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Sudima lifts NZ pipeline to $135m with Auckland development
20 Jul 2018  

Sudima lifts NZ pipeline to $135m with Auckland development

The hotel group is planning a $65m four-and-a-half star hotel in Auckland.


Virgin to boost Central Coast market with Newcastle flights
19 Jul 2018   /

Virgin to boost Central Coast market with Newcastle flights

Direct flights between Auckland and Newcastle will further open NSW’s Central Coast for NZ tourism.


Waiheke pushes major art event to relieve peak pressures
19 Jul 2018   /

Waiheke pushes major art event to relieve peak pressures

Waiheke Island’s popular Sculpture on the Gulf event will take place outside the peak tourist season in 2019 in an effort to relieve pressure on transportation and infrastructure.


Ngāti Whātua’s Blair: Wider Māori tourism discussion needed
17 Jul 2018  

Ngāti Whātua’s Blair: Wider Māori tourism discussion needed

The iwi behind the plan for an icon on Bastion Point believes there is “huge untapped potential” in Māori tourism.


Landmark 30m-50m tall statue mooted for Bastion Point
16 Jul 2018  

Landmark 30m-50m tall statue mooted for Bastion Point

A giant statue of Papatūānuku the Earth Mother is being proposed for Auckland’s Bastion Point with the city council agreeing to partially fund the landmark to the tune of $1m.


TIA: Council’s Airbnb rate “falls dismally short of mark”
11 Jul 2018   /

TIA: Council’s Airbnb rate “falls dismally short of mark”

The so-called Airbnb rate fails to reduce unfairness for the commercial sector, says Tourism Industry Aotearoa.


Waiheke moves to ban freedom camping
10 Jul 2018  

Waiheke moves to ban freedom camping

Waiheke Island has moved to ban freedom camping citing surging tourism and inadequate infrastructure.


Hagaman lambasts legislators for “lack of fairness”
5 Jul 2018   /

Hagaman lambasts legislators for “lack of fairness”

The Scenic Hotel Group chair says the industry is being unfairly targeted.


Akl Chamber: Region losing $40m due to lack of cruise facilities
5 Jul 2018  

Akl Chamber: Region losing $40m due to lack of cruise facilities

Revenues of up to $40m are being lost because mooring buoys or “dolphins” that were approved by Auckland Council last year are not yet to be consented.


Colliers: Tourism being held back by lack of hotels
4 Jul 2018   /

Colliers: Tourism being held back by lack of hotels

Industry is struggling to add more hotel inventory in key tourism regions, according to Colliers International.


ATEED: Volvo Ocean Race delivers $7m for Auckland
3 Jul 2018  

ATEED: Volvo Ocean Race delivers $7m for Auckland

The Volvo Ocean Race’s 19-day stopover in Auckland generated 23,470 domestic and international visitor nights and $7.17m of GDP for the local economy.


Weenink to leave Auckland Airport
29 Jun 2018  

Weenink to leave Auckland Airport

Auckland Airport’s general counsel and company secretary, Scott Weenink, has resigned.


Rangatira: Polynesian Spa rises, Rainbow’s End falls
28 Jun 2018  

Rangatira: Polynesian Spa rises, Rainbow’s End falls

The investor’s attractions have reported contrasting results with Rainbow’s End suffering a 6.5% fall in visitors.


Novotel, Intercontinental reps selected to oversee targeted rate spend
27 Jun 2018  

Novotel, Intercontinental reps selected to oversee targeted rate spend

Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development has established a new six-strong committee to oversee the city’s $26m visitor activities which are now part-funded by an accomodation tax.


Auckland Council closes green bond offer raising $200m
22 Jun 2018  

Auckland Council closes green bond offer raising $200m

Auckland Council has closed its five-year fixed-rate green bond retail offer after raising $200 million, which it plans to spend on electric trains.


Auckland Zoo gets new director
21 Jun 2018  

Auckland Zoo gets new director

A new director will take the helm of Auckland Zoo as the attraction commences a development that will transform almost one-fifth of the site.


ATEED to add firepower to business events division
14 Jun 2018  

ATEED to add firepower to business events division

Auckland Convention Bureau is on a recruitment drive as part of a “refocusing and re-strengthening” of its business events work.


Auckland council $200m green bond to fund electric trains
13 Jun 2018  

Auckland council $200m green bond to fund electric trains

Auckland Council plans to invest in electric trains with the up to $200m it hopes to raise from the issue of a green bond.


Kelly Tarlton inducted into international attractions ‘Hall of Fame’
11 Jun 2018  

Kelly Tarlton inducted into international attractions ‘Hall of Fame’

The founder of one of NZ’s favourite experiences has been awarded an international attractions industry ‘Hall of Fame’ accolade.


Auckland Zoo farewells much-loved lions
7 Jun 2018  

Auckland Zoo farewells much-loved lions

One of the stalwarts of Auckland’s domestic tourism landscape, Auckland Zoo, has farewelled their much-loved elderly lions.


Gallery: Award winners named at MEETINGS party
1 Jun 2018  

Gallery: Award winners named at MEETINGS party

Retro fashions, dance music and awards were on show on Thursday night’s wrap party at MEETINGS 2018 in Auckland.


Opening NZICC event reschedules due to venue delivery delays
1 Jun 2018  

Opening NZICC event reschedules due to venue delivery delays

The first major conference scheduled for SKYCITY’s flagship New Zealand International Convention Centre has been moved from its February 2020 date and will now run in November that year.


Auckland secures $1m+ medical event
31 May 2018  

Auckland secures $1m+ medical event

Auckland has won the bid to host the 13th International Symposium of Pediatric Pain (ISPP) in March 2021. 


CINZ MEETINGS 2018 is a go
30 May 2018  

CINZ MEETINGS 2018 is a go

NZ’s biggest business events showcase begins this morning, after welcoming more than 500 delegates to the opening function at Auckland Town Hall last night.


Gallery: MEETINGS 2018 welcome soiree
30 May 2018  

Gallery: MEETINGS 2018 welcome soiree

Auckland Town Hall played host to more than 650 business event specialists who were welcomed to the city for Conventions and Incentives New Zealand’s annual showcase.


Rangatira: Profit up but weather affects Rainbow’s End
29 May 2018  

Rangatira: Profit up but weather affects Rainbow’s End

The owner of Rainbow’s End has blamed poor weather for lower attendance at the attraction – the second year in a row the investor has highlighted the problem.


NZ’s cultural values to the fore at MEETINGS
29 May 2018  

NZ’s cultural values to the fore at MEETINGS

More than 500 conference, event and incentive organisers are expected in Auckland for MEETINGS 2018, which kicks off in earnest tomorrow.


Watch: Artists’ work set to adorn NZICC
29 May 2018  

Watch: Artists’ work set to adorn NZICC

Two large pieces of public art will soon adorn the exterior of the New Zealand International Convention Centre in Auckland.


ATEED signs TIA’s Tourism Sustainability Commitment
28 May 2018  

ATEED signs TIA’s Tourism Sustainability Commitment

ATEED has signed the New Zealand Tourism Sustainability Commitment, an industry initiative driven by Tourism Industry Aotearoa.


Accommodation group launches legal action against council
25 May 2018  

Accommodation group launches legal action against council

Members of Auckland’s accommodation sector have begun a High Court challenge to the legality of the council’s targeted rate.


Australian visitor numbers drop 20% in April at Akl Airport
25 May 2018  

Australian visitor numbers drop 20% in April at Akl Airport

Easter beginning in March this year, the World Masters Games last year, and a drop in trans-Tasman capacity contributed to a 20% drop in Australian passenger numbers through Auckland Airport in April. 


International event organisers head to Auckland
22 May 2018  

International event organisers head to Auckland

Leading business event organisers from around the world are heading to New Zealand’s largest business tourism trade exhibition in Auckland next week, on 30 and 31 May.


Hundreds of new jobs slated for Auckland Airport
21 May 2018  

Hundreds of new jobs slated for Auckland Airport

Auckland Airport is developing a new line-up of bars and restaurants at its domestic and international terminals in a move which will lead to hundreds of new jobs over the next 12 months.


Haka named finalist in ExportNZ Awards
18 May 2018  

Haka named finalist in ExportNZ Awards

Haka Educational Tours has been named a finalist in the 2018 Air New Zealand Cargo ExportNZ Awards for business from the Auckland and Waikato regions.  


Christchurch Airport, ATEED partner for China push
15 May 2018  

Christchurch Airport, ATEED partner for China push

A new partnership aimed at unlocking potential from NZ’s growing Chinese visitor market has been unveiled by Christchurch Airport and Auckland’s regional tourism organisation.


A new plan for Auckland as ATEED pushes into DM
14 May 2018  

A new plan for Auckland as ATEED pushes into DM

Auckland Tourism, Events & Economic Development will play a bigger part in the management of its visitor economy as it seeks to ensure industry growth across the region is sustainable.


More closures as kauri dieback prevention gains pace
14 May 2018  

More closures as kauri dieback prevention gains pace

Another Auckland walking track has been closed – albeit temporarily – as efforts to prevent the spread of kauri dieback continue.


SKYCITY sells carpark for $40m
11 May 2018  

SKYCITY sells carpark for $40m

SKYCITY Entertainment Group has sold its  Federal Street car park in Auckland to ICD Property Investment Limited for $40m.


SKYCITY unveils five-star Horizon Hotel
9 May 2018  

SKYCITY unveils five-star Horizon Hotel

SKYCITY Entertainment Group has unveiled its Horizon Hotel being built alongside the New Zealand International Convention Centre in Auckland.


Littlewood: NZ in a “tourism supercycle”
7 May 2018  

Littlewood: NZ in a “tourism supercycle”

Auckland Airport chief executive Adrian Littlewood says New Zealand is in a “tourism supercycle” but the industry must work together to ensure the country benefits.


Memorial attraction unveiled
6 May 2018  

Memorial attraction unveiled

Ports of Auckland and Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei today unveiled Te Toka o Apihai Te Kawau, a commemorative memorial of the founding of Tāmaki Makaurau (Auckland).


Heritage Hotel appoints new COO
3 May 2018  

Heritage Hotel appoints new COO

Heritage Hotels has promoted Gary Jarvis from group operations manager to the role of chief operating officer at Heritage Hotel Management.


Waterfront “volcano” plan for Auckland
2 May 2018  

Waterfront “volcano” plan for Auckland

Four inner city beaches, a lagoon, an underground Māori cultural centre and even a “volcano” are being touted in an ambitious new plan for Auckland’s container port.


SKYCITY confirms NZICC completion slips to Dec 2019
2 May 2018   /

SKYCITY confirms NZICC completion slips to Dec 2019

SKYCITY has confirmed it now expects a December 2019 completion of its $703m New Zealand International Convention Centre and Hobson Street hotel projects.


Waitākeres still accessible as forested areas close
2 May 2018  

Waitākeres still accessible as forested areas close

Twenty-nine tracks remain open or partially open for visitors to use in the Waitākere Ranges Regional Park after its forested areas were closed to stop the spread of kauri dieback disease.


Maungakiekie / One Tree Hill summit becomes vehicle-free
2 May 2018  

Maungakiekie / One Tree Hill summit becomes vehicle-free

The tihi (summit) of Maungakiekie / One Tree Hill will permanently close to all motor vehicles, including motorbikes and scooters from late next week.


Have your say: Auckland’s $212m America’s Cup plan
1 May 2018  

Have your say: Auckland’s $212m America’s Cup plan

Auckland’s proposed $212m Wynyard-Hobson plan for the 2021 America’s Cup is now open for submission.


International passengers jump 9%
30 Apr 2018  

International passengers jump 9%

International passengers through Auckland Airport increased to 909,413 in March, up 8.9% on the same month last year.


Auckland city to airport link part of $1.8bn light rail plan
27 Apr 2018  

Auckland city to airport link part of $1.8bn light rail plan

Auckland’s transport plan has allocated $1.8bn towards funding two light rail corridors including an airport to city route.


Akl Airport claims prices “fair and reasonable”
27 Apr 2018  

Akl Airport claims prices “fair and reasonable”

Auckland Airport has said its prices are “fair and reasonable” following a Commerce Commission report raising concerns that the company’s forecast profits look to high for the next five years.