Vax booster campaign key to opening borders in 2023 says minister Nash

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By Ben McKay, 7 News

New Zealand could spend all of 2022 without an open border, growing fears for the country’s beleaguered tourism industry.

Tourism minister Stuart Nash told members of a cross-industry roundtable they should prepare for another 12 months locked away from the world due to covid-19.

Tourism Industry Association chief executive Chris Roberts said Mr Nash gave a “full and frank” warning it could be “summer 2022-23 before there is any significant inflow of visitors”.

Mr Nash told AAP the government would assess “a whole lot of variables” next year (2022) before deciding on a border reopening.

That includes the resilience of NZ’s health system, variants like Omicron, the success of the country’s booster campaign…

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