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Today Cruise weekly 30September is reporting the following:

 

The New Zealand cruise and travel sectors are bitterly disappointed at a government decision to increase the country’s border processing levy (BPL). From Dec, the cost per cruise passenger will go from NZ$21.06 to NZ$36.72, and the cost for airline passengers will be more than doubled to a hefty NZ$43.73 per return trip. The levy, introduced in 2016, aims to fund customs and biosecurity services for all arriving and departing pax, including NZ citizens. New Zealand Tourism Industry Association CEO Chris Roberts expressed dismay, saying “we are surprised the BPL is going up before we know when our borders will actually open and what the demand for travel will be”.

 

As though the Travel and Tourism industries (all sectors) has not suffered enough over the last 18 months.

 

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Inflation, that's the way it is.  Someone has to pay for ever increasing costs of customs, biosecurity etc - The passenger.   Still quite reasonable that levy.

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6 hours ago, woodscruise said:

Today Cruise weekly 30September is reporting the following:

 

The New Zealand cruise and travel sectors are bitterly disappointed at a government decision to increase the country’s border processing levy (BPL). From Dec, the cost per cruise passenger will go from NZ$21.06 to NZ$36.72, and the cost for airline passengers will be more than doubled to a hefty NZ$43.73 per return trip. The levy, introduced in 2016, aims to fund customs and biosecurity services for all arriving and departing pax, including NZ citizens. New Zealand Tourism Industry Association CEO Chris Roberts expressed dismay, saying “we are surprised the BPL is going up before we know when our borders will actually open and what the demand for travel will be”.

 

As though the Travel and Tourism industries (all sectors) has not suffered enough over the last 18 months.

 

It's not all that significant considering the overall price of a holiday.  I would have thought this was the perfect time to do it to be honest.  Time for a bit of a reset.

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Try going into Central and South America having to pay hundreds of US dollars in visas, arrival and departure fees, the nz rise is a non event. Been there, done that.

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