“Right now, you have to create content and stories that people can connect with, that creates a conversation…people need to buy into it,” he said.
He says tourism is an incredibly important part of our economy.
“Tourism supports many of our communities; it employs one in seven kiwis,”
“It’s our top export earner, and it’s a significant contributor to conservation as well as the economy. It’s incredibly important we keep it that way,” he told Duncan Garner.
But it’s not an easy task.
“Global tourism is increasingly competitive,” he continued.
“The global economy has started to slow down, the growth rate is slowing down, and tourism is one of those areas that seem to be impacted more accurately.”
Arrivals into New Zealand are down 0.9 percent according to England-Hall
But while there are fewer visitors, the money they are spending has increased.
“Tourism NZ’s goal is to drive the contribution of tourism – we want to increase the spend.”
This latest media stunt could be huge, with Tourism New Zealand estimating the television appearance was worth $5 million in advertising.