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April 4, 2017 Business News No Comments Email Email

The Government is right to rule out another ‘tourist tax’ charged at the border, recognising the billions of dollars international visitors already inject into the New Zealand economy, says Tourism Industry Aotearoa Chief Executive Chris Roberts.

“Supporters of additional tourist taxes are ignoring the fact that the economic benefits overseas visitors deliver to New Zealand far outweigh the costs we incur in hosting them.

“It is very easy to focus on the pressures that come with growth, but tourism is now New Zealand’s biggest export earner by some considerable distance, and international visitors are more than paying their way.”

Mr Roberts says the tourism industry’s value to the country is increasing significantly with international visitors spending $14.5 billion last year, up from $9.9 billion three years earlier.

He says the Government accepts that one of the many benefits of the tourism boom is the significantly increased tax take it is enjoying as a result.

“The GST take alone from international visitors has jumped from $750 million in 2013 to $1.15 billion last year. In addition, the new border levy of $22 per passenger that came into force in January 2016 is netting the Government millions in additional revenue, over and above what was forecast, thanks to record visitor arrivals.”

And Mr Roberts cautions that advocates of new tourist taxes need to remember that Kiwi travellers would also pay them.

While taxing visitors isn’t the answer, Mr Roberts says the Government does need to assist in providing better infrastructure around the country, and TIA is hopeful of a significant announcement in the May Budget.

“We have been working with central government, local government and industry to identify and prioritise regional infrastructure needs. By investing back into infrastructure, we can ensure that communities across the country are coping and benefitting from the tourism boom and visitors continue to get an outstanding experience.”

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