Niue Accommodation Businesses Urged To Upscale Services

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Competition reportedly high thanks to Matavai Resort

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (Radio New Zealand International, June 26, 2012) – New Zealand’s High Commissioner to Niue, Mark Blumsky, says efforts are being made to get small accommodation providers to upscale so they can take full advantage of the New Zealand funded tourism push.

Some of them say they can’t compete with cheap deals provided by bigger operations like the Matavai Resort which have investment from the New Zealand government.

Mr. Blumsky says six million US dollars in aid money went into constructing new rooms, not subsidizing cheap deals and the trust-run Matavai still has to provide a return to its board.

"It’s all to do with building a critical mass to be effective in the market so that the wholesalers want to deal with you. Hence our encouragement of trying to get these four and five room operators to scale up a bit to understand the exciting opportunities and maybe invest in their business."

Mark Blumsky says tourism investment and strategies should flow on to other operators even in the off-season.

[PIR editor’s note: Niue Chamber of Commerce member Patricia Hunter, who also rents houses for holiday-goers, says competition with special deals and bigger operators is difficult for small businesses. "There seems to be an imbalance of the push towards marketing Niue in the main New Zealand area which is focuses on the Matavai, and perhaps two other operators who are of a commercial size to suit the travel agent industry."]


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