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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.


Tourism NZ to host Hui Kaihāpai seller event
12 Oct 2021  

Tourism NZ to host Hui Kaihāpai seller event

Tourism New Zealand is hosting the Hui Kaihāpai Virtual Travel Expo for New Zealand specialists in Australia.


Air NZ adds ‘red’ flights for Aus returnees
29 Sep 2021   /

Air NZ adds ‘red’ flights for Aus returnees

Air New Zealand has added 31 ‘red’ flights to its December schedule for customers wanting to return from Australia before the end of the year.


Australia targets Xmas for fully vaccinated travel
23 Sep 2021   /

Australia targets Xmas for fully vaccinated travel

“People will be able to freely travel outside of Australia, with no restrictions,” says Australian tourism minister Dan Tehan.


Tourism Holdings: No decision on ASX listing
21 Sep 2021   /

Tourism Holdings: No decision on ASX listing

Tourism Holdings says it regularly considers being dual listed on both the NZX and ASX and continues to mull joining the Australian bourse.


Air NZ quarantine flights to Aus sell out in 3 mins
21 Sep 2021   /

Air NZ quarantine flights to Aus sell out in 3 mins

Air New Zealand’s quarantine flights to Australia sold out within three minutes of going on sale.


Aus travel bubble suspension extended eight weeks
17 Sep 2021   /

Aus travel bubble suspension extended eight weeks

And it’s “somewhat unlikely” quarantine-free travel will resume then, says finance minister Grant Robertson.


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.


Border re-opening plan remains in place – PM
9 Sep 2021   /

Border re-opening plan remains in place – PM

Jacinda Ardern addresses concerns the government might be backtracking on its framework to reconnect NZ.


Air NZ puts up second red flight for Sydney returnees
9 Sep 2021   /

Air NZ puts up second red flight for Sydney returnees

Air New Zealand will operate a second red flight from Sydney to Auckland next Wednesday 15 September.


Impact of Delta snakes through NZ, Aus travel sentiment
7 Sep 2021   /

Impact of Delta snakes through NZ, Aus travel sentiment

The impact of the Delta variant was starting to be seen in sentiment in July even before it was detected in Auckland in August.


Sanders’ Haka Tourism to become Drifter in $500m hotel play
3 Sep 2021   /

Sanders’ Haka Tourism to become Drifter in $500m hotel play

Drifter Hospitality Group plans to target the premium millennial market with hybrid hotels across Asia Pacific.


Two thirds of potential Aussie travellers planning overseas trip – Flight Centre
1 Sep 2021  

Two thirds of potential Aussie travellers planning overseas trip – Flight Centre

A survey by travel agency Flight Centre shows that nearly a quarter of its website visitors plan to travel abroad within one month of international borders re-opening.


NZ tourism divisions drag Australasian operators
31 Aug 2021   /

NZ tourism divisions drag Australasian operators

New Zealand was a drag on earnings for a number of large Australian-based tourism and travel firms, and returning to growth will depend on the effectiveness of the vaccination programme here.


Red flights from Australia to restart in Sept
26 Aug 2021  

Red flights from Australia to restart in Sept

Travellers returning from Australia will revert to the pre-bubble system of securing a place in managed isolation and quarantine.


Stats NZ: Australia arrivals dip as bubble pause hits
16 Aug 2021  

Stats NZ: Australia arrivals dip as bubble pause hits

Visitor arrivals from Australia coming for a holiday, VFR or business in June 2021 fell from the levels seen in May, according to Stats NZ.


Difficult risk control blocking trans-Tasman cruise – Nash
12 Aug 2021   /

Difficult risk control blocking trans-Tasman cruise – Nash

The resumption of cruises from Australia in summer appears remote even if border restrictions are eased in early 2022.


Trading conditions ‘volatile’ – Serko
6 Aug 2021   /

Trading conditions ‘volatile’ – Serko

Trading conditions remain volatile due to the global impacts of Covid-19 and ongoing travel restrictions, particularly in the Australian market, says Serko.


Air NZ signals bigger FY22 loss due to burst travel bubble
4 Aug 2021   /

Air NZ signals bigger FY22 loss due to burst travel bubble

The airline says demand may be slower to recover once trans-Tasman travel restarts.


Aus travel bubble to close completely at midnight
30 Jul 2021   /

Aus travel bubble to close completely at midnight

The trans-Tasman travel bubble with all of Australia will close completely at midnight tonight.


SkyCity Adelaide to re-open as lockdown ends
28 Jul 2021   /

SkyCity Adelaide to re-open as lockdown ends

The SkyCity Adelaide casino will re-open today after South Australian government ended a seven day lockdown in the city overnight.


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.