Whangamata information centre open for business
ENTERPRISE WHANGAMATA AT THE HELM
Whangamata business owners have been working into the evening this week to prepare the Whangamata Information Centre for its reopening today, just in time for a major town event.
ENTERPRISE WHANGAMATA has formally taken on the role of managing the Information Centre with the full support of Thames-Coromandel District Council, after the centre closed three weeks ago.
The local business network, which has 40 active businesses on its books and is proactive in event organisation and developing visitor resources for the town, will soon advertise for a centre manager and assistant manager.
Enterprise Whangamata Chairman Chris Coombes says the organisation’s committee is positive about its future.
“We see tourism as the big growth market for the Coromandel and we’re all on the same page with Destination Coromandel, our regional tourism office and have been given the full support of the Council. This adds strength to the way we see the future.
“The committee has spent the last three or four days getting documentation in place and some of our volunteers were up until 9 o’clock cleaning last night ready for the doors to be re-opened. It will operate in a limited capacity but it had to open in time for Brits at the Beach.”
There will be a manager appointed in a paid role as well as an assistant manager, with the centre otherwise staffed by volunteers from the community and business network.
Mr Coombes says it’s essential that at least one of these paid staff will have experience in accountancy, and the Enterprise Whangamata committee will also provide the skills of an accountant in a “critiquing and mentoring capacity” to ensure the financial operations are transparent and continually well-managed.
Says Mr Coombes: “We believe it’s critical to Whangamata that we continue to have an information centre and we worked out a business plan and committed ourselves to it.”
The organisation is still working through the structure of the site and whether it can be run as an official i-SITE, which has stringent criteria to be met, or whether it will be an information centre. Either way, it will remain at its current location on Port Rd and take bookings for local attractions and businesses.
Enterprise Whangamata has also taken on the role of organising this year’s POHUTUKAWA FESTIVAL, an 11 day event starting in November, which celebrates the start of summer, the blossoming of the iconic Pohutukawa tree and the uniqueness of the Coromandel’s many communities.
The Whangamata Information Centre opened for business today!
Mon - Fri: 10am - 2pm
Sat -Sun: 10am - 4pm