While it’s a huge blow to the New Zealand travel industry, particularly in the middle of winter; Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern isn’t willing to risk the health of her residents.

Hospitality New Zealand says that the Quarantine-free suspension could result in thousands of cancellations in the hospitality industry.

The eight-week stoppage in the travel bubble with Australia has an immediate effect on accommodation and hospitality bookings. Some operators claim it is devastating.

Hospitality New Zealand Chief Executive Julie White says the suspension’s impacts on the hospitality and accommodation sectors are being felt immediately.

Safety is the first priority for hospitality operators. The hospitality and accommodation industry must balance the economic and health risks.

One Queenstown operator responded by saying “There goes our winter”

“The truth is that New Zealand will feel the effects and impact of these changes.

This is not the right thing for the industry. I am also concerned about the impact this has on the industry and the onset COVID-fatigue.

“Hospitality New Zealand supports the Government’s decision to limit COVID entry into our communities from Australia, based on the Delta variant strain of the virus.

The Government has decided to suspend the trans-Tasman travel bubble in order to keep New Zealanders secure. It will allow our country to continue operating domestically while remaining at Alert Level 1.