16 Jul 2010

Tourism bodies should stay separate - review

5:31 pm on 16 July 2010

A review of the roles of the Ministry of Tourism and Tourism New Zealand has recommended keeping the two organisations separate.

The review concludes however that there could be better co-ordination between the agencies and that they should seek tourism industry support to help pay for some activities, like surveys.

Tourism Minister John Key says a recommendation that the Tourism Ministry lose its semi-autonomous status within the Economic Development Ministry will be taken up.

He says that will ensure better integration of the ministries' functions, including research and monitoring.