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Auckland Council has given SkyCity's New
Zealand International Convention Centre
(NZICC) project the green light to proceed.
SkyCity's CEO Nigel Morrison said the
resource consent approval is great news.
He said,"We are working towards con-
cluding a building works contract later this
year, having already put months of work
into the tender process and with strong
interest from outstanding and experienced
construction firms. Our objective is to turn
the first sod of the New Zealand Interna-
tional Convention Centre before Christmas."
The NZICC will be the largest purpose
built convention centre in New Zealand,
capable of hosting conferences of 3150
people or two concurrent events of 1,200
delegates each. The resource consent ap-
proval also allows for the construction of a
5-star, 300-room hotel.
NZ to impose a travel tax on visitors
The New Zealand Government will im-
pose a travel tax of $21.57 (incl. GST) per
air passenger and $26.22 (incl. GST) per
cruise passenger, with the money collected
replacing the current Crown funding of
border services provided by Customs and
Ministry for Primary Industries.
Following the surprise announce-
ment of a travel tax in the May budget, a
coalition of tourism, travel and aviation
organisations was formed, led by the
Tourism Industry Association New Zea-
In its submission, the Coalition Against
Travel Tax (CATT) warned that the tax
would be an unwelcome handbrake on
growing the visitor economy -- and if it
was to be imposed, the design, timing and
implementation of the travel tax needed
TIA chief executive Chris Roberts says
the tax ignores a long-standing under-
standing in New Zealand that border
services are a public good and should
therefore be funded from general taxation.
Roberts said that the Government has
downplayed the potential negative impacts
of the tax.
"Fortunately, the tourism sector is cur-
rently performing very well, with interna-
tional visitor arrivals growing by 8% in the
past year. However, the new tax will be
enough to deter some people from travel-
ling -- and could shave 1-2% off the current
growth. In terms of visitor spend, New
Zealand is set to lose more than it gains in
the tax collection.
TIA aims to increase domestic
spending by $9 billion
The Tourism Industry Association New
Zealand (TIA) is aiming to deliver a $9
billion increase in annual domestic tourism
spend by 2025.
The Domestic Tourism Working Group
met again this week to further the devel-
opment of a Domestic Travel Strategy.
The aim of this work is to ensure New
Zealand's tourism industry retains a strong
focus on domestic travel and to ensure op-
portunities to boost its value are identified
Spearheaded by TIA, the Working
Group includes representatives from
Tourism New Zealand, Regional Tourism
Organisations NZ, the Automobile Asso-
ciation, Air New Zealand, the accommo-
dation and transport sectors, Department
of Conservation and the Ministry of
Business, Innovation and Employment.
TIA Chief Executive Chris Roberts says
the importance of domestic tourism was
clearly identified in the industry's Tourism
2025 growth framework.
"In 2014, domestic tourism was officially
valued at $13.4 billion, greater than the val-
ue of international tourism. We want to see
that number grow to $22.6 billion by 2025.
"Traditionally, no single body or agency
has been responsible for domestic tourism
and it can be seen as the 'poorer cousin' of
international tourism," said Roberts.
"TIA has therefore decided we need to
take a leadership role because our best
chance of achieving the Tourism 2025
goal is by working together as an indus-
try to identify barriers to growth and find
"Increasing domestic travel will help
the industry smooth out seasonal peaks
and troughs and achieve regional dis-
persal goals -- if Kiwis are given the right
incentives and information, they will visit
different regions at different times of the
year,"he said. n
WHAT S UP
An artist's impression of the
Hobson St view of the NZICC
42 Spice November 2015
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