Tourism NZ page 14 Oct 2011

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On October 5, the cargo ship Rena struck a reef off the coast of Tauranga. As a result, oil leaked from the ship and some of it washed up on local beaches. The size of the affected area in the Bay of Plenty is small in the context of New Zealand's overall size and 15,000 km coastline.

As at Wednesday 2 November, the ship remains in the same position it has been since it was grounded and salvage experts are working on the recovery of oil and containers from the ship.

Intending visitors are advised to continue with their plans to travel to New Zealand.

Travellers can still look forward to a great experience whether coming to New Zealand for business or pleasure. Visitors will be able to travel around the country and enjoy the full range of great activities and fantastic experiences that New Zealand is known for.
Accommodation and most activities and attractions in the Bay of Plenty region are operating as normal. For anyone requiring specific information on local activities they are advised to contact Bay of Plenty Tourism.
A coordinated response to the event is underway to manage the situation as efficiently as possible and more than 6,000 volunteers have now signed up to assist with spill clean-up.

Click here to view Tourism New Zealand's media statement.

New Zealand still open for business and travel

Date Published: 14 October 2011

New Zealand is still "very much open" for tourism and business travel, despite the effects of the cargo ship MV Rena grounding off Tauranga, according to Tourism New Zealand Chief Executive Kevin Bowler.

Mr. Bowler today urged international visitors to continue with their New Zealand travel plans.
"While all New Zealanders are deeply saddened by the grounding of the Rena and the effects of the oil and cargo lost overboard, the size of the affected area is very small in the context of New Zealand's 15,000 kilometers of coastline and beaches," he said.
"The incident, while serious for Tauranga and the Bay of Plenty, is an isolated one, and confined to a small area of New Zealand. The country is still very much open for business and travel."

Mr. Bowler said that visitors to New Zealand could still enjoy a unique and invigorating experience as the country continued to offer the rich tapestry of landscapes, activities and adventures it was famous for.


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