A conference I’m helping to organise is scheduled to take place in Christchurch in May.
The earthquake has complicated our plans. But on Monday I phoned my counterpart in Canterbury and said that if it was safe and practical to keep to our plans we should do so. If not we should move to another venue in or as near to Christchurch as possible.
There is no use putting pressure on the city’s infrastructure by going there now unless you’re helping with the recovery. But once that’s over and the rebuilding begins Christchurch will need the support of its own people and visitors.
So will the rest of the country.
After reading Ben Groundwater’s in the Sydney Morning Herald saying Friendliest people on earth. . . need you to visit Whaleoil came up with a plan:
What I have come up with is a massive internet campaign asking people to take holidays in New Zealand. Increased tourist numbers will give a massive boost to our economy, and is the one way our friends overseas can personally help us.
So I am asking all my family overseas to come home for their holidays every holiday for the next few years to show they care. I am asking my kiwi mates overseas to do the same thing. And I am asking all my foreign mates to come here for their holidays to help us all out.
I’ll be doing this with my blog, on Facebook and on Twitter. I’ll email all my friends in the next week or so, and I will call a few people too.
Can you all consider posting something along these lines, and encourage your readers to change their facebook status to
“Help New Zealand Rebuild. Take your next holiday in New Zealand”
Christchurch has suffered more than enough. The city and the rest of the country will suffer even more unless tourists keep coming.