Monthly Hospitality Dashboard – February 2021

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The Hospitality Dashboard is a monthly snapshot of the industry, covering key data, initiatives led by the industry over the month, member commentary, future considerations and the common pain points.

In February 2021:

Most regular feedback:

  • Concern that wage subsidy eligibility criteria requires proof of a downturn compared to a historically quiet trading month.
  • It takes weeks after a return to Level 1 for trade to pick up – impacts are far longer than the level change duration.
  • Ongoing short-notice Level changes causing emotional and financial stress (and stock losses).
  • Lack of timely response around financial assistance is leaving owners scrambling.

Actions led by the industry this month:

  • Began consultation with members of the Restaurant Association
    on key priorities outlined in the Future of Hospitality roadmap.
  • Undertook consultation with industry and prepared a submission
    on reduction of merchant fee rates prepared for MBIE.
  • Held a hui with Minister for Food Safety Dr Ayesha Verrall to
    discuss the industry needs and current challenges.
  • Meet with Immigration New Zealand representatives to discuss
    current industry feedback and challenges.
  • Reviewed and created 6 new industry-specific resources to assist
    the industry through re-emergence of Covid-19 in the community.

Download the Restaurant Association February 2021 Hospitality Dashboard