Belief the "city is dying" has prompted calls for a co-ordinated approach to crime and homelessness in the CBD.
At a Tourism Industry Aotearoa-led meeting mayoral and Rotorua Lakes Council candidates were asked to give their views on Airbnbs, inner-city crime, homelessness, targeted rates and freedom camping, before taking questions from the floor.
During the questions Hennessy's Irish Bar publican Reg Hennessy told candidates a facilitated response to homelessness and crime was needed.
"Our city is dying ... because of what is going on in our streets."
Tourism businesses pleaded for council contenders to take urgent action to reduce crime