Hassle-free Tours built back better and bigger after the quakes but Covid is a different challenge.
The coach tour company involved in a crash that saw 20 Chinese visitors injured, two of them severely, has gone into liquidation.
Coach tour company Voyager Tours has gone into liquidation, although the causes have yet to be revealed.
Bus and Coach Association chief executive Dr Pim Borren says the tour coach business is at a virtual standstill.
The company, which catered to the active senior market, had rescheduled 16 tours following the Covid-19 lockdown.
Entrada’s InterCity and Auckland Whale and Dolphin Safari operations are to restart selected services this week.
The services would operate on a reduced schedule, four days per week.
Financial support from the Ministry of Transport has prompted national bus network InterCity today to re-start routes between Nelson to Queenstown and Christchurch to Queenstown.
Auckland Transport’s new bus route using electric buses operated by Go Bus will be launched in the first half of 2021.
THL’s recent RV promo received an “overwhelmingly positive” response but NZ rental revenue is still down 50%.
Physical distancing measures meant there would be reduced seating capacity, and services might run at a loss.
Jenna Snelgrove, sales and marketing director at Tranzit Group, on operating in a re-active state as the Covid crisis developed at pace, to now turning the corner and being able to focus on forward planning, opportunities and innovation.
One of Australasia’s fastest-growing operators has had little downtime in the lockdown, says CEO John Thorburn.
The Bus and Coach Association says it is “dumbfounded” by the suggestion of one union organisation that bus companies are ‘double dipping’ on the Covid-19 wage subsidy scheme.
Construction of the new $29m Rotokauri Transport Hub in Hamilton will commence before Christmas.
Red Travel has brought in Canadian technology company Betterez to modernise its ticketing and reservatiosn system.
The youth-oriented tour operator has pitched into the 50+ demographic to help cope with a softening backpacker market.
InterCity has moved to fill the gap left by the demise of Nakedbus and Manabus.
The sale of the two coach services came after eight months of effort trying to integrate them into Fullers, says Mike Horne.
The operator plans to be the first in NZ to offer a fully electric urban service.
SkyBus will start a direct North Harbour to Auckland Airport service on 1 July.
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Red Travel, a division of Christchurch’s Iconic Red Bus Urban passenger transport company, has launched a new daily service from Christchurch to Kaikoura.
Queenstown’s new public transport system is going to be a game-changer for both residents and visitors.
Southern Discoveries is launching its new fleet of glass-topped coaches taking passengers from Queenstown to its Milford Sound cruises.
Auckland-based Stray Travel has bought Australia’s Loka adventure travel operator in a deal the companies say will create Asia Pacific’s largest “flexible adventure travel network”.
SkyBus has announced that its annual passenger count has increased by a significant 11% in the last 12 months.
Connexionz, a leading provider of intelligent transit solutions for ferry and bus operators, has opened a US office in California.
Christchurch-based Hassle-free Tours is expanding to Auckland and Queenstown in a $2m drive to push into new markets.
A new daily bus service between Dunedin and Queenstown will give travellers a taste of luxury on the road.
InterCity Group is pleased to announce that Simon Payne is joining the team as General Manager – Sales.
Go Bus has secured the contract to deliver passengers to and from Queenstown Airport’s new 150-space park and ride facility.
InterCity Group has ended its commercial relationship with Southern Discoveries Milford Sound cruises and will instead feed its passengers on to JUCY vessels.
Super Shuttle has launched a new business class service as it upgrades its fleet, pushes into the regions, and expands its marketing.
The Bus & Coach Association has hit back at government comments encouraging Chinese visitors off tours and into independent travel.
There are many reasons why encouraging tourists to partake in tours, as opposed to travelling themselves, would actually be advantageous to New Zealand.
Presented at Press Conference at 2pm Friday at Rydges Latimer Christchurch following the Te Anau Milford Highway crash last Tuesday that killed two German tourists.
Go Bus is pumping up to $20m of dollars into its luxury Johnston’s Coachlines business to meet soaring tourism demand.
Southern Discoveries will enter Queenstown’s competitive coach sector after committing close to $2m to launch a fleet of coaches.
A much needed radical shift in public transport for the Wakatipu Basin’s residence and visitors has taken a step closer.
Tourism Holdings Limited’s (THL) New Zealand tourism operations saw earnings before interest and tax (EBIT) jump to $4.3m for the half-year to 31 December 2016, up 30% on the previous corresponding period.
Travellers on InterCity’s direct bus service between Hamilton and Auckland Airport can now enjoy a taste of business class on the road.
New Zealand’s largest long distance transport provider InterCity will operate bus services between Christchurch and Greymouth while the TranzAlpine scenic railway is out of action.
The future arrived at Christchurch Airport this morning, with the introduction of the fully autonomous Smart Shuttle.
Two new InterCity double-decker buses are hitting the road this week, offering a new level of luxury for long-distance bus passengers.