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New local operator releases plans to upgrade facilities, create local jobs and boost tourism

In a boon for the New Zealand economy and tourism market, Tasman Tourism NZ Limited has unveiled  plans for a much-needed overhaul and upgrade of the country’s holiday park sector.

A new player in the New Zealand tourism sector, Tasman Tourism NZ will take over ownership and  operation of three existing holidays parks – Papamoa Beach Resort, Waihi Beach Top 10 Holiday  Resort and Beachaven Top 10 Holiday Park.

It will invest in upgrading park facilities such as accommodation sites, amenities blocks, swimming  pools and playgrounds, as well as an integrated management system for the parks’ operations.

General manager of Tasman Tourism NZ David Aflallo says the investment in this family-friendly  tourism sector was exciting for locals and tourists.

"Many New Zealanders have fond childhood memories of long, lazy holidays spent at parks like these,  relaxing and exploring the picturesque and pristine coastline and countryside. It is part of the fabric of  New Zealand family life, almost like a rite of passage," says David.

"There has not been enough investment in our New Zealand parks, compared to other sectors and holiday  destinations, and we have identified a gap between consumers expectations and what many parks  deliver.

"We are excited to be focussing on upgrading and rejuvenating these parks and in doing so, taking the  holiday park experience to the next level, and we look forward to welcoming back New Zealand  holiday-makers so they can re-discover their love for this unique style of family holiday."

Tasman Tourism NZ is managed by the Australian company Tasman Tourism whose team has a long  history of successfully operating holidays parks across Australia. Tasman Tourism NZ has recently  established a corporate head office in Papamoa Beach in the Bay of Plenty, with three fulltime staff to  be employed to manage the New Zealand operation.

Dozens of local construction jobs are expected to be created during the upgrade to the three holiday parks, with additional long-term jobs created as existing park management teams are upsized in accordance with expected growth in tourism numbers, both domestic and international.

Pre-COVID, guest nights to New Zealand holiday parks were 35 per cent international visitors and 65 per cent domestic visitors. Tasman Tourism NZ expects the international visitor rate to bounce back with the expected trans-Tasman tourism bubble.

According to the Holiday Accommodation Parks Association of NZ, each guest staying at a holiday park spends an average of $144.59 per day on everything from accommodation and grocery shopping to eating out and visiting local tourist attractions. Overall, this equates to direct expenditure of more than $1 billion per year in local communities.

"This investment now, during the COVID pandemic, shows our confidence in New Zealand as a holiday destination," says David

"We will also be working closely with the local iwi to ensure our holiday parks, our management teams and our visitors all operate respectfully to enhance the Tiaki Promise."

The Holiday Accommodation Parks Association of NZ said it welcomed Tasman Tourism NZ’s investment in the New Zealand holiday park sector.

"Tasman brings a wealth of experience in operating Australian holiday parks and they are putting together an experienced team to lead their New Zealand operation,’ says chief executive Fergus Brown.

"Holiday park guests, both domestic and international, are increasingly looking for high quality accommodation experiences and financial investment is a key to meeting these demands. This reflects the confidence that investors have in the post COVID future of holiday parks in New Zealand," he says.

Tourism Industry Aotearoa’s advocacy and engagement manager Steve Hanrahan says Tasman Tourism NZ’s investment in the local holiday park sector was a vote of confidence in the long-term future of New Zealand’s tourism industry.

"Holiday parks are an important part of New Zealand’s accommodation sector, and are popular with both domestic and international travellers.

"It’s welcome news that Tasman Tourism New Zealand plans to keep operating these three iconic properties as holiday parks, and is a compliment to the decades of hard work put in by each of the sellers. TIA looks forward to working with Tasman Tourism New Zealand."

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