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Adventure tourism operators to become safer

August 24, 2010

riverboarding CCby Yotut

The Government announced today that adventure tourism operators will have to register and have an independent safety audit conducted.

This comes in the wake of a review into the industry following several deaths  including, Catherine Peters who died after a bridge jump went wrong, and Emily Jordon, an English tourist who died in a river-boarding accident.

Seems a good thing that there will be stricter standards in place, although much of the detail of the new system has still to be worked out, such as the register/licensing and  what qualifications instructors and guides are required to hold, the Labour Minister Kate Wilkinson says.

In the past five years 29 people have died taking part in adventure tourism activities, see the NZ Herald story. That seems a lot.

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