The Government has announced a levy for international tourists, but has also snuck in a proposal that would increase costs for New Zealand citizens as well. Shane Cowlishaw reports.
Tourism industry bodies have responded to the government's proposed levy on international visitors positively - provided they benefit from the money raised.
Visitors heading to New Zealand for work or play may face price hikes at the border, as the Government tries to tackle rising pressure on the country’s infrastructure and immigration system. Sam Sachdeva reports.
New Zealand guest nights fell in April as an earlier Easter holiday kept a lid on domestic travel, while international visitor accommodation remained strong, especially in the South Island.
A resurgence of Chinese visitors is a highlight for the domestic tourism sector, which economists say may be in a lull after a last year’s spike during the British and Irish Lions tour.
The Government is looking to institute a tourist levy on international visitors by Budget 2019, Tourism Minister Kelvin Davis announced today. Labour promised the levy before the election.
New Zealand accommodation providers hosted a record number of guest nights for a March month this year, as an earlier Easter holiday and warmer weather lured more people to holiday parks.
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