Tourism Employers Welcome Back Working Holidaymakers

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Tourism businesses gearing up for the return of
Australian visitors from next week will be relieved to learn
that they will also have access to an offshore pool of
much-needed job candidates, Tourism Industry Aotearoa
says.

Tourism employers around the country are
concerned they will not be able to find enough staff to
ensure that Australian visitors enjoy high quality
experiences, TIA Chief Executive Chris Roberts says. Staff
shortages are being reported in destinations that have been
hard hit by the international tourism downturn like
Queenstown and Te Anau, but also in the main
centres.

Following representations from TIA,
Immigration New Zealand has confirmed that the suspension on
processing Working Holiday Visas, in place since last year,
will be partially lifted from Monday.

Working Holiday
Visas are available to young people, usually aged 18 to 30,
and let them travel and work in New Zealand for up to 12
months, or 23 months if they are from the UK or Canada. New
Zealand has reciprocal Working Holiday Scheme agreements
with 45 countries – 31 are capped and have scheduled opening
dates each year, and 14 are uncapped and open throughout the
year.

The Government is deferring the opening of the
capped schemes because of the ongoing border
restrictions.

However, from Monday 19 April,
applicants from the 14 uncapped countries who are currently
in Australia will be able to apply for a New Zealand Working
Holiday Visa. INZ is promising to process applications
within the standard timeframes.

The countries
concerned are the UK, USA, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, France,
Germany, Finland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, Norway
and Sweden.

“This is great news for tourism and
hospitality businesses struggling to find additional staff,
especially temporary and part-time roles. There may be up to
45,000 young travellers in Australia although we don’t
know how many would be from the 14 eligible countries,” Mr
Roberts says.

“Tourism employers want to employ
Kiwis first, but young visitors on Working Holiday Visas
have always played a valuable role in filling the
gaps.”

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