<![CDATA[New Zealand's Prime Minister John Key has explained the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's forthcoming visit to the country is "tremendous value for money".
Prince William and Kate will arrive next month in New Zealand, where they will spend nine days making official visits around the country. The royal couple confirmed on Sunday they will be taking Prince George on the tour, which will see them travel to Australia for the second leg of their third overseas visit.
"I think it's tremendous value for money," the Prime Minister told TV3's Firstline on Monday. "In the end, these royal visits aren't cheap, whether it's Prince Charles and Camilla or in previous times when the Queen has come to New Zealand."
Speaking about the costs of the tour he added: “But on the other side of the coin, if you look at what will happen over the course of that 10 days, New Zealand will get tremendous international coverage.
“There will be a large media pack that will follow William and Kate and baby George.”
The Prime Minister, who met Prince George last summer, also added that the marketing value for New Zealand will be worth “millions” by the royal visit.
“I remember the first time that Prince William came to New Zealand, on the first overseas visit to represent the Queen, there was a huge media pack and media interest with him. And the estimates were millions and millions and millions of pounds a day of marketing coverage for New Zealand.”
The Cambridge’s will arrive in Wellington on Monday 7 April, where they will be greeted at Government House, before spending ten days in the country, with eight days of engagements planned for their New Zealand visit.
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