Wanaka reps needed on tourism steering group
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.