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Chris Luxon: “I really do apologise…”
24 Sep 2018   /

Chris Luxon: “I really do apologise…”

Air NZ’s CEO says sorry for “disruptions, delays, and overcrowded lounges” but he also criticises the country’s airport operators.


Auckland Airport launches $175m bond offer
24 Sep 2018   /

Auckland Airport launches $175m bond offer

Auckland International Airport has today hit the market with up to $175m six-year fixed rate bonds as its $2bn infrastructure investment programme continues apace.


JUCY to enter business market with third hotel
21 Sep 2018  

JUCY to enter business market with third hotel

The Auckland hotel will see the launch of a co-working concept called JUCY Share.


Museum hires former Starship Foundation CEO, Air NZ GM
20 Sep 2018   /

Museum hires former Starship Foundation CEO, Air NZ GM

Tāmaki Paenga Hira Auckland War Memorial Museum has appointed the former chief executive of the Starship Foundation, Brad Clark, to be its director of transformation and development.


ACB adds $45m of business events to agenda
20 Sep 2018  

ACB adds $45m of business events to agenda

Auckland Convention Bureau has secured $45m worth of business events in the year ending June 2018, according to the Auckland Council-controlled organisation.


Auckland boosts bike-sharing scheme with 2,500 e-scooters
20 Sep 2018  

Auckland boosts bike-sharing scheme with 2,500 e-scooters

More than 2,500 e-scooters are set to hit Auckland streets as part of an expansion of the city’s bike-sharing scheme.


Auckland Airport eyes bond market to boost firepower
19 Sep 2018   /

Auckland Airport eyes bond market to boost firepower

Auckland International Airport is eyeing the retail bond market to raise funds as it ploughs on with its $2bn investment programme.


Māori names and stories to feature across Auckland and Wellington
14 Sep 2018  

Māori names and stories to feature across Auckland and Wellington

Parks and places across Auckland and Wellington are both set to feature an increasing number of Māori names and stories as the cities embrace Te Wiki o te reo Māori.


Auckland Zoo to add female white rhino to its ranks
5 Sep 2018  

Auckland Zoo to add female white rhino to its ranks

Auckland Zoo will this week welcome a southern white rhino to its ranks as part of the Australasian zoos’ regional breeding programme for the threatened species.


SKYCITY pitches in for Gambling Harm Awareness Week
5 Sep 2018  

SKYCITY pitches in for Gambling Harm Awareness Week

SKYCITY has teamed up with public health agencies to provide onsite information support to customers at its Auckland venue as part of Gambling Harm Awareness Week.


Julian Robertson to add Waiheke to luxury lodge portfolio
4 Sep 2018  

Julian Robertson to add Waiheke to luxury lodge portfolio

The US billionaire has been given the go-ahead to buy waterfront land for $19m.


Cathay Pacific, Air NZ’s Coldicutt recognised at airport awards
31 Aug 2018   /

Cathay Pacific, Air NZ’s Coldicutt recognised at airport awards

The Hong Kong carrier won the coveted Airline of the Year title at Auckland Airport’s operations awards last night. 


Auckland secures $7m, 3,000-delegate congress
30 Aug 2018   /

Auckland secures $7m, 3,000-delegate congress

The event will be held at SKYCITY’s New Zealand International Convention Centre in 2020.


Report: Waiheke worries as visitor numbers surge
30 Aug 2018  

Report: Waiheke worries as visitor numbers surge

A visitor tax and a cap on tourist numbers are among the urgent actions recommended in a new report.


Auckland Airport confident on profit forecasts, visitor growth
24 Aug 2018  

Auckland Airport confident on profit forecasts, visitor growth

It also says it has “fully justified” its profit forecast to ComCom.


Auckland’s SkyPath to take off with $67m of government funding
24 Aug 2018  

Auckland’s SkyPath to take off with $67m of government funding

Auckland Harbour Bridge’s proposed SkyPath is set to become a reality after confirmation that it will receive $67m of government funding.


Retail, property income lift Auckland Airport revenue
23 Aug 2018  

Retail, property income lift Auckland Airport revenue

Auckland Airport has reported underlying profit up 6.2% to $263.1m off revenue of $683.9m.


Watch: Sky Tower dials up $9000 for Youthline
14 Aug 2018   /

Watch: Sky Tower dials up $9000 for Youthline

SKYCITY Entertainment Group’s open day at its Auckland tourism attraction, the 328 metre Sky Tower, raised more than $9000 for charity Youthline.


High rollers drive SKYCITY profit up 10% to $170m
8 Aug 2018  

High rollers drive SKYCITY profit up 10% to $170m

The operator’s VIP gambling business saw revenue jump 39% to $160m.


Targeted rate battle heats up with second legal challenge brewing
8 Aug 2018  

Targeted rate battle heats up with second legal challenge brewing

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NZTA begins Harbour Bridge SkyPath business case study
7 Aug 2018  

NZTA begins Harbour Bridge SkyPath business case study

The route will connect with the proposed $31m SeaPath on Auckland’s North Shore.


Auckland Museum wins sustainable transport award
7 Aug 2018   /

Auckland Museum wins sustainable transport award

Auckland Museum has won the top prize in Auckland Transport’s annual Travelwise Choices Awards 2018.


Perspectives: Boult’s bed tax – “inequitable, outdated, unfair”
6 Aug 2018   /

Perspectives: Boult’s bed tax – “inequitable, outdated, unfair”

It’s time for an informed and unemotive debate, writes Dr Anthony Brien.


Auckland Council accused of Airbnb “smash and grab”
6 Aug 2018  

Auckland Council accused of Airbnb “smash and grab”

The Auckland Chamber of Commerce has accused Auckland council of a “smash and grab” on small businesses following its extension of the accommodation targeted rate to peer-to-peer providers.


Millennium & Copthorne boosts interim revenue, profit
2 Aug 2018  

Millennium & Copthorne boosts interim revenue, profit

The hotel operator said it had lifted both occupancy and RevPAR despite competition heating up.


Auckland slips in Cvent’s top APAC cities for meetings and events
31 Jul 2018   /

Auckland slips in Cvent’s top APAC cities for meetings and events

Auckland has slipped three places to 21st position in this year’s Cvent list of the top cities for meetings and events in the Asia Pacific region.


Another Auckland park closes as kauri dieback spreads
30 Jul 2018  

Another Auckland park closes as kauri dieback spreads

Kauri Park on Auckland’s North Shore has been temporarily closed after a tree was discovered to have kauri dieback disease.


Auckland Airport appoints new chair
26 Jul 2018   /

Auckland Airport appoints new chair

Strange takes over from Sir Henry van der Heyden.


Auckland Airport completes $120m Pier B extension
26 Jul 2018  

Auckland Airport completes $120m Pier B extension

Auckland Airport has completed its $120m international terminal’s Pier B extension marking a key milestone in its 30 year masterplan.


Auckland Airport breaks 20 million milestone
25 Jul 2018   /

Auckland Airport breaks 20 million milestone

Auckland Airport has broken through the 20 million annual passengers milestone for the first time with growth of 5.7% over the financial year to June 2018 allowing it to reach 20.5 million.


Hotel Indigo plans NZ debut with 225-room property
24 Jul 2018  

Hotel Indigo plans NZ debut with 225-room property

IHG’s Hotel Indigo brand is to debut in central Auckland with a 225-room property which will be one of the city’s tallest buildings.


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.