Tourist tax

The Green Party’s idea of a border tax on inbound tourism has merit. It is a way of getting some additional funding into the pot to help manage the Conservation estate and deal with increasing visitor pressures.

Surprisingly, key tourism sector entities are opposed and instead run a tired argument about how the sector should be able to access GST revenues from international visitors. Good luck with that one.

Given the Prime Minister’s receptiveness to the concept, this is looking a gift horse in the mouth.

The Greens’ proposition was for the revenues from the levy to be split between tourism facilities and conservation work. But if the sector doesn’t want to buy-in to the idea then we say let’s put all the funding into direct conservation.

Published August 2016

Last updated at 3:32PM on August 18, 2016