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27 Jul 2021  

Tuesday 27 July

A daily roundup of national and international tourism industry news, views and analysis.


TECNZ pushes out visitor recovery to 2025
26 Jul 2021   /

TECNZ pushes out visitor recovery to 2025

Recovery in the North American and European visitor markets will likely be faster than from Asia, says TECNZ.


Police investigating abuse of RTO staff following campaign
26 Jul 2021   /

Police investigating abuse of RTO staff following campaign

Tourism Waitaki employees have met with police following abusive comments on social media directed at its foreign-born staff.


Bubble trouble weighs on hospo, accommodation
26 Jul 2021   /

Bubble trouble weighs on hospo, accommodation

The eight-week suspension of the trans-Tasman travel bubble had an immediate impact on operators.


Monday 26 July
26 Jul 2021  

Monday 26 July

A daily roundup of national and international tourism industry news, views and analysis.


“We’re gutted” – operators’ hopes for Aus winter boost dashed
23 Jul 2021   /

“We’re gutted” – operators’ hopes for Aus winter boost dashed

From high hopes to cruel reality, operators are forced to adjust again to life under Covid.


Trans-Tasman travel bubble suspended from midnight Friday
23 Jul 2021   /

Trans-Tasman travel bubble suspended from midnight Friday

Quarantine-free travel from all of Australia will stop for eight weeks.


Zealandia a symbol of tangible regeneration – departing CEO Paul Atkins
23 Jul 2021   /

Zealandia a symbol of tangible regeneration – departing CEO Paul Atkins

Chief executive Paul Atkins says tangible evidence of regenerative possibilities has lasting impact on visitors.


Perspectives: Opportunity knocks for regenerative tourism recovery
23 Jul 2021  

Perspectives: Opportunity knocks for regenerative tourism recovery

Destination Queenstown’s departing acting chief executive, Ann Lockhart, writes that regenerative tourism means more than ‘sustainability’ and argues it’s also good business practice.


Weekly hotel results: Relief for Queenstown with NZ school holidays
23 Jul 2021   /

Weekly hotel results: Relief for Queenstown with NZ school holidays

Occupancy at Queenstown hotels jumped nearly 20% in the week ending Saturday July 17, with average weekly occupancy at 63.3%, according to figures from STR.


On the Job: Industry appointments for the week to 23 July
23 Jul 2021  

On the Job: Industry appointments for the week to 23 July

New appointments at Tourism New Zealand, Tourism Holdings Limited, Air New Zealand, and Queenstown and Dunedin Airport.


Friday 23 July
23 Jul 2021  

Friday 23 July

A daily roundup of national and international tourism industry news, views and analysis.


Brisbane Olympics to have “enormous benefits” for NZ tourism
22 Jul 2021   /

Brisbane Olympics to have “enormous benefits” for NZ tourism

As well as boosting tourism, NZ will also be a top contender for training camps and events.


Govt: Digital health passports possibly by year end
22 Jul 2021   /

Govt: Digital health passports possibly by year end

However, having one might not immediately change the need for 14 days of managed isolation for arrivals.


DOC closes Heaphy Track because of storm damage
22 Jul 2021   /

DOC closes Heaphy Track because of storm damage

DOC says repair work underway but no estimate available for when the iconic track might be re-opened.


Tourism must become university entrance subject – QRC’s Phillips
22 Jul 2021   /

Tourism must become university entrance subject – QRC’s Phillips

Enrollments looking positive for 2022, including “huge amount” of international interest, says CEO.


Thursday 22 July
22 Jul 2021  

Thursday 22 July

A daily roundup of national and international tourism industry news, views and analysis.


Queenstown Airport appoints former Air NZ GM as CEO
21 Jul 2021   /

Queenstown Airport appoints former Air NZ GM as CEO

The former CEO of Metlifecare and Housing NZ, Glen Sowry, returns to the aviation sector.


Wellington dominates business events in March quarter
21 Jul 2021   /

Wellington dominates business events in March quarter

Hamilton/Waikato edges out Auckland for second largest number of business events held.


Tourism leader Brendon Pope passes away
21 Jul 2021  

Tourism leader Brendon Pope passes away

Pope worked in tourism for nearly 30 years and was a former general manager of Kiwi Experience and international sales manager at Tourism Holdings.


Hawke’s Bay Airport dangles new terminal for southern routes
21 Jul 2021  

Hawke’s Bay Airport dangles new terminal for southern routes

The airport’s CEO wants direct flights from Nelson, Dunedin, and Queenstown within months of the terminal opening.


Govt pauses quarantine-free travel from South Australia
21 Jul 2021   /

Govt pauses quarantine-free travel from South Australia

SkyCity closes its Adelaide casino as the city moves into a week-long lockdown.


Wednesday 21 July
21 Jul 2021  

Wednesday 21 July

A daily roundup of national and international tourism industry news, views and analysis.


Richie McCaw offloads Christchurch Helicopters ownership
20 Jul 2021   /

Richie McCaw offloads Christchurch Helicopters ownership

The aviation company fends off questions about the change, which also sees the former All Black end his directorship.


South Australia poised to join burst Aus travel bubble
20 Jul 2021   /

South Australia poised to join burst Aus travel bubble

It will be the latest state in Australia to move into lockdown today after new community cases of Covid.


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.


Vintage rail “spreads the love” for domestic tourism
20 Jul 2021   /

Vintage rail “spreads the love” for domestic tourism

A slew of new products has set up the railway for growth, with local businesses on board for the economic ride.


Tuesday 20 July
20 Jul 2021  

Tuesday 20 July

A daily roundup of national and international tourism industry news, views and analysis.


Tourism NZ’s $30m media spend – where it all went
19 Jul 2021   /

Tourism NZ’s $30m media spend – where it all went

Social media spend is the biggest component in a year when the agency marketed mainly at home.


Air NZ suffers significant disruption over weekend
19 Jul 2021  

Air NZ suffers significant disruption over weekend

The extreme weather caused delays across the airline’s domestic network.


Tourism Holdings, Air NZ make senior appointments
19 Jul 2021  

Tourism Holdings, Air NZ make senior appointments

THL appoints new chief technology officer, Air NZ announces three new directors on its board.


Tourism NZ fills Qualmark GM role
19 Jul 2021   /

Tourism NZ fills Qualmark GM role

Tourism New Zealand has appointed Steven Dixon to be Qualmark’s general manager.


‘Survival mode’ Kohutapu Lodge celebrates first graduates
19 Jul 2021   /

‘Survival mode’ Kohutapu Lodge celebrates first graduates

A focus on community values drives the award-winning operator’s vision for tourism.


Monday 19 July
19 Jul 2021  

Monday 19 July

A daily roundup of national and international tourism industry news, views and analysis.


Ministers roll into Queenstown bearing visa changes, TIFs
16 Jul 2021   /

Ministers roll into Queenstown bearing visa changes, TIFs

Like late night buses, you wait and wait and then get two at once.


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.


Quarantine-free travel from Victoria paused
16 Jul 2021   /

Quarantine-free travel from Victoria paused

Air NZ has cancelled flights from Melbourne but is continuing to fly from NZ to the city to return visitors already here.


Visa changes bring certainty, relief for sector – industry
16 Jul 2021   /

Visa changes bring certainty, relief for sector – industry

Changes to the essential skills visa will bring more certainty to accommodation and hospitality businesses struggling to fill vacancies, say industry groups.


Weekly hotel results: Wellington bounces back after level 2 lifted
16 Jul 2021   /

Weekly hotel results: Wellington bounces back after level 2 lifted

Wellington hotel occupancy is still below performance seen in May and June.


On the Job: Industry appointments for the week to 16 July
16 Jul 2021  

On the Job: Industry appointments for the week to 16 July

Departures at Hurunui Tourism & Hanmer Springs Thermal Pools & Spa, AJ Hackett, and new appointments at TBOP, The Scenic Hotel and more.


Friday 16 July
16 Jul 2021  

Friday 16 July

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Occupancy, RevPAR rise on positives – Colliers
15 Jul 2021   /

Occupancy, RevPAR rise on positives – Colliers

Queenstown is the only centre lagging on most hotel indicators.


Aus VFR arrivals in May near pre-Covid levels – Stats NZ
15 Jul 2021   /

Aus VFR arrivals in May near pre-Covid levels – Stats NZ

Nearly 7,000 more people departed New Zealand than arrived in May 2021, says Stats NZ.


Govt warns travellers in Victoria to return
15 Jul 2021   /

Govt warns travellers in Victoria to return

The travel bubble with the Australian state could pause again because of new community cases there.


Thursday 15 July
15 Jul 2021  

Thursday 15 July

A daily roundup of national and international tourism industry news, views and analysis.


NZICC deadline pushed three years to Dec 2027
14 Jul 2021   /

NZICC deadline pushed three years to Dec 2027

SkyCity says it is “prudent to have a buffer” between Fletcher’s current delivery date of late 2024 and the project’s deadline.


Govt studying how vaccine can ease border, MIQ restrictions
14 Jul 2021  

Govt studying how vaccine can ease border, MIQ restrictions

We will soon be able to see the government’s proposed pathway forward.


Tourism emissions drop for second year in 2019 – Stats NZ
14 Jul 2021   /

Tourism emissions drop for second year in 2019 – Stats NZ

Air and space travel accounted for 60% of tourism-related emissions in 2019.


Operator “stumbles” across better business model in Covid pivot
14 Jul 2021   /

Operator “stumbles” across better business model in Covid pivot

The firm has now closed for winter, but has strong bookings for September re-opening.


Wednesday 14 July
14 Jul 2021  

Wednesday 14 July

A daily roundup of national and international tourism industry news, views and analysis.