The safety of anyone participating in New Zealand's adventure tourism activities is paramount, and Qualmark Quality Endorsed tourism businesses are ready to demonstrate this commitment to visitors.
The message for visitors and the travel trade is simply put by Qualmark New Zealand's General Manager Tim Keeling, "If you're looking for a safe and good quality adventure tourism experience, start with a Qualmark quality endorsed business."
The Health and Safety in Employment Regulations 2011 were introduced to help keep New Zealanders and overseas tourists safe when participating in adventure tourism activities. From 1 December this year the regulations are being enforced by the regulator WorkSafe New Zealand.
The regulations require commercial adventure activity operators in New Zealand to be safety audited and registered in order to provide an adventure activity in return for payment.
While Qualmark New Zealand does not have a direct role in administering or auditing these safety regulations, Qualmark has been working closely with the sector to ensure all Qualmark endorsed businesses comply with their obligations under the new safety regulations.
Tim says the focus throughout has been on making the decision process easy for visitors and distribution partners like i-SITEs, Regional Tourism Organisations and travel sellers who promote tourism operators.
"International and domestic visitors can be assured that when they select a Qualmark quality endorsed tourism experience, the business will be fully compliant with the new adventure safety regulations where required, while also having the right systems in place to provide them a quality customer experience."
Prior to the new adventure safety regulations coming into effect, tourism businesses already had to meet industry standards of health and safety best practice in order to be Qualmark endorsed. All Qualmark endorsed businesses covered by the new regulations, are now compliant with them.
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General Manager Qualmark New Zealand