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Written by Mike Dinsdale, The Northern Advocate   
Sunday, 07 November 2010

ON TRACK: One of the views from the Mt Manaia track.

Tourism is worth about $800 million a year to Northland's economy, with the sector rebounding from tough economic times to help lead the region's recovery, tourism boss Brian Roberts says.

Latest figures from Statistics New Zealand show that tourism has taken the national top spot from the dairy industry as the economy's biggest export sector. The Tourism Satellite Account showed tourism expenditure increased 2.1 per cent in the year ended March to $22.4 billion, with spending by international tourists up 1.6 per cent to $9.5 billion.

Destination Northland boss Mr Roberts said tourism was still second to pastoral agriculture as Northland's biggest money earner, but the sector was delighted with the turnaround it had experienced, with growing numbers of Australians driving the increase.

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