Tourism operators around the motu are a step closer to getting back to business but most will not be able to open their doors until New Zealand reaches COVID-19 alert level 2, Tourism Industry Aotearoa (TIA) says.
The association has welcomed the Government announcement that all of Aotearoa south of Auckland will move to level 3 from 11.59pm on August 31 as the first step in lifting restrictions.
Tourism will remain significantly affected by the latest lockdown for some time to come, TIA Chief Executive Chris Roberts says.
“Inter-regional travel is not possible under alert level 3. Hopefully, in a week or two, some parts of the country will be back to level 2, and safe travel can resume,” he says.
“However, Aucklanders are the biggest source of domestic visitors and while Auckland remains at a higher alert level, it severely limits how much domestic tourism activity is seen around the rest of the country.