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Davis: Attacks On Tourists Bad For New Zealand Economy

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Kelvin Davis
Kelvin Davis

Minister of Tourism John Key needs to intervene in what is becoming a blot on the New Zealand's tourism landscape says Labour Tourism Spokesperson Kelvin Davis, in response to news that more freedom campers have been attacked and their camping van set on fire.

"The latest attack highlights a number of problems the Minister needs to address," Kelvin Davis said.

"First the hostility a few New Zealanders are showing tourists is an indication that some Kiwis haven't grasped the importance of the tourism industry to our economy.

"Secondly the safety of freedom campers here for the Rugby World Cup cannot be guaranteed.

"People considering coming to New Zealand for the World Cup will potentially be put off by reports of crimes being committed against tourists.

"Thirdly this attack on Kiwi freedom campers is a disincentive for kiwis to travel within New Zealand and damages our domestic tourism industry.

"The Minister of Tourism John Key should be working closely with local councils and tourism organisations to work on a plan to solve issues around freedom camping without damaging our tourism reputation." Kelvin Davis said educating tourists at point of hire as to the do's and don't s of freedom camping as well as educating kiwis about how to care for visitors is imperative to reduce the increasing numbers of assaults on freedom campers.

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