Hotspots like Kaiteriteri is hoped to be on the local holiday menu when lockdown lifts. Photo: NRDA.

Tourism industry calls on local support

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Nelson is planning its economic recovery in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic and the tourism industry is calling on locals to help.

Visitor destination manager at the Nelson Regional Development Agency, Gisela Purcell, says while people are itching to leave their houses, they don’t have to leave their home to have extraordinary experiences.

Gisela says they want Nelsonians exploring the region once lockdown is lifted and supporting local businesses.

Though it is in hibernation at the moment, Gisela says the tourism industry will be revived.

Her and her team at the NRDA are writing a destination management plan for the restart and recovery of the visitor sector.

She says the purpose of the survey is to take the pulse of the community and find out what activities people want to do in the region.

She says visitors have loved coming to the Nelson Tasman region but right now the whole tourism industry has come to a sudden stop.

The hope is that Nelsonians will help stimulate the local economy.

“We would love to see people just have a weekend away in Golden Bay, Mapua or Murchison, there are so many places you can visit or a weekend but stay in the region.”

All who complete the survey will go into the draw to win a hamper of local goods.

“We want the industry to be something locals are proud of.” To fill out the survey click here.