Tourism New Zealand would be deeply disappointed if The Hobbit
was to be filmed outside of New Zealand.
Tourism New Zealand General Manager Public Affairs Suzanne
Carter says high profile productions such as The Hobbit have the
potential to greatly raise the profile of New Zealand overseas.
"The Lord of the Rings films presented New Zealand to the world
in a truly spectacular way. From a tourism perspective the flow on
effects of these films reach communities across the country with
visitors coming to enjoy our unique scenery and lifestyle and using
our tourism services as they travel. People are still travelling to
New Zealand today because of the exposure gained through the Lord
of the Rings trilogy."
"We would be deeply disappointed if The Hobbit was filmed
outside of New Zealand," she said.
The Hobbit is a prequel to Peter Jackson's highly successful
trilogy, The Lord of the Rings, which premiered in New Zealand in
2001, 2002 and 2003. All three Lord of the Rings films were filmed
in New Zealand.
Suzanne Carter, General Manager Public Affairs, 021 385 000 or