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9 Dec 2022   /

Easier access to NZ for frequent business visitors from Pacific – govt

Frequent business visitors and officials and diplomats travelling to New Zealand from Pacific Island Forum Countries and Kiribati will receive improved visa conditions when travelling to New Zealand.


Hospo, consumables spend up – Stats NZ
9 Dec 2022   /

Hospo, consumables spend up – Stats NZ

Retail card spending rose $21m or 0.3% in November 2022 compared with October 2022, when adjusted for seasonal effects, Stats NZ said today.


Christchurch Attractions supports City Mission
9 Dec 2022  

Christchurch Attractions supports City Mission

Christchurch Attractions is again supporting the Christchurch City Mission to bring festive cheer to people in need this Christmas.


Te Pae’s ‘Moment of Movement’
9 Dec 2022   /

Te Pae’s ‘Moment of Movement’

Work to install the last artwork in Te Pae Christchurch Convention Centre is now complete with Moment of Movement ready to experience on Colombo Street.


Air NZ raises half-year earnings guidance
8 Dec 2022  

Air NZ raises half-year earnings guidance

Air New Zealand has upgraded its half-year earnings guidance for FY23 due to continuing strong travel demand and lower jet fuel prices.


MBIE allocates $934k to Great Rides maintenance
8 Dec 2022   /

MBIE allocates $934k to Great Rides maintenance

The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment has allocated $934,000 to maintenance projects on the Great Rides of the Ngā Haerenga New Zealand Cycle Trails.


Strong holiday home bookings as internationals return – Bachcare
8 Dec 2022   /

Strong holiday home bookings as internationals return – Bachcare

Accommodation in New Zealand’s New Year’s hotspots is close to full capacity, with demand for Bachcare holiday homes over the summer up by 66% compared to last summer.


Ruapehu mayor welcomes ski fields support
8 Dec 2022  

Ruapehu mayor welcomes ski fields support

Ruapehu Mayor Weston Kirton says the government’s decision to provide an additional $6m to Ruapehu Alpine Lifts’ ski operations is a vital lifeline for the region.


MBIE publishes guidance for $54m tourism innovation applicants
8 Dec 2022   /

MBIE publishes guidance for $54m tourism innovation applicants

The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment has published its guidance for tourism businesses interested in applying for the $54m Innovation Programme for Tourism Recovery.


Marlborough visitors encouraged to use water taxis
8 Dec 2022   /

Marlborough visitors encouraged to use water taxis

Visitors to Kenepuru and the Marlborough Sounds are encouraged to use a water taxi to avoid getting caught in road closures.


Staglands Wildlife Reserve celebrates 50 years
8 Dec 2022  

Staglands Wildlife Reserve celebrates 50 years

Staglands Wildlife Reserve in the Akatara Valley near Wellington is celebrating 50 years of business with a new promotion and a reflection on the importance of wildlife.


Ritchies ramps up Queenstown – Wānaka service…
7 Dec 2022  

Ritchies ramps up Queenstown – Wānaka service…

Ritchies is extending timetabled services on its Queenstown to Wānaka route over the summer.


…while Entrada revives West Coast Intercity route
7 Dec 2022   /

…while Entrada revives West Coast Intercity route

Entrada Travel Group is reinstating InterCity services on the West Coast from 11 December.


DOC seeks tenders for $13.3m Taranaki Crossing construction
7 Dec 2022   /

DOC seeks tenders for $13.3m Taranaki Crossing construction

The Department of Conservation is seeking tenders for the construction of a $13.3m Taranaki Crossing project.


Agrodome makes life a treat with Shaun the Sheep
7 Dec 2022  

Agrodome makes life a treat with Shaun the Sheep

Rotorua Agrodome has added a popular film and TV star to its attraction, who goes by Shaun the sheep.


Taumarunui celebrates return of Northern Explorer
7 Dec 2022  

Taumarunui celebrates return of Northern Explorer

Crowds have gathered in Taumarunui to celebrate the return of the Northern Explorer at a station-side party.


Westport trails near completion
7 Dec 2022  

Westport trails near completion

Connector trails between Westport’s Buller Bridge and Victoria Square are due to be completed by the end of the month.


Industry converges on Auckland for TECNZ Xmas Symposium, YoungTEC event
6 Dec 2022   /

Industry converges on Auckland for TECNZ Xmas Symposium, YoungTEC event

Hundreds of industry professionals are in Auckland for today’s YoungTEC End of Year Event and Tourism Export Council of New Zealand’s Xmas Symposium.


ChristchurchNZ to end marketing partnership with Mackenzie
6 Dec 2022   /

ChristchurchNZ to end marketing partnership with Mackenzie

ChristchurchNZ will no longer provide tourism marketing services content for Mackenzie District Council from 4 February 2023.


Auckland Airport needs 1,600 staff, warns of summer travel delays
6 Dec 2022  

Auckland Airport needs 1,600 staff, warns of summer travel delays

Auckland Airport says it needs at least 1,600 more people across all skill levels in its workforce.


Govt defers partner work visa changes until April
6 Dec 2022   /

Govt defers partner work visa changes until April

The government has deferred changes to partner work visas from December until April 2023 to refocus on immediate skill shortages.


Eden Park set for second major international act
6 Dec 2022   /

Eden Park set for second major international act

The stage is set for the second major international act at Eden Park in as many weeks, with Guns N’ Roses to play on Saturday night.


Mahia’s Te Aratia walkway to open
6 Dec 2022  

Mahia’s Te Aratia walkway to open

A new walkway linking the Mahia Peninsula’s eastern and western sides will open to the public on Thursday.


Active Adventures completes brand refresh
6 Dec 2022  

Active Adventures completes brand refresh

New Zealand-based Active Adventures and its US-based business Austin Adventures have each had a brand refresh to enhance their uniqueness to their international markets.


Inaugural Destination Digital sells out
5 Dec 2022   /

Inaugural Destination Digital sells out

The inaugural Destination: Digital event being held today at Auckland’s Wētā Workshop Unleashed has sold out with 160 delegates attending.


Auckland Airport continues “constructive relationship” with council
5 Dec 2022  

Auckland Airport continues “constructive relationship” with council

Auckland Airport says it will “continue to have a constructive relationship” with Auckland Council following statements from the city’s mayor of a possible sale of an 18% shareholding.


Boost to NZ travel service exports as visitors return – Stats NZ
5 Dec 2022  

Boost to NZ travel service exports as visitors return – Stats NZ

An increase in the number of international travellers has led to a boost in travel service exports and imports, according to Stats NZ.


Govt commits $350m for greener transport
5 Dec 2022   /

Govt commits $350m for greener transport

The government has provided $350m for 46 councils to help achieve a greener, more efficient, and safer transport infrastructure for New Zealanders and support the Emissions Reduction Plan.


Tauranga projects to be supported by user levies
5 Dec 2022   /

Tauranga projects to be supported by user levies

Tauranga will be the first region to access a new government fundraising tool to support up to $175m for local infrastructure projects.


NZ’s finest venues, staff recognised at EVANZ Awards
5 Dec 2022   /

NZ’s finest venues, staff recognised at EVANZ Awards

The best and brightest of New Zealand’s venues and staff have been celebrated at the 2022 EVANZ Awards.


Tātaki Auckland Unlimited faces $27.5m budget cut
2 Dec 2022  

Tātaki Auckland Unlimited faces $27.5m budget cut

Auckland Mayor Wayne Brown is proposing a cut of up to $27.5m for Tātaki Auckland Unlimited ahead of his 2023/24 budget proposal.


Gisborne bolsters freedom camping officers following funding
2 Dec 2022  

Gisborne bolsters freedom camping officers following funding

The government has awarded Gisborne District Council $128,000 for the recruitment of three part-time staff who will regulate and manage freedom camping in the Tairāwhiti region during summer.


Booking.com attracts 2.6k sustainable Kiwi accom providers
2 Dec 2022  

Booking.com attracts 2.6k sustainable Kiwi accom providers

More than 2,600 accommodation providers in New Zealand are participating in Booking.com’s Travel Sustainable programme.


Asia Pacific leads air travel growth – IATA
2 Dec 2022  

Asia Pacific leads air travel growth – IATA

Asia Pacific is leading the way in air travel growth, according to new figures from the International Air Transport Association.


QT celebrates excellence awards wins
2 Dec 2022   /

QT celebrates excellence awards wins

QT Hotels & Resorts’ Queenstown and Auckland properties have been internationally recognised at the Hotel and Accommodation Excellence awards ceremony, held last Friday.


Kāpiti ready for 35k visitors over summer
2 Dec 2022  

Kāpiti ready for 35k visitors over summer

Kāpiti Coast District Council is preparing for more than 35,000 visitors who are expected in the region this summer.


CIAL delays Tarras airport runway decision
1 Dec 2022   /

CIAL delays Tarras airport runway decision

Christchurch International Airport has delayed its decision on the preferred runway alignment for its proposed airport at Tarras in Central Otago.


THL completes Apollo merger on eve of ASX listing
1 Dec 2022   /

THL completes Apollo merger on eve of ASX listing

THL and its controlled entities now hold all of Apollo’s shares, and it has also completed the divestment of assets to Jucy, required under the deal.


Air NZ passenger numbers continue skyward
1 Dec 2022  

Air NZ passenger numbers continue skyward

Air New Zealand recorded 1.25 million passengers for the month of October 2022, a 267.1% rise from the same month last year, which was impacted by Covid lockdowns.


DOC closes north Auckland walkway for summer
1 Dec 2022   /

DOC closes north Auckland walkway for summer

The Department of Conservation is keeping the 1.2 kilometre Omaha Cove Walkway north of Auckland closed for the summer due to a landslide earlier this month that damaged the track.


Hospitality pioneer passes away
1 Dec 2022   /

Hospitality pioneer passes away

Hospitality pioneer Michael Friend has passed away.


Govt tightens consent process for high-emission projects
1 Dec 2022  

Govt tightens consent process for high-emission projects

“This new guidance will help central and local governments work together to put our climate plans into action as we make the transition to a low-emission, resilient future that benefits everyone,” said Minister of Climate Change James Shaw.


Auckland turns up the volume on summer concerts & festivals
1 Dec 2022   /

Auckland turns up the volume on summer concerts & festivals

Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland is positioning itself as the destination for concerts and festivals this summer, promising something for everyone from December until the end of April.


RTO collab showcases West Coast, Canterbury to ITOs
30 Nov 2022   /

RTO collab showcases West Coast, Canterbury to ITOs

In an industry-first collaboration, six West Coast and Canterbury regional tourism organisations have promoted their region to 80 agents from 40 inbound businesses at a product showcase in Auckland.


GO Rentals claims carbon zero first
30 Nov 2022  

GO Rentals claims carbon zero first

GO Rentals has claimed a New Zealand first for being the only car rental business to achieve Toitū net Carbonzero certification.


TNZ expands ‘If You Seek’ to international business event planners
30 Nov 2022   /

TNZ expands ‘If You Seek’ to international business event planners

Tourism New Zealand is inviting international business event planners to leverage the ‘If You Seek’ campaign designed to attract international visitors.


WOW sold, remains in NZ ownership
30 Nov 2022  

WOW sold, remains in NZ ownership

The World of Wearableart event has been sold and is now under new ownership, remaining within New Zealand hands.


Hui unites Northland hospitality, food sectors
30 Nov 2022   /

Hui unites Northland hospitality, food sectors

More than 100 Taitokerau Northland hospitality businesses, growers and producers gathered as part of the Food & Beverage Industry Hui at Russell’s The Duke of Marlborough.


Tourism businesses boost online presence
30 Nov 2022   /

Tourism businesses boost online presence

Tomahawk has celebrated the milestone of delivering 100 new websites for tourism customers in 18 months.


JW Marriott to launch at former Stamford Plaza
29 Nov 2022  

JW Marriott to launch at former Stamford Plaza

Marriott International will convert the former Stamford Plaza Auckland to the luxury JW Marriott brand by mid-2024, a refurbishment that will cost around $20m.