visitor levy

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...
Queenstown could be used as a guinea pig for a national tourist tax, the mayor says. Jim Boult and City Hall boss Mike Theelen are meeting government ministers next week to talk shop about the resort's infrastructure woes. A visitor levy...

Bennett’s bed tax blow

A bed or border tax to bolster Queenstown looks dead in the water. Tourism Minister Paula Bennett has given a clear indication the government's unlikely to allow direct tourist charges. She says she's aware of the pressure caused by the booming...
A visitor levy drive will not be derailed by Prime Minister John Key's departure, Queenstown Lakes Mayor Jim Boult says. Key, who is also Tourism Minister, announced his resignation on Monday, just weeks after his office said a decision on...
The government expects to decide within a year whether Queenstown Lakes and other district councils can charge visitor levies. A spokeswoman for Prime Minister John Key says the government is waiting for a private sector review to be completed. However, it's "likely" to reach...
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