Tourists could soon be charged to visit New Zealand under a proposed levy by the Government. The new levy will be to cover the growing cost of tourism to the country.
Tourism Minister Kelvin Davis said the levy is likely to be introduced in the second half of 2019. It would be collected through visa applications and a proposed Electronic Travel Authority.
Australians and people from the Pacific Islands Forum countries would be exempt from the levy.
The Government hopes to ease the cost burden on communities and ratepayers for tourism-related infrastructure. Mr Davis said the extra funds will be used to improve public infrastructure including toilet facilities and car parks.
The proposed levy would mean tourists will be charged $25 to $35. The levy would collect around $57 million to $80 million in its first year.
Levy means an amount of money, such as a tax, that you have to pay to a government or organization.