At Eden Park Bed and Breakfast we see numerous travellers arriving after picking up a car at the airport and driving into Auckland. We had one guest that had 3 incidents on the 18 km journey. So the issue of Safer driving for Tourists in New Zealand is something serious we should be aware of and get people informed.
The Police in Queenstown ,New Zealand have taken a bold step towards getting tourists driving in a safe manner. They are now working with rental car companies to take incompetent tourist drivers off the road.
When they come across a tourist driver they think is incompetent, they are phoning rental car companies and asking them to cancel a client’s contract.
It seems that they have legal issues if they use the Land Transport Act to prevent incompetent overseas visitors from driving. The only way for police to remove someone from the road is to arrest them for a driving offense or imposing bail conditions.
So to get around this they are working with rental companies to remove drivers they believe pose a threat to other road users
It was up to the rental company to cancel the contract.
It’s may seem not a lot ,but anything to have tourists practicing safe driving in New Zealand is always welcome.
At Eden Park Bed and Breakfast we are always offering extra packaging and bags to clients when packing to leave, so it was with amusement that I read that two Thai tourists were arrested in Queenstown after refusing to a leave a pharmacy when they tried to hand back $430 worth of soap and handcream they could not fit in their suitcase.
It seems the the couple had bought the goods earlier in the night, then returned around 9pm to try and reverse barter the goods after realising their purchases would not fit into their luggage.
The Pharmacy staff were quite accommodating, and took back some of the larger items, but things turned quite ugly and abusive when the whole lot wasn’t taken back. The couple, a man aged 50, and a woman aged 35, refused to leave the store, and police were called. They refused to listen to reason, were pleaded with, and eventually arrested and charged with trespass .
Would have been nice to have seen that. Well worth having a video to post onto UTube.
At Eden Park Bed and Breakfast we strive to offer all travelers the best service we can. So i am pleased to hear that an intoxicated Irish man who walked away from an ATM machine in the centre of Queenstown on Monday night without the $800 he had withdrawn got a pleasant surprise when he visited Queenstown Police Station the next day. It seems that an honest young Otago man found the cash and card and handed it in to police.
Thats the the luck of the Irish.
At Eden Park Bed and Breakfast we don’t have snow, but when I hear about the lack of snow in the South Island and the fact that It has been a month since snow fell on Coronet Peak, while the Remarkables have had a barren fortnight; it does concern me that the snow industry that is centered in Queenstown is the largest contributor to the current Tourism figures for the South Island. So a downturn there is gonna hurt the rest of the economy for the entire region. Let’s hope there will be a good Winter Blast that whites out the whole zone. (Although I would rather be under a palm tree with a cooool drink in hand and enjoy some warm rays)
At Eden Park Bed and Breakfast we are winter steady and running about 48% occupancy. It gives us the opportunity to keep up with maintenance. There is new carpet down ;new Venetian blinds on all windows and all the white painting finished. Will need another holiday if this keeps up !
International Visitor Arrivals to 15th July 2012
Total visitor arrivals are up by 3% compared to the same four week period last year.
Ups: China 31%, Japan 27%, Germany 12%, Australia 6% .
Downs: Singapore -4%, UK -16%, Malaysia -43%, Canada -7%, USA -8%, Korea -13%