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Ratepayer group calls for ATEED, APTR to be scrapped
9 Apr 2020   /

Ratepayer group calls for ATEED, APTR to be scrapped

The Auckland Ratepayers’ Alliance is calling for Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development to be scrapped, saying its role of promoting tourism and events is redundant.


Auckland Airport raises $1bn in share placement
8 Apr 2020   /

Auckland Airport raises $1bn in share placement

Auckland International Airport has successfully completed its placement of $1bn worth of shares.


Travellers get real-time transport capacity data
8 Apr 2020  

Travellers get real-time transport capacity data

Auckland Transport has updated its AT Mobile app to show users how many people are on a train in real time.


Auckland Airport seeks $1.2bn for Covid-19 recovery
6 Apr 2020   /

Auckland Airport seeks $1.2bn for Covid-19 recovery

Auckland International Airport says it will raise up to $1.2bn to ensure it remains well capitalised during the Covid-19 lockdown and prepared for recovery.


ATEED to bring WWF sculpture trail to Auckland
6 Apr 2020  

ATEED to bring WWF sculpture trail to Auckland

The World Wide Fund for Nature is bringing a ten-week public art sculpture trail to Auckland fo the summer/autumn season in 2021.


SkyCity makes 200 redundant, cuts exec pay and capex
3 Apr 2020   /

SkyCity makes 200 redundant, cuts exec pay and capex

The operator says it will become a “much smaller, domestically focused” business.


Fuller360 introduces alert level 4 passenger ferry register
3 Apr 2020  

Fuller360 introduces alert level 4 passenger ferry register

Fullers360 has implemented a passenger register on its Waiheke and Devonport routes during the level four alert.


SkyCity lights tower blue to acknowledge frontline workers
3 Apr 2020  

SkyCity lights tower blue to acknowledge frontline workers

Auckland’s iconic Sky Tower has been lit royal blue to “acknowledge and support the tireless efforts of front-line emergency services staff engaged in the fight against Covid-19.”


Lowdown on the Lockdown: YoungTEC chair Zac Watson
2 Apr 2020  

Lowdown on the Lockdown: YoungTEC chair Zac Watson

Zac Watson, product development manager at ATEED and chair of the 2020 YoungTEC board, on adjusting to the new normal, what he hopes to take away from the lockdown, and what recovery might look like for the tourism sector.


20k tune in to Auckland Zoo livestream test
2 Apr 2020   /

20k tune in to Auckland Zoo livestream test

Auckland Zoo has tested a new series of live streams that will connect lockdown New Zealand with the attraction.


Virtual public consultation on Auckland to North Shore link
31 Mar 2020  

Virtual public consultation on Auckland to North Shore link

Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency is seeking feedback on the dedicated walking and cycling link between central Auckland and the North Shore.


Auckland Airport mothballs $2bn infrastructure programme
26 Mar 2020   /

Auckland Airport mothballs $2bn infrastructure programme

Auckland Airport has suspended $2bn of capital expenditure projects, moved to cut executive and employee pay, and reduced its headcount as part of a range of measures to combat Covid-19’s sudden impact on tourism and aviation markets.


Auckland Airport restricts public access to terminal
23 Mar 2020   /

Auckland Airport restricts public access to terminal

Auckland Airport has introduced temporary passport checks at the doors of the international terminal in order to help manage social distancing in public spaces.


Auckland Council cancels major events
18 Mar 2020   /

Auckland Council cancels major events

Auckland Council will be cancelling a number of major events, including the Auckland International Cultural Festival and the Music and Movies in Parks series, due to coronavirus.


Auckland Airport cancels dividend, CEO takes 20% cut
17 Mar 2020   /

Auckland Airport cancels dividend, CEO takes 20% cut

Auckland Airport has cancelled its interim dividend and the chief executive Adrian Littlewood has taken a 20% pay cut following the outbreak of Covid-19.


Auckland Council reviews all major events
17 Mar 2020   /

Auckland Council reviews all major events

Auckland mayor Phil Goff has met with the chairs and deputy chairs of Auckland Council’s four major committees and they agreed they would reassess large gatherings.


110k attendees to miss ASB Polyfest as event cancelled
17 Mar 2020   /

110k attendees to miss ASB Polyfest as event cancelled

The 2020 ASB Polyfest has been cancelled following meetings between the Polyfest Trust and the Auckland Regional Public Health Service.


Air NZ to slash international capacity by 85%
16 Mar 2020   /

Air NZ to slash international capacity by 85%

The airline has imposed a trading halt on its shares and has started permanent position redundancies.


Auckland Museum first to host British Ancient Greek exhibit
13 Mar 2020  

Auckland Museum first to host British Ancient Greek exhibit

Auckland War Memorial Museum is bringing the Ancient Greeks: Athletes, Warriors and Heroes exhibition exclusively to Auckland in July 2020.


Auckland Airport in NZX trading halt
12 Mar 2020   /

Auckland Airport in NZX trading halt

The NZX has placed a trading halt on Auckland International Airport Limited’s ordinary shares.


Auckland Whale & Dolphin Safari recognised for conservation efforts
12 Mar 2020   /

Auckland Whale & Dolphin Safari recognised for conservation efforts

Auckland Whale & Dolphin Safari has been recognised by the World Cetacean Alliance.


Hotel Grand Windsor dangles $13k earrings to attract guests
12 Mar 2020   /

Hotel Grand Windsor dangles $13k earrings to attract guests

Auckland’s Hotel Grand Windsor has partnered with jewellery design house Naveya & Sloane to create a bespoke pair of earrings worth $13,000 that will be given away to a guest.


NZ’s first ‘Instagrammable cinema’ comes to Auckland
11 Mar 2020  

NZ’s first ‘Instagrammable cinema’ comes to Auckland

Event Cinemas has opened its newest complex at Westfield Newmarket.


GM of new QT Auckland appointed
10 Mar 2020   /

GM of new QT Auckland appointed

Doran Whaite has been named the new general manager for QT Auckland, opening mid-2020.


Auckland Business Chamber urges tourism firms to seek help
10 Mar 2020  

Auckland Business Chamber urges tourism firms to seek help

The Auckland Business Chamber is urging tourism businesses affected by coronavirus to get in contact.


Goff “disappointed” at accommodation rate appeal
9 Mar 2020  

Goff “disappointed” at accommodation rate appeal

Auckland mayor Phil Goff is disappointed that a group of hotel and motel owners has decided to appeal the High Court’s decision upholding the Auckland Accommodation Provider Targeted Rate (APTR).


Erebus memorial decision “disappoints” – local board
9 Mar 2020  

Erebus memorial decision “disappoints” – local board

The resource consent for the National Erebus Memorial in a Waitemata park will not be publicly notified.


Hospitality NZ welcomes appeal against “unfair, inequitable” targeted rates
6 Mar 2020   /

Hospitality NZ welcomes appeal against “unfair, inequitable” targeted rates

Hospitality New Zealand has welcomed the appeal of the High Court decision to support the Accommodation Provider Targeted Rate, saying it is “unfair, inequitable and very poor public policy”.


Hotel operators appeal High Court targeted rate decision
5 Mar 2020   /

Hotel operators appeal High Court targeted rate decision

The industry group will take its battle against Auckland Council’s APTR to the Court of Appeal.


ATEED ramps up strategy to combat coronavirus
5 Mar 2020  

ATEED ramps up strategy to combat coronavirus

The agency has called on the region’s tourism industry to work together to combat the impact of the Covid-19.


Regional Facilities Auckland secures carbon free certification
5 Mar 2020   /

Regional Facilities Auckland secures carbon free certification

Regional Facilities Auckland has gained Toitū carbonreduce certification.


Buy Side / Sell Side: Auckland Zoo’s Adam Taylor-Eruera
27 Feb 2020  

Buy Side / Sell Side: Auckland Zoo’s Adam Taylor-Eruera

The tourism sales manager on developing a sales strategy, new products and partnerships, and changing industry perceptions.


Design teams shortlisted for $360m Auckland Harbour Bridge pathway
26 Feb 2020  

Design teams shortlisted for $360m Auckland Harbour Bridge pathway

Two teams have been shortlisted for the design and construction of a walking and cycling path over Auckland Harbour bridge.


ATEED launches first circular economy forums
26 Feb 2020  

ATEED launches first circular economy forums

New Zealand’s first circular economy lab launches on Thursday, at GridAKL in the Wynyard Quarter, Auckland.


Auckland Airport unveils $1.2bn revamp, reports flat interims
20 Feb 2020   /

Auckland Airport unveils $1.2bn revamp, reports flat interims

A new domestic jet hub and a $350m+ arrivals area at the international terminal have been unveiled.


“Hot, dry weather” contributes to runway faults – Auckland Airport
20 Feb 2020  

“Hot, dry weather” contributes to runway faults – Auckland Airport

Unusually hot and dry weather contributed to two faults in the past month that closed Auckland Airport’s runway causing disruption. 


Auckland Airport December passenger numbers drop
20 Feb 2020   /

Auckland Airport December passenger numbers drop

Auckland Airport passenger numbers were down 1.3% in December 2019.


NZICC damage worse than thought, delivery timeline “months away”
19 Feb 2020  

NZICC damage worse than thought, delivery timeline “months away”

It may be months before a full scope and timetable is agreed for the completion of the fire-damaged NZ International Convention Centre in Auckland, says Fletcher Building.


Julian Robertson’s plans for new ‘super luxury’ Waiheke lodge
19 Feb 2020  

Julian Robertson’s plans for new ‘super luxury’ Waiheke lodge

The US billionaire has applied for consent to cater for up to 40 guests in 16 villas.


KiwiRail launches Auckland projects worth $686m
19 Feb 2020  

KiwiRail launches Auckland projects worth $686m

KiwiRail is seek expressions of interest for Auckland rail commuter projects worth $686m.


Construction starts on Tamaki Drive cycle and walking path
17 Feb 2020  

Construction starts on Tamaki Drive cycle and walking path

A two-way separated cycleway will be built along the northern side of Tamaki Drive, Auckland, between the Quay Street Cycleway extension and Ngapipi Road.


Why industry lost its case against Auckland’s targeted rate
14 Feb 2020   /

Why industry lost its case against Auckland’s targeted rate

Why were the arguments made against Auckland Council’s APTR rejected?


SkyCity: Underlying revenue, profit down, NZICC won’t host APEC
13 Feb 2020   /

SkyCity: Underlying revenue, profit down, NZICC won’t host APEC

The operator says in its interim results that it has claimed around $240m in insurance from the NZICC fire.


Boult: Auckland court decision “encouraging” for resort’s bed tax
12 Feb 2020   /

Boult: Auckland court decision “encouraging” for resort’s bed tax

Queenstown’s mayor says Auckland’s success in the High Court augurs well for the resort’s proposed bed tax.


Roading improvements project starts at Auckland Airport
12 Feb 2020  

Roading improvements project starts at Auckland Airport

Auckland Airport is launching a multi-million-dollar project on Laurence Stevens Drive to link with a new park and ride.


Industry, academia converge on CAUTHE 2020
11 Feb 2020   /

Industry, academia converge on CAUTHE 2020

Kapiti Island Nature Tours founder, John Barrett, is among speakers who will address the theme for this year’s conference, 20:20 Vision: New Perspectives on the diversity of Hospitality, Tourism and Events.


New TIA event to spread the good word about tourism
11 Feb 2020   /

New TIA event to spread the good word about tourism

Tourism Industry Aotearoa has organised a full day event at Rydges Auckland to focus on how the tourism industry can tell positive stories about its benefits to communities.


New bed tax adds to tourism sector’s headwinds – TIA
10 Feb 2020   /

New bed tax adds to tourism sector’s headwinds – TIA

Accommodation providers are disappointed the High Court has thrown out a judicial review of Auckland Council’s bed tax as the tourism sector is hit with headwinds from coronavirus.


Dodgy tarmac hits Auckland flights
10 Feb 2020  

Dodgy tarmac hits Auckland flights

Auckland Airport is conducting an immediate review of its runways after several flights were delayed or diverted over the weekend due to loose seal and debris.


High Court dismisses Auckland targeted rate action
7 Feb 2020   /

High Court dismisses Auckland targeted rate action

Hotel owners “disappointed” and considering appealing the decision.