New Zealand’s tourism industry is supporting a package of proposed reforms designed to make trans-Tasman travel even easier.
New Zealand and Australia provide the largest single source of visitors for each country. More than 1.2 million Aussies crossed the ditch in the year to June 2014 while just over 1 million Kiwis visited Australia.
'The implementation of the TTF reforms would unlock further growth from Australia by making travel across the Tasman even easier and more affordable,' says Tourism Industry Association New Zealand (TIA) chief executive Chris Roberts.
The current bilateral arrangements between Australia and New Zealand lag behind border agreements elsewhere in the world, like those for the 26 countries within Europe’s Schengen zone, between the USA and Canada, and between the UK and Ireland, Roberts says.
The four proposed reforms are:
- A domestic-like travel experience at international airports in Australia and New Zealand through the streamlining of border formalities on exit and entry
- Cutting the Australian Passenger Movement Charge (PMC) to AUD$25 (currently AUD$55) to encourage more travel between both countries
- Opening additional points of entry at secondary airports in Australia to encourage more travel
- Developing common visitor visas to encourage more international visitors to combine both countries in one trip