The 2.5 BILLION reasons New Zealand is the real winner of the trans-Tasman bubble with Australia – and it’s no wonder why Jacinda Ardern is so desperate to make it happen
- New Zealand and Australia could soon reopen the borders for trans-Tasman travel
- Leaders discuss the possibility of a “safe travel zone” during a coronavirus crisis
- The travel zone would mean that vacationers don’t have to isolate themselves
- Both countries should not be at risk of import or export of goods
- The agreement would mean that the tourism sector could slowly get going again
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A safe travel zone between Australia and New Zealand during the closure of COVID-19 is currently under discussion as both countries are desperately trying to revive their economies.
But for New Zealand, reopening the borders will be the lifeline the country needs as it goes through a devastating economic crisis after sacrificing NZ $ 12.1 billion to support its citizens during the pandemic.
Tourism is the country’s largest export sector, generating $ 16.2 billion directly from GDP.
And Australians are the biggest contributors to that, with 1.5 million Aussies visiting the country in 2019 and plunging $ 2.5 billion into the New Zealand economy.
Tourism is New Zealand’s largest export industry, directly contributing $ 16.2 billion to GDP (Image: Supermodel Georgia Fowler poses for a photo in Piha, New Zealand)
Australians flock to Queenstown every year during the ski season, they are the largest tourism group, behind Kiwis (Pictured: EFC star Red Dela Cruz, at Onsen Hot Pools in Queenstown)
About 1.5 million Australians who visited the country in 2019 and pour $ 2.5 billion into the New Zealand economy (Pictured: Supermother Georgia Fowler goes surfing in New Zealand)
New Zealanders are the second-largest tourism group behind China, with 1.43 million Kiwis jumping over the ditch during a vacation last year.
But their $ 2.6 billion contribution to the Australian economy is only a fraction of the $ 12.4 billion Chinese visitors.
New Zealand Secretary of State Winston Peters was one of the biggest proponents of the travel bubble, stressing the importance of kickstarting the economy after the four-week close.
“Time is of the essence in terms of both our economies and if we trust each other and the same systems and see ourselves as one for economic recovery, then I think it will be much earlier than people think,” said he.
New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern called Tuesday for the Australian neighboring coronavirus cabinet meeting to discuss the need to reopen borders for trans-Tasmanian travel after their successes in limiting the disease.
Jacinda Ardern (pictured) says both countries should be confident that they will not import or export business until travel between the two countries is allowed
New Zealand has had great success in tackling the coronavirus – with no new cases on May 4
The travel zone should not include a 14 day quaratin period, both countries should be confident that they will not import or export business until travel between the two countries is allowed.
Ms Ardern and Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison have agreed that the safe travel zone will take some time to materialize.
“We must be careful with the progress of this initiative. Neither country wants the virus to bounce back, so it is essential that such a travel zone is safe, ” said Ardern.
“Relaxing travel restrictions at an appropriate time will clearly benefit both countries and show why early awareness of the virus is the best strategy for economic recovery.”
Morrison said Australia will first focus on reopening state borders.
Both countries closed their borders to travelers in March when the corona virus crisis escalated.
Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison (pictured) says it will take some time for the safe travel zone to materialize
New Zealand could soon reopen its borders for Australian vacationers as part of a ‘trans-Tasman bubble’ (Image: Travelers Leaving Auckland, New Zealand on April 8)
The move brought the travel industry to a halt and saw thousands of workers with jobs.
Airlines struggle to stay afloat during the pandemic.
Virgin Australia was the first to fold, and the company went into voluntary administration two weeks ago due to nearly $ 7 billion.
Qantas recently obtained financing to ensure that the company will continue to exist until December 2021.
It is preparing to lose $ 40 million a week until the travel industry recovers.