Tourism workers in Franz Josef confident about summer

Wednesday, September 20, 2023


Tourism workers in Franz Josef are poised that this summer will bring an advantage for the region, which was affected harshly by the lockdowns induced by the pandemic.

Last summer proved to be a comeback of sorts to usual for the South Island town However, now, tourists from abroad are confident to visit New Zealand in larger numbers.

Locally workforces will need to find a place to stay, with lodging tough to find.

Even on a drizzling early spring day, travelers are ardent to kayak Lake Mapourika.

Dale Burrows with his wife Bronwyn owns Franz Josef Wilderness Tours.

Burrows said that business is truly final to gain speed after the waning of the pandemic.

He said that it was wonderful to have last summer and seeing the coming of global tourists, they are seeing the effect of that on their trade.

Burrows said that things are somewhat sluggish this winter equated to the times before the pandemic, but things are appearing truly robust in the course of next summer.

The business is increasing, adding quad biking to its kayaking and boat tours.

Burrows said that even though the pandemic time was hard-hitting, they made use of those sluggish times as well.

Prior to the pandemic, 95 percent of their clienteles were global with only 5 percent local.

The first summer after the onset of the pandemic, they were hit with an 85 percent fall in business.

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