Hospitality New Zealand has responded positively to the release of the Productivity Commission’s ‘Local Government Funding and Financing’ Final Report. In particular, Hospitality NZ has highlighted the desire for Central Government funding for tourism to be more efficiently and fairly distributed to councils.

Hospitality NZ was also pleased that the Commission took on board recommendations against an accommodation levy/bed tax, sighting expected challenges.

“We’re pleased the findings of the Report suggest common-sense applies when considering how the acknowledged short-fall of local government funding for some Councils in managing peak season and provision of infrastructure services for visitors (and residents) can be funded,” said Julie White, CEO Hospitality New Zealand. “We would like to acknowledge the work and commitment of the inquiry team for the work they have undertaken into local government funding and finance and their willingness to engage with industry, taking on board Hospitality NZ recommendations and for their detailed and considered approach.”