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Invercargill Licensing Trust appoints Queenstown-based architects for inner-city hotel Queenstown-based architects Warren & Mahoney have been signed off for the development of the Invercargill Licensing Trust’s new inner-city hotel. Southland Times
New Doc boss a man of action as well as words The Department of Conservation’s new boss for the southern South Island is a published author, in-demand public speaker and an Ironman triathlete. ODT
Airbnb under the microscope in Southland Southland’s regional authorities are watching closely as neighbouring Queenstown Lakes District Council takes on global peer-to-peer rental accommodation behemoth Airbnb. Southland Times
SDC ponders how to pay for $4.6m of completed cycle trail The Around the Mountains Cycle Trail has so far incurred $10.4m in costs, but $4.6m has not been paid for, a Southland District Council report says. Southland Times
Fiordland’s scenic sounds have plenty to offer Summer is right around the corner and it’s a perfect time to head down to Fiordland for some adventures deep in nature. Stuff
Bad behaviour at DOC huts a cause for concern Obnoxious hut behaviour is causing concern for the Department of Conservation. Stuff
Fiordland National Park Management Plan review delayed A recreational development group has become frustrated as the Department of Conservation delays a plan review for the biggest national park in the country. Southland Times
Omaui track to be officially opened after years in the making After years of tireless work from dozens of volunteers, the Omaui track will have its official opening. Southland Times
World Famous in New Zealand: Milford Sound Believe the hype Even Rudyard Kipling’s description of it as the eighth wonder of the world. Milford Sound (Piopiotahi) is a national treasure. Stuff
‘Not enough beds to sleep on’ Southland is seeing a tourism boost, partly because of Airbnb, but it is also driving up a need for workers and the temporary rental service is leaving them nowhere to live. RNZ
April 2017
Fiordland buzzing this Easter From eclectic art to a festival of tartan Te Anau is turning it on for visitors this Easter. Southland Times
Invercargill breaks ground on digger-based theme park As well as excavators, ticket-holders will also be able to try their hand at driving bulldozers, skid steers, and other heavy machinery. Southland Times
Charge tourists to pay for free swimming Tourists should be charged entry to museums and art galleries to pay for swimming lessons. Southland Times
Gateway to Fiordland becoming a deathtrap for tourist drivers “Welcome to Smash Palace,” says Mobil owner Mark Dowling. Sunday Star Times
March 2017
Catlins centre seeks tourism operators The heritage visitor centre being developed in the Catlins is set to open in October and those behind it are on the hunt for operators to take on its associated tourism operations. ODT
Deadly Te Anau bus crash: Victims believed to have been German tourists Police have confirmed the two men who died in the fiery crash near Te Anau on Tuesday are believed to have been tourists from Germany. The NZ Herald
Two people dead in fiery Te Anau tourist bus and car crash Two people are dead after a fiery crash between a rental car and a bus carrying 16 tourists on the Te Anau-Milford Highway in Southland yesterday. Newstalk ZB
Southlanders choose holiday parks instead of houses More and more Southlanders are choosing to live in camping grounds instead of renting or buying houses. Southland Times
Growing tourism lets businesses flourish Flourishing tourism has been helping create and grow businesses in Tuatapere. Southland Times[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]