New Zealand is adding a big amount from tourism to its economy. Tourism in the country is the biggest export earner. In the last 12 months to March 2018, New Zealand has generated NZ$16.2 billion from international visitors. The international tourism is working well for the country. But there are many concerns that 95% of New Zealanders agree to check, which can otherwise lead to problems.
Nation’s research report issued in December 2018 by Tourism of New Zealand said that kiwis consider tourism good for the country but they are worrying it can leave some impacts on some areas. These areas are feeling pressure and need support to ensure that tourism improves their environment, community, and local people. There are many other regions that can attract more international visitors.
That is why the government of New Zealand and the tourism industry are working together to provide positive tourism experience for visitors and local communities in the future. Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern has recently spoken about the tourism wellbeing budget at the World Economic Forum’s annual meeting. She focused heavily on environmental and mental health along with New Zealand’s economic health.
Jacinda Ardern said, “What greater threat is there to our wellbeing than the current threat of climate change? GDP may say your country is thriving, but it’s not thriving if it’s also degrading the environment and contributing to CO2 emissions.”
New Zealand has recently made it obligatory to get New Zealand ETA visa to all tourists traveling the country, including tourists from 60 visa waiver countries. The ETA is a country admission fee which could be utilized for wellbeing, the environmental and mental health of visitors and local communities.