Charging tourists will inevitably end up with citizens having to pay to walk their owr national parks.
International tourists may have to start paying to visit our national parks as the Department of Conservation struggles to cope with the tourism boom.
Concern about pressures on conservation land from swelling international visitor numbers has prompted the Conservation Authority to start investigating “charging mechanisms” to pay for the increasing costs of handling those numbers.
Last year, tourism replaced the dairy industry as the top foreign exchange earner for the first time in five years, bringing in $13.5 billion, compared with $13b for dairy.
A total of 3.1 million tourists visited New Zealand last year, but the tourism sector predicted numbers to grow by nearly another million in about five years. Read more »