Essay on Sustainable Tourism : New Zealand

2188 Words Aug 27th, 2014 9 Pages
INTRODUCTION
Tourism is a central part of New Zealand 's economy. More than Two and a half million visitors come to New Zealand each year to experience world-class products and services. They travel to the furthest regions of the country and many also pursue business and immigration opportunities while they are here.
New Zealand has been awarded ‘Overall Winner’ in the prestigious Virgin Holidays Responsible Tourism Awards in 2008. It had competed alongside 1,900 international nominees, New Zealand came out on top demonstrating international recognition of the quality of the New Zealand Tourism Strategy 2015 (NZTS 2015). The Judges present for those awards said “New Zealand is the overall winner for proving that it is possible to develop a national strategy which uses tourism to help make better places to live and to visit”. (Tourism, 2008)
Sustainable tourism is a type of tourism which advances as quickly as possible, taking account of recent accommodation capacity, the local populace and the environment. To put it in a simple way, we can say that Sustainable tourism is also referred as responsible tourism. (Richards, 1987)
This essay examines the role of sustainable tourism as a key element in the regional and local planning authorities in New Zealand, given the government’s intention to expand international arrivals from $ 1.2 million in 1993/1994 to $ 3 million by the year 2000 (Page & Thorn, 1997). But as per the latest information retrieved from Statistics New…

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