West Coast businesses disappointed after Tourism Minister's lackluster visit

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Newstalk ZB,
Publish Date
Wed, 3 Mar 2021, 1:10PM
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West Coast businesses disappointed after Tourism Minister's lackluster visit

Author
Newstalk ZB,
Publish Date
Wed, 3 Mar 2021, 1:10PM

Pain and disappointment on the West Coast.

Businesses in the West Coast didn't get the news they wanted in a visit from Tourism Minister Stuart Nash.

He told them yesterday there's not a large well of extra government money to support tourism operators in tough times.

But Glacier Country Tourism Group co-owner Richard Benton told Mike Hosking the conversation is not about tourism.

"It's about the community - and people in ordinary jobs who rely on business in order to survive."

Benton says Nash missed a huge opportunity on his visit.

He says Nash could have offered a 50/50 partnership to "share the load", or a wellbeing package.

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