Tax to hit NZ travellers' pockets in New Year

The Government's new travel tax is to come in on January 1, adding $21.57 to the price of a round trip air fare to and from this country.

The announcement of the rate of the tax - imposed to cover border clearance costs - drew sharp criticism from the tourism industry who said it would put visitors off and was an unwelcome handbrake on successful efforts to grow the number of overseas visitors.