Budget 2023 does not do enough to further support small businesses and contains little acknowledgment of the current economic environment’s impact on business in general, says Hospitality New Zealand.
Chief Executive Julie White said there were some helpful moves on the budget, but overall, it was a disappointment.
“The additional $17.6 million, over five years, of funding for the Major Events Fund to support the ongoing attraction of major events to Aotearoa will be welcomed by the sector.
“This is essential for us to attract big events and add immense vibrancy to our main centers, driving tourism and economic spending.
“We also support the Tourism ITP funding announcement and the importance of placing it in great workplaces and training our staff. It’s important to ensure operators’ voices are heard in this process, and we look forward to contributing to the development of the ITP.”
“And the funding for ongoing recovery from the North Island weather events, to help the affected regions get back on their feet, will be welcomed by businesses in those areas.
“But, on balance, there is little for most New Zealand businesses in this Budget.
“Businesses are right now in the grip of a real cost crisis, and although some sectors may have received some support, small businesses in particular will continue to struggle without tangible support for workforce and costs.
“Despite big increases in wages across the economy, that has not translated to increased productivity.
“Funding for the Tourism Industry Transformation Plan is unlikely to influence productivity in the tourism sector.”