Don’t blame international visitors for all that’s wrong with tourism.
I visited Queenstown two weeks ago and was surprised by the amount of car traffic about, so we can’t blame international visitors for that ….and a raft of other accusations that are pointed their way. The numbers tell us that domestic visits (kiwis) outweighed international and on a busy day in peak season, the total amount of international visitors in our country was about 165,000 (in a country of 5M).
Now is the time to take action on some of the tourism hotspots like traffic in Queenstown or parking at Tongariro, or cruise terminals in Lyttelton.
When the visitors return those bottlenecks ideally will be sorted.
It’s not the time to plan for bans, taxes or arduous travelling conditions. We need to be welcoming visitors with a sense of manakitanga.
And here’s a newsflash, New Zealand was amongst the most expensive destinations on the planet – rest assured our international visitors were paying their fair share.