New Zealand Tour Operators are Ready for Tourists
Tour operators in New Zealand are ready to welcome tourists as the country has witnessed decline in coronavirus cases and the NZ government could soon announce alert Level 2. Queenstown tour operators are eagerly waiting for tourists and they are ready to follow stricter guidelines to ensure better safety of tourists and staff members. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern recently announced that domestic travel will be allowed soon across New Zealand.
Air New Zealand has also announced its operational schedule once alert level 2 gets a go ahead from the government. The tourist operators will focus on local tourists as the permission for tourists outside New Zealand might come later. And, it is yet to be seen how many tourists will actually plan a vacation considering the risk of COVID-19 and higher prices of air tickets. Many tourism industry veterans feel that for 2020, the revenue would mainly come from local tourists all over the world.
Aviation industry is facing a major trouble in near future as the number of international tourists could dwindle even when the restrictions have been lifted. Many airlines have reduced their fleet and are planning to cut staff in order to deal with the economic crisis.
The annual Queenstown Winter Festival has been cancelled because of Covid-19. Local tour operators are considering other events to attract tourists. For Queenstown, local tourists have accounted for 30 percent of the business in the recent years. In 2020, we could see local tourists accounting for majority of business across New Zealand.
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