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Local govt report supports bed taxes, visitor levels
31 Oct 2022   /

Local govt report supports bed taxes, visitor levels

Bed taxes and visitor levies have been identified as potential revenue sources for local governments to support the funding of infrastructure needed to accommodate tourism.


Auckland Museum seeks submissions on draft plan
26 Oct 2021  

Auckland Museum seeks submissions on draft plan

Auckland Museum is asking for feedback on its Draft Annual Plan for the fiscal year to end-June 2023.


Jobs for Nature lifeline for operators, environment alike
6 Sep 2021   /

Jobs for Nature lifeline for operators, environment alike

The $1.3bn programme will help move the country up the value chain for when tourists return, says DOC’s Lou Sanson.


DWC tries to soften blow to tourism in year of Covid
2 Sep 2021  

DWC tries to soften blow to tourism in year of Covid

The EDA has international spending in the region for the year to March 2021 had dropped 93% to just $6m compared with $86m in the previous fiscal year.


How RTOs can keep govt funds flowing – RTNZ’s Charlie Ives
30 Jul 2021   /

How RTOs can keep govt funds flowing – RTNZ’s Charlie Ives

One of the key challenges for RTOs is making sure government funding does not run out at the end of 2022.


Hospo/tourism tech cluster development seeks feedback
30 Jul 2021   /

Hospo/tourism tech cluster development seeks feedback

The development of the Queenstown Lakes District Council’s hospitality and tourism technology cluster is currently in a “discovery phase”, says leader of the project Kevin Sharpe.


Dynamics change for small RTOs in post-Covid tourism
28 Jul 2021   /

Dynamics change for small RTOs in post-Covid tourism

Smaller regional tourism organisations are leveraging their weight differently in the post-Covid world.


Hastings, Ōpōtiki take top LGNZ awards
19 Jul 2021   /

Hastings, Ōpōtiki take top LGNZ awards

The Hastings and Ōpōtiki district councils have been awarded the top prizes at this year’s Local Government New Zealand Excellence Awards show in Blenheim.


TIF Round 5: $18m shared by 57 projects
16 Jul 2021   /

TIF Round 5: $18m shared by 57 projects

About $10m of the latest deployment is going to five regions hit hard by the lack of international tourists.


Making Māori central to tourism experience NZ’s advantage
6 Jul 2021   /

Making Māori central to tourism experience NZ’s advantage

Tourism organisations and RTOs are urged to put the Māori at the centre of the visitor experience.


Responsible camper group cries foul about bill
6 Jul 2021  

Responsible camper group cries foul about bill

An advocacy group wants an inquiry into the freedom camping situation in New Zealand after a related members’ bill on the matter was picked from the ballot last week.


Operators back SWDC’s tourism move to go it alone
5 Jul 2021   /

Operators back SWDC’s tourism move to go it alone

Tourism operators in South Waikato say they support leaving the region’s RTO and hope that forging their own path will lead to better outcomes.


Hamilton & Waikato Tourism suffers funding cut as council walks
2 Jul 2021   /

Hamilton & Waikato Tourism suffers funding cut as council walks

South Waikato District Council goes it alone claiming it doesn’t get good bang for buck.


EDNZ 2021: Momentum grows to fix Queenstown’s tourism over-reliance
28 May 2021   /

EDNZ 2021: Momentum grows to fix Queenstown’s tourism over-reliance

Heavy-hitting investors could help diversify Queenstown’s tourism-led economy.


Ticker Take: TFT report dead on arrival
29 Mar 2021   /

Ticker Take: TFT report dead on arrival

The public-private plan for tourism – the biggest effort yet to reshape the sector – will now never be realised.


QLDC seeks legal advice on NZMCA challenge
26 Mar 2021   /

QLDC seeks legal advice on NZMCA challenge

Queenstown Lakes District Council is taking legal advice after the New Zealand Motor Caravan Association (NZMCA) challenged the Freedom Camping Bylaw 2019.


ATEED CEO Nick Hill on coping with the $14m APTR budget hole
24 Apr 2020   /

ATEED CEO Nick Hill on coping with the $14m APTR budget hole

Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development has paused selected marketing activity, and is not replacing non-essential vacant roles as part of a cost-cutting drive following the year-long suspension of the APTR.


Dozens of Queenstown operators in line for rent relief
17 Apr 2020  

Dozens of Queenstown operators in line for rent relief

Around 75 tourism and hospitality businesses are in line for a QLDC rent reprieve.


QLDC issues walking track safety reminder
3 Apr 2020   /

QLDC issues walking track safety reminder

A lockdown track etiquette reminder has been issued by Queenstown Lakes District Council.


Productivity Commission: Bin bed tax, use existing tools
13 Dec 2019   /

Productivity Commission: Bin bed tax, use existing tools

The Productivity Commission has stepped back from its support of local bed taxes to help pay for infrastructure in tourism hotspots – a recommendation included in its draft report in July.


Mackle takes Kaikoura mayoralty in cliffhanger
18 Oct 2019  

Mackle takes Kaikoura mayoralty in cliffhanger

Craig Mackle is the official new mayor of Kaikoura, squeezing out John Diver by 12 votes.


Local Elections: Which tourism veterans were voted in? 
14 Oct 2019  

Local Elections: Which tourism veterans were voted in? 

Kathy Guy was among a number of candidates with tourism backgrounds standing for office.


Local Elections: Little change at tourism hotspots
14 Oct 2019  

Local Elections: Little change at tourism hotspots

While some new faces will be leading the country’s local councils, most notably in Wellington, across New Zealand’s tourist hotspots, familiar faces dominated.


It’s local elections, meet the (tourism) candidates: Barbara Faulls
30 Sep 2019  

It’s local elections, meet the (tourism) candidates: Barbara Faulls

The holiday park stalwart on why destination management is a priority for the Marlborough region.


It’s local elections so meet the (tourism) candidates: Jeroen Jongejans
27 Sep 2019  

It’s local elections so meet the (tourism) candidates: Jeroen Jongejans

Dive! Tutukaka owner Jeroen Jongejans on why he is standing.


It’s local elections so meet the (tourism) candidates: Dr Tony Brien
26 Sep 2019  

It’s local elections so meet the (tourism) candidates: Dr Tony Brien

Senior lecturer in hotel and tourism management Dr Anthony Brien tells us why he is standing.


Meet the local elections (tourism) candidates: Lesley Immink
25 Sep 2019  

Meet the local elections (tourism) candidates: Lesley Immink

Former TECNZ chief executive Lesley Immink tells us why she is running for mayor.


It’s local elections so meet the (tourism) candidates: Oscar Nathan
24 Sep 2019  

It’s local elections so meet the (tourism) candidates: Oscar Nathan

The former Destination Rotorua GM plans to tackle a number of industry issues if elected to council.


Meet the (tourism) candidates: Kathy Guy
23 Sep 2019  

Meet the (tourism) candidates: Kathy Guy

It’s local elections time and the Ticker catches up with candidates from industry. First up, Q&A with Kathy Guy.