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The mayor of Auckland, New Zealand's most populous city, has moved ahead of the federal Government in announcing plans for a levy on tourists.
Earlier the federal Government said it was investigating options for a tax on tourists to fund infrastructure improvements.
Speaking at a tourism industry summit in November, Prime Minister John Key disclosed that the Government is looking at potential options. According to Key, a new levy would fund improvements to infrastructure, to cope with surging visitors numbers. The Government has yet to make a decision on how tax would be increased. Other countries have either increased arrivals/departure taxes or increased goods and services tax on hotel accommodation and/or tourism services.
Auckland's Mayor, Phil Goff, has now proposed a charge on accommodation for tourists in Auckland.
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