New Zealand travel writers (from left) Jane Jeffries,
Judith Doyle, Caroline Crick, Ashleigh Gilchrist, Anabright
Hay, Sarah Lang and Paul Rush listen as guide Chris Hislop
outlines some of Olveston's history. At rear is Tourism
Dunedin host Betty Mason-Parker. Photo by Linda Robertson.
A visit to Otago by a group of New Zealand travel writers
is expected to give a boost to tourism operators in the region.
The visit by New Zealand travel writers in the Travcom group
was paid for by the two regions they visited, with Tourism
Dunedin funding their visit to Dunedin over the weekend.
Tourism Dunedin host Betty Mason-Parker, who took the writers
around Dunedin sites, including Olveston, the Otago Farmers
Market and Otago Peninsula, expected the coverage they would
give the city to boost visitor numbers.
''We are just trying to show them what we do well and give
them some stories to write about,'' Ms Mason-Parker said.
The range of publications they wrote for, which included
everything from major newspapers to industry magazines, meant
a wide audience would get to see what Dunedin had to offer as
a tourist destination, Ms Mason-Parker said.
The writers came to Dunedin after visiting the Clutha and
cycling a portion of the recently opened Clutha Gold cycling
Travel writer Sarah Lang said on Saturday she had enjoyed her
trip so far.
''I've loved it,'' Ms Lang said.
She would write up to three stories from the trip to Dunedin
and the Clutha for the Herald on Sunday.
Ashleigh Gilchrist, who writes for conference magazine
Meeting Newz, said she liked what Dunedin had to offer
as a conference destination.
With the Dunedin Centre reopened and refurbished, businesses
and other organisations were just beginning to look at
Dunedin again as a place to hold annual conferences, Ms
She rated the conference facilities at the Dunedin Centre as
among the best in the country.