Waiver of fees due to Covid

Feeling the pinch from Covid-19 impacts, Milford Sound tourism operators have had concessionaire fees waived for a nine-month period.

A Milford Community Trust draft performance report said while the trust itself had suffered minimal financial impact, the area’s organisations that paid concessionaire fees were heavily reliant on tourism.

The trust opted to waive those fees for the April 1 to December 31 period, the report said.

"This approach was seen by the trust as a way of acknowledging the economic downturn and providing a level of support to the Milford operators during adverse times."

Chairman Ebel Kremer said the trust also decided to place on hold, for a period of up to 12 months, the construction of a recreational facility.

"It’s been a most challenging year for the Milford community and tourist operators operating out of Milford Sound."

As of June 30, when the report was written, the trust had not received any inquiries from concessionaires raising concerns about their ability to pay.

The trust will receive the report for its adoption on Thursday.

Add a Comment

Our journalists are your neighbours

We are the South's eyes and ears in crucial council meetings, at court hearings, on the sidelines of sporting events and on the frontline of breaking news.

As our region faces uncharted waters in the wake of a global pandemic, Otago Daily Times continues to bring you local stories that matter.

We employ local journalists and photographers to tell your stories, as other outlets cut local coverage in favour of stories told out of Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch.

You can help us continue to bring you local news you can trust by becoming a supporter.

Become a Supporter