Holiday park guests offer silver lining to local businesses

Friday, 4 December 2020

Holiday park owners are encouraging their guests to support local businesses by trying something new this summer.   

“A lot of businesses will be relying on New Zealanders’ support over the next few months,” says Holiday Parks New Zealand CE Fergus Brown. “As we approach our first year without international visitors—and with no certainty around when the borders will open—Kiwis’ support this summer will be make or break for many, especially small businesses.” 

Mr Brown hopes holiday park visitors will take advantage of the quieter-than-usual summer season by ticking off some of the country’s must-do activities.  

“Whether it’s a cruise in the Bay of Islands, a visit to a local museum or a trip to Hobbiton, it’s a win-win for holiday park guests who will be getting a new experience knowing their holiday spending is helping to save jobs.”  

Booking ahead will also be crucial to these businesses, which have been struggling with staffing due to the lack of international visitors, says Mr Brown. Outside of summer, New Zealanders tend to travel only at weekends and school holidays, making it difficult to retain staff throughout quieter periods.