Around 11% of core tourism accommodation properties were closed or had no guests during June due to a combination of seasonal closures and the effects of Covid-19 on guest numbers.
Holiday parks had not escaped the impacts of Covid but are surviving due to a strong domestic base.
Queenstown Lakes District Council is seeking feedback on freedom camping in the district via a survey.
More stringent freedom camping restrictions are on the cards if a members’ bill drawn from the ballot Thursday makes its way into law.
Fiordland recorded the lowest occupancy nationally, with 16.8%, down from 27.8% in April.
Accommodation spending for the year to March 2021 fell to $3.41bn, down 25.5% on the previous 12 month period, says Stats NZ.
Tasman Tourism has appointed Nikki Fisher to chief executive to help guide the Australian-based operator’s expansion both at home and in New Zealand.
Hotel guest nights beat holiday parks and campgrounds for the first time in several months.
Submissions on new freedom camping proposals due 16 May.
But areas near urban centres saw strong growth in visitor numbers.
Vehicle rental companies may be required to collect fines under a new set of proposals.
Manawatū was the top performer for the month seeing occupancy rise to 60%.
Tourism Holdings and TOP 10 Holiday Parks are supporting Canterbury cricket umpire Eugene Sanders’ 1,400km charity e-scooter trip of the Tour Aotearoa Trail.
Campgrounds helped drive occupancy up across the country, according to the Accommodation Data Programme.
A Christmas bump saw Hawke’s Bay regional tourism organisation area top occupancy across all accommodation types in December, knocking Wellington from the top of the table.
Construction of Kennedy Park Resort’s new bathroom, kitchen and laundry facilities have been completed.
Holiday Parks New Zealand is calling for Kiwis to holiday later in the summer to help the struggling tourism industry,
The Wellington, Manawatu and Waikato regional tourism organisation areas topped occupancy across all accommodation types in October, according to the latest Accommodation Data Programme figures.
In its submission to the Tourism Futures Taskforce, Holiday Parks New Zealand focused on responsible camping, sustainability and the conservation estate.
After selling two holiday parks to overseas investors, TOP 10 chair Ian Smith and wife Vicki are looking for more.
Fernland Spa in Tauranga is on the market for sale for the first time nearly 30 years.
The Wellington regional tourism organisation area topped occupancy across all accommodation types in September for the second month in a row, according to the latest Accommodation Data Programme figures.
All Seasons Holiday Park Rotorua has won the Spirit of Hospitality Award at the 2020 Holiday Parks Awards.
Underinvestment in the country’s holiday parks has presented investors with an opportunity, says a new market entrant.
The acquisition of three holiday parks by overseas investors could start a trend, say industry experts.
Holiday parks reported the only month-on-month growth with 358,700 guest nights, up 11.1% on August 2019.
The money should be spent helping operators survive the pandemic, says an industry group.
TOP 10 Holiday Parks has teamed up with Tourism Holdings-owned Britz motorhomes to open a raft of pop-up motorhome branches across the country.
Freedom camping sites should not be allowed to reopen at Covid-19 alert level 2, says Holiday Parks New Zealand.
Kennedy Park Resort in Napier has begun construction of a $1.75m bathroom, kitchen and laundry facility.
The deadline for domestic travel for those trying to get home has also been extended.
The Southern District Health Board is alerting people who may have been in locations in Queenstown and Christchurch that they may have come into contact with the eight case of COVID-19, a Danish tourist.
Off-roader’s, hunters, trampers, river users and other outdoor groups are calling on Minister Kelvin Davis to address what they say are inequalities in freedom camping.
Kaikoura District Council has launched a survey to guage the camping experience in the district.
Queenstown Holiday Park & Motels Creeksyde owners Tonnie and Erna Spijkerbosch will donate $10,000 to support those affected by the Australian bushfires, via the Queenstown Lions Club Charitable Trust.
The winner of the Marsh Tourism Industry Champion Award takes a look at this year’s challenges and achievements.
A North Island holiday park owner has been banned as an employer and ordered to pay a record $680,350 in penalties and unpaid wage to three migrant workers.
Hurunui District Council has restricted freedom camping at a number of reserves to ensure facilities in the region can cope.
The increasing amount of holiday park dollars spent in local communities across the country has been highlighted in a new report into regional business expenditure.
Thames Coromandel District Council-owned Tairua Campground has been leased by locals Joe Ferguson and Ruby Woodruffe.
The minister responds to operators’ top industry concern.
Nelson mayor Rachel Reese says the council will spend its $256k funding on its camping education programme, a temporary toilet and washroom hub, increased facilities for campers’ waste management, and a user survey.
Technology pilots providing improved information to freedom campers, as well education, enforcement and temporary camping facilities are all measures that will be funded this summer as efforts to support responsible camping continue.
Auckland Council has moved to restrict freedom camping across the region with officials looking to see how the activity can be curtailed.
Around 270 holiday parks professionals were in Wellington last week for the Holiday Parks Conference 2019.
The sole South Island holiday park shortlisted has won the sector’s coveted Spirit of Hospitality award.
Associate tourism minister Peeni Henare, Tourism New Zealand’s new chair, Jamie Tuuta, and Department of Conservation boss, Lou Sanson are all on the bill for this year’s Holiday Parks Conference which starts in earnest today.
The owner on the sector’s growth, battling the bed tax, and dealing with government ignorance.
Queenstown Lakes District Council is seeking proposals for the new 20-year commercial lease of Frankton Campground.
Muriwai Lodge Store and Campground has been put up for sale.