The future of the tourism and visitor economies in the
Queenstown Lakes district will be discussed at a forum next
week in Queenstown and Wanaka.
The Shaping Our Future forum will review the present position
and estimate what may occur 50 years or more in the future to
identify issues and opportunities and to consider the effects
of tourism on the region's growing permanent population.
Shaping Our Future chairman David Kennedy said the forum was
open to everyone.
''Tourism is the main driver of the Queenstown Lakes district
economy and so a far-reaching discussion about tourism is
relevant to everyone in the Queenstown Lakes district.
"This forum is not about marketing or how to attract more
visitors, but more about taking a good look at the direction
of our tourism and visitor economies and making any
adjustments we need.
"Are we heading for big issues and if so, what changes do we
need to make to avoid them or to positively affect our
After the first forums, a volunteer task force will be
established to investigate issues and ideas.
The task force will report back to the forum with
recommendations to be forwarded in turn to relevant agencies
The Shaping Our Future forum is the fifth to be held: those
on economic futures, energy futures and innovation are all