Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search


Change of home for the Office of Tourism and Sport

30 June 2000 Media Statement

From DIA to MED – a change of home for the Office of Tourism and Sport

The Minister of Tourism Mark Burton says a major development in ensuring that tourism is at the heart of the government's economic and regional development programme, takes effect from the 1st of July.

The Office of Tourism and Sport has been moved from the Department of Internal Affairs to the new Ministry of Economic Development.

OTSp is a specialist semi-autonomous policy advice unit. Mr Burton says its placement in MED is indicative of the crucial role it has to play.

"Tourism is a key driver of the New Zealand economy. There has been encouraging growth in tourism over the past decade. Tourism employs at least 118,000 New Zealanders – that's one job in 12 - and the industry has become the country's largest single earner of foreign exchange.

"The challenge now for the government and the industry is to ensure that future growth is economically, socially and environmentally sustainable.

"OTSp has an important role in working with the Tourism Industry Association and Tourism New Zealand on the development of a National Tourism Strategy. A key goal of the Strategy will be to strengthen regional economic development.

"OTSp is also helping to co-ordinate the government's new research initiative, the Tourism Research and Forecasting Clearinghouse.

"The placement of OTSp within the Ministry of Economic Development is a recognition that tourism is a dynamic and key contributor to the country's economic well-being, with enormous potential that has still to be realised," Mark Burton said.


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

New Reports: Flood Risk From Rain And Sea Under Climate Change

One report looks at what would happen when rivers are flooded by heavy rain and storms, while the other examines flooding exposure in coastal and harbour areas and how that might change with sea-level rise.

Their findings show that across the country almost 700,000 people and 411,516 buildings worth $135 billion are presently exposed to river flooding in the event of extreme weather events...

There is near certainty that the sea will rise 20-30 cm by 2040. By the end of the century, depending on whether global greenhouse gas emissions are reduced, it could rise by between 0.5 to 1.1 m, which could add an additional 116,000 people exposed to extreme coastal storm flooding. More>>



Gordon Campbell: On The Commerce Commission Fuel Report

The interim Commerce Commission report on the fuel industry will do nothing to endear the major oil companies to the New Zealand public... More>>


Emergency Govt Bill: Overriding Local Licensing For The Rugby

“It’s pretty clear some clubs are having difficulty persuading their district licensing committees to grant a special licence to extend their hours for this obviously special event, and so it makes sense for Parliament to allow clubs to meet a community desire." More>>


Leaving Contract Early: KiwiBuild Programme Losing Another Top Boss

Ms O'Sullivan began a six-month contract as head of KiwiBuild Commercial in February, but the Housing Ministry has confirmed she has resigned and will depart a month early to take up a new job. More>>


Proposed National Policy Statement: Helping Our Cities Grow Up And Out

“We need a new approach to planning that allows our cities to grow up, especially in city centres and around transport connections. We also have to allow cities to expand in a way that protects our special heritage areas, the natural environment and highly productive land." More>>


Ombudsman's Report: Ngāpuhi Elder 'Shocked' By Conditions At Ngawha Prison

A prominent Ngāpuhi elder is shocked to find inmates at Ngawha Prison are denied water and forced to relieve themselves in the exercise yard... Chief Ombudsman Peter Boshier has released a report highly critical of conditions at the Northland prison. More>>


Promises: Independent Election Policy Costing Unit A Step Closer

The creation of an entity to provide political parties with independent and non-partisan policy costings is a step closer today, according to Finance Minister Grant Robertson and Associate Finance Minister James Shaw. More>>


School's In: Primary And Intermediate Principals Accept New Offer

Primary and intermediate school principals have voted to accept a new settlement from the Ministry of Education, which includes entrenched pay parity with secondary principals. More>>


IPCA On 'Rawshark' Investigation: Multiple Police Failings In Hager Searches Confirmed

The Independent Police Conduct Authority has found that the Police's unlawful search of Nicky Hager's property in October 2014 resulted from an unwitting neglect of duty and did not amount to misconduct by any individual officer... More>>


Broadcasting Standards: Decisions On Coverage Of Mosque Attacks

The Authority upheld one of these complaints, finding that the use of extensive excerpts from the alleged attacker’s livestream video on Sky News New Zealand had the potential to cause significant distress to audiences in New Zealand, and particularly to the family and friends of victims, and the wider Muslim community. More>>




InfoPages News Channels