Fiordland Tourist Town Te Anau Chooses to Keep Daylight Saving Time Forever
A new season is about to start. That's why people who live in countries, states, and provinces that observe Daylight Saving Time prepare for the time change.
New Zealand has spring forward into DST, but a tiny South Island tourist town wants to set its clocks, choosing to keep summertime forever. If the Fiordland lakeside town shifts to Te Anau Time, residents believe it will attract more visitors.
Daylight Saving Time adds an extra daylight hour. Though it doesn't technically add one hour, people can experience it because the clock is adjusted.
The residents believe that there will be a tourism boost since Queenstown is only 170km up the road. It is one of the best places to see stunning sights like the glow-worm caves.
The residents should not worry about tourism despite the pandemic because many tourist spots have overcome these challenges. According to Russell Alexander, a boss of Matamata-based tourist attraction Hobbiton, Te Anau's move is a gimmick, but it is a great way to convince people to spend more time there.
New Zealand first introduced Daylight Saving Time in 1927. However, the modern era began in 1974/75 when a trial forwarded an hour. After that, it was made permanent.