Where are the multi-millionaires?
August 12 2019
The article on stuff.co.nz (Growing Queenstown population should be able to pay for infrastructure – 30.07.19), just goes to show how out-of-touch developers and big time hotel operators in Queenstown are! Whether you like or love the Visitor Levy idea, it’s simply not true that Queenstowners are multi-millionaires and can afford to pay ever-higher rates to cover the cost of tourists.
Yes, the tourist dollar rules Queenstown, but that doesn’t mean everyone who lives here sees their fair share... if big hotel owners don’t want tourists to pay extra, they need to come up with more creative solutions to our infrastructure and environmental problems than pinning it all on the small local population.
< than helpful.