I-Site shuts up shop

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‘‘Ac­cess to in­for­ma­tion on­line has rev­o­lu­tionised the way peo­ple book their travel ’’

Porirua’s i-Site is clos­ing at the end of the week.

Euan Dempsey, act­ing chief op­er­at­ing of­fi­cer for Porirua City Coun­cil said two per­ma­nent jobs and two fixed term con­tract roles will be lost when the i-Site shuts its doors.

‘‘With the de­mo­li­tion of the i-Site build­ing due to start next month, we took the op­por­tu­nity to re­think the pur­pose and the need for an i-Site in Porirua,’’ he said.

Dempsey said de­clin­ing rev­enue and vis­i­tor num­bers cou­pled with the sig­nif­i­cant cost to main­tain an ac­cred­ited i-Site meant a change was needed.

‘‘Among other things, ac­cess to in­for­ma­tion on­line has rev­o­lu­tionised the way peo­ple book their travel with book­ings now mostly done via the in­ter­net.’’

An in­for­ma­tion cen­tre is go­ing to be set up in Pataka with plans for one per­ma­nent staff mem­ber.

Dempsey said the cen­tre will ini­tially be a Mon­day to Fri­day ser­vice, pro­vid­ing gen­eral in­for­ma­tion about tourism and events.

Book­ings are be­ing wel­comed at the AA Cen­tre in the CBD, which pro­vides book­ings at no cost for In­ter­City buses, the In­ter­is­lander Cook Strait Ferry, Tranz Scenic trains, ac­com­mo­da­tion and rental cars. No fees ap­ply.

The de­mo­li­tion of the earth­quake­prone i-Site build­ing and the old pub­lic toi­lets in Lyt­tel­ton Ave will take place this month.

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