Is our tourism industry under threat?
Wed, 08 Aug 2012 9:23a.m.
Tourism contributes hugely to our economy – it's our top export and it employs thousands of people.
So what will impact will a string of natural disasters have on our tourism industry?
Firstline's Rachel Smalley speaks with chief executive of the Tourism Industry Association Martin Snedden – watch the video.
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11/08/2012 9:11:20 a.m.
Spreading 10880 poison over our forests and streams is not going to help our tourism dollar either. Clean green environment - yea right.
8/08/2012 2:55:09 p.m.
The world has a global recession, so this has lowered tourism numbers around the world. Take Greece, its tourism numbers are around 25% of what they were!How badly is Keys doing his job for tourism?Well the June fugures showed the highest tourism numbers in NZ for 6 years, ie since before the recession. Thats not bad in a recession!Our growth rate in the last quarter was amoung the best in the OECD. Again, in a global recession that pretty good. Leading our exports is still Primary Produce like Dairy. But we also have huge growth in high tech industry, one of the fastest growing areas in the NZ economy.About the only places that are doing better than NZ is China and Australia. Their currencies have strengthened against the NZ$ to reflect this. And if exclude mining in Australia with its support industry, we are actually doing better than Aus. But everyone in the left doesn't want NZ to mine and for us to have more growth/jobs hence so much blocking of any new mining in NZ.If people are going to complain, lets hear some suggestions on how it can be done better!
8/08/2012 12:19:18 p.m.
Tourism minister still not doing his job. Old news.
8/08/2012 12:04:38 p.m.
Natural disasters are one concern BUT what about the avoidable manmade disasters (i.e. the RENA oil spill)? What will happen to Rakiura's (Stewart Island's) tourism if the new oil well being drilled there has a spill..?
8/08/2012 11:31:18 a.m.
The "clean green" image is a myth with DOC and AHB (with the support of National, Labour and the Greens) spreading the highly toxic, cruel and slow killing 1080 poison over our forests and streams. As the saying goes - You can only fool some of the people some of the time, not all the people all of the time.
8/08/2012 10:41:55 a.m.
Max Moss wrote:
The biggest disaster affecting our tourism is the global economic depression.
Second is the fact that we are no longer regarded as an undiscovered destination.
The Minister of Tourism's solution seems is a pokie loaded convention center. The problem is conventions are short events. Casinos are now virtually everywhere. Conventions don't go to overpriced destinations with nothing new to offer. We need a better Minister of Tourism.
8/08/2012 10:00:48 a.m.
it's under threat from tabloid journalism making more out of this than it currently is.
that said i had some people come to NZ recently who came specifically to see our volcano's.
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