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TECNZ upgrades recovery forecast despite China uncertainty
25 Nov 2022   /

TECNZ upgrades recovery forecast despite China uncertainty

The Tourism Export Council of New Zealand is more positive about the pace of New Zealand’s visitor recovery despite ongoing uncertainty around the return of the China market.


We’re not the same as Airbnb – B&Bs highlight differences to avoid regulation
25 Nov 2022   /

We’re not the same as Airbnb – B&Bs highlight differences to avoid regulation

Hosted bed and breakfast operators are worried their industry could get caught up in council moves to regulate Airbnb.


On the Job:  Changes at TCO, new deputy CEO for VT, board changes at Skyline …and more!
25 Nov 2022   /

On the Job: Changes at TCO, new deputy CEO for VT, board changes at Skyline …and more!

Industry moves for the week to 25 Nov.


Weekly hotel results: Spring revival points to strong summer
25 Nov 2022   /

Weekly hotel results: Spring revival points to strong summer

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Friday 25 November
25 Nov 2022  

Friday 25 November

A daily roundup of national and international tourism industry news, views and analysis.


THL, Apollo CEOs to join board, C-suite review under way
24 Nov 2022   /

THL, Apollo CEOs to join board, C-suite review under way

Apollo’s CEO will be in charge of finding further M&A, as THL casts an eye over executive role duplication.


2022 tourism recovery to reach 65% of pre-Covid – UNWTO
24 Nov 2022   /

2022 tourism recovery to reach 65% of pre-Covid – UNWTO

Global export revenues from tourism could reach US$1.3tr in 2022, although Asia Pacific’s recovery lags.


ASB tips tourism to be “outperformer” as other industries slow
24 Nov 2022  

ASB tips tourism to be “outperformer” as other industries slow

The positive outlook for the tourism sector comes despite slowing economic growth, acute capacity constraints, low labour force and population growth, as well as widespread cost, price increases, and rising interest rates.


West Coast perception challenges remain as international visitors return
24 Nov 2022   /

West Coast perception challenges remain as international visitors return

Visitors have been spending more and staying longer since NZ’s borders fully reopened.


Thursday 24 November
24 Nov 2022  

Thursday 24 November

A daily roundup of national and international tourism industry news, views and analysis.


Queenstown Lakes must accept “perpetually leaner workforce” – economist
23 Nov 2022   /

Queenstown Lakes must accept “perpetually leaner workforce” – economist

Businesses need to refocus investment on maintaining yield with fewer staff.


West Coast “rethink, reinvigoration” focus of DWC Tourism Summit
23 Nov 2022   /

West Coast “rethink, reinvigoration” focus of DWC Tourism Summit

The event wants to encourage the sector to challenge the way the region promotes itself.


$35m Pounamu Pathway shifts into execution phase
23 Nov 2022   /

$35m Pounamu Pathway shifts into execution phase

Work on the first of the West Coast attraction’s four hubs is now underway.


Strong business travel bookings drives Serko income up but profit falls
23 Nov 2022  

Strong business travel bookings drives Serko income up but profit falls

Total travel booking volumes rose 73% to 2.3 million from 1.3 million and online travel bookings increased 75% to 2 million from 1.1 million.


Wednesday 23 November
23 Nov 2022  

Wednesday 23 November

A daily roundup of national and international tourism industry news, views and analysis.


Nash rejects visitor caps, looks to Milford as tourism ‘test’
22 Nov 2022   /

Nash rejects visitor caps, looks to Milford as tourism ‘test’

The tourism minister says success in the sector in NZ is not about visitor numbers.


“At last, Covid disruption slowly dissipating” – Skyline interim profit jumps 44%
22 Nov 2022  

“At last, Covid disruption slowly dissipating” – Skyline interim profit jumps 44%

The Queenstown-based group says all of its lead indicators point to a strong summer of trading.


150 trade creditors owed nearly $1m by RAL
22 Nov 2022  

150 trade creditors owed nearly $1m by RAL

The trade creditors collectively comprise the fourth largest group owed money by the beleaguered ski field operator.


Tuesday 22 November
22 Nov 2022  

Tuesday 22 November

A daily roundup of national and international tourism industry news, views and analysis.


Scenic Hotels launches NZ’s first ‘sustainable stays’
21 Nov 2022   /

Scenic Hotels launches NZ’s first ‘sustainable stays’

Carbon-neutral room rates will allow guests to offset their stay through a programme delivered by CarbonClick.


RAL life pass holders scoped for $2.5k fee plus annual $250 levy
21 Nov 2022  

RAL life pass holders scoped for $2.5k fee plus annual $250 levy

The govt and ANZ would write off $28m in debt if a new entity can be created to take over RAL’s operations.


Perspectives: G20 economies must lead a reimagined tourism future
21 Nov 2022   /

Perspectives: G20 economies must lead a reimagined tourism future

With innovative thinking, tourism can help get the world’s economies back on track – and help to “recover together, recover stronger”.


Monday 21 November
21 Nov 2022  

Monday 21 November

A daily roundup of national and international tourism industry news, views and analysis.


On the Job:  Industry moves for the week to 18 Nov
18 Nov 2022   /

On the Job: Industry moves for the week to 18 Nov

New NZSki sales & marketing GM, James Helmore’s new role, Tory Whanau joins WIAL board, IDNZ hire …and more!


Big award win, new investments propel Hollyford Wilderness Experience into busy summer
18 Nov 2022   /

Big award win, new investments propel Hollyford Wilderness Experience into busy summer

An almost fully-booked summer is ahead for Hollyford Wilderness Experience, and with newly-renovated accommodation, back-end investments and a win at the New Zealand Tourism Awards, there is much to get on with.


Last legal hurdle cleared for THL takeover of Apollo
18 Nov 2022   /

Last legal hurdle cleared for THL takeover of Apollo

Tourism Holdings Limited and Apollo Tourism & Leisure have secured the last legal approval required for their merger.


Hotel weekly results: Christchurch keeps on climbing
18 Nov 2022   /

Hotel weekly results: Christchurch keeps on climbing

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Perspectives: Do Pacific tourism campaigns risk perpetuating stereotypes?
18 Nov 2022   /

Perspectives: Do Pacific tourism campaigns risk perpetuating stereotypes?

Tourism marketers risk damaging Indigenous culture and visitor expectations through cultural stereotypes evident in national campaigns.


Friday 18 November
18 Nov 2022  

Friday 18 November

A daily roundup of national and international tourism industry news, views and analysis.


Hotel staff shortages forcing prices up but slowing recovery – Horwath HTL
17 Nov 2022   /

Hotel staff shortages forcing prices up but slowing recovery – Horwath HTL

Operators are being forced to cap room supply while demand and cost pressures rise.


TECNZ’s Keene urges “positive, frank” approach to coping with coach pressures
17 Nov 2022   /

TECNZ’s Keene urges “positive, frank” approach to coping with coach pressures

Increasing demand, rising costs, and shortages are putting pressure on the coach network.


Tourism recovery “stronger than expected” – Infometrics
17 Nov 2022   /

Tourism recovery “stronger than expected” – Infometrics

Rising visitor arrivals, strong expenditure, and more guest nights are bolstering stronger-than-expected international tourism recovery in New Zealand and contributing to elevated economic activity.


Northern Explorer’s Taumarunui stop ripe for operator opportunities
17 Nov 2022   /

Northern Explorer’s Taumarunui stop ripe for operator opportunities

Central North Island operators in the Ruapehu region and Taumarunui are set to benefit from the scenic train’s visits.


Thursday 17 November
17 Nov 2022  

Thursday 17 November

A daily roundup of national and international tourism industry news, views and analysis.


New $20k per night Flockhill vote of confidence in NZ luxury
16 Nov 2022   /

New $20k per night Flockhill vote of confidence in NZ luxury

The owners are pouring tens of millions into the venture to create a new luxury precinct in Canterbury.


Regional, international flows and forecasts top tourism industry data wishlist – report
16 Nov 2022   /

Regional, international flows and forecasts top tourism industry data wishlist – report

Tourism businesses want to see changes to publicly-available data sources that meet the need for more timely, accurate, and centralised information, according to findings from the Tourism Data Leadership Group’s industry survey.


Air NZ forecasts 2.8 million passengers over summer peak as capacity recovers rapidly
16 Nov 2022   /

Air NZ forecasts 2.8 million passengers over summer peak as capacity recovers rapidly

The carrier’s recovery comes as a rapid rebound in airline capacity is seen across Australia and NZ.


More than 17k WHV travellers now in NZ, prep for “bumper” summer – govt
16 Nov 2022   /

More than 17k WHV travellers now in NZ, prep for “bumper” summer – govt

Nearly half of the 36,000 working holiday visa holders approved since March this year are now in the country, says the government.


Wednesday 16 November
16 Nov 2022  

Wednesday 16 November

A daily roundup of national and international tourism industry news, views and analysis.


INFLITE’s Munro on Aoraki Mt Cook, Mackenzie’s tourism revival
15 Nov 2022  

INFLITE’s Munro on Aoraki Mt Cook, Mackenzie’s tourism revival

The operator’s new regional GM says it is seeing “pleasantly strong” bookings.


Westpac “surprised” at speed of NZ tourism recovery, warns of headwinds
15 Nov 2022   /

Westpac “surprised” at speed of NZ tourism recovery, warns of headwinds

But the bank warns a new Covid wave, the cost of living crisis, and China uncertainty could drag growth.


Google joins a Destination: Digital speaker line-up full of industry experts and thought-leaders
15 Nov 2022  

Google joins a Destination: Digital speaker line-up full of industry experts and thought-leaders

Sponsored Content Borders are open, travel confidence is soaring, and there’s optimism in the air for a smashing summer ahead. To help the industry navigate a new era of travel, MORE »


Perspectives: The promise and challenges of sustainable travel products
15 Nov 2022   /

Perspectives: The promise and challenges of sustainable travel products

While sustainable travel is the next step in the evolution of tourism, the way consumers talk about it and what they actually do about can be very different.


Tuesday 15 November
15 Nov 2022  

Tuesday 15 November

A daily roundup of national and international tourism industry news, views and analysis.


NZ Tourism Awards: Celebration, sadness for an “irrepressible” winner
14 Nov 2022  

NZ Tourism Awards: Celebration, sadness for an “irrepressible” winner

Dive! Tutukaka’s Kate Malcolm on seeing her late partner and industry stalwart Jeroen Jongejans recognised.


Nats slap down $54m tourism innovation fund
14 Nov 2022  

Nats slap down $54m tourism innovation fund

Shadow tourism spokesperson Todd McClay calls it “little more than hot air” that does not help struggling operators.


Summit 2022: Perception change needed to prove tourism a viable career – panel
14 Nov 2022   /

Summit 2022: Perception change needed to prove tourism a viable career – panel

Tourism needs to change its perception among young people and their parents if it is going to appeal as a strong career choice for the next generation.


‘The Interview’ by Tourism Talent: Te Puia’s Tim Cossar on being a positive force
14 Nov 2022  

‘The Interview’ by Tourism Talent: Te Puia’s Tim Cossar on being a positive force

The chief executive of one of Rotorua’s most popular attractions discusses staff retention and attraction in the current challenging environment.


Monday 14 November
14 Nov 2022  

Monday 14 November

A daily roundup of national and international tourism industry news, views and analysis.


NZ Tourism Awards: Kohutapu Lodge and Tribal Tours takes top gong…
11 Nov 2022  

NZ Tourism Awards: Kohutapu Lodge and Tribal Tours takes top gong…

The Māori-owned business wins the Regenerative Tourism and the Community Engagement awards.