Published on : Wednesday, October 25, 2017
New Zealand’s $35 billion tourism industry is happy because Deputy Labour Leader Kelvin Davis will take charge of the tourism portfolio in the incoming Government. As a previous tourism spokesperson for Labour, Mr. Davis is familiar with the industry, which is worth $2.4 billion a year to his Te Tai Tokerau electorate.
According to Tourism Industry Aotearoa Acting Chief Executive Steve Hanrahan, “We look forward to working with Mr Davis to progress the incoming Government’s priority of regional development. Tourism is the only industry that creates businesses and provides jobs in every part of the country, often in areas where few other opportunities exist.”
TIA’s election manifesto, Tourism for Tomorrow, sets out 29 priority actions for supercharging tourism’s success and supporting the industry to reach its Tourism 2025 goal of propelling tourism revenue to $41 billion a year.
TIA said, “We know the boom in tourism has created opportunities for business and employment in many regions but it has also placed pressure on the infrastructure in some popular regional destinations and on the public conservation estate. We look forward to working with the new Government on addressing infrastructure funding issues and ways to maximise the economic benefits of tourism to New Zealand. We will be discussing immigration settings with Minister Davis and also new Immigration Minister Iain Lees-Galloway, to ensure tourism employers are able to secure quality staff when no suitable New Zealanders are available.”
TIA has invited Minister Davis to speak at Tourism Summit Aotearoa in Wellington on 14 November, which will be his first significant opportunity to address a tourism industry audience.
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