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Working holiday visa hurdles handbrake on arrivals – BYATA
28 Feb 2022   /

Working holiday visa hurdles handbrake on arrivals – BYATA

Almost 20k of the visas were approved before the borders shut and allowing them in could help alleviate worker shortages.


New tourism boss for MBIE
31 Jan 2022   /

New tourism boss for MBIE

Heather Kirkham has been appointed to the role of general manager of tourism at MBIE.


TECTS: Otago regions continue spending run in Nov
25 Jan 2022   /

TECTS: Otago regions continue spending run in Nov

Regional tourism organisation areas in the wider Otago region continued to put in a better performance for domestic spending in November 2021 versus the same month a year earlier.


Tourism Data Co-governance Group EOI extended
21 Jan 2022   /

Tourism Data Co-governance Group EOI extended

The group will consist of a maximum of nine core members and two independent co-chairs.


MBIE calls for applicants to join new tourism data group
15 Dec 2021   /

MBIE calls for applicants to join new tourism data group

MBIE is calling on a wide range of applicants to join a Tourism Data Co-governance Group to boost the quality of tourism data and insights.


What operators need to know about traffic light system
26 Nov 2021   /

What operators need to know about traffic light system

How tourism businesses operate under the traffic light settings in the Covid-19 Protection Framework depends on the specific industry.


Govt to underwrite large summer events
9 Nov 2021  

Govt to underwrite large summer events

The Events Transition Support Scheme will cover 90% of unrecoverable costs for paid, ticketed events.


Tougher regulations may force out adventure operators – TIA
8 Nov 2021   /

Tougher regulations may force out adventure operators – TIA

MBIE is oversimplifying the risks around adventure tourism in its proposed changes to adventure regulations, says TIA.


TECTS: Drop in spending led by locked-down Auckland
5 Nov 2021   /

TECTS: Drop in spending led by locked-down Auckland

Almost all regional tourism organisation areas around the country saw weaker monthly domestic spending in September 2021 than a year.


Govt funding for tourism tops $500m, just under half yet to be paid
4 Nov 2021   /

Govt funding for tourism tops $500m, just under half yet to be paid

Kānoa has approved 100 tourism-related projects with $408m committed.


WorkSafe slammed for slack Whakaari/White Island work
22 Oct 2021   /

WorkSafe slammed for slack Whakaari/White Island work

A review finds some of the agency’s actions “unacceptable and not able to be justified”.


Adventure tourism businesses pull plug as compliance rockets
7 Oct 2021   /

Adventure tourism businesses pull plug as compliance rockets

Moves to bring in tougher safety standards and higher costs are forcing operators to consider their viability.


STAPP keeps Velocity Valley alive after “scary ride” for survival…
27 Sep 2021   /

STAPP keeps Velocity Valley alive after “scary ride” for survival…

A $400k STAPP grant is the only reason the attraction is open, says MD Simon Short.


Govt to toughen safety standards for adventure activities
24 Sep 2021  

Govt to toughen safety standards for adventure activities

The measures are being taken in the wake of the Whakaari White Island eruption, which killed 22 people.


Christchurch’s Quality Hotel Elms joins MIQ
24 Sep 2021   /

Christchurch’s Quality Hotel Elms joins MIQ

The addition of the hotel, which is part of the Choice Hotels group, will bring 85 rooms to the system.


Applications open for business travel across alert level borders
30 Aug 2021   /

Applications open for business travel across alert level borders

The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment has opened the Business Travel Register for businesses needing to send workers to the Auckland and Northland regions after other regions drop to alert level 3 on Tuesday night.


Novotel & Ibis becomes new quarantine facility
27 Aug 2021   /

Novotel & Ibis becomes new quarantine facility

The Novotel & Ibis Auckland Ellerslie will from today become a contingency quarantine facility able to take any overflow of Covid-19 positive community cases stemming from the Delta outbreak.


Red flights from Australia to restart in Sept
26 Aug 2021  

Red flights from Australia to restart in Sept

Travellers returning from Australia will revert to the pre-bubble system of securing a place in managed isolation and quarantine.


Difficult risk control blocking trans-Tasman cruise – Nash
12 Aug 2021   /

Difficult risk control blocking trans-Tasman cruise – Nash

The resumption of cruises from Australia in summer appears remote even if border restrictions are eased in early 2022.


Climate change is a problem – what should tourism do?
11 Aug 2021   /

Climate change is a problem – what should tourism do?

There is agreement within government and industry that climate change is tourism’s most significant environmental challenge, but the way forward remains unclear.


Industry needs revamped Tourism NZ to provide direction – Hickton
11 Aug 2021   /

Industry needs revamped Tourism NZ to provide direction – Hickton

The tourism industry is overly reliant on government, subservient to political change, and has no strong unified direction, says former Tourism New Zealand boss George Hickton.


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.


New IVL investments unlikely while borders stay shut – report
27 Jul 2021   /

New IVL investments unlikely while borders stay shut – report

Revenue collected in the first year to June 2020 was $57.3m, approximately 30% lower than the forecasted revenue of $82m.


Half of international student visa exception recipients now in NZ
16 Jul 2021   /

Half of international student visa exception recipients now in NZ

Non-exception student applications to be lapsed with fees and levies, including IVL, refunded.


NZCA strategy targets trans-Tasman bubble cruises in 2022
12 Jul 2021   /

NZCA strategy targets trans-Tasman bubble cruises in 2022

The New Zealand Cruise Association wants rapid testing in place and safe bubble cruising for larger ships with reduced guest numbers in 2022.


Life at level 4: Four Points’ GM Paul Gallop on managing MIQ
9 Jul 2021   /

Life at level 4: Four Points’ GM Paul Gallop on managing MIQ

It’s a topsy turvy world for senior hotel managers in MIQ, who can find themselves packing lunches, on security, or behind the front desk.


MBIE launches tourism data hub with sustainability impact resource
1 Jul 2021   /

MBIE launches tourism data hub with sustainability impact resource

MBIE hopes to include more information from local governments going forward.


Grand Mercure comes back on line as MIQ overhaul continues
21 Jun 2021   /

Grand Mercure comes back on line as MIQ overhaul continues

Support for the MIQ system will be required until at least 31 December 2022, says a government report into the facilities.


Tourism data co-governance model proposed
17 Jun 2021   /

Tourism data co-governance model proposed

Progress is finally being made in what could be a “genuine partnership” between government and industry.


Minister Watch: Queenstown, TFT, TIA feature prominently in first six months
9 Jun 2021  

Minister Watch: Queenstown, TFT, TIA feature prominently in first six months

Key meetings attended by tourism minister Stuart Nash since taking up the portfolio in November 2020 include those with various taskforce bodies, local councils and industry representatives.


TECTS: April domestic spend up versus 2019 in all regions
4 Jun 2021  

TECTS: April domestic spend up versus 2019 in all regions

All regional tourism organisations around the country saw stronger domestic spending in April 2021.


Inaugural IBIS conference kicks off in Queenstown
2 Jun 2021  

Inaugural IBIS conference kicks off in Queenstown

The inaugural IBIS Customer Conference 2021 opens this evening with a welcome function in Queenstown, focusing on a theme of ‘Rebuilding Together’.


EDNZ 2021: High value or high quality? NZ tourism at a crossroads
31 May 2021   /

EDNZ 2021: High value or high quality? NZ tourism at a crossroads

Tourism may have to aim for ‘high quality’ over ‘high value’ to address challenges.


Survey: Fifth of travel, holiday consumers suffer problems in 2019-20
26 May 2021  

Survey: Fifth of travel, holiday consumers suffer problems in 2019-20

But 57% said their issue was resolved, just not always to their satisfaction.


The Interview: Sudima’s Sudesh Jhunjhnuwala
13 Apr 2021   /

The Interview: Sudima’s Sudesh Jhunjhnuwala

People may think we’re “making a killing” from MIQ but we’re cut off from our iso-hotels, says the hotelier.


TECTS: Three RTO zones beat Feb 2020 spend
9 Apr 2021   /

TECTS: Three RTO zones beat Feb 2020 spend

Smaller North Island regional centres proved resilient to the post-holiday domestic tourist exodus.


Coach company cries foul after MIQ transport monopolised
12 Mar 2021   /

Coach company cries foul after MIQ transport monopolised

A coach operator that had its airline transport contract terminated by the government and handed to a competitor is calling for fair treatment.


MBIE confident all MIQ hotels will renew contracts before April deadline
9 Mar 2021   /

MBIE confident all MIQ hotels will renew contracts before April deadline

MBIE says it believes all 32 hotels being used will renew their MIQ contracts, which currently come to an end in April.


TECTS: Visitor spend falls 11% despite strong domestic demand
5 Mar 2021  

TECTS: Visitor spend falls 11% despite strong domestic demand

Visitor spend fell 11% to $1.25bn in January 2021 compared to the same month a year ago as the gap left by absent international tourists proved too large to plug for domestics.


Whanganui proving a tourism winner in Covid visitor economy
23 Feb 2021   /

Whanganui proving a tourism winner in Covid visitor economy

How did the river city, traditionally overlooked by visitors, top RTO area spend in 2020?


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.


Tourism spending hit – which regions lost the most during lockdown?
24 Jul 2020   /

Tourism spending hit – which regions lost the most during lockdown?

Three South Island regions were the hardest hit by stifled tourism spend during the three-month peak of New Zealand’s Covid-19 crisis, according to TIA analysis of the Monthly Regional Tourism Estimates.


Events sector gets green light for 100-pax gatherings
15 May 2020   /

Events sector gets green light for 100-pax gatherings

Clarification helps the New Zealand business events sector restart for domestic attendees, and is the first step in the right direction, according to CINZ chief executive Lisa Hopkins.


Tourism NZ to lead industry rethink; Davis to review IVL investment
8 Apr 2020   /

Tourism NZ to lead industry rethink; Davis to review IVL investment

Tourism minister Kelvin Davis has charged TNZ with creating a new plan for the sector.


MBIE: New voluntary Accommodation Data Programme out in H2 2020
12 Mar 2020   /

MBIE: New voluntary Accommodation Data Programme out in H2 2020

The successor to the Accommodation Survey will aim to provide guest nights, occupancy rates and establishments, broken down by geography, at a minimum, according to the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment.


MRTEs: Mackenzie tops January spending growth
6 Mar 2020   /

MRTEs: Mackenzie tops January spending growth

The Mackenzie Region led a total of seven Regional Tourism Organisations that posted double-digit spending growth in January, according to the latest Monthly Regional Tourism Estimates.


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.


IVS: Spend up 2% as US powers ahead in September year
26 Nov 2019   /

IVS: Spend up 2% as US powers ahead in September year

International visitors from the United States led spending growth in the year to September 2019, jumping 15% on the previous 12 months, according to the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment.