27 May 2010

Cruise ship passenger levy to be lowered

6:04 am on 27 May 2010

Transport Minister Steven Joyce says a drop in the safety charges levied on passengers of cruise ships, will further stimulate the already growing industry.

The charge will fall from $8.29 to $3.30 per passenger from October this year.

Mr Joyce says the charge is being reduced because Maritime NZ has collected more revenue than expected from the industry.

When the charge was set in August 2008, it was expected to generate $2 million per year, but an increase in visiting cruise ships, meant $3.8 million was collected in the last financial year.