Drive Safe with Novotel Queenstown Lakeside
18 March 2015: Enjoy New Zealand safely is the message Novotel Queenstown Lakeside is giving to its guests following the
launch of a new Drive Safe initiative within the hotel. Road safety videos, additional training of staff and drive safe
handouts are all part of the hotel’s effort to ensure that their guests are confident to drive safely on New Zealand
In what the hotel believes is a first for a New Zealand hotel, Front Office Manager Debbie Clark has worked closely with
the Tourism Industry Association (TIA) and Tourism services company Whytewaters to launch the project. Novotel will be
showcasing TIA’s Drive Safe video on a dedicated local attractions TV channel available in every guest room. Drive Safe
handouts will also be distributed throughout the public areas of the hotel and at the concierge desk.
“Many of our guests self-drive and we recognise that New Zealand roads can be different compared to what some of our
guests have experienced before. It is up to all of us in the tourism industry to encourage safe driving practices for
all guests to the region – both international guests and New Zealanders so that we can all experience our beautiful
country safely,” says Novotel General Manager Jim Moore.
TIA Chief Executive Chris Roberts has congratulated Novotel Queenstown Lakeside for its positive contribution to its
guests’ safety and is encouraging other tourism operators to follow its lead.
“Improving road safety is a responsibility for all those who interact with visitors to New Zealand. Driving is a great
way to enjoy all New Zealand has to offer but we have to do all we can to keep both our visitors and New Zealand road
users safe,” Mr Roberts says.
Promoting safe driving practices amongst its guests is the hotel’s latest contribution to being proactive members of the
Queenstown community. As an ongoing commitment to the Queenstown community, Novotel Queenstown Lakeside has a number of
initiatives in place such as the Trees for Survival programme in conjunction with Queenstown Primary School and active
fundraising for charity Cure Kids.