NZ tourism infrastructure not up to scratch

NZ tourism infrastructure not up to scratch

Deloitte recently released results for the National Tourism Infrastructure Assessment conducted on behalf of Tourism Industry Aotearoa (TIA) and with help from a number of industry partners.

The study has revealed that if New Zealand’s tourism industry is going to really flourish, then more accommodation for visitors should be our highest priority.

And, it can’t be done alone. The industry will need to work closely with central and local government to achieve the required development and to close any current or potential infrastructure gaps.

TIA Chief Executive Chris Roberts says coordinated actions will be required.

‘We need smart and active interventions to ensure tourism growth is sustainable, that the industry keeps growing its contribution to New Zealand’s economy and reaches its Tourism 2025 goal of $41 billion annual revenue,’ he explains.

Roberts also says the tourism boom is really putting pressure on some of our country’s most popular destinations.

‘We need to address this as a country, otherwise we won’t be able to keep growing, the visitor experience could suffer and we’ll lose community support for tourism,’ he adds.

Other infrastructure priorities include telecommunications, airport facilities, road transport, car parking, toilets, and water and sewerage systems.

Information was compiled from a number of surveys, interviews and various data sources across 20 categories of infrastructure in 31 regions.

‘What we really wanted to identify is those infrastructure gaps that have a high tourism impact, and require a great deal of coordination between the public and private sectors,’ says Roberts.

‘At a national level, seven infrastructure types fall into this category – visitor accommodation, telecommunications, airport facilities, car parking, public toilets, water and sewerage systems, and road transport.’

TIA also commissioned Deloitte to estimate the scale of need for local and mixed use infrastructure – facilities that are used by both residents and visitors.

Information was gathered from councils around the country and from TIA members on tourism-related infrastructure projects.

‘The list was a real mixed bag of projects big and small, some ready to go, others just ideas,” says Roberts.

‘But it served to demonstrate the scale of the need. We have provided the results of that work to the government, and we believe it supports the case for a substantial Tourism Infrastructure Fund to support local projects,’ he explains.

‘Done well, this fund can address much of the concern for these local and mixed use infrastructure types.’

TIA says it will work with both the public and private sectors for the best possible outcome.

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