Thought for the day…” Light travels faster than sound. Therefore, some people appear to be bright until they speak”
” A bad attitude is like a flat tyre. You cannot go anywhere until you change it”.
Travelling around the South Island of New Zealand, it is very clear that New Zealand now has more tourists than is comfortable. Many buses are fully booked, some with waiting lists of passengers, accommodation is very heavily booked and in some towns (like Queenstown) it is now necessary to book so far ahead. Same story with rental cars and domestic flights, all extremely heavily booked. Feedback from tourists is also not as positive as before, due to overcrowding and the national parks and attractions being so busy. Latest statistics show that in the year ended January 2015, that the number of international arrivals into NZ was 2.86 million visitors. When you relate this to the number of people in New Zealand (about 4.5 million) then the effects of tourism become clear. And the tourism numbers are growing by about 4% a year. Not quite as bad as Dubai yet, where visitors outnumber locals by a factor of 4.8 to 1, but still high. Also well behind France though, which gets around 84 million foreign visitors a year. But New Zealand is now well on the tourist route, and the strain is beginning to show. No longer cheap, and also no longer so relaxed as before. Book your place now !
Another photo from the Challenge Wanaka triathlon competition, held at the weekend. Looks like this competitor was enjoying herself, about 40km into the cycle leg on stage 2.
and another photo from the archives…street scene in Korea.
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