May­oral can­di­dates talk tourism over break­fast


Cen­tral Otago’s three may­oral can­di­dates talked tourism over toast at a busi­ness break­fast meet­ing in Cromwell.

Busi­ness­woman Sarah Bond raised con­cern at the fo­rum of the coun­cil’s cov­er­age of tourism in its Long Term Plan, ask­ing their view of tourism.

Lawyer Tim Cado­gan said the re­gion needed to work to­gether as a group to bring tourists through.

‘‘In my view we are dip­ping out in some re­ally big ar­eas of tourism...We have to work bet­ter with the Chi­nese tour op­er­a­tors. Forty nine per cent of Chi­nese land­ing in New Zealand have never heard of Cen­tral Otago...Work­ing to­gether is a gold­mine.’’

In­cum­bent mayor Tony Lep­per said the coun­cil spent around $1.4 mil­lion on tourism and the Long Term Plan was tar­geted on those lim­ited re­sources.

‘‘We punch miles above our weight. We could spend more ratepay­ers’ money and prob­a­bly do a big­ger job, whether we could do a bet­ter job, I’m not sure.’’

Martin McPher­son agreed with Lep­per the coun­cil punched above its weight for what it spends on tourism. How­ever, Cen­tral Otago should be pro­moted more as a life­style des­ti­na­tion.

❚ The next ‘Meet the Elec­tion Can­di­dates’ meet­ing in Cromwell is on Mon­day, Septem­ber 19, 7pm, at the Golden Gate Lodge Con­fer­ence Cen­tre.

Jim Wayne Por­te­ous started at Cromwell Pri­mary on July 29.

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