Hosted by Calum MacLeod the SPEAKERS for this session are going to talk about how tourism is looking at transitioning to a sustainable model in our community.
Bridget Legnavsky - General Manager Cardrona Alpine Resort
James Helmore - General Manager Lake Wanaka Tourism
Megan Williams - Tourism Industry Aotearoa
Corrah Phillips - Protect Our Winters
Visitors from around the world come to our lakes to experience what is becoming a very rare asset - attainable, spectacular, natural beauty. This is our major economic driver and source of employment in the Southern Lakes. Exponential rate of visitor growth is putting that asset under a huge amount of pressure. Increased flights and worries about our infrastructure being able to cope are hot topics of conversation both nationally and locally. One of the most important UN Sustainable Development Goals we need to achieve is ‘sustainable tourism’ that is carbon zero by 2050. But what is this?
This is a panel discussion with local leaders in the industry, Bridget Legnavsky (General Manager of Cardrona Alpine Resort), James Helmore (General Manager Lake Wanaka Tourism), Megan Williams (Tourism Industry Aotearoa) and Corrah Phillips (Protect Our Winters) who are taking steps to make the industry sustainable, and seeks to open the public discussion on how tourism will look in 2050, focusing what is already being done, the challenges being faced, and what will need to happen to solve these and to where the industry needs to be in 2050.