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New Zealand to introduce tourist tax soon?

Tourism minister Kelvin Davis has confirmed an announcement about tourist tax in New Zealand is coming soon.


Speaking at a tourism conference in Dunedin, Davis effectively reinforced the labour party’s 2017 election promise to introduce a NZ$25 (US$17) tourism charge for international visitors.

It has been predicted that the tourist tax could create a NZ$75 million (US$52 million) fund for tourism and conservation.

“We are looking at a range of options,” Davis told reporters at the conference.

“We have pretty much worked out a number of issues, we will be making an announcement in the next few weeks.

“I don’t want our environmental and tourist reputation damaged.”

The levy, if instituted, will likely be added to airfares

Amsterdam, Paris and New York have tourist tax in an attempt to manage overtourism and overcrowding.