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The government should scrap its planned tourism tax because of a possible slowdown in the sector, says Todd McClay.
The industry has welcomed the “long over-due change of direction” and “alignment” contained in the government draft Tourism Strategy released today.
The government has launched its draft Tourism Strategy for consultation and settled on the split of the funds raised from the International Visitor Conservation and Tourism Levy.
The industry has called on the government to spend revenue raised from the new international visitor tax wisely, and ensure the circa $80m a year remains an additional – not replacement – funding source.
Affected visitors will pay at the top of the range put out for consultation by the Government.
A proposed Local Tourism Levy would apply to all visitors including Kiwis.
Tourism associations have expressed support but have also issued a number of strong – and sometimes competing – qualifications.
Funds from the proposed International Border Levy should be committed solely to conservation and the regions should have the power to implement their own levies, says Regional Tourism New Zealand.
NZ operators say a redistribution of GST receipts remains the preferred method of funding the country’s $36bn tourism industry.
The consultation period for the International Visitor Conservation and Tourism Levy has been extended by one week.
The tourism minister used previous statements made by senior members of National against them during an exchange on the proposed international visitor levy.
Here is what we know and what we don’t know about the International Visitor Levy
Foreign visitors from some countries will have to pay a new border tax next year and others face increased visa fees.
MBIE has outlined some of the kinds of investment into conservation and tourism that the levy could potentially contribute to.
Kelvin Davis on pushing ahead with the border levy, tackling freedom camping problems, and a desire to drive tourism-related education to the top of the school curriculum.
Warning bells are sounding within the tourism and aviation industries about exactly how a border tax will work, with the possibility several countries could be excluded.
The tourism minister has committed to implementing a border levy – TIA and TEC chiefs give their views.
A levy on international visitors to New Zealand is set to be finalised within weeks with implementation targeted for around Budget-time 2019.
Customs NZ and the Ministry of Primary Industries are planning to slash the Border Clearance Levy citing the country’s booming tourism sector.
Reports suggest the New Zealand government is considering imposing charge on international air travelers.
The National Party has launched a salvo of questions at Tourism Minister Kelvin Davis following his first address to industry, which appeared to soften the government’s stance on a border levy.
A Newshub-Reid Research poll has revealed many New Zealanders support a “tourist tax” to help fund infrastructure and the Department of Conservation.
A tourist tax should be used to help stop the decline in the country’s native bird species, according to a new report from the Government’s environment watchdog.
Transcript of Questions & Answers in Parliament on Tuesday where Tourism Minister Paula Bennett faces her critics on the tourist border levy.
We have always prided ourselves that New Zealand is the land of the great outdoors.
Tourism Minister Paula Bennett’s push to rule out a tourist border levy has drawn fire from politicians across the spectrum who labelled her stance as “irresponsible” and “short-sighted”.
Local visitor levies should be used as a tool to fund as infrastructure according to the findings of a new high-level report.
In an interview with journalist Jessica Mutch on TVNZ’s Q+A on Sunday, Tourism Minister Paula Bennett justifies her opposition to a tourist tax.
LGNZ has renewed calls for a new infrastructure funding mechanism after the cost of the nationwide project pipeline was revealed to be $1.38bn.
A targeted visitor tax imposed at New Zealand’s border is the fairest way to ensure tourists contribute to cover costs of their visit.
In a Q&A focused on funding, Tourism Minister Paula Bennett outlines the government’s view of investing in the sector and calls on the industry to contribute.