The CEO of campervan rental company Jucy, Tim Alpe, said the negative press on the attack is putting Dutch tourists off travelling to New Zealand and the company has already had three cancellations this week.Maybe I have the wrong end of the stick, but I thought one of the points of our justice system and the concept of "crimes" is that they are crimes against society to start with. Hence the state's involvement in prosecution, rather than sueing people privately for assault, murder, rape, etc. Are tourists somehow more innocent, or more important, because they contribute to our economy? And where does a conclusion like that lead next?
"All have been Dutch and all have commented to reservation staff that it has been because of their concerns for security," Mr Alpe said.
He said the Government needed to look at harsher sentences for people who attack tourists because the attacks have an impact on the whole society.
Thursday, 29 January 2009
at 8:36 am by Julie
I heard about this on National Radio this morning (the Tourism Minister was unavailable for comment), and found this in the Herald: