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15 Apr 2021   /

Aus enquiries for NZ accommodation surges – Booking.com

Australians are ready to jump the ditch to visit New Zealand with a record number looking for accommodation, says Booking.com.


Hotel profitability at historic lows, but clouds clearing – Colliers
14 Apr 2021   /

Hotel profitability at historic lows, but clouds clearing – Colliers

Queenstown hotels have been particularly battered in the last 12 months.


Trans-Tasman “lifeline” for Glacier Country hotel – Scenic
14 Apr 2021   /

Trans-Tasman “lifeline” for Glacier Country hotel – Scenic

The operator will no longer put its Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier into hibernation.


Accom spend weak in March, hospo bubbles up
14 Apr 2021   /

Accom spend weak in March, hospo bubbles up

Electronic card transaction spending for March in the hospitality sector jumped 26.1% to $1.04bn compared to the same month in 2020, according to Stats NZ.


The Interview: Sudima’s Sudesh Jhunjhnuwala
13 Apr 2021   /

The Interview: Sudima’s Sudesh Jhunjhnuwala

People may think we’re “making a killing” from MIQ but we’re cut off from our iso-hotels, says the hotelier.


Historic Whanganui accommodation on the market
13 Apr 2021   /

Historic Whanganui accommodation on the market

Braeburn Apartments, a category 2 Heritage New Zealand listing, with existing tenants is up for sale.


Third MIQ worker at Grand Millennium tests Covid positive
12 Apr 2021   /

Third MIQ worker at Grand Millennium tests Covid positive

The latest case follows a cleaner and security guard getting infected at the MIQ facility.


Who should pay to enforce new freedom camping rules?
12 Apr 2021  

Who should pay to enforce new freedom camping rules?

The Govt is proposing industry picks up more of the bill for freedom camping enforcement.


90% vaccination uptake at MIQ hotels – Sudima’s Morgan
9 Apr 2021   /

90% vaccination uptake at MIQ hotels – Sudima’s Morgan

But not all MIQ workers are getting the jab with an unvaccinated security guard at the Grand Millennium Auckland testing positive.


Airbnb NZ bookings nearly triple with bubble announcement
9 Apr 2021   /

Airbnb NZ bookings nearly triple with bubble announcement

Airbnb saw a surge in New Zealand and Australian bookings in the lead up to the trans-Tasman travel bubble announcement on Tuesday.


Value of hotels, motels consents rises 46% in Feb
9 Apr 2021   /

Value of hotels, motels consents rises 46% in Feb

The value of building consents issued for hotels, motels and other short term accommodation in February 2021 was $57m, up 46% for the same month in 2020, according to Stats NZ.


Some service please, mate? Staff shortages risk underwhelming Aussies
8 Apr 2021  

Some service please, mate? Staff shortages risk underwhelming Aussies

Enough quality service – or perhaps any kind of service at all – might be hard to find in some tourist destinations.


Hamilton block including four-star hotel up for sale
7 Apr 2021  

Hamilton block including four-star hotel up for sale

A landmark Hamilton block including the four-star VR Hamilton hotel is up for sale.


Heritage estate with tourism potential comes to market
7 Apr 2021  

Heritage estate with tourism potential comes to market

The 150-year-old Totara Estate Homestead is for sale with potential for boutique accommodation, hospitality or events, says real estate agent Colliers International.


Herwegh Vonk: Why I bought portfolio of YHA hostels during tourism crisis
30 Mar 2021   /

Herwegh Vonk: Why I bought portfolio of YHA hostels during tourism crisis

New hostel portfolio owner Wolf Herwegh Vonk on his $30m deal with YHA.


Grand Mercure MIQ transmission case under investigation
26 Mar 2021   /

Grand Mercure MIQ transmission case under investigation

Around 250 returnees who have left the Grand Mercure have been told to self-isolate.


ADP: Occupancy falls in Feb as holidays end
25 Mar 2021   /

ADP: Occupancy falls in Feb as holidays end

Manawatū was the top performer for the month seeing occupancy rise to 60%.


Pay in wage subsidy… or in dole – BYATA’s call for support
24 Mar 2021   /

Pay in wage subsidy… or in dole – BYATA’s call for support

Govt will end up footing the unemployment bill if workers in the hard-hit youth sector lose jobs, says BYATA’s new chair.


America’s Cup provides shortlived boost for Auckland hotels – HCA
18 Mar 2021  

America’s Cup provides shortlived boost for Auckland hotels – HCA

The event has helped hotels close to Auckland’s Viaduct but its effect has been limited.


DOC adds Waikato hut to online booking system
18 Mar 2021   /

DOC adds Waikato hut to online booking system

Trampers to Waikato’s Pahautea Hut in Pirongia Forest Park are now asked to book their stay via DOC’s online booking system.


HCA calls for Auckland Council to scrap ‘irrelevant’ APTR
12 Mar 2021   /

HCA calls for Auckland Council to scrap ‘irrelevant’ APTR

Hotel Council Aotearoa is calling for Auckland Council to get rid of its Accommodation Provider Targeted Rate as the sector struggles to recover from the pandemic.


YHA banks $30m but operators shy on sale and leaseback
11 Mar 2021   /

YHA banks $30m but operators shy on sale and leaseback

Sale and leaseback offers a way to unlock capital for accommodation operators but deals remain rare.


Anemic tourism cited in declining Feb spend
11 Mar 2021   /

Anemic tourism cited in declining Feb spend

The lack of tourists and Auckland’s lockdowns led to a “whopping” fall in card expenditure, says ASB.


Scenic to put Glacier Country hotels into “extended hibernation”
10 Mar 2021   /

Scenic to put Glacier Country hotels into “extended hibernation”

The four hotels will be mothballed for 12-18 months, says the operator.


CPG Hotels adds Terrace Downs to Fable brand
10 Mar 2021  

CPG Hotels adds Terrace Downs to Fable brand

One of the country’s most acquisitive hotel investors will bring the Canterbury resort into its luxury portfolio.


MBIE confident all MIQ hotels will renew contracts before April deadline
9 Mar 2021   /

MBIE confident all MIQ hotels will renew contracts before April deadline

MBIE says it believes all 32 hotels being used will renew their MIQ contracts, which currently come to an end in April.


M&C’s FY21 at the mercy of Covid – BK Chiu
4 Mar 2021   /

M&C’s FY21 at the mercy of Covid – BK Chiu

Millennium & Copthorne Hotels New Zealand expects a difficult year ahead with conditions largely “outside of our control”, says BK Chiu.


Value of hotels, motels consents falls 32% in Jan
4 Mar 2021   /

Value of hotels, motels consents falls 32% in Jan

The value of building consents issued for hotels, motels and other short term accommodation in January 2021 was $9m, down 25% for the same month in 2019, according to Stats NZ.


Scenic Te Pania reopens refurbished following flood
2 Mar 2021  

Scenic Te Pania reopens refurbished following flood

Napier’s Scenic Te Pania Hotel has reopened after flooding last year caused extensive damage to the building.


ADP: Kiwis go camping in January
1 Mar 2021   /

ADP: Kiwis go camping in January

Campgrounds helped drive occupancy up across the country, according to the Accommodation Data Programme.


Hostel operator goes into liquidation
24 Feb 2021   /

Hostel operator goes into liquidation

Blenheim-based Diamond Hostel Limited has gone into liquidation.


Accommodation spend falls 18% in Dec quarter
24 Feb 2021   /

Accommodation spend falls 18% in Dec quarter

Spending on accommodation in the December 2020 quarter fell to $967.91m, down 18% compared to the corresponding period a year earlier.


Whanganui proving a tourism winner in Covid visitor economy
23 Feb 2021   /

Whanganui proving a tourism winner in Covid visitor economy

How did the river city, traditionally overlooked by visitors, top RTO area spend in 2020?


Ruapehu secures first Qualmark Gold for 5-star accom
23 Feb 2021   /

Ruapehu secures first Qualmark Gold for 5-star accom

Nightsky Cottage, part of Tongariro Suites in Ruapehu, has become the first 5-star accommodation in Ruapehu to receive Qualmark’s Gold Sustainable Tourism Business Award.


Millennium & Copthorne hotel income halves in “horrid” 2020
17 Feb 2021   /

Millennium & Copthorne hotel income halves in “horrid” 2020

A “horrid” year saw average hotel occupancy across the group plummet to 39%.


Petition opposing Auckland’s bed tax launches
17 Feb 2021  

Petition opposing Auckland’s bed tax launches

A petition has been launched to get rid of Auckland Council’s Accommodation Providers’ Targeted Rate


ADP: Xmas ‘Baycations’ see Hawke’s Bay top Dec occupancy
16 Feb 2021   /

ADP: Xmas ‘Baycations’ see Hawke’s Bay top Dec occupancy

A Christmas bump saw Hawke’s Bay regional tourism organisation area top occupancy across all accommodation types in December, knocking Wellington from the top of the table.


Herwegh Vonk swoops on NZ hostels
15 Feb 2021  

Herwegh Vonk swoops on NZ hostels

YHA sells five hostels in what it says is a reflection of the distressed nature of the tourism industry.


Spending on hotels and motels remains low
12 Feb 2021   /

Spending on hotels and motels remains low

Card sales for accommodation services were down $81m, or 29%, compared with January 2020.


Atura Wellington opens in the capital
12 Feb 2021  

Atura Wellington opens in the capital

New hotel Atura Wellington has officially opened in the capital. 


Hotel owners are negotiating over MIQ, seeking changes
11 Feb 2021   /

Hotel owners are negotiating over MIQ, seeking changes

The current contracts end in April and at least one major provider wants more certainty.


NZ room rates hold with ‘exceptional’ 50% hotel occupancy – Colliers
10 Feb 2021   /

NZ room rates hold with ‘exceptional’ 50% hotel occupancy – Colliers

The agent pointed to Govt work and the rebound in domestic demand for 2020’s performance.


NZ tourism should look at South Australia voucher system – SATC
9 Feb 2021   /

NZ tourism should look at South Australia voucher system – SATC

New Zealand’s hospitality sector could look to South Australia’s voucher system to boost the economy, says the South Australian Tourism Commission.


In-depth: Backpackers “dying” as closures wrack sector
5 Feb 2021   /

In-depth: Backpackers “dying” as closures wrack sector

Hostels are shutting their doors or being put up for sale as the market struggles without international visitors.


Value of hotels, motels consents plummets 82% in Dec 2020
5 Feb 2021   /

Value of hotels, motels consents plummets 82% in Dec 2020

The value of building consents issued for hotels, motels and other short term accommodation in December 2020 was $14m, a drop from 81.5% for the same month in 2019, according to Stats NZ.


Direct accommodation bookings on the rise – STAAH
4 Feb 2021   /

Direct accommodation bookings on the rise – STAAH

Direct bookings via STAAH climbed up globally from the number six spot to number three, beating some of the top online channels.


Look again at onerous sick leave – TIA, Hospitality NZ, EMA
2 Feb 2021  

Look again at onerous sick leave – TIA, Hospitality NZ, EMA

Concerns over the additional financial burden a doubling of sick leave will pile on fragile tourism and hospitality businesses  have led to a raft of submissions against the government’s proposed increase.


Accommodation job numbers see biggest drop
1 Feb 2021   /

Accommodation job numbers see biggest drop

Accommodation and food services saw the biggest fall in jobs in December 2020, compared to the same month a year earlier, says Stats NZ.


KSL gets green light for Huka Lodge acquisition
29 Jan 2021   /

KSL gets green light for Huka Lodge acquisition

The iconic lodge will join the US private equity firm’s Australian subsidiary, luxury operator Baillie Lodges.


Quarantine hotels’ ventilation systems under scrutiny
26 Jan 2021   /

Quarantine hotels’ ventilation systems under scrutiny

The ventilation systems of managed isolation hotels have come under the spotlight.