bed tax

YOURWORD: Brett Duncan Brett Duncan is managing director of Adventure Hostels New Zealand, in Camp Street, Queenstown The idea backpackers don't spend money is a myth. They use budget accommodation so they can spend their savings over months, not weeks like...
Queenstowners have a "one-off opportunity" to back a visitor levy, mayor Jim Boult says. With voting papers for a non-binding referendum on the issue hitting our letter boxes from Tuesday, Boult's worried some might think it's a done deal and...
A 5% visitor levy would raise $22.5 million a year for easing the burden of infrastructure on Queenstown Lakes district ratepayers, the council says. At a media briefing on the proposed levy this morning, Mayor Jim Boult said the council...
For at least 45 years this community's been having the same conversation. We have gone around in circles and done an award-winning impersonation of a 'push me pull you' when it comes to a local visitor levy. But soon, for the...

Accommodation fillip

Queenstown Lakes accommodation businesses that would collect the proposed visitor levy will have their rates burden relieved if it goes ahead. Ahead of a district-wide referendum on June 5, mayor Jim Boult is proposing to reduce the extra amount of...
It's difficult to get people excited about local government, so let's start with an attention-grabber. Apparently, kissing boosts the immune system and lowers stress. One million bacteria (of which there are 600 types) exchange hosts. Wow! Who'd have thought? A...

Bed tax bedlam

A Queenstown accommodation operator is mobilising opposition to mayor Jim Boult's campaign for a bed tax. Villa del Lago owner Nik Kiddle fears the mayor's idea of taxing visitors $10 per bed per night to fund infrastructure will drive visitors...
New National Party leader Simon Bridges is promising to revisit his party's visitor levy policy. Bridges' former National-led government, ousted six months ago, was firmly opposed to any sort of visitor levy, to the frustration of local mayor Jim Boult...

Pollies pivotal bed tax meet

A watershed meeting in Wellington could be a turning point in bolstering Queenstown's creaking infrastructure. Lakes District Mayor Jim Boult is to meet Housing and Transport Minister Phil Twyford, Finance Minister Grant Robertson and Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters to...
Deputy Prime Minister Paula Bennett has signalled central government will pour millions into special Queenstown projects if they stack up. Bennett, who's also tourism minister, was in the resort yesterday to hear again about the challenges of growth. While she categorically...
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