The eight-week suspension of the trans-Tasman travel bubble had an immediate impact on operators.
From high hopes to cruel reality, operators are forced to adjust again to life under Covid.
Quarantine-free travel from all of Australia will stop for eight weeks.
As well as boosting tourism, NZ will also be a top contender for training camps and events.
However, having one might not immediately change the need for 14 days of managed isolation for arrivals.
SkyCity closes its Adelaide casino as the city moves into a week-long lockdown.
It will be the latest state in Australia to move into lockdown today after new community cases of Covid.
Air NZ has cancelled flights from Melbourne but is continuing to fly from NZ to the city to return visitors already here.
Nearly 7,000 more people departed New Zealand than arrived in May 2021, says Stats NZ.
The travel bubble with the Australian state could pause again because of new community cases there.
The government also makes Covid-19 vaccinations mandatory for more border jobs.
The New Zealand Cruise Association wants rapid testing in place and safe bubble cruising for larger ships with reduced guest numbers in 2022.
Returnees will also have to go into MIQ for 14 days when the flights start on Tuesday.
The agency is reducing its presence in South America and Asia, says CEO René de Monchy.
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.
The pause in quarantine-free travel from New South Wales and Queensland will continue for the time being.
But there is “no clear date” for quarantine-free travel from NSW, says Jacinda Ardern.
But quarantine-free travel from the major visitor source market of New South Wales remains suspended.
Australian spend quadrupled in Queenstown and more than doubled in Auckland and Christchurch from April to May.
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.
Not acting would risk the domestic tourism market as well, says Covid-19 response minister Chris Hipkins.
The travel bubble pause allows New Zealand to work on its Covid-19 response, writes senior lecturer Matt Hobbs.
A decision is expected later today on whether to extend Wellington’s alert level 2 restrictions.
There is no support connected to changes in the trans-Tasman travel arrangement, says Jacinda Ardern.
Air New Zealand cancels all inbound passenger flights from Australia until 11:59pm on Tuesday 29 June.
Auckland-Cairns, Auckland-Sunshine Coast and Christchurch-Gold Coast flights through to May 2022.
With the Sydney outbreak spreading, the government says the risk to NZ is growing.
That extension will cut deep into the Australian school holiday period of 26 June to 11 July.
TIA boss says the Wellington Covid case serves as a reminder that Covid-19 is still very present.
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.
Businesses are keeping a watchful eye as the important Australian school holiday period approaches.
Quarantine-free travel from New South Wales to New Zealand has been paused.
Pause extended until Tuesday 22 June, to be reviewed if situation evolves.
The vast majority of arrivals from Australia came to visit family and friends, says Stats NZ.
The operator says normalised FY21 earnings could reach $253m.
Covid-19 Response minister Chris Hipkins says the suspension will continue for a further seven days.
SkyCity’s Adelaide business is under investigation by Australia’s financial watchdog.
The decision was made after the Victorian government extended its lockdown for a further week.
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.
There appeared to be just one commitment which could have a direct impact on tourism.
Tourism may have to aim for ‘high quality’ over ‘high value’ to address challenges.
The decision was made following the growing number of Covid cases in Melbourne.
Australian yachts can enter New Zealand waters within existing travel restrictions and under certain conditions, says the New Zealand Marine Industry Association.
There have been nine cases of Covid-19 in the past two days in Melbourne.
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.
Both PMs are expected to meet tourism leaders at the hard hit destination.
A travel bubble with Australia and select Pacific nations will probably remain the border status during the Covid-19 vaccine rollout.
Quarantine-free travel from New South Wales to New Zealand resumes today.
Air NZ says flights to Cairns and the Sunshine Coast were forecasted to begin in June, no specific date was given.
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.