More helpful links and information
IRD and B&Bs and Tax
Inland Revenue and Tax and Accountants Homestays - gst treatment IRD Tax information bulletin Vol 7.13 May 1996 If you are not registered for gst, this leaflet explains some of the potential advantages, especially if you are investing in renovations. This has some very helpful information, if you don¹t have an accountant, consider getting one. Talk to your accountant in case there is more up to date information available
New Zealand Tourism Industry Blog: Connect with others in the tourism Industry
Tourism New Zealand - their corporate website
TIANZ - Tourism Industry Association of New Zealand - a member organisation
How to start a B&B in New Zealand
The Business of B&B - Australia and NZ - listings and information for owners - they have a members area which has lots of information which used to be in a hard copy newsletter of the same name
@Home NZ - connecting and supporting B&B hosts and working to have quality standar
Customer Service Training Programmes - Kiwi host and others - Highly recommended that you and your staff keep up to date with the latest in Customer service. Too many NZ business are 'good enough' but not as good as they could be.
Rosemary writes: "I did one early in my development time setting up a B&B and the cost was repaid immediately with improved service with great customer feedback which kept helping us improve business even more. "
Red Cross First Aid Courses Equip yourself to be able to help people in an emergency - you may be the closest one at hand.
Rosemary writes: I had a customer collapse and become unconscious as a result of previous surgery. An ambulance where I am is 20-30 mins away. It is very important to have some skills to keep people calm and out of danger until help arrives.