^^^Yes the areas visited did report an increase in bookings.
I mean, tbh, because I was following the tour I also looked into a potential trip to OZ
Its never been high on my list of places to go for a variety of reasons. However, their trip did highlight some great vacationing!
Which, is precisely the issue. I do not think anything specific to government or culture was really done or promoted during this trip. Fun vacation? Yup! But, I am not sure if the tourist potential necessarily equals the cost. Harry's trip to NZ was very much about highlighting Native cultures and customs. I learned a lot from following his trip about the history of NZ and the really interesting conservation efforts going on.
I mean, the places the Kardashians visit also report increases in bookings. I do not think anyone wants them to be bastions of Americana
So I am not sure how valuable the tourism argument is. OZ is a tourist destination regardless of the RF.
I thought their Canada tour was much more substantive and reflective of the cultures, history and customs of Canada. The same was true to some extent for their SEA tour. I felt OZ/NZ was one big vacation on the dime of the tax payer.