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'Green tax' for travellers gains ground

As tourist numbers topple record upon record, there is growing support for a border tax or 'green levy' to cover the cost of hosting them.

Auckland University of Technology tourism lecturer Simon Milne said New Zealand may want to look at some sort of tourist tax or green levy.

"Research shows that if you can show the visitor that yes you are paying a tax, but that tax is going back to protect the resources that you used while you're in the country, the environment, the culture etc, then they are much more willing and happy to pay that kind of money than if it's just going back into some sort of general government coffers."

Conservation lobby group Environmental Defence Society chief executive Gary Taylor said a tourist tax would help protect what he described as New Zealand's "natural capital".

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