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22 May 2018  

Watch: SKYCITY’s $360m Australian casino expansion

SKYCITY Entertainment Group has appointed Hansen Yuncken the main contractor on its A$330m (NZ$360m) Adelaide Casino expansion project.


Minchington on the move from ServiceIQ
22 May 2018  

Minchington on the move from ServiceIQ

Dean Minchington is to step down from the helm of ServiceIQ to pursue fresh challenges after five years as chief executive.


China bucks trend as visitor numbers drop 9% in April
22 May 2018   /

China bucks trend as visitor numbers drop 9% in April

Short-term visitor arrivals reached 3.79 million in the year to April, up 5% on the previous period, according to Stats NZ’s latest travel and migration figures.


Air NZ slashes price of new wi-fi service
21 May 2018  

Air NZ slashes price of new wi-fi service

Just days after opening up its wi-fi service on selected flights, the airline has cut the initial $40 price tag of the connection.


Rafting operations suspended following tragedy
21 May 2018  

Rafting operations suspended following tragedy

Two Queenstown operators have suspended rafting excursions after the death of a tourist at the Shotover River.


NZ Museum Awards: And the winners are…
21 May 2018   /

NZ Museum Awards: And the winners are…

The most engaging, visionary, resourceful and innovative exhibitions, programmes and museum projects were celebrated yesterday evening with a gala at event at Christchurch Art Gallery.


Hundreds of new jobs slated for Auckland Airport
21 May 2018  

Hundreds of new jobs slated for Auckland Airport

Auckland Airport is developing a new line-up of bars and restaurants at its domestic and international terminals in a move which will lead to hundreds of new jobs over the next 12 months.


Watch: Video selfies sought for $5K Māori scholarship
21 May 2018  

Watch: Video selfies sought for $5K Māori scholarship

Haka Tourism Group is calling for video selfies from prospective employees keen to apply for its $5000 Māori tour manager scholarship.


China, US visitor spending jumps
18 May 2018  

China, US visitor spending jumps

International spending neared a record $11bn in the year to March thanks to a rise in visitor numbers and increased expenditure by travellers from the US and China.


Minister: TNZ’s funding cut so govt can rebuild critical services
18 May 2018  

Minister: TNZ’s funding cut so govt can rebuild critical services

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.


DOC wins $181.6m but only $5.5m for visitor management
18 May 2018  

DOC wins $181.6m but only $5.5m for visitor management

The Department of Conservation has been largely painted as a “winner” from yesterday’s budget after receiving the largest jump in funding since 2002.


Infratil: Airport lifts earnings but delays disadvantage capital
18 May 2018  

Infratil: Airport lifts earnings but delays disadvantage capital

An increase in income from Wellington Airport has helped majority owner Infratil report EBITDA of $552.4m for the year to March, up 6.3% on the previous period.


Govt cuts Tourism New Zealand’s budget
17 May 2018  

Govt cuts Tourism New Zealand’s budget

Tourism New Zealand has had its funding cut but the country’s cycleways have been given a boost.


Former Tourism NZ chief to lead My Food Bag to IPO
17 May 2018  

Former Tourism NZ chief to lead My Food Bag to IPO

Former Tourism New Zealand chief executive Kevin Bowler has been hired to lead My Food Bag as the food delivery service prepares for a public listing.


Jetstar, Massey Uni partner in “game changing” programme
17 May 2018  

Jetstar, Massey Uni partner in “game changing” programme

Jetstar and Massey University have partnered to boost the number of pilots flying on the airlines regional New Zealand service.


TNZ’s ‘kōrero over kai’ IMEX experience
17 May 2018  

TNZ’s ‘kōrero over kai’ IMEX experience

TNZ has created what it says is a “world-first hospitality experience” to showcase Kiwi culture at IMEX this week.


TECNZ: Operator of the Year, board nominations open
17 May 2018  

TECNZ: Operator of the Year, board nominations open

The Tourism Export Council of NZ has opened up nominations for its Operator of the Year awards and for its board.


Air NZ leases SA aircraft to cover beleaguered Dreamliners
17 May 2018  

Air NZ leases SA aircraft to cover beleaguered Dreamliners

Air New Zealand will use a  Singapore Airlines Boeing 777-200ER to help cover its beleaguered Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner fleet.


NZ, Aus washout sees Experience Co downgrade FY18 earnings
16 May 2018  

NZ, Aus washout sees Experience Co downgrade FY18 earnings

Experience Co has downgraded its earnings forecast following a wet start to the year that hampered activity at its NZ and Australian operations.


New $12m terminal to boost Tairāwhiti tourism
16 May 2018  

New $12m terminal to boost Tairāwhiti tourism

A new airport terminal for Gisborne will help boost passenger numbers and improve the visitor experience to the region, say tourism leaders.


Wednesday Letter: The best TRENZ ever?
16 May 2018  

Wednesday Letter: The best TRENZ ever?

Could it have been, possibly, maybe, just slightly, like, the best TRENZ ever? Wherever it ranks, Dunedin put on a #dunnerstunner week, writes the Ticker’s Paul Yandall.  


Air NZ rolls out $40 wi-fi, plans to increase domestic airfares
15 May 2018  

Air NZ rolls out $40 wi-fi, plans to increase domestic airfares

The airline has launched its wi-fi service to all passengers on select aircraft for a flat rate of $40 per flight and is planning to increase domestic airfares.


Christchurch Airport, ATEED partner for China push
15 May 2018  

Christchurch Airport, ATEED partner for China push

A new partnership aimed at unlocking potential from NZ’s growing Chinese visitor market has been unveiled by Christchurch Airport and Auckland’s regional tourism organisation.


New tourism hub sought for Wellington
15 May 2018  

New tourism hub sought for Wellington

A new tourism hub to house the country’s industry associations is being sought after they were told they might not be able to return to their Wellington headquarters for up to a year.


A new plan for Auckland as ATEED pushes into DM
14 May 2018  

A new plan for Auckland as ATEED pushes into DM

Auckland Tourism, Events & Economic Development will play a bigger part in the management of its visitor economy as it seeks to ensure industry growth across the region is sustainable.


Sage: Pre-budget boost for DOC work
14 May 2018  

Sage: Pre-budget boost for DOC work

One of New Zealand’s leading tourism assets received a pre-budget boost in the form of $81.3m of pest control funding.


Tyson-Nathan to have MNZM conferred
14 May 2018  

Tyson-Nathan to have MNZM conferred

Māori tourism leader Pania Tyson-Nathan will be among the people whose achievements will be celebrated at investiture ceremonies at Government House in Wellington this week.


More closures as kauri dieback prevention gains pace
14 May 2018  

More closures as kauri dieback prevention gains pace

Another Auckland walking track has been closed – albeit temporarily – as efforts to prevent the spread of kauri dieback continue.


The Davis break down: What the minister said at TRENZ
11 May 2018  

The Davis break down: What the minister said at TRENZ

The Ticker breaks down tourism minister Kelvin Davis’ views on the big issues in the sector.


TIA, TEC reaction to govt’s plan to implement border levy
11 May 2018  

TIA, TEC reaction to govt’s plan to implement border levy

The tourism minister has committed to implementing a border levy – TIA and TEC chiefs give their views.


Rousing end to TRENZ 2018
11 May 2018  

Rousing end to TRENZ 2018

TRENZ 2018 came to a rousing end last night as hundreds of delegates helped bring down the house at the Dunedin Town Hall.


SKYCITY sells carpark for $40m
11 May 2018  

SKYCITY sells carpark for $40m

SKYCITY Entertainment Group has sold its  Federal Street car park in Auckland to ICD Property Investment Limited for $40m.


Early Easter sees holiday parks guest nights jump 25%
10 May 2018  

Early Easter sees holiday parks guest nights jump 25%

An early Easter helped lift holiday park guest nights by 25% to 950,000 in March 2018 compared to the same month last year, according to Stats NZ latest commercial accommodation survey.


Māori tourism leaders on TNZ’s evolution of 100% Pure NZ
10 May 2018  

Māori tourism leaders on TNZ’s evolution of 100% Pure NZ

TNZ’s commitment to include more people and culture has been welcomed but issues around authenticity and balance means the process will need to be carefully managed.


ChristchurchNZ poaches ATEED’s Loren Heaphy
10 May 2018  

ChristchurchNZ poaches ATEED’s Loren Heaphy

ChristchurchNZ has appointed Loren Heaphy its new general manager of destination and attraction.


Christchurch gets Fliggy with forecast $3.1bn China market
10 May 2018   /

Christchurch gets Fliggy with forecast $3.1bn China market

Christchurch International Airport is deepening its push into the Chinese visitor market using a travel website linked to e-commerce giant Alibaba.


Infrastructure “breaking point” fears as visitors top 5m by 2024
9 May 2018  

Infrastructure “breaking point” fears as visitors top 5m by 2024

A predicted 37% increase in international visitors to New Zealand over the next six years has raised concerns that under-pressure infrastructure will be pushed to “breaking point”.


Starting gun fired for NZ Tourism Awards 2018
9 May 2018  

Starting gun fired for NZ Tourism Awards 2018

The starting gun has been fired on the competition to be crowned industry’s 2018 supreme tourism operator as entries open for the prestigious New Zealand Tourism Awards.


TIA: OIA Bill’s “unintended consequences” for hotels
9 May 2018  

TIA: OIA Bill’s “unintended consequences” for hotels

The New Zealand tourism industry needs to transitions from being focused on creating growth to optimising value from the $36bn sector.


Air NZ ups ante in Dunedin
9 May 2018  

Air NZ ups ante in Dunedin

Air New Zealand has underlined its regional strategy of flying bigger aircraft to fewer locations by announcing additional services between Dunedin and Auckland.


TNZ chair Prendergast to leave, says minister wants new leader
8 May 2018  

TNZ chair Prendergast to leave, says minister wants new leader

Tourism NZ chair Kerry Prendergast is leaving the board after the tourism minister indicated that he wants a new leader at the body.


England-Hall: TNZ to boost regional growth by $1bn by 2023
8 May 2018  

England-Hall: TNZ to boost regional growth by $1bn by 2023

Tourism New Zealand plans to boost to regional growth by $1bn by 2023.


Global tourism’s carbon footprint 3x larger than thought
8 May 2018  

Global tourism’s carbon footprint 3x larger than thought

Global tourism’s carbon footprint is three times larger than previously thought, contributing around 8% of total greenhouse gas emissions, according to a new report.


Tasker: “Stark truths” about the Aus market
8 May 2018  

Tasker: “Stark truths” about the Aus market

New Zealand needs to increase its share of the Australian outbound departures market and make the most of the “big opportunity” presented by our closest neighbours.


Dunner stunner for Dunedin delegates
8 May 2018  

Dunner stunner for Dunedin delegates

Around 1500 industry professionals were welcomed to TRENZ at Dunedin’s Forsyth Barr stadium yesterday evening.


$100K grant up for grabs for operators, RTOs
8 May 2018  

$100K grant up for grabs for operators, RTOs

Auckland Airport has combined its two $50,000 Tourism Development Grants to create a single $100,000 grant for operators, RTOs and other tourism organisations to apply for.


Littlewood: NZ in a “tourism supercycle”
7 May 2018  

Littlewood: NZ in a “tourism supercycle”

Auckland Airport chief executive Adrian Littlewood says New Zealand is in a “tourism supercycle” but the industry must work together to ensure the country benefits.


TRENZ: 1,500 delegates rock in to Dunedin
6 May 2018  

TRENZ: 1,500 delegates rock in to Dunedin

In March there was Ed, this month there is TRENZ. NZ’s four-day tourism roadshow kicks-off tonight with Dunedin set to welcome more than 1,500 delegates for the annual event.


TRENZ 2019 goes to…
6 May 2018  

TRENZ 2019 goes to…

TRENZ is to return to Rotorua next year, and will be held in Christchurch in 2020.


Whale Watch’s Ngapora wins top business award
6 May 2018  

Whale Watch’s Ngapora wins top business award

Whale Watch Kaikōura general manager Kauahi Ngapora has been awarded the Outstanding Māori Business Leader Award at the University of Auckland’s Aotearoa Māori Business Leaders Awards.


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