MEDIA RELEASE: Hospitality NZ celebrates ‘shot in the arm’ for businesses from WellingtonNZ
24 Apr 2020
24 April 2020
Hospitality NZ celebrates ‘shot in the arm’ for businesses from WellingtonNZ
Hospitality New Zealand says WellingtonNZ has given a much-needed shot in the arm to Wellington cafes and restaurants with a $250,000 fund to support home deliveries during the Covid-19 Alert Level 3.
WellingtonNZ, the Wellington region’s economic development agency will pay a $10 rebate for every home delivery through delivery companies like Uber Eats, Delivery Easy and Food Ninja, up to $500 per week per hospitality venue.
Hospitality NZ Chief Executive Julie White says it will enable some restaurants and cafes to reopen during Level 3 without the burden of extra delivery costs and logistics, and will hopefully be followed around New Zealand.
“This is the perfect example of COVID-collaboration, with WellingtonNZ front-footing a
solution that will enable more businesses to open, will give customers more choice, and will
keep the vibrancy of New Zealand’s coffee and restaurant capital,” White said.
“This is exactly the sort of shot in the arm that we need, to put social and economic value back
into local communities and to help keep people employed,” she said.
“It’s WellingtonNZ at the forefront for their community — and we hope we’ll see other councils
and development agencies recognising that hospitality is at the heart of their communities with
Wellington residents will be able to find information about cafes and restaurants that are
operating during Level 3 and their menus via the www.visawoap.com/atyours website, which is
being repurposed with the support of Visa Wellington On a Plate.
White said hospitality operators across the country are continuing to do all they can to pivot
and prepare for COVID-19 Alert Levels 3 and 2. However, without the support of agencies such
as WellingtonNZ and central government many would not be able to open during Level 3 as
the logistics and costs would be too much, and for many that would be the death-knell.
Hospitality NZ is also continuing to work with the Government to get more targeted support for
hospitality operators including rent relief, and a broader hospitality sector recovery plan.
Without Government support, as many as 40% of hospitality businesses including hotels,
casinos, bars, cafes and restaurants may not make it through, White said.
Hundreds of thousands of New Zealanders rely on hospitality businesses for their living — from
hotel, casino and restaurant staff through to cleaning contractors, bakeries and delivery drivers.
The hospitality and tourism sectors collectively bring $40 billion per year into the New Zealand
economy and employ more than 400,000 people.
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Hospitality New Zealand is Aotearoa’s leading nationwide hospitality industry association covering commercial accommodation and food and beverage businesses. It is a not for profit organisation, which currently supports over 3,000 members across the country. The association was first formed in 1902 as the United Licensed Victuallers Association, and has consequently been helping New Zealand’s small businesses and communities for over a century.