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28 Jul 2021  

Ban cruise ships, scrap aerodrome, charge foreigners – Milford masterplan

The Milford Opportunities Project unveils its highly-anticipated plan for the destination.


Wallabies secure economic exemption for Bledisloe, tests worth up to $20m
28 Jul 2021   /

Wallabies secure economic exemption for Bledisloe, tests worth up to $20m

The New Zealand government has granted an ‘economic exemption’ for the Australian national rugby team to enter the country while the trans-Tasman bubble is paused.


Trans-Tasman travel bubble suspended from midnight Friday
23 Jul 2021   /

Trans-Tasman travel bubble suspended from midnight Friday

Quarantine-free travel from all of Australia will stop for eight weeks.


South Australia poised to join burst Aus travel bubble
20 Jul 2021   /

South Australia poised to join burst Aus travel bubble

It will be the latest state in Australia to move into lockdown today after new community cases of Covid.


Ministers roll into Queenstown bearing visa changes, TIFs
16 Jul 2021   /

Ministers roll into Queenstown bearing visa changes, TIFs

Like late night buses, you wait and wait and then get two at once.


TIF Round 5: $18m shared by 57 projects
16 Jul 2021   /

TIF Round 5: $18m shared by 57 projects

About $10m of the latest deployment is going to five regions hit hard by the lack of international tourists.


Quarantine-free travel from Victoria paused
16 Jul 2021   /

Quarantine-free travel from Victoria paused

Air NZ has cancelled flights from Melbourne but is continuing to fly from NZ to the city to return visitors already here.


Visa changes bring certainty, relief for sector – industry
16 Jul 2021   /

Visa changes bring certainty, relief for sector – industry

Changes to the essential skills visa will bring more certainty to accommodation and hospitality businesses struggling to fill vacancies, say industry groups.


Operators eligible for up to $50k from Tourism Kick-start Fund
15 Jul 2021   /

Operators eligible for up to $50k from Tourism Kick-start Fund

The govt has set the criteria for tourism businesses to be able to draw on the $49m fund.


Govt warns travellers in Victoria to return
15 Jul 2021   /

Govt warns travellers in Victoria to return

The travel bubble with the Australian state could pause again because of new community cases there.


Govt studying how vaccine can ease border, MIQ restrictions
14 Jul 2021  

Govt studying how vaccine can ease border, MIQ restrictions

We will soon be able to see the government’s proposed pathway forward.


Advice on borders, ‘reconnecting NZ’ to be shared in August – PM
13 Jul 2021  

Advice on borders, ‘reconnecting NZ’ to be shared in August – PM

The government also makes Covid-19 vaccinations mandatory for more border jobs.


Managed return flights from NSW on hold
9 Jul 2021   /

Managed return flights from NSW on hold

Returnees will also have to go into MIQ for 14 days when the flights start on Tuesday.


Govt to invest $1.3bn in KiwiRail
9 Jul 2021   /

Govt to invest $1.3bn in KiwiRail

The government will invest $1.3bn in KiwiRail over three years as part of the Rail Network Investment Programme.


TNZ sets out strategy, performance expectations
8 Jul 2021   /

TNZ sets out strategy, performance expectations

Tourism New Zealand’s latest statement of intent attempts to digest both the implications of dealing with the reality of Covid and any related recovery.


Ngāi Tahu to repay $2.4m in wage subsidies
6 Jul 2021   /

Ngāi Tahu to repay $2.4m in wage subsidies

Ngāi Tahu Tourism was one of the businesses that received government support but the iwi says it will pay most of it back.


Aus bubble to expand this week – PM
6 Jul 2021   /

Aus bubble to expand this week – PM

But there is “no clear date” for quarantine-free travel from NSW, says Jacinda Ardern.


Govt planning to triple border levy – TIA
5 Jul 2021  

Govt planning to triple border levy – TIA

Documents released under OIA appear to show the government has already made up its mind, says the association.


Aus bubble partially re-opens
5 Jul 2021   /

Aus bubble partially re-opens

But quarantine-free travel from the major visitor source market of New South Wales remains suspended.


Conservation minister Kiri Allan returns to work
5 Jul 2021  

Conservation minister Kiri Allan returns to work

Kiri Allan returns to work today after making good progress in her cancer treatment.


Matariki holiday dates for next 30 years proposed
2 Jul 2021   /

Matariki holiday dates for next 30 years proposed

The government has unveiled the proposed dates of the new Matiriki holiday, which starts next year on Friday 24 June 2022.


New bill proposes tougher freedom camping rules
2 Jul 2021  

New bill proposes tougher freedom camping rules

More stringent freedom camping restrictions are on the cards if a members’ bill drawn from the ballot Thursday makes its way into law.


Govt: We know tourism is doing it tough with Aus travel pause
30 Jun 2021   /

Govt: We know tourism is doing it tough with Aus travel pause

Not acting would risk the domestic tourism market as well, says Covid-19 response minister Chris Hipkins.


More than just ski destination operators hurt by burst bubble
29 Jun 2021   /

More than just ski destination operators hurt by burst bubble

Operators in the north are also feeling the impact of curtailed travel but to varying degrees.


All quarantine-free travel from Australia now suspended
27 Jun 2021   /

All quarantine-free travel from Australia now suspended

With the Sydney outbreak spreading, the government says the risk to NZ is growing.


In a blow to ski, NSW quarantine-free flights pause extended
25 Jun 2021   /

In a blow to ski, NSW quarantine-free flights pause extended

That extension will cut deep into the Australian school holiday period of 26 June to 11 July.


Wellington tourism, hospo swing into level 2 action
24 Jun 2021  

Wellington tourism, hospo swing into level 2 action

Hospitality New Zealand is hopeful that Wellington’s alert level 2 restrictions will be lifted on Sunday.


Quarantine-free travel from NSW paused
23 Jun 2021   /

Quarantine-free travel from NSW paused

Quarantine-free travel from New South Wales to New Zealand has been paused.


Pause on quarantine-free travel to Melbourne continues
18 Jun 2021   /

Pause on quarantine-free travel to Melbourne continues

Pause extended until Tuesday 22 June, to be reviewed if situation evolves.


Cook Landing Site among LGNZ award finalists
16 Jun 2021   /

Cook Landing Site among LGNZ award finalists

Winners to be announced at LGNZ conference dinner in Blenheim on 16 July.


Govt extends travel reimbursement plan
14 Jun 2021   / /

Govt extends travel reimbursement plan

The $47m scheme was previously due to end on 30 June.


Govt extends some visas, hospitality industry gives one cheer
10 Jun 2021   /

Govt extends some visas, hospitality industry gives one cheer

Extension seen as piecemeal rather than changing labour market paradigms for tourism.


Agencies mull hefty border levy increases on travellers
9 Jun 2021   /

Agencies mull hefty border levy increases on travellers

TIA says now is not the time to increase border levies on travellers.


Minister Watch: Queenstown, TFT, TIA feature prominently in first six months
9 Jun 2021  

Minister Watch: Queenstown, TFT, TIA feature prominently in first six months

Key meetings attended by tourism minister Stuart Nash since taking up the portfolio in November 2020 include those with various taskforce bodies, local councils and industry representatives.


Govt extends pause of quarantine-free Melbourne flights
4 Jun 2021   /

Govt extends pause of quarantine-free Melbourne flights

The decision was made after the Victorian government extended its lockdown for a further week.


Operators welcome boost from Ardern, ScoMo visit
1 Jun 2021   /

Operators welcome boost from Ardern, ScoMo visit

“It’s good to get more eyes on this place,” says Ziptrek’s executive director, Trent Yeo.


Welcomings, re-affirmations but anything for tourism from talks?
1 Jun 2021   /

Welcomings, re-affirmations but anything for tourism from talks?

There appeared to be just one commitment which could have a direct impact on tourism.


Govt, industry in talks to reset international student policies
1 Jun 2021  

Govt, industry in talks to reset international student policies

The $5bn education export sector is getting its own version of a policy reset while borders remain closed, possibly impacting the number and type of international students allowed to enter in future.


“People took domestic tourism for granted” – Nash
28 May 2021   /

“People took domestic tourism for granted” – Nash

The minister tells the Ticker why he wants tourism to be more than ‘kayaking, bushwalking, and Milford Sound’.


$200m regional fund accessible for commercial ventures
27 May 2021   /

$200m regional fund accessible for commercial ventures

But details released by Stuart Nash show commercial interests need to invest 50% to secure funding.


Vaccination delays could impact tourism opportunities – Nats
27 May 2021   /

Vaccination delays could impact tourism opportunities – Nats

The government’s delay of Covid-19 vaccinations for the majority of Kiwis could see the country miss out on investment and tourism opportunities, says the National Party.


Survey: Fifth of travel, holiday consumers suffer problems in 2019-20
26 May 2021  

Survey: Fifth of travel, holiday consumers suffer problems in 2019-20

But 57% said their issue was resolved, just not always to their satisfaction.


KiwiRail to start work on $85m Hillside investment
26 May 2021  

KiwiRail to start work on $85m Hillside investment

Nearly 300 jobs created as new site expected to be operational by late 2023.


Business chambers call for visa rules ‘reset’
26 May 2021   /

Business chambers call for visa rules ‘reset’

Six recommendations to current immigration and visa rules has been put forward as business struggle to hire.


No relief for tourism in Budget – Auckland Business Chamber
24 May 2021  

No relief for tourism in Budget – Auckland Business Chamber

Compassion and ideology won over business, according to chief executive.


Treasury sticks to Jan 2022 for “significant opening” of borders
21 May 2021   /

Treasury sticks to Jan 2022 for “significant opening” of borders

But it could be longer before unrestricted global travel resumes, says the department.


Māori tourism, cultural attractions, SME training win funding
21 May 2021  

Māori tourism, cultural attractions, SME training win funding

Waitangi Treaty Grounds secures $3.6m from the Budget.


TNZ secures $112m, tourism portfolio gets $263m
21 May 2021   /

TNZ secures $112m, tourism portfolio gets $263m

Tourism New Zealand has been allocated $112m from Budget 2021, more than 40% of the total government funding for the portfolio.


Watch: Work needed to connect TFT to current tourism – Webster
20 May 2021  

Watch: Work needed to connect TFT to current tourism – Webster

There is a need to drive tourism from a community perspective not just an airline perspective, says the former co-chair of the TFT.


Govt tourism plan ignores the coach sector – Voutratzis
19 May 2021   /

Govt tourism plan ignores the coach sector – Voutratzis

Minister missed chance to provide any support to sector.