New Tourism Minister Peeni Henare launched a new workforce plan in Queenstown on Wednesday. (File photo)


New Tourism Minister Peeni Henare launched a brand new workforce plan in Queenstown on Wednesday. (File picture)

A Authorities plan to strengthen the tourism workforce will begin with a scheme permitting companies to display they’re good employers.

New Tourism Minister Peeni Henare introduced the plan to tourism business representatives in Queenstown on Wednesday.

“New Zealand continues to be one of many world’s prime tourism locations, and with the borders open, worldwide guests are returning,” he stated.

“We have to assist our sector to rebuild a extra resilient future that leaves folks, communities, and the atmosphere higher off than earlier than.”

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A part of that was to make sure the tourism workforce was expert and supported, by schooling, good profession pathways, pay and dealing situations.

Generally known as the Higher Work plan, it included the institution of a Tourism and Hospitality Accord – a voluntary employer accreditation scheme figuring out companies in tourism and hospitality that deal with workers nicely.

By becoming a member of the accord they might be capable to present they have been good employers, which might assist them entice high quality workers.

Planes are full, cruise ships are arriving and there may be robust demand from abroad guests wanting to go to New Zealand over summer season, says Tourism Minister Stuart Nash throughout a go to to Queenstown. Video first revealed October 28 2022.

There could be nearer collaboration between business and schooling suppliers to make sure the best abilities have been being taught to fill the roles the sector wanted, Henare stated.

“And we’ll take a look at whether or not employee-sharing can scale back the unstable and seasonal parts of tourism.”

The objective was to show across the unfavorable notion – and actuality for some – that working in tourism didn’t pay nicely and the work could possibly be unstable.

Queenstown businesses have struggled to find enough staff to fill roles as overseas visitors return.


Queenstown companies have struggled to search out sufficient workers to fill roles as abroad guests return.

“This motion plan will assist to enhance situations in order that tourism is a job of alternative that’s fulfilling and fascinating for folks right here and people coming from overseas,” Henare stated.

The Higher Work Motion Plan is the primary part of the Tourism Trade Transformation Plan, introduced in 2021.

Amongst 14 outlined initiatives are plans to develop new tourism {qualifications}, conduct a tourism conservation employee-sharing pilot constructing on the advantages of the Jobs for Nature programme, and discover choices for clearer long-term immigration settings.