Associate Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage Carmel Sepuloni has praised the museum and gallery sector for its dedication to conserving, documenting and sharing Aotearoa’s diverse arts, cultural and heritage treasures.
Tourism minister Kelvin Davis says Tourism New Zealand’s budget was cut because the government has to put more funding into health, education and housing.
The Department of Conservation has been largely painted as a “winner” from yesterday’s budget after receiving the largest jump in funding since 2002.
Tourism New Zealand has had its funding cut but the country’s cycleways have been given a boost.
One of New Zealand’s leading tourism assets received a pre-budget boost in the form of $81.3m of pest control funding.
Local Government Minister Nanaia Mahuta has announced the Government will hold a Productivity Commission inquiry into local government funding.
A new zoo standard signed off by the Environmental Protection Authority will help zoos prevent animals from escaping into the wider environment, or pose a risk to people.
A levy on international visitors to New Zealand is set to be finalised within weeks with implementation targeted for around Budget-time 2019.
Eleven Great Rides of Nga Haerenga, the New Zealand Cycle Trail, have been awarded $820,000 of fresh government investment.
Booming tourism, growing trade, and climate change issues have prompted the government to create a new biosecurity unit.
Mobile apps, adjustable bylaws and standardised signage were three tools to mitigate freedom camping issues put on the table at yesterday’s Local Government New Zealand symposium.
The government has announced its nine-strong freedom camping working group as council leaders from around the country gather in Nelson for a second Local Government New Zealand symposium on the issue.
The government’s proposed employment law changes have been labelled a “barrier to employment” and “totally impractical” by the tourism industry.
The criteria for applying for finance from the $100m Tourism Infrastructure Fund is under review and could become less restrictive, says the government.
Waikato’s Hauraki Rail Trail has been given a leg-up to increase its share of the international cycling market after winning up to $3.4m in government funding.
The government has announced a $20m growth package for the region with more than half of the money earmarked for a trek around Mt Taranaki.
New National Party leader Simon Bridges has taken the tourism spokesperson job off Waitaki’s Jacqui Dean and given it to Todd McClay.
The government’s announcement of a new working group on freedom camping has been met by the launch of a private members bill from National that would put the party’s election campaign crackdown into law.
Families and visitors travelling together to New Zealand can now apply for visas online after the latest upgrade to Immigration ONLINE.
Tasman’s Great Taste Trail has been granted $2.4m in funding for it to be extended and upgraded to a multi-day ride.
We at the Ticker didn’t think there was much for tourism in the appointment yesterday of National’s new leader Simon Bridges.
The first report of the System of Environmental-Economic Accounts shows the impact of what we are doing to the natural environment and what is being done to protect it.
The newly launched $1bn Provincial Growth Fund is a real “shot in the arm” for the regions being targeted, says the Tourism Export Council NZ.
Regional tourism leaders have welcomed the government’s investment in developing new products and expect more to come from the $1bn Provincial Growth Fund in further rounds.
Tourism in Northland, Tairāwhiti-East Coast, Hawke’s Bay, Manawatū-Whanganui and the West Coast will be among the first beneficiaries of the first deployment from the $1bn Provincial Growth Fund.
The $1 billion Provincial Growth Fund launched by the Government today will give New Zealand’s regions a boost and help unlock the potential of our rural and smaller centres, says LGNZ.
The fund that has supported electric vehicle development in the tourism sector is again open for applicants.
We here at the Ticker wonder every day what the minister of tourism Kelvin Davis is working on and after weeks of close scrutiny and careful cross-referencing we’ve managed to piece together his diary from 13 December 2017 to 2 February 2018.
Customs NZ and the Ministry of Primary Industries are planning to slash the Border Clearance Levy citing the country’s booming tourism sector.
More than $730,000 in funding for safety improvements to two Great Rides of Ngā Haerenga, the New Zealand Cycle Trail, has been announced by the government.
The Government needs to move quickly and provide certainty on future funding for the Tourism Infrastructure Fund, National Party Tourism Spokesperson Jacqui Dean says.
Air New Zealand’s Michelle Redington has been named part of the government’s tax working group, which could make a recommendation on the proposed $25 border levy.
TIA is strongly encouraging councils to put in applications to the next funding round to take advantage of the opportunity to secure investment into projects that will support the growth of tourism.
Local Government New Zealand says the first round of the Tourism Infrastructure Fund will help some councils meet the infrastructure challenges posed by booming tourism numbers.
Freedom camping facilities, car parking at the Church of the Good Shepherd and cycle trails are among the recipients of almost $15m in tourism-related government funding.
An 18% jump in tourism-generated GST has prompted the Tourism Industry Aotearoa to repeats calls for a chunk of this tax to be reinvested in infrastructure.
A new long-term funding model to support New Zealand’s growing tourism industry, including increasing the border levy and possible institutional changes, have been mooted by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment.
Local Government New Zealand says sustainable and sufficient funding source for tourism infrastructure is vital and strongly supports a visitor levy as an equitable option for achieving this.
We caught up with the Tourism Minister in Queenstown last Thursday evening and put a few questions to him on the resort’s and the industry’s needs.
After Labour accused the National Party of spamming Parliament by lodging more than 6,000 parliamentary questions last month, we thought it would be enlightening to look at some results.
The National Party has launched a salvo of questions at Tourism Minister Kelvin Davis following his first address to industry, which appeared to soften the government’s stance on a border levy.
The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment has released its assessment of the economic impact the America’s Cup could have on Auckland and New Zealand.
Tourism infrastructure, supporting the regions and growing Māori tourism are the industry priorities for the new government, says Minister of Tourism Kelvin Davis.
In its Brief to new Tourism Minister Kelvin Davis, TIA points out that tourism is New Zealand’s fastest growing economic contributor, as well as its biggest industry, biggest employer and biggest export sector.
Conservation land should be protected for tourism and not be made available for mining, says the Minister of Conservation Eugenie Sage.
Jacqui Dean has been appointed the National Party’s new Tourism spokesperson and says she will be keeping a close eye on the government’s plans for the sector.
The new $1bn Regional Development Fund is in danger of being targeted for projects such as tourism infrastructure and local government shortfalls – that would be a mistake, writes Dr David Wilson, chair of EDNZ and CEO of Northland Inc.
Labour’s promised $25 border levy, money from the new $1bn regional fund, working with industry on immigration and work visas, and the possible return of a Ministry, are all on the agenda for the new Minister of Tourism.
New Zealand’s $35 billion tourism industry is pleased that Deputy Labour Leader Kelvin Davis will take the tourism portfolio in the incoming Government.
The Federated Mountain Clubs of NZ (FMC) and the NZ Recreation Association (NZRA) have welcomed the new Minister of Conservation, Eugenie Sage, and the increased funding earmarked for the department. MORE »
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