New Zealand sets visitor levy to raise USD53m p/a on tourism infrastructure and conservation

    New Zealand Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment reported (27-Sep-2018) the new International Visitor Conservation and Tourism Levy will be set at NZD35 (USD23.27) per visitor and is likely to be in place ahead of the 2019/20 peak tourist season. The levy was approved by the New Zealand Cabinet on 17-Sep-2018, with legislation due to be passed around the mid 2019. It was also confirmed the levy would be collected through visa fees and via the new Electronic Travel Authority fee. The levy will raise an estimated NZD80 million (USD53.2 million) p/a to go toward tourism infrastructure and conservation projects. Further work with conservation, local government and tourism industry stakeholders will proceed to decide the best ways to spend the levy’s revenue. The main feature of the levy is that its revenue will be set aside for conservation work and tourism infrastructure.