Tourism KITI is full
The Kaikoura District Council has endorsed a business plan for Kaikoura Information and Tourism Incorporated (KITI) despite some reservations over accountability.
The business plan, presented to council at its meeting two weeks ago, outlines its priorities for the coming year, including ways it intends to grow domestic and overseas visitor numbers, target more cruise ships, and promote events for Kaikoura.
The council currently gives KITI $180,000 to deliver the tourism work for which council used to be responsible.
Councillor Darlene Morgan pointed out at the council meeting that the council still had a tourism strategy and questioned where this sat now. She wanted to know what key performance indicators there would be for KITI to show council’s money was being well spent.
The funding was public money and she said she would have liked to have seen a full breakdown of the $180,000 for accountability purposes.
Council chief executive officer Stuart Grant said KITI would be reporting on a quarterly basis throughout the financial year, which would enable council to form a decision when considering funds for the following year.