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JW Marriott to launch at former Stamford Plaza
29 Nov 2022  

JW Marriott to launch at former Stamford Plaza

Marriott International will convert the former Stamford Plaza Auckland to the luxury JW Marriott brand by mid-2024, a refurbishment that will cost around $20m.


Rydges appoints GM to Formosa Golf Resort
28 Nov 2022   /

Rydges appoints GM to Formosa Golf Resort

Rydges Hotels and Resorts has appointed Bjorn van Ginkel to general manager of the Rydges Formosa Golf Resort in Auckland.


Iconic Auckland Eats unveiled
28 Nov 2022  

Iconic Auckland Eats unveiled

The people have spoken and the official list of 100 Iconic Auckland Eats is now live.


Lights out for Jucy Snooze as EVT’s LyLo launches
25 Nov 2022   /

Lights out for Jucy Snooze as EVT’s LyLo launches

The operator says it is seeing “huge demand” for the lifestyle budget accommodation experience in Australia and expects New Zealand to follow.


KiwiRail sets holiday shutdown period for Auckland
23 Nov 2022  

KiwiRail sets holiday shutdown period for Auckland

KiwiRail’s network-wide rail holiday shutdown in Auckland will take place from 26 December until 15 January to allow workers to conduct network maintenance.


Viaduct Events Centre taking bookings for mid-2023
22 Nov 2022  

Viaduct Events Centre taking bookings for mid-2023

Auckland Conventions, Venues and Events has opened bookings for Viaduct Events Centre for events taking place from 27 April 2023.


South Island RTOs join forces in northern push
21 Nov 2022   /

South Island RTOs join forces in northern push

West Coast and Canterbury regional tourism organisations are joining forces to relaunch tourism awareness with inbounders in the North Island.


Airport baggage handlers arrested for drugs smuggling
21 Nov 2022   /

Airport baggage handlers arrested for drugs smuggling

The men attempted to smuggle 4.6 kilograms of methamphetamine through New Zealand’s border.


…while passenger numbers on the rise at Auckland Airport
18 Nov 2022   /

…while passenger numbers on the rise at Auckland Airport

Total passenger movements at Auckland Aiport increased to 1.29 million in October 2022, up from 1.18 million recorded for the preceding September.


Auckland transport operators to hold careers day
17 Nov 2022   /

Auckland transport operators to hold careers day

Auckland Transport and the region’s bus, train and ferry operators are putting on the city’s first ever Public Transport Careers Day on Saturday.


Sumatran tigers join Auckland Zoo
17 Nov 2022  

Sumatran tigers join Auckland Zoo

Two critically endangered Sumatran tigers have joined Auckland Zoo as part of an international breeding and advocacy programme.


More action, less talk for new Auckland harbour crossing – Bridges
15 Nov 2022   /

More action, less talk for new Auckland harbour crossing – Bridges

Auckland’s much-debated second harbour crossing is up for debate once again, and businesses in the city are calling for a clear roadmap.


Auckland rolls out more e-buses, tourists to benefit
15 Nov 2022   /

Auckland rolls out more e-buses, tourists to benefit

Auckland Transport’s TāmakiLink bus service now has eight new electric buses to complement an additional 27 serving the Eastern Bays routes across the city.


Tātaki Auckland Unlimited chair passes away
14 Nov 2022   /

Tātaki Auckland Unlimited chair passes away

Tātaki Auckland Unlimited chair Mark Franklin has died in Australia whilst receiving cancer treatment.


Air Canada restarts Vancouver service – AIAL’s Tasker
14 Nov 2022   /

Air Canada restarts Vancouver service – AIAL’s Tasker

“Canadians have been a growing market for inbound travel,” said Tasker.


XPO buys NZ Boat Show, returns it to Auckland Showgrounds
11 Nov 2022   /

XPO buys NZ Boat Show, returns it to Auckland Showgrounds

XPO Exhibitions has acquired the Hutchwilco New Zealand Boat Show from long-time owner Auckland Water Ski Club.


Tātaki Auckland Unlimited reviewing events
9 Nov 2022  

Tātaki Auckland Unlimited reviewing events

Tātaki Auckland Unlimited says it is reviewing how it approaches and funds event, including the potential for increased ownership through a more targeted seasonal strategy.


MOTAT wins Auckland business award
9 Nov 2022   /

MOTAT wins Auckland business award

MOTAT has picked up the Excellence in Community Contribution Award at this year’s Westpac Auckland Business Awards, Central region.


Auckland Airport wins biosecurity award
3 Nov 2022   /

Auckland Airport wins biosecurity award

Auckland Airport’s efforts to create a biosecurity culture have been recognised with the GIA Industry Award at the 2022 New Zealand Biosecurity Awards.


Auckland’s first accessible wetland opens
2 Nov 2022  

Auckland’s first accessible wetland opens

Auckland’s largest wetland is now home to an accessible boardwalk, created with the help of the Jobs for Nature programme.


Auckland Museum revives rooftop tours
1 Nov 2022  

Auckland Museum revives rooftop tours

Auckland War Memorial Museum has reinstated its popular Incredible Rooftop Tour.


SkyCity: Strong start to FY23 as earnings beat pre-Covid
28 Oct 2022  

SkyCity: Strong start to FY23 as earnings beat pre-Covid

The Auckland-based operator is holding its virtual annual meeting of shareholders today, positive about the tourism recovery but cautious about the rest of the fiscal year given the global economic uncertainty.


Post-Covid high for Labour Weekend as visitors return
26 Oct 2022   /

Post-Covid high for Labour Weekend as visitors return

Operators say good weather and the return of cruise contribute to the best customer numbers since Covid began.


Fullers360 partnership donates 90% of leftover food
26 Oct 2022   /

Fullers360 partnership donates 90% of leftover food

The leftover food from the ferry operator’s onboard cafés will go to people in need around Auckland.


Laneway festival moves to Western Springs
26 Oct 2022  

Laneway festival moves to Western Springs

Auckland’s Laneway music festival is moving to Western Springs Stadium in 2023.


FIFA Women’s World Cup could pump $60m, 130k visitor nights into Auckland
25 Oct 2022   /

FIFA Women’s World Cup could pump $60m, 130k visitor nights into Auckland

The FIFA Women’s World Cup could generate around $60m for Auckland’s economy and about 130,000 visitor nights when it takes place in July next year, says Tātaki Auckland Unlimited.


Auckland secures 102 business events, expects $76m
21 Oct 2022   /

Auckland secures 102 business events, expects $76m

ACB, part of Tātaki Auckland Unlimited, also supported another 203 opportunities during the period, which could add an additional $65m to the region’s economy.


Auckland Airport lifts profit guidance on stronger rebound
20 Oct 2022   /

Auckland Airport lifts profit guidance on stronger rebound

The operator now expects a full recovery in passenger numbers in calendar 2024.


“Win” for events as court confirms Showgrounds’ lease unlawful, awards XPO’s Spillane costs
19 Oct 2022   /

“Win” for events as court confirms Showgrounds’ lease unlawful, awards XPO’s Spillane costs

Cornwall Park Trust Board acted unlawfully by leasing part of Auckland Showgrounds to a film studio for three months this year, causing some of the country’s largest events to cancel or suffer postponements, according to a ruling from the High Court in Auckland.


Sky Tower light pollution contributing to seabird injuries – study
19 Oct 2022  

Sky Tower light pollution contributing to seabird injuries – study

Light pollution from Auckland’s Sky Tower and central business district are contributing to injuries and deaths of seabirds, according to a new study.


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.


Auckland hopes for economic boost from cruise
17 Oct 2022   /

Auckland hopes for economic boost from cruise

More than 180,000 passenger arrivals are expected to flow through Auckland over the next year as cruise makes a triumphant return.


Auckland Airport passenger numbers continue to climb
17 Oct 2022   /

Auckland Airport passenger numbers continue to climb

September 2022 passenger movements at Auckland Airport reached 71% of the 2019 pre-Covid equivalent, buoyed by a rise in international and short-haul recovery.


First NZ AHICE conference mobilises hotel industry’s voice
13 Oct 2022   /

First NZ AHICE conference mobilises hotel industry’s voice

About 450 delegates are expected at today’s inaugural Aotearoa Hotel Industry Conference and Exhibition at Pullman Auckland.


Stamford Plaza sold for $170m in NZ’s largest single hotel deal – JLL
12 Oct 2022  

Stamford Plaza sold for $170m in NZ’s largest single hotel deal – JLL

Stamford Plaza Auckland has been sold for $170m in the largest single hotel deal ever in New Zealand, says agent JLL.


Weekly hotel results: Auckland finally on the move
7 Oct 2022   /

Weekly hotel results: Auckland finally on the move

After spending most of the year struggling to crack 50% occupancy, Auckland is finally on the move with the major metrics all trending in the right direction.


Fullers360 short 60 staff for summer, warns of delays
7 Oct 2022   /

Fullers360 short 60 staff for summer, warns of delays

Auckland ferry operator Fullers360 says it is short 60 positions to run its optimal summer schedule.


Eden Park gears up for 30k fans for Women’s RWC opening
7 Oct 2022   /

Eden Park gears up for 30k fans for Women’s RWC opening

The Women’s Rugby World Cup 2021 will kick off at Auckland’s Eden Park and Whangarei’s Okara Park this weekend.


Māori cultural performances return to Auckland Museum
6 Oct 2022   /

Māori cultural performances return to Auckland Museum

Māori cultural performances are back at Auckland War Memorial Museum after being suspended due to Covid.


Airports must be properly prepared to process travellers – BARNZ
5 Oct 2022   /

Airports must be properly prepared to process travellers – BARNZ

Airports should have all necessary systems in place to cope with scheduled international flights, says the Board of Airline Representatives of New Zealand.


Thousands expected in Auckland central for Diwali
5 Oct 2022  

Thousands expected in Auckland central for Diwali

Tens of thousands of people are expected to converge on Auckland central this weekend for the city’s Diwali Festival.


Auckland Museum seeks $35m council levy, plans for a million visitors
4 Oct 2022   /

Auckland Museum seeks $35m council levy, plans for a million visitors

The increased funding will support critical programmes as the popular attraction gears up for recovery.


Hotel Britomart celebrates 180k visitors in 2 years
3 Oct 2022  

Hotel Britomart celebrates 180k visitors in 2 years

More than 180,000 people have visited Auckland’s Hotel Britomart since its opening in 2020, the company says.


Govt invests $32m in kauri protection
3 Oct 2022  

Govt invests $32m in kauri protection

The government is investing $32m into a plan to protect kauri in the country’s northern forests from dieback disease.


Iconic Auckland Eats nominations close soon
30 Sep 2022   /

Iconic Auckland Eats nominations close soon

There are just two days left until nominations close for the annual Iconic Auckland Eats programme.


Auckland seeks up to $25k from operators to plug $20m gap
29 Sep 2022  

Auckland seeks up to $25k from operators to plug $20m gap

The new collaborative fund will help launch marketing activity in Q1 2023 with Australia the initial target.


Auckland stadium gigs to attract 300k over summer
29 Sep 2022   /

Auckland stadium gigs to attract 300k over summer

Up to 295,000 music lovers will converge on Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland as major stadium concerts roar back to life this summer.


Winetopia adds Australian contingent to festival
29 Sep 2022   /

Winetopia adds Australian contingent to festival

Winetopia’s Auckland festival will feature a South Australian contingent of winemakers in its annual event in October.


US connectivity ramps up as airlines return to NZ
28 Sep 2022   /

US connectivity ramps up as airlines return to NZ

With demand from the US strong, major carriers are relaunching services to NZ.


Preferred bidders picked for Auckland Light Rail
28 Sep 2022  

Preferred bidders picked for Auckland Light Rail

Auckland Light Rail and Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency have named preferred bidders for Auckland Light Rail and the additional Waitematā Harbour connections.