Mon, 20 Mar 2017

Tourism Industry Aotearoa is pleading Auckland Council not to impose accommodation tax

Mayor Phil Goff wants to raise $27.8 million to fund tourism and events promotion. He said some hoteliers who were complaining about the impact of the rate were hiking room charges by up to $300 a night for Adele fans coming to Auckland this weekend, up to $370 a night during next month's World Masters Games and up to $400 for the Lions rugby tour this winter.

But Tourism Industry Aotearoa chief executive Chris Roberts told the council's finance and performance committee a sample of just a few rooms was not representative. About 80 per cent of rooms sold for "standard rates" at extremely busy weekends and there was often an exodus from the city immediately after a big event that took the accommodation sector some time to recover from. Chris Roberts joins Ali Mau on RadioLIVE Drive.

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