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.

Published in Industry Issues