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Jacinda Ardern addresses concerns the government might be backtracking on its framework to reconnect NZ.
The continued availability of support takes into account the more difficult new operating conditions under level 2, says Jacinda Ardern.
National Party spokesperson for tourism Todd McClay says the details of business support for some South Island regions released yesterday provide nothing new for struggling tourism operators.
Northland can move to level 3 this Thursday but Auckland will stay in level 4 lockdown until 14 September.
The finance minister says NZ has the funds to help firms affected by the lockdown, including tourism and hospitality operators.
PM Jacinda Ardern says there are 14,000+ contacts, some of whom are in the South Island.
The government will announce at 4pm today a decision about whether to extend the current alert level 4 or reduce it to lower levels for some regions.
Changes to the government’s Covid-19 Consumer Travel Reimbursement Scheme must be made to recover $500m of international travel bookings.
The New Zealand government has granted an ‘economic exemption’ for the Australian national rugby team to enter the country while the trans-Tasman bubble is paused.
Like late night buses, you wait and wait and then get two at once.
The govt has set the criteria for tourism businesses to be able to draw on the $49m fund.
The $47m scheme was previously due to end on 30 June.
But details released by Stuart Nash show commercial interests need to invest 50% to secure funding.
The government’s delay of Covid-19 vaccinations for the majority of Kiwis could see the country miss out on investment and tourism opportunities, says the National Party.
Minister missed chance to provide any support to sector.
Both PMs are expected to meet tourism leaders at the hard hit destination.
The minister says sectors that rely on migrant labour, “like tourism and the primary industries”, have to change.
The finance minister says pre-Covid tourist growth “was not sustainable, from an economic or environmental perspective”.
The new money brings the total amount loaned to the airline by the Govt to $1.5bn.
The public-private plan for tourism – the biggest effort yet to reshape the sector – will now never be realised.
The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment increases fees for some visa holders, lifts requirements for Kiwis to meet payment exemption.
The Government will inject another $170m into the aviation sector through to the end of October 2021.
The government has picked former Air New Zealand chief executive Rob Fyfe to join a new advisory group to help improve the country’s Covid-19 response.
The Government will participate in an equity capital raise in order to maintain a majority shareholding in Air New Zealand.
But a more sustainable approach could deliver benefits, says Grant Robertson’s 2021 Budget Policy Statement.
The Climate Change Commission’s landmark report on decarbonising the economy has signalled a stronger focus on emissions from the tourism sector is in the pipeline.
But a state-by-state approach with Australia has not been ruled out, says Jacinda Ardern.
The Government has approved the health and border requirements needed for quarantine-free travel to restart between New Zealand and Niue.
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.