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SkyCity warns potential Adelaide casino penalty may be “material”
8 Dec 2022   /

SkyCity warns potential Adelaide casino penalty may be “material”

Financial crime regulator AUSTRAC launched civil proceedings on Wednesday against SkyCity Adelaide for allegedly breaching anti-money laundering and counter-terrorism financing laws.


Air NZ forecasts 2.8 million passengers over summer peak as capacity recovers rapidly
16 Nov 2022   /

Air NZ forecasts 2.8 million passengers over summer peak as capacity recovers rapidly

The carrier’s recovery comes as a rapid rebound in airline capacity is seen across Australia and NZ.


Entrada expands in Aus with 20-year ferry contract
9 Nov 2022   /

Entrada expands in Aus with 20-year ferry contract

Entrada Travel Group has secured a twenty-year contract to operate the Noosa North Shore Vehicle Ferry, on behalf of the Noosa Council in Queensland, Australia.


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.


You need to be “ruthless and clear” – TNZ’s de Monchy on the future of DMOs
31 Oct 2022  

You need to be “ruthless and clear” – TNZ’s de Monchy on the future of DMOs

Destination marketing organisations need to become more sophisticated and adaptable, says the CEO.


Govt affirms trans-Tasman tourism cooperation
31 Oct 2022   /

Govt affirms trans-Tasman tourism cooperation

New Zealand and Australian trade and tourism ministers have reaffirmed their commitment to boosting trans-Tasman cooperation.


Airfares to stabilise, fall around Q1 2023 – Flight Centre CEO
21 Oct 2022   /

Airfares to stabilise, fall around Q1 2023 – Flight Centre CEO

But they may remain relatively high while airlines grapple with capacity uncertainty, says Graham ‘Skroo’ Turner.


Australia launches biggest campaign in years with 9-min ‘Come and Say G’day’
20 Oct 2022   /

Australia launches biggest campaign in years with 9-min ‘Come and Say G’day’

Tourism Australia has launched its first global campaign since 2016 with a new 9-minute hero film, Come and Say G’day.


Air NZ reshuffles fare options on international services
19 Oct 2022  

Air NZ reshuffles fare options on international services

Air New Zealand is making changes to its Tahiti, Perth And Honolulu fare offerings, with the abolition of the seat and seat+bag options.


Aus competition watchdog clears THL, Apollo deal
29 Sep 2022   /

Aus competition watchdog clears THL, Apollo deal

“We now have much greater confidence that the merger will proceed,” says Tourism Holdings chair Cathy Quin.


TNZ eyes marketing platform rollout to help attract Aussies
28 Sep 2022   /

TNZ eyes marketing platform rollout to help attract Aussies

The Within your Wildest Dreams campaign promoting New Zealand as the top holiday destination for Australians has generated significant engagement, says Tourism New Zealand.


THL, Apollo line up $45m sale to Jucy
23 Sep 2022   /

THL, Apollo line up $45m sale to Jucy

The operators will sell 310 of Apollo’s motorhomes in NZ and Australia to secure merger approval, with a ComCom decision expected today.


Perspectives: Australia’s Indigenous tourism fights to protect cultural heritage
29 Aug 2022   /

Perspectives: Australia’s Indigenous tourism fights to protect cultural heritage

Indigenous tourism and an enhanced sense of connection to local communities can help people fight the destruction of sites of environmental and cultural significance in Australia.


Qantas adds Auckland to 2023 New York service
26 Aug 2022   /

Qantas adds Auckland to 2023 New York service

An Auckland connection between Qantas’ upcoming Sydney to New York service will begin in June 2023, including flights and an upgrade of the airline’s international lounge at Auckland Airport.


Battle for labour heats up as Aus targets NZ tourism workers
24 Aug 2022   /

Battle for labour heats up as Aus targets NZ tourism workers

Kiwi tourists are not the only ones being lured across the ditch, with tourism and hospo staff sought to plug Australian labour gaps.


What Australians think of NZ tourism
2 Aug 2022   /

What Australians think of NZ tourism

The sector has an opportunity to cultivate a fresh NZ story to attract Australians across the ditch.


Carnival president joins Cruise360 Australasia
29 Jul 2022   /

Carnival president joins Cruise360 Australasia

Fitzgerald will join cruise industry leaders at the Cruise360 Australasia 2022’s State of the Industry panel.


Christchurch, Adelaide airports scope direct connection
14 Jul 2022   /

Christchurch, Adelaide airports scope direct connection

The two airports have agreed to work together to convince airlines to fly direct.


“Every single person I’ve spoken to is planning a trip to NZ” – TIA’s Ingram in Aus
8 Jul 2022   /

“Every single person I’ve spoken to is planning a trip to NZ” – TIA’s Ingram in Aus

The CEO’s first trip out of the country in three years aims to push NZ to the top of the Australian travel agenda.


Tourism on the agenda at Aus-NZ Leadership Forum
7 Jul 2022   /

Tourism on the agenda at Aus-NZ Leadership Forum

Reconnecting through travel and tourism will be discussed at the Australia New Zealand Leadership Forum in Sydney today.


PM, Nash, industry tout tourism to Aussies
5 Jul 2022   /

PM, Nash, industry tout tourism to Aussies

A trade delegation will highlight NZ tourism and goods in Melbourne and Sydney.


SkyCity Adelaide to cooperate with inquiry
5 Jul 2022   /

SkyCity Adelaide to cooperate with inquiry

South Australian gaming regulator Consumer and Business Services has launched a review of SkyCity Adelaide’s casino operations.


Qatar Airways boosts trans-Tasman schedule
28 Jun 2022   /

Qatar Airways boosts trans-Tasman schedule

Qatar Airways is increasing the number of flights on its Adelaide to Auckland service from three to five flights per week from 1 July.


PM heading to Europe, Aus for tourism, trade
21 Jun 2022   /

PM heading to Europe, Aus for tourism, trade

Jacinda Ardern will leave this weekend to tout tourism and trade as NZ seeks to reconnect with overseas markets.


SkyCity eyes up Australian directors
20 Jun 2022   /

SkyCity eyes up Australian directors

SkyCity Entertainment Group is appointing two Australian non-executive directors to its board.


Ardern to meet new Aus PM in Sydney
9 Jun 2022   /

Ardern to meet new Aus PM in Sydney

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern will meet with new Australian PM Anthony Albanese in Sydney.


Jetstar’s Gold Coast service returns to Queenstown
3 Jun 2022   /

Jetstar’s Gold Coast service returns to Queenstown

Jetstar has resumed its Gold Coast – Queenstown service with a flight touching down in the resort on Thursday.


NZ getting “absolutely smashed” by Aus – BYATA’s Westwood
1 Jun 2022   /

NZ getting “absolutely smashed” by Aus – BYATA’s Westwood

New Zealand tourism needs to step up and fight for overseas markets, says the association’s inaugural president.


NZ tourism puts best foot forward with big Aus trade push
10 May 2022   /

NZ tourism puts best foot forward with big Aus trade push

Dozens of operators and RTOs are showcasing NZ destinations and experiences in Sydney in their first major trade events since Covid.


Nash to fly the flag in Aus, will lead delegation to TNZ showcase
5 May 2022   /

Nash to fly the flag in Aus, will lead delegation to TNZ showcase

The tourism minister will attend TNZ’s Regional Showcase in Sydney to spread the message that NZ is open for business.


Tourism Holdings’ proposed Apollo deal raises Aus concerns…
28 Apr 2022   /

Tourism Holdings’ proposed Apollo deal raises Aus concerns…

The Australian watchdog’s concerns come on the eve of a decision on the deal from the Commerce Commission.


Daily arrivals near 5k – the most since trans-Tasman bubble
21 Apr 2022   /

Daily arrivals near 5k – the most since trans-Tasman bubble

However, it is still far short of the 20,580 recorded for pre-Covid 13 April 2019.


Operators up on Easter ’21, Aussies back quicker than expected
20 Apr 2022   /

Operators up on Easter ’21, Aussies back quicker than expected

Tourism has started its long road to recovery for some with the holidays, the weather and Australians contributing.


NZ hotels ready, raring but realistic on rebuild
13 Apr 2022   /

NZ hotels ready, raring but realistic on rebuild

The border opens to Australia, with hopes a winter lift will mark the start of the long road to recovery in international tourism.


Expect visitor return to be “slow and steady” – TIA’s Ingram
13 Apr 2022   /

Expect visitor return to be “slow and steady” – TIA’s Ingram

Tourism Industry Aotearoa anticipates a “slow and steady” return of visitors to New Zealand as isolation-free travel from Australia resumes today.


NZ opens arms to Aus visitors
13 Apr 2022   /

NZ opens arms to Aus visitors

Thousands of visitors from Australia will arrive today, marking the restart of isolation-free trans-Tasman travel.


Aussies hungry for NZ as bookings revive to pre-Covid levels – ANZCRO
12 Apr 2022   /

Aussies hungry for NZ as bookings revive to pre-Covid levels – ANZCRO

Demand is strong for NZ, says the Australasian wholesaler, ahead of tonight’s border reopening.


March arrivals spike as border eases
12 Apr 2022   /

March arrivals spike as border eases

Arrivals and departures to and from New Zealand have spiked in March 2022, according to provisional data from Stats NZ.


Sky Tower to go green and gold for Aus return
12 Apr 2022   /

Sky Tower to go green and gold for Aus return

Auckland’s Sky Tower will light up in green and gold on Wednesday 13 April to celebrate the return of Australian travellers to New Zealand.


TECNZ moves recovery forward – Aus arrivals 100% by May 2025
1 Apr 2022   /

TECNZ moves recovery forward – Aus arrivals 100% by May 2025

The association predicts an earlier recovery in visitor arrivals thanks to the latest border re-opening dates.


ACCC delays Tourism Holdings, Apollo merger decision
1 Apr 2022  

ACCC delays Tourism Holdings, Apollo merger decision

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has delayed its decision regarding the proposed merger between Tourism Holdings Limited and Apollo Tourism & Leisure.


Airlines begin reconnecting NZ with the world
31 Mar 2022   /

Airlines begin reconnecting NZ with the world

Services between NZ and key markets such as Australia, North America and Asia are ramping up again as airlines restore connections.


Cultural comeback: Te Puia readies for international return
29 Mar 2022   /

Cultural comeback: Te Puia readies for international return

The Rotorua attraction is ramping up its international work but is realistic about the strength of the recovery.


ITO group urges govt support before border reopening
18 Mar 2022   /

ITO group urges govt support before border reopening

A group of inbound tour operators is calling on the government to provide support to help kickstart preparations before borders open to International tourists.


Watch: New Zealand returns!
17 Mar 2022   /

Watch: New Zealand returns!

Yes, it’s been a while but New Zealand returns!


Border to re-open in April for Australian visitors
16 Mar 2022   /

Border to re-open in April for Australian visitors

The government brings forward border reopenings for visitors from Australia and visa waiver countries like the US and UK.


Tourism New Zealand to launch new Australia campaign
16 Mar 2022   /

Tourism New Zealand to launch new Australia campaign

A new campaign to attract Australians to New Zealand will start this week, says Tourism Minister Stuart Nash.


Aus visitors allowed from midnight 12 April – NZ Herald
16 Mar 2022   /

Aus visitors allowed from midnight 12 April – NZ Herald

Fully vaccinated visitors from Australia will be allowed into New Zealand at 11.59pm on 12 April, the newspaper is reporting.


Bookings from Aus jump 330% – Bachcare
16 Mar 2022   /

Bookings from Aus jump 330% – Bachcare

Accommodation bookings from New Zealanders planning to return home from Australia have risen 330% compared to the same period last year, says Bachcare.


PM: Border reopening details coming Wednesday
15 Mar 2022   /

PM: Border reopening details coming Wednesday

Jacinda Ardern says the govt has taken into account peak visitor times for markets like Australia, raising hopes of an imminent reopening.