Parliament

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

 

Wine-Tourism Conference Organisers Congratulated

PM Congratulates Wine-Tourism Conference Organisers


Prime Minister Helen Clark today congratulated organisers of the inaugural Wine Tourism Conference.

Helen Clark was speaking at the conference at Montana's Brancott Winery, in Marlborough, this afternoon.

"Like all good ideas, one can only wonder why combining these two industries in this way was never undertaken before!

"Both the wine and tourism industries have seen significant growth in recent years, and both play a crucial role in branding New Zealand in international markets.

"The magnificent sauvignon blanc wines produced here in Marlborough are a match for anything the Old World can produce, and I am told that our pinot noir wines, such as those from Martinborough, are heading the same way. These products are a shining symbol of New Zealand excellence, and a magnet for visitors interested in wine and associated activities.

"Indeed, it is this overlap between the wine and tourism industries which gives this inaugural conference its driving force. Your focus on issues such as quality standards, product development, ways of co-ordinating the two industries and sustaining the two is entirely sensible.

"There is a growing recognition that visitor interest in wine is a very important catalyst to the undertaking of tourism activities. For example, tourists who come to Marlborough or Martinborough or Hawke's Bay to experience the wine trails there spend money on restaurants, accommodation, car rentals and other goods and services, as well as the wonderful wine itself.



"For its part, the government has taken a number of steps to support growth in the tourism industry as a whole.

"A New Zealand tourism strategy is being developed, following years during which the industry relied on an ad hoc approach to planning, management and funding. The group working on this strategy will report back by March next year.

"We have also established the Tourism Research and Forecasting Council to ensure the provision of better quality tourism research, information and forecasting.

"With two hundred or more delegates expected at this year's conference, I wish you all the well and congratulate you on your efforts in this exciting new area," Helen Clark said.


Ends

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Mosque Shooting Response: Ban On Military Style Semi-Automatics And Assault Rifles

Military style semi-automatics and assault rifles will be banned in New Zealand under stronger new gun laws announced today, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says... Related parts used to convert these guns into MSSAs are also being banned, along with all high-capacity magazines.

“An amnesty will be put in place for weapons to be handed in, and Cabinet has directed officials to develop a buyback scheme...All semi-automatic weapons used during the terrorist attack on Friday 15 March will be banned." More>>

RNZ Report: No Mention Of Right-Wing Threat In 10 Years Of GCSB/SIS Docs
There is not one specific mention of the threat posed by white supremacists or right-wing nationalism in 10 years of public documents from the Security Intelligence Service or the GCSB. More>>

Two Minute Silence Friday: Auckland Mosques Opening Their Doors To All
Mosques in the four corners of Auckland will open their doors on Friday night for people of all faiths to gather in remembrance of the 50 lives lost in the Christchurch shootings. More>>

SCOOP COVERAGE: CHRISTCHURCH MOSQUES TERROR ATTACK
For the Latest: Scoop Search - Christchurch
 

Gordon Campbell: On The School Climate Strike

Locally, the school strike has won a ton of support for bringing climate change to the fore. Yet the strikers don't want mere expressions of support. They want action. More>>

ALSO:

"Grabbed And Struck In The Face": Greens Co-Leader Attacked While Walking To Work

Green Party co-leader James Shaw was the victim of an unprovoked attack when he was walking to work in Wellington. More>>

ALSO:

████████ ████ ███: Latest OIA Statistics Released

The latest statistics cover 110 agencies that collectively completed 18,106 official information requests between July and December 2018, a 16.4% increase on the 15,551 requests for the previous six months. More>>

ALSO:

'Hit And Run' Inquiry: New Legal Action Over Secrecy

The lawyer representing the Afghan villagers in the inquiry into Operation Burnham has launched legal proceedings calling for a judicial review in the investigation. More>>

ALSO:

From Hydro Plan To...: Mokihinui River Land To Join Kahurangi National Park

A total of 64,400 hectares of conservation land in the Mokihinui River catchment on the West Coast north of Westport, including 15 km of riverbed, is being added to Kahurangi National Park. “Adding this area, roughly half the size of Auckland City, to Kahurangi is the largest addition of land to an existing national park in New Zealand’s history,” Eugenie Sage said. More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

InfoPages News Channels