Tourism Industry Aotearoa (TIA) chief executive Rebecca Ingram. 23122602
The tourism industry has been creating plans on how to prepare for the impacts of El Niño during a busy summer.
weather pattern typically causes dryness in the east and more rain in the west,
with stronger than usual winds.
Industry Aotearoa (TIA) chief executive Rebecca Ingram said it was always
important for businesses to be prepared for severe weather.
after a year where many discovered the meaning of atmospheric river, Ingram
said that need became more pressing.
has quite significant impacts on the industry whether it be for access to key
visitor experiences or roading infrastructure, and so that's something that we
will be really keeping an eye on this summer and that we have been working with
our members to try and help them prepare for."
had been sharing information and advice with its members about what the
possible impacts to them could be. That included feedback and tips from tourism
organisations based in areas that were hit by Cyclone Gabrielle.
operators traditionally made most of their money in summer, laying the
foundations for the rest of the year, so Ingram was hoping for fewer
summer bookings have been looking good for tourism businesses - mostly from the
United States and Australia - raising hopes for a much-needed boost.
marked the second summer since the borders reopened and international travellers
time last year we were preparing for a summer of unknowns and we were just at
the beginning of our recovery process," Ingram said. "So we were
thrilled in 2023 to be continuing to take positive steps forward and in July to
celebrate the one year anniversary of our borders being open."
the time, the industry predicted it would take two to three years to find its
seems to be playing out accurately."
anticipated that they might reach 80 percent of pre-Covid levels by the end of
recently surveyed their members, with 84 percent saying they felt optimistic
about their business and the months ahead.
tells me the industry is in good heart and also in a really good mindset as we
head into our second summer of recovery."
this year, the Tourism Adaptation Roadmap was launched by The Aotearoa Circle,
which detailed how different climate change scenarios may impact the industry
scenarios ranged from an orderly and equitable transition to net zero carbon by
2050, which put warming on track to be limited to 1.5C; weak action until 2030
before a disorderly rush to lower emissions which was put warming on track to
about 2C; to no additional climate policies and a focus on prioritising energy
and food security at the expense of climate change, that could see unabated
warming with a temperature risk of potentially more than 3C.
scenario showed a varying increase in extreme rainfall, fewer snow days, more
extreme heat and glacier retreat.
information had been shared widely with the industry so they could understand
what the impacts might be for their businesses, she said.
the additional extreme heat days anticipated, Ingram said businesses might need
to consider what uniforms their staff wore, how much shade was provided and
whether they had enough cooler spaces and water on offer.