Life under Alert Level 1
We’ll find out today whether there will be any remaining restrictions when we move to alert level 1 which could be as soon as next Wednesday.
At alert level 1, the border restrictions would remain in place with intensive testing and physical distancing encouraged, but there are no limits on gatherings.
Queen’s Birthday weekend hotel demand positive
Kiwis took advantage of great deals over Queen’s Birthday weekend with many hotels reporting encouraging occupancies.
Queenstown hotel occupancy lead the charge, with Rotorua, Marlborough and Napier also popular destinations. Ski season bookings are also coming in but overall occupancy continues to fall well short this time last year with unpredictable booking patterns ahead.
NZHOA continues to lobby for indefinite removal of APTR
We will continue to lobby Auckland Council for the complete removal of the Accommodation Provider Targeted Rate (APTR) as part of Council’s public consultation on its Emergency Annual Budget 2020-2021.
The Council proposes suspending the APTR until 31 March 2021 and the public consultation period for feedback is open until Friday 19 June 2020.
You can submit you feedback here.
NZHOA inputs into domestic travel campaigns
We’re working closely with Tourism New Zealand (TNZ) on its domestic marketing campaign to ensure hotels reap maximise benefit.
By understanding TNZ’s domestic travel focus ahead of time, we’re able to ensure hotel marketing is aligned which will provide hotels with a much-needed promotions boost.
TNZ has also undertaken new modelling to inform industry and government on the potential shape of the tourism sector’s recovery.
The modelling shows that while domestic tourism won’t fill the void left by international travellers it will help to partially sustain the sector over the next two to three years.
Details of $400 Tourism Fund to be announced
The government is announcing details tomorrow of its $400 million Tourism Response Fund designed to help businesses transition and protect our strategic assets.
Register here for the Strategic Tourism Assets Protection Programme
Deloitte – Chapman Tripp Election Survey 2020
The influential Deloitte – Chapman Tripp Election Survey conveys to politicians, media and the public the interests and concerns of the business community.
The BusinessNZ survey is open to NZHOA members with previous results having a significant impact on election year debate.
The survey is sent to all political parties, and the position of each party on a range of topics is compared with those of the business community.
To take part enter NZHOA before your name – for example NZHOAJohnSmith.
Register your hotel for free benchmarking
Hotels are being encouraged to register to take part in the new monthly benchmarking programme, Hotel Data New Zealand (HDNZ) which replaces TIA’s monthly hotel data survey.
All hotels are now eligible to take part in HDNZ which currently has 70 per cent of the hotel market registered.
Fresh Info which us leading the programme is keen for more regional hotels to be involved to increase robustness of the data.
Hotels wanting to be part of HDNZ should email firstname.lastname@example.org
Covid-19 global outlook
More than 6.2 million case of Covid-19 have been reported worldwide and 375,000 deaths.
The World Health Organisation has singled out New Zealand for its “very systematic’ response to help control the spread of the virus.
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