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NZ tourism industry rallies after quake


Published on Sep 13, 2010

Tourism operators around the country are rallying to help Christchurch and Canterbury recover from the earthquakes that have struck the region.

New Zealand's major tourism organisations are urging Kiwi travellers to help Christchurch and Canterbury get back to normal as quickly as possible, by visiting the region and helping keep local tourism operators in business.

At the same time, the Tourism Industry Association New Zealand (TIA) has set up a Quake Break Facebook page [ search for Quake Break] where tourism operators from around the country can post special offers to Christchurch and Canterbury residents seeking a break.

"Nearly all accommodation, transport, activities and attractions in Christchurch and Canterbury are open for business and ready to look after visitors. The last thing they need is for people to cancel or change their travel plans," TIA Chief Executive Tim Cossar says.

"Most operators are back to 'business as usual'. We want them to remain operating and keep their staff employed, and suppliers in business."

Holiday Accommodation Parks Association of New Zealand (HAPNZ) Chief Executive Fergus Brown says the safety of travellers is the industry's priority. But large parts of the Canterbury region were not damaged by the earthquake, and services and infrastructure are operating normally.

All holiday parks in the region are fully functional and able to host visitors.

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