Future role of Tourism New Zealand under review

Stuff.co.nz | April 15, 2019

Tourism's growing pains have prompted a review of Tourism New Zealand and could signal a major shake up in its future role promoting the country. The Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment (MBIE) said the review was needed because it was increasingly apparent that the tourism sector was struggling to accommodate the rate of growth and rapidly changing visitor expectations.Negative impacts of growth were not being well managed, which was affecting public support for industry, and there was global uncertainty over the international tourism market.The last review of TNZ was done in 2010, but since then MBIE said tourism numbers had increased significantly, putting pressure on infrastructure

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After exploring America for 2.5 months we had to put together a list of our most favorite cities. Some of these, we only got to experience for a day and others we spent over a week in...needless to say, the diversity of America is certainly what makes it so great (at least for us Canadians). Feel free to roast us for our selection, we'd love to hear which cities you think are the best and why! Here are the Top 10 American Cities to visit!!

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