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New Zealand adventure tourism firms to be registered

08-25-2010 09:11 BJT

WELLINGTON, Aug. 24 (Xinhua) -- A compulsory registration scheme for adventure tourism operators in New Zealand is to be developed following a review of the adventure tourism industry.

 A compulsory registration scheme for adventure tourism operators in New Zealand is to be developed following a review of the adventure tourism industry.
A compulsory registration scheme for adventure tourism operators in New Zealand
is to be developed following a review of the adventure tourism industry.

The review was initiated following concerns over the number of recent tourist deaths from accidents in the sector.

All operators will now be required to register their activity and carry out safety audits.

New Zealand Labor Minister Kate Wilkinson said on Tuesday that the review found some gaps in safety management which allowed some businesses to operate at a lower than acceptable standard.

Wilkinson said introducing a registration scheme will mean those who take part in adventure tourism activities can be assured that any associated risks are being managed.

The new scheme will ensure all operators must have a robust safety management plan which is independently checked, she added.

New Zealand Tourism Industry Association is backing adventure tourism safety recommendations.

It followed a review by Labor Minister Kate Wilkinson Tuesday sparked by several deaths.

Association Manager Geoff Ensor said the findings shows the industry is operating to a high standard.

He said compulsory registration is something operators wanted that will provide better support and guidance.

Editor:Yang Jie |Source: Xinhua

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