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NZ needs more visitor accommodation: study

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 12/04/2017

Developing new accommodation will have greater added tourism impact, finds a Research by the Tourism Industry Aotearoa. © Chameleons Eye/Rex Images Developing new accommodation will have greater added tourism impact, finds a Research by the Tourism Industry Aotearoa. More visitor accommodation has been identified as the main priority to support the growth of New Zealand's booming tourism industry.

Research carried out for Tourism Industry Aotearoa concludes that developing new accommodation will have greater added tourism impact for the country that any other category of infrastructure.

It highlights telecommunications, airport facilities, road transport, car parking, toilets, and water and sewerage systems as other priorities.

The Deloitte study, National Tourism Infrastructure Assessment, says the industry will have to work closely with central and local government to co-ordinate action.

It says market forces alone are unlikely to be enough to plug the gaps.

TIA chief executive Chris Roberts says "smart and active interventions" are needed to ensure tourism growth is sustainable.

"The tourism boom is putting pressure on some of our most popular destinations," he said.

"We need to address this as a country, otherwise we won't be able to keep growing, the visitor experience could suffer and we'll lose community support for tourism."

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