The city is trying to recover from being one of the hardest-hit destinations in the world.
New Zealand’s tourism and hospitality sector posted a surprise jump in new job listings in June, according to Trade Me.
A permanent police presence will be at every managed isolation and quarantine facility.
Despite an improvement in business confidence, an inconvenient truth remains – there’s a very large economic hole where tourism used to be.
KiwiRail has received a further $13m of government funding for improving the resilience of its iconic TranzAlpine tourist train route.
SkyCity Entertainment Group’s $50m retail share offer is falling back on underwriters to get over the line.
International cargo capacity at Auckland Airport jumped 33% in May 2020 compared to the same month last year.
There are some real and perceived obstacles to overcome, says NZ Cruise.
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.
A booking system ensuring returnees have iso-accommodation arranged before flying is being considered.
New low-skilled work visas will only be granted for six instead of 12 months as the Govt prioritises Kiwi job seekers.
The agency is making significant reductions to its offshore teams as Covid-19 continues to affect travel.
The airline was also looking at aligning daily arrivals with the capacity available at managed isolation facilities.
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 Holiday Parks has teamed up with Tourism Holdings-owned Britz motorhomes to open a raft of pop-up motorhome branches across the country.
The interest-free Small Business Cashflow Loan Scheme has been extended a second time to the end of December.
A new long term strategy must be developed to return the country to global connectivity, urge the trio.
Mayor Jim Boult says limited health care capacity in the region would be a “significant” worry if an outbreak occurred.
Ngāi Tahu is restarting its Dark Sky Project at Tekapo but is ditching its multi-million-dollar hotpool scheme at Queenstown.
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 New Zealand is redeploying up to 270 frontline officers because of falling passenger numbers.
The RTO chief executive on the region’s resilience, reacting to disaster and moving forward.
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 have more than doubled on May as the number of returning Kiwis grows, according to provisional figures from Stats NZ.
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.
The popular Rotorua attraction has formed a new partnership to help its 110 employees.
Travellers on Air NZ flights will have access to face masks as the Government prioritises a $150m purchase of PPE.
The innovative nature of these businesses may help them succeed in the Covid-era, says Stats NZ.
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.
A significant development plan for the attraction is on hold until visitor volumes return.
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.
Soccer fans from around the world will be heading to NZ, which will co-host the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup.
Pounamu Tourism Group shareholders have funded the new product, which plans to launch in April 2021.
Auckland Free Walking Tours will re-launch its tours for winter, after the Covid-19 crisis “wiped out” the operation.
The funding consists of a $5m grant in the first year followed by a $5m loan, if required.
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.
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 will extend its suspension of global operations for all sailings, citing the ongoing ramifications of the Covid-19 crisis.
TIA’s Roberts on coping with Covid impacts, applying for STAPP, and lobbying “hard and relentlessly” for industry.
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.
A new Covid-19 testing regime has been launched by the Government as more Kiwis return from overseas.
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.
The council will take $445k from its tourism promotion budget, meaning less money for the region’s destination marketing bodies.
Without a start date, operators could deploy their vessels elsewhere, says the NZ Cruise Association.
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.
Brands are being caught in the negativity while staff work in difficult circumstances, says Sudima’s COO.
Testing is the answer to opening a travel bubble for overseas tourists, according to Veronika Vermeulen, owner of Aroha New Zealand Tours.
Otago’s high exposure to tourism means it is facing the “biggest economic struggle” of the post-lockdown recession.
It was the largest quarterly fall since the 2.4% decline in the March 1991 quarter.
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.