Dean Promotes Otago and NZ at international tourism conference

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Monday, October 19, 2015

Waitaki MP and Parliamentary Private Secretary for Tourism Jacqui Dean has just returned from Korea where she was able to promote this country’s tourism assets to industry representatives from around the world.

Dean was a guest speaker at the UN World Tourism Organisation’s Second Euro-Asian Mountain Resorts Conference in Ulsan, Korea, attended by about 300 delegates including local authority, government and private sector representatives.

Under the title “Paving the Way towards a Bright Future for Mountain Destinations” Mrs Dean joined other international experts to discuss current and future challenges for tourism.

“This was a wonderful opportunity to outline the success of tourism initiatives in the Otago region, and around New Zealand, and to exchange innovative ideas and initiatives on future tourism development.

“It was also a great chance for me to promote Otago and talk about the success and significance of tourism in this region and the rest of New Zealand.

“The conference focused on a range of issues including environmental, economic and cultural matters, along with better positioning in international markets for tourist destinations.

“The World Tourism Organization is the United Nations agency responsible for the promotion of responsible, sustainable and universally accessible tourism.

“It promotes tourism as a driver of economic growth, inclusive development and environmental sustainability and offers leadership and support to the sector, promoting tourism policies worldwide.”