Despite the number of crowds brought in by America’s Cup, Auckland hotels are still struggling due to Covid-19, RNZ reports. Hotel Council Aotearoa reveals there are still markedly fewer bookings than the event would have brought without Covid-19 border closures. According to James Doolan, the council’s strategic director, many Tāmaki Makaurau hotels further from the city centre have not benefited from the sports event, and hoteliers have fewer weekday bookings when international visitors are missing. With the continuing impact of the pandemic, hoteliers have also called for Auckland Council to completely axe its bed tax.
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