Home' Hotel Management : HM FEB 2017 Contents Tourism Industry Aotearoa has paid tribute to
outgoing Prime Minister John Key, saying he
raised the profile of New Zealand’s biggest export
sector across the Government.
Key shocked the nation with his resignation in early
December and many believe his contribution to the
tourism industry will be one of his greatest legacies.
The tourism industry was delighted when Key
took over the tourism portfolio when he was
elected as Prime Minister in 2008, TIA Chief
Executive Chris Roberts says, acknowledging the
huge job he went on to do.
“Key has succeeded in ensuring the importance
of the tourism industry to New Zealand’s economy
is recognised at the highest levels of government.
He has also been a natural front person for New
Zealand and this has presented some powerful
opportunities to promote New Zealand overseas,”
“As the tourism industry has grown, we have
been grateful for the Prime Minister’s support,
most recently with the Government’s rapid action
to help the recovery of Kaikoura’s tourism sector,”
Over the years, Key has been very generous
with his time, attending numerous TIA events,
including the Tourism Summit Aotearoa, New
Zealand Tourism Awards and New Zealand’s
biggest tourism showcase, TRENZ.
“The industry has always deeply appreciated
the opportunity to hear directly from Key about
how his Government is supporting tourism. He has
been ably assisted by Associate Tourism Ministers
who were able to take on some of the detailed
work that Key’s Prime Ministerial duties didn’t allow
time for,” Roberts says.
“ With some far-reaching discussions about
tourism funding and infrastructure on the horizon,
we look forward to Key’s successor as Tourism
Minister continuing to be a senior Cabinet
Minister who can place industry concerns in the
context and priority they deserve.”
In his resignation speech, Key said he felt the
time was right to leave the role of Prime Minister.
“Throughout these  years I have given
everything I could to this job that I cherish, and this
country that I love,” he said. “All of this has come at
quite some sacrifice for the people who are dearest
to me – my family.
“My family has also had remarkable
opportunities and experiences as we have met
people and visited places from one end of our
country to the other.
“ We have celebrated alongside fellow Kiwis
in their happiest times, and wept with them in
“Simply put, it has, for me, been the most
remarkable, satisfying and exciting time of my life.
“But despite the amazing career I have had
in politics, I have never seen myself as a career
politician. I have certainly never wanted my
success in politics to be measured by how long I
spent in Parliament.
“This has been the hardest decision I have ever
made and I do not know what I will do next... But
for me this feels the right time to go.”
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Former New Zealand Prime Minister
John Key: ‘The time was right to go’
NEW ZEALAND’S PRIME
MINISTER KEY RESIGNS,
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TIA: big issues facing new NZ Tourism Minister
Tourism Industry Aotearoa says it looks forward to
working with new Tourism Minister Paula Bennett
and Associate Minister Nicky Wagner on some of
the big issues facing the tourism industry.
“Paula Bennett has ably supported former
Prime Minister and Minister of Tourism John
Key for the last two years in her role as Associate
Tourism Minister. We are pleased she is continuing
her involvement with the industry as the new
Minister,” TIA Chief Executive Chris Roberts says.
“The tourism industry has benefited
enormously from having Key as Tourism
Minister for the last eight years. We are pleased
the portfolio is remaining with a highly ranked
Cabinet Minister, reflecting the industry’s
importance to New Zealand’s economy.”
At the time HM went to press TIA says it was
seeking meetings with Bennett and Wagner to
discuss the challenges facing the fast-growing
Total annual tourism revenue has grown from
NZD$28 billion to NZD$34.7 billion in just two
years. Strong growth is expected to continue
over summer and throughout 2017, and the
medium term outlook is very promising.
“However, we know and acknowledge that
there is rising public and industry concern that
tourism is growing faster than our ability to cope.
Without a coordinated response from industry
and central and local government, we risk being
unable to fully capture the future potential of
tourism and protect the long-term sustainability
of our industry,” Roberts says.
“Tourism funding and infrastructure are the top
priorities for the industry as we head into 2017,
along with supporting the recovery of Kaikoura and
the wider tourism industry in surrounding regions.
“Bennett has a particular interest in getting
Kiwis into work. TIA has already worked closely
with her on workforce issues and we look forward
to continuing these efforts.”
As Customs Minister, Wagner has already had
considerable influence over the experiences our
visitors have when they arrive at our border, and
TIA would look forward to working with her as
Associate Minister of Tourism, Roberts says.
“Key was a great supporter of the tourism
industry – for example, his vision for the New
Zealand Cycle Trail has allowed a new visitor
segment to be developed – and we hope Bennett
and Wagner will continue his good work.”
Big challenges ahead:
New Zealand Tourism
Minister Paula Bennett
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