AUSTRALIAN MADE. FIT FOR PURPOSE. Based on the Gold Coast, AlphaFit is a leading manufacturer and supplier of Australian gym equipment specifically for the commercial, strength and conditioning,…read more
Latest lockdown could be the end for many New Zealand hospitality businesses
Hospitality New Zealand says many hospitality businesses will not reopen following the four-week shut down announced yesterday by the New Zealand Government, with the country moving to Alert Level 4 in the response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak
The New Zealand Government has announced that it will be moving to at Alert Level 3 and will move to Level 4 as of tomorrow, forcing all non-essential businesses to close - including all bars, cafes, restaurants and casinos.
Accommodation providers are considered essential services and will not be forced to close.
Hospitality New Zealand Chief Executive Julie White says operators appreciate the Government is continually adapting and responding to the unfolding COVID-19 situation, putting public safety first.
Advising that hospitality businesses welcomed Monday's announcement that the $150,000 cap on wage subsidies would be removed, White stated "the $150,000 cap was a significant disadvantage to larger hospitality businesses so we are relieved to see that cap lifted.
“However, the costs that hospitality businesses have already faced to implement measures to respond to COVID-19 over the past couple of weeks, and ongoing costs to their businesses during the four week closure, will mean that many will not recover and may never reopen.”
Hospitality New Zealand has been delivering information and resources to its 3000 members to help them prepare for and get through the required shut-down.
Explaining that it will also continue to work with the Government to ensure hospitality businesses have the support that they need to survive and to recover, White commented "we are already seeing thousands of job losses from hospitality businesses that have closed over the past couple of weeks. Further closures could lead to thousands more job losses in hospitality businesses - and supporting industries such as laundry services, baking, food distributors, tour companies, travel and transport."
White said hospitality businesses would be a critical part of the country’s recovery, and they need the ongoing support of Government and New Zealanders, adding "our hospitality businesses are the fabric that connects our neighbourhoods and communities and an essential part of our tourism sector. They will be more important than ever in our recovery, and it’s vital that we can come together to keep them operating.”
The hospitality and tourism sectors collectively bring $40 billion per year into the New Zealand economy and employ more than 400,000 people.
Image shows the Wellington waterfront.
24th March 2020 - Up to 300,000 hospitality jobs set to be lost across Australia
23rd March 2020 - New Zealand Councils close facilities
21st March 2020 - One million jobs a day being lost due to Coronavirus pandemic
20th March 2020 - ANZ Premiership shutdown marks end of all top-level sport in New Zealand
15th March 2020 - Coronavirus travel restrictions to impact New Zealand tourism and sport
28th February 2020 - ‘Go with Tourism’ jobs programme launched in Canterbury
10th February 2020 - Tourism Industry Aotearoa delivers new communications event
10th February 2020 - Tourism and hospitality experts head to AUT
31st January 2020 - Coronavirus declared global health emergency by World Health Organization
31st January 2020 - New survey shows percentage of hospitality staff found pay discrepancies
14th August 2018 - WTTC research shows tourism generated 18% of New Zealand’s GDP in 2017
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.
Fun Wheels Pty Ltd are the premium dealer in Australasia for the Dutch company BERG’s commercial and domestic products. Our flagship product is their revolutionary pedal go-kart – the…read more
Whether your goal is increasing your centre's revenues or creating an engaging environment, why not add play to your project? If you're looking for stylish aquatic play features, kid-tested…read more
Clubware’s online gym software is not your run of the mill management system. It has been carefully designed to incorporate all the elements that a fitness club would need. How did we do that?…read more
Centaman has been a market leader in Enterprise Software Solutions for the leisure and recreation industry and both profit and not-for-profit attractions since 1991. It offers a wide range of software…read more
Tim Batt Water Solutions are at the very forefront of the commercial aquatic business in Australia, with over 30 years specific experience supplying and installing chemical control and dosing…read more
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
get listed with our suppliers directory
Get your business noticed in our targeted directory. Viewed by 10,000 industry professionals per week!