The number of people crossing New Zealand’s border dropped by around 75% in August 2021 compared to previous months, says Stats NZ.
Tourism New Zealand is hosting the Hui Kaihāpai Virtual Travel Expo for New Zealand specialists in Australia.
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.
“People will be able to freely travel outside of Australia, with no restrictions,” says Australian tourism minister Dan Tehan.
Tourism Holdings says it regularly considers being dual listed on both the NZX and ASX and continues to mull joining the Australian bourse.
Air New Zealand’s quarantine flights to Australia sold out within three minutes of going on sale.
And it’s “somewhat unlikely” quarantine-free travel will resume then, says finance minister Grant Robertson.
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.
Jacinda Ardern addresses concerns the government might be backtracking on its framework to reconnect NZ.
Air New Zealand will operate a second red flight from Sydney to Auckland next Wednesday 15 September.
The impact of the Delta variant was starting to be seen in sentiment in July even before it was detected in Auckland in August.
Drifter Hospitality Group plans to target the premium millennial market with hybrid hotels across Asia Pacific.
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.
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.
Travellers returning from Australia will revert to the pre-bubble system of securing a place in managed isolation and quarantine.
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.
The resumption of cruises from Australia in summer appears remote even if border restrictions are eased in early 2022.
Trading conditions remain volatile due to the global impacts of Covid-19 and ongoing travel restrictions, particularly in the Australian market, says Serko.
The airline says demand may be slower to recover once trans-Tasman travel restarts.
The trans-Tasman travel bubble with all of Australia will close completely at midnight tonight.
The SkyCity Adelaide casino will re-open today after South Australian government ended a seven day lockdown in the city overnight.
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.