Some local councils own and manage i-SITEs, operate visitor websites, have tourism development employees and promote and manage events or festivals that attract visitors.
The rationale being that prosperous tourism and hospitality businesses pay rates and therefore provide ongoing revenue for councils with the potential for further development. Win-win right?
However with ever increasing costs and debt levels borne by councils, there is currently debate over whether Local Government should stick to their “core services”, meaning infrastructure of services like water, sewerage, roading etc.
TIANZ beleives that ‘tourism is core activity for local govt“, so we’re interested to hear what you think – from both rate payers and those with vested interest in the tourism industry.
What activities related to tourism do you think local government should be involved with?
Should each council have the ability to determine their policy according to their regions needs rather than being guided by legislation? Let us know what you think.
Take Our Poll on this subject below, or you you have more detailed thoughts, add a comment at the bottom of the post.