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BERL’s Mark Cox on why average visitor spend fell in 2017
30 Apr 2018  

BERL’s Mark Cox on why average visitor spend fell in 2017

As visitor numbers close in on four million, BERL senior economist Mark Cox takes a look at why average visitor spend fell last year and the important factors driving that expenditure.


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.


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.


Why Tourism Australia’s $39m ‘Croc Dundee’ campaign is smart
8 Feb 2018  

Why Tourism Australia’s $39m ‘Croc Dundee’ campaign is smart

Professor of media and communications at University of Melbourne, John Sinclair, says Tourism Australia’s lastest A$36m campaign is founded on a smart strategy.


InterCity’s John Thorburn on the firm’s first foray overseas
30 Jan 2018   /

InterCity’s John Thorburn on the firm’s first foray overseas

InterCity Group CEO John Thorburn on the company’s expansion beyond NZ with its purchase of the Cairns-based Tusa Group, which operates a variety of cruise products.  


EDNZ: Let’s ensure the $1bn regional fund delivers
2 Nov 2017  

EDNZ: Let’s ensure the $1bn regional fund delivers

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.


TTF: Time for faster, smarter, better trips across ‘the Ditch’
2 Oct 2017   /

TTF: Time for faster, smarter, better trips across ‘the Ditch’

Tourism & Transport Forum Australia’s chief executive Margy Osmond argues it is time to simplify air travel between Australia and New Zealand and improve the experience for travellers.


365 activities, 365 days: The takeaways from a year’s worth of NZ experiences
5 Sep 2017  

365 activities, 365 days: The takeaways from a year’s worth of NZ experiences

Robin Gayraud and Laura Symonds, publishers of the BackpackerGuide.NZ, travelled New Zealand in a campervan to take on 365 activities in 365 days.


Across the Ditch: Now is the time to ramp up tourism
20 Jul 2017  

Across the Ditch: Now is the time to ramp up tourism

Margy Osmond, chief executive of Australia’s Tourism & Transport Forum, on the state of Australia’s booming tourism market and why the industry can’t rest on its laurels.


ServiceIQ: Skills shortage reaching crisis point
18 Jul 2017  

ServiceIQ: Skills shortage reaching crisis point

ServiceIQ’s chief executive, Dean Minchington, says a looming skills shortage is putting the service sector at risk and New Zealand will be the worse for it.


Lesley Immink: Why tourism is not taken seriously
29 Jun 2017  

Lesley Immink: Why tourism is not taken seriously

After 36 years in the industry, the past six as Tourism Export Council’s chief executive, Lesley Immink leaves tomorrow to pursue a career in politics. In her exit letter to industry, she calls for the reinstatement of a Tourism Ministry, bemoans tourism not being taken seriously, and looks to the future with talented Young TEC.


Fed Farmers: What about the damage wreaked by tourists?
20 Jun 2017   /

Fed Farmers: What about the damage wreaked by tourists?

Waikato Federated Farmers president Andrew McGiven hits back at criticism his industry is not doing enough to protect the environment and he takes particular aim at the Tourism Export Council.


Inbounders must move with the times – adapt, innovate, invest
19 Apr 2017   / /

Inbounders must move with the times – adapt, innovate, invest

Tourism Industry Aotearoa’s chief executive, Chris Roberts, calls on the inbound and hotel sectors to work together to optimise tourism opportunities.


How to raise $75m to upgrade the Conservation estate
6 Apr 2017  

How to raise $75m to upgrade the Conservation estate

We have always prided ourselves that New Zealand is the land of the great outdoors.


NZ is Australia’s biggest tourism source – but for how long?
16 Mar 2017  

NZ is Australia’s biggest tourism source – but for how long?

New Zealand remains Australia’s biggest tourism source market, delivering 1.35m visitors over the past 12 months. But for how long?


Wagner: Success has raised challenges govt will help address
10 Mar 2017  

Wagner: Success has raised challenges govt will help address

In a speech to the Chartered Accountants ANZ Annual Nelson/Marlborough Regional Conference this week, Associate Minister of Tourism Nicky Wagner outlines the government’s tourism strategy.


The reason for the gender pay gap
8 Mar 2017  

The reason for the gender pay gap

The Minister for Women, also the Minister of Tourism, Paula Bennett’s full address yesterday to the Human Resources Institute calling for action to close the gender pay gap.


United Nations: Planet 50-50 by 2030
8 Mar 2017  

United Nations: Planet 50-50 by 2030

Across the world, too many women and girls spend too many hours on household responsibilities — typically more than double the time spent by men and boys, says UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka.


Auckland’s appalling targeted accommodation rate
6 Mar 2017   / /

Auckland’s appalling targeted accommodation rate

The Tourism Industry Association’s Chris Roberts questions the fairness of Auckland mayor Phil Goff’s proposed targeted accommodation rate, which could see some operators hit with rate increases of 250% or more.


Why this matters: Aviation NZ’s chief on DOC’s new landing fees
21 Feb 2017  

Why this matters: Aviation NZ’s chief on DOC’s new landing fees

Aviation New Zealand’s chief executive John Nicholson tells us why he believes DOC’s new landing charges are an unfair imposition on an industry already operating under heavy fee burdens, with more to come later this year.


Queenstown’s mayor is now Real Journeys’ chairman – conflict of interest?
20 Feb 2017  

Queenstown’s mayor is now Real Journeys’ chairman – conflict of interest?

Is Queenstown mayor Jim Boult’s recent appointment to chairman of one of the region’s most prominent tourism companies, Real Journeys, a conflict of interest?


CAUTHE 2017: Time for a bridge to industry
10 Feb 2017  

CAUTHE 2017: Time for a bridge to industry

This year’s Council for Australasian Tourism and Hospitality Education (CAUTHE) conference in Dunedin was both inspiring and worrying in equal measure.


Where’s the money for infrastructure minister?
1 Feb 2017  

Where’s the money for infrastructure minister?

The reaction of many Northlanders to the news that our region is to be promoted in Melbourne to attract tourists here was no doubt enthusiastic – initially.


Across the ditch: Australia must invest to maintain tourism boom
23 Jan 2017  

Across the ditch: Australia must invest to maintain tourism boom

In a warning to us here, a lack of investment in training and infrastructure could curtail Australia’s booming tourism industry, says David Beirman, senior lecturer in tourism at the University of Technology Sydney.


Why we should welcome tourists
16 Jan 2017  

Why we should welcome tourists

Kiwis are renowned for our hospitality, and it’s a character trait we take pride in, says tourism minister Paula Bennett.


Miserable government putting tourism industry at risk
13 Jan 2017  

Miserable government putting tourism industry at risk

By not adequately funding tourism and infrastructure to deal with it, the government is putting the industry at risk, says New Zealand First’s tourism spokesperson, Fletcher Tabuteau.


Too big to help?
18 Nov 2016   / /

Too big to help?

The government should rethink its allocation of support to quake-stricken buisnesses in Kaikoura, writes Tourism Ticker’s Paul Yandall.


Trump card
12 Nov 2016  

Trump card

What can we learn from the US election and what effect will Trump’s victory have on the tourism industry, asks Tourism Ticker’s Bridget O’Connell.


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