Jet boat crash won't hurt tourism - Mayor

Queenstown's Mayor is expecting an update today on what exactly happened when a jet boat crashed on Saturday, injuring nine tourists.

It hit a rock wall on the upper Shotover River. The occupants received injuries ranging from minor to moderate. They were all taken to Lakes District Hospital by helicopter for treatment.

Mayor Jim Boult says they are taking one step at a time.

"The community are concerned that it happened, but will await the outcome before any judgement is made."

Mr Boult says he is confident the incident is being thoroughly investigated, and won't have an impact on tourism in the region:

"Any accident is really unfortunate… but I don't think there will be a significant effect from it."

Canadians and Thai holidaymakers were among those on board.

"We're always very concerned when an incident like this happens," said Mr Boult. "Our thoughts at this point in time are with the people who have been injured."

A spokesperson for the company Skippers Canyon Jet, the only operator in that area of the river, refused to comment.