The Accommodation Provider Targeted Rate (APTR) is a special rate paid only by owners of properties such as motels, hotels and Airbnb properties. It seeks to recover a fair proportion of visitor attraction and major events spending by Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development (ATEED) from accommodation providers.
Restrictions on travel and mass gatherings due to the COVID-19 pandemic are likely to remain in place for some time. As a result we are reducing our spending on visitor attraction and major events until restrictions on travel and mass gatherings are lifted.
We expect to increase expenditure when restrictions are removed as this investment will be key to revitalising the visitor economy.
What we are proposing
We are proposing to reduce our spending on visitor attraction and major events to one quarter of our planned investment targeting our spending to support a restart from 31 March 2021.
The APTR will be suspended until 31 March 2021 and invoiced in May for payment with the rates instalment.
This will mean that there will be no additional costs to ratepayers for this expenditure.
Learn more about this proposal
You can read more in Section Four of the Supporting Information document.