Finding new services to offer and products to sell, focusing on cashflow, and being ready to take opportunities as they arise were highlighted as key tactics to survive the current crisis during an international travel and tourism webinar this week.
The New Zealand Government appears set to retain the International Visitor Levy, participants in the Kickstarting the Tourism Sector Together webinar heard on Wednesday.
In a response to a question, Tourism Minister Kelvin Davis said even though the tourist tax was designed for ‘a different time and a different future’ it will still have a place. ‘We need all the tools to rebuild and restart, we need sustainable funding models.’
Air New Zealand will need clarity around border and travel restrictions before it makes any statement on resumption of services, those who listened into the Kickstarting the Tourism Sector Together webinar heard on Wednesday.
‘When we get that clarity, even if it’s not what we want to hear, we will be able to start making decisions,’ says Cam Wallace, chief revenue officer with Air New Zealand.