Over last weekend and International Museum Day, Phillipa and a small contingent of Kiwis were among around 400 delegates at Museums Australia’s conference in Launceston, Tasmania. While the weather was more like our West Coast, the welcome was warm and there were lots of inspiring and thought-provoking presentations as well as great social occasions.
After the conference, some of us headed to Hobart to visit MONA and the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery (TMAG). We enjoyed a tour of the award-winning redevelopment of TMAG with Acting Director Jennifer Storer, who many will have met at our MA14 conference. Tasmania has certainly changed in the 20+ years since my last visit. I can recommend both MONA and TMAG in Hobart, and QVMAG in Launceston, who were our generous conference hosts. They all offer a great museum experience, and have their own special characteristics and stories to share.
The Tourism Industry Association has appointed a new CE after Martin Sneddon left to return to the world of cricket. Chris Roberts comes from Tourism New Zealand, and will continue the work of implementing and developing the new Tourism 2025 strategy.
And MBIE has released the International Visitor Survey for the year ended March 2014. The good news is that spending by international visitors in New Zealand has increased nine per cent on the previous year. US visitor spend is up by 55%, and visitors from China are also spending more. This correlates to the predicted shift in Chinese visitation from low-cost packages towards longer stay and higher spending individuals.
Phillipa and Talei