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Tourism Welcomes Arts Funding

Release: Tourism Industry Association

The Tourism Industry has welcomed the Government's commitment to increased spending on arts and culture, Tourism Industry Association (TIA) Chief Executive Glenys Coughlan said today.

"There is no doubt that a well funded arts and culture sector adds considerably to the enjoyment of visitors who come to New Zealand.

"The TIA is currently working on a cultural tourism strategy with the arts and culture sector, looking at improving partnerships between tourism and arts and culture.

"More money for big tourist draw cards like Te Papa is welcome. As well, the commitment to fund the Christchurch Art Gallery will add to the range of quality activities already available in that city.

"It is also pleasing to see more money for the Edwin Fox restoration project in Picton. As a gateway to the South for many travellers, the Edwin Fox, when restored, will be an added attraction for Picton," Ms Coughlan said.

Ms Coughlan said that extra funding for things like the ballet, the NZSO and the Historic Places Trust would all add to New Zealand's already good reputation as a high quality destination with a good range of cultural and historic attractions.

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18 May 2000

The Tourism Industry Association represents 3,500 businesses and organisations within the tourism industry Members include airlines, airport companies, and regional tourism organisations, rental car, coach and taxi companies, inbound tour operators, travel agents, adventure tourism operators, accommodation providers, tourism attractions, researchers, training organisations and tourism services providers Tourism is New Zealand's largest export earner - accounting for 16 % of this country's export earnings The Tourism Industry Association organises the New Zealand Tourism Conference, TRENZ and the New Zealand Tourism Awards More information: Simon King, (04) 494 1845, (025) 807 252

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