Conservation agreement "top priority" for NZ tourism industry

- Posted in New Zealand by Visa Bureauon 06 August 2008

The agreement focuses on areas of the country where tourism needs to be restricted for conservation purposes.  The deal will allow pre-existing tour operators in sensitive areas to apply for long-term concessions and put larger, longer-term investment in their businesses.  It will also work to restrict the number of applicants looking to operate in these areas, so that pre-existing operators can concentrate on protecting the environment they work in.

TIA Chief Executive Tim Cossar said the agreement is a top priority for the tourism industry because New Zealand’s environment is the major draw-card for international visitors, and the national parks and reserves must remain under a high level of conservation. 

According to TIA, tourism in New Zealand is the country’s single largest exporter; it contributes to 18.3 per cent of the country’s exports, and since 1999, the number of international people who visit New Zealand have increased by 61 per cent.  Tourism also contributes $14.1 billion of gross domestic product to New Zealand’s economy on an annual basis.

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Article by Jessica Bird, New Zealand Visa Bureau.