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Regulation to manage supply and price inefficiencies are among mooted recommendations from the Tourism Futures Taskforce.
The incoming Government must provide a roadmap for recovery for the sector and both supply and demand support, says Tourism Industry Aotearoa.
The group hoped a new tourism minister would move quickly to investigate better ways of providing support for the tourism sector.
The incoming Government must be bold in overhauling conservation legislation in the interests of both the natural environment and tourism.
The Tourism Futures Taskforce not presenting its final report until April next year is a “disgrace”, says Aroha New Zealand Tours.
Tourism businesses needing digital transformation support to adapt to a Covid-era market can now tap into the Government’s $20m digital capability funding.
The move means gatherings of up to 100 will be allowed in the country’s largest city.
However, tourism could start recovering from September next year with safe travel corridors possibly open.
Physical distancing on public transport has eased but masks must still be worn, says PM Jacinda Ardern.
However, the wait for any reallocated funds could be months away.
The new support will help travel agents recover tourist funds locked up overseas.
The rest of the country will stay at level 2 until at least midnight 16 September.
The Government is looking to fill the gap in its Tourism Futures Taskforce after the departure of Tourism Holdings CFO Nick Judd.
Both large and small tourism business owners have secured multiple grants for different operations.
The extra four days at level 3 will allow the city to “move down and stay down”, says Jacinda Ardern.
More Kiwis are now choosing to camp and many of them might not know how to do it responsibly, says the minister.
Tourism Industry Aotearoa is calling for $2.8m of support from the Government for help with operator compliance costs.
As many inbounders face oblivion, the tourism minister reiterates the Govt’s position on its support for ITOs.
The increase in defence personnel would reduce the reliance on private security firms, especially at high-risk areas such as entry and exit areas.
Ruapehu District Council will receive $7.78m in Government funding to jump-start its Housing Options programme.
The finance minister has outlined the details on the financial support available for businesses and individuals affected by current alert level restrictions.
The latest extension will apply nationwide and last as long as the level 3 lockdown.
Cabinet ministers will decide in a virtual meeting at 3pm today whether to extend the Covid-19 alert levels due to expire at midnight tonight.
The volume and value of applications the PGF had received far exceeded the funding available.
New Zealand citizens and residents currently overseas were not liable for charges if they were returning home permanently.
The Pacific Islands Forum Economic Ministers Meeting began yesterday with a focus on the major economic and social impacts of Covid-19 on the Pacific region.
Popular holiday destination Mangonui has been granted $6.5m for improvements.
People coming into New Zealand for temporary visits of fewer than 90 days, or who arrive after leaving on August 10, will soon have to pay for their managed isolation.
MTB Rotorua’s Tak Mutu makes the exclusive group, which will advise the Govt on what changes to make to tourism.
The Govt also unveiled a $20m loan facility for ITOs and a $50m events fund.
The funding would cover mediation for commercial landlords and tenants whose leases did not provide for a reduction of rent in the event of an emergency.
New Zealanders returning home for a visit will be charged $3100 to cover the costs of the Government’s managed isolation and quarantine.
The New Zealand and Australian governments have reaffirmed a commitment to introduce a trans-Tasman safe travel zone “as soon as it is safe to do so.”
The Govt says there would be safety and logistical challenges standing up Dunedin’s hotels.
Thousands of tourism jobs have been saved in Australia after the Govt there extended its JobKeeper scheme.
Eligible operators will get up to $5000 worth of professional business advice.
The $14bn remainder of the Covid Response and Recovery Fund is being set aside in case of unforeseen events such as a second Covid wave.
A decision would be made soon on whether the city’s hotels would take part in the programme.
A permanent police presence will be at every managed isolation and quarantine facility.
National Party MP Hamish Walker has lost his shadow associate tourism portfolio.
Out-of-work tourism employees will be offered opportunities on 23 projects to clean up waterways that are expected to deliver more than 2000 jobs.
The interest-free Small Business Cashflow Loan Scheme has been extended a second time to the end of December.
Mayor Jim Boult says limited health care capacity in the region would be a “significant” worry if an outbreak occurred.
A coastal pathway, art gallery and regional rejuvenation projects will be funded from the $3bn programme.
Prime minister Jacinda Ardern and tourism minister Kelvin Davis visited the Queenstown Lakes District on Friday spending the morning at Wayfare’s Cardrona Alpine Resort, near Wanaka, before a tour in the afternoon of its TSS Earnslaw steamer boat in Queenstown.
Prime minister Jacinda Ardern, tourism minister Kelvin Davis and Tourism New Zealand chief executive Stephen England-Hall will attend today’s opening of the ski season at Cardrona Alpine Resort.
The Government has withdrawn from its twin track Auckland Light Rail project and referred it to the Ministry of Transport for further work.
A new industry and stakeholder group is being created to contribute to the Government’s Tourism Futures Taskforce’s work.
A new Covid-19 testing regime has been launched by the Government as more Kiwis return from overseas.
Prime minister Jacinda Ardern and tourism minister Kelvin Davis are visiting Queenstown on Friday.