Tourism is one of our major industries, but the plague must be kept out of NZ and that means the borders MUST remain tightly controlled.
NZs despicable hyper tourism that has seen freedom campers shitting all over our country, that sees our infrastructure groan under the weight of so many tourists and the low value it provides must all be challenged.
Watching exclusive overpriced NZ Tourism having to beg actual kiwis to visit them at massively discounted prices is wondrous isn’t it? Some of our most spectacular places now affordable for the foreseeable future AND our roads free from hyper tourism too?
We should look at an extra couple of holidays each year to elongate our long weekends, but the tourism business must change their price gouging to entice Kiwi’s along for the long weekend experience and we should culturally look to celebrate the Kiwi Long Weekend.
One of the good things about the tourism reset is that we must move from hyper tourism to boutique tourism.
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.
There are enormous structural changes coming our way in a post pandemic world and we need to see ourselves as one of the life boats on a climate crisis planet. Tourism is an area we need to urgently reform so that when external shocks occur, we are flexible enough to sustain them.
A Minister of Tourism that can articulate this new vision forward is currently missing in action.
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