Get those foreign killers off the road


After plowing into the locals for years while we stand idly by in fear of losing someone a tourist dollar, there is some movement.  Maybe.

Police may get the power to ban erratic tourist drivers from the roads as concern grows about the number of fatalities involving overseas drivers.

The death of motorcyclist Grant Roberts left two young boys without a father. They have taken a petition to Parliament asking to make it tougher for tourists to drive here.

Mr Roberts was one of two motorcyclists killed when a young Chinese woman lost control of her car.

Christchurch coroner Richard McElrea¬†investigated the accident and has called for police to be given powers to ban drivers who show a “demonstrable lack of ability”.

Associate Transport Minister Craig Foss is interested in the idea.

“We’re considering all the options that the coroner’s put to us,” he says. “That recommendation in particular I’m interested in and I’ll be talking to the Minister of Police about that one.”

We have to have a better balance where we value the safety of others over the bottom line of tourist operators just a little more.

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NZ top of the list for Luxury travel too

You’d think listening to opposition parties and politicians that New Zealand sucked.

The problem with that is visitors love our country.

And now we have been rated top spot to visit by luxury travellers.

New Zealand has topped leading US luxury travel agency Virtuoso‚Äôs annual ‚ÄėHot List‚Äô, winning the honour for the biggest year-on-year growth in luxury travel.

The announcement was made at Virtuoso Travel Week, held in August, in front of 4,420 delegates, attending from 92 countries ‚Äď the largest delegate attendance ever.

New Zealand topped the list by a wide margin, with a staggering increase of 196 per cent growth year-on-year. Chile followed in second place, with an increase of 103 per cent, while Indonesia, Hungary and Hong Kong made up the remainder of the top five. ¬†¬† Read more »

Three counts of careless driving causing death? Why not manslaughter?

Talkback and comments are running hot around the problem.  What to do with tourists on our road?  Responsible for 6% of our road deaths.  As high as 25% around Queenstown.

Stop then from driving?   Self drive tourism is huge.

Sit a test?  Perhaps.

I have a better idea.

Make them sit through a slide show of people that have been killed by tourists on the road, including victim impact statements of the family left behind and make sure this picture glued on every steering wheel of every camper van and rental car that tourists take on the road

Abigail Hone

Abigail Hone

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The pay rise has gone to his head

Is Len Brown serious or now proving he is a looney?

The NZ Herald reports:

Seaplanes, America’s Cup yacht charters and the Auckland Harbour Bridge SkyPath are among forecast visitor experiences tipped to help lift Auckland’s annual tourism income.

Mayor Len Brown said the city’s visitor economy was booming and plans were in place to expand from a $4.8 billion-a-year industry in 2012 to $7.2 billion in 2021 – a rise of 50 per cent.

Auckland’s previous 10-year visitor plan, released by Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development (Ateed) in 2011, was to grow the visitor economy from $3.3 billion in 2010 to $6 billion annually in 2021.

The plan is being revisited. The increase would be achieved by increasing international tourism from $2.46 billion in 2012 to $4.23 billion in 2021 and domestic tourism from $2.37 billion in 2012 to $3 billion in 2021, Mr Brown said. ¬† Read more »

The difference of being a tourist in France vs Italy

And to think Labour and the unions didn’t want the movies here

I wonder if Helen Kelly or the political branch of the CTU would care to comment, that is the ones that aren’t holidaying after being back at work for two weeks.

The Hobbit movies have injected a massive boost into tourism.

Middle-earth marketing of New Zealand has spurred on “remarkable” growth in overseas tourism, new research says.

A report just released by the New Zealand Institute of Economic Research (NZIER) found that Hobbit-inspired marketing of New Zealand attractions had helped push the growth of the tourism industry beyond any projections.¬† Read more »

Do “it” for Denmark

This is funny, but it also exposed a real problem:  Denmark is like a retirement village

Those goddamn Hobbit movies – keeping too many Kiwis employed & regional economies vibrant

The opposition parties objected tot he making of the Hobbit in NZ, the unions tried to stop after being hijacked by Aussie union bosses.

The movies however continue to deliver, keeping Kiwis employed and regional economies vibrant.

The lure of Middle-earth is helping sway increasing numbers of tourists to make the long journey to New Zealand.

Visitor arrivals in February were the highest ever for the month, Statistics New Zealand said on Friday, with the 301,200 visitors being about seven per cent more than February 2013.

Although arrivals from China and Hong Kong were down due to the earlier Chinese New Year, there were more from Australia, the United States and Germany.

The 2.77 million visitors who arrived in the year ended February was also up about seven per cent.¬† Read more »

Hit’s ya right in the awwwww

The good news keeps on rolling, this time it is tourism

Thjs news won;t make the Labour party party happy as they want to trash talk the New Zealand economy, and john Key.

He is the tourism minister so can rightly claim this piece of good news.

A record 2.7 million overseas visitors touched down in New Zealand last year, providing a shot in the arm for retailers, tourism operators, the hospitality industry and the economy.

Tourism New Zealand estimates the extra 114,112 holiday makers last year from abroad spent $365 million.

In addition to a bumper year, December also recorded the highest number of arrivals in any month with 381,000 clearing immigration controls.

Tourism NZ chief executive Kevin Bowler says the growth for the year was driven by traditional long-stay markets and the biggest source of tourists – Australia.¬† Read more »