New Zealand’s tourism ministry vows crackdown on ‘freedom campers’

SourceGulf Today
SectorTourism
CountryMiddle east

Before the pandemic, tourism was one of New Zealand’s biggest money-spinners.

File photo/AFP Gulf Today Report New Zealand Tourism Minister Stuart Nash promised on Wednesday to take action against backpackers relieving themselves at natural beauty spots as part of post-coronavirus tourism plans. He said he will ban hiring vans that are not self-contained to tourists as he urges a focus on attracting high-spending visitors. Kiwis have long complained about so-called “freedom campers” who travel the country in campervans that do not have toilet facilities and leave human waste by the side of the road. READ MORE Australia reports new coronavirus case dampens, fears of new cluster The incoming minister told a tourism summit on Tuesday that the industry should sell itself as a destination for the wealthy when borders reopen. Nash said, “Gone are the days as far as I'm concerned where you hire a cheap van that is not self-contained." Before the pandemic, tourism was one of New Zealand’s biggest money-spinners. "What we're looking at the moment is a unique opportunity for a re-set. Tourism Minister said the practice did not fit New Zealand’s “100 per cent pure” image and that international visitors could expect changes when borders eventually reopen.  “They need to buy into our sustainability brand and what we ...read more...