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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.


Otago and Tairāwhiti triumph at 2019 Museum Awards
24 May 2019   /

Otago and Tairāwhiti triumph at 2019 Museum Awards

Dunedin’s Otago Museum was the most feted attraction at the 2019 ServiceIQ Museum Awards winning three of the ten categories up for grabs including  Most Innovative Education Programme, Most Innovative Public Programme and the Arts Access Aotearoa Museums Award.


New Penguin Tautoko Kaitiaki a ‘world first’
15 May 2019  

New Penguin Tautoko Kaitiaki a ‘world first’

Otago Peninsula’s Blue Penguins Pukekura has launched a new experience which allows visitor to participate in penguin conservation work.


GO Rentals expands in the south
17 Apr 2019  

GO Rentals expands in the south

GO Rentals has expanded in the South Island opening a depot at Dunedin Airport.


Kakanui tour group fatalities named
4 Apr 2019   /

Kakanui tour group fatalities named

Police have confirmed the names of the two people killed during a tour of the Kakanui Mountains in north Otago on Saturday 23 March.


Operator: Kakanui fatalities occurred during multi-day tour
27 Mar 2019   /

Operator: Kakanui fatalities occurred during multi-day tour

Queenstown’s Prestige Adventure says Saturday’s deaths happened on one of its 4WD buggy trips.


It’s Otago Anniversary Day on Monday – the Ticker is back Tuesday
22 Mar 2019  

It’s Otago Anniversary Day on Monday – the Ticker is back Tuesday

It’s Otago Anniversary Day this Monday 25 March, which means the Wanaka-based Ticker is on holiday.


The big winners from TRENZ
21 Mar 2019   /

The big winners from TRENZ

TRENZ is expected to pump more than $10m of additional business into the 2018 host regions of Dunedin, Waitaki and Southland, according to a post-event report.


Tourism insight key plank of new Dunedin economic dashboard
20 Mar 2019  

Tourism insight key plank of new Dunedin economic dashboard

Enterprise Dunedin’s new economic data dashboard gives insight into the city’s tourism sector.


Perspectives: Sector’s labour shortage affecting investment
4 Feb 2019  

Perspectives: Sector’s labour shortage affecting investment

Paul Bridson from Whistling Frog Resort at the Catlins calls on the government to do more to help plug the labour gap in the tourism sector.


“Quick wins” on the agenda for Central Otago’s advisory board
30 Jan 2019  

“Quick wins” on the agenda for Central Otago’s advisory board

Tourism Central Otago’s newly established Tourism Advisory Board has been challenged by to find some “quick wins” by the local regional council.


Dunedin launches Wildlife Care Code for visitors
19 Dec 2018   /

Dunedin launches Wildlife Care Code for visitors

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Disney contributes to big 48% jump in Central Otago guest nights
19 Dec 2018  

Disney contributes to big 48% jump in Central Otago guest nights

The production of Hollywood film Mulan may have helped boost Central Otago guest nights by 48% in October, says the local regional tourism organisation.


Central Otago reveals members of new tourism board
14 Dec 2018   /

Central Otago reveals members of new tourism board

The experienced hands of Sue Sullivan, Mark Frood and Dylan Rushbrook will be shaping the future of tourism in Central Otago after being appointed to the region’s new six strong Tourism Advisory Board.


Larnach Castle takes home tourism business award
11 Dec 2018  

Larnach Castle takes home tourism business award

Dunedin’s Larnach Castle has triumphed in the Westpac Otago Chamber of Commerce business awards winning the tourism and hospitality category.