Regional Facilities Auckland (RFA) has announced Aotea Centre will be closed to the public from October to March for major interior refurbishment.
The Auckland Chamber of Commerce says a watered-down version of the Auckland Council’s proposed targeted accommodation rate is still massively flawed.
Chamber of Commerce chief Michael Barnett says talk of a compromise targeted accommodation rate that excludes camping grounds, backpackers and motels on the fringe of the city is underway at council, but not in a way that includes the tourism industry and business and may result in a response that is flawed and potentially illegal.
Watering down the proposal to leave only larger hotels to pay the rate means it is even less justifiable or defendable, he says.
Auckland Council’s proposed $28 million targeted rate on commercial accommodation is being met with some mighty opposition from some powerful industry players.
Tourism Industry Aotearoa says the move will have massive consequences for the city and must be dropped. CINZ says it would create long-term damage to the city’s high-yield and growing business events industry.
‘This targeted rate would be a disaster for Auckland and must be withdrawn,’ says TIA chief executive Chris Roberts.