Australia -1%, Canada -10%

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Where is this CHINA $$$$$

At Eden Park Bed and Breakfast we are always monitoring our arrivals and maintain our own meter as to New Zealand’s Inbound Tourism Industry so, when I read that China is now our third-largest tourist market and just shy of the $568 million spent by visitors from the UK, I have to wonder where are they?
The reports say that China has surged ahead of the United States and is on the verge of becoming New Zealand’s second-biggest tourist market, according to the latest International Visitor Survey.
The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment’s survey showed tourism spending was $5.6 billion for the year ending June 2012. This was flat on the previous year’s total spend of $5.5 billion, despite visitor numbers having risen 5 per cent to 2.6 million. However, expenditure from Chinese visitors increased by 27 per cent to $522 million.
China had already overtaken Germany and the United States and will soon become our second-largest visitor market, behind Australia. The number of Australian visitors to New Zealand increased 6 per cent to 1.17 million but spending stayed flat at $1.6 billion. Each tourist spent an average of 19.4 days in the country, down from 20.1 days in the year ended June 2011.
Wish I could some of this bonanza at Eden Park Bed and Breakfast !

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