New Zealand Prime Minister John Key recently announced he will retain his tourism portfolio for a third consecutive term, with Hon. Paula Bennett as his Associate Minister of Tourism.
Conventions & Incentives New Zealand (CINZ) are welcoming the announcement saying stability is something the tourism industry needs.
CINZ chief executive, Sue Sullivan says this high-level government focus will help the business tourism industry immensely.
“There is still a lot of work to do as New Zealand gears up for a huge business events infrastructure boost, however we applaud Mr Key for having the big picture in his sights and putting New Zealand on the international stage,” Ms Sullivan said.
With new Convention Centres in Auckland and Christchurch set for opening by 2018, New Zealand can confidently sell the country to the world as a great place to meet, learn and do business.
“We are delighted to know there will be a continued focus on high value and special interest visitors, and ongoing support to attract conventions through Tourism New Zealand’s Business Events funding.”
Ms Sullivan says the new convention centres will have a positive economic impact that extends far beyond their regional boundaries.