At easyemployer we've come up with a software solution that manages one of your most important, and often most costly, business resources - your staff. We are helping 100s of clients to…read more
Coronavirus travel restrictions to impact New Zealand tourism and sport
New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has announced a range of regulations designed to reduce the country's risk from Coronavirus (COVID-19).
Described by Prime Minister Ardern as the "toughest in the world", the rules, introduced following a Cabinet meeting in Auckland, will require new arrivals to self-isolate for 14 days on their arrival to New Zealand and also prevents cruise ships from visiting the country until 30th June.
Announced yesterday, the unprecedented measures to fight COVID-19 are expected to have a "tectonic" impact on the local tourism industry.
Economist Cameron Bagrie said that would have a "tectonic" impact on tourism, New Zealand's biggest export-earner.
With international visitor arrivals set to evaporate, Bagrie told Stuff "this is not a small earthquake for the tourism sector ... it's about to go from hero to zero."
Accroding to Simon Cheung, Chair of the New Zealand China Tourism and Travel Association, the restrictions will "kill" the local tourism industry.
Explaining that the new rules take away "any glimmer of hope" that many in the industry had to surviving the global Coronavirus outbreak, Cheung told the New Zealand Herald "most of our businesses was down 50 to 60% since the coronavirus outbreak started, after this it is almost certain that we'll be down 100%."
He advised that many tourism related businesses had been making job cuts, but now would most certainly be considering total lay offs or even closing down.
The restrictions will also be a massive hit to Air New Zealand, which is 52% owned by the Government.
Around 41% of the airline's $6 billion annual revenue comes from international flights.
While it dominates domestic flying, it has already scaled back some domestic routes because of falling demand from business travellers.
On Monday it said it could no longer forecast its profit because of uncertainty over the future of air travel.
As of this morning Sanzaar announced the cancellation of the penultimate Super Rugby match of round seven, scheduled for this afternoon (NZT) between the Highlanders and Jaguares in Buenos Aires.
Early this morning Sanzaar, the governing body behind Super Rugby, announced that the competition will be suspended "for the foreseeable future" following the completion of this weekend's matches due to the Coronavirus outbreak.
However, the governing body have since announced the match would not go ahead and both teams would be awarded two points.
Images: The Coronavirus (top) and New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern (below).
10th March 2020 - IAAPA Expo Asia 2020 cancelled over Coronavirus concerns
27th February 2020 - Hello Kitty Land Tokyo announces temporary closure due to Coronavirus
31st January 2020 - Coronavirus declared global health emergency by World Health Organization
9th December 2019 - New Zealand tourism businesses see sustainability as top priority
27th October 2019 - 2019 New Zealand Tourism Awards recognise industry excellence
27th September 2019 - Preparing New Zealand tourism for an Alpine Fault earthquake
1st January 2019 - New Zealand tourism spending reaches $39.1 billion
29th March 2018 - New Zealand tourism industry backs sustainable employment
Asking a small favour
We hope that you value the news that we publish so while you're here can we ask for your support?
The news we publish at www.ausleisure.com.au is independent, credible (we hope) and free for you to access, with no pay walls and no annoying pop-up ads.
However, as an independent publisher, can we ask for you to support us by subscribing to the printed Australasian Leisure Management magazine - if you don't already do so.
Published bi-monthly since 1997, the printed Australasian Leisure Management differs from this website in that it publishes longer, in-depth and analytical features covering aquatics, attractions, entertainment, events, fitness, parks, recreation, sport, tourism and venues management.
Subscriptions cost just $90 a year.
Click here to subscribe.
The Complete Guide to Leisure Industry Products & Services.
As of 2018, TicketServ operates as SeatGeek Asia Pacific Pty Limited, part of international ticketing platform SeatGeek. Click here to contact SeatGeek Asia Pacific via their entry in…read more
Ausfit began in 1992, providing software services to the health and fitness sector including ClubWise, a fully hosted web-based product which combines state of the art club management software,…read more
With its sleek good looks and easy-to-use yet powerful functionality, Envibe is the premium fitness club software for the Australasian leisure, recreation and fitness industry. We are the most…read more
APT (Advanced Polymer Technology) is the leading global manufacturer of polyurethane-based materials, acrylic coatings and synthetic turf products for sporting and recreational applications. From…read more
Hydrocare Pool Services Pty Ltd offer 30 years of experience in aquatic industry features, products and water treatment. Hydrocare Pools has undertaken water treatment for aquatic centres and…read more
Playrope Aqua-Fun, are the Australian & New Zealand exclusive distributors for Vortex Aquatic Structures International, the world leader in aquatic playgrounds and urban water landscapes.…read more
TJS Services is a leading national facility services provider. We deliver quality cleaning, maintenance, construction and facility management services to over 1,500 sites Australia wide. Our…read more
get listed with our suppliers directory
Get your business noticed in our targeted directory. Viewed by 10,000 industry professionals per week!