A new survey has shown that while most tourism businesses support the Government's tourism tax, a vocal minority are concerned it will damage New Zealand's reputation. Should there be a tourism tax? Ambushed at the border: Tourists' perspectives on visitor tax Tourism Industry Aotearoa (TIA) has released its survey of New Zealand tourism businesses and their response to the proposed International Visitor Conservation and Tourism Levy. Seventy eight percent of participants from across the country either support or are willing to conditionally support the border tax, while 18 percent oppose the potential $25-$35 tax. "There is clearly a willingness to accept a border tax, but it really must be well targeted, it must act towards enhancing the visitor experience and addressing the areas of greatest need," said Chris Roberts, TIA Chief Executive. Mr Roberts said the tax, which is expected to be introduced in late 2019, must be properly marketed to the world, and not make tourists feel as … [Read more...] about How does the tourism industry feel about the Govt’s border tax?
Why tourism industry is important
Barcelona has become a poster child for overtourism, so it’s no surprise that one of its residents is keen to champion the cause of responsible tourism. It’s even less surprising when you learn that this resident has a long association with charities supporting disadvantaged communities. But how about if this resident is one of the world’s most famous footballers? How about if he is Lionel Messi – who has just been appointed Ambassador for Responsible Tourism by the World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO)? This announcement has, predictably, caused some disapproval. A convicted tax evader with a private jet, super yacht and sports car collection, Messi is not an obvious contender to be preaching about ethical lifestyle choices. But he is also far from the first celebrity to put his profile behind responsible tourism. In February 2018, Princes William and Harry declared they wanted to focus on sustainable tourism through their Royal Foundation, which would complement … [Read more...] about Why Lionel Messi is making responsible tourism cool
Yorkshire’s tourism industry is booming and now valued at £8bn to the region’s economy. The figure is 14 per cent, or £1bn, higher than when the last measure was taken, in 2011. READ:Suspected Elsie Frost killer Peter Pickering died after heart attack, inquest hearsThe latest figures in Wakefield, from 2016, show that tourism is worth £365.7m to the district.With the Hepworth, Yorkshire Sculpture Park and National Coal Mining Museum, Wakefield boasts three world class attractions.The city is undergoing a renaissance of its food and drink, and nightlife, with modern bars and restaurants opening week on week.READ:City Tastes & Tipples: Take a seat in Jose’s family dining roomAnd more than 100,000 people came to see the city’s Food, Drink and Rhubarb Festival earlier this year.Pontefract Racecourse and Pontefract Castle are among the town’s premier attractions while leisure complex Junction 32 continues to attract visitors from both sides … [Read more...] about Why tourism is bringing in £365.7m to our economy
Pakistan must not lose the opportunity to make its mark on global tourism 0SHARES Share Tweet Email The writer is a civil servant and engineer currently working in the Planning and Development Department Lahore. He tweets @Hamza_565 Imagine planning out a holiday to an exotic country. A country rich in culture and history. You want to just relax for a week, see the sun set and walk on the beach, try out different kinds of food, take a ride amidst some mesmerising mountain ranges. You are lured easily by the fantastic pictures of a city you have seen over the internet. All you need to do is grab your passport, ticket and bag and you are good to go. All of this one should be able to do from the comfort of your home these days if it’s a visit to a tourist-friendly country. The above hypothetical country can easily be Pakistan. But is it? Pakistan attracted just around two million foreign tourists in 2017. In the same duration Turkey had a record season … [Read more...] about Pakistan in the global tourism industry
0 Have your say Welcome to your Doncaster Voices. If you want to get involved (like Jonti below), submit 150 words, name, title & photo to [email protected] and your views may appear next week when subject is: “ ABBY CHANDLER, HEAD OF MARKETING FOR DONCASTER RACECOURSE We have some fantastic attractions in Doncaster who are already working together to make more of the town’s offer. It has been great to see organisations working together for the benefit of the town and the local economy.This year it would be good to see this work develop and a robust plan put in place with key partners from across the borough mapping out how we can strengthen our relationships and make more of the attractions and events we have already got in place. There are a number of groups in place who meet regularly to discuss large events and tourism opportunities, it is important to see these groups aligned to make sure that creative ideas and enthusiasm are not falling … [Read more...] about Doncaster Voices: How can we market Doncaster area attractions better for Tourism ?