New Zealanders Mull Tourist Tax

July 25, 2017 Taxation in New Zealand

Tourism Tax in New ZealandWELLINGTON – New Zealanders are looking to tax incoming tourists in order to help pay for the maintenance of national parks, reserves, and huts.

The results of a new survey released in New Zealand on July 24th has shown that local taxpayers support the prospect of a new tax to be paid by tourists.

Approximately 64 percent of respondents said that they would support a so-called “tourist tax” which would be paid by international tourists upon arrival to the country.

The funds from the proposed tax would be diverted to the national Department of Conservation, for the development of national reserves, huts, and for conservation efforts.

The public call for a tourist tax comes as the government funding for the Department of Conservation continues to dwindle, while the number of tourists coming to the country increases.

The areas managed and maintained by the Department of Conservation are one of the major drawcards for international tourists coming to New Zealand.

However, while the public cries out for the tax, the government has maintained that New Zealand’s share of international tourist numbers is so small that the country cannot do anything that may deter tourists from coming to the country.

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