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Worth a thousand words: minister of tourism

Written By: - Date published: 10:33 am, January 31st, 2012 - 28 comments
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28 comments on “Worth a thousand words: minister of tourism ”

  1. CnrJoe 1

    thank Kanaloa its not the Hawaiian figures.

  2. Richard 2

    Tourism data is down across the world (you know, global recession and all), so this is only meaningful if we compare relative performance with other countries.

    New Zealand




    Really, I don’t think it looks too bad compared to these countries. But then again, I assume the unreferenced leading post without any commentary wasn’t actually meant to be taken seriously.

    • Galeandra 2.1

      I assume the unreferenced leading post without any commentary wasn’t actually meant to be taken seriously.

      But I dug out all the links anyway because I’m a real p in the a without even the skerrickof a sense of humour

    • Zorr 2.2

      A couple of issues there:

      1) The Euro countries are a poor comparison because they are often highly reliant on traffic between themselves for tourism and are currently suffering heavily from poorly thought out austerity measures that have, for example, resulted in a longer and deeper recession for the UK than during the Great Depression.

      2) The Australian data doesn’t include 2010 – they would be the most important comparative point and their data isn’t even up to date!

      3) Final data is Jan 2010 for NZ (and every other country). It isn’t exactly an up to the minute report on our economic status. As far as I can tell, it is missing the last 2 years (just from simple maths) and therefore is missing MOST of the NAct government.

      • Lanthanide 2.2.1

        Ta Zorr, I had these same sorts of issues with the posted links but couldn’t be bothered typing it all up.

      • Richard 2.2.2

        1) If your point is that the evidence is that New Zealand made good policy choices, then I guess we are in agreement.

        2) and 3) are valid methodological concerns. I simply went with the data I could find with a quick Google search, and would be happy to see if the trends represented reversed or changed during 2010 and 2011. I don’t think they will, though.

        • McFlock

          So the fact that you have absolutely no idea what you’re talking about, or even where to start looking, is in no way preventing you from holding an ideological position?

  3. shorts 3

    we shouldn’t give a toss about tourism… prostituting our countries environment to provide low paying service jobs has seen so many countries propelled to world leaders in, um, servitude

    no long term future in it if peak oil has anything to say about it too

  4. One Anonymous Bloke 4

    The Minister for Tourism is a tourist in the country he serves. I use the word serve in the loosest possible terms.

  5. Shouldn’t the heading be Mr Truism?

  6. bbfloyd 6

    why is anyone surprised by “sparkles lack of performance? he was given tourism for the same reasons he was handed helensville…. because just as helensville voters would have elected him if he’d turned out to be the one going around the electorate buggering stray dogs as long as he wore a blue rosette, tourism is seen as a nothing portfolio not requiring any work as the “brighter future” they are planning for involves turning new zealand into a wannabe australia by turning it into a “quarry for beginners”….

    who the hell is going to want to visit that? ergo, key is the ideal minister to run tourism…

    apart from making money out of peoples misfortune, key has no interests, or principles…..

  7. Colonial Viper 7

    The Hobbit DVD inserts that Sparkles won for NZ will reverse the trend.

  8. james111 8

    I have always found it astounding that a lot less people travel from one side of the World to the other when there is a world wide recession on. I guess that must be all John Keys fault he should be able to fix it LOL .Really what next will you try and make a story out of. You think they would have flocked here to see Hulun & Heather or Phill Goff over the same time period if they were in power get a grip of yourselves LMFAO

    • McFlock 8.1

      “Labour did it too” has now morphed into “labour would have fucked it up, too”.

      • mik e 8.1.1

        world tourism has grown ShonKey reckons its such an important ministry that only he is capable of doing it any justice.Hawaii seems to be more important to him while NZ should be looking to push harder into Asian markets with less carbon footprint and expanding economies .
        Key is more interested in making sure His face is constantly on TV. The Narcissistic idiot!

  9. The Baron 9

    Fiddling the axis and ignoring the worst financial crisis in decades. Ya reckon that the latter might have had just a weee bit of an impact here Zetty?

    We aren’t morons (though sometimes I wonder here, looking at CV’s insightful contribution), and I certainly think the public aren’t either. Why the left keep pandering to this simplistic personal shit and treating everyone like a partisan moron is simply beyond me.

    • Bored 9.1

      Baron, you ask,” Why the Left keep pandering to this simplistic personal shit and treat everyone like a partisan moron”?

      For a start the personal bit: the Right routinely claims that Labour hurt their pockets by taxing them etc etc and gave it to beneficiaries etc etc etc..That is personal. So too is losing your only income as your job dries up, whilst Key fiddles like Nero. That’s personal.

      Partisan morons? I dont think I would describe the likes of banksters as morons, they are cleverly shafting you and me. They are however very partisan in that they wont let us in on it.

  10. Yes but Labour did not campain on a brighter futuer and tell us they knew what they were doing because they were a money trader so knew how to read the markets.

    The theieving bankers who live in our society just wanted to trap us all in a downward spiral, they are above it so not as affected.

    • Georgecom 10.1

      A “brighter future” is the point exactly. Thats what Keys Party campaigned on over 2 elections. That is the measure of their success. Thus far it’s a loss. They are building a darker future.

      if anyone wats to argue about international comparisons, pleae point to the John key Billboard which stated “Build a Brighter Future relative to the Rest of the World”.

  11. emma 11

    things are changing. This world and the way we think is changing. I have been listening to the guy from http://www.forecastfortomorrow.com and he has some very scary forecasts about these movements and the economy coming true. WOW!

    • The Voice of Reason 11.1

      Attention mods, I think the spam filter may be broken again.

      [lprent: will look again in the morning. (looks ok right now) Usually it is akismet’s servers dropping offline for a few minutes. All of the comments go to moderation, and then auto pop out when it establishes contact again. ]

      • The Voice of Reason 11.1.1

        Cheers, LP, how’s that edit function prob going?

        • lprent

          Is it still there? I thought that I had fixed it the other day by reverting to older code..


          Ummm I see the comments. Looks ok from my side.

          Damn better get out of bed and off the pad and down to a real computer…

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