Simon Barnett & Phil Gifford Afternoons •

Extra public holiday could work if Government subsidies businesses

Simon Barnett & Phil Gifford Afternoons

A leading economist says an extra public holiday would only work if businesses were subsidised by the lost working day. 
The Prime Minister wants to hear what businesses  think about creating a new public holiday.
Jacinda Ardern says the government looking at a range of different options to boost the tourism industry.
Ardern say there are pros and cons and she's interested in different views.
Infometrics Senior Economist Brad Olsen told Simon and Phil the idea could boost tourism spending, but if enacted without any business support, it could also be the straw that broke small businesses backs. 
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