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This information was published in 1966 in An Encyclopaedia of New Zealand, edited by A. H. McLintock. It has not been corrected and will not be updated.

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Tourist and Publicity Department and Tourist Hotel Corporation

Although the tourist industry depends largely on private enterprise, the Tourist and Publicity Department (founded in 1901) helps considerably to promote travel to and within New Zealand. It has offices in London, New York, San Francisco, Sydney, Melbourne, and Brisbane. Within New Zealand it has Government Tourist Bureaus at Auckland, Rotorua, Te Aroha, Wellington, Christchurch, Dunedin, and Invercargill, and a network of tourist agencies in other centres. It directs national publicity overseas. Because of the cost of developing some of the more remote scenic areas, the Department for many years has run hotels at Waitomo Caves, Lake Waikaremoana, Wairakei, Tokaanu, and Tongariro National Park in the North Island, and at Mount Cook, Queenstown, Lake Te Anau, Milford Sound, and the Franz Josef Glacier in the South Island. In 1955 the control of these hotels passed to a Tourist Hotel Corporation.