Overcrowded New Zealand – record tourist arrivals mean crowded resorts.
Thought for the day “The finest steel has to go through the hottest fire.” (Richard Nixon)
“Laughter is the sensation of feeling good all over and showing it principally in one place.”
One of the problems at the moment is that New Zealand is getting too many tourists, resulting in overcrowding and an experience that is far from the idea that many people have of NZ. With over 3.6 million tourists a year now (versus a population of 4.7 million), the country just cannot comfortably cope with the large numbers of tourists. Queenstown for example, often called ‘The Adventure capital of the World’ has a population of around 16 000 locals but receives over 2.5 MILLION tourists a year (try finding a local person in Queenstown !) and the airport has plans for a 2nd terminal to handle up to 5 MILLION tourists a year (remember just 16 000 locals). Part of the problem is that airfares to NZ are incredibly cheap at the moment, less than half the price that they were a few years ago. Flights from Europe to NZ are being offered for around 500 euros return for the 18 000 km trip, with specials sometimes below 400 GBP return. So whilst NZ is breaking records every month for tourist arrivals, the country is suffering, with overcrowded national parks, fully booked accommodation and crowded tourist towns. Cheap airfares are not always a good thing.
One of my older photos here, but a historic one showing the now bankrupt Air Berlin. Seen here at full power climbing out of Innsbruck Airport in Austria on a winters Saturday. Now Air Berlin are history.
and another photo from the archives…deep thought on the face of this man…..
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RESPECT, CONSIDERATION & FAIRNESS.