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Expect A Slow Start Once New Zealand Borders Are Fully Reopened.

Expect A Slow Start Once New Zealand Borders Are Fully Reopened.

After the Covid-based travel restrictions were lifted, New Zealand's borders were fully reopened on Monday, but it is only anticipated that a trickle of tourists and students will return.

Despite having recorded 52,538 coronavirus cases in the past seven days, New Zealand is prepared to resume welcoming tourists.

At midnight local time (1300 GMT) on Sunday, the maritime border and all foreign visitors were made available for the final phase of the country's border reopening.

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Rene de Monchy, chief executive of Tourism New Zealand, predicts a sluggish recovery of business compared to pre-Covid levels.

As more people throughout the world acquire confidence in traveling, she told AFP, "The recovery of international tourism is expected to take time."

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Tourism New Zealand is making a lot of effort to promote travel from important markets in order to help the national economy and improve tourism.

International students and visiting cruise ships, the first of which is anticipated to port in Auckland around the middle of August, used to be major revenue generators for New Zealand's economy.

In the 12 months leading up to March 2020, visitor spending brought in NZ$40.9 billion (US$25.7 million) before Covid-19 struck.

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In the same time frame, the direct contribution of tourism to New Zealand's GDP was $16.4 billion, or 5.5% of the total GDP.

The education sector is hoping that foreign students will return in pre-pandemic numbers in addition to tourists who are drawn by New Zealand's breathtaking environment.

The revenue from international students, which was formerly close to $5 billion annually and ranked as New Zealand's fourth-largest export earner, drastically decreased in 2021.

About 300 foreign students were enrolled at Auckland's Maclean’s College prior to the epidemic.

Steven Hargreaves, the principal, said on Radio New Zealand that he wishes applications had been accepted months ago so that classes could have started on Monday.

He said, "If we want to recover what's so vital for New Zealand, we've got a lot of catching up to do."

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