Tourism tax, to be or not to be

Tourism tax, to be or not to be

Regional Tourism Organisations around New Zealand are making calls for a national discussion on tourism tax.
This week the Labour Government is seeking advice from officials on its pre-election policy that would see international visitors pay a $25 tax at the border.
RTNZ executive officer Charlie Ives says New Zealand needs an agreed, rational, structured approach that benefits tourism.

‘Regions are not opposed to a visitor levy, which is regional tourism’s preferred term, if it is invested back into the industry, and supports the regions that need it,’ says Ives.
‘We believe it is reasonable that visitors make a small contribution to the costs of providing great regional tourism experiences. This means investing in good quality infrastructure, destination development, management and marketing, so that visitors have high quality experiences across the country.’

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