Regional Tourism

As the Regional Tourism Organisation (RTO) we are tasked with managing tourism and its opportunities and impacts for the benefit of Tairāwhiti communities. 

Regional Promotion

Tourism in Tairāwhiti is a significant economic opportunity.  Attracting the 'right' visitor at the 'right' time is crucial to achieving visitor spend growth.  The strategy of the Trust aims to attract visitors that will stay longer and spend more.  

Promotion activity will be of high quality and will reflect the uniqueness of this region.

The Trust will also deliver high-quality Gisborne i-SITE services.

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Growing Tourism Businesses

Destination development will expand the supply of high quality and authentic Eat, Stay, Do experiences in order to increase length of stay and spend.

The region has the opportunity to capitalise on our diversity, heritage and taonga.

The Trust will identify areas of opportunity and priorities to grow tourism businesses.

Regional Tourism Systems & Partnerships

Investing in destination management is key to supporting the alignment, sustainability, growth and improvement of regional tourism systems.

We will maintain and grow key partnerships with mana whenua and the Gisborne District Council to achieve our collective aspirations.

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Gisborne i-SITE Visitor Information Centre

The Gisborne i-SITE Visitor Centre is part of New Zealand's official nationwide Visitor Information Network and is the key tourism hub for all visitors and industry.  

The Trust supports the the centre to be a highly visible welcoming place for locals and visitors to seek information and book services and influence time and spend of visitors to region.

The centre is a sales channel for Tairāwhiti businesses and events to promote and sell their products and services.

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Our People

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Connecting the Trust with our communities and where to find the best spots to paddle in Tairāwhiti

Matt Cairns

General Manager Tourism, Communications and Marketing

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Finding your place in Tairāwhiti, some things can’t be explained, only experienced

Holly Hatzilamprou

Tourism Partnerships & Investment Lead

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Supporting the growth of great events in Tairāwhiti, helping our region position itself to be great hosts

Lana Davy

Events Advisor

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Connecting you to the best and brightest in Tairāwhiti, as well as all the 80’s Pro Wrestling talk you can handle

Kara Hull

Team Leader i-SITE

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Promoting all our wonderful tourism operators in Tairāwhiti Gisborne

Mary Mackey

Senior i-SITE Visitor Information Officer

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Sheryl Hall

i-SITE Visitor Information Officer

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Ewan Sinclair

i-SITE Visitor Information Officer

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Tanya Cust

i-SITE Visitor Information Officer

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Totorewa Malcolm

i-SITE Visitor Information Officer

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Baljeet Kohere

i-SITE Visitor Information Officer