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Te Pae Christchurch preps for Armageddon
24 Nov 2022  

Te Pae Christchurch preps for Armageddon

Te Pae Christchurch will host the Armageddon Expo from 10-11 December.


South Island RTOs join forces in northern push
21 Nov 2022   /

South Island RTOs join forces in northern push

West Coast and Canterbury regional tourism organisations are joining forces to relaunch tourism awareness with inbounders in the North Island.


Hotel weekly results: Christchurch keeps on climbing
18 Nov 2022   /

Hotel weekly results: Christchurch keeps on climbing

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For first time in 35 years, winter operator stays open for summer
18 Nov 2022   /

For first time in 35 years, winter operator stays open for summer

Ski Time will keep its doors open over the Christmas and New Year period for the first time in 35 years.


New $20k per night Flockhill vote of confidence in NZ luxury
16 Nov 2022   /

New $20k per night Flockhill vote of confidence in NZ luxury

The owners are pouring tens of millions into the venture to create a new luxury precinct in Canterbury.


CIAL chief Malcolm Johns attending APEC
11 Nov 2022   /

CIAL chief Malcolm Johns attending APEC

Christchurch International Airport Limited chief executive Malcolm Johns is one of three business delegates representing New Zealand at the APEC Leaders’ Week in Bangkok from Sunday.


NZ Tourism Awards: Akaroa Dolphins steers course towards strong summer
3 Nov 2022   /

NZ Tourism Awards: Akaroa Dolphins steers course towards strong summer

In a series of profiles leading up to next Thursday’s awards, the Ticker talks to finalist Akaroa Dolphins.


Te Pae to host large earth sciences conference
2 Nov 2022   /

Te Pae to host large earth sciences conference

Around 800 – 1,000 international delegates will converge on the city in 2026 over five days.


TRENZ returns in full to Christchurch in 2023
31 Oct 2022   /

TRENZ returns in full to Christchurch in 2023

Tourism Industry Aotearoa’s annual TRENZ trade show will take place at Te Pae Christchurch next year and will be the first full event since 2019, and the first in the city since 2006.


Christchurch Attractions restarts garden tours
27 Oct 2022  

Christchurch Attractions restarts garden tours

Christchurch Attractions has restarted its Botanic Gardens Tour for the first time since March 2020.


Yes, dolphins have moved further from Akaroa but we see them on 98% of cruises – operator
25 Oct 2022   /

Yes, dolphins have moved further from Akaroa but we see them on 98% of cruises – operator

Cruise ships appear to have affected the distribution of Hector’s dolphins at the popular destination.


Weekly hotel results: Christchurch hits 2022 high
21 Oct 2022   /

Weekly hotel results: Christchurch hits 2022 high

Christchurch has hit an occupancy high for 2022 after a long climb from the Omicron-impacted doldrums of March this year.


Spider monkeys return to Orana Wildlife Park
21 Oct 2022  

Spider monkeys return to Orana Wildlife Park

Spider monkeys have returned to Orana Wildlife Park at Christchurch in a newly-renovated habitat.


Off the slopes and in for a soak: Ski a boon for new attraction
19 Oct 2022   /

Off the slopes and in for a soak: Ski a boon for new attraction

A good first winter helps Ōpuke Thermal Pools & Spa – partially owned by NZSki – put the pandemic behind it.


Christchurch, Hamburg airports partner on green hydrogen goals
19 Oct 2022   /

Christchurch, Hamburg airports partner on green hydrogen goals

Christchurch and Hamburg Airports have embarked on a joint partnership to develop infrastructure for the use of green hydrogen in aviation for both ground vehicles and aircraft propulsion systems.


BEIA, Te Pae Christchurch appoint managers
18 Oct 2022   /

BEIA, Te Pae Christchurch appoint managers

Business Events Industry Aotearoa and Te Pae owner Ōtākaro appoint new senior managers.


Delegates converge on Te Pae for water conference
18 Oct 2022   /

Delegates converge on Te Pae for water conference

More than 1,000 delegates are converging at Te Pae Christchurch today for the Water New Zealand Conference and Expo 2022.


Christchurch to host 2023 Cruise Conference
14 Oct 2022   /

Christchurch to host 2023 Cruise Conference

The New Zealand Cruise Association will hold next year’s Cruise Conference at the Christchurch Town Hall.


Christchurch to host 2025 Special Olympics national games
11 Oct 2022   /

Christchurch to host 2025 Special Olympics national games

The event will bring about 1,300 athletes, 300 coaches and 600 volunteers to the city in December 2025.


Hotels offer scholarships for Lincoln University students
10 Oct 2022   /

Hotels offer scholarships for Lincoln University students

Christchurch hotels The Pavilions and The George are partnering up with Lincoln University to offer $3,000 scholarships to students.


Te Pae opens doors to legal conference
4 Oct 2022   /

Te Pae opens doors to legal conference

Te Pae will host the In-house Lawyers Association of New Zealand annual conference, which begins tomorrow in Christchurch.


Christchurch to host economic development conference
3 Oct 2022   /

Christchurch to host economic development conference

Economic development professionals will converge on Christchurch next week for the Economic Development New Zealand 2022 conference.


GCH launches first Chch – Akaroa heli gin experience
29 Sep 2022   /

GCH launches first Chch – Akaroa heli gin experience

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NZICC rebuilds sales strength, Te Pae marks 100 events
21 Sep 2022   / /

NZICC rebuilds sales strength, Te Pae marks 100 events

The New Zealand International Convention Centre is ramping up its sales team as it looks to build up bookings ahead of the long-awaited venue’s 2025 opening.


New cultural installations at Canterbury’s Castle Hill
21 Sep 2022   /

New cultural installations at Canterbury’s Castle Hill

Kura Tawhiti Castle Hill in Canterbury is now home to three new pou whenua installations that share narratives covering Ngāi Tūāhuriri/Ngāi Tahu history.


CIAL board urged to revisit Tarras plans after CEO resigns
14 Sep 2022   /

CIAL board urged to revisit Tarras plans after CEO resigns

The departure of Christchurch International Airport chief executive Malcolm Johns could be an opportunity to reset the operator’s Central Otago project, says airport opposition group Sustainable Tarras.


Christchurch Airport CEO Malcolm Johns resigns
12 Sep 2022   /

Christchurch Airport CEO Malcolm Johns resigns

He will leave next year as the operator’s Tarras proposal prepares for potential consent applications.


Whale collisions unheard of near Kaikōura – operators
12 Sep 2022   /

Whale collisions unheard of near Kaikōura – operators

A whale striking a boat in Kaikōura is unheard of, according to two operators at the popular visitor destination.


Kaikōura operator’s rapid response to fatal capsize, incident inquiries launched
12 Sep 2022   /

Kaikōura operator’s rapid response to fatal capsize, incident inquiries launched

A Kaikōura operator was one of the first at the scene of an accident that took the lives of five people when a fishing charter boat capsized in Goose Bay on Saturday.


Future of Timaru theatre project in public’s hands
12 Sep 2022  

Future of Timaru theatre project in public’s hands

Three options are on the table for restoration and new buildings.


Perspectives: Could a Tarras airport divert tourists from Christchurch?
9 Sep 2022   /

Perspectives: Could a Tarras airport divert tourists from Christchurch?

City ratepayers could pay twice if a new airport struggles to make profit and takes tourism from Canterbury, argues Ilan Noy from Victoria University.


Latest Tarras opposition video “opinions and assumptions” – CIAL
9 Sep 2022   /

Latest Tarras opposition video “opinions and assumptions” – CIAL

Christchurch International Airport is calling Sustainable Tarras’ claims that a proposed airport at Tarras is being hastily prepared without consultation as ‘opinions and assumptions’.


International numbers surge, domestic drops – Christchurch Airport
5 Sep 2022  

International numbers surge, domestic drops – Christchurch Airport

The operator is investigating a private placement to help refinance, while boss Malcolm Johns nears the $1m CEO club.


Canterbury Museum starts shift for $205m overhaul
1 Sep 2022  

Canterbury Museum starts shift for $205m overhaul

It is the biggest move in the Christchurch attraction’s history.


Te Pae Christchurch to host 2026 wine symposium
1 Sep 2022   /

Te Pae Christchurch to host 2026 wine symposium

Te Pae Christchurch Convention Centre will host the 2026 International Cool Climate Wine Symposium, which could bring more than $1.1m into New Zealand’s economy.


Te Pae to host 500+ delegates at finance conference
30 Aug 2022   /

Te Pae to host 500+ delegates at finance conference

More than 500 delegates will converge at Te Pae Christchurch Convention Centre next week for the annual Financial Advice New Zealand conference.


Te Pae grows faster than expected, seeks more staff
19 Aug 2022   /

Te Pae grows faster than expected, seeks more staff

Te Pae Christchurch Convention Centre says it is growing quicker than expected and is now looking for new staff ahead of schedule.


International students return to Christchurch
16 Aug 2022  

International students return to Christchurch

Around 160 students will arrive in Christchurch tomorrow, marking the return of the international education sector back to the city.


Hotel RevPAR recovers to pre-Covid levels – Horwath HTL
15 Aug 2022   /

Hotel RevPAR recovers to pre-Covid levels – Horwath HTL

ADR jumps as guests fork out to secure scarce rooms in Queenstown and Te Pae helps boost demand in Christchurch.


Te Pae snaps up global event leader
8 Aug 2022   /

Te Pae snaps up global event leader

Nicolette Elia has joined Te Pae Christchurch as director of event services, bringing more than 20 years of experience in the conference, events and exhibitions to her role.


And the Holiday Parks NZ Award winners are…
3 Aug 2022   /

And the Holiday Parks NZ Award winners are…

HPNZ’s Colleen Ives is presented the Outstanding Service to the Holiday Park Industry award.


Border opening just one piece of tourism puzzle – chamber
2 Aug 2022   /

Border opening just one piece of tourism puzzle – chamber

The borders are open, but now New Zealand needs to remain competitive and attractive to tourists in a global market.


Lower speed limits between Christchurch, Akaroa
2 Aug 2022   /

Lower speed limits between Christchurch, Akaroa

Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency will drop the speed limit on State Highway 73 and 75 between Christchurch and Akaroa in early September.


Weekly hotel results: Christchurch on the up and up
29 Jul 2022   /

Weekly hotel results: Christchurch on the up and up

Christchurch bucked the trend of falling occupancy seen across New Zealand last week, according to figures from STR.


Winter blast dampens some holiday demand but indoor attraction flies
25 Jul 2022   /

Winter blast dampens some holiday demand but indoor attraction flies

While outdoor attractions outside of ski saw demand impacted, indoor activity iFLY Queenstown saw its busiest month on record.


Te Pae to host 2023 LGNZ conference
25 Jul 2022   /

Te Pae to host 2023 LGNZ conference

Te Pae Christchurch Convention Centre will host the 2023 Local Government New Zealand Conference.


ChristchurchNZ selects agencies to lead DMP, brand plans
25 Jul 2022   /

ChristchurchNZ selects agencies to lead DMP, brand plans

ChristchurchNZ picked the agencies to lead work on the city’s destination management and new place brand plans.


Canterbury Museum preps for major overhaul
21 Jul 2022  

Canterbury Museum preps for major overhaul

Canterbury Museum is packing its bags and moving to a new temporary premises as part of a major redevelopment project that could take up to five years.


…while Canterbury’s tight labour market biggest business barrier
20 Jul 2022   /

…while Canterbury’s tight labour market biggest business barrier

The constrained labour market and lack of overseas workers are the biggest barrier to business, the Quarterly Canterbury Business Survey


Chamber praises Christchurch stadium decision
15 Jul 2022   /

Chamber praises Christchurch stadium decision

The Canterbury Employers’ Chamber of Commerce has praised Christchurch City Council’s decision to continue building the $683m Te Kaha stadium.