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5 May, 2011
FOR TE ANAU
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RIDING HIGH: Friends and neighbours of Aaron and Louise Duthie at the reins
of horses from their High Ride Adventures Te Anau horse trekking business
on Saturday. Twelves horses were ridden along the Whitestone River from
Wilderness Road to their new home in Dale Road.
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The association representing
holiday park accommodation
providers in New Zealand met
in Te Anau for the first time last
HAPANZ -- the Holiday
Accommodation Parks Association
of New Zealand -- holds a national
conference annually but also runs
North and South Island regional
meetings once a year to give
members a chance to network
and discuss issues affecting their
industry. This was the first time the
South Island meeting has been
held in Fiordland.
An economic survey
commissioned by the association
last year shows that travellers who
stay at holiday parks contribute
at least $623 million in direct
expenditure to the New Zealand
economy. The research also shows
that only 18 percent of their daily
expenditure is on accommodation
costs, the bulk of their spending
being in the wider community
on such things as cafes, bars,
activities and attractions,
shopping and entertainment.
Chief executive Fergus Brown said
about 55 park operators attended
the Te Anau meeting last week,
with some coming from as far as
Northland. Items on the agenda
included tourism in the aftermath
of the Christchurch earthquake,
online feedback systems such as
tripadvisor.com, employment law
updates, and freedom camping.
Illegal freedom camping had been
high on the list of concerns for
park owners and HAPANZ had
lobbied strongly for law changes to
give local authorities more teeth
when dealing with it, Mr Brown
Some councils already had bylaws
that enabled those camping
illegally to be ticketed but it was
not backed up with the ability
to enforce payment of the fine.
However, in recent months
significant progress had been
made towards giving councils the
power to demand penalty payment
on the spot.
"We'd like to see it in before the
Rugby World Cup... and I think we
are on target," he said.
Holiday park operators did not
oppose freedom campers per se
-- just camping in illegal places.
During their visit to Te Anau
members had noted freedom
campers parked in the middle of
town and cooking their meals on
a gas cooker on the pavement.
Not only was that kind of situation
inappropriate, it was creating a
negative visitor experience for
other tourists, he said.
"It's not anti-freedom camping, it's
anti doing it in the wrong place."
Enforceable penalties were
important but equally important
was the need for an effective and
consistent education campaign.
"The key message is 'assume
nothing, always ask'," Mr Brown
Another pressing issue for the
tourism industry was the changing
mix of visitors. While visitor
numbers were up by two or three
percent, most of them were
Asians who tended not to travel
independently and typically only
visited main tourism centres.
The Australian market was also
showing changing demographics.
The number of tourists from
Australia had grown two to three
percent yet they were spending
about eight percent less, he said.
Mr Brown said Fiordland boasted
some of the best holiday parks
in the country and the HAPANZ
delegates had thoroughly enjoyed
their time there.
Tourism concerns aired
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