Wanaka reps needed on tourism steer­ing group

Central Otago Mirror - - WANAKA NEWS -

Wanaka res­i­dents in­ter­ested in tourism are be­ing urged to take part in a district-wide project that takes a close look at the vis­i­tor in­dus­try.

Shap­ing Our Fu­ture steer­ing com­mit­tee mem­ber Ed Tay­lor is chal­leng­ing lo­cals who work in, or are af­fected by tourism to vol­un­teer for a task force on the topic.

The task force fol­lows the Shap­ing Our Fu­ture vis­i­tor fo­rum, held in Queen­stown and Wanaka last month. Is­sues, chal­lenges and the fu­ture di­rec­tion of the tourism in­dus­try were dis­cussed. A task force will de­ter­mine a plan for the fu­ture of the in­dus­try.

More than 100 people at­tended the Queen­stown fo­rum, but only 30 went to the Wanaka meet­ing – and so far only one per­son from Wanaka had joined the task force.

‘‘At­ten­dees at the Wanaka vis­i­tor fo­rum said they didn’t want Wanaka to be an­other Queen­stown,’’ says Tay­lor, who is also War­birds Over Wanaka gen­eral man­ager.

‘‘I tend to agree that Wanaka needs to have an of­fer­ing to vis­i­tors which is dif­fer­ent to the Queen­stown ex­pe­ri­ence. We need to start think­ing strate­gi­cally about the big pic­ture for Wanaka and how it fits with the whole district. We can only do that by get­ting in­volved.’’

The task force would com­prise Queen­stown and Wanaka rep­re­sen­ta­tives from within the tourism and vis­i­tor in­dus­try. It could be­come nec­es­sary for a Wanaka sub group to be es­tab­lished so Wanaka re­tained its own iden­tity, but it was im­por­tant that the two ar­eas worked to­gether, Tay­lor said.

‘‘It doesn’t mat­ter if you didn’t make it to the vis­i­tor fo­rum. What mat­ters is that we get a good cross­sec­tion of people who are as­so­ci­ated with the in­dus­try.

In­ter­ested people can con­tact Tay­lor, or Prue Kane, Pete Bullen or Celia Cros­bie, or email alexa @shapin­gour­future.co.nz.

Shape up: Ed Tay­lor says only one per­son has signedup to­bepartof a group ex­am­in­ing Wanaka’s vis­i­tor in­dus­try.

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