BEIA also welcomed the government’s agreement to temporarily exempt tourism and hospitality businesses from paying the median wage to recruit migrants with an accredited employer work visa.
the New Zealand Prime MinisterThe announcement of the opening of borders to all international visa holders from August 1st is good news for the business events sector.
Aotearoa Business Events Industry (BEIA) Managing Director Lisa Hopkins says the date gives international event planners confidence to choose New Zealand as a conference, meeting or incentive destination.
“New Zealand is really starting to prepare for the future and today’s announcements help support that. We will have the infrastructure, talent and relationships that will make it easier to decide whether to win international conference business and incentive trips, she says.
“We are delighted that the Prime Minister has said that she is confident that pre-departure testing will be abolished by July 31, as this will be the final piece of the puzzle for us,” she says.
“While New Zealand is still considered a popular destination, customers tell us they hope the government will soon waive testing, as Australia and Singapore have done.”
BEIA also welcomed the government’s acceptance to temporarily exempt tourism and hospitality businesses from paying the median wage to recruit migrants with an accredited employer work visa, and instead a threshold of lower pay of $25 per hour will be required until April 2023.
“The decision to cut median salary levels for visa-holding staff is much-needed news for tourism and hospitality businesses struggling with the persistent problem of staffing and expands recruitment opportunities across the board. foreign markets, said Hopkins.
“The opening of the New Zealand maritime border will also have a positive impact on professional events. Cruise ships, especially luxury ships, provide options for the incentive market, but also invigorate ports of call with the injection of people and activity.
“Today’s announcement is the result of the mahi (work) undertaken by many people in the events, tourism, cruise and hospitality sectors with the support of Minister Stuart Nash. It’s a good news day,” she says.