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Marsden snaps up Otago asset, targets resort-style accom
8 Nov 2022  

Marsden snaps up Otago asset, targets resort-style accom

The acquisitive Auckland operator buys the former Heritage Collection Lake Resort and has another deal in the works.


Cruise is back in Dunedin – with transport teething problems too
28 Oct 2022   /

Cruise is back in Dunedin – with transport teething problems too

A lack of transport in Dunedin for cruise passengers is tipping “money down the drain”, according to one prominent operator in the city.


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.


Tarras airport targeted in climate action
25 Mar 2022   /

Tarras airport targeted in climate action

An action group will target the proposed international airport development at Tarras as part of the Global Climate Strike today.


Events gear up for return of crowds
24 Mar 2022  

Events gear up for return of crowds

Events are gearing up for a return of crowds, with the Otago Rally re-instating its Octagon start and welcoming back spectators for its 2022 event on 8-10 April.


Highlands funds mental health initiative
3 Mar 2022   /

Highlands funds mental health initiative

Highlands Motorsport Park will fund a range of mental health initiatives for local Cromwell school students.


DMPs paint slow international tourism recovery for Dunedin…
22 Sep 2021  

DMPs paint slow international tourism recovery for Dunedin…

International visitor spend in Dunedin may not fully recover to pre-Covid levels until 2029-2030 at the earliest, according to a new report.


Enterprise Dunedin appoints business events lead
21 Sep 2021  

Enterprise Dunedin appoints business events lead

Enterprise Dunedin has appointed of Louise Woodburn to the role of business events lead.


Operators prep to open at level 2, pray for Auckland and level 1
7 Sep 2021   /

Operators prep to open at level 2, pray for Auckland and level 1

Tourism businesses are re-opening this week but getting viable customer numbers through will take longer.


Scenic brings back Dunedin City hotel
6 Aug 2021  

Scenic brings back Dunedin City hotel

Scenic Hotel Group is reopening its Dunedin City hotel after placing it in hibernation last year.


Skyline’s big gain on Dunedin Leisure Lodge sale
4 Aug 2021  

Skyline’s big gain on Dunedin Leisure Lodge sale

It’s now clear why SkyCity said ‘yes’ to the unsolicited offer from Distinction Hotel Group.


Police investigating abuse of RTO staff following campaign
26 Jul 2021   /

Police investigating abuse of RTO staff following campaign

Tourism Waitaki employees have met with police following abusive comments on social media directed at its foreign-born staff.


Skyline sells Dunedin hotel to Distinction
15 Jun 2021   /

Skyline sells Dunedin hotel to Distinction

However, the international operator says the off-market deal does not indicate any change in its overall strategy.


Dunedin events fund grants $110k to two projects
10 Jun 2021   /

Dunedin events fund grants $110k to two projects

New Zealand International Science Festival and New Zealand Masters Games get funds to improve marketing power.


Southern tourism still suffering most – Westpac
14 Jan 2021   /

Southern tourism still suffering most – Westpac

But tourism in regions like Hawke’s Bay and Northland has fared better, says the bank.


Wains Hotel reopens as Fable Dunedin
15 Dec 2020   /

Wains Hotel reopens as Fable Dunedin

The five-star hotel offered 50 guest rooms, including three suites, and three conference rooms that could cater up to 250 guests.


Fire contained at 105-year-old Dunedin icon
11 Aug 2020   /

Fire contained at 105-year-old Dunedin icon

A roof fire in the Anglican St Paul’s Cathedral in Dunedin has been contained and early reports suggest little damage from smoke and water.


Enterprise Dunedin’s Anderson on tourism resilience, diversification
6 Aug 2020   /

Enterprise Dunedin’s Anderson on tourism resilience, diversification

Enterprise Dunedin’s city marketing manager says now is the time to reset the region’s offering.


Christchurch Airport secures Otago land for new South Island airport
22 Jul 2020   /

Christchurch Airport secures Otago land for new South Island airport

The operator has spent $45m already, most of it to buy land near Tarras, south of Wanaka.


Concerns raised at Queenstown iso-hotels
3 Jul 2020   /

Concerns raised at Queenstown iso-hotels

Mayor Jim Boult says limited health care capacity in the region would be a “significant” worry if an outbreak occurred.


Tourism Central Otago closes i-SITEs, cuts jobs
2 Jun 2020   /

Tourism Central Otago closes i-SITEs, cuts jobs

“i-SITEs nationwide will be making some tough calls in the coming months,” says the RTO’s GM, Dylan Rushbrook.


Small RTOs at risk of being lost – Tourism Waitaki’s Munro
28 May 2020   /

Small RTOs at risk of being lost – Tourism Waitaki’s Munro

Smaller regional tourism organisations are at risk of being lost because their current destination funding model is inadequate, says Tourism Waitaki general manager Margaret Munro.


Watch: Enterprise Dunedin launches ‘Plan D’ campaign
28 May 2020   /

Watch: Enterprise Dunedin launches ‘Plan D’ campaign

Enterprise Dunedin has launched a new domestic marketing campaign, Dunedin, a pretty good Plan D.


Larnach Castle’s Barker puts ‘worst days’ behind with reopening
22 May 2020   /

Larnach Castle’s Barker puts ‘worst days’ behind with reopening

 The Dunedin attraction opened its doors this morning after a period of consolidation and cutbacks.


Job losses hit Dunedin rail, venues operations
21 Apr 2020   /

Job losses hit Dunedin rail, venues operations

Almost 70 roles are to go as the city grapples with the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.


Industry event cancellations pour in
17 Mar 2020   /

Industry event cancellations pour in

RTNZ, Destination Queenstown, and the University of Otago are the latest to cancel or postpone industry events.


Govt conference in Dunedin called off
17 Mar 2020   /

Govt conference in Dunedin called off

The South Island Whanau Ora Commissioning Agency has postponed its March 25 conference in Dunedin due to Covid-19.


Union urges PGF funding for Dunedin – Middlemarch rail services
5 Mar 2020   /

Union urges PGF funding for Dunedin – Middlemarch rail services

The union representing rail workers says money from the Provincial Growth Fund could ensure the future of rail excursions to Middlemarch.


Prison gets $100k funding boost for restoration
4 Mar 2020  

Prison gets $100k funding boost for restoration

Otago’s Dunedin Prison will commence further restoration work in the coming months following a $100,000 grant from the Otago Community Trust.


Dunedin trials the Octagon Experience for summer events
27 Jan 2020  

Dunedin trials the Octagon Experience for summer events

Dunedin’s iconic Octagon and surrounding streets are to be closed to traffic for a trial period over summer when visitors flock to a number of events take place in the southern city.


Wine expert bolsters Tourism Central Otago advisory board
27 Jan 2020  

Wine expert bolsters Tourism Central Otago advisory board

Tourism Central Otago’s has appointed award-winning Quartz Reef winemaker Rudi Bauer to replace Dylan Rushbrook on its advisory board.


Dunedin, Hamilton score 2020 All Blacks’ matches
3 Dec 2019  

Dunedin, Hamilton score 2020 All Blacks’ matches

The enduring appeal of the All Blacks will boost hospitality and accommodation coffers in four cities next year.


Dunedin to set up campervan site ahead of busy month of events
27 Nov 2019  

Dunedin to set up campervan site ahead of busy month of events

Part of Dunedin’s Victoria Road carpark will be converted into a temporary caravan site in February 2020, as the council looks to cope with an influx of visitors expected in the city for several large events that month.


Contrasting tourism fortunes for Wellington, Dunedin – Infometrics
22 Nov 2019   /

Contrasting tourism fortunes for Wellington, Dunedin – Infometrics

Wellington and Dunedin have painted contrasting tourism pictures for industry, according to each regions’ latest Quarterly Economic Monitor released by Infometrics.


ORC to present case for Queenstown ferry as Go Orange bows out
21 Nov 2019  

ORC to present case for Queenstown ferry as Go Orange bows out

The Otago Regional Council is developing a business case for a water ferry on Lake Wakatipu, following news this week Go Orange will cease its public scheduled ferry services come the end of February 2020.


Central Otago announces third Locals’ Weekend
17 Sep 2019  

Central Otago announces third Locals’ Weekend

Locals across Otago and Southland will be able to enjoy “mates” rates tourism deals this Saturday and Sunday in the region’s third Locals’ Weekend.


Dunedin Convention Bureau rebrands 
16 Sep 2019  

Dunedin Convention Bureau rebrands 

The rebranding reflects a growing trend in the national conference industry as more regional offices move from ‘convention bureau’ to ‘business events’ terminology.


New wine tourism venture for Otago
29 Aug 2019  

New wine tourism venture for Otago

A proposed boutique vineyard village at Cromwell will be a new wine tourism destination, according to its developers.


Royal cam albatross ambassador in need a name
24 Jul 2019  

Royal cam albatross ambassador in need a name

The annual competition to name a northern royal cam chick at Pukekura/Taiaroa Head is now underway.


Baldwin Street: The steepest street in the… Southern Hemisphere?
17 Jul 2019  

Baldwin Street: The steepest street in the… Southern Hemisphere?

Enterprise Dunedin plans to continue promoting Baldwin Street as part of the city’s mix of tourism product despite it losing the steepest street in the world title.


Larnach Castle’s Price crowned in DunedinHOST awards
11 Jul 2019  

Larnach Castle’s Price crowned in DunedinHOST awards

Larnach Castle’s sales and marketing manager Deborah Price and Dunedin’s Good Company Tours have been recognised at this year’s DunedinHOST awards.


Dunedin back in the game with new marketing manager
10 Jul 2019  

Dunedin back in the game with new marketing manager

The long-vacant post spearheading the city’s promotion has finally been filled.


Dunedin allocates $500k for events
10 Jul 2019  

Dunedin allocates $500k for events

Dunedin City Council has allocated $508,700 to support events in the city.


New eco-tourism experience sees visitors care for endangered penguins
5 Jul 2019   /

New eco-tourism experience sees visitors care for endangered penguins

Blue Penguins Pukekura, a penguin conservation project at Takiharuru-Pilots Beach on the Otago Peninsula, has launched an exclusive new experience in which visitors can become conservation workers caring for their feathered charges.


DOC: Two-thirds of Fiordland guiding activities non-compliant
18 Jun 2019  

DOC: Two-thirds of Fiordland guiding activities non-compliant

A compliance sweep found a quarter of all activities in breach or operating illegally.


TCO aims to double spend in new 10-year strategy
17 Jun 2019  

TCO aims to double spend in new 10-year strategy

The RTO wants to see visitor expenditure reach $378m in 2027.


Waitaki explores “geogastronomy” collaboration and branding
13 Jun 2019   /

Waitaki explores “geogastronomy” collaboration and branding

Waitaki hospitality operators have started exploring options for creating a new “geogastronomy” initiative.


Dunedin to launch new food and drink festival
11 Jun 2019  

Dunedin to launch new food and drink festival

Dine Dunedin, a 16-day food event, is launching in the city on 21 June.


TEC, CINZ and Auckland Airport line up for Central Otago workshop
10 Jun 2019  

TEC, CINZ and Auckland Airport line up for Central Otago workshop

Representatives from Tourism Export Council, Conventions and Incentives New Zealand, Auckland Airport and Lake Wanaka Tourism are set to address the Central Otago tourism industry next week.


TNZ announces industry roadshow dates
24 May 2019  

TNZ announces industry roadshow dates

Tourism New Zealand is holding its next series of roadshows in June, taking the tourism insights, trends and strategy briefing to Dunedin, Christchurch, Wellington and Napier from 17 to 25 June.