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PM will continue as Tourism Minister if National re-elected


PM will continue as Tourism Minister if National re-elected

The Tourism Portfolio will remain with the Prime Minister if National is re-elected.

National’s Tourism Spokesman, Prime Minister John Key, said today he would continue to be a passionate advocate for New Zealand and the tourism industry, which provides so many benefits to the country.

“Having the portfolio as one of the Prime Minister’s portfolios ensures that tourism is at the heart of the Government’s economic thinking. I will continue to advocate for the New Zealand tourism industry when I’m overseas on official visits.”

Tourism is a significant part of New Zealand’s economy, and is a major employer.

“National recognises this, which is why since 2008 the Government has invested an unprecedented $600 million in tourism and tourism promotion.

“Our investment is getting results. Some 2.8 million people visited New Zealand during the last year. Total visitor spend is up to almost $7 billion a year and tourism directly employs 5.7 per cent of the New Zealand workforce and indirectly employs another 3.1 per cent.”

If re-elected National will:

• Continue to support overseas promotion and marketing work in both emerging and established markets.
• Provide support for national and regional efforts to attract large international business conferences and conventions.
• Build closer relationships with Chinese tourism authorities.
• Continue to ensure our adventure activities meet world-class safety standards.

“We will also complete the remaining few kilometres of the New Zealand Cycle Trail network, and support upcoming international events such as the Cricket World Cup and the 2015 FIFA Under-20 World Cup.

“Our tourism industry is in good heart and Tourism New Zealand is widely regarded as world-leading in its promotional and marketing work,’’ says Mr Key.

“National will continue to support Tourism New Zealand to further increase the number of overseas tourists to New Zealand, particularly high-value visitors.”

National’s Tourism Policy is available at: http://ntnl.org.nz/1laJs5W

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