In the “World Heritage tentative list frequently asked questions”
There are significant benefits from world heritage status.
World heritage status is an established force in world tourism markets, and New Zealand can expect to reap benefits from world heritage tourism.
World heritage listing will also increase public interest and awareness in protecting the values of the site. New Zealand will be under an obligation to undertake appropriate management of the site, and to report periodically on the site’s condition to the World Heritage Committee. It is anticipated that the site management systems will be arrived at through close collaboration with local and national stakeholders. Therefore sites inscribed on the World Heritage List benefit from the elaboration and implementation of a comprehensive management plan that sets out adequate preservation measures and monitoring mechanisms, in addition to increasing the tourist activities at the site. All properties inscribed on the World Heritage List must have adequate long-term legislative, regulatory, institutional and/or traditional protection and management to ensure their safeguarding.