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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.


Waddel: 2.3 million Australians “primed” for NZ
21 Jan 2021   /

Waddel: 2.3 million Australians “primed” for NZ

And they are considering coming in the first six months once travel restrictions lift, says TNZ’s Australia GM.


Cook Islands goes virtual
30 Nov 2020   /

Cook Islands goes virtual

The tool allowed virtual planners to navigate their way around popular islands such as Rarotonga and Aitutaki from a computer, tablet or mobile device.


Annual arrivals to September continue grim trend
13 Nov 2020   /

Annual arrivals to September continue grim trend

September overseas visitor arrivals were down 96.7% compared with the same month in 2019, according to Stats NZ’s latest international travel figures.


Air NZ, TNZ prep for “realistic” Q1 2021 trans-Tasman bubble
6 Nov 2020   /

Air NZ, TNZ prep for “realistic” Q1 2021 trans-Tasman bubble

The comments come after PM Jacinda Ardern appeared to pour cold water on two-way quarantine-free travel this year.


Fancy being TNZ’s CEO? Here are the requirements
4 Nov 2020   /

Fancy being TNZ’s CEO? Here are the requirements

Tourism New Zealand lays out the necessary skills in a request for headhunting services.


Seven startups make the cut for the Tourism Design Accelerator 2020
29 Oct 2020   /

Seven startups make the cut for the Tourism Design Accelerator 2020

With concepts ranging from virtual reality experiences to operator-specific sustainability tools, seven teams meet in Wellington today to kick-off Lightning Lab and Tourwriter’s Tourism Design Accelerator.


Bumper domestic summer expected – Tourism NZ
13 Oct 2020   /

Bumper domestic summer expected – Tourism NZ

Tourism New Zealand is forecasting a bumper domestic summer season but slates 2024 for a full recovery in international demand, according to its latest scenerio modelling of the future tourism recovery.


Treasury assumes full border opening Jan 2022
17 Sep 2020   /

Treasury assumes full border opening Jan 2022

However, tourism could start recovering from September next year with safe travel corridors possibly open.  


TECNZ pushes out full tourism recovery
8 Sep 2020   /

TECNZ pushes out full tourism recovery

The May 2024 recovery dates are later than the inbound tour operator association’s previous forecasts of March 2024.


TNZ targets trio of traveller types from Europe
1 Sep 2020  

TNZ targets trio of traveller types from Europe

NZ has maintained strong appeal among British and German travellers despite closed borders, says Tourism New Zealand.


Covid blow to growing US-NZ connectivity – Tourism NZ
31 Aug 2020  

Covid blow to growing US-NZ connectivity – Tourism NZ

The sudden halt to new airline routes between the US and NZ has hit travel sellers.


Lightning Lab tourism accelerator dusted off for October start
25 Aug 2020   /

Lightning Lab tourism accelerator dusted off for October start

Lightning Lab has teamed up with tourism tech company Tourwriter to revive the planned tourism business accelerator postponed by Covid-19.


Pacific Islands Forum to focus on impacts of Covid
12 Aug 2020   /

Pacific Islands Forum to focus on impacts of Covid

The Pacific Islands Forum Economic Ministers Meeting began yesterday with a focus on the major economic and social impacts of Covid-19 on the Pacific region.


Tourism NZ in “big fight” as global destinations scrap for profile – Reid
7 Aug 2020   /

Tourism NZ in “big fight” as global destinations scrap for profile – Reid

Government marketing agency said that it is up against a “big fight at the moment” as destinations across the world pour money into campaigns in an attempt to keep their locations top of mind for when international travel restrictions are lifted. 


Watch: TNZ launches ‘world-first’ gaming campaign
29 Jul 2020   /

Watch: TNZ launches ‘world-first’ gaming campaign

The agency has “gamified” the NZ experience in a new $1.3m campaign to lure Australians, once travel is allowed.


What NZ can learn from New York’s tourism recovery manifesto
10 Jul 2020  

What NZ can learn from New York’s tourism recovery manifesto

The city is trying to recover from being one of the hardest-hit destinations in the world.


May cargo capacity jumps 33% at Auckland Airport
9 Jul 2020  

May cargo capacity jumps 33% at Auckland Airport

International cargo capacity at Auckland Airport jumped 33% in May 2020 compared to the same month last year. 


Tourism NZ cuts overseas headcount
7 Jul 2020   /

Tourism NZ cuts overseas headcount

The agency is making significant reductions to its offshore teams as Covid-19 continues to affect travel.


Why the sun is setting on unsustainable long-haul, short-stay tourism
3 Jul 2020  

Why the sun is setting on unsustainable long-haul, short-stay tourism

University of Otago professor of tourism, James Higham, argues regional travel bubbles will create a high-value, low-leakage and low-emissions tourism future.


New Zealand scores FIFA World Cup win
26 Jun 2020   /

New Zealand scores FIFA World Cup win

Soccer fans from around the world will be heading to NZ, which will co-host the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup.


Perspectives: Turning the international student crisis into an opportunity
23 Jun 2020   /

Perspectives: Turning the international student crisis into an opportunity

Auckland University of Technology’s senior lecturer in economics, Dr Rahul Sen, andInternational Business, Strategy and Entrepreneurship lecturer, Swati Nagar, on how NZ universities can turn the Covid-19 induced international student crisis into an opportunity.


Business council urges Govt to review trans-Tasman stance
16 Jun 2020  

Business council urges Govt to review trans-Tasman stance

The New Zealand Fiji Business Council is urging the Government to review its stance that travel between New Zealand and the Pacific Island will not be considered until after the trans-Tasman bubble is in place.


Air NZ assists with Fiji repatriation services
16 Jun 2020  

Air NZ assists with Fiji repatriation services

Air New Zealand has begun services to and from Nadi to assist the Fijian government in repatriating its citizens.


Domestic-led recovery sees NZ hotels ‘leading the world’ – Colliers
4 Jun 2020  

Domestic-led recovery sees NZ hotels ‘leading the world’ – Colliers

New Zealand’s hotel sector appears to be recovering faster than anywhere else in the world, according to The World Hotel Index, compiled by hotel tech company SiteMinder.


Tourism emissions to be measured in new Govt report
3 Jun 2020   /

Tourism emissions to be measured in new Govt report

Stats NZ is preparing to launch the regular research series into the sector’s greenhouse gas emissions.


NZ top destination for travel-starved Australians – survey
29 May 2020   /

NZ top destination for travel-starved Australians – survey

Australians are keen to make the trip across the ditch as soon as safely possible, while separately “real world concerns” plague Kiwi’s domestic tourism plans.


TNZ delivers $267k ‘Pure Promise’ to international market
29 May 2020   /

TNZ delivers $267k ‘Pure Promise’ to international market

Tourism New Zealand has released its first international campaign since the Covid-19 pandemic took hold resulting in the shutdown of the international travel market.


TECNZ: ITOs “failed by Govt”
15 May 2020  

TECNZ: ITOs “failed by Govt”

But TIA says the Budget “sends the right signals for tourism recovery”.


Covid-19 response campaigns are flooding online – where’s TNZ’s?
30 Apr 2020   /

Covid-19 response campaigns are flooding online – where’s TNZ’s?

The agency says it has changed the focus of its marketing.


It’s time for NZ to have a Fiji-styled ‘Tourism Action Group’
15 Apr 2020  

It’s time for NZ to have a Fiji-styled ‘Tourism Action Group’

New Zealand Tourism recovery: Are there lessons from a Fiji-styled ‘Tourism Action Group’?


IVS: US visitor spend surges 29% to top $1.5bn in 2019
3 Mar 2020  

IVS: US visitor spend surges 29% to top $1.5bn in 2019

International visitors from the United States have once again led spending growth, with a 29% leap in the year ended December 2019, according to the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment.


UNWTO: Global tourist arrivals growth slows to 4%
21 Jan 2020   /

UNWTO: Global tourist arrivals growth slows to 4%

International tourism growth slowed to 4% in 2019 – its slowest rate since 2016 – on the back of a cooling global economy, geopolitical tensions and Brexit uncertainty according to the World Tourism Organisation.


TNZ jumps on China’s Singles Day with $327k investment
8 Nov 2019   /

TNZ jumps on China’s Singles Day with $327k investment

Tourism New Zealand has spent $327k on a campaign to run during China’s one-day shopping extravaganza, Singles Day, in a bid to promote New Zealand as a holiday destination.


NZ-China FTA upgrade boosts Chinese tour guide numbers
5 Nov 2019   /

NZ-China FTA upgrade boosts Chinese tour guide numbers

Operators will find it easier to employ Chinese tour guides under the new free trade agreement, says the govt.


eGates open to South Korean travellers
31 Oct 2019   /

eGates open to South Korean travellers

South Korea has been added to the list of eligible visitor countries able to take advantage of eGate access when arriving into the country.


Three times a week for Air NZ’s Auckland – NYC service
25 Oct 2019   /

Three times a week for Air NZ’s Auckland – NYC service

The first Air New Zealand Auckland to New York flight will take off on 29 October 2020.


eGates open to Japanese travellers
20 Sep 2019   /

eGates open to Japanese travellers

Japan has been added to the list of visitor countries eligible to use eGate access when arriving in New Zealand.