Tough times are ahead for tourism and hospitality but the UNWTO remains optimistic. The government have also created a Go with Tourism website to support the industry. But the fact remains, many tourism and hospitality businesses will need to change. Many will operate under resource consents or have existing use rights. Closing for an extended period or altering their business model to ‘adapt’ may not be straightforward.

There is a compilation of international policy responses at this website which can help inspire decision-makers. Changes to our environmental regulation and compliance regime to accommodate the ‘new normal’ will almost certainly be required.