Visitors to Ashburton will still get their information from locals, as a satellite Information presence is set to open in the Ashburton Library, following the recent closure of the Ashburton i-SITE.
This move is part of an i-SITE restructure made by Experience Mid Canterbury (EMC). The restructure proposal reviewed the viability of the i-SITEs in Mid-Canterbury in April and this resulted in the closure of the Ashburton i-SITE and Office.
The Methven i-SITE centre remains open and it is business as usual there.
An alternative information service will be housed in the Ashburton Library, says James Urquhart, Chair of the EMC Board.
“We received a number of options and looked at the current trends on tourism and tourists accessing information, and wanted to adapt to that without costing the ratepayer,” he says.
“We then talked with council and the Ashburton Library and they are happy for the library to house local information brochures, which is a great solution.”
“At the same time, our new mobile website has been completed which will make information for visitors much easier to access.”
Visitors will be able to find information in multiple ways, including visiting the new site via the free wifi in the library.
“We are working through the final details of the plan with the library and Council now, and brochures are to be moved across later this week,” James says.
Ashburton residents without internet access will still be able to book transport such as Intercity, Atomic Shuttles, 24 Seven Shuttles, Transcenic, and Interislander through Methven i-Site or by visiting House of Travel Ashburton, 196 East Street.
Ashburton council will discuss the issue today (October 26). It was presented with a 1000-signature petition opposing the closure.