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ATEED cancels Pasifika Festival
19 Mar 2019   /

ATEED cancels Pasifika Festival

One of the biggest cultural events in the country’s calendar has been cancelled as police prioritise resourcing following Friday’s mosque attacks.


Auckland iwi snaps up HBT’s Dundas, preps for push into tourism
7 Mar 2019   /

Auckland iwi snaps up HBT’s Dundas, preps for push into tourism

Annie Dundas, general manager of Hawke’s Bay Tourism, has resigned.


Hawke’s Bay Tourism GM Annie Dundas resigns
6 Mar 2019   /

Hawke’s Bay Tourism GM Annie Dundas resigns

After eight years at the helm, Dundas is leaving to lead Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei’s new tourism venture.


ATEED: New league series to help generate 18k visitor nights
6 Mar 2019   /

ATEED: New league series to help generate 18k visitor nights

Five tests over two weekends in June and November are expected to inject more than $1.2m into Auckland.


Auckland Seaplanes back in the sky
4 Mar 2019  

Auckland Seaplanes back in the sky

The operator has resumed flying operations after one of its aircraft ditched in Auckland Harbour on Friday.


ATEED earmarks $850k for new winter festival
4 Mar 2019   /

ATEED earmarks $850k for new winter festival

Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development will plough up to $850,000 into Elemental AKL,  its new month-long winter festival which aims to drive visitation during the tourism off-season.


Auckland Seaplanes aircraft ditches
1 Mar 2019   /

Auckland Seaplanes aircraft ditches

One of Auckland Seaplanes’ aircraft has crashed in the Auckland harbour, nose-diving into the water.


New Air Canada service to boost NZ tourism
28 Feb 2019   /

New Air Canada service to boost NZ tourism

The Auckland – Vancouver seasonal service is expected to inject around $38m into the NZ economy.


Youth targeted in new ‘Go with Tourism’ campaign
25 Feb 2019   /

Youth targeted in new ‘Go with Tourism’ campaign

ATEED wants to show that the sector offers clear career pathways, great jobs and the potential to earn good money.


Retail income jumps 25% to boost Auckland Airport revenue
22 Feb 2019   /

Retail income jumps 25% to boost Auckland Airport revenue

The airport saw retail revenue jump to $110.8m in the six months to December 2018.


Auckland Airport: Airline charges to be slashed by $33m
22 Feb 2019   /

Auckland Airport: Airline charges to be slashed by $33m

The airport has cut its target return from 6.99% to 6.62%, compared to the ComCom’s benchmark for airports of 6.41%.


ACB scrambles to keep 2020 NZICC events in Auckland
14 Feb 2019   /

ACB scrambles to keep 2020 NZICC events in Auckland

The latest delay to the $703m venue will affect nearly 8,000 delegates.


SKYCITY: NZICC opening pushed to second half 2020
13 Feb 2019   /

SKYCITY: NZICC opening pushed to second half 2020

Major bookings for the flagship $703m venue are under review as delivery blows deadline by 18 months.


SKYCITY rejects criticism of “normalised” results
11 Feb 2019  

SKYCITY rejects criticism of “normalised” results

SKYCITY Entertainment Group has rejected criticisms of its use of “normalised” results in its company reports citing industry standards.


Developer: Superyacht facility to help boost tourism spending
7 Feb 2019  

Developer: Superyacht facility to help boost tourism spending

A new marine refit facility at Auckland’s Wynyard Quarter is expected to generate “significant income” for NZ’s boating and tourism industries.


China Southern backs NZ lantern festivals
5 Feb 2019   /

China Southern backs NZ lantern festivals

China Southern Airlines has added sponsorship of New Zealand’s largest showcase of Chinese culture to its portfolio of investments fostering relations between the two countries.


Top Aus destination to explore Auckland tourism links
4 Feb 2019  

Top Aus destination to explore Auckland tourism links

Australia’s famous Hunter Valley wine region is exploring trade, tourism and collaboration opportunities with Auckland.


The Aussie in charge of Kiwi Experience
31 Jan 2019  

The Aussie in charge of Kiwi Experience

Tourism Holdings has appointed Tim Loxton its new general manager of its Kiwi Experience business.


ATEED looks to the regions to alleviate visitor pressure
29 Jan 2019   /

ATEED looks to the regions to alleviate visitor pressure

The agency plans to help its regional neighbours develop tourism product and infrastructure.


SKYCITY: Auckland performance, high rollers drive “strong finish” to 2018
29 Jan 2019  

SKYCITY: Auckland performance, high rollers drive “strong finish” to 2018

The growth has been driven by its Auckland property and its high roller business.


Tourism must “flip the postcard” and be more honest – academic
25 Jan 2019   /

Tourism must “flip the postcard” and be more honest – academic

At the inaugural Tourism and the SDGs event, there’s a call for more honesty from industry.


More needed for tourism to take sustainability seriously
25 Jan 2019   /

More needed for tourism to take sustainability seriously

Measuring the environmental and social impacts of tourism – not just economic benefits – is necessary in order to take sustainable development seriously, according to Nelson Tasman’s Gisela Purcell.


Hotel groups make senior Auckland appointments
22 Jan 2019   /

Hotel groups make senior Auckland appointments

Naumi, Swiss-Belhotel and Heritage Hotels announce senior hires.


Wellington’s Weta Workshop heads north with new experience
18 Dec 2018  

Wellington’s Weta Workshop heads north with new experience

Peter Jackson’s tourism business is heading to Auckland’s SKYCITY entertainment precinct.


Auckland Seaplanes buys island airfield, launches Waiheke Wings
17 Dec 2018  

Auckland Seaplanes buys island airfield, launches Waiheke Wings

The operator will use Waiheke Island’s sole airstrip to launch a new land-based air service.


Invercargill “is ready to go” ahead of direct Air NZ Auckland service
17 Dec 2018  

Invercargill “is ready to go” ahead of direct Air NZ Auckland service

Southlanders are hopeful of a visitation boost following the announcement by Air New Zealand of a trial direct service between Invercargill and Auckland.


Air NZ to trial first direct Invercargill – Auckland service
14 Dec 2018  

Air NZ to trial first direct Invercargill – Auckland service

Air New Zealand is set to trial a direct flight between Invercargill and Auckland in the second half of 2019 – the first ever time it has offered the service between the two cities.


New airport 3D scanners to cut passenger waiting times
12 Dec 2018   /

New airport 3D scanners to cut passenger waiting times

The new tech will scan baggage for biosecurity risks before passengers reach their luggage.


Auckland Airport apologises after terminal fire disruption
10 Dec 2018  

Auckland Airport apologises after terminal fire disruption

Auckland Airport has apologised to around 5000 passengers after their travel plans were disrupted by a fire at the international terminal.


Auckland, Queenstown partner to target high-value incentive market
6 Dec 2018  

Auckland, Queenstown partner to target high-value incentive market

The country’s two leading incentive destinations will work together to target high-value, long-haul markets as a dual destination proposition.


Two in the running for Takapuna Beach Holiday Park
6 Dec 2018  

Two in the running for Takapuna Beach Holiday Park

Panuku Development Auckland is parallel negotiations with two preferred operators for Takapuna Beach Holiday Park following delays which mean an appointment is now likely to come after Christmas.


Proposed freedom camping bylaw puts 422 Akl sites on watchlist
5 Dec 2018  

Proposed freedom camping bylaw puts 422 Akl sites on watchlist

Auckland council’s proposed Freedom Camping in Vehicles ByLaw includes 422 sites across the region where freedom camping could be prohibited or restricted.


TECNZ Xmas Symposium to tackle ‘tourism fatigue’
3 Dec 2018  

TECNZ Xmas Symposium to tackle ‘tourism fatigue’

Combating ‘tourism fatigue’ in New Zealand is top of the agenda at the final national tourism fixture of the year, the annual Tourism Export Council New Zealand Christmas Symposium.


Auckland Whale & Dolphin Safari wins Sustainable Business award
27 Nov 2018  

Auckland Whale & Dolphin Safari wins Sustainable Business award

Marine conservation and tourism experience Auckland Whale & Dolphin Safari has triumphed in the NZI Sustainable Business Network Awards 2018 winning the ‘Restoring Nature’ category.


Airbnb Plus launches in New Zealand
26 Nov 2018  

Airbnb Plus launches in New Zealand

Airbnb has launched its premium accommodation offer, Airbnb Plus, in New Zealand.


TIAP v TAP: Where Auckland goes, others will follow
21 Nov 2018  

TIAP v TAP: Where Auckland goes, others will follow

By launching the TIAP, ATEED is treading all over NZTE’s Tourism Attractions Project – and it knows it.


ATEED’s tourism attractions investment plan
20 Nov 2018   /

ATEED’s tourism attractions investment plan

The agency is hunting for new ideas and investors to help develop tourism product across Auckland.


Waitakere’s Kitekite Falls track to re-open by Xmas
20 Nov 2018   /

Waitakere’s Kitekite Falls track to re-open by Xmas

The kauri dieback-affected Kitekite Falls track in the Waitakere Ranges will be reopened by Christmas, according to Auckland Councillor Penny Hulse.


Haka wins WABA gong for marketing
16 Nov 2018  

Haka wins WABA gong for marketing

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Women’s Rugby World Cup to attract 4600 visitors to Auckland
15 Nov 2018   /

Women’s Rugby World Cup to attract 4600 visitors to Auckland

The six-week event in July and August 2021 is expected to generate 27,100 guest nights, says ATEED.


Fullers360: Collaboration, investment key to new ferry plan
14 Nov 2018  

Fullers360: Collaboration, investment key to new ferry plan

The operator has launched ‘Gulf 2025’ to help cope with an expected surge in passenger numbers.


Review: City of 100 Lovers
13 Nov 2018  

Review: City of 100 Lovers

What to expect from a from a musical comedy that pitches itself as being “created for locals and tourists alike”? 


Kiwi season hits Rainbow Springs, Auckland Zoo
12 Nov 2018   /

Kiwi season hits Rainbow Springs, Auckland Zoo

Ngāi Tahu Tourism’s Rainbow Springs has added an interactive ‘Kiwi Burrow’ experience to its offering.


Auckland’s Hotel Grand Windsor wins world’s best award
12 Nov 2018  

Auckland’s Hotel Grand Windsor wins world’s best award

Auckland’s Hotel Grand Windsor has won the best new hotel category at the Boutique Hotel Awards in London.


CINZ 2018: “Strong case” for Q’town convention centre – Sir John Key
2 Nov 2018  

CINZ 2018: “Strong case” for Q’town convention centre – Sir John Key

Former prime minister John Key has spoken out in favour of a convention centre in Queenstown, mooting involvement from SKYCITY Entertainment Group.


Hayward honoured with CINZ outstanding contributor award
2 Nov 2018   /

Hayward honoured with CINZ outstanding contributor award

Auckland’s Convention Bureau manager Anna Hayward has received the 2018 Conventions and Incentives New Zealand (CINZ) Outstanding Contributor Award.


Operators partner to spearhead “dual destination” China strategy
1 Nov 2018   /

Operators partner to spearhead “dual destination” China strategy

Wayfare, Skyline, NZICC and ACB will together target the lucrative Chinese incentives and conference market.


CINZ 2018: Global business events experts to the fore
31 Oct 2018   /

CINZ 2018: Global business events experts to the fore

NZ’s conventions and incentives industry is converging on Auckland for CINZ Conference 2018.


CINZ 2018: Gallery of the conference’s opening event
31 Oct 2018   /

CINZ 2018: Gallery of the conference’s opening event

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Auckland Museum plots $4.5m ‘Tāmaki Stories’ gallery
29 Oct 2018  

Auckland Museum plots $4.5m ‘Tāmaki Stories’ gallery

Tāmaki Paenga Hira Auckland War Memorial Museum is to expand its offer with the creation of a new permanent gallery on the back of a $4.5m cash injection from the Lottery Board.