Coronavirus Update - Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern meeting with Hospitality NZ

3 Mar 2020


Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern meeting with Hospitality NZ

Hospitality New Zealand along with Business NZ, Export NZ, Horticulture NZ and CTU held a meeting yesterday with the Prime Minister, Minister of Finance and Hon Phil Twyford to discuss economic impacts and business support required.

This meeting took place prior to the Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern's announcement that $4 million would be made available to support businesses impacted by COVID-19. The government will put in place a Rapid Response Network via Regional Business Networks.

During our meeting we have been asked to feed back directly to Ministers on recommendations. Hospitality NZ shared directly with the Prime Minister the impacts on our sector and member hardships - asking the Prime Minister to support our members through fiscal policy assistance such as wage subsidies.

The Prime Minister explained that their priority continues to reduce the risk by continuing with the boarder controls for China and Iran. Travellers from Northern Italy and South Korea have been asked to self-isolate.

We will be in touch with members shortly with a survey, to gather your accounts of the effects COVID-19 has had on your businesses. Your feedback is vital towards helping our efforts to source business support for our members.

Webinar by Tourism New Zealand - Industry Update

Tourism New Zealand’s Chief Executive, Stephen England-Hall is hosting an industry update sharing more about the recently announced our response plans to help alleviate the impacts of COVID-19 on New Zealand's economy.

When: 11am -12pm, Monday 9 March 2020

Hosts: Stephen England-Hall, Chief Executive & René de Monchy,  Director Commercial 

Register for the webinar by clicking here.

More information 

Visit our dedicated Coronavirus Industry Updates page here*.

This page will be consistently updated with new relevant information.

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