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The Hobbit Pivotal To Wellington

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The Hobbit Pivotal To Wellington

Positively Wellington Tourism will be devastated if The Hobbit isn't made in Wellington, Chief Executive David Perks says. The direct spend and destination profile associated with the city's 'Wellywood' reputation plays a key role in tourism's $1.4 billion contribution to the region's economy every year.

The Hobbit has been set to cement Wellington and New Zealand even further on the world stage - both as destinations and as innovative leaders in filmmaking, Mr Perks says. "We would be devastated to see the production move offshore."

The Lord of the Rings' contribution to the Wellington economy continues almost a decade after the first film premiered in 2001.

"There's still very strong demand for information and tours associated with the trilogy nearly a decade after The Fellowship of the Ring hit screens. Tourism trade and media throughout the world have been champing at the bit to brochure more film tours and tell new stories about Middle Earth. We hope they still get the opportunity to do so."

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