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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.


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.


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.


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.


Forget freedom camping, Nash should be helping operators survive – Nats
15 Dec 2021  

Forget freedom camping, Nash should be helping operators survive – Nats

The government’s priority should be saving tourism businesses struggling to pay their bills and survive, rather than passing regulation on campervans, says National’s tourism spokesperson Todd McClay.  


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.


Freedom camping bill doesn’t go far enough – Nats
6 Dec 2021   /

Freedom camping bill doesn’t go far enough – Nats

The government’s proposed restrictions on freedom camping do not do enough to protect, says National MP Maureen Pugh.


Former Air NZ CEO Chris Luxon wins National Party leadership
1 Dec 2021   /

Former Air NZ CEO Chris Luxon wins National Party leadership

The Botany MP has taken the top job with Nicola Willis elected deputy leader.


Tourism, hospo need ‘traffic light’ details – McClay
22 Nov 2021   /

Tourism, hospo need ‘traffic light’ details – McClay

Tourism and hospitality businesses need more details from the government about its proposed ‘traffic light’ system, says Todd McClay.


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.


NZ should follow Aus and scrap MIQ for vaccinated – Nats
16 Nov 2021   /

NZ should follow Aus and scrap MIQ for vaccinated – Nats

New Zealand should follow Australia’s lead and scrap managed isolation and quarantine for fully vaccinated travellers, says National’s Covid-19 response spokesperson Chris Bishop.


End of DOC waiver will push operators towards closure – National’s Mooney
15 Nov 2021   /

End of DOC waiver will push operators towards closure – National’s Mooney

The Department of Conservation’s decision to end the waiver for concession fees at the end of this year will force some operators out of business, says the National Party.


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.


Nats criticise $20m “re-announcement” for tourism
1 Sep 2021   /

Nats criticise $20m “re-announcement” for tourism

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.


National’s Hipango gets shadow Māori tourism portfolio
30 Aug 2021   /

National’s Hipango gets shadow Māori tourism portfolio

A range of opposition spokespeople for portfolios related to tourism have been announced by the National Party following a reshuffle.


ACT proposes $50m major events insurance fund
26 Aug 2021   /

ACT proposes $50m major events insurance fund

The ACT Party is proposing a fund for insuring major events as the effects of Covid-19 continue to threaten the sector.


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.


Watch: Did Nash announce new tourism support at TPS? He says so
24 Mar 2021   /

Watch: Did Nash announce new tourism support at TPS? He says so

The tourism minister defends his TPS speech and says he did announce new support for the sector.


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.


Watch: Govt outlines negotiations over trans-Tasman bubble
17 Mar 2021   /

Watch: Govt outlines negotiations over trans-Tasman bubble

Talks have moved from a joint decision making framework with Australia to “more of a unilateral approach”.


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.


Aus PM: Too bad Queenstown, hello Cairns
11 Mar 2021   /

Aus PM: Too bad Queenstown, hello Cairns

The trans-Tasman bubble has been urged to open by opposition leader Judith Collins and Australian PM Scott Morrison shares her remarks.


Govt must open trans-Tasman bubble to help tourism – Nats
10 Mar 2021   /

Govt must open trans-Tasman bubble to help tourism – Nats

Party leader Judith Collins says it will also help open up NZ’s stretched MIQ facilities.


Govt putting tourism in “too hard” basket – Nats
1 Mar 2021   /

Govt putting tourism in “too hard” basket – Nats

The Government must provide targeted support for struggling Fiordland and Glacier Country operators, says the National Party.


Watch: ‘McClash’ – McClay v Nash over “hard conversations” comment
24 Feb 2021   /

Watch: ‘McClash’ – McClay v Nash over “hard conversations” comment

Tourism minister Stuart Nash faced criticism in Parliament over his “very hard conversations” comments directed at tourism operators.


Matariki holiday could cost $450m – ACT
23 Feb 2021   /

Matariki holiday could cost $450m – ACT

A Matariki public holiday could cost almost $450m, according to figures obtained by ACT leader David Seymour.