19 Jul 2010

Lower profile feared for tourism industry

6:07 am on 19 July 2010

The tourism industry is concerned it will have a lower profile because of restructuring of Government agencies.

The Cabinet has decided on a range of changes to tourism agencies, including merging the Ministry of Tourism into the Economic Development ministry.

Prime Minister John Key says decisions about the ministry's final structure and staffing will be made in the next few weeks.

The Inbound Tour Operators Council says a ministry within a ministry could be seen as anachronistic.