Visitor tax talks underway

Wanaka, New Zealand. Photo: Nikki Heath / Wanaka Sun

International visitors are more than paying their way in New Zealand, Tourism Industry Aotearoa (TIA) has said following a government-commissioned report on international tourism.

The report comes at the same time as Tourism Minister Kelvin Davis confirming plans for an International Visitor Levy, with details yet to be finalised.

TIA chief executive Chris Roberts said that the industry was eager to discuss what the government planned to spend the tax revenue on and how it would be distributed, as well as details around how it will be collected.

“We’re ready for the conversation and we hope the government is willing to listen. There are some big questions to be discussed, including what the government plans to do with the money,” Chris said.

“Our international visitors will be more accepting of being asked to pay the new tax if they can see it is going to support infrastructure and services that enhance their visit to New Zealand.”

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