The tourism minister says success in the sector in NZ is not about visitor numbers.
The govt and ANZ would write off $28m in debt if a new entity can be created to take over RAL’s operations.
The government is implementing a raft of changes for businesses that have pokie machines to help reduce the harm they cause people.
New Zealanders are being encouraged to have their say on how the country plans its transition to a low-emissions future that is fair and inclusive for everyone.
Nearly half of the 36,000 working holiday visa holders approved since March this year are now in the country, says the government.
The government has allocated up to 2,000 visas per year for parents of skilled migrants resettling in New Zealand.
Shadow tourism spokesperson Todd McClay calls it “little more than hot air” that does not help struggling operators.
The Foreign Affairs Defence and Trade Committee is seeking public feedback on the digitisation of paper arrival cards and other requirements related to border management matters.
Up to $10 in govt co-funding is available for individual projects that could help the sector decarbonise and improve productivity and resilience.
The tourism minister says attracting world-class events and living up to and protecting NZ’s clean, green image are helping the recovery.
Customs Minister Meka Whaitiri says the online data collection will allow visitors to move seamlessly through the arrivals process.
A Department of Conservation fund partly used to protect at-risk cultural heritage sites and maintain visitor infrastructure is now open for applications.
Legislation to help small businesses get paid on time has passed its first reading in parliament.
The Commerce Commission will soon have more power to set fairer fuel prices through changes made to the way the wholesale fuel market functions.
National’s tourism spokesperson Todd McClay has criticised the length of time the government is taking to launch the $54m Innovation Programme for Tourism Recovery.
Up to $300,000 for the Creative and Cultural Events Incubator investment fund will support events that highlight New Zealand’s diverse culture and build national pride.
The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment is assessing how Tourism New Zealand acts in the domestic market and whether any changes should be made.
An emergency loan of $4m has been provided to Ruapehu Alpine Lifts to allow it to prepare for next year’s ski season.
Thousands of working holidaymakers on their way to New Zealand will have more flexibility and extended entry rights to help plug labour shortages at Kiwi businesses.
The govt’s investment must be made with consistency, fairness and sustainability, says the association.
New Zealand and Australian trade and tourism ministers have reaffirmed their commitment to boosting trans-Tasman cooperation.
Working holidaymakers are eyeing up this spring and from autumn 2023 as desirable times to travel to the country, according to a report from Immigration New Zealand.
Card spending is up and bookings are flowing through into New Zealand as international visitors and cruise passengers return to New Zealand, says the finance minister.
The rollout of a national public transport ticketing system will simplify payment methods for people visiting new towns, says Transport Minister Michael Wood.
Education Minister Chris Hipkins is leading a delegation to Asia to promote New Zealand to the important international student market, which was worth $4.2bn in visitor spend pre-Covid.
The Scenic Hotel Group and HCA chair on hotels’ struggle to engage government.
Visa processing times are not as much of a barrier to filling workforce shortages as encouraging visitors and working holidaymakers to actually embark on travel.
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.
Fiordland businesses are suffering at the hands of the government’s changes to the working holiday visa and skilled migrant categories, says National Party Southland MP Joseph Mooney.
Historic battle site Te Pakanga o Ōhaeawai near Kaikohe in Northland has opened to the public after a $1.79m restoration project.
There have been 30,430 Working Holiday Visas approved since March, with arrivals under the scheme expected to grow in the coming months, says Immigration Minister Michael Wood.
More than 2.5 million work hours have been clocked up under the government’s $1.2bn Jobs For Nature programme.
The government is introducing tougher fishing measures to protect the vulnerable South Island Hector’s dolphins.
It could have raised up to $444m annually to support tourism, conservation, and to help tackle climate change.
Hospitality New Zealand and Hotel Council Aotearoa have welcomed changes to immigration settings that will enable unqualified chefs to work in New Zealand.
Air New Zealand is flying Finance Minister Grant Robertson to New York this evening as part of a business delegation to the United States.
McClay said the wait time for visitor visas is now so bad that INZ has removed the standard processing times from its website.
KiwiRail will remain a state-owned enterprise to focus on transitioning its above-rail business to be financially self-sufficient, says the government.
The tourism minister says INZ is under “a great deal of stress” coping with demand as NZ ramps up its promotion.
The sector needs to be innovative in the way it markets itself, particular to those flying longhaul, says the tourism minister.
“Considerable assessment, feasibility testing and planning work is now needed,” says Conservation Minister Poto Williams.
The projects include a digital storytelling app for the Russell Museum, e-commerce functionality for local art galleries, and a 3D virtual exhibition for the Tairawhiti Arts Festival.
The new operator requirements form part of the govt’s response to the Whakaari/White Island tragedy.
The government is investing $32m into a plan to protect kauri in the country’s northern forests from dieback disease.
Land Information New Zealand says it is doing its best to provide an answer to Kiwi Water Park over road safety responsibilities and requirements.
The government has introduced Worker Protection (Migrant and Other Employees) Bill to protect migrant workers from exploitation.
The government says it has received around 30,500 working holiday visa applications in the past year.
The government is investing $18.7m to support upgrades at 30 of the 32 facilities earmarked for the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023.
The Primary Production Committee is seeking public submissions on a plan to increase fines for biosecurity breaches and give officers more powers to refuse entry.
Proposed legislation to allow cellar doors to charge for samples will help boost New Zealand’s wine tourism, say its advocates.