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ADP: June occupancy 40%, Manawatū reclaims top spot
27 Jul 2021   /

ADP: June occupancy 40%, Manawatū reclaims top spot

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.


Residents evacuated in backpackers blaze
20 Jul 2021   /

Residents evacuated in backpackers blaze

West Coast hostel Bazil’s Backpackers and Surf School suffers major damage after a fire broke out overnight.


ADP: May occupancy falls, Fiordland suffers most
28 Jun 2021   /

ADP: May occupancy falls, Fiordland suffers most

Fiordland recorded the lowest occupancy nationally, with 16.8%, down from 27.8% in April.


Historic Whanganui riverside accommodation for sale
9 Jun 2021  

Historic Whanganui riverside accommodation for sale

Villa has 14 rooms and was formerly used as a maternity hospital.


Accommodation spend falls 26% in March year
25 May 2021   /

Accommodation spend falls 26% in March year

Accommodation spending for the year to March 2021 fell to $3.41bn, down 25.5% on the previous 12 month period, says Stats NZ.


Value of hotels, motels consents falls 55% in March
10 May 2021   /

Value of hotels, motels consents falls 55% in March

The value of building consents issued for hotels, motels and other short term accommodation in March 2021 was $27m, down 55% for the same month in 2020, according to Stats NZ.


ADP: March occupancy falls with season end
29 Apr 2021   /

ADP: March occupancy falls with season end

Hotel guest nights beat holiday parks and campgrounds for the first time in several months.


Herwegh Vonk: Why I bought portfolio of YHA hostels during tourism crisis
30 Mar 2021   /

Herwegh Vonk: Why I bought portfolio of YHA hostels during tourism crisis

New hostel portfolio owner Wolf Herwegh Vonk on his $30m deal with YHA.


ADP: Occupancy falls in Feb as holidays end
25 Mar 2021   /

ADP: Occupancy falls in Feb as holidays end

Manawatū was the top performer for the month seeing occupancy rise to 60%.


YHA banks $30m but operators shy on sale and leaseback
11 Mar 2021   /

YHA banks $30m but operators shy on sale and leaseback

Sale and leaseback offers a way to unlock capital for accommodation operators but deals remain rare.


ADP: Kiwis go camping in January
1 Mar 2021   /

ADP: Kiwis go camping in January

Campgrounds helped drive occupancy up across the country, according to the Accommodation Data Programme.


Hostel operator goes into liquidation
24 Feb 2021   /

Hostel operator goes into liquidation

Blenheim-based Diamond Hostel Limited has gone into liquidation.


ADP: Xmas ‘Baycations’ see Hawke’s Bay top Dec occupancy
16 Feb 2021   /

ADP: Xmas ‘Baycations’ see Hawke’s Bay top Dec occupancy

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.


Herwegh Vonk swoops on NZ hostels
15 Feb 2021  

Herwegh Vonk swoops on NZ hostels

YHA sells five hostels in what it says is a reflection of the distressed nature of the tourism industry.


In-depth: Backpackers “dying” as closures wrack sector
5 Feb 2021   /

In-depth: Backpackers “dying” as closures wrack sector

Hostels are shutting their doors or being put up for sale as the market struggles without international visitors.


Accommodation spend drops 32% in December – Stats NZ
19 Jan 2021   /

Accommodation spend drops 32% in December – Stats NZ

Stats NZ domestic card spending data for December reveals a sluggish start to summer for the accommodation sector.


Second accommodation association launches
1 Dec 2020  

Second accommodation association launches

Hospitality New Zealand is re-establishing the Accommodation Association New Zealand to provide the accommodation sector with a united voice as it worked through the challenges of the Covid-19 crisis.


ADP: Wellington, Manawatu, Waikato top Oct occupancy
27 Nov 2020  

ADP: Wellington, Manawatu, Waikato top Oct occupancy

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.


Youth sector hits back at tourism minister
23 Nov 2020  

Youth sector hits back at tourism minister

YHA says Nash’s focus on high value tourism would put New Zealand’s $1.5bn youth tourism industry under threat.


Hospitality New Zealand and BYATA enter MOU
20 Nov 2020   /

Hospitality New Zealand and BYATA enter MOU

Hospitality New Zealand has entered into a Memorandum of Understanding with Backpacker Youth and Adventure Tourism Association.


Summer goal: Break even in hostels – Haka Tourism
9 Nov 2020   /

Summer goal: Break even in hostels – Haka Tourism

One of the hardest-hit parts of tourism is holding on for a quick rebound when international travel resumes.


ADP: Wellington tops Sept, holiday parks win again
30 Oct 2020   /

ADP: Wellington tops Sept, holiday parks win again

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.


Tourism NZ, BYATA strengthen ties in “vital” market for recovery
17 Sep 2020   /

Tourism NZ, BYATA strengthen ties in “vital” market for recovery

Youth travel is going to be vitally important to the recovery, says TNZ director of commercial Rene de Monchy.


YHA to scale down for domestic market
21 May 2020  

YHA to scale down for domestic market

YHA New Zealand is committing to retain its national network of hostels despite suffering significant financial pain following border closures and Covid-19 lockdown, says chief executive Mark Wells.


England-Hall on backpackers and NZ’s visitor portfolio
16 Apr 2020   /

England-Hall on backpackers and NZ’s visitor portfolio

New Zealand needs to build up a good mix of visitors in the recovery so the sector is less dependent on any single segment, says Tourism New Zealand chief executive Stephen England-Hall.


Govt releases lockdown guidance for operators
26 Mar 2020   /

Govt releases lockdown guidance for operators

The guidelines provide advice to accommodation suppliers taking self-isolation guests or essential workers.


The business of self-isolation – operators get an unexpected bump
25 Mar 2020   /

The business of self-isolation – operators get an unexpected bump

Arrivals required to stand down are providing “a reasonable amount of business” for some companies.


A JUCY deal: Q&A with Tim Alpe
21 Feb 2020   /

A JUCY deal: Q&A with Tim Alpe

Following the signing of a joint venture with EVENT, JUCY’s CEO tells the Ticker what his plans are for the new entity.


Alpe family makes JUCY deal with 50% Snooze sale to drive growth
19 Feb 2020   /

Alpe family makes JUCY deal with 50% Snooze sale to drive growth

The Alpe family’s JUCY group has sold a 50% stake in its pod-hotel business to Australian-listed EVENT Hospitality & Entertainment to kick-start expansion across “New Zealand, Australia and beyond.”


Training hostel to be rental apartments at Christchurch marae
21 Jan 2020   /

Training hostel to be rental apartments at Christchurch marae

The old Māori trade training hostel, Te Kooti te Rato, located at Rehua Marae in Christchurch will soon be repurposed into six modern apartments for local Christchurch whānau.


Stray NZ, Haka Tours and Go Orange shine in adventure tourism awards
20 Nov 2019   /

Stray NZ, Haka Tours and Go Orange shine in adventure tourism awards

Stray New Zealand, Haka Tours and Go Orange were amongst the winners at the 2019 Adventure Tourism Awards that took place 14 November on the Gold Coast.


Haka Tourism Group adds Ponsonby Lodge to portfolio
12 Nov 2019  

Haka Tourism Group adds Ponsonby Lodge to portfolio

Ryan Sanders’ Haka Tourism Group has added an eighth property to its accommodation portfolio with the opening of Haka Lodge Ponsonby.


Summer accommodation available at YHA Opoutere
17 Oct 2019   /

Summer accommodation available at YHA Opoutere

Summer accommodation will be made available at the former YHA Opoutere, which has been handed over to the Wharekawa Adventure Education Trust by YHA New Zealand.


QTR: Silver dollar delivers international arrivals growth
20 Sep 2019   /

QTR: Silver dollar delivers international arrivals growth

A strong silver dollar economy contrasted with a weakening youth market in the latest Quarterly Tourism Report, with growth in international visitor arrivals skewed towards older age brackets in the year to June 2019.


Operators up for national business, energy awards
11 Jul 2019   /

Operators up for national business, energy awards

Dive! Tutukaka and YHA NZ have been recognised for their business and energy sustainability work.


Lake Tekapo’s new $9m YHA shepherds visitors
15 May 2019   /

Lake Tekapo’s new $9m YHA shepherds visitors

Lake Tekapo’s new $9m YHA has reported 85% occupancy in its first two weeks of trade.


BYATA looks to the future
29 Apr 2019  

BYATA looks to the future

The evolution of the backpacker market and where it might go next is the backbone for discussion at this year’s annual Backpacker Youth & Adventure Tourism Association conference.


Stray enters grey market with Kirra JV
14 Mar 2019   /

Stray enters grey market with Kirra JV

The youth-oriented tour operator has pitched into the 50+ demographic to help cope with a softening backpacker market.


Sanders wins one from Haka-heavy property portfolio sale
28 Feb 2019   /

Sanders wins one from Haka-heavy property portfolio sale

Haka Tourism Group has succeeded in its multi-million dollar bid to take ownership of its Auckland lodge.


Angus’ getsmart wins global Hostelling International contract
27 Nov 2018   /

Angus’ getsmart wins global Hostelling International contract

Cristine Angus’s software development company, getsmart, has signed a global partnership agreement to provide tailored customer insight solutions for the International Youth Hostels Federation.


BYATA 2018: YHA, Go Orange, OGO comprise new board leadership
17 Aug 2018   /

BYATA 2018: YHA, Go Orange, OGO comprise new board leadership

YHA’s manager of hostel operations, Simon Cartwright, has been elected the new board chair of the   Backpacker Youth & Adventure Tourism Association.


BYATA 2018: TNZ pulls back from transient backpacker market
16 Aug 2018   /

BYATA 2018: TNZ pulls back from transient backpacker market

TNZ has refocused its backpacker strategy on the direct UK and German markets.