As if the Tourism Industry and Accommodation sector in New Zealand doesn’t have enough problems ……we now have the New Zealand Japanese Society warning Japanese citizens to avoid Auckland’s Queen St and its drunken denizens amid reports of sex attacks and violence against tourists.
Society president Masa Sekikawa said the decision to issue the warning followed reports about excessive drinking in the central city and attacks on students and tourists.”To a lot of Japanese people, New Zealand is just a country that’s green, blue skies and sheep where crime doesn’t happen, so they let their guard down.When they encounter trouble, many also choose not to report to the authorities because of language or cultural differences.”
Last month, visitors from Japan rose 20 per cent to 3000, which was still below the May 2010 level of 5300 visitors before the Japanese earthquake and tsunami in March last year.
Unsurprisingly ,Auckland Mayor Len Brown said alcohol consumption and its effect on community safety was an important issue for the city, but would not support a call for Queen St to be avoided.
Personally Mr Brown, I would suggest that when other countries issue warnings for their citizens to steer clear of Auckland’s main street; I would take their recommendations very seriously !
I guess you have to wonder why we trust any company these days….. The latest bombshell to rock business confidence is affecting airlines already suffering from declining patronage and excessive fuel costs. Japan Airlines has been ordered to to pay $2.275 million after admitting price fixing on its fuel and security surcharges for cargo flown to and from New Zealand.
Japan Airlines was one of 13 that colluded to impose fuel and security surcharges for cargo shipments into and out of New Zealand over a period of more than six years.
The Japanese company is the fourth airline to accept penalties, following agreements with British Airways, Cargolux International Airlines and Qantas.
Friday’s penalty brings the amount obtained in settlements from those airlines to $16.375 million.
Seven other carriers, including Air New Zealand, are due to defend charges in March 2013.
And Air New Zealand is a state owned enterprise of the New Zealand Government.
At Eden Park Bed and Breakfast we are still running at a less percentage than normal, but we have continuity with regulars. We are seeing response from wotif deals and contacts made with Australian wholesalers. Pity we don’t have a Test at Eden Park every weekend……..
International Visitor Arrivals to 17 June 2012
Total visitor arrivals are up by 5.7% compared to the same four week period last year.
Ups: China 45%, Korea 10%, Canada 6%
Australia 10%, USA 2%
Downs: Singapore -14%, UK -7%, Germany -5%,
Malaysia -40%, Japan -19%
The Rugby World Cup keeps rolling along. The major nations keep winning the games and the lessor nations keep losing them.
Tonight we have the All Blacks v Japan at Hamilton. It’s a no brained as to who will win and I can only hope that the score is not too high. Previous games against Japan have seen triple digit numbers. One of the guests at Eden Park Bed and Breakfast wants me to go up to the local pub And watch the game there. Personally I think my new 55 inch screen looks better; but the idea of a beer always sounds good.
Tomorrow we have Australia v Ireland at our local Eden Park. I am working the mobility service for the park with our transportation company,Supercare4u.com. I will be taking video footage of the nights action and will be posting on the site .
Sooooo for all you Rugby fans……Go the ALL BLACKS