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A bed tax on New Zealand’s holiday parks could encourage more people to freedom camp, says Holiday Parks New Zealand.
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Queenstown Lakes District Council has released the final results from its referendum on a visitor levy on short-term accommodation.
How did residents vote in the controversial poll on whether to implement a visitor levy?
If the result shows strong support, a change in legislation will be requested so the levy can be charged.
Residents are being asked whether they support or oppose the introduction of a visitor levy.
Operators could also be hit with the technology costs of implementing the 5% bed tax.
“We have listened to the concerns of the accommodation sector,” says QLDC mayor Jim Boult.
The accommodation providers say the levy will damage the resort’s international competitiveness.
Queenstown Lakes mayor Jim Boult replies to critics of the proposed bed tax and the resort’s planned referendum.
If visitors spend more on accommodation, they could spend less on activities or hospitality, writes Chris Roberts.
Queenstown’s proposed tourist tax is on track to be a levy of 5%-10% targeting all short-term accommodation including Airbnb, according to the latest update from Queenstown Lakes District Council.
Queenstown’s mayor argues that visitors need to contribute more towards the resort’s infrastructure needs.
It’s time for an informed and unemotive debate, writes Dr Anthony Brien.