‘Sick and tired’ of drawn out trans-Tasman travel

‘Sick and tired’ of drawn out trans-Tasman travel

The chief executive of Australia’s Tourism and Transport Forum (TTF) ‘is sick and tired’ of how complex and drawn out travelling trans Tasman is.
‘We should have managed this donkey ages ago,’ Margy Osmond told an audience at the 2017 New Zealand Aviation & Corporate Travel Summit in Auckland this week.
She says recent reports and sources are suggesting a pre-clearance and on-demand model, something TTF feels could make a big difference.

‘I think we could take an hour and a half out of the unnecessary customs activity by using technology. If we could make this work we’d take 1.2 million people out of airport queues every year,’ explains Osmond.
‘And then why not select some international trusted markets like China and think about what advantage it would be to offer an almost domestic experience (between Australia and New Zealand).
‘It is about fast forwarding the streamlining of trans-Tasman air travel, but common border looks like a step too far.’
Osmond and Tourism Industry Aotearoa chef executive Chris Roberts shared the stage for half an hour and both warned about the dangers of ‘over tourism’ – a topic that came up at other times as well during the Association of Corporate Travel Executives – CAPA Centre for Aviation event.
‘This is not a problem in Australia now but it would be dangerous not to think it could be. We have to ask the question ‘when are too many tourists too many tourists?,’ Osmond says.

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