Quake has had wider effects on tourism industry

10:26 pm on 14 March 2011

A tour operator says the industry is being hit hard by the Christchurch earthquake.

Mike Tamaki from Tamaki Tours says while most of the quake damage was confined to Christchurch city, many international tour operators are behaving as if the whole South Island is a no go zone.

He says Maori and non-Maori tourism businesses alike will find it tough in the months ahead.