Queenstown accommodation provider: We're paying enough tax as it is

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Queenstown accommodation provider: We're paying enough tax as it is

Author
NewstalkZB,
Publish Date
Wed, 5 May 2021, 3:46PM

The issue of a potential bed tax in Queenstown has sparked debate. 

Despite denials from Tourism Minister Stuart Nash three weeks ago, Parliamentary questions from Act have showed MBIE is considering a levy.

The Productivity Commission previously supported a bed tax, so visitors cover costs for local infrastructure and services they use on holiday.

Local bodies can introduce their own, as Auckland City Council did in 2017.

Nick Kiddle is a Queenstown accommodation provider and Lakes District Tax Equity Group Organiser.

He says the region provides Government with GST revenue, an international visitor entry levy and DOC estate levies and fees.

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