Border announcement welcome, but still lacking for tourism – ExportNZ

ExportNZ has welcomed the Government’s announcement on when New Zealand’s border will begin to reopen, starting with the reinstatement of the trans-Tasman bubble in January 2022 and more widely for Kiwis from early February. But, it says in a statement, for tourism operators, revised isolation measures mean they may miss out on business still.

ExportNZ Director of Advocacy Catherine Beard is pleased the Government has “taken a step in the right direction”.

“We have been calling for dates to be announced so that businesses can plan their travel, so this will be welcomed by exporters.”

She says the announcement will allow exporters to start reconnecting to their customers, “get back out into the world and win more work”.

Beard says that while ditching MIQ is the right move, the requirement that all arrivals still spend seven days in self-isolation leaves the tourism sector with little to celebrate.

“We’re looking at welcoming international travellers back to NZ from 30 April. We need to focus on how our Covid-recovery efforts can support a high-value industry designed for short-stay, adventurous travellers.”

Beard says New Zealand will have large Covid-related debts to pay back, “and supporting our business community to bring in foreign exchange earnings will make a significant difference”.

“We also look forward to welcoming international business people back into New Zealand as we have been missing some key technical skills that have been holding up projects and investments in new technology and equipment,” she says.

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