Queenstown hosts adventure tourism safety pow-wow

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Tips to make adventure tourism safer will be on offer at the second annual industry forum in Queenstown next month.

As the summer season winds into gear, operators are being urged to get equipped with a “pre-season check-list” covering risk and safety management at the Adventure Tourism Forum on November 10, Destination Queenstown announced today.

The free talk, organised by DQ, Tourism Industry Association New Zealand and Queenstown Lakes District Council, will centre on five industry principles – reliable and safe communication, standard operating procedures, training and checking, working safety reporting systems and culture and leadership.

The first forum was held last November following the Government’s announcement to conduct a major review of the adventure tourism industry. That enquiry was sparked by Englishman Chris Jordan, father of Emily Jordan, who died while riverboarding on the Kawarau River in 2008.

The talk, held at the Memorial Hall, will also cover the outcomes of that review process and how they could affect local operators.

DQ chairman Mark Quickfall says forum organisers are committed to ensuring thrill-seeking businesses operate to the highest standards.

“As a world-leading adventure tourism destination which attracts hundreds of thousands of thrill seekers every year, Queenstown needs to have a collective and strategic approach to managing the associated risk,” he says.

“The objective of the forum is to coordinate Queenstown’s adventure operators and related agencies so everyone is fully updated on quality assurance and operational safety. It’s crucial everyone has effective plans in place and has a full understanding of the responsibilities and limits of the agencies involved.”