NZ Herald nzherald.co.nz 30 Apr, 2021 08:30 am

Covid 19 coronavirus: MIQ hotels only two-thirds full after transtasman bubble, taxpayers pay $300m for quarantine in past year

Covid 19 coronavirus: MIQ hotels only two-thirds full after transtasman bubble, taxpayers pay $300m for quarantine in past year
NZ taxpayers have also forked out more than $300 million for MIQ since September 2020.

hree Auckland MIQ hotels are totally empty as of April 30, 2021: the Stamford Plaza, Grand Mercure and Grand Millenium hotels.Three Auckland MIQ hotels are totally empty as of today: the Stamford Plaza, Grand Mercure and Grand Millenium hotels.The now-empty Grand Millennium and Grand Mercure have been operating under "reduced capacity" after positive cases linked to their ventilation systems in early April.Photo / Dean Purcell "We are currently utilising around two-thirds of the rooms we have available, bearing in mind we have a reduced capacity with the Grand Millennium and Grand Mercure being offline.

Photo / Dean Purcell A "lull in arrivals" to hotel quarantine because of the transtasman bubble has left New Zealand's MIQ rooms only two-thirds full - and the Herald can reveal taxpayers have spent more than $300 million on MIQ since September.This is partially because a new MIQ cohorting system is being phased in, which will see a single hotel only housing arrivals from flights within a 96-hour arrival period into New Zealand at any one time.

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