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New Zealand is introducing visitor fees

first_imgThe move is sure to attract many fraudulent websites that will charge large fees, as was the case with similar online permits to visit the United States, Canada and Turkey. “You need to make sure you are using the official website or mobile app”, Passengers are warned. In addition to fees, travelers who do not need a visa for New Zealand from October will face an additional hurdle. The government is introducing a travel permit that will cost £ 5 if purchased via the app or £ 6 via the website. The New Zealand government says the permit will affect 1,5 million passengers a year. Tourism contributes one tenth of New Zealand’s GDP and employs over 230 people. “Investing in supporting infrastructure and protecting our natural attractions is not keeping pace with the increase in visitorsSaid Kelvin Davies, New Zealand’s tourism minister. Source / photo: Independent; Pixabay The International Visitor Protection and Tourism Fee (IVL) came into force on July 1 last year. The tax applies to most foreign visitors. But citizens of Australia and some smaller Pacific states have been released, as have transit passengers. Crews on ships and aircraft will also avoid taxes. The fee is expected to generate £ 43 million in the first year. “IVL will be divided into conservation and tourism, with three areas of focus – conservation, infrastructure and systems”, Said the New Zealand Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment. But it has not yet been decided what the money will be spent on. New Zealand has started charging “tickets” in the amount of 19 pounds for foreign visitors, reports Independent.last_img read more

New-look Clippers hope Wilson Chandler will play; Luc Mbah a Moute not ready

first_img What the Clippers are saying the day after Luka Doncic’s game-winner tied series, 2-2 BEVERLEY VS. WESTBROOKThe Thunder will, of course, be plenty familiar with Clippers guard Patrick Beverley.OKC superstar Russell Westbrook and Beverley – both among the league’s hardest-playing competitors – have a tense history. That includes an incident in the 2013 playoffs when Beverley crashed into Westbrook’s knee while lunging for the ball after he’d been granted a sideline timeout. Westbrook suffered a torn meniscus that required surgery the next day and ended his postseason.Since then, OKC fans have regularly serenaded Beverley with boos, including earlier this season when the two tangled again, earning double technical fouls and Beverley a flagrant foul-1.Rivers said he anticipates another difficult matchup with Westbrook, as well as another spirited duel between him and Beverley.“You’re not going to match (Westbrook’s) energy,” Rivers said. “You know, Pat may. … Pat just goes and plays. I don’t think he calls anyone out, he just accepts the challenge of anyone. That’s just Pat.”BILL WALTON TO JOIN LAWLERRelated Articles Clippers vs. Mavericks Game 5 playoff updates from NBA beat reporters PLAYA VISTA — The Oklahoma City Thunder might not recognize the Clippers when they meet them for the fourth time this season on Friday night at Staples Center.The teams have faced off three times already, but not since Dec. 15 – before the Clippers traded or waived six players and added five others. They won’t, however, welcome back Luc Mbah a Moute to the floor yet; he is listed as out on the injury report released by the team Thursday afternoon.Mbah a Moute practiced with the team for the first time in months Wednesday, but “Luc didn’t make it,” Coach Doc Rivers said before Thursday’s practice.“He went a little bit and then had to pull himself out,” Rivers added. Clippers hope they can play to their capabilities, quell Mavericks’ momentum Kristaps Porzingis ruled out as Clippers, Mavericks set for Game 5; Follow for game updates center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error On the bright side, “Wilson (Chandler) did make it” Thursday, Rivers said.Mbah a Moute, a 6-foot-8 forward, has missed all but the first four games of the season with a “sore left knee,” and Chandler, a 6-9 forward, has been recovering from a right quad strain and hasn’t yet played for the Clippers since they brought him aboard as a part of the Tobias Harris trade with Philadelphia. Chandler is considered questionable for Friday’s game, according to the team.“Wilson actually looked pretty good,” Rivers said. “You think of all the time he missed, you can tell he’s back because all of our stuff, he ran. It’s like he had been playing, so that was probably the most positive part of it.”Danilo Gallinari said Chandler – with whom he previously played nine seasons as teammates in New York and Denver – said he felt for his friend, who’s had to acclimate to a new team without being able to compete.“But he’s getting closer,” Gallinari said. “He practiced with us already, so I’m happy that he’s closer to playing. I know Wilson very well and I look forward to seeing him on the court. He can help us a lot.” Ralph Lawler will call his final regular-season Clippers game on April 10, when the team has plans to celebrate Ralph Lawler Night. His longtime friend and former broadcast partner Bill Walton will join for the occasion, with plans to provide commentary on Fox Sports Prime Ticket.Additionally, the Clippers plan to honor Lawler – who will be inducted into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame in September – for his 40 years as the “Voice of the Clippers” throughout the game and with a halftime ceremony. The Clippers will unveil a logo on the court honoring Lawler, and players will wear a special shooting shirt thanking him.Also, the first 10,000 fans at the game will receive Ralph Lawler bobbleheads that will recite Lawlerisms at the push of a button, including Lawler’s law, “Bingo!,” “Oh me, oh my!” and “The lob, the jam!” For Lakers’ LeBron James, Jacob Blake’s shooting is bigger issue than a big Game 4 victory last_img read more