Project planned to check tourism’s tendency to destroy Waiheke Island

Published on : Monday, December 4, 2017

Waiheke IslandWaiheke Island has been attracting a large number of visitors every year.

 

And therefore a group of residents have been planning to initiate a project that monitors that impacts of tourism.

 

Pam Oliver and Peter Wills who are residents of the Island are members of a group trying to establish a United Nations World Tourism Organisation International Network of Sustainable Tourism project on Waiheke.

 

Tourism impacts almost every aspect of their lives since they have turned into such an interesting tourist destination.

 

Wills then went on to add that they would be eager to develop a strategy to make sure that their tourism is absolutely sustainable.

 

Oliver mentioned that several houses on the island are rented out as vacation accommodation leading to a shortage of affordable housing for long-term residents.

 

The introduction of new double decker bus tours late last year had sparked residents to organize a protest march against the large vehicles that they claim have started wrecking roads and also killing the quaint spirit of the island.

 

There are large queues for ferries in peak season and mostly late ferries are other tourism impacts the island confronts with, as stated in a discussion paper.

 

A regional steering group, spanning community, tourism and environmental interests would be working alongside academics and also students from the University of Otago tourism department on this project.

 

The goal of this concept is to bring about a brand new strategy and also offer data that can guide decision makers towards more sustainable tourism management.

 

This project would be involving a study of Waiheke as a destination, record tourism activities and also analyse positive and negative impacts of the ever rising tourism visitor numbers.

 

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