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Dunne joins call for tourist levy

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 4/04/2017

United Future leader Peter Dunne has joined the Greens in calling for a tourist levy to help pay for upgrading the conservation estate.

He says a levy of $20 to $25 charged on every overseas tourist would raise up to $75 million a year.

"The one-off imposition on the tourist would be minimal - equivalent to the cost to an overseas visitor of going to one stately home run by Britain's National Trust," he said on Wednesday.

"Indeed, many of them are stunned already that there is no charge on their access to our public estate."

The Greens have also called for a tourist levy, they suggest between $14 and $18.

Tourism Minister Paula Bennett isn't keen on the idea.

She says New Zealand is already expensive to visit compared with other countries.

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