Tourism rescue package in Budget 2020
We eagerly await details of a tourism rescue package in tomorrow’s Budget 2020 and have been clear in our discussions with Treasury around what the hotel sector needs to survive.
NZHOA is strongly advocating for a targeted extension of the wage subsidy, redundancy financing, taxation relief and a Local Government Rates Grant.
With hotels such large assets with little to no income, it seems inequitable for local government to levy charges. We’re seeking a central government rates grant to the hotel owner for the next 12 months.
At the Epidemic Response Committee, Tourism Minister Kelvin Davis heard how hotels are hanging on by a tenuous thread with thousands of staff already having to be made redundant.
Our discussions with Treasury are ongoing and will continue post the Budget 2020 announcement.
Hotel guidelines for Covid-19 Alert Level 2
NZHOA has been working with MBIE and other accommodation providers on operational guidelines for Alert Level 2.
Hotel housekeeping can resume with heightened levels of cleaning once rooms are vacated with staff using appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE).
No buffets are allowed and all meals must be pre-plated for guests.
Visit here for more information on what life and business will look like at Alert Level 2.
Domestic travellers welcome but won’t fill the void
While hotels are welcoming bookings from domestic travellers unless we have critical mass our future remains uncertain.
With our international borders closed, hotel occupancy is expecting to sit at around 15 to 25 per cent until the end of the year.
NZHOA has commended Winston Peters and New Zealand First for its strong advocacy around a trans-Tasman Covid-19 bubble and we continue to urge ongoing work to prevent delay in our borders with Australia reopening.
Hotels work hard to entice Kiwi travellers
Hotels are putting innovative packages together for Kiwis ‘holidaying at home’ working with local tourism operators and attractions to promote their local areas and help Kiwi businesses.
We’re encouraging domestic travellers to book with hotels direct to get the best deals.
Tourism New Zealand launches domestic restart campaign
As we transition to alert level 2, Tourism New Zealand has kicked off its domestic tourism restart campaign.
NZHOA is engaging with Tourism New Zealand to ensure hotels get maximum benefit from the campaign which encourages Kiwis to get out and experience their own backyard.
Air New Zealand long way off normal domestic capacity
Our skies will become a little busier from tomorrow but air travel will remain far from what it was
Air New Zealand will operate at about 20 per cent of its normal capacity in alert level 2, compared with about three per cent currently.
Air New Zealand routes operating at alert level 2
- Auckland to/from: Christchurch, Gisborne, Kerikeri, Napier, Nelson, New Plymouth, Palmerston North, Tauranga, Wellington, Whangarei and Queenstown.
- Christchurch to/from: Dunedin, Invercargill, Nelson, Palmerston North, Wellington and Queenstown.
- Wellington to/from: Blenheim, Gisborne, Hamilton, Napier, Nelson, New Plymouth, Rotorua and Tauranga
- Services to Taupo, Hokitika and Timaru will return as demand allows
How is Covid-19 spreading within New Zealand
Newsroom is collating information on how Covid-19 is spreading throughout the country including regional breakdowns.
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