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Hoteliers cautiously agree to nationwide bed tax to fund tourism

Industry has just finished fighting Auckland’s ‘unfair’ bed tax, but says a well-designed national accommodation levy could work.

WATCH: Hotel Council Aotearoa strategic director James Doolan speaks with Dita De Boni.

Dita De Boni Wed, 01 Nov 2023
Key points
  • What’s at stake: A new national overnight accommodation levy to help fund tourism. 
  • Background: Auckland’s Accommodation Provider Targeted Rate was designed to raise between $13 million and $15m to pay about half of the destination marketing budget of economic development and promotion agency Tātaki Auckland Unlimited (Tau), but was suspended over Covid and has not returned.
  • Main players: Auckland Council, Hotel Council Aotearoa, James Doolan, Auckland Mayor Wayne Brown, Clinton Farley.

The body representing New Zealand’s hotel sector, which was formed to fight a controversial bed tax first proposed by Auckland Council in 2017, has said it cautiously supports a new national overnight accommodation levy, as long as the charge is well designed and applied consistently across the

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Key points
  • What’s at stake: A new national overnight accommodation levy to help fund tourism. 
  • Background: Auckland’s Accommodation Provider Targeted Rate was designed to raise between $13 million and $15m to pay about half of the destination marketing budget of economic development and promotion agency Tātaki Auckland Unlimited (Tau), but was suspended over Covid and has not returned.
  • Main players: Auckland Council, Hotel Council Aotearoa, James Doolan, Auckland Mayor Wayne Brown, Clinton Farley.
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