Maori specialists to be trained at major i-SITES for the Rugby World Cup

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(eGlobalTravelMedia) Staff at some of New Zealands busiest i-SITE Visitor Information Centres will soon be able to boost their knowledge of Maori tourism as part of a new training programme.

The Maori Tourism i-SITE Specialist Programme will be launched in June 2011 to provide additional training, initially for 20 i-SITE staff, from selected regions across the country.

The training will focus on Maori tourism experiences, protocols and regional stories and will include familiarisation trips to a number of significant Maori sites around New Zealand. Once the programme is completed the up-skilled staff will return to their home i-SITEs to share what they have learnt with their colleagues.

Paul Yeo, Executive Manager i-SITE New Zealand, said the training would help i-SITE staff better promote Maori cultural experiences during Rugby World Cup 2011.

Maori culture is a significant part of the unique New Zealand experience. With Rugby World Cup 2011 on the horizon, theres no better time to create Maori experience specialists in some of our countrys major i-SITEs. Its likely that this training will continue in coming years to ensure i-SITE staff are well prepared to offer the best possible advice to visitors.

Informational brochures and DVDs promoting Maori tourism experiences will be provided to i-SITEs around the country to compliment the programme and to raise awareness of Maori culture during Rugby World Cup 2011.

The Maori Tourism i-SITE Specialist Programme is funded by the Ministry of Economic Development and the training will be co-ordinated by Tourism New Zealands Henare Johnson, who is currently on secondment to Auckland Tourism, Events, Economic Development Ltd (ATEED).

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