New Zealand will offer holiday-home rentals to as high as $2.5 million, a move that may help it attract more international visitors to the country.
New Zealand Tourism Minister Paula Bennett said the government was working on a plan to offer more holiday-property rentals to the region.
The move comes as the country is undergoing a surge in foreign tourists.
Tourism Minister Paula “Paula” Bennett is pictured in the House of Representatives on September 27, 2017.
Bennett said that “it is a good idea to have some holiday homes in the country.”
The government is currently working on an idea to give holiday homes to as much as $500,000, she told a press conference on Wednesday.
We are looking at ways of encouraging overseas visitors to come and spend a holiday here in New Zealand, Bennett said.
Auckland resident and holiday-owner Michael O’Leary said he was not expecting the government to offer holidays to the same extent as the UK.
“I wouldn’t have thought it would be that big,” he said.
“There are lots of other things we could do for Auckland, for example, to attract more people.
But I think if we do get an increase in tourists, then we will be able to accommodate that.”
O’Leary and his family were hoping to stay in New York for the holidays, he said, but said he felt like New Zealanders should be able enjoy their holiday in their own country.
“I think people should be encouraged to come here and spend the holidays in their country,” he told Stuff.com.
“It’s a wonderful thing to be able live in.”
Tourist accommodation is still relatively inexpensive, costing $1,300 a night in Auckland and $2,000 in Wellington.
However, prices in the US and the UK are climbing as more Americans seek out holiday homes.
And while Aucklanders may enjoy the opportunity to spend their holidays in the region, Bennett says the country needs to take steps to encourage more international travel.
It’s not about the money, Bennett added.
More than a third of Aucklanders were foreign-born, but Bennett says she believes this is down to New Zealand’s low unemployment rate and the fact it is a major tourist destination.
She said New Zealand needs to do more to attract tourists to the island, so more people are willing to spend time in the city.
“We have a huge population that’s coming here for holidays and they want to spend some time in Auckland,” she said.
“That’s something we need to do to attract people.”
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