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Queenstown makes TIME’s World’s Greatest Places of 2022
13 Jul 2022   /

Queenstown makes TIME’s World’s Greatest Places of 2022

The resort takes up the baton from Christchurch and Northland to fly the flag for NZ on this year’s prestigious list.


ITO group urges govt support before border reopening
18 Mar 2022   /

ITO group urges govt support before border reopening

A group of inbound tour operators is calling on the government to provide support to help kickstart preparations before borders open to International tourists.


Border relief coming, but tough road ahead – industry
17 Mar 2022   /

Border relief coming, but tough road ahead – industry

While the government’s announcement on border reopenings is welcome news, there is still a long way to go for a full international tourism recovery.


Flight Centre: NZ outbound bookings jump, hopes for international inbound by Easter
8 Mar 2022   /

Flight Centre: NZ outbound bookings jump, hopes for international inbound by Easter

While the numbers suggest outbound travel is recovering, it means the domestic market could start to shrink for New Zealand tourism, with no date yet of when international visitors can start arriving.


TNZ targets US in first overseas trade trip since pandemic
23 Feb 2022   /

TNZ targets US in first overseas trade trip since pandemic

Tourism New Zealand is recruiting a minimum of 40 operators to go to the US in July to help reignite the international travel trade.


Westpac pushes out NZ’s international tourist recovery
22 Feb 2022   /

Westpac pushes out NZ’s international tourist recovery

The bank says NZ’s current self-iso border requirements will be too prohibitive for potential travellers.


Working holiday scheme offers hope for labour-short operators
8 Feb 2022   /

Working holiday scheme offers hope for labour-short operators

The first significant impact on the labour problem within the tourist industry could be provided by the return of working holiday makers from 13 March.


Self-isolation a “demand destroyer” for visitor economy – industry
4 Feb 2022  

Self-isolation a “demand destroyer” for visitor economy – industry

Quarantine-free travel should be possible within the second quarter of 2022, says TIA.


Five stage border easing starts 27 Feb – PM
3 Feb 2022  

Five stage border easing starts 27 Feb – PM

In July, vaccinated non-citizens from visa waiver countries can skip MIQ but will need to go into self-isolation.


Support for opening border drops, but still a majority
3 Feb 2022   /

Support for opening border drops, but still a majority

The emergence of Omicron has rattled confidence but the majority of New Zealanders still want the border reopened now.


Omicron renders border restrictions obsolete – industry
2 Feb 2022   / /

Omicron renders border restrictions obsolete – industry

Industry bodies are anxious to hear the government announcement on Thursday around the new plan for re-opening borders.


TNZ tops domestic targets, misses international aims due to Covid
27 Jan 2022   /

TNZ tops domestic targets, misses international aims due to Covid

So, how many Kiwis actually did something new? Plenty, says Tourism New Zealand.


…while TECNZ pushes full tourism recovery back
26 Jan 2022   /

…while TECNZ pushes full tourism recovery back

A full recovery of annual international visitor numbers into New Zealand is now not expected until sometime after May 2025, according to an updated forecast from Tourism Export Council of New Zealand.


Global travel to fall further before recovery begins – UNWTO
20 Jan 2022   /

Global travel to fall further before recovery begins – UNWTO

The slowest region to recover will be Asia Pacific, with around 80% of experts surveyed saying it will not return to pre-Covid levels until at least 2024.


Airline industry hopeful of govt flexibility on borders
15 Dec 2021   /

Airline industry hopeful of govt flexibility on borders

Airline industry leaders are cautiously optimistic the government will shift away from its conservative stance towards allowing international travellers back to New Zealand once more data become available.


Fewer keen to travel abroad as Covid continues – survey
15 Dec 2021  

Fewer keen to travel abroad as Covid continues – survey

The proportion of people saying they intend travelling within the first six months of open borders fell to 23% in December from 29% in November.


International arrivals lift off Sept’s 16-month low – Stats NZ
14 Dec 2021   /

International arrivals lift off Sept’s 16-month low – Stats NZ

There were 20,772 total border crossings in October 2021, with 1,268 more arrivals than departures, according to provisional data from StatsNZ.


ITO 2022-23 bookings 68% of pre-Covid levels but agents “frustrated” – TECNZ
13 Dec 2021   /

ITO 2022-23 bookings 68% of pre-Covid levels but agents “frustrated” – TECNZ

But overseas agents are getting “pretty frustrated” at New Zealand, says TECNZ chair Scott Mehrtens.


Business events spending falls by $1.2bn – BEIA
10 Dec 2021   /

Business events spending falls by $1.2bn – BEIA

But the industry can recover to pre-Covid levels in 2024 if quarantine-free travel restarts soon.


TNZ to govt: Clear signal on quarantine-free travel needed
8 Dec 2021   /

TNZ to govt: Clear signal on quarantine-free travel needed

International airlines need to know in Q1 next year so they can include New Zealand for summer 2022-23.


NZ looks on as Aus sees Singaporean tourists, students return
22 Nov 2021   /

NZ looks on as Aus sees Singaporean tourists, students return

Tourism Australia launches a A$4m campaign to drive visitation from Singapore.


88% expected to travel overseas in next year – survey
5 Nov 2021   /

88% expected to travel overseas in next year – survey

A recent survey conducted by Flight Centre New Zealand shows 88% of respondents see themselves travelling overseas in the next year.


How the world now views destination NZ – not just a pretty place
4 Nov 2021   /

How the world now views destination NZ – not just a pretty place

Covid has changed how the country is perceived, according to new research.


Industry welcomes first steps toward border easing
29 Oct 2021  

Industry welcomes first steps toward border easing

But operators need more clarity around when international tourists will be able to avoid MIQ.


Family top reason for returnees during pandemic – survey
22 Oct 2021   /

Family top reason for returnees during pandemic – survey

A survey of New Zealanders and essential workers who returned to the country between 1 August 2020 and 1 April 2021 for a period of longer than three months shows family-related or compassionate reasons ranked top.


Self-iso pilot for business travel opens for application, costs $1000pp
30 Sep 2021   /

Self-iso pilot for business travel opens for application, costs $1000pp

Businesses can now apply to take part in the government’s self-isolation pilot scheduled to start in October.


Overseas agents’ “biggest frustration” with NZ
28 Sep 2021   /

Overseas agents’ “biggest frustration” with NZ

A TECNZ poll lays out how international wholesalers and agents are seeing NZ – and it’s not pretty.


It’s 27 September – World Tourism Day 2021!
27 Sep 2021  

It’s 27 September – World Tourism Day 2021!

The UNWTO said the impact of Covid-19 on tourism has cost the world economy US$4tr.


Australia targets Xmas for fully vaccinated travel
23 Sep 2021   /

Australia targets Xmas for fully vaccinated travel

“People will be able to freely travel outside of Australia, with no restrictions,” says Australian tourism minister Dan Tehan.


TECNZ to Nash: $115m needed to help tourism survive summer
7 Sep 2021   /

TECNZ to Nash: $115m needed to help tourism survive summer

The new funding for operators is needed in light of the latest lockdown and the likelihood of no international visitors over summer.


Air travel far below pre-Covid levels, but improving – IATA
2 Sep 2021   /

Air travel far below pre-Covid levels, but improving – IATA

Demand for both international and domestic travel in July remains far below pre-Covid levels but had improved on June, says IATA.


Active Adventures enters US with Montana acquisition
25 Aug 2021   /

Active Adventures enters US with Montana acquisition

The deal gives Active access to a booming US domestic market as well as expanding its offering to 100+ different trips.


Whakarewarewa’s plan for post-Covid tourism
23 Aug 2021   /

Whakarewarewa’s plan for post-Covid tourism

Cultural attractions are suffering but one operator has found a path forward, managing to boost domestic visitor numbers above pre-Covid levels.


Vaccinated Australia next, but China could be key to recovery – Littlewood
20 Aug 2021  

Vaccinated Australia next, but China could be key to recovery – Littlewood

New Zealand needs to make sure it is viable for international airlines to fly here, says Auckland Airport’s CEO.


Industry groups welcome cautious plan for re-opening
13 Aug 2021   /

Industry groups welcome cautious plan for re-opening

There’s relief at seeing a plan but also acknowledgement that it won’t be a smooth path back.


PM: NZ to start phased border re-opening in early 2022
12 Aug 2021   /

PM: NZ to start phased border re-opening in early 2022

There will be assessments and checks at each step of the process, says Jacinda Ardern.


PM: Delta variant changes game for border re-opening
10 Aug 2021   /

PM: Delta variant changes game for border re-opening

Details on the government’s plan for ‘reconnecting New Zealanders’ will be released on Thursday.


Industry seeks guidance in govt’s ‘reconnecting NZ’ plan
9 Aug 2021   /

Industry seeks guidance in govt’s ‘reconnecting NZ’ plan

A plan operators can use to prepare for the reopening of borders is top of the wishlist.


Covid uncertainties affecting operators’ mental health – TIA
2 Aug 2021   /

Covid uncertainties affecting operators’ mental health – TIA

As the pandemic disruption continues for the tourism industry, some operators are struggling to cope with the strain caused by the ongoing uncertainty.


Four scenarios for future travel – report
30 Jul 2021   /

Four scenarios for future travel – report

Large-scale international travel may not return to pre-Covid levels because of a distrust in flying and in-person meetings no longer being considered necessary, according to a new report.


TNZ sets out strategy, performance expectations
8 Jul 2021   /

TNZ sets out strategy, performance expectations

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.


Govt planning to triple border levy – TIA
5 Jul 2021  

Govt planning to triple border levy – TIA

Documents released under OIA appear to show the government has already made up its mind, says the association.


Agencies mull hefty border levy increases on travellers
9 Jun 2021   /

Agencies mull hefty border levy increases on travellers

TIA says now is not the time to increase border levies on travellers.


Travel rebound 2022, full recovery from 2024 – UNWTO
3 Jun 2021   /

Travel rebound 2022, full recovery from 2024 – UNWTO

More tourism experts have pushed out the prospects of a full recovery until 2024 at the earliest.


International students trickle in, outlook still murky
24 May 2021   /

International students trickle in, outlook still murky

Chinese students secure special ring-fenced MIQ allocation for June.


Tourism ready for day in the sun with long-awaited Cook Islands bubble
5 May 2021   /

Tourism ready for day in the sun with long-awaited Cook Islands bubble

Tourism in the Cook Islands accounts for 67% of GDP there, meaning that the entire economy rather than just one sector would likely feel the effects of the travel bubble.


After a year of flatlining, arrivals numbers are finally about to move
15 Apr 2021  

After a year of flatlining, arrivals numbers are finally about to move

Statisticians will have some different data to crunch as international visitors begin to return.


2020 tourism’s worst year – what does 2021 hold? UNWTO forecasts
1 Apr 2021   /

2020 tourism’s worst year – what does 2021 hold? UNWTO forecasts

The body lays out two scenarios for international arrivals.


NZ-Aus border closures growing concern for global tour operators – Poon Tip
25 Mar 2021   /

NZ-Aus border closures growing concern for global tour operators – Poon Tip

Some pent-up international demand for travel might dissipate before Australia and New Zealand’s borders re-open, says the founder of G Adventures.


Post-Covid travel boom predictions prompt investment spree
12 Feb 2021   /

Post-Covid travel boom predictions prompt investment spree

Overseas investors betting on a post-Covid travel boom are pumping multi-million dollar investments into tourism.