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Chat-tin- to-day with Mr S. G. ("ollett. ('Jovorninoin tourist ;i;;eiit, our repr-csen-fative j;ot some in' crest inc information regard ine? t ) H , tivn tdlin- <>i the }iubiic. It was saiti. amonirst ether thinirs, that the actual tash takiuys at th.e local office for the Christm.-ifi week wcie only about £ICO less than for tho previous Year, about £i,400 beim; take;, for the 10' days. This (as Mr CoMe't exjilainedl. .sjdit up into, in .-oiiio cases, .small tours at excursion rates, meant a trend deal of work, and alot of people to handle. 'The. Alilford Track is hein;.' well patronised, and n.

number of tourists speak in favorable terms of the condition of the track ami tho attention the department- -ives them. The bridces, etc.. have all been overhauled, and tho new bridge over tho Arthur Tiivor is a testimony to tho work put in by the chief puide and his assistants before the. season started. Tho new Hermitage at Mount- Cook is full, and Mr 0. Cook, the manager there, has been compelled to refuse visitors at the prerent time. It is confidently expected that some, excellent- records lc sardine biudi nscenis will be schedule;! this season. Tho new hut on the J-fjast Eidje. which is beinp put up to the memory of Mr Kinjr and Guides Thomson and "Richmond by New Zealand alpinists, assisted by the Tourist Department subsidy, will he put in hand shortly, and should prove a suitable memorial to those who lost their lives, and in addition bo of great service, to climbers. Qucenstown. Stewart. Island. Pembroke, Mnknrora (head of ],ako Wanaka) are all j;ettiiKT a fair quota of visitors, especially tho former, where it i.s practically impossible to cot any accommodation at present. Taking it altogether, as Mr Collr-tt pays, matters from ;v tourist agent's point of view ni-c far from bad, and there is ample evidence that money is not as ti-rht as sorno people would make out.

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TOURIST TRAFFIC, Issue 15688, 30 December 1914

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TOURIST TRAFFIC Issue 15688, 30 December 1914

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