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Written by Mike Dinsdale, The Northern Advocate   
Tuesday, 20 January 2009

More domestic tourists, driven by lower petrol prices, a warm summer and the recession, should help counter a predicted decline in international tourists to Northland, the region's economic development boss says.

Tourism is Northland's second-biggest industry after pastoral farming, earning about $700 million a year. But the credit crisis saw tourism leaders predict that a fall-off in international visitors would badly affect the region.

Mr Roberts said the motorway extension would be massive for Northland and for business and tourism in particular.

However, Enterprise Northland boss and Destination Northland chief executive Brian Roberts said lower petrol prices - fuel costs have dropped about 40 per cent since July - and marvellous summer weather were prompting more domestic tourists to visit as the recession turned Kiwis off overseas holidays.

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