Struttin' their stuff down at the precinct
These young visitors from Shanghai arrived in Oamaru on Sunday to check out the festive culmination of the town's Victorian Week festivities, the Carnival's Market Day Fair held in the Historic Precinct.
Not only did these ladies get to sample the activities, they also took an active part by dressing up to the delight of both locals and their fellow travellers.
The visitors, in town for just a day, said they loved the opportunity provided them to be able to dress up in the authentic looking historical costumes and to stroll the Historic Precinct and mix and mingle with the locals. In turn this had resulted in hundreds of photographs being sent to friends and family back in China.
Wherever they went people including tourists from other countries stopped them and asked to pose for a pic or two.
Well done to those who had these clothes on hand and for making a few visitors dreams come true. Hopefully some of the recipients of those many photographs taken will make their plans to visit our town and district.
As Parliamentary Private Secretary for Tourism I am aware of how such seemingly small gestures such as having the costumes available can prove tourism winners. I'm certainly going to praise the initiative in wider circles. Who knows where it could lead?