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13 Jul 2020  

Mackenzie puts destination management plan up for tender

The plan that would explore options to unlock and enable sustainable growth and resilience for the district going forward.


TNZ to start offshore webinars for RTOs, operators
13 Jul 2020  

TNZ to start offshore webinars for RTOs, operators

The webinars would be fronted by TNZ’s trade marketing managers in-market and were exclusively designed for RTOs and trade-ready operators based in New Zealand.


Wellington unveils Matariki events calendar
13 Jul 2020  

Wellington unveils Matariki events calendar

The Māori New Year will feature both live and digital events, art, exhibitions, workshops and online activities.


One dead, three hurt in campervan, car crash
13 Jul 2020  

One dead, three hurt in campervan, car crash

The person who died had been travelling in the car at the time of the collision, Police said.


Booking.com launches initiatives to promote domestic travel
13 Jul 2020  

Booking.com launches initiatives to promote domestic travel

The initiative aimed to bring business back to partners in New Zealand, inspire travellers and drive support for local businesses, said the OTA.


Maritime NZ grants $844k for safer boating
13 Jul 2020  

Maritime NZ grants $844k for safer boating

It was the biggest increase in funding ever distributed, with the aim of reducing recreational boating fatalities and injuries.


Hokitika Airport secures $1.2m for extension
10 Jul 2020   /

Hokitika Airport secures $1.2m for extension

The investment would improve airport terminal congestion problems and provide room for shops and cafés at the airport.


Confidence up but “large economic hole” for tourism – ANZ
10 Jul 2020   /

Confidence up but “large economic hole” for tourism – ANZ

Despite an improvement in business confidence, an inconvenient truth remains – there’s a very large economic hole where tourism used to be.


Green light for Marlborough freedom camping review
10 Jul 2020  

Green light for Marlborough freedom camping review

A review of Marlborough’s freedom camping bylaw is set to begin imminently following approval by the district council.


Centuria’s Augusta takeover goes unconditional
10 Jul 2020  

Centuria’s Augusta takeover goes unconditional

Australian-listed Centuria Capital’s renewed takeover offer for New Zealand investment vehicle Augusta Capital has gone unconditional after gaining acceptance of 65% of shares.


Treetop walk, cycle paths proposed for gardens
10 Jul 2020  

Treetop walk, cycle paths proposed for gardens

Hamilton City Council is seeking community feedback on a new proposed layout for Hamilton Gardens.


Northland launches food trail event
10 Jul 2020   /

Northland launches food trail event

Savour! NORTHLAND FEAST 2020 is a new food and beverage event designed to showcase the region’s food and beverage offering.


CINZ, TNZ renew commitment to business events
9 Jul 2020   /

CINZ, TNZ renew commitment to business events

Conventions and Incentives New Zealand and Tourism New Zealand have renewed their longstanding partnership by signing a Memorandum of Understanding confirming their co-operation.


May cargo capacity jumps 33% at Auckland Airport
9 Jul 2020  

May cargo capacity jumps 33% at Auckland Airport

International cargo capacity at Auckland Airport jumped 33% in May 2020 compared to the same month last year. 


ComCom releases environmental claims guidelines
9 Jul 2020   /

ComCom releases environmental claims guidelines

The Commerce Commission has released guidelines to help traders understand their obligations when making environmental claims.


First TOP 10 achieves Carbon Zero Certification
9 Jul 2020   /

First TOP 10 achieves Carbon Zero Certification

Owner Uwe Kroll said it was a first for a TOP 10 holiday park.


Queenstown kiwi go wild in Whirinaki
9 Jul 2020   /

Queenstown kiwi go wild in Whirinaki

Two Queenstown kiwi have been released into the wild of Whirinaki Te Pua-a-Tāne Conservation Park south of Rotorua.


Hamish Walker stripped of shadow associate tourism portfolio
8 Jul 2020  

Hamish Walker stripped of shadow associate tourism portfolio

National Party MP Hamish Walker has lost his shadow associate tourism portfolio.


RAL updates carpark booking system following criticism
8 Jul 2020   /

RAL updates carpark booking system following criticism

Ruapehu Alpine Lifts have updated its new carpark booking system following an uproar from the public.


$23m Forgotten World Highway work to kick off
8 Jul 2020   /

$23m Forgotten World Highway work to kick off

Locals are invited to find out more about planned improvements for the Forgotten World Highway.


Buller to receive almost $3m for post-Covid 19 rebuild
8 Jul 2020   /

Buller to receive almost $3m for post-Covid 19 rebuild

The Government will invest nearly $3m into the Buller District Council to kick start the post-Covid 19 rebuild.


Kaikoura Helicopters partners with Project Jonah to support wildlife
8 Jul 2020   /

Kaikoura Helicopters partners with Project Jonah to support wildlife

GCH Aviation’s Kaikoura Helicopters has partnered with marine mammal welfare organisation Project Jonah to help protect local marine wildlife.


Coromandel hosts workshop to promote tourism
8 Jul 2020  

Coromandel hosts workshop to promote tourism

The workshop will support and enhance the work already planned by Destination Coromandel in the coming months.


Tomahawk, GO Rentals collaborate to save jobs
7 Jul 2020   /

Tomahawk, GO Rentals collaborate to save jobs

Tourism marketing company Tomahawk has taken on GO Rental’s entire app team of eight staff to help develop a new product designed to boost New Zealand tourism.


NZ, Scotland, New York destination recovery strategies focus of VUW webinar
7 Jul 2020   /

NZ, Scotland, New York destination recovery strategies focus of VUW webinar

The impact, response, and, recovery strategies of New Zealand, Scotland, and New York will be the focus of a Victoria University of Wellington webinar.


Value of hotels, motels consents fall 77% – Stats NZ
7 Jul 2020   /

Value of hotels, motels consents fall 77% – Stats NZ

The value of consents for hotels, motels, and other short-term accommodation fell 76.5% to $11m in May 2020, down from $46m for the same month in 2019.


Some projects delayed but $11m for visitor attractions – HCC
7 Jul 2020   /

Some projects delayed but $11m for visitor attractions – HCC

Hamilton City Council has delayed an extension to its Victoria on the River boardwalk and an upgrade to the city’s Transport Centre because of Covid-19.


Wellington Airport Flyer back on the job
7 Jul 2020   /

Wellington Airport Flyer back on the job

NZ Bus has resumed its Wellington Airport Flyer service.


Popular Lake Daniell hut rebuilt and open for visitors
7 Jul 2020   /

Popular Lake Daniell hut rebuilt and open for visitors

The Department of Conservation has rebuilt a hut at Lake Daniell in the Maruia Valley on the West Coast.


Environmental projects to help displaced tourism workers – Govt
6 Jul 2020   /

Environmental projects to help displaced tourism workers – Govt

Out-of-work tourism employees will be offered opportunities on 23 projects to clean up waterways that are expected to deliver more than 2000 jobs.


Hospo, accom operators take most cashflow loans as scheme extended
6 Jul 2020  

Hospo, accom operators take most cashflow loans as scheme extended

The interest-free Small Business Cashflow Loan Scheme has been extended a second time to the end of December.


Gallery receives $12m boost from infrastructure fund
6 Jul 2020   /

Gallery receives $12m boost from infrastructure fund

An additional $12m has been allocated to Whanganui’s Sarjeant Gallery redevelopment project from a Government infrastructure fund created in response to Covid-19.


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.


Hildebrandt ramps up New Zealand Card platform
6 Jul 2020  

Hildebrandt ramps up New Zealand Card platform

Former ANZ Nature Tours owner Frank Hildebrandt is ramping up his New Zealand Card promotional system, which offers operators an alternative route to reach domestic and, when they return, international independent travellers.


First phase of multi-million-dollar river path underway
6 Jul 2020   /

First phase of multi-million-dollar river path underway

Phase one of a multi-million-dollar investment in Hamilton’s central city river path has begun.


Long road back for capital’s accommodation sector – BERL
3 Jul 2020   /

Long road back for capital’s accommodation sector – BERL

Accommodation and food services will be Wellington’s hardest hit industries by Covid-19, according to a new report.


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.


Biosecurity NZ to redeploy 270 border officers
3 Jul 2020  

Biosecurity NZ to redeploy 270 border officers

Biosecurity New Zealand is redeploying up to 270 frontline officers because of falling passenger numbers.


Remarkables ski field opens this weekend
3 Jul 2020  

Remarkables ski field opens this weekend

The Remarkables would be open daily for two weeks during the July school holidays until Sunday 19 July, then weekends only.


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.


New travel app launched for tourism operators to list on
3 Jul 2020   /

New travel app launched for tourism operators to list on

The Great NZ Roadtrip would be a “one-stop shop” to search for local activities and places to stay, priced from from $15 per month for users. 


STAPP support for Dunedin Railways sought
2 Jul 2020   /

STAPP support for Dunedin Railways sought

Dunedin City Holdings has applied to the Government’s Strategic Tourism Assets Protection Programme for assets including the Taieri Gorge line.


Air NZ cancels Melbourne services due to Covid outbreak
2 Jul 2020  

Air NZ cancels Melbourne services due to Covid outbreak

Air New Zealand will not operate passenger services from Auckland to Melbourne from 1-14 July due to new Covid-19 restrictions put in place by the Australian government.


Snow falls in time for season opening – RAL
2 Jul 2020  

Snow falls in time for season opening – RAL

Mt Ruapehu has officially opened for the season, with snow arriving in time for the July school holidays.


NTT’s Hollyford Track experience to reopen Jan 2021
2 Jul 2020  

NTT’s Hollyford Track experience to reopen Jan 2021

Ngāi Tahu Tourism’s three-day wilderness experience on the Hollyford Track in Fiordland will reopen in January 2021.


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.


81% of Kiwis still not seen enough of NZ – survey
2 Jul 2020   /

81% of Kiwis still not seen enough of NZ – survey

More than 80% of New Zealanders say they have not seen enough of New Zealand, according to a survey from Torpedo7.


New Queenstown hotel prepares to welcome guests
1 Jul 2020  

New Queenstown hotel prepares to welcome guests

Queenstown’s newest hotel is preparing to open its doors to guests.


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.


Apex launches $99pw car subscription service
1 Jul 2020  

Apex launches $99pw car subscription service

Apex Car Rentals has launched a car subscription service enabling customers to have a vehicle for as little as $99 per week.