Many New Zealanders depend on the tourism industry for employment, particularly in regions where tourism is a significant contributor to regional GDP. Tourism directly employs 231,000 New Zealanders (8.4% of people employed), and indirectly another 168,000. (source: Tourism Satellite Account, YE March 17).
TIA recognises that a key enabler of tourism success in New Zealand is having the right people in the right place at the right time. To achieve this the industry needs:
- Employers with strong capability to provide sustainable and quality employment. Paying a fair wage and providing training and upskilling opportunities are important components of this.
- An improved view by New Zealanders of tourism job opportunities
- Immigration policies that don’t create barriers for employers to recruit and retain migrants where there are no suitable New Zealanders
- A tertiary sector aligned to the needs of employers and providing a pipeline of appropriately skilled people in adequate numbers