Tourism KITI is full

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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.

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