When do you think the tourism industry will pick up again?

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Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on 26 Mar 2020 - 19:18

I would love to know what others think based on what you may have seen in the news or about other countries plans to reopen their boarders?

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I don't think our borders will open anytime soon to international visitors. But I'm confident we can get back down to Level 2 by May and get domestic travel picking up again. I know we will be taking advantage of the great walks as soon as possible.

Submitted by HJ (not verified) on 26 Mar 2020 - 19:40

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I think it'll be anywhere from 3-4 months to a year. Maybe they'll start opening borders to a few countries first? I hope it's sooner than later - Anyone else have end of year travel plans they were looking forward to?

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on 26 Mar 2020 - 19:41

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It is clear that our borders will not 'fully open' until their is a vaccine, so as tourism operators we will be dependent on domestic travellers. Remembering that over 23 billion a year is spent on Kiwis travelling their own country and if they can't go overseas, then they will spend even more here. It is just a matter of when our Alert Level goes down and people feel safe to hop in the car and explore IMHO.

Submitted by Gina Paladini (not verified) on 07 Apr 2020 - 17:26

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I believe that tourists from Europe will start traveling again in 4-5 months to long haul destinations. We need to have a very clear message on border control, e.g. a negative test no older than 5 days and only direct flights with transits are allowed. We need to focus on domestic tourism now and operators should start advertising regions now.

Submitted by Claudia (not verified) on 09 Apr 2020 - 16:53

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Being based and living in Queenstown, it has been an astonishing transformation. Big business whom have been a local identity have closed, and or gone into shut down "hibernation" and laid of thousands of staff. I personally have helped local authorities with food vouchers for the literally thousands of foreign and kiwi individuals and families which has been a shock. My own fledgling business which just invested tens of thousands of dollars in plant, licenses and certifications has hit the RED STOP sign, To ZERO income. We need to diversify to general transport but its impossible without knowing where exactly the need is, who and where?
If the Trans Tasman border fails to open, then there WILL be an further failure of hundreds of small business owners like mine!
Reading between the lines, I expecting the ANZAC border open sometime in Late JUNE 2020, but International visitors will most probably be 7-10 months, so around Nov, Dec 2020

Submitted by Phil (not verified) on 03 May 2020 - 14:50

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