Upton’s talking better tourism



Fresh from the release of his report on sustainable tourism, Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment, Simon Upton, will speak at a public lecture in Queenstown.

Upton’s report, ‘Not 100% — but four steps closer to sustainable tourism’, was released last month and makes four proposals to help some of the problems facing tourism in New Zealand.

Those are the introduction of a departure tax, making future central government funding for tourism infrastructure conditional on environmental criteria and alignment with mana whenua, increasing Department of Conservation’s powers to protect the environment, and strengthening the existing standard for self-contained freedom camping.

This Thursday Upton will present the free public lecture to open the 2021 Otago Tourism Policy School, the theme of which is ‘Net benefit tourism: A new approach’, at Heritage Queenstown.

Co-convenor and University of Otago tourism department professor James Higham says it’s  ‘‘very timely’’.

‘‘His recent report identifies challenges facing the tourism industry, raising policy recommendations that are ripe for discussion and debate.’’

To register to attend, email: rsvp.events@otago.ac.nz