Minister to meet up Rotorua tourist operators to talk about coronavirus impact

 Friday, March 6, 2020

On Friday, Rotorua tourist operators are prepared to meet up with the Associate Tourism Minister, Peeni Henare to talk about the concerns over the effect of the coronavirus.


The meeting comes in the wake of major anxieties lifted up by the chief executive of one of the Bay of Plenty city’s top tourism attractions that the travel ban associated with coronavirus  would cost “Hundreds of thousands”.


Destination Rotorua, who assembled the meet up, is remaining tight lipped about what’s up for discussion.


At first, Stuff was told that no-one at the council controlled organization would be able to remark, before a statement was issued through an email confirming the visit.


“[Henare] has expressed an interest to meet with industry representatives to discuss the current operating environment. We’ve sent out the invitation to a small group of operators to meet with him and provide honest and constructive feedback in response to his questions.”


Also, Henare’s office told Stuff no media would be invited to the meeting of Friday.


A spokesperson for Henare explained that the Minister had visited the Crankworx mountain bike festival, and had recently “accepted Destination Rotorua’s invitation to meet with tourism stakeholders”.


However, they didn’t say who the Minister would be meeting, defining the guest list as “a range of Rotorua-based tourism operators who have been invited by Destination Rotorua”.


Waiariki Labour MP Tamati Coffey explained that he had enthused the Minister to meet tourism businesses impacted by coronavirus as there was major interest in the virus impact, and the subsequent Chinese travel ban, and its effect on sectors such as tourism and forestry.

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