New Zealand is partnering the small pacific island of Niue, to spur economic development through tourism.
New Zealand Foreign Minister, Murray McCully, made the announcement on his tour of Niue this weekend. As part of the 2011 Pacific Mission, the foreign ministry will offer assistance in various forms, to help Niue fulfil its tourism potential.
“New Zealand is pleased to be contributing both expertise and infrastructure to support growth in this sector. Tourism benefits not just airlines and accommodation providers. There is real value and potential for the local community both in terms of employment and associated commercial opportunities in tourism services,” the Minister said.
New Zealand will invest NZ$15 million (US$12.6 million) over three years for a tourism development strategy designed to equip Niue with the essential infrastructure and management systems needed to cement the island as a boutique tourism destination.
“Niue’s relative isolation and population size are challenges for economic development, but the country’s natural beauty and unique environment provide significant tourism opportunities”, Mr McCully said.
Niue was the final destination on the five-day Pacific Mission that also saw Mr McCully travel to Tonga, Samoa and the Cook Islands.