Tim Roxborogh’s Travel Bugs: Can we still dream of travelling?

Covid-19 is the ultimate travel bug, but don’t stop planning your next move

These aren’t merely uncharted waters the travel industry is navigating right now; they’re uncharted while also being choppy to the point of heaving. Yes, the Covid-19 pandemic has plunged the world into uncertainty.

But while we wait, wash, and wonder when we can start hugging again, we shouldn’t entirely banish thoughts of our own backyard.

Last year, we welcomed almost 4 million travellers into New Zealand. Now, this number has fallen through the floor. And rightly so.

It’s too soon to make predictions about when the seas will calm, but we have to believe that in time they will. Tentatively, there may be more navigable water for the New Zealand tourism industry than we realise.

It may come as a surprise, but domestic tourism brings in more money every year for our economy than international tourism.

According to the Tourism Industry Aotearoa (TIA), the annual international tourism spend here is $17.2 billion, or $47 million per day. This compares to an annual domestic tourism spend of $23.7 billion, or $65 million per day.

And this can remind us – once the restrictions ease – how much we can help our fellow Kiwis by still taking domestic holidays.

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