Stuart Nash says there will be no bed tax from government

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Newstalk ZB,
Publish Date
Wed, 5 May 2021, 1:03PM
Tourism Minister Stuart Nash. (Photo / NZ Herald)
Tourism Minister Stuart Nash. (Photo / NZ Herald)

Stuart Nash says there will be no bed tax from government

Author
Newstalk ZB,
Publish Date
Wed, 5 May 2021, 1:03PM

A 2019 report backed Queenstown's bed tax bid, but the tourism industry hit back saying "New Zealand doesn't need new taxes" and that Kiwi travellers will be caught out by the levy.

Stuart Nash has told Mike Hosking that he is not personally working on any bed tax initiatives on behalf of the government, but that he is aware of Queenstown's bid and that if they go through the correct channels then that decision does not come down to him.

"If a local body wants to put in a bed tax, then that is up to them, but the government will not be imposing a bed tax as long as I am Minister of Tourism."

Stuart Nash and Mark Mitchell joined Mike Hosking to discuss this as well as the Uighur debate and Trevor Mallard.