The Milford Opportunities Project unveils its highly-anticipated plan for the destination.
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.
Quarantine-free travel from all of Australia will stop for eight weeks.
It will be the latest state in Australia to move into lockdown today after new community cases of Covid.
Like late night buses, you wait and wait and then get two at once.
About $10m of the latest deployment is going to five regions hit hard by the lack of international tourists.
Air NZ has cancelled flights from Melbourne but is continuing to fly from NZ to the city to return visitors already here.
Changes to the essential skills visa will bring more certainty to accommodation and hospitality businesses struggling to fill vacancies, say industry groups.
The govt has set the criteria for tourism businesses to be able to draw on the $49m fund.
The travel bubble with the Australian state could pause again because of new community cases there.
We will soon be able to see the government’s proposed pathway forward.
The government also makes Covid-19 vaccinations mandatory for more border jobs.
Returnees will also have to go into MIQ for 14 days when the flights start on Tuesday.
The government will invest $1.3bn in KiwiRail over three years as part of the Rail Network Investment Programme.
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 Tourism was one of the businesses that received government support but the iwi says it will pay most of it back.
But there is “no clear date” for quarantine-free travel from NSW, says Jacinda Ardern.
Documents released under OIA appear to show the government has already made up its mind, says the association.
But quarantine-free travel from the major visitor source market of New South Wales remains suspended.
Kiri Allan returns to work today after making good progress in her cancer treatment.
The government has unveiled the proposed dates of the new Matiriki holiday, which starts next year on Friday 24 June 2022.
More stringent freedom camping restrictions are on the cards if a members’ bill drawn from the ballot Thursday makes its way into law.
Not acting would risk the domestic tourism market as well, says Covid-19 response minister Chris Hipkins.
Operators in the north are also feeling the impact of curtailed travel but to varying degrees.
With the Sydney outbreak spreading, the government says the risk to NZ is growing.
That extension will cut deep into the Australian school holiday period of 26 June to 11 July.
Hospitality New Zealand is hopeful that Wellington’s alert level 2 restrictions will be lifted on Sunday.
Quarantine-free travel from New South Wales to New Zealand has been paused.
Pause extended until Tuesday 22 June, to be reviewed if situation evolves.
Winners to be announced at LGNZ conference dinner in Blenheim on 16 July.
The $47m scheme was previously due to end on 30 June.
Extension seen as piecemeal rather than changing labour market paradigms for tourism.
TIA says now is not the time to increase border levies on travellers.
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.
The decision was made after the Victorian government extended its lockdown for a further week.
“It’s good to get more eyes on this place,” says Ziptrek’s executive director, Trent Yeo.
There appeared to be just one commitment which could have a direct impact on tourism.
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.
The minister tells the Ticker why he wants tourism to be more than ‘kayaking, bushwalking, and Milford Sound’.
But details released by Stuart Nash show commercial interests need to invest 50% to secure funding.
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.
But 57% said their issue was resolved, just not always to their satisfaction.
Nearly 300 jobs created as new site expected to be operational by late 2023.
Six recommendations to current immigration and visa rules has been put forward as business struggle to hire.
Compassion and ideology won over business, according to chief executive.
But it could be longer before unrestricted global travel resumes, says the department.
Waitangi Treaty Grounds secures $3.6m from the Budget.
Tourism New Zealand has been allocated $112m from Budget 2021, more than 40% of the total government funding for the portfolio.
There is a need to drive tourism from a community perspective not just an airline perspective, says the former co-chair of the TFT.
Minister missed chance to provide any support to sector.