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Nats slap down $54m tourism innovation fund
14 Nov 2022  

Nats slap down $54m tourism innovation fund

Shadow tourism spokesperson Todd McClay calls it “little more than hot air” that does not help struggling operators.


McClay: Where’s the $54m tourism innovation programme minister?
2 Nov 2022   /

McClay: Where’s the $54m tourism innovation programme minister?

National’s tourism spokesperson Todd McClay has criticised the length of time the government is taking to launch the $54m Innovation Programme for Tourism Recovery.


Fiordland suffering from severe worker shortages – Nats
18 Oct 2022   /

Fiordland suffering from severe worker shortages – Nats

Fiordland businesses are suffering at the hands of the government’s changes to the working holiday visa and skilled migrant categories, says National Party Southland MP Joseph Mooney.


McClay: Nash “washing his hands” of unacceptable visitor visa delays
7 Oct 2022   /

McClay: Nash “washing his hands” of unacceptable visitor visa delays

McClay said the wait time for visitor visas is now so bad that INZ has removed the standard processing times from its website.


ACT urges scrapping of visitor vax requirements
5 Sep 2022   /

ACT urges scrapping of visitor vax requirements

ACT Party leader David Seymour is calling for the government to remove all vaccination requirements because he believes they are preventing visitors from returning to New Zealand.


Watch: Freedom camping bill debate
1 Sep 2022   /

Watch: Freedom camping bill debate

A new national register of self-contained vehicles accessible by the public will be established, says Tourism Minister Stuart Nash.


…but Nats take aim at “theoretical, no impact” ITP
30 Aug 2022   /

…but Nats take aim at “theoretical, no impact” ITP

The National Party has criticised the government’s Industry Transformation Plan for tourism as having little impact on the current staff shortages the sector is facing.


Opposition slams Nash’s backpacker comments, urges scrapping of Traveller Declaration
15 Aug 2022  

Opposition slams Nash’s backpacker comments, urges scrapping of Traveller Declaration

The National Party is calling on Stuart Nash to rescind his “damaging” comments about backpackers, who the tourism minister has implied are not valuable visitors for New Zealand.


Nats call on govt to extend expiring WHVs
11 Jul 2022   /

Nats call on govt to extend expiring WHVs

The National Party is calling on the government to add a six-month extension to all working holiday visas that are due to expire this year.


Immigration minister must listen to businesses – Nats
7 Jul 2022  

Immigration minister must listen to businesses – Nats

Immigration Minister Michael Woods must listen to businesses that are struggling to find labour and urgently address the country’s critical worker shortages, says National Party immigration spokesperson Erica Stanford.


Poto Williams new conservation minister, Kiri Allan moves to justice
14 Jun 2022   /

Poto Williams new conservation minister, Kiri Allan moves to justice

Poto Williams has been appointed conservation minister, with Kiri Allan moving to justice.


Nats urge govt to drop pre-departure tests “right now”
14 Jun 2022   /

Nats urge govt to drop pre-departure tests “right now”

National Party Covid-19 response spokesperson Chris Bishop is calling on the government to drop pre-departure testing requirements for incoming visitors “right now”.


Govt must do more to attract tourism workers – Nats
9 May 2022   /

Govt must do more to attract tourism workers – Nats

The government and Immigration Minister Kris Faafoi have put a “handbrake” on the tourism industry because of their failure to attract skilled workers from overseas, according to the National Party.


Govt “making up rules” on border reopening – ACT
3 May 2022   /

Govt “making up rules” on border reopening – ACT

ACT party leader David Seymour is calling on the government to explain why it has chosen to stagger the border reopening.


Govt biased and unfair over STAPP – Nats
4 Apr 2022   /

Govt biased and unfair over STAPP – Nats

The Auditor General’s Report on the Strategic Tourism Asset Protection Programme confirmed that this Labour government has been biased and unfair, says National tourism spokesperson Todd McClay.


Immigration minister ‘doing nothing’ to boost WHV incentives – Nats
22 Mar 2022   /

Immigration minister ‘doing nothing’ to boost WHV incentives – Nats

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Opposition calls for earlier, wider border reopening
17 Mar 2022  

Opposition calls for earlier, wider border reopening

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Nats call for isolation-free travel to start
14 Mar 2022   /

Nats call for isolation-free travel to start

The government needs to bring forward isolation-free travel for vaccinated and tested visitors before more tourism businesses close, says National’s tourism spokesperson, Todd McClay.


McClay: Nash is wrong – tourism needs to get back to business
4 Mar 2022   /

McClay: Nash is wrong – tourism needs to get back to business

National Party’s tourism spokesperson says the minister won’t decide how the sector is shaped in the recovery – industry will.


Opposition slams govt’s border, MIQ policies
23 Feb 2022   /

Opposition slams govt’s border, MIQ policies

The government is abandoning the NZ tourism industry, says the National Party’s Todd McClay.


ACT wants changes to outdoor event rules
8 Feb 2022   /

ACT wants changes to outdoor event rules

The ACT Party is calling on the Government to make changes to restrictions for outdoor events, saying the same rules should not be applied for indoor and outdoor events at venues of different sizes.


Nats call for govt clarity on sector support in Omicron action plan
4 Feb 2022   /

Nats call for govt clarity on sector support in Omicron action plan

Kiwis need to know what support is available for struggling industries, when gathering limits on hospitality will be removed, and when vaccine passes will no longer be required, says the National Party.


Luxon: NZ needs to reopen to the world
1 Feb 2022   /

Luxon: NZ needs to reopen to the world

The National Party has criticised the government’s Omicron response, saying New Zealand needs to reopen to the world.


Pay events sector wage subsidy – ACT
27 Jan 2022   /

Pay events sector wage subsidy – ACT

ACT leader David Seymour says the events sector should be given the wage subsidy to compensate for losses after the shift into the red setting.


Govt should end ban on travel to NZ – ACT
24 Jan 2022   /

Govt should end ban on travel to NZ – ACT

The ACT Party is calling on the Government to end its “ban on travel” to New Zealand.


Opposition takes aim at ‘no significant visitors until next summer’
13 Dec 2021   /

Opposition takes aim at ‘no significant visitors until next summer’

MIQ should be scrapped for double-vaccinated arrivals now, says the National Party.


McClay falls out of shadow cabinet, retains tourism
7 Dec 2021  

McClay falls out of shadow cabinet, retains tourism

Rotorua MP Todd McClay has fallen out of the National Party’s shadow cabinet following new leader Chris Luxon’s reshuffle.


Opposition piles into govt’s tourism transformation plan
18 Nov 2021   /

Opposition piles into govt’s tourism transformation plan

The government’s tourism Industry Transformation Plan shows it is unaware of the harm being done to the sector, says Todd McClay.


National launches petition to end MIQ system
5 Nov 2021   /

National launches petition to end MIQ system

The National Party is launching a petition to end the managed isolation and quarantine system.


Hospo, retail support Greens call to backdate rent relief
27 Oct 2021  

Hospo, retail support Greens call to backdate rent relief

The Green Party hopes to enable tenants and landlords to backdate any adjustments in rent due during Covid-19 alert levels 3 and 4 under commercial leases to cover the full lockdown period.


BEIA welcomes National’s events insurance commitment
22 Oct 2021   /

BEIA welcomes National’s events insurance commitment

Business Events Industry Aotearoa has welcomed the National Party’s plan to create a government fund for events industry insurance cover.


Nats set 1 Dec border opening in Covid recovery plan
20 Oct 2021  

Nats set 1 Dec border opening in Covid recovery plan

The Back in Business plan also includes $100 ‘dine & discover’ vouchers to help hospo, accom, and tourism.


Govt must invest more to keep tourism operators afloat – McClay
15 Oct 2021  

Govt must invest more to keep tourism operators afloat – McClay

Tourism operators around the country need more support and more specifics as the loss of the Auckland market renders businesses untenable, says Todd McClay.


Opposition urges ditching eradication, Nats set border reopening trigger
29 Sep 2021   /

Opposition urges ditching eradication, Nats set border reopening trigger

Opposition parties have released border re-opening plans that focus on a move away from eradication to containing Covid-19 but refrain from setting specific dates for lifting border restrictions.


Level 4 extension “final straw” for many businesses – Nats
14 Sep 2021   /

Level 4 extension “final straw” for many businesses – Nats

The extension of Copvid-19 alert level 4 settings for Auckland and level 2 elsewhere into next week will be the final straw for many businesses, says National’s Todd McClay.


Vaccination passports progress too slow – ACT
13 Sep 2021   /

Vaccination passports progress too slow – ACT

The ACT Party says progress on proof of Covid-19 vaccination for travel purposes is too slow and will run into problems with verification due to the lack of requirement to show identification during the inoculation process.


Nats urge more support for hospo under new level 2 rules
8 Sep 2021   /

Nats urge more support for hospo under new level 2 rules

The National Party says the government does not understand the severity of conditions under the new level 2 rules that hospitality businesses face.


ScoMo, Ardern visit “great opportunity” for Queenstown – DQ
18 May 2021   /

ScoMo, Ardern visit “great opportunity” for Queenstown – DQ

Both PMs are expected to meet tourism leaders at the hard hit destination.


Nash planning to “tax life out of tourism” – ACT
26 Mar 2021   /

Nash planning to “tax life out of tourism” – ACT

Tourism minister Stuart Nash has taken three briefings specifically related to bed taxes, says the ACT Party.


42k Kiwis back trans-Tasman bubble petition
23 Mar 2021   /

42k Kiwis back trans-Tasman bubble petition

Around 42,000 Kiwis have signed the National Party’s call to open the trans-Tasman bubble petition.


Nash names five regions in line for targeted structural support…
19 Mar 2021  

Nash names five regions in line for targeted structural support…

Nash says he is “deeply concerned” about the situation unfolding in these five destinations.


…as he puts freedom camping, IVL, DOC pricing on hit-list
19 Mar 2021  

…as he puts freedom camping, IVL, DOC pricing on hit-list

Tourism minister Stuart Nash outlines his vision for tourism once international visitors returns which would include policy and sectoral changes.


Nats launch trans-Tasman bubble petition
16 Mar 2021   /

Nats launch trans-Tasman bubble petition

The National Party has launched a petition calling on the Government to get a move on with the trans-Tasman travel bubble.


Greens urge parties to embrace PCE report
23 Feb 2021   /

Greens urge parties to embrace PCE report

The Green Party has called on all political parties to embrace the Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment Simon Upton’s Not 100% – but four steps closer to sustainable tourism report.


Tourism minister’s dismissal of sector “distressing” – Nats
22 Feb 2021  

Tourism minister’s dismissal of sector “distressing” – Nats

The Government must urgently redirect support to the ailing tourism sector, says National’s tourism spokesperson, Todd McClay.


Govt must release Pullman reports now – Nats
18 Feb 2021   /

Govt must release Pullman reports now – Nats

The Government must immediately release its reports into how Covid infected three people at the Pullman Auckland, says National’s Covid response spokesperson, Chris Bishop.


New tourism spokesperson for Greens
24 Nov 2020  

New tourism spokesperson for Greens

Ricardo Menéndez March, a list MP, took over the tourism spokesperson role from Gareth Hughes.


Election 2020: How the Ticker’s readers voted
16 Oct 2020  

Election 2020: How the Ticker’s readers voted

See how our readers voted in our (not particularly scientific) political poll.


Election 2020: No new bed taxes or operator levies – McClay
16 Oct 2020  

Election 2020: No new bed taxes or operator levies – McClay

National’s tourism spokesperson Todd McClay has said his party will ensure there are no new taxes for the tourism sector and would stop any attempt to introduce a regional bed tax, including one in Queenstown.


Election 2020: Labour’s manifesto – what it says about tourism
14 Oct 2020  

Election 2020: Labour’s manifesto – what it says about tourism

The document sketches out the party’s ambitions for the sector.