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New tourism hub sought for Wellington

15 May 2018  By Staff Reporter

79 Boulcott Street in Wellington. Image: Google

A new tourism hub to house the country’s industry associations is being sought after they were told they might not be able to return to their Wellington headquarters for up to a year.

Up to 40 staff from the Tourism Industry Aotearoa, Regional Tourism NZ, Tourism Export Council, NZ Cycle Trail, and the Rental Vehicle and Bus and Coach associations are now seeking a new home in the capital.

They were among hundreds of occupants forced to evacuate from their 79 Boulcott Street offices a month ago after engineers deemed it unsafe to occupy because of cracks in the floor.

Strengthening work on the building could carry on for a year.

“We haven’t ruled out a return to 79 Boulcott Street but it seems fairly likely that we will establish a new home somewhere else,” said Chris Roberts, chief executive of TIA, which has around 20 staff.

“We are looking on behalf of the other [tourism] agencies as well… to see if we can find somewhere that will take all of us and allow us to establish a new tourism hub.”

Roberts said he thought TIA had been based at 79 Boulcott Street for possibly more than 20 years.

The association has been working out of spare ServiceIQ office space for the past month.

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