Source: MIL-OSI Submissions
The EMA says today’s announcement that the two-way trans-Tasman bubble will go ahead from midnight, April 18, will be welcomed by all businesses reliant on trade with Australia.
“This is the ‘rope up the cliff’ for many of our members who have been holding on waiting for the prospect of travel to and from Australia, for their staff and in particular their customers”, says Chief Executive Brett O’Riley.
“Importantly it needs to free up MIQ spaces as soon as possible so we can get more critical skilled workers into New Zealand. Not only do we need these people, but we need to encourage those workers already here from not going home, who have waited patiently to get their families into this country,” he says.
The resumption of quarantine-free travel will particularly help the visitor economy in areas like Northland, Auckland, Rotorua, Queenstown and the West Coast, including the hard-hit tourism and hospitality sectors, and their supporting service workers, Mr O’Riley adds.
“Our manufacturer and exporter members will also be keen to re-engage directly with their clients and suppliers as a result of travel being enabled. This is the critical next step in getting our economy and our communities back on to safer ground for their long-term viability and stability.”
About the EMA:
The EMA is New Zealand’s largest business service organisation dedicated to helping people and businesses grow. It offers advice, learning, advocacy and support for more than 7,400 businesses as members of the EMA, ExportNZ and The EMA’s Manufacturers Network. The EMA is part of the BusinessNZ Network and its territory spans the upper North Island. The EMA also offers many of its services nationally to member businesses, and through its partners.