15 Aug 2009

Niue's Tourism Association hopes NZ and Niue can work to build up tourist sector

12:05 pm on 15 August 2009

The President of Niue's Tourism Association, Patricia Hunter, says she hopes the governments of New Zealand and Niue can work constructively to build up the island's fledgling tourism sector.

Her comments come as a New Zealand Government appointed tourism advisor, Trevor Hall, visits Niue following disputes over how aid allocated to the island should be spent.

Ms Hunter says Mr Hall's visit is a positive step forward and hopefully can solve accommodation issues that date from the destructive Cyclone Heta more than five years ago.

"We hope that there will be a build up of a critical mass of accommodation which could allow a second mid week flight by Air New Zealand to service Niue, and kick start the tourism industry which has really stagnated."

The Government on Niue has been pressing for tourist accommodation in the villages while others want the only hotel, the Matavai Resort, to be expanded.