It’s hard not to feel a certain pleasure at the death of New Zealand hyper tourism.
Like dairy intensification, hyper tourism has been a cursed blessing.
With dairy intensification we have the pollution of our environment and the theft of our water all for a sunset industry which will end once synthetic meat and milk are perfected.
Dairy intensification also opens us up to economic servitude to China.
Similarly problematic hyper-tourism brings in as many visitors as we have population. This generates enormous stress on our underfunded infrastructure and the cheapness of air tickets brings a cheap class of tourist who freedom camp shits all over our nation.
With our borders set to remain closed until a vaccine is available, hyper tourism is dead and we should all cheer that death.
The spin that the tourism dollar trickles down to the rest of us seems like a pretty cheap price to pay if it means we all get to have our roads and traffic flow back.
We must also add to the tourism industry the obscene amount of pollution air travel generates. In a rapidly warming planet, these green house gas emissions can not be tolerated, so hyper tourism must die for the planet to survive.
That doesn’t mean we should simply dump tourism as an industry altogether, that would be economic suicide, but we must for once price the bloody experience properly.
If you want to visit a plague free vacation destination then you pay for it.
No more discount flights with the dregs of the holidaying experience landing on our shores to freedom camp crap all over our nation.
If you want to visit plague free NZ, you have to pay for the 14 day mandatory quarantine stay and accept ongoing track trace measures while in New Zealand.
We should be resetting the International Tourism experience infrastructure now so that we have the hotels to house tourists quarantining here for their mandatory 14 days before moving through to their holiday.
We need to move away from hyper tourism to boutique tourism and appropriately price that experience.
What is the price for a plague free holiday? Ask anyone in Paris, New York or London.
New Zealand has always underpriced what we provide for the world and that mentality brings little value, instead NZ should look to be a properly priced exclusive venue to holiday in.
Now not all tourism operators will be able to service this exclusive clientele and so for them, they need to rapidly reduce their current price gouging tourist prices and instead target domestic tourism and cater for that appropriately because Kiwi boomers won’t be holidaying in Thailand anymore, they’ll be visiting NZ destinations.
This will generate revenue while reducing overall air traffic while reducing the stress on our infrastructure.
It is no longer the tyranny of distance, that distance is our strength and selling point now.
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