Many New Zealanders depend on the tourism industry for employment, particularly in regions where tourism is a significant contributor to regional GDP. Tourism directly employs 188,000 New Zealanders (7.5% of people employed), and indirectly another 144,000.
TIA recognises that a key enabler of tourism success in New Zealand is having the right people in the right place at the right time. To achieve this the industry needs:
- Employers with strong capability to attract and retain people
- An improved view by New Zealanders of tourism job opportunities
- Immigration policies that don’t create barriers for employers to recruit and retain migrants where there are no suitable New Zealanders
- A tertiary sector aligned to the needs of employers and providing a pipeline of appropriately skilled people in adequate numbers