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Perspectives: Cruise ships have Covid cases – so what needs to happen next?
31 Oct 2022   /

Perspectives: Cruise ships have Covid cases – so what needs to happen next?

The cruise industry has learnt much from the pandemic but more can be done to protect those at sea and on land, say researchers.


NZ Traveller Declaration to end on Thurs – govt
18 Oct 2022   /

NZ Traveller Declaration to end on Thurs – govt

The government is ending the requirement for visitors travelling by air to fill out the online New Zealand Traveller Declaration (NZTD) from this Thursday 20 October.


Auckland Airport passenger numbers continue to climb
17 Oct 2022   /

Auckland Airport passenger numbers continue to climb

September 2022 passenger movements at Auckland Airport reached 71% of the 2019 pre-Covid equivalent, buoyed by a rise in international and short-haul recovery.


TIA income falls as Covid impacts membership
3 Oct 2022  

TIA income falls as Covid impacts membership

Tourism Industry Aotearoa has posted total income of $2.43m for the year to March 2022, down 15% on last year.


Metlink removes mask requirements on public transport
14 Sep 2022   /

Metlink removes mask requirements on public transport

Masks are no longer required on Metlink’s bus, rail, ferry, and total mobility services, but remain strongly recommended on public transport.


“Momentous day” for tourism as Covid rules finally fall
13 Sep 2022   /

“Momentous day” for tourism as Covid rules finally fall

Operators can now make their own health and safety decisions for staff and customers.


Traffic light system, visitor vaccination scrapped
13 Sep 2022  

Traffic light system, visitor vaccination scrapped

The govt no longer requires proof of vaccination for visitors coming to NZ but travellers should check with their airline’s requirements.


ACT urges scrapping of visitor vax requirements
5 Sep 2022   /

ACT urges scrapping of visitor vax requirements

ACT Party leader David Seymour is calling for the government to remove all vaccination requirements because he believes they are preventing visitors from returning to New Zealand.


Air NZ shakes dust off desert-grounded aircraft
10 Aug 2022   /

Air NZ shakes dust off desert-grounded aircraft

Air New Zealand is shaking the dust off one of its Boeing 777-300 aircraft for flight once again after two years of being stored in the Mojave Desert in the United States.


Govt hails tourism “milestone” as border reopens to all
1 Aug 2022   /

Govt hails tourism “milestone” as border reopens to all

Tourism Minister Stuart Nash says there is strong visitor demand for NZ.


Cruise is back – what passengers, agents need to know
1 Aug 2022   /

Cruise is back – what passengers, agents need to know

Passengers on cruise ships and recreational vessels are required to be vaccinated against Covid-19, and must comply with all domestic health measures including isolation.


Fullers360: Staff shortages leading to service disruption
1 Aug 2022  

Fullers360: Staff shortages leading to service disruption

Staff shortages have caused Fullers360 to cancel or delay a number of its services at short notice and the company is warning customers to expect disruption.


Final call for Queenstown Lakes operators to apply for funding
27 Jul 2022   /

Final call for Queenstown Lakes operators to apply for funding

Queenstown Lakes District Council has issued a final call for tourism businesses in the district to apply for up to $60,000 funding from the Ministry of Business, Innovation, and Employment.


Isolation rules causing “business long Covid” – Barnett
27 Jul 2022  

Isolation rules causing “business long Covid” – Barnett

Auckland Business Chamber chief executive Michael Barnett is calling for the removal of self-isolation rules for household contacts because he believes it is causing “business long Covid” during the winter.


Govt rolls out new Covid measures, keeps NZ at orange
14 Jul 2022  

Govt rolls out new Covid measures, keeps NZ at orange

The government is making rapid antigen tests and masks freely available to anyone who needs them as part of several changes to tackle the second Covid-19 Omicron wave and influenza.


Air NZ offers flight credit to illness-impacted travellers
11 Jul 2022   /

Air NZ offers flight credit to illness-impacted travellers

Air New Zealand is offering flight credit to domestic and international travellers affected by illness or as a result of flight cancellations due to staff illness.


Staff illness, shortages hit Auckland rail bus services
8 Jul 2022   /

Staff illness, shortages hit Auckland rail bus services

Auckland Transport is reducing the number of rail bus services as driver shortages and illness force the operator to reduce timetables.


Niue Covid cases linked to NZ flight
6 Jul 2022  

Niue Covid cases linked to NZ flight

New Covid-19 cases in Niue have been linked to a flight from New Zealand.


NZ stays at orange as Covid cases “creep up”
30 Jun 2022  

NZ stays at orange as Covid cases “creep up”

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Vaccination mandate for border workers to end
29 Jun 2022   /

Vaccination mandate for border workers to end

The government’s mandatory vaccination requirement for all border workers and corrections staff will end on 2 July.


Crowne Plazas in Auckland, Christchurch reopen 
28 Jun 2022   /

Crowne Plazas in Auckland, Christchurch reopen 

Crowne Plaza Auckland and Crowne Plaza Christchurch have reopened their doors to guests after returning from managed isolation duty.


Final three MIQ facilities close
28 Jun 2022   /

Final three MIQ facilities close

The final three managed isolation facilities in Auckland have now closed, bringing an end to MIQ.


MIQ hotels return, adding nearly 1000 rooms to Auckland, Rotorua
23 Jun 2022   /

MIQ hotels return, adding nearly 1000 rooms to Auckland, Rotorua

Two Auckland hotels are returning refurbished after being managed isolation facilities, adding around 448 rooms to the market.


Pre-departure Covid testing requirement removed
21 Jun 2022   /

Pre-departure Covid testing requirement removed

Visitors heading to New Zealand can now skip the hassle of having a pre-departure Covid-19 test.


Border worker Covid testing to end
20 Jun 2022   /

Border worker Covid testing to end

Border workers will no longer need to be tested for Covid-19 from 11:59pm on Thursday 30 June.


Up to 60% visitor recovery by May 2023 – TECNZ
17 Jun 2022   /

Up to 60% visitor recovery by May 2023 – TECNZ

New Zealand could see a 55%-60% return of pre-Covid visitor arrivals and spend by as early as the year ending May 2023, despite a lack of China-based airlines during the latter half of 2022.


Industry hails scrapping of Covid pre-departure tests
16 Jun 2022   /

Industry hails scrapping of Covid pre-departure tests

The removal of the requirement at midnight Monday arrives in time for the start of the southern ski season.


SkyCity forecasts falls in normalised profit, earnings
14 Jun 2022  

SkyCity forecasts falls in normalised profit, earnings

SkyCity Entertainment Group says it expects its normalised profit after tax for the year to June 2022 to be between $3.5m and $7m.


Nats urge govt to drop pre-departure tests “right now”
14 Jun 2022   /

Nats urge govt to drop pre-departure tests “right now”

National Party Covid-19 response spokesperson Chris Bishop is calling on the government to drop pre-departure testing requirements for incoming visitors “right now”.


Final MIQ hotels to close by end of June
14 Jun 2022   /

Final MIQ hotels to close by end of June

New Zealand’s three remaining managed isolation facilities will be closed by 30 June.


NZ lags behind as US ditches pre-departure testing
13 Jun 2022   /

NZ lags behind as US ditches pre-departure testing

The US is no longer requiring visitors travelling by air to undertake pre-departure testing for Covid-19, leaving NZ somewhat lagging behind as a country largely open for tourism with the restriction in place.


What we’ve learnt from the pandemic – West Coast operators
3 Jun 2022   /

What we’ve learnt from the pandemic – West Coast operators

Sustainability, collaboration, and new approaches to attracting domestic visitors have come to the fore in one of the hardest hit tourism regions.


Millennium & Copthorne occupancy below 36% but recovery expected
25 May 2022   /

Millennium & Copthorne occupancy below 36% but recovery expected

Major sporting events will help the recovery from later this year, says the operator.


Orange setting no barrier to recovery – business chamber
25 May 2022   /

Orange setting no barrier to recovery – business chamber

The Covid orange traffic light setting is not a constraint or handbrake to accelerating business recovery and growth, says Auckland Business Chamber chief executive Michael Barnett.


Cruise probably tourism’s “most trashed brand” in Covid is coming back better – Nash
12 May 2022   /

Cruise probably tourism’s “most trashed brand” in Covid is coming back better – Nash

How cruise managed the pandemic will be studied for years, says the tourism minister.


Tourism sector champions border re-opening to the world
12 May 2022   /

Tourism sector champions border re-opening to the world

The tourism, hospitality, events, and aviation industries welcome the new border date and moves to make hiring migrant workers easier.


2021 wage subsidies supported 183k jobs in accom, food
10 May 2022   /

2021 wage subsidies supported 183k jobs in accom, food

Accommodation and food services had the highest proportion of jobs supported by wage subsidies in 2021, says a new report.


SkyCity secures debt covenant relief
10 May 2022   /

SkyCity secures debt covenant relief

Sky City Entertainment Group has secured debt covenant waivers from its banking syndicate and US Private Placement holders for the 30 June 2022 testing period.


…now get rid of pre-departure tests – industry
2 May 2022   /

…now get rid of pre-departure tests – industry

Industry groups are calling on the government to scrap the requirement for travellers to take a pre-departure test before flying to New Zealand.


Air NZ to trial new Covid tests
2 May 2022   /

Air NZ to trial new Covid tests

Air New Zealand and the government will trial a new Covid-19 testing solution, coinciding the the arrival of more visitors back into New Zealand.


Perspectives: How flyers can avoid catching Covid on the plane
28 Apr 2022   /

Perspectives: How flyers can avoid catching Covid on the plane

Why are business travellers more at risk?


Queenstown Airport passenger numbers drop 23%
28 Apr 2022   /

Queenstown Airport passenger numbers drop 23%

A lack of travel confidence among domestic travellers contributed to a 23% drop to 72,895 in passengers flowing through Queenstown Airport in March 2022, compared to the same time last year.


New mask exemption card will help businesses – govt
27 Apr 2022  

New mask exemption card will help businesses – govt

The government will provide people who have a genuine reason for not being able to wear a face mask with a new personalised exemption card from the end of May.


Air NZ ditches domestic passenger vax mandates
14 Apr 2022   /

Air NZ ditches domestic passenger vax mandates

And from 1 May, it will also remove its ‘no jab, no fly’ vaccination policy for international customers.


SkyCity lifts restrictions, signals improving trading
14 Apr 2022   /

SkyCity lifts restrictions, signals improving trading

SkyCity Entertainment Group says it will operate its New Zealand properties without restrictions on mass gatherings and physical distancing from today.


Business events, hospo thrilled as cap limits scrapped
14 Apr 2022   /

Business events, hospo thrilled as cap limits scrapped

The business events and hospitality sectors have welcomed the ditching of capacity limits in time for the important Easter and school holidays.


NZ moves to Covid orange at midnight
13 Apr 2022   /

NZ moves to Covid orange at midnight

Bars, cafes, and restaurants will be able to fill up again with capacity and seating rules lifted, says Chris Hipkins.


Covid lockdowns push emissions down – report
13 Apr 2022   /

Covid lockdowns push emissions down – report

New Zealanders unable to travel throughout the country during 2020’s Covid-19 lockdowns saw a reduction in emissions, according to Greenhouse Gas Inventory report from the Ministry for the Environment.


Vertical integration could reduce tourism shock in crises – study
12 Apr 2022   /

Vertical integration could reduce tourism shock in crises – study

Vertically integrating tourism with other industries can help reduce its vulnerability in future crises, according to new research.


Monarch hits 70th milestone ahead of promising summer
11 Apr 2022   /

Monarch hits 70th milestone ahead of promising summer

Its flagship vessel, the MV Monarch, turns 70 this week, and alongside the celebrations the company is ready to chart the course for visitors.