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America’s Cup bookings back on tourist agendas
8 Mar 2021  

America’s Cup bookings back on tourist agendas

Tourist bookings for the America’s Cup matches in Auckland starting this week have returned to normal levels, says Heletranz co-owner Sofia Ambler.


TNZ tees up Sir Rod for America’s Cup singalong
8 Mar 2021   /

TNZ tees up Sir Rod for America’s Cup singalong

The agency has invested $918k to create a unique event for the regatta.


Auckland Pasifika Festival postponed
8 Mar 2021  

Auckland Pasifika Festival postponed

Auckland’s Pasifika Festival has been postponed following the Government’s announcement that Auckland will remain in Covid-19 alert level 2 until at least Friday 12 March.


SkyCity re-opens Auckland casino
8 Mar 2021   /

SkyCity re-opens Auckland casino

SkyCity Entertainment Group has re-opened its Auckland casino and facilities.


Sky Tower lights up for International Women’s Day
8 Mar 2021  

Sky Tower lights up for International Women’s Day

Auckland’s Sky Tower will light up purple tonight for this year’s International Women’s Day in support of diversity and inclusion in New Zealand.


Auckland comes out of lockdown
7 Mar 2021  

Auckland comes out of lockdown

The rest of New Zealand has moved to Covid-19 alert level 1.


Weekly hotel results: Auckland rebound to be short-lived
5 Mar 2021   /

Weekly hotel results: Auckland rebound to be short-lived

Auckland saw occupancy rebound last week from the city’s first Covid-19 alert level lockdown of the year, according to figures from STR.


Tourism potential in large Waiheke estate sale
3 Mar 2021   /

Tourism potential in large Waiheke estate sale

Waiheke Island’s Carey Bay is for sale with the development potential of a golf course, resort, or an eco-tourism venture, says property agent Bayleys.


Cancellations strike struggling events sector
2 Mar 2021   /

Cancellations strike struggling events sector

Event organisers up and down the country have been forced to cancel, postpone or scramble to make changes.


Auckland operator anguish at latest lockdown
1 Mar 2021  

Auckland operator anguish at latest lockdown

Tourism businesses like TIME Unlimited had a rare busy week ahead leading up to the America’s Cup finals.


Auckland Lantern Festival cancelled again
1 Mar 2021   /

Auckland Lantern Festival cancelled again

For the second year in a row, one of the city’s flagship events is pulled because of Covid.


Auckland moves back to level 3 lockdown
28 Feb 2021  

Auckland moves back to level 3 lockdown

The rest of New Zealand has shifted to Covid-19 alert level 2 following the latest community cases.


Northland Inc, Auckland Unlimited to launch joint campaign
26 Feb 2021   /

Northland Inc, Auckland Unlimited to launch joint campaign

Northland Inc has partnered with Auckland Unlimited to deliver a campaign through AA promoting travel to the two regions.


EVENT opens first golf resort
26 Feb 2021  

EVENT opens first golf resort

Event Hospitality & Entertainment has opened its Rydges Formosa Golf Resort in Auckland.


Arterial route to Auckland Airport to close for improvements
26 Feb 2021   /

Arterial route to Auckland Airport to close for improvements

Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency will close a main arterial route to Auckland Airport for safety improvements and road widening.


Auckland Unlimited unveils new March event
25 Feb 2021  

Auckland Unlimited unveils new March event

A new event aimed at enlivening the on-land viewing experience of the America’s Cup will be held in Devonport.


Probe into possible bowel-related Pullman contagion
24 Feb 2021   /

Probe into possible bowel-related Pullman contagion

New mitigation measures at the Pullman Auckland have been introduced but the cause of three infections there is still unknown.


Operators relieved, wary after Auckland moves to level 1
23 Feb 2021  

Operators relieved, wary after Auckland moves to level 1

Tourism businesses in the region say it will take time for bookings to return.


Resurgence Support Payment scheme opens
23 Feb 2021  

Resurgence Support Payment scheme opens

Businesses affected by the latest Covid-19 alert level shifts can today apply for the government’s Resurgence Support Payment.


Auckland’s Covid alert level 2 to be reviewed today
22 Feb 2021  

Auckland’s Covid alert level 2 to be reviewed today

The Government will review Auckland’s Covid-19 alert level 2 today with a decision to be announced by prime minister Jacinda Ardern at 3pm.


Auckland Lantern Festival postponed until March
22 Feb 2021  

Auckland Lantern Festival postponed until March

The Auckland Lantern Festival has been postponed to 4-7 March 2021, due to the region being in Covid-19 alert level 2.


Waitākere tracks reopen after kauri dieback upgrade
22 Feb 2021   /

Waitākere tracks reopen after kauri dieback upgrade

The Ōmanawanui and the Puriri Ridge tracks in the Waitākere Ranges have reopened after being upgraded to help combat the spread of kauri dieback.


A departure tax? Here’s what Adrian Littlewood thinks…
19 Feb 2021   /

A departure tax? Here’s what Adrian Littlewood thinks…

“NZ is low density touristed country but that doesn’t fit the narrative that’s out there at the moment,” says Auckland Airport’s CEO.


Online gaming ascendant as tourism struggles – SkyCity CEO
19 Feb 2021  

Online gaming ascendant as tourism struggles – SkyCity CEO

SkyCity’s online gaming business is booming, with the operator’s new boss bringing a ton of experience in the field.


Govt eases support criteria following snap lockdown
19 Feb 2021  

Govt eases support criteria following snap lockdown

Parliament has passed a new Resurgence Support Payment available to eligible businesses affected by Auckland’s latest Covid-19 lockdown and level 2.


Auckland Pride still optimistic for march, party events
19 Feb 2021   /

Auckland Pride still optimistic for march, party events

Auckland’s Pride director Max Tweedie is still optimistic about Pride March and Pride Party going ahead on the 27 February.


Airports suffer as pandemic hits interim revenues
18 Feb 2021   /

Airports suffer as pandemic hits interim revenues

Auckland Airport falls into the red but Queenstown and Christchurch manage to stay in the black – but only just.


SkyCity 1H profit falls 42% in “challenging environment” but online gaming soars
18 Feb 2021   /

SkyCity 1H profit falls 42% in “challenging environment” but online gaming soars

The operator says its revenue was dragged down by weaker tourism-related business during the pandemic.


Auckland moves out of lockdown
18 Feb 2021  

Auckland moves out of lockdown

The rest of New Zealand has shifted to Covid-19 alert level 1.


Govt must release Pullman reports now – Nats
18 Feb 2021   /

Govt must release Pullman reports now – Nats

The Government must immediately release its reports into how Covid infected three people at the Pullman Auckland, says National’s Covid response spokesperson, Chris Bishop.


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%.


Pullman re-opens for MIQ guests – with changes
17 Feb 2021   /

Pullman re-opens for MIQ guests – with changes

However, the exact causes of the three recent infections at the facility remain unknown.


DQ pauses Auckland marketing efforts
17 Feb 2021   /

DQ pauses Auckland marketing efforts

Destination Queenstown has paused its summer marketing campaign in the Auckland market due to Covid-19 alert level 3 restrictions, says DQ interim chief executive Ann Lockhart.


Travel decline promotes Auckland Airport pavement plan
17 Feb 2021  

Travel decline promotes Auckland Airport pavement plan

A drop of 45% in total aircraft traffic has prompted Auckland Airport to bring forward its three-year plan to renew the pavement across its airfield.


Regional cancellations highlight Auckland visitor value
16 Feb 2021  

Regional cancellations highlight Auckland visitor value

Regional operators are being cut-off by Auckland as a visitor source and a transit point for those further afield.


Singapore Airlines delivers first Covid-19 vaccine to NZ
16 Feb 2021   /

Singapore Airlines delivers first Covid-19 vaccine to NZ

Singapore Airlines has delivered the first batch of the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine to New Zealand.


Businesses can register online for Auckland travel docs – MBIE
16 Feb 2021  

Businesses can register online for Auckland travel docs – MBIE

Businesses inside Auckland’s Covid-19 alert level 3 boundary can register online for travel documents.


$350m Auckland downtown development hits milestone
16 Feb 2021  

$350m Auckland downtown development hits milestone

Auckland’s $350m downtown development programme has reached a significant milestone; finishing the seismic strengthening of Quay Street’s historic seawall.


Struggling operators hit with lockdown cancellations
15 Feb 2021  

Struggling operators hit with lockdown cancellations

Tourism businesses suffer mass cancellations again after Auckland shifts back to Covid-19 alert level 3.


Air NZ, Auckland Airport implement level 3 restrictions
15 Feb 2021   /

Air NZ, Auckland Airport implement level 3 restrictions

Australia has also suspended quarantine-free travel from NZ until at least midnight Wednesday.


Auckland moves to Covid-19 alert level 3 lockdown
15 Feb 2021  

Auckland moves to Covid-19 alert level 3 lockdown

The rest of NZ shifts to level 2 after three Auckland cases, two of whom recently visited Taranaki attractions.


Aucklanders complying with Kauri dieback rules
15 Feb 2021   /

Aucklanders complying with Kauri dieback rules

The message to Aucklanders to take more care of kauri forests appears to be hitting the mark, with non-compliant behaviour trending down across the region this summer.


Auckland Airport offers Covid saliva tests
15 Feb 2021   /

Auckland Airport offers Covid saliva tests

Auckland Airport has partnered with Rako Science to deploy a non-invasive, fast-turnaround, accurate saliva test for Covid-19.


Waikato – Auckland rail service launch date confirmed
11 Feb 2021  

Waikato – Auckland rail service launch date confirmed

There would be two return services on weekdays to get commuters to Papakura in time for the start of the workday.


Auckland’s Lantern Festival goes ticketed, relocates to waterfront
11 Feb 2021  

Auckland’s Lantern Festival goes ticketed, relocates to waterfront

Auckland’s annual four-day Lantern Festival celebrating Chinese New Year will be ticketed this year and relocated to the city’s waterfront.


Running lean keeps Grand Chancellor in the black
9 Feb 2021  

Running lean keeps Grand Chancellor in the black

Hotel Grand Chancellor’s lean operations have kept the group in the black during the pandemic, says the company’s New Zealand manager, Frank Delli Cicchi.


Maritime NZ pleased with operators at America’s Cup
1 Feb 2021  

Maritime NZ pleased with operators at America’s Cup

There have not been any commercial operators breaking any rules to take spectators on the water to watch America’s Cup racing, says Maritime NZ


SkyCity celebrates 25 years with street party
29 Jan 2021   /

SkyCity celebrates 25 years with street party

SkyCity Auckland will be hosting a free ’90s themed Federal Street Party this evening to celebrate 25 years in operation.


Dockline trams return to Auckland waterfront
29 Jan 2021  

Dockline trams return to Auckland waterfront

The trams will return to the waterfront this Waitangi Weekend and will be in action over the remainder of the 36th America’s Cup and beyond.


ACB head Anna Hayward resigns after 13 years in role
28 Jan 2021   /

ACB head Anna Hayward resigns after 13 years in role

Under Hayward’s watch, ACB had secured approximately $275m worth of business events for Auckland.