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Events secure $400k from new $1m annual cultural fund
13 Jul 2020   /

Events secure $400k from new $1m annual cultural fund

Four popular Māori and Pasifika events are set to receive government funding of up to $100,000 apiece through the new Creative and Cultural Events Incubator fund.


Police to be posted at iso-hotels 24/7
10 Jul 2020   /

Police to be posted at iso-hotels 24/7

A permanent police presence will be at every managed isolation and quarantine facility.


Air NZ reconnects Auckland, Wellington services to Invercargill
6 Jul 2020   /

Air NZ reconnects Auckland, Wellington services to Invercargill

Air New Zealand’s direct A320 jet service between Auckland and Invercargill resumes today.


First look at new QT Auckland as bookings open
3 Jul 2020  

First look at new QT Auckland as bookings open

QT Hotels & Resorts has released images of its new QT Auckland as bookings open.


ATEED welcomes Govt’s $230m screen sector support
3 Jul 2020   /

ATEED welcomes Govt’s $230m screen sector support

The $230m support package for the screen sector will provide a significant boost to Auckland’s screen industry, says ATEED.


Heritage, CityLife hotels reopen
2 Jul 2020  

Heritage, CityLife hotels reopen

Heritage Auckland and CityLife Auckland have officially reopened, after closing throughout the Covid-19 lockdown.


Virtual APEC “massive, devastating blow” for industry
1 Jul 2020   /

Virtual APEC “massive, devastating blow” for industry

Auckland’s visitor economy will miss out on close to $50m because of the change.


Auckland Airport cuts 25% of staff, profit expectations tumble
1 Jul 2020   /

Auckland Airport cuts 25% of staff, profit expectations tumble

Auckland Airport has carried out a swathe of cost cutting as it reports an expected slump in after-tax profit.


Entrada’s InterCity, AWADS restart selected services
1 Jul 2020   /

Entrada’s InterCity, AWADS restart selected services

Entrada’s InterCity and Auckland Whale and Dolphin Safari operations are to restart selected services this week.


APEC 2021 to be held virtually
30 Jun 2020   /

APEC 2021 to be held virtually

Auckland will miss out on thousands of visitors and millions in spending after the Govt decides to make the event virtual.


Bush and Beach launches virtual tours
30 Jun 2020   /

Bush and Beach launches virtual tours

The tour operator has launched the first in a series of virtual tours, showcasing highlights of its Wilderness Experience tour of the Waitakere Ranges in Auckland.


Augusta: $27m loss due mainly to undeveloped hotels
29 Jun 2020   /

Augusta: $27m loss due mainly to undeveloped hotels

Augusta Capital’s annual net loss of $27m was mainly driven by write downs in the value of two tourism properties.


New luxury hotels start taking bookings
29 Jun 2020  

New luxury hotels start taking bookings

Auckland’s luxury hotel offering will be expanded with six new CDB properties nearing completion, bringing an extra 900 rooms to the city.


Free walking tours re-start after Covid “wipe out”
26 Jun 2020  

Free walking tours re-start after Covid “wipe out”

Auckland Free Walking Tours will re-launch its tours for winter, after the Covid-19 crisis “wiped out” the operation.


Govt withdraws from Auckland Light Rail project
25 Jun 2020   /

Govt withdraws from Auckland Light Rail project

The Government has withdrawn from its twin track Auckland Light Rail project and referred it to the Ministry of Transport for further work.


Singapore Airlines restarts return NZ services
24 Jun 2020   /

Singapore Airlines restarts return NZ services

Singapore Airlines will start flying return services from Singapore to Auckland and Christchurch.


Auckland streets upgrade plan secures $1.4m funding
24 Jun 2020  

Auckland streets upgrade plan secures $1.4m funding

Auckland will receive around $1.4m in new funding from the Government’s Innovating Streets for People programme.


S&P affirms one NZ airport rating, downgrades two others
23 Jun 2020  

S&P affirms one NZ airport rating, downgrades two others

S&P Global Ratings has affirmed debt ratings for Auckland Airport but downgraded Wellington and Christchurch airports.


Auckland hotels lose out on $75m since lockdown – TIA
22 Jun 2020   /

Auckland hotels lose out on $75m since lockdown – TIA

Overall occupancy was also down by an average of 43.7% in the three months to May 2020.


Te Pae to benefit from NZICC delay to mid-2023
22 Jun 2020   /

Te Pae to benefit from NZICC delay to mid-2023

Te Pae Christchurch Convention Centre looks set to be the biggest beneficiary of the New Zealand International Convention Centre’s delivery delay to mid-2023.


SkyCity launches $50m offer for smaller holders
22 Jun 2020   /

SkyCity launches $50m offer for smaller holders

SkyCity has opened its fully underwritten $50m share purchase plan for retail investors.


Peter Gordon to leave SkyCity’s The Sugar Club
22 Jun 2020   /

Peter Gordon to leave SkyCity’s The Sugar Club

Chef, author and restaurateur Peter Gordon is bringing to a close his long-standing relationship as signature chef at SkyCity’s The Sugar Club.


Fire, pandemic push NZICC delivery to 2023
18 Jun 2020  

Fire, pandemic push NZICC delivery to 2023

Completion of the adjacent Horizon Hotel has also been delayed to mid-2022.


Air NZ boosts Chch, Queenstown services with Dreamliner, A321neo
18 Jun 2020   /

Air NZ boosts Chch, Queenstown services with Dreamliner, A321neo

“This is great news for tourism and those wanting to hit the slopes,” says the airline.


SkyCity seeks $390m in equity, debt raise
18 Jun 2020   /

SkyCity seeks $390m in equity, debt raise

The company wants to bolster its balance sheet to help cope with the impacts of Covid-19.


Level 2 move boosts Auckland Airport passenger numbers
18 Jun 2020   /

Level 2 move boosts Auckland Airport passenger numbers

The shift to Covid-19 alert level 2 in May helped drive Auckland Airport domestic passenger movements that month to almost double that recorded in April.


Rotorua overtakes Queenstown on travellers’ wishlists – survey
17 Jun 2020   /

Rotorua overtakes Queenstown on travellers’ wishlists – survey

Rotorua has overtaken Queenstown as the destination of choice for travellers, according to a new survey from NZ Pocket Guide.


Auckland’s SkyPath to be fast-tracked
16 Jun 2020  

Auckland’s SkyPath to be fast-tracked

The $360m Northern Pathway is among 11 projects to be fast-tracked under a new law.


400+ expected in latest America’s Cup exemptions
15 Jun 2020   /

400+ expected in latest America’s Cup exemptions

Auckland mayor Phil Goff has welcomed news that the Government is granting border exemptions to two of the syndicates competing in the 36th America’s Cup.


RFA reopens Auckland attractions, venues
15 Jun 2020   /

RFA reopens Auckland attractions, venues

Regional Facilities Auckland has reopened the Auckland Town Hall, Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki,  The Civic, Bruce Mason Centre, The Cloud, and Shed 10 on Queens Wharf.


Thousands head to opening Super Rugby clashes
12 Jun 2020   /

Thousands head to opening Super Rugby clashes

Eden Park is expecting to welcome 50,000 fans when the Super Rugby competition resumes this weekend following months of cancelled events and deserted stands.


Air NZ donates surplus snacks to Mangere Food Bank
12 Jun 2020   /

Air NZ donates surplus snacks to Mangere Food Bank

Air New Zealand has donated nearly 15,000 food items to Mangere Budgeting Services Trust and Food Bank after a group of cabin crew volunteered at the organisation during Covid-19 alert level 3.


JUCY heist: 90 vehicles recovered, 32 people charged
10 Jun 2020   /

JUCY heist: 90 vehicles recovered, 32 people charged

Police have recovered 90 of the 98 Jucy rental vehicles that were stolen from a car yard in April.


ATEED urges tourism submissions on council’s emergency budget
8 Jun 2020  

ATEED urges tourism submissions on council’s emergency budget

Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development is urging the tourism sector to make a submission on Auckland Council’s proposed emergency budget.


Fullers Group ordered to pay for $300k health and safety project
8 Jun 2020   /

Fullers Group ordered to pay for $300k health and safety project

In a first for a maritime case, the operator has to pay for the project as well as $174k in reparations, fines and costs.


FIA car rally cancelled
8 Jun 2020   /

FIA car rally cancelled

Rally New Zealand organisers have confirmed that the 2020 FIA World Rally Championship event in and around Auckland in September has been cancelled.


Casinos in the money, hotels hit 90% occupancy since reopening – SkyCity
3 Jun 2020   /

Casinos in the money, hotels hit 90% occupancy since reopening – SkyCity

SkyCity Entertainment trading has been “encouraging” since reopening its casinos in Auckland, Hamilton and Queenstown, excluding the Wharf Casino on 14 May.


Augusta confirms hotel developments on hold
3 Jun 2020   /

Augusta confirms hotel developments on hold

The assets were supposed to be the foundation properties in a new tourism fund.


Singapore Airlines restarts Akl, Chch passenger flights
2 Jun 2020   /

Singapore Airlines restarts Akl, Chch passenger flights

However, there is no word yet on when its services to Wellington will restart.


Bookings surge following Waiheke’s ‘On The House’
29 May 2020  

Bookings surge following Waiheke’s ‘On The House’

An innovative campaign is pulling in customers since launching on Wednesday.


Rangitoto scenic service to restart
29 May 2020  

Rangitoto scenic service to restart

Fullers360 is resuming its Auckland-to-Rangitoto service in time for Queen’s Birthday weekend.


EcoZip Adventures reopens Waiheke ziplines
29 May 2020   /

EcoZip Adventures reopens Waiheke ziplines

Waiheke Island operator EcoZip Adventures has taken its first customers since lockdown started.


Bush and Beach launches new ‘Kiwis guiding Kiwis’ product
28 May 2020   /

Bush and Beach launches new ‘Kiwis guiding Kiwis’ product

Auckland-based tour operator Bush and Beach have launched a new series of ‘Kiwis guiding Kiwis’ products for the domestic market.


Auckland Airport starts $26m runway replacement project
25 May 2020   /

Auckland Airport starts $26m runway replacement project

Auckland Airport has started work on its runway to make way for a $26m project to replace pavement in the main touchdown zone.


Auckland Airport passengers plummet 98% in April
22 May 2020   /

Auckland Airport passengers plummet 98% in April

Auckland Airport total passenger volumes in April showed a 97.5% drop, as Covid-19 saw air travel fall dramatically.


Auckland Zoo set to open, some attractions closed
21 May 2020  

Auckland Zoo set to open, some attractions closed

Auckland Zoo will reopen on Wednesday 27 May after being closed for nine weeks due to Covid-19 restrictions.


Christmas in the Park events cancelled due to Covid-19
19 May 2020  

Christmas in the Park events cancelled due to Covid-19

The Coca-Cola Christmas in the Park has been cancelled for the first time in 26 years due to the ongoing Covid-19 crisis.


March international arrivals drop record 54%
15 May 2020   /

March international arrivals drop record 54%

March 2020 saw the largest-ever drop in monthly visitor arrival numbers, ahead of the COVID-19 lockdown, according to Stats NZ.


Auckland Airport preps terminal for alert level 2
14 May 2020   /

Auckland Airport preps terminal for alert level 2

Auckland Airport has prepared its domestic terminal to welcome more passengers as New Zealand moves into alert level 2.


Auckland Airport brings forward $26m runway works
12 May 2020  

Auckland Airport brings forward $26m runway works

Auckland Airport has brought forward planned runway pavement replacement work with construction beginning on the $26m project in two weeks.