Dunedin City Councillor Christine Garey spoke about the southern city on TVNZ1's Breakfast.
Today Tourism Minister Kelvin Davis acknowledged the tourism industry "had concerns" over the new cost for visitors.
A month of consultation on the planned tourist tax to help fund tourism infrastructure opens today.
National's Todd McClay described it as "possibly the worst performance of any minister in any select committee ever" and demanded he be recalled.
There will be no price increase for New Zealanders, and the price increase will be trialled for seven months.