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Published on : Wednesday, November 15, 2017
Tourism Minister Kelvin Davis says that the taxation from the tourists will be prevalent.
In his first major speech since taking on the portfolio, Tourism Minister Kelvin Davis told a Tourism Industry Aotearoa conference in Wellington a levy on international tourists was one way of responding to the sudden growth in visitor numbers. This would also ensure a sustainable source of funding for tourism infrastructure, conservation and training tourism sector workers. There has been substantial growth in the tourism sector over recent years that have exceeded expectations of both the private and public sector.As a matter of consequence; the shortfalls in services have emerged in some location They know that the regions need improved tourism infrastructure, from toilet facilities to car parks to telecommunications.
While announcing the policy in August, Labour-led then-tourism spokesman Kris Faafoi said a $25 levy would raise an estimated $75million a year. There are sixty percent ($45million a year) would be used to grow the tourism industry and 40% ($30million a year) would be used to protect biodiversity and properly fund conservation.
Because Labour and New Zealand First’s coalition agreement is silent on tourism, Labour’s policy is expected to prevail.