30 Mar 2020

Covid-19: Extended border closures to hit NZ tourism hard

From Checkpoint, 5:27 pm on 30 March 2020

The tourism industry is in survival mode as it braces for extended border closures.

The government is not ruling out keeping up borders restrictions until a vaccine for Covid-19 is available - which scientists say could be 12 to 18 months away.

Tourism providers say they'll be eyeing up the domestic customers when the local lockdown eventually lifts, with some signalling it could be years before New Zealanders can travel internationally again.

Tourism reporter Tess Brunton has more.