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Survey reveals depth of New Zealand tourism infrastructure needs

Survey reveals depth of New Zealand tourism infrastructure needs
March 14, 2017

The full extent of the infrastructure investment needed so communities can keep up with unprecedented tourism growth has been highlighted through a recent survey of local government.

The tourism boom New Zealand is currently experiencing is putting pressure on infrastructure used by both international visitors and local communities.

The March 2017 research involving 47 councils revealed there are over 680 mixed use infrastructure projects with a value of around $1.38 billion that are in development in one form or another.

Councils across the country were asked to identify infrastructure projects needed to support sustainable tourism growth.

Local Government New Zealand President Lawrence Yule says it is well beyond the resources of local communities to fund these projects, which include the development and ongoing operation of toilets, wastewater systems, car parks, access roads and wifi, and that a new funding mechanism is needed.

Yule explained “the arguments for a new, sustainable way of funding infrastructure for tourism are undeniable.

“We just need to get on with it now and these figures provided by just over half of our councils further illustrate the scale at which we need to act.

“There is much that could be done to protect and enhance the visitor experience, and provide some relief for our communities, many of which have a small ratepayer base. If we don’t act and with the right level of investment, we will be in no position to cope with the forecast growth of tourism – 4.5 million annual visitors by 2025. ‘Just in time’ infrastructure can mean ‘just too late’.”

There are calls for relief from many parts of New Zealand.

Auckland Mayor Phil Goff has proposed an accommodation levy for his city, while Queenstown Lakes Mayor Jim Boult sees the need for a visitor levy for the district.

Yule believes the Government is looking at ways to address the need, adding “we are confident there will be a solution, we just need to ensure it is the right one.”

Accommodation and border levies contributing to a co-investment fund between central and local government and the tourism industry is a preferred model.

He concludes “co-funding, with contributions from central Government, councils and the industry, in a way that allows for maintenance and operational costs, is required.

“Whatever option is settled on it needs to be well supported by all parties if we are to see a durable solution.”

GST from international visitors alone rose to $1.5 billion in the year to March 2016, up from $950 million in the 2015 year.

Images (from top): Skyline Queenstown, The Hobbiton Movie Set near Matamata and Auckland's Domain Park.

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