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APEC launches international travel info portal
21 Nov 2022   /

APEC launches international travel info portal

APEC has launched a new portal that provides high-level information summaries of information on international travel.


CIAL chief Malcolm Johns attending APEC
11 Nov 2022   /

CIAL chief Malcolm Johns attending APEC

Christchurch International Airport Limited chief executive Malcolm Johns is one of three business delegates representing New Zealand at the APEC Leaders’ Week in Bangkok from Sunday.


AirAsia X returns to NZ with $169 trans-Tasman special
3 Nov 2022  

AirAsia X returns to NZ with $169 trans-Tasman special

AirAsia X resumes its service between Kuala Lumpur and Auckland, via Sydney, today with a $169 trans-Tasman special.


Air NZ to resume seasonal Bali flights in March…
31 Oct 2022  

Air NZ to resume seasonal Bali flights in March…

Air New Zealand is eyeing March 2023 for the return of its non-stop flights to Bali.


Accor targets NZ growth in wider Pacific expansion
17 Oct 2022   /

Accor targets NZ growth in wider Pacific expansion

With new hotels and brands coming, the country’s largest hotel operator is already looking to fill about 300 vacancies in NZ.


Air NZ plans Japan push as country re-opens to travel
11 Oct 2022   /

Air NZ plans Japan push as country re-opens to travel

Attracting Japanese tourists is a priority as travel restrictions there ease, says the airline.


Upcoming Kiwi tourism leaders selected for Japan tour
4 Oct 2022   /

Upcoming Kiwi tourism leaders selected for Japan tour

The North Asia CAPE has selected the six industry representatives to take part in the Japan Tourism Study Tour this November.


Japan’s move to ease travel restrictions a step in right direction for NZ tourism – ITOs
30 Sep 2022   /

Japan’s move to ease travel restrictions a step in right direction for NZ tourism – ITOs

Japan’s move to loosen border restrictions could have a positive impact on New Zealand’s inbound visitor market, but some travellers remain wary of quarantine requirements.


Border closures hamper Asia Pacific but global tourism demand strong – UNWTO
28 Sep 2022   /

Border closures hamper Asia Pacific but global tourism demand strong – UNWTO

International tourism arrivals have reached more than half of pre-pandemic levels but Asia Pacific is lagging.


Upcoming Kiwi tourism leaders sought for Japan tour
13 Sep 2022   /

Upcoming Kiwi tourism leaders sought for Japan tour

North Asia CAPES is inviting up to six people to participate in a Japan Tourism Study Tour, which will visit Tokyo and hot springs destination Beppu.


Mahuta to rebuild tourism connections with Indo-Pacific
2 Aug 2022  

Mahuta to rebuild tourism connections with Indo-Pacific

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Opportunities for NZ as travel confidence grows across APAC
1 Aug 2022  

Opportunities for NZ as travel confidence grows across APAC

New Zealand will benefit from growing confidence within Asia Pacific for people to travel and continuing good demand from Kiwis to explore domestically.


AirAsia to resume Auckland flights
19 Jul 2022   /

AirAsia to resume Auckland flights

AirAsia will resume flights between Auckland and Kuala Lumpur via Sydney from 1 November.


Air NZ to boost LA, Seoul capacity…
8 Jul 2022  

Air NZ to boost LA, Seoul capacity…

Air New Zealand is ramping up capacity and adding 21,200 seats on its Los Angeles and Seoul flights later this year to meet growing demand for travel.


Kiwis flock to Fiji as activity beats pre-Covid levels
8 Jul 2022   /

Kiwis flock to Fiji as activity beats pre-Covid levels

More than 47,000 people travelled to Fiji in May 2022, including 10,000 New Zealanders.


MFAT seeks destination marketing expert
20 Jun 2022   /

MFAT seeks destination marketing expert

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade is seeking a new technical advisor for Covid-19 communications and destination marketing to support Tourism Solomon Islands.


Non-visa waiver countries coming back but bottlenecks persist
30 May 2022   /

Non-visa waiver countries coming back but bottlenecks persist

Costs and visa delays could keep a cap on markets like India despite demand growing.


Asia-Pacific travel stunted by China, Japan – IATA
18 May 2022   /

Asia-Pacific travel stunted by China, Japan – IATA

The International Air Transport Association says China and Japan are contributing to major gaps in the region’s recovery.


Air Tahiti Nui resumes NZ flights
6 May 2022   /

Air Tahiti Nui resumes NZ flights

Air Tahiti Nui has resumed flights to and from Auckland, opening up direct connections between Tahiti and New Zealand.


APAC airlines see twofold traffic increase – IATA
6 May 2022   /

APAC airlines see twofold traffic increase – IATA

Carriers in Asia Pacific experienced an almost twofold increase in traffic in March 2022, compared to the same month last year, up 197%, according to the International Air Transport Association.


Cathay Pacific to reconnect Auckland – Hong Kong
28 Apr 2022   /

Cathay Pacific to reconnect Auckland – Hong Kong

Hong Kong carrier Cathay Pacific will resume Auckland services on 4 June.


Te Puia NZMACI carving gifted to Singapore
26 Apr 2022  

Te Puia NZMACI carving gifted to Singapore

A Māori kūwaha carving created within Te Puia’s New Zealand’s Māori Arts and Crafts Institute now sits within Singapore’s Gardens by the Bay.


NZ, Japan PMs welcome travel restart
22 Apr 2022   /

NZ, Japan PMs welcome travel restart

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Japan Prime Minister Fumio Kishida have acknowledged the need to resume and strengthen “people-to-people” links between New Zealand and Japan.


NZ, Singapore deal to bolster sustainable aviation
21 Apr 2022   /

NZ, Singapore deal to bolster sustainable aviation

The aviation industry has welcomed the New Zealand and Singapore governments’ Sustainable Aviation Arrangement to create a more sustainable future for aviation.


NZ expands working holiday scheme with Singapore
20 Apr 2022   /

NZ expands working holiday scheme with Singapore

An extension of New Zealand’s Working Holiday Scheme for Singapore will enable up to 300 Singaporeans to travel to New Zealand from 5 May.


Hurihanganui flies flag for operators on Asia trip
19 Apr 2022  

Hurihanganui flies flag for operators on Asia trip

Auckland Airport chief executive Carrie Hurihanganui is one of the business leaders travelling with Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern to Asia this week.


Tourism to take part in PM’s Asia trade mission
12 Apr 2022   /

Tourism to take part in PM’s Asia trade mission

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern will lead a trade mission to Singapore and Japan from 18-24 April. 


Asia Pacific air traffic jumps 144% in Feb – IATA
7 Apr 2022   /

Asia Pacific air traffic jumps 144% in Feb – IATA

The Asia Pacific saw a strong rebound in air travel in February, according to figures from the International Air Transport Association.


Tourism NZ seeks new GM international
29 Mar 2022   /

Tourism NZ seeks new GM international

Tourism New Zealand is on the hunt for a new general manager of international , who will be based in Auckland or Wellington.


Queenstown bars, restaurants, attraction Covid locations of interest
11 Feb 2022  

Queenstown bars, restaurants, attraction Covid locations of interest

A Covid positive case went on an all-night bender in central Queenstown over Waitangi weekend.


Few China ITOs left as Lunar New Year holidays start
1 Feb 2022   /

Few China ITOs left as Lunar New Year holidays start

From catering for some of the 400k visitors annually from China, almost all the specialist ITOs have shut their doors.


…while TECNZ pushes full tourism recovery back
26 Jan 2022   /

…while TECNZ pushes full tourism recovery back

A full recovery of annual international visitor numbers into New Zealand is now not expected until sometime after May 2025, according to an updated forecast from Tourism Export Council of New Zealand.


Global travel to fall further before recovery begins – UNWTO
20 Jan 2022   /

Global travel to fall further before recovery begins – UNWTO

The slowest region to recover will be Asia Pacific, with around 80% of experts surveyed saying it will not return to pre-Covid levels until at least 2024.


ITO 2022-23 bookings 68% of pre-Covid levels but agents “frustrated” – TECNZ
13 Dec 2021   /

ITO 2022-23 bookings 68% of pre-Covid levels but agents “frustrated” – TECNZ

But overseas agents are getting “pretty frustrated” at New Zealand, says TECNZ chair Scott Mehrtens.


Auckland best city in world to visit in 2022 – Lonely Planet
28 Oct 2021  

Auckland best city in world to visit in 2022 – Lonely Planet

The city beats out such tourism heavyweights as Florence and Dublin to take the publication’s top spot.


Arrivals fall 75% as travel bubble pops – Stats NZ
12 Oct 2021   /

Arrivals fall 75% as travel bubble pops – Stats NZ

The number of people crossing New Zealand’s border dropped by around 75% in August 2021 compared to previous months, says Stats NZ.


Cook Islands bubble pause until level 1, visitors to be vaccinated
16 Sep 2021   /

Cook Islands bubble pause until level 1, visitors to be vaccinated

Two-way quarantine-free travel with the Cook Islands will probably only resume once New Zealand is back at Covid-19 alert level 1, says Cook Islands Tourism Corporation.


Aus arrivals fade in July, but Kiwis flocked to Cooks
13 Sep 2021   /

Aus arrivals fade in July, but Kiwis flocked to Cooks

Visitor arrivals from Australia coming for a holiday, VFR or business in July 2021 fell from the levels seen in June, while more Kiwis holidayed in the Cook Islands, according to Stats NZ.


Cook Islands suspends travel from NZ
19 Aug 2021  

Cook Islands suspends travel from NZ

The Cook Islands has suspended travel from New Zealand following the detection of Covid-19 community cases in Auckland.


TECNZ pushes out visitor recovery to 2025
26 Jul 2021   /

TECNZ pushes out visitor recovery to 2025

Recovery in the North American and European visitor markets will likely be faster than from Asia, says TECNZ.


Global air travel ticks up in May – IATA
9 Jul 2021   /

Global air travel ticks up in May – IATA

Worldwide total air travel declined 62.7% in May 2021 compared to May 2019 as measured in revenue passenger kilometres, according to the International Air Transport Association.


TNZ to close some overseas offices, refocus on regional hubs
8 Jul 2021  

TNZ to close some overseas offices, refocus on regional hubs

The agency is reducing its presence in South America and Asia, says CEO René de Monchy.


Higher property values see Skyline profit jump
24 Jun 2021  

Higher property values see Skyline profit jump

Skyline Enterprises will not pay a dividend for FY21 as uncertainty around return of international visitors remains.


Asia tourism still seen as positive by Kiwis, Japan most favourable – survey
17 Jun 2021   /

Asia tourism still seen as positive by Kiwis, Japan most favourable – survey

A report on New Zealanders’ perceptions of Asia shows that Covid-19 has had no effect on how Kiwis view the impact of tourism from Asian countries.


Travel rebound 2022, full recovery from 2024 – UNWTO
3 Jun 2021   /

Travel rebound 2022, full recovery from 2024 – UNWTO

More tourism experts have pushed out the prospects of a full recovery until 2024 at the earliest.


New Tahiti trade link could open to ad hoc passengers
25 May 2021  

New Tahiti trade link could open to ad hoc passengers

French Polynesian border remains closed to New Zealand, but could include passengers on ad-hoc basis in future.


International students trickle in, outlook still murky
24 May 2021   /

International students trickle in, outlook still murky

Chinese students secure special ring-fenced MIQ allocation for June.


Current border “holding pattern” for vaccine roll out – PM
14 May 2021  

Current border “holding pattern” for vaccine roll out – PM

A travel bubble with Australia and select Pacific nations will probably remain the border status during the Covid-19 vaccine rollout.


Cook Islands travel bubble to start 17 May
4 May 2021   /

Cook Islands travel bubble to start 17 May

Air NZ promptly announces more flights to Rarotonga saying almost 110,000 Kiwis headed there in 2019.


Air NZ extends Air China alliance despite geopolitics
3 May 2021   /

Air NZ extends Air China alliance despite geopolitics

The airline alliance was first signed in a less fraught era of international politics.