Monday, March 19, 2018
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From the Regions

From the Regions: Wanaka’s James Helmore

General manager of Lake Wanaka Tourism, James Helmore, on how the town's tourism strategy has evolved, the requirement for better data and balancing the needs of the local community with a booming visitor economy.

From the Regions: West Coast’s Richard Benton

The chairman of Tourism West Coast and local operator, Richard Benton, on a booming summer, why we should start charging overseas visitors for access to select natural attractions, and the challenge of attracting skilled staff to remote regions.    

From the Regions: NRDA’s Mark Rawson

The Nelson Regional Development Agency's chief executive, Mark Rawson, on managing record growth, driving seasonality, successfully tackling freedom camping, and integrating tourism into local planning. 

From the Regions: Stewart Island’s Jon Spraggon

Jon Spraggon, chair of the Stewart Island/Rakiura Community Board, talks about the island’s long hot summer, a review of the visitor levy fund and a new offer for winter.

From the Regions: Coromandel’s Hadley Dryden

In a summer of heatwaves and downpours, the Coromandel was the first to feel the downside when a storm swept through the region in early January. Destination Coromandel's Hadley Dryden tells us about the challenges, and an opportunity, that followed.

From the Regions: Kaikoura’s Glenn Ormsby

One year on from last year's 7.8-magnitude earthquake, Destination Kaikoura's general manager, Glenn Ormsby, says it has been a difficult recovery and, despite hopes among operators for a good summer, challenges remain. 

From the Regions: Managing the Tongariro Crossing

Tourism development consultant Dave Bamford on the Tongariro Crossing's new management plan and why we shouldn't be afraid to apply service and facility fees at our most popular national park sites.

From the Regions: Fiordland’s Philippa Murrell

Destination Fiordland's former tourism manager, Philippa Murrell, on the challenges the region faces, the need for social license, and transforming Te Anau into a destination in its own right.   

From the Regions: Invercargill’s HW Richardson Group

HWR director Scott O'Donnell on its latest attraction, Dig This, the company's plans for a new $100m town centre and the implications for the region's tourism offering.

From the Regions: West Coast’s Jim Little

Tourism West Coast's CEO Jim Little tells us about building on the region's successful brand, how the RTO is developing wilderness attractions, and why it is seeking a big boost to its budget.

From the Regions: Ruapehu’s Claire McKnight

The outgoing chief executive of Visit Ruapehu, Claire McKnight, on transforming the region into a year-round destination, managing growth, and identifying the opportunities ahead for the unique area.

From the Regions: Mackenzie Mayor Graham Smith

Mackenzie Mayor Graham Smith on the challenges of building tourism infrastructure, why the regions need a reliable source of income to fund it, and the changes planned for the iconic Church of the Good Shepherd. 

From the Regions: Tourism Waitaki’s Jason Gaskill

The outgoing general manager of Tourism Waitaki, Jason Gaskill, tells the Ticker how his region's unique tourism offering has evolved, the growth of its Steampunk and Victorian attractions, and the challenges ahead for the emerging tourism destination.

From the Regions: Hamilton & Waikato’s Jason Dawson

Hamilton & Waikato Tourism CEO Jason Dawson on the challenges and opportunities of managing growth, the need for more investment and accommodation options, and Hamilton's 50-year plan to turn itself towards the Waikato River.

From the Regions: Venture Southland’s Warrick Low

Venture Southland's Tourism and Events Manager Warrick Low on the challenge of ensuring his region benefits from the tourism boom, the value of industry partnerships, the investment flowing into the sector and the South's point of difference.

From the Regions: Northland Inc’s Paul Davis

Northland Inc's General Manager of Regional Promotions & Tourism, Paul Davis, tells us about investment into tourism in his region, the need for more high-end accommodation, and why Whangarei's Hundertwasser Art Centre will be a game changer.

From the Regions: Waitomo Mayor Brian Hanna

Waitomo District Council Mayor Brian Hanna on coping with booming tourism, the success of products like the Timber Trail Lodge and Sir Colin Meads attraction, and plans to build a much-needed new hotel. 

From the Regions: Aoraki’s Henrietta Hazlett

The Ticker hears from Henrietta Hazlett, the industry partnerships manager at New Zealand's newest Regional Tourism Organisation, Aoraki Tourism, on the challenges and opportunities in the Timaru District.

From the Regions: Wairarapa’s David Hancock

The Wairarapa has grown from being another region with vineyards to a multifaceted destination on the doorstep of the nation’s capital. Destination Wairarapa’s general manager, David Hancock, looks at what’s next for the region.

From the Regions: Marlborough’s Jacqui Lloyd

Destination Marlborough's new general manager, Jacqui Lloyd, on her return home to New Zealand, coping with the aftermath of the Kaikoura earthquake, targeting the domestic market, and helping the region's smaller operator.

From the Regions: Central Otago Mayor Tim Cadogan

Central Otago Mayor Tim Cadogan on aiming for a bigger slice of the booming tourism industry, coping wth the burdens of growth, and why smaller regions have struggled to get infrastructure funding.

From the Regions: Whanganui & Partners’ Lyn Cheyne

Whanganui & Partners' tourism lead Lyn Cheyne on why the region deserves better recognition, the dearth of domestic insight and the impact that the Whanganui River's new legal status could have on tourism.

From the Regions: Hawke’s Bay Tourism’s Annie Dundas

Hawke's Bay Tourism's general manager, Annie Dundas, on the need for long-term tourism planning in New Zealand, preparing for the launch of space tourism, and her region's latest "ski season" winter campaign.

From the Regions: Tourism Bay of Plenty’s Kristin Dunne

In the first of our weekly series From the Regions, Kristin Dunne, chief executive of Tourism BOP, tells us about the challenges of coping with 36% growth, unlocking the region's natural attractions and the RTO's new 10-year draft strategic plan.
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