Travel restrictions due to coronavirus will impact New Zealand local tourism

Published on : Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Jacinda Ardern, the Prime Minister of New Zealand has recently declared that a range of regulations have been intended to introduce that would help in reducing the country’s risk from Coronavirus (COVID-19).


Described by Prime Minister Ardern as the “toughest in the world”, the rules will shortly be introduced after a Cabinet meeting in Auckland. The new rule will require all new arrivals in the country to self-isolate themselves for 14 days. It will also prevent cruise ships from visiting the country until 30th June.


It was declared yesterday, the unprecedented measures to fight COVID-19 are hoped to create a “tectonic” effect on local tourism.


Economist Cameron Bagrie explained that the new rules would have a “tectonic” impact on tourism, biggest export-earner of New Zealand.


With international arrivals set to fade away, Bagrie told Stuff “this is not a small earthquake for the tourism sector … it’s about to go from hero to zero.”


As per Simon Cheung, Chair of the New Zealand China Tourism and Travel Association, the new rule and restriction will “kill” the local tourism sector to the T.


Mentioning that the new rules take away “any glimmer of hope” that several associated with the industry had to survive the global Coronavirus outbreak, Cheung informed the New Zealand Herald “most of our businesses was down 50 to 60% since the coronavirus outbreak started, after this it is almost certain that we’ll be down 100%.”


He has suggested that many businesses related to tourism had been making job cuts, however now would surely be considering total layoffs or even closing down.


Also, the restrictions will be a huge hit to Air New Zealand, which is 52% owned by the Government. About airline’s 41% of $6 billion annual revenue comes from international flights.


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