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4 Dec 2020   /

Air NZ adds 16k seats after “better than expected” demand

Air New Zealand is adding more capacity to its domestic schedule in December, using its newer A321 Airbus aircraft on its existing A320 services until the end of the month.


One-stop tourism platform for students launched
4 Dec 2020  

One-stop tourism platform for students launched

Auckland Unlimited’s Study Auckland and Northland Inc have launched a new one-stop tourism website to help international students explore the northern regions.


Visitor spend falls to $1.47bn for Sept quarter
4 Dec 2020   /

Visitor spend falls to $1.47bn for Sept quarter

Visitor spend for the September 2020 quarter fell to $1.47bn, down from $2.88bn for the same period last year, according to new government data.


Value of hotels, motels consents dips 4.5% in Oct
4 Dec 2020   /

Value of hotels, motels consents dips 4.5% in Oct

The value of building consents issued for hotels, motels and other short term accommodation for October 2020 was $66m, down 4.5% on the same month last year, according to Stats NZ.


Avis, Jucy, Princess Cruises win service awards
4 Dec 2020   /

Avis, Jucy, Princess Cruises win service awards

Rental vehicle operators Jucy and Avis New Zealand, as well as cruise line Princess Cruises, have been recognised in the Reader’s Digest Quality Service Awards 2021.


Hawke’s Bay secures 2021 BEIA conference
3 Dec 2020  

Hawke’s Bay secures 2021 BEIA conference

Hawke’s Bay has secured hosting rights for the 2021 Business Events Industry Aotearoa (BEIA) conference.


THL, Tourism NZ launch ‘Work from Anywhere’ initiative
3 Dec 2020   /

THL, Tourism NZ launch ‘Work from Anywhere’ initiative

Tourism Holdings has partnered with Tourism New Zealand and Vodafone to launch a 4-week Work from Anywhere campaign.


International visitor spend halves in Sept quarter
3 Dec 2020   /

International visitor spend halves in Sept quarter

Spending by overseas visitors and students within New Zealand fell by half to $1.5bn in the September 2020 quarter, compared with the same period last year, says Stats NZ.


Southern boost for summer cargo flights
3 Dec 2020   /

Southern boost for summer cargo flights

Christchurch Airport says it will see a boost in cargo flights this summer following more Government support for the International Air Freight Capacity (IAFC) scheme.


Naumi opens fourth NZ hotel
3 Dec 2020   /

Naumi opens fourth NZ hotel

Singaporean-based Naumi Hotels has officially opened its Wellington city hotel, its fourth property in New Zealand.


Queenstown beckons with Kiwi OE
3 Dec 2020  

Queenstown beckons with Kiwi OE

Queenstown-based recruitment firm Remarkable Labour has launched its Kiwi OE scheme to attract young workers to the resort.


WellingtonNZ seeks tourism sustainability supplier
2 Dec 2020  

WellingtonNZ seeks tourism sustainability supplier

WellingtonNZ is seeking a supplier to help the region’s tourism businesses to become carbon neutral.


Boult welcomes tourism, hospo employment changes
2 Dec 2020  

Boult welcomes tourism, hospo employment changes

Queenstown Lakes mayor Jim Boult has welcome Government changes that will make it easier to fill tourism and hospitality roles in the district.


Govt extends debt hibernation scheme for businesses
2 Dec 2020  

Govt extends debt hibernation scheme for businesses

The Government is extending its business debt relief programme until October 2021.


Govt moves to double sick leave from 5 to 10 days
2 Dec 2020  

Govt moves to double sick leave from 5 to 10 days

The Government has introduced a bill to Parliament to expand sick leave entitlements from five days to ten days a year.


SkyCity restrictions in Adelaide relaxed
2 Dec 2020  

SkyCity restrictions in Adelaide relaxed

SkyCity Entertainment says its Adelaide casino and entertainment facilities are no longer subject to a maximum capacity limit of 100 people.


Auckland Airport wins building award, secures new accreditation
2 Dec 2020  

Auckland Airport wins building award, secures new accreditation

Auckland Airport has won the asset owners category in the BuildingSMART International 2020 Awards for its digital modelling of its buildings.


Auckland wins international STEM conference
1 Dec 2020  

Auckland wins international STEM conference

Auckland will host the International Conference of Women Engineers and Scientists conference in 2023.


Capstone adds lodges, apartment hotel to portfolio
1 Dec 2020   /

Capstone adds lodges, apartment hotel to portfolio

Capstone Hotel Management has added three new properties to its management portfolio.


Domestic passenger numbers grow at Queenstown Airport
1 Dec 2020  

Domestic passenger numbers grow at Queenstown Airport

Domestic passenger movements at Queenstown Airport rose to 134,608 in October 2020, up 5% on the same month in 2019.


“Slow” tourism encouraged for Auckland islands
1 Dec 2020  

“Slow” tourism encouraged for Auckland islands

The Environmental Defence Society is calling for a strengthening of the Hauraki Gulf Marine Park Act 2000 to better protect the landscapes of the Hauraki Gulf Islands.


Air NZ passenger numbers fall 51% in Oct
1 Dec 2020  

Air NZ passenger numbers fall 51% in Oct

Air New Zealand passenger numbers fell to around 690,000 in October 2020, down 50.6% on the same month last year.


Auckland Museum to unveil new South Atrium entrance
1 Dec 2020  

Auckland Museum to unveil new South Atrium entrance

Tāmaki Paenga Hira Auckland War Memorial Museum is this week reopening its South Atrium entrance, Te Ao Mārama, after being closed for 18 months.


Milford Track fully re-opens
30 Nov 2020  

Milford Track fully re-opens

Fiordland’s Milford Track has fully re-opened today after being damaged by a storm on 4-6 February.


October arrivals fall 97% to 8100 – Stats NZ
30 Nov 2020   /

October arrivals fall 97% to 8100 – Stats NZ

Arrivals for the four weeks to 1 November totalled 8100, down from 265,640 for the corresponding period last year.


Air NZ international cargo flights increase
30 Nov 2020  

Air NZ international cargo flights increase

Air New Zealand will now operate 55 international cargo flights per week after it was awarded more trips under the International Air Freight Capacity Scheme.


Go with Tourism dispels tourism myths with new campaign
30 Nov 2020  

Go with Tourism dispels tourism myths with new campaign

Go with Tourism has launched a new digital marketing campaign asking New Zealanders to “broaden their horizons” when it comes to a future in tourism.


Cook Islands goes virtual
30 Nov 2020   /

Cook Islands goes virtual

The tool allowed virtual planners to navigate their way around popular islands such as Rarotonga and Aitutaki from a computer, tablet or mobile device.


DOC appeals for info on West Coast vandals
30 Nov 2020   /

DOC appeals for info on West Coast vandals

DOC spent around $20,000 each year repairing damage.


Whakaari White Island eruption death toll rises
27 Nov 2020  

Whakaari White Island eruption death toll rises

German man Horst Westenfelder, 64, died on 2 July at an overseas hospital due to medical complications while receiving treatment for injuries.


Central Otago Touring Route officially opens
27 Nov 2020   /

Central Otago Touring Route officially opens

The route spanned 341km from Otepoti/Dunedin to the foot of the Southern Alps at Queenstown.


Safari Hotels’ LQ Queenstown set to open
27 Nov 2020  

Safari Hotels’ LQ Queenstown set to open

Safari Hotels’ LQ Queenstown will open on 11 December 2020.


Four Points by Sheraton wins brace of national awards
27 Nov 2020   /

Four Points by Sheraton wins brace of national awards

Four Points by Sheraton Auckland has won a brace of national property awards.


$67m Lyttelton cruise berth opens for business
27 Nov 2020   /

$67m Lyttelton cruise berth opens for business

It is New Zealand’s first purpose-built cruise ship facility.


DOC completes tahr control for 2020
27 Nov 2020   /

DOC completes tahr control for 2020

The Department of Conservation has completed its planned Himalayan tahr control operations for 2020.


Police conference worth $1.3m to Auckland economy
26 Nov 2020  

Police conference worth $1.3m to Auckland economy

The International Association of Women in Police (IAWP) Annual Conference will bring an estimated $1.3m into the local economy when Auckland plays host in 2023, says Auckland Convention Bureau.


Surge in first-time campervanners forecast
26 Nov 2020   /

Surge in first-time campervanners forecast

A surge in first-time campervan users is predicted for this summer, says Quirky Campers NZ.


Global cruise industry to lose US$20bn due to Covid
26 Nov 2020  

Global cruise industry to lose US$20bn due to Covid

The global cruise industry is expected to lose US$19.6bn in revenue amid the coronavirus outbreak, a 71% plunge year-over-year, according to StockApps.com.


Auckland Zoo to rehome elephants
26 Nov 2020   /

Auckland Zoo to rehome elephants

Auckland Zoo is looking for new overseas homes for its two female Asia elephants, Anjalee and Burma.


NZTA launches NZ-wide cycling map
26 Nov 2020   /

NZTA launches NZ-wide cycling map

A new interactive cycle route map has been launched that shows how the cycling network connects across New Zealand.


Car enthusiasts descend on Coromandel for Beach Hop
26 Nov 2020  

Car enthusiasts descend on Coromandel for Beach Hop

Running from Wednesday to Sunday, the festival draws hot rod, classic car, caravan and motorcycle enthusiasts to the area.


Unlawful operators in sights during America’s Cup
25 Nov 2020   /

Unlawful operators in sights during America’s Cup

Operators intending to carry fare-paying passengers to watch the America’s Cup will need to be in a recognised safety system, says Maritime NZ.


Te Pae Christchurch sets mid-2021 completion
25 Nov 2020   /

Te Pae Christchurch sets mid-2021 completion

Construction of Te Pae Christchurch Convention Centre is on track to be completed mid-2021, with the first events likely to be held in the second half of the year.


Some border restrictions to remain for most of 2021 – NZIER
25 Nov 2020   /

Some border restrictions to remain for most of 2021 – NZIER

This will continue to have a severe impact on New Zealand services exports, primarily tourism and international education.


Christchurch Airport recognised for carbon reduction
25 Nov 2020   /

Christchurch Airport recognised for carbon reduction

Christchurch Airport has become the first airport in the world to achieve the Airports Carbon Accreditation Level 4 certification from Airports Council International.


Mt Hutt, Rees Hotel win at World Ski Awards
25 Nov 2020  

Mt Hutt, Rees Hotel win at World Ski Awards

Mt Hutt has been named New Zealand’s best ski resort at the 2020 World Ski Awards. 


Museum’s treasured gecko euthanised
25 Nov 2020   /

Museum’s treasured gecko euthanised

Otago Museum has euthanised its jewelled gecko Manawa after expert treatments could not revive him from a series of ailments.


New tourism spokesperson for Greens
24 Nov 2020  

New tourism spokesperson for Greens

Ricardo Menéndez March, a list MP, took over the tourism spokesperson role from Gareth Hughes.


WellingtonNZ launches micro travel show
24 Nov 2020   /

WellingtonNZ launches micro travel show

WellingtonNZ has launched its micro travel show as part of its Wild Weekends campaign to draw domestic travellers to the city.


Museum to host Wildlife Photographer of the Year
24 Nov 2020  

Museum to host Wildlife Photographer of the Year

Canterbury Museum will host the 2020 Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition.