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Coronavirus Impact


What NZ can learn from New York’s tourism recovery manifesto
10 Jul 2020  

What NZ can learn from New York’s tourism recovery manifesto

The city is trying to recover from being one of the hardest-hit destinations in the world.


Tourism, hospo jobs surprise with June uptick
10 Jul 2020   /

Tourism, hospo jobs surprise with June uptick

New Zealand’s tourism and hospitality sector posted a surprise jump in new job listings in June, according to Trade Me.


Police to be posted at iso-hotels 24/7
10 Jul 2020   /

Police to be posted at iso-hotels 24/7

A permanent police presence will be at every managed isolation and quarantine facility.


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.


KiwiRail secures $13m to improve TranzAlpine resilience
9 Jul 2020  

KiwiRail secures $13m to improve TranzAlpine resilience

KiwiRail has received a further $13m of government funding for improving the resilience of its iconic TranzAlpine tourist train route.


SkyCity’s $50m retail share offer undersubscribed
9 Jul 2020   /

SkyCity’s $50m retail share offer undersubscribed

SkyCity Entertainment Group’s $50m retail share offer is falling back on underwriters to get over the line.


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. 


Could cruise be used for isolation? Here’s what industry thinks
8 Jul 2020  

Could cruise be used for isolation? Here’s what industry thinks

There are some real and perceived obstacles to overcome, says NZ Cruise.


Haka Tours’ Eve Lawrence on the needless promotion of fear
8 Jul 2020  

Haka Tours’ Eve Lawrence on the needless promotion of fear

Haka Tours & ANZ Nature Tours general manager Eve Lawrence says she is exasperated with the media coverage of the Covid-19 fallout, adding the negativity is affecting mental health and the outlook for businesses.


Govt quarantine plan for airlines needed – BARNZ
8 Jul 2020  

Govt quarantine plan for airlines needed – BARNZ

A booking system ensuring returnees have iso-accommodation arranged before flying is being considered.


Govt extends visas, 16k migrant workers affected
8 Jul 2020  

Govt extends visas, 16k migrant workers affected

New low-skilled work visas will only be granted for six instead of 12 months as the Govt prioritises Kiwi job seekers.


Tourism NZ cuts overseas headcount
7 Jul 2020   /

Tourism NZ cuts overseas headcount

The agency is making significant reductions to its offshore teams as Covid-19 continues to affect travel.


Air NZ freezes bookings to help Govt cope with rapid rise in returnees
7 Jul 2020   /

Air NZ freezes bookings to help Govt cope with rapid rise in returnees

The airline was also looking at aligning daily arrivals with the capacity available at managed isolation facilities.


Tasman bubble could inject $4bn, PM open to state travel with Aus
7 Jul 2020  

Tasman bubble could inject $4bn, PM open to state travel with Aus

A trans-Tasman bubble could be worth between $2.03bn – $4.07bn into the New Zealand economy by Christmas, according to a report from Ernest & Young Australia.


TOP 10, Tourism Holdings partner on pop-up camper network
7 Jul 2020   /

TOP 10, Tourism Holdings partner on pop-up camper network

TOP 10 Holiday Parks has teamed up with Tourism Holdings-owned Britz motorhomes to open a raft of pop-up motorhome branches across the country.


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.


Rethink NZ border management – Clark, Fyfe, Gluckman
3 Jul 2020  

Rethink NZ border management – Clark, Fyfe, Gluckman

A new long term strategy must be developed to return the country to global connectivity, urge the trio.


Concerns raised at Queenstown iso-hotels
3 Jul 2020   /

Concerns raised at Queenstown iso-hotels

Mayor Jim Boult says limited health care capacity in the region would be a “significant” worry if an outbreak occurred.


Ngāi Tahu revives Dark Sky Project, pulls plug on hotpools
3 Jul 2020  

Ngāi Tahu revives Dark Sky Project, pulls plug on hotpools

Ngāi Tahu is restarting its Dark Sky Project at Tekapo but is ditching its multi-million-dollar hotpool scheme at Queenstown.


Why the sun is setting on unsustainable long-haul, short-stay tourism
3 Jul 2020  

Why the sun is setting on unsustainable long-haul, short-stay tourism

University of Otago professor of tourism, James Higham, argues regional travel bubbles will create a high-value, low-leakage and low-emissions tourism future.


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.


Emerging from disaster – Tourism BOP’s Kristin Dunne
2 Jul 2020   /

Emerging from disaster – Tourism BOP’s Kristin Dunne

The RTO chief executive on the region’s resilience, reacting to disaster and moving forward.


“Positive signs” for capital – Experience Wellington’s new CEO
2 Jul 2020   /

“Positive signs” for capital – Experience Wellington’s new CEO

Experience Wellington is seeing visitor numbers at some key sites return to around 60% of normal, as the council-owned operator forges ahead through its Covid-19 recovery. 


June arrivals double on May as Kiwis flock home
2 Jul 2020   /

June arrivals double on May as Kiwis flock home

June arrivals have more than doubled on May as the number of returning Kiwis grows, according to provisional figures from Stats NZ.


NZ to suffer bigger hit from international tourism collapse – ASB
1 Jul 2020   /

NZ to suffer bigger hit from international tourism collapse – ASB

New Zealand’s reliance on international tourism will see it suffer more than its major trading partners as the fight against Covid-19 drags on, says ASB.


Covid a bump in ‘100-year plan’ for Tamaki Māori Village – owner
30 Jun 2020   /

Covid a bump in ‘100-year plan’ for Tamaki Māori Village – owner

The popular Rotorua attraction has formed a new partnership to help its 110 employees.


Face masks for Air NZ flights after $150m PPE spend
30 Jun 2020   /

Face masks for Air NZ flights after $150m PPE spend

Travellers on Air NZ flights will have access to face masks as the Government prioritises a $150m purchase of PPE.


Māori tourism businesses ‘more innovative’ – Stats NZ
30 Jun 2020   /

Māori tourism businesses ‘more innovative’ – Stats NZ

The innovative nature of these businesses may help them succeed in the Covid-era, says Stats NZ.


Perspectives: Keeping it real in the ‘new’ NZ tourism
30 Jun 2020  

Perspectives: Keeping it real in the ‘new’ NZ tourism

As New Zealand travel writers throw themselves with gusto into rebuilding domestic tourism, Sarah Bennett proposes a ban on ‘secret beaches’, ‘hidden gems’ and other ‘underrated’ places in favour of a more inclusive and strategic approach.


Polynesian Spa “strong” but development on hold – Rangatira
29 Jun 2020   /

Polynesian Spa “strong” but development on hold – Rangatira

A significant development plan for the attraction is on hold until visitor volumes return.


Gallery: Ardern, Davis visit Cardrona, Queenstown
29 Jun 2020   /

Gallery: Ardern, Davis visit Cardrona, Queenstown

Prime minister Jacinda Ardern and tourism minister Kelvin Davis visited the Queenstown Lakes District on Friday spending the morning at Wayfare’s Cardrona Alpine Resort, near Wanaka, before a tour in the afternoon of its TSS Earnslaw steamer boat in Queenstown.


New Zealand scores FIFA World Cup win
26 Jun 2020   /

New Zealand scores FIFA World Cup win

Soccer fans from around the world will be heading to NZ, which will co-host the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup.


New train tour to pump $1m+ into regional tourism – PTG
26 Jun 2020  

New train tour to pump $1m+ into regional tourism – PTG

Pounamu Tourism Group shareholders have funded the new product, which plans to launch in April 2021.


Free walking tours re-start after Covid “wipe out”
26 Jun 2020  

Free walking tours re-start after Covid “wipe out”

Auckland Free Walking Tours will re-launch its tours for winter, after the Covid-19 crisis “wiped out” the operation.


Bungy NZ facing “significant losses” despite $10m support
25 Jun 2020   /

Bungy NZ facing “significant losses” despite $10m support

The funding consists of a $5m grant in the first year followed by a $5m loan, if required.


NZ Cruise lambasts Govt, launches recovery plan
25 Jun 2020   /

NZ Cruise lambasts Govt, launches recovery plan

The Government’s ban on cruise ships in New Zealand waters is “purely political” and a bid to calm “nervous communities”, the New Zealand Cruise Association told it members Wednesday. 


Confidence slumps in tourism-dependent regions – Westpac
25 Jun 2020   /

Confidence slumps in tourism-dependent regions – Westpac

The impact of Covid-19 on the tourism sector resulted in sharp drops in confidence across most regions that relied heavily on international visitors.


Celebrity Cruises extends global suspension, offers refunds
25 Jun 2020  

Celebrity Cruises extends global suspension, offers refunds

Celebrity Cruises will extend its suspension of global operations for all sailings, citing the ongoing ramifications of the Covid-19 crisis.


Wednesday Letter: TIA’s Roberts on supporting the survival of NZ tourism
24 Jun 2020  

Wednesday Letter: TIA’s Roberts on supporting the survival of NZ tourism

TIA’s Roberts on coping with Covid impacts, applying for STAPP, and lobbying “hard and relentlessly” for industry.


Cruise ban leaves “big hole” for Tairāwhiti tourism – Hughes
24 Jun 2020   /

Cruise ban leaves “big hole” for Tairāwhiti tourism – Hughes

New Zealand’s cruise standstill due to Covid-19 will leave “a big hole” for some operators in the Gisborne region, says general manager tourism at Activate Tairāwhiti Adam Hughes.


Tighter Covid testing regime for aircrew, border workers
24 Jun 2020   /

Tighter Covid testing regime for aircrew, border workers

A new Covid-19 testing regime has been launched by the Government as more Kiwis return from overseas.


Employment confidence drops as Covid-19 takes toll
24 Jun 2020   /

Employment confidence drops as Covid-19 takes toll

Employment confidence fell 12.9 points to 87.3 in June in the wake of the Covid-19 lockdown, according to Westpac’s latest Employment Confidence report.


QLDC cuts funding as tourism income falls by $10m
23 Jun 2020   /

QLDC cuts funding as tourism income falls by $10m

The council will take $445k from its tourism promotion budget, meaning less money for the region’s destination marketing bodies.


Industry “disappointed” with cruise ban extension
23 Jun 2020  

Industry “disappointed” with cruise ban extension

Without a start date, operators could deploy their vessels elsewhere, says the NZ Cruise Association.


Perspectives: Turning the international student crisis into an opportunity
23 Jun 2020   /

Perspectives: Turning the international student crisis into an opportunity

Auckland University of Technology’s senior lecturer in economics, Dr Rahul Sen, andInternational Business, Strategy and Entrepreneurship lecturer, Swati Nagar, on how NZ universities can turn the Covid-19 induced international student crisis into an opportunity.


Criticisms of iso-hotels in Covid bungles misplaced – Sudima COO
22 Jun 2020  

Criticisms of iso-hotels in Covid bungles misplaced – Sudima COO

Brands are being caught in the negativity while staff work in difficult circumstances, says Sudima’s COO.


Testing the answer to opening border – tour operator
22 Jun 2020  

Testing the answer to opening border – tour operator

Testing is the answer to opening a travel bubble for overseas tourists, according to Veronika Vermeulen, owner of Aroha New Zealand Tours.


Rough recession for tourism-reliant regions – Westpac
19 Jun 2020   /

Rough recession for tourism-reliant regions – Westpac

Otago’s high exposure to tourism means it is facing the “biggest economic struggle” of the post-lockdown recession.


Hospo, tourism hit hard as GDP suffers worst fall since 1991 – Stats NZ
19 Jun 2020   /

Hospo, tourism hit hard as GDP suffers worst fall since 1991 – Stats NZ

It was the largest quarterly fall since the 2.4% decline in the March 1991 quarter.


Partners pitch in to re-launch Franz Josef guided hikes
19 Jun 2020   /

Partners pitch in to re-launch Franz Josef guided hikes

Ngāi Tahu Tourism, the Department of Conservation and Totally Tourism’s The Helicopter Line have teamed up to re-open Franz Josef Glacier guided hikes at the start of next month.