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June 2018 - New Zealand: Plan to tax tourists.

New Zealand authorities announce the introduction of a tax of NZ $ 25 to NZ $ 35 (US $ 17 to 24) payable as from May 2019 by each foreign visitor, with the exception of children under 2 and citizens of the Pacific Islands Forum (including Australia, French Polynesia, Fiji, Kiribati, Cook Islands, and more). They also announce an increase in the rent of some campsites on trekking trails and, as from November 2018, of the visa fee.

These measures aim to involve foreign tourists in the financing of the country's infrastructure and the environmental protection. Tourism in New Zealand is growing strongly. Over the past 12 months, the country, which has a population of 4.7 million, has welcomed 3.8 million foreign visitors.

November 14, 2016: New Zealand - Earthquake.

In the South Island of New Zealand, an earthquake with a magnitude of 7.8 occurred on September 14 at about 90 km north of Christchurch. It killed at least two people. Hundreds of tourists and residents were evacuated. The damage (cut roads, destroyed houses, ...) is very large. In February 2011, an earthquake of magnitude 6.3 killed 166 in the Christchurch area. Another earthquake of magnitude of 7.0 occurred in the same area in September 2010.


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