Motorcycle tourism

A review will include cycle tourism.

A review will include cycle tourism.

MOTORCYCLE tourism could be developed in this region, Tourism Eastland chief executive Stuart Perry told Gisborne District Council.

Mr Perry said a funding application had been made to Eastland Community Trust that would include a review of cycle tourism.

They had decided to add motorcycle tourism into that review because it was increasing in popularity. There were a number of similar locations to Gisborne around the world that were doing very well out of this, and it was hoped the result of that funding application would be known soon.

Cruise ship visits were a challenge because it was out of their hands when ships were affected by bad weather either in Tauranga or in the bay.

Napier had expected 45 cruise ships this year and was hitting the 70 mark. The reason for that was they could berth the ships and the swells did not have the same impact on them.

It was a great future opportunity for Gisborne, and two additional cruise lines were reviewing Gisborne as a destination.

Tourism Eastland could look for some funding from the national tourism investment programme to extend the port.

“I think it is a great opportunity for us,” Mr Perry said.

“The ambassadors in town make the cruise ship visits. There is no shortage of positive comments."

The destination development review Tourism Eastland was undertaking at the moment, at a cost of $28,000, was a major project and something not done for about 20 years.

“It is essentially a health check on our tourism industry, what we have, how strong it is, where the gaps are and the opportunity for growth,” Mr Perry said.

Funding support had been confirmed from Wairoa District Council and funding requests had been made to Gisborne District Council, Opotiki District Council, the Te Ha Trust and Eastland Community Trust.

They would be liaising closely with local iwi as well as the industry across the whole region from Opotiki to Wairoa.

After discussions with the Te Ha Trust they would extend the destination development review to include a report on the economic impact of iwi tourism leading up to and beyond the Te Ha celebrations in 2019.

He had a very positive meeting with the Te Ha Trust just before Christmas. They indicated they would be involved and were looking at putting some funding into it so it could include an economic impact study of Te Ha in the 2019 period. It could also be used as a gateway to future growth in cultural tourism. Tourism is the fastest growing industry in the world.

“We all know that and we just want to get a bigger slice of the action.”

MOTORCYCLE tourism could be developed in this region, Tourism Eastland chief executive Stuart Perry told Gisborne District Council.

Mr Perry said a funding application had been made to Eastland Community Trust that would include a review of cycle tourism.

They had decided to add motorcycle tourism into that review because it was increasing in popularity. There were a number of similar locations to Gisborne around the world that were doing very well out of this, and it was hoped the result of that funding application would be known soon.

Cruise ship visits were a challenge because it was out of their hands when ships were affected by bad weather either in Tauranga or in the bay.

Napier had expected 45 cruise ships this year and was hitting the 70 mark. The reason for that was they could berth the ships and the swells did not have the same impact on them.

It was a great future opportunity for Gisborne, and two additional cruise lines were reviewing Gisborne as a destination.

Tourism Eastland could look for some funding from the national tourism investment programme to extend the port.

“I think it is a great opportunity for us,” Mr Perry said.

“The ambassadors in town make the cruise ship visits. There is no shortage of positive comments."

The destination development review Tourism Eastland was undertaking at the moment, at a cost of $28,000, was a major project and something not done for about 20 years.

“It is essentially a health check on our tourism industry, what we have, how strong it is, where the gaps are and the opportunity for growth,” Mr Perry said.

Funding support had been confirmed from Wairoa District Council and funding requests had been made to Gisborne District Council, Opotiki District Council, the Te Ha Trust and Eastland Community Trust.

They would be liaising closely with local iwi as well as the industry across the whole region from Opotiki to Wairoa.

After discussions with the Te Ha Trust they would extend the destination development review to include a report on the economic impact of iwi tourism leading up to and beyond the Te Ha celebrations in 2019.

He had a very positive meeting with the Te Ha Trust just before Christmas. They indicated they would be involved and were looking at putting some funding into it so it could include an economic impact study of Te Ha in the 2019 period. It could also be used as a gateway to future growth in cultural tourism. Tourism is the fastest growing industry in the world.

“We all know that and we just want to get a bigger slice of the action.”

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