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Monday, January 24, 2011

100% petty

Tourism's spin on bores is 100pc ewww

When John Key took the tourism portfolio, we presume it was so important to New Zealand that the Prime Minister, no less, would give it some moxie. So why buy a dog and bark?

Last week, Tourism New Zealand spokesman Ian Long made us look complete nincompoops when he launched a counter-attack - as the Herald on Sunday reported - on Hollywood actress Anna Faris.

Faris, a 34-year-old who is repeatedly listed as one of the world's 100 most beautiful, desirable and sexy women, and was named Cosmopolitan magazine's "Fun, Fearless, Female of the Year", lived in Auckland last year while filming Yogi Bear.

Deborah Coddington is spot on the mark here in terms of highlighting the inappropriateness of Tourism NZ spokesperson Ian Long's remarks here on Anna Faris. Faris said she had been harassed by drunken men. Long's response to her televised remarks was "In the same segment, she accepts an award for being a pothead stoner of the year and she's quite clearly had a few. I don't think she has any credibility."

While most of the responses have been oriented towards an analysis of what Kiwi blokes are like, the key point of this opinion blog is a good question: why are people who represent our tourism body attacking individuals over talking about sexism in our country? Should representatives of a government department promoting tourism be engaging in personal attacks? Regardless of your opinion on gender relations here, is this a good public relations strategy? Should Long be able to distinguish between an actress and the movie roles they play? Is this professional behaviour?

Tourism NZ have responded to the Herald here:

The article inferred that Tourism New Zealand made a personal attack on the actress and her experiences in New Zealand. In our conversation with the reporter, the credibility of the talk show interview was questioned, not the individual's character or the views expressed by her. Our official statement to your paper following the discussion focused solely on overseas visitors' satisfaction of a holiday in New Zealand.

Suzanne Carter, Tourism NZ

EDITOR'S NOTE: The Tourism NZ spokesman said last week, "I don't think she [Faris] has any credibility."

Someone please sort out the PR strategy at Tourism NZ - this is ridiculous.


At 24/1/11 1:27 pm, Blogger Dave Brown said...

It should get its message straight.
Come to NZ, mean, racist and sexist.

At 24/1/11 3:35 pm, Blogger snigie said...

Wasnt this weeks ago?

At 24/1/11 4:27 pm, Blogger AAMC said...

conservative, Calvinist.....

At 24/1/11 7:07 pm, Blogger Suzanne Carter said...

Tourism New Zealand apologises for any offence that comments attributed to Tourism New Zealand about Anna Faris and her experiences in New Zealand may have caused. The inference that Tourism New Zealand did not take Ms Faris's comments seriously is very much regretted and was certainly not intended.

On a US talk show Ms Faris spoke about disrespectful behaviour she experienced during her stay in New Zealand and as a consequence her impression of New Zealand men is, to say the least, poor.

We want all visitors to New Zealand to enjoy positive experiences and leave with good memories of their stay in our country. Feedback from visitors and satisfaction of their stay in New Zealand is normally very high, so it is exceptionally unfortunate that Ms Faris experienced intolerable treatment. Should Ms Faris return to New Zealand, Tourism New Zealand would be pleased to offer her some great kiwi hospitality to put right her recent experiences and impressions.

Suzanne Carter, General Manager Public Affairs, Tourism New Zealand


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