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Tourism NZ: ‘impossible to predict the impact’ latest earthquake will have on visitor market

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Tourism New Zealand says it’s unsure what impact this week’s 7.8-magnitude earthquake that struck Kaikoura north of Christchurch will have on the nation’s tourism industry.

“It is impossible to predict the impact this may have on tourism,” said Tourism New Zealand General Manager, Corporate Affairs, Deborah Gray.

“Our international teams have been contacted by trade partners and we know that interest in the impact of the quakes, is high.

“We will be responding to questions as we can, as more information becomes available,” she said.

The Canterbury region was also rocked by a series of aftershocks, some as strong as 6.2 on the Richter scale, and to date two people have died as a result of the quakes.

“For the most up to date information, visitors should listen to the radio or keep an eye on news websites and official social media channels,” Gray said.

“Visitors who have concerns regarding future or current travel arrangements, should contact their tour, accommodation or transport operator.

“Visitors in New Zealand can also contact a local i-SITE information centre for support with travel arrangements.

“International visitors seeking additional assistance should contact their Embassy,” she said.

New Zealand’s Prime Minister, John Key, toured the region following the tremors and posted a video to YouTube, which can be viewed below.

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