FROM THE STAR

South Taranaki Star - - YOUR PAPER, YOUR PLACE -

What fan­tas­tic news for Taranaki to be named as the sec­ond best re­gion in the world to visit.

And we didn’t even vote on it. Lonely Planet is the fore­most travel au­thor­ity in the world and its en­dorse­ment will re­sult in many more visi­tors to our re­gion. It will mean more busi­ness for so many peo­ple, not just those di­rectly in­volved in the tourist trade, but also cafes and stores etc.

It will be up to all of us to make sure that visi­tors, whether from over­seas or New Zealand, have a mem­o­rable stay and take home only good memories of the peo­ple and places in Taranaki.

While we have al­ways known what a great place we have here, other New Zealan­ders tend to give us a miss. Hav­ing the main route north blocked by slips sev­eral times a year doesn’t help us ei­ther.

Per­haps we will have a case to present to NZT for them to get their act to­gether and give us a route that is safer and eas­ier to ne­go­ti­ate. Thank good­ness the Nor­manby over­bridge has gone.

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