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Bubble trouble weighs on hospo, accommodation
26 Jul 2021   /

Bubble trouble weighs on hospo, accommodation

The eight-week suspension of the trans-Tasman travel bubble had an immediate impact on operators.


“We’re gutted” – operators’ hopes for Aus winter boost dashed
23 Jul 2021   /

“We’re gutted” – operators’ hopes for Aus winter boost dashed

From high hopes to cruel reality, operators are forced to adjust again to life under Covid.


Trans-Tasman travel bubble suspended from midnight Friday
23 Jul 2021   /

Trans-Tasman travel bubble suspended from midnight Friday

Quarantine-free travel from all of Australia will stop for eight weeks.


Brisbane Olympics to have “enormous benefits” for NZ tourism
22 Jul 2021   /

Brisbane Olympics to have “enormous benefits” for NZ tourism

As well as boosting tourism, NZ will also be a top contender for training camps and events.


Govt: Digital health passports possibly by year end
22 Jul 2021   /

Govt: Digital health passports possibly by year end

However, having one might not immediately change the need for 14 days of managed isolation for arrivals.


Govt pauses quarantine-free travel from South Australia
21 Jul 2021   /

Govt pauses quarantine-free travel from South Australia

SkyCity closes its Adelaide casino as the city moves into a week-long lockdown.


South Australia poised to join burst Aus travel bubble
20 Jul 2021   /

South Australia poised to join burst Aus travel bubble

It will be the latest state in Australia to move into lockdown today after new community cases of Covid.


Quarantine-free travel from Victoria paused
16 Jul 2021   /

Quarantine-free travel from Victoria paused

Air NZ has cancelled flights from Melbourne but is continuing to fly from NZ to the city to return visitors already here.


Aus VFR arrivals in May near pre-Covid levels – Stats NZ
15 Jul 2021   /

Aus VFR arrivals in May near pre-Covid levels – Stats NZ

Nearly 7,000 more people departed New Zealand than arrived in May 2021, says Stats NZ.


Govt warns travellers in Victoria to return
15 Jul 2021   /

Govt warns travellers in Victoria to return

The travel bubble with the Australian state could pause again because of new community cases there.


Advice on borders, ‘reconnecting NZ’ to be shared in August – PM
13 Jul 2021  

Advice on borders, ‘reconnecting NZ’ to be shared in August – PM

The government also makes Covid-19 vaccinations mandatory for more border jobs.


NZCA strategy targets trans-Tasman bubble cruises in 2022
12 Jul 2021   /

NZCA strategy targets trans-Tasman bubble cruises in 2022

The New Zealand Cruise Association wants rapid testing in place and safe bubble cruising for larger ships with reduced guest numbers in 2022.


Managed return flights from NSW on hold
9 Jul 2021   /

Managed return flights from NSW on hold

Returnees will also have to go into MIQ for 14 days when the flights start on Tuesday.


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.


TNZ sets out strategy, performance expectations
8 Jul 2021   /

TNZ sets out strategy, performance expectations

Tourism New Zealand’s latest statement of intent attempts to digest both the implications of dealing with the reality of Covid and any related recovery.


NSW, Queensland travel pause extended
8 Jul 2021   /

NSW, Queensland travel pause extended

The pause in quarantine-free travel from New South Wales and Queensland will continue for the time being.


Aus bubble to expand this week – PM
6 Jul 2021   /

Aus bubble to expand this week – PM

But there is “no clear date” for quarantine-free travel from NSW, says Jacinda Ardern.


Aus bubble partially re-opens
5 Jul 2021   /

Aus bubble partially re-opens

But quarantine-free travel from the major visitor source market of New South Wales remains suspended.


TECTS: Aussie spend felt in Queenstown, cities, but not smaller regions
2 Jul 2021   /

TECTS: Aussie spend felt in Queenstown, cities, but not smaller regions

Australian spend quadrupled in Queenstown and more than doubled in Auckland and Christchurch from April to May.


Air NZ passenger numbers jump 1000% on May 2020 lockdown
2 Jul 2021  

Air NZ passenger numbers jump 1000% on May 2020 lockdown

Air New Zealand passenger numbers rose 1157.5% in May 2021 to around 844,000 from the 67,000 reported for the same month last year.


Govt: We know tourism is doing it tough with Aus travel pause
30 Jun 2021   /

Govt: We know tourism is doing it tough with Aus travel pause

Not acting would risk the domestic tourism market as well, says Covid-19 response minister Chris Hipkins.


Perspectives: Trans-Tasman bubble pause the right move from govt
30 Jun 2021   /

Perspectives: Trans-Tasman bubble pause the right move from govt

The travel bubble pause allows New Zealand to work on its Covid-19 response, writes senior lecturer Matt Hobbs.


Scanning enforcement onus may fall on operators – PM
29 Jun 2021   /

Scanning enforcement onus may fall on operators – PM

A decision is expected later today on whether to extend Wellington’s alert level 2 restrictions.


PM scotches support for ski areas hit by burst bubble
28 Jun 2021   /

PM scotches support for ski areas hit by burst bubble

There is no support connected to changes in the trans-Tasman travel arrangement, says Jacinda Ardern.


Air NZ pauses all Aus inbound flights
28 Jun 2021   /

Air NZ pauses all Aus inbound flights

Air New Zealand cancels all inbound passenger flights from Australia until 11:59pm on Tuesday 29 June.


Air NZ announces year-round direct Queensland flights
28 Jun 2021  

Air NZ announces year-round direct Queensland flights

Auckland-Cairns, Auckland-Sunshine Coast and Christchurch-Gold Coast flights through to May 2022.


All quarantine-free travel from Australia now suspended
27 Jun 2021   /

All quarantine-free travel from Australia now suspended

With the Sydney outbreak spreading, the government says the risk to NZ is growing.


In a blow to ski, NSW quarantine-free flights pause extended
25 Jun 2021   /

In a blow to ski, NSW quarantine-free flights pause extended

That extension will cut deep into the Australian school holiday period of 26 June to 11 July.


Wellington tourist case shows Covid has a long way to go yet – TIA
25 Jun 2021   /

Wellington tourist case shows Covid has a long way to go yet – TIA

TIA boss says the Wellington Covid case serves as a reminder that Covid-19 is still very present.


Air NZ wins new Aus-US cargo route
25 Jun 2021   /

Air NZ wins new Aus-US cargo route

Air New Zealand will start cargo flights between Melbourne and Los Angeles on 3 July as part of the Australian government’s International Freight Assistance Mechanism programme.


Queenstown operators wary of NSW travel pause
24 Jun 2021   /

Queenstown operators wary of NSW travel pause

Businesses are keeping a watchful eye as the important Australian school holiday period approaches.


Quarantine-free travel from NSW paused
23 Jun 2021   /

Quarantine-free travel from NSW paused

Quarantine-free travel from New South Wales to New Zealand has been paused.


Pause on quarantine-free travel to Melbourne continues
18 Jun 2021   /

Pause on quarantine-free travel to Melbourne continues

Pause extended until Tuesday 22 June, to be reviewed if situation evolves.


Aus bubble now 80% of all international NZ travel
14 Jun 2021   /

Aus bubble now 80% of all international NZ travel

The vast majority of arrivals from Australia came to visit family and friends, says Stats NZ.


“Strong” domestic demand drives new SkyCity guidance
11 Jun 2021  

“Strong” domestic demand drives new SkyCity guidance

The operator says normalised FY21 earnings could reach $253m.


Pause on quarantine free Melbourne flights extended
11 Jun 2021   /

Pause on quarantine free Melbourne flights extended

Covid-19 Response minister Chris Hipkins says the suspension will continue for a further seven days.


SkyCity Adelaide under investigation by Aus watchdog
8 Jun 2021   /

SkyCity Adelaide under investigation by Aus watchdog

SkyCity’s Adelaide business is under investigation by Australia’s financial watchdog.


Govt extends pause of quarantine-free Melbourne flights
4 Jun 2021   /

Govt extends pause of quarantine-free Melbourne flights

The decision was made after the Victorian government extended its lockdown for a further week.


More Melbourne travellers identified – MOH
4 Jun 2021   /

More Melbourne travellers identified – MOH

A data reconciliation has identified an additional 48 people in New Zealand who were required to isolate and be tested for Covid-19 after having arrived from Melbourne between 20-25 May.


Welcomings, re-affirmations but anything for tourism from talks?
1 Jun 2021   /

Welcomings, re-affirmations but anything for tourism from talks?

There appeared to be just one commitment which could have a direct impact on tourism.


EDNZ 2021: High value or high quality? NZ tourism at a crossroads
31 May 2021   /

EDNZ 2021: High value or high quality? NZ tourism at a crossroads

Tourism may have to aim for ‘high quality’ over ‘high value’ to address challenges.


Victoria travel bubble pause extended  to 4 June – Govt
28 May 2021   /

Victoria travel bubble pause extended to 4 June – Govt

The decision was made following the growing number of Covid cases in Melbourne.


NZ opens to Aus yachts, some restrictions remain
27 May 2021   /

NZ opens to Aus yachts, some restrictions remain

Australian yachts can enter New Zealand waters within existing travel restrictions and under certain conditions, says the New Zealand Marine Industry Association.


Travel bubble paused with Victoria for 72 hours
25 May 2021   /

Travel bubble paused with Victoria for 72 hours

There have been nine cases of Covid-19 in the past two days in Melbourne.


Arrivals surge nine-fold in first month of Aus bubble
20 May 2021   /

Arrivals surge nine-fold in first month of Aus bubble

Overseas arrivals in the month since the two-way bubble with Australia opened are up nine-fold compared with arrivals in the preceding 31-day period.


ScoMo, Ardern visit “great opportunity” for Queenstown – DQ
18 May 2021   /

ScoMo, Ardern visit “great opportunity” for Queenstown – DQ

Both PMs are expected to meet tourism leaders at the hard hit destination.


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.


‘Green’ flights from NSW to NZ to resume
10 May 2021   /

‘Green’ flights from NSW to NZ to resume

Quarantine-free travel from New South Wales to New Zealand resumes today.


Air NZ restarts Auckland-Adelaide route
6 May 2021   /

Air NZ restarts Auckland-Adelaide route

Air NZ says flights to Cairns and the Sunshine Coast were forecasted to begin in June, no specific date was given.


Kiwis like own backyard for 2021, more will head to Aus later – survey
4 May 2021   /

Kiwis like own backyard for 2021, more will head to Aus later – survey

Around two-thirds of New Zealanders are looking at domestic travel in the next six months, while only 15% are thinking about going to Australia, according to an April survey by Angus & Associates.