16 Mar 2022

Tourism sector says return to pre-Covid numbers will take years

From Checkpoint, 5:11 pm on 16 March 2022

The welcome mat is out for tourists but it could be another four years before Aotearoa's back to pre-Covid visitor numbers.

And the industry says it will need extra financial help despite today's border announcement.

Vaccinated Australian visitors can travel to New Zealand from April 13, in time for their school holidays and our lucrative ski season.

And the door opens to vaccinated travellers from visa waiver countries including the US and UK from May 2.

But the Tourism Export Council reckons its going to be a slow burn.

Chief executive Lynda Keene talks to Lisa Owen.