Confirmation of tourism as a new NCEA subject is a welcome development for tourism educators and the tourism industry, says AUT hospitality and tourism senior lecturer Megan Roberts.
‘Both sectors have been especially hard hit by the global pandemic,’ she says. ‘It is an acknowledgement of the contribution of tourism to the national economy and of a desire for communities across New Zealand to benefit from a renewed and regenerated tourism industry.’
Roberts says tourism education in Aotearoa has long suffered from a ‘disparity of esteem’; being predominantly categorised as vocational, the study of tourism has lacked credibility while often perceived as less rigorous compared to more traditional subjects.
Will many low cost carriers (LCCs) survive, will there still be flights to points in Europe that cost the same as a flat white? Do we even want that situation again post Covid?
Those were questions posed by Chris Flynn, president and CEO of the World Tourism Association for Culture and Heritage (WTACH) at the second webinar in the Keeping the Dream Alive – Tourism Expert Recovery series.
This is the ideal time to rethink Hong Kong’s position in the global tourism market and elevate service standards, says Hong Kong Tourism Board’s chairman Dr YK Pang.
In a recent web conference, Pang pointed out that the tourism landscape would be reshaped in the post pandemic world. ‘We will see a shift in preference and behaviour among travellers – the public health conditions of
Air New Zealand will need clarity around border and travel restrictions before it makes any statement on resumption of services, those who listened into the Kickstarting the Tourism Sector Together webinar heard on Wednesday.
‘When we get that clarity, even if it’s not what we want to hear, we will be able to start making decisions,’ says Cam Wallace, chief revenue officer with Air New Zealand.
A world first extreme adventure activity, operators taking visitors off the beaten track and an upscale hotel returning to Christchurch are among the new tourism products that will be on show at TRENZ 2017.
TRENZ, the $35 billion New Zealand tourism industry trade show, will run from 9 to 12 May, and will be attended by 370 international trade and tourism buyers and 300 Kiwi tourism operators.