TAANZ says further engagement and a public relations approach to highlight both issues are being finalised.
‘Further to this, a TAANZ representative recently attended a meeting of industry associations in the tourism and hospitality industries where it was widely acknowledged there is opportunity for collaboration around government engagement and messaging,’ the TAANZ update says.
‘We are engaging the group, and a range of broader industries and associations (ie retail, international education, business associations) to gauge appetite for a broader effort. This would achieve the goal of broader reach and support and protect against the risk of our efforts being perceived as self interested and not in the nation’s best interests by many Kiwis.’
Meantime, TAANZ is emphasising that it has not given up on its efforts to secure the balance of the CTRS. It has praised members for the volume of letters sent to local MPs on the issue and says the efforts have definitely got the attention of Todd McClay, the National Party spokesman for commerce and consumer affairs.
‘He recently met with the heads of chains and agreed to get behind our request to access the balance of the CTRS. We have been told we can expect to see that support in the near future.’