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Australian detective named as Shotover River rafting fatality
22 May 2018  

Australian detective named as Shotover River rafting fatality

New South Wales police officer Joshua Paroci has been named as the tourist who died during a rafting trip on Saturday.


Mood of the Nation: Otago worries
30 Apr 2018  

Mood of the Nation: Otago worries

Otago has topped a table ranking the negative impact of tourism with more than half the region’s residents believing swelling international visitors bring excessive pressure.


Travel plans disrupted for months by Dreamliner engine woes
23 Apr 2018  

Travel plans disrupted for months by Dreamliner engine woes

Thousands of passengers will have their travel plans disrupted for months to come after Air New Zealand was forced to ground two of its Dreamliner aircraft and send their engines off to be fixed. 


Tourism NZ under review: England-Hall calls in PwC
20 Apr 2018   /

Tourism NZ under review: England-Hall calls in PwC

A year into the job as TNZ’s chief executive, Stephen England-Hall has initiated a major review of the country’s marketing agency that could see a significant shift in its work at home.


Apps, bylaws and signs: freedom camping solutions under discussion
20 Apr 2018  

Apps, bylaws and signs: freedom camping solutions under discussion

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.


WREDA’s Walker makes the case for $165m convention centre
20 Apr 2018   /

WREDA’s Walker makes the case for $165m convention centre

Wellington’s new economic development and tourism boss has laid out the business events case for a new $165m convention centre in the capital. 


Dale Stephens: Time for more Māori in Tourism NZ campaigns
19 Apr 2018  

Dale Stephens: Time for more Māori in Tourism NZ campaigns

Tourism New Zealand’s next big marketing campaign should have a stronger Māori cultural component, says the chairman of NZ Māori Tourism.


Freedom camping working group named as LGNZ symposium starts
19 Apr 2018  

Freedom camping working group named as LGNZ symposium starts

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.


Auckland Airport appoints new GM operations
19 Apr 2018  

Auckland Airport appoints new GM operations

Auckland Airport has appointed Anna Cassels-Brown its new general manager of operations.


Wednesday Letter: Tourism Minister Kelvin Davis
18 Apr 2018  

Wednesday Letter: Tourism Minister Kelvin Davis

The minister of tourism highlights the “tremendous potential” of Māori culture to drive tourism and why a more holistic approach towards growth is now needed.


Inaugural Māori tourism scholarships to spur “innovation and growth”
18 Apr 2018   /

Inaugural Māori tourism scholarships to spur “innovation and growth”

The government has announced four new Māori tourism scholarships as part of a drive to unlock “innovation and growth” in the tourism sector.


Employment law changes raise concern for tourism industry
18 Apr 2018  

Employment law changes raise concern for tourism industry

The government’s proposed employment law changes have been labelled a “barrier to employment” and “totally impractical” by the tourism industry.


Auckland wins international AI conference
17 Apr 2018  

Auckland wins international AI conference

Auckland will be the first city in New Zealand to host an upcoming global artificial intelligence conference after winning a bid to host the 2020 event.


$100m TIF criteria under review
17 Apr 2018  

$100m TIF criteria under review

The criteria for applying for finance from the $100m Tourism Infrastructure Fund is under review and could become less restrictive, says the government.


Nanaia Mahuta: Māori tourism a definite advantage for NZ
16 Apr 2018  

Nanaia Mahuta: Māori tourism a definite advantage for NZ

The minister for Māori development and local government, Nanaia Mahuta, tells the World Indigenous Tourism Summit at Waitangi that a Māori dimension is crucial to the country’s tourism sector.


NZ v Australia – the big difference on how foreign tourists are viewed
16 Apr 2018  

NZ v Australia – the big difference on how foreign tourists are viewed

Kiwis are twice as likely than Australians to believe international visitors put too much pressure on their respective countries, according to new research.


Waikato’s Hauraki Rail Trail in $3.4m funding boost
16 Apr 2018  

Waikato’s Hauraki Rail Trail in $3.4m funding boost

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.


300+ head to World Indigenous Tourism Summit at Waitangi
16 Apr 2018  

300+ head to World Indigenous Tourism Summit at Waitangi

More than 300 delegates from 20 countries will converge on Waitangi today for the World Indigenous Tourism Summit 2018.


TIA sets up temporary home, HQ strengthening work to start
16 Apr 2018  

TIA sets up temporary home, HQ strengthening work to start

Tourism Industry Aotearoa has set up a temporary home across the road from its 79 Boulcott Street headquarters in Wellington while the building undergoes strengthening work.


TAIC: The Helicopter Line to review safety after four crashes
13 Apr 2018  

TAIC: The Helicopter Line to review safety after four crashes

Queenstown’s The Helicopter Line should review its safety systems after four “serious landing accidents” in three years, says the Transport Accident Investigation Commission (TAIC).


French cruise ship and DOC to make maritime improvements
13 Apr 2018  

French cruise ship and DOC to make maritime improvements

A luxury French cruise ship should improve its voyage planning and information systems following a collision with rocks while on a 16-night South Island cruise.


MBIE: Freedom campers almost double in two years to reach 110k
13 Apr 2018  

MBIE: Freedom campers almost double in two years to reach 110k

The number of visitors who freedom camped in New Zealand has almost doubled since 2015 to reach 110,000 last year, according to MBIE.


Industry associations wait for word on evacuated HQ
13 Apr 2018  

Industry associations wait for word on evacuated HQ

Staff from New Zealand’s tourism and travel industry associations will be working from home today while they wait for word on whether they will be able to return to their Wellington headquarters. 


AJ Hackett manager jumps into GM role at Haka
12 Apr 2018  

AJ Hackett manager jumps into GM role at Haka

Haka Tourism Group has appointed AJ Hackett Bungy New Zealand’s Graham Kinlan as its new general manager.


Stats NZ: Feb international guest nights beat domestic for first time in 8 years
12 Apr 2018   /

Stats NZ: Feb international guest nights beat domestic for first time in 8 years

Southern regions drove international guests nights over the top of domestic in February for the first time in eight years.


Disruption, delays and damage continue following severe storms
11 Apr 2018  

Disruption, delays and damage continue following severe storms

Tourism and transport businesses across Auckland continue to be severely affected by a destructive storm that has battered parts of the North Island.


We’re open for business: Waitākere Ranges tour operators
11 Apr 2018   /

We’re open for business: Waitākere Ranges tour operators

Tour operators who take visitors through the Waitākere Ranges will still be able to gain access to it despite the coming closure of the forested areas of the park. 


“Shocking. Crazy. No sense” – operators on plan to axe Taupō rescue helicopter
11 Apr 2018  

“Shocking. Crazy. No sense” – operators on plan to axe Taupō rescue helicopter

Plans to axe the Taupō-based Greenlea rescue helicopter has angered operators in the region who say it makes no sense and will increase the time it takes to get to emergencies.


World’s Best Airlines: Where did TripAdvisor place Air NZ? (hint: it’s better than last year)
10 Apr 2018  

World’s Best Airlines: Where did TripAdvisor place Air NZ? (hint: it’s better than last year)

Air New Zealand has scooped multiple categories in the second annual TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice Awards 2018 including being ranked second best of all airlines globally.


Record numbers heading for RTNZ inbound trade event
10 Apr 2018   /

Record numbers heading for RTNZ inbound trade event

A record number of inbound travel companies will attend the Regional Tourism NZ (RTNZ) inbound trade event in Auckland tomorrow.


Taranaki tourism wins big in latest $20m PGF round
9 Apr 2018  

Taranaki tourism wins big in latest $20m PGF round

A major new Taranaki tourism initiative is set to get off the ground following the latest deployment from the government’s $1bn Provincial Growth Fund.


Rotorua plays to its strengths in the MICE market
9 Apr 2018   /

Rotorua plays to its strengths in the MICE market

How is Rotorua competing for events on the world stage, what sectors of the domestic market is it targeting and what effect will NZ’s new convention centres have on the destination’s share of the MICE market? The Ticker’s Bridget O’Connell was taken on a tour of the city’s conference offerings. 


CDS: International growth in spend outweighed by domestic drop
9 Apr 2018  

CDS: International growth in spend outweighed by domestic drop

Strong growth in international spend was not enough to offset a sharp fall in the amount spent by domestic delegates in 2017 according to the latest Convention Delegate Survey.


Dennis Burkhart on his fishing family’s entry into tourism
6 Apr 2018  

Dennis Burkhart on his fishing family’s entry into tourism

Dennis Burkhart has a view but it’s not one you normally hear when interviewing business owners on a deal they have just closed. 


Across the Ditch: The impact of the Commonwealth Games
6 Apr 2018  

Across the Ditch: The impact of the Commonwealth Games

Margy Osmond, chief executive of Australia’s Tourism & Transport Forum, on the impact and legacy of the Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast.


An Operator’s View: Off Road NZ’s Ian Tew
6 Apr 2018  

An Operator’s View: Off Road NZ’s Ian Tew

Rotorua-based Off Road NZ boss, Ian Tew, on developing adventure activity products for the C&I market, how Rotorua is competing for the luxury market and the need for more air connectivity to the North Island tourism hotspot.


Partly automated stations rolled out to combat kauri dieback
6 Apr 2018  

Partly automated stations rolled out to combat kauri dieback

Partly automated cleaning stations are being rolled out across regions at risk of kauri dieback disease.


Treble Cone appoints new GM
5 Apr 2018  

Treble Cone appoints new GM

Wanaka’s Treble Cone has appointed Toby Arnott as its new ski area general manager.


Fry: Airport extension vital if Wellington wants its fair share of tourism
5 Apr 2018  

Fry: Airport extension vital if Wellington wants its fair share of tourism

Derek Fry, who finished his interim chief executive role at WREDA last week, argues the delayed Wellington Airport runway extension is important if the capital wants to get its fair share of tourism.


Survey: Help build better tourism insight
5 Apr 2018  

Survey: Help build better tourism insight

As part of TIA’s effort to implement the Tourism Insight Framework actions, Victoria University of Wellington is conducting a survey to better understand how the tourism industry currently uses insight.


Paymark: Otago tops Easter spending growth
5 Apr 2018  

Paymark: Otago tops Easter spending growth

Easter gave the regions a spending boost of $36.7m, up 14.8% of the same dates last year, with Otago leading the way thanks to the Ed Sheeran concerts and the Warbirds Over Wanaka airshow.


Wednesday Letter: Who funds our tourism?
4 Apr 2018  

Wednesday Letter: Who funds our tourism?

As some regional tourism organisations face funding cuts or fail to increase budgets, destination and services marketing strategist, Lyn Cheyne, asks who should fund our tourism?


Ed Sheeran, Wanaka Warbirds bring bumper southern Easter
3 Apr 2018   /

Ed Sheeran, Wanaka Warbirds bring bumper southern Easter

Ed Sheeran’s three Dunedin concerts, a big 30th anniversary crowd at the Warbirds Over Wanaka airshow, and generally fine weather across Otago are all expected to contribute to a bumper Easter for the region’s retailers and operators.


Canterbury, West Coast lead growth as Chinese NY boosts spending
3 Apr 2018   /

Canterbury, West Coast lead growth as Chinese NY boosts spending

Tourism spending grew in all regions over the past year to February 2018 with Canterbury and the West Coast regions showing the largest increases with monthly returns boosted by Chinese New Year.


Stats NZ: International input sought in IVS review
3 Apr 2018  

Stats NZ: International input sought in IVS review

Stats NZ has updated stakeholders on the progress being made in its review of the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment’s beleaguered International Visitor Survey.


Buller votes to keep Tourism West Coast, leaves door open to DWC
29 Mar 2018  

Buller votes to keep Tourism West Coast, leaves door open to DWC

Buller District Council has voted overwhelmingly to keep control of Tourism West Coast but has left the door open to the local economic development agency to proceed with its take it over.


Who says Wellington’s a drag? $390K domestic diversity campaign launches
29 Mar 2018  

Who says Wellington’s a drag? $390K domestic diversity campaign launches

Drag queens, skateboarders and a comic give Wellington’s new $390,000 winter campaign launching today a diverse sub-cultural edge.


New Air NZ Chicago route to unlock North-Eastern US market
28 Mar 2018  

New Air NZ Chicago route to unlock North-Eastern US market

The introduction of a new non-stop service between Auckland and Chicago makes New Zealand “more accessible than ever” to the growing US visitor market.


NZICC completion slips to late 2019, coming within weeks of first big event
28 Mar 2018   /

NZICC completion slips to late 2019, coming within weeks of first big event

SKYCITY Entertainment Group is now planning for a late 2019 completion of its $703m New Zealand International Convention Centre and Hobson St hotel projects.


Wednesday Letter: Development West Coast’s Chris Mackenzie
28 Mar 2018  

Wednesday Letter: Development West Coast’s Chris Mackenzie

A move by a government funded trust to take over Tourism West Coast has been met by fierce resistance, but Development West Coast’s chief executive, Chris Mackenzie, says integrating the marketing agency into DWC’s economic development work makes perfect sense.


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