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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.


Perspectives: 50 years young for MoaTrek
8 Jun 2021  

Perspectives: 50 years young for MoaTrek

MoaTrek managing director Miles Clark writes even a global pandemic hasn’t slowed down the business, which celebrates its 50th birthday this year.


Wednesday Letter: The tough get going at TRENZ 2021
12 May 2021  

Wednesday Letter: The tough get going at TRENZ 2021

In a TRENZ like no other, after a year like no other, industry finally got a chance to reconnect and plot a recovery, writes the Ticker’s Bennett Richardson.


Wednesday Letter: Eggs, baskets and one positive from Covid-19
14 Apr 2021  

Wednesday Letter: Eggs, baskets and one positive from Covid-19

Queenstown must rebuild its tourism and at the same time invest in economic ‘insurance’.


Perspectives: How tourism will change post-Covid
13 Apr 2021  

Perspectives: How tourism will change post-Covid

Why promoting specific destinations to potential post-Covid tourists may no longer make any sense.


Wednesday Letter: The beginning of the end
7 Apr 2021  

Wednesday Letter: The beginning of the end

A start date for a trans-Tasman bubble could mark more than just the return of Australians for New Zealand tourism, writes the Ticker’s Paul Yandall.


Wednesday Letter: Nash has his own ideas about “re-imagining” tourism
31 Mar 2021  

Wednesday Letter: Nash has his own ideas about “re-imagining” tourism

The tourism minister is cutting a unilateral path through the sector, writes the Ticker’s Bennett Richardson. 


Perspectives: Looking back 90 years for guidance
9 Mar 2021  

Perspectives: Looking back 90 years for guidance

As Buried Village of Te Wairoa celebrates 90 years, operations manager Amanda McGrath looks back for guidance and examples of resilience.


Wednesday Letter: Minister rides into town, shoots down pleas for help
3 Mar 2021  

Wednesday Letter: Minister rides into town, shoots down pleas for help

Stuart Nash rode into Glacier Country raising hopes of support but instead he took aim at the struggling community’s pleas, writes the Ticker’s Bridget O’Connell.     


Perspectives: Sustainable change can make NZ tourism more competitive
19 Feb 2021  

Perspectives: Sustainable change can make NZ tourism more competitive

The PCE report is a paradigm shift towards increasing tourism accountability, writes Professor James Higham.


Wednesday Letter: One year on…
3 Feb 2021  

Wednesday Letter: One year on…

The Ticker’s Paul Yandall on the Government’s response to the tourism crisis a year after it started closing the country’s border.


Difficult 2020 ends with new beginning – Armitage
3 Dec 2020  

Difficult 2020 ends with new beginning – Armitage

The year has brought out the best in Auckland’s tourism sector, writes Auckland Unlimited’s GM of destination.


Tourism Futures: Yes to carbon cuts – but how will tourists visit?
24 Nov 2020  

Tourism Futures: Yes to carbon cuts – but how will tourists visit?

New Zealand must help find ways to decarbonise air travel, writes Griffith University’s Professor Susanne Becken.


Ticker Take: New minister transports tourism back to 2017
19 Nov 2020   /

Ticker Take: New minister transports tourism back to 2017

The new tourism minister Stuart Nash made a scatological splash this week following the Tourism Summit Aotearoa, writes the Ticker’s Bridget O’Connell.


Perspectives: Tourism – from 3-night stand to long term relationship
9 Nov 2020  

Perspectives: Tourism – from 3-night stand to long term relationship

QLDC’s economic development manager, Peter Harris, argues the need to rethink how we value tourism and why now is the time to do it.


Australia “critical breath of oxygen” for Wānaka – LWT’s Barke
5 Nov 2020  

Australia “critical breath of oxygen” for Wānaka – LWT’s Barke

We need to keep as many operators as possible alive, says Lake Wānaka Tourism’s acting GM.


Tourism Futures: Time for a ‘whole-of-government’ approach?
3 Nov 2020  

Tourism Futures: Time for a ‘whole-of-government’ approach?

In the third in a fortnightly series of thought pieces written by New Zealand’s academic community, University of Canterbury’s Professor Girish Prayag asks, is it time for a ‘whole-of-government’ approach to tourism?


Wednesday Letter: It’s time for a change
21 Oct 2020  

Wednesday Letter: It’s time for a change

The Ticker’s view on who should be the next minister of tourism.


Tourism Futures: How tourism can build social capital
13 Oct 2020  

Tourism Futures: How tourism can build social capital

Associate Professor Heike Schänzel from Auckland University of Technology explores how tourism can contribute towards social capital.


Perspectives: Hotels are breaking away from TIA – here’s why
12 Oct 2020  

Perspectives: Hotels are breaking away from TIA – here’s why

Lincoln University’s Dr Anthony Brien lays out the rationale for the new Hotel Council Aotearoa.


Perspectives: Fundamental review of tourism data needed – TIA’s Roberts
8 Oct 2020  

Perspectives: Fundamental review of tourism data needed – TIA’s Roberts

TIA’s Chris Roberts says there is no structure, system or funding dedicated to the research needs of our industry.


Value over quantity – Tabuteau on NZ First’s tourism plans
7 Oct 2020  

Value over quantity – Tabuteau on NZ First’s tourism plans

NZ First’s tourism spokesperson on how it plans to help drive up revenue for the industry.


Kaitiakitanga must be at the heart of tourism – Eugenie Sage
30 Sep 2020  

Kaitiakitanga must be at the heart of tourism – Eugenie Sage

The Green Party’s tourism spokesperson lays out her vision for the sector.


Tourism Futures: Thinking about the future we want
29 Sep 2020  

Tourism Futures: Thinking about the future we want

In the first of a regular series, NZ’s academic community aims to stimulate discussion on the future of the tourism sector.


Tourism is a cornerstone of NZ’s economy, we will rebuild it – McClay
23 Sep 2020  

Tourism is a cornerstone of NZ’s economy, we will rebuild it – McClay

National’s tourism spokesperson lays out his vision for the sector.


Why NZ tourism’s ‘marketing-first’ approach is not sustainable
10 Sep 2020   /

Why NZ tourism’s ‘marketing-first’ approach is not sustainable

CEDA CEO Linda Stewart calls for a systemic change to the country’s tourism economy.


Why we need to think about “socialising tourism” after Covid
4 Sep 2020  

Why we need to think about “socialising tourism” after Covid

We must not return to the type of hyper-development that tourism suffered from, argues Dr Freya Higgins-Desbiolles.


Perspectives: Why destinations cannot ignore their digital identity
31 Aug 2020  

Perspectives: Why destinations cannot ignore their digital identity

A country’s online brand can help attract visitors and investment.


Changing perceptions of small RTOs – TCO’s Dylan Rushbrook
20 Aug 2020  

Changing perceptions of small RTOs – TCO’s Dylan Rushbrook

Tourism Central Otago general manager Dylan Rushbrook on the power to be found in New Zealand’s smaller RTOs.


NZ’s business events industry is on its knees – CINZ’s Hopkins
19 Aug 2020  

NZ’s business events industry is on its knees – CINZ’s Hopkins

The association’s CEO on why the latest lockdown “feels so much worse” for the struggling industry.


Wednesday Letter: ‘Two-speed economy’ emerging – Boult
12 Aug 2020  

Wednesday Letter: ‘Two-speed economy’ emerging – Boult

Queenstown Lakes District mayor Jim Boult on the potential downturn in spending at the end of wage subsidies, getting events into district, and a two-speed economy.


Tourism Transformation: Why it’s time for a fundamental re-think 
11 Aug 2020  

Tourism Transformation: Why it’s time for a fundamental re-think 

New Zealand and Hawai’i both have strengths as island communities that will help them make a much-needed shift in tourism values, writes Professor Pauline Sheldon from the University of Hawai’i.  


Enterprise Dunedin’s Anderson on tourism resilience, diversification
6 Aug 2020   /

Enterprise Dunedin’s Anderson on tourism resilience, diversification

Enterprise Dunedin’s city marketing manager says now is the time to reset the region’s offering.


Perspectives: Resetting NZ tourism through a cultural lens
6 Aug 2020  

Perspectives: Resetting NZ tourism through a cultural lens

Chair of Ngāti Kahungunu Iwi Incorporated and member of the Government’s Tourism Futures Taskforce, Ngahiwi Tomoana, on why you cannot look for answers to tourism problems within the industry alone.


STAPP acknowledges Māori tourism legacies – Pania Tyson-Nathan
5 Aug 2020  

STAPP acknowledges Māori tourism legacies – Pania Tyson-Nathan

The CEO of NZ Māori Tourism on the value of investing in the cultural wealth.


YoungTEC’s Zac Watson on the value of young talent in tourism
27 Jul 2020  

YoungTEC’s Zac Watson on the value of young talent in tourism

We can build a stronger, more purposeful industry, with the help of the next generation of leaders, says YoungTEC’s chair.


Wednesday Letter: More time needed for tourism to adjust
22 Jul 2020  

Wednesday Letter: More time needed for tourism to adjust

A lively school holidays and Australia’s extension of its JobKeeper programme should prompt a rethink by the Government of its suppport for tourism, writes the Ticker’s Paul Yandall.


Perspectives: Hotel revenue management in the post-Covid world
21 Jul 2020   /

Perspectives: Hotel revenue management in the post-Covid world

Cornell University School of Hotel Administration’s Emeritus Professor of Operations Management, Sherri Kimes, on why revenue management management matters more than ever in a capacity-constrained post-Covid world.


Martin Snedden’s plea: Auckland tourism needs help
16 Jul 2020   /

Martin Snedden’s plea: Auckland tourism needs help

The chair of ATEED’s Industry Leaders Group says NZ tourism’s “engine room” has earned the right for support.


Muller and tourism: Resignations, criticisms, and a $100m fizzer
14 Jul 2020   /

Muller and tourism: Resignations, criticisms, and a $100m fizzer

National’s leader tried to build a political beachhead in tourism but it has been swamped.


Haka Tours’ Eve Lawrence on the needless promotion of fear
8 Jul 2020  

Haka Tours’ Eve Lawrence on the needless promotion of fear

Haka Tours & ANZ Nature Tours general manager Eve Lawrence says she is exasperated with the media coverage of the Covid-19 fallout, adding the negativity is affecting mental health and the outlook for businesses.


Perspectives: The downside to discounting – and a couple of alternatives…
6 Jul 2020  

Perspectives: The downside to discounting – and a couple of alternatives…

Desperate times call for desperate measures – but letting desperation drive you to discounting can end up with disastrous results, argues Dr Anthony Brien, senior lecturer in business and hotel management at Lincoln University.


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.


Perspectives: Keeping it real in the ‘new’ NZ tourism
30 Jun 2020  

Perspectives: Keeping it real in the ‘new’ NZ tourism

As New Zealand travel writers throw themselves with gusto into rebuilding domestic tourism, Sarah Bennett proposes a ban on ‘secret beaches’, ‘hidden gems’ and other ‘underrated’ places in favour of a more inclusive and strategic approach.


Wednesday Letter: TIA’s Roberts on supporting the survival of NZ tourism
24 Jun 2020  

Wednesday Letter: TIA’s Roberts on supporting the survival of NZ tourism

TIA’s Roberts on coping with Covid impacts, applying for STAPP, and lobbying “hard and relentlessly” for industry.


Perspectives: Revenue management in uncertain times
22 Jun 2020  

Perspectives: Revenue management in uncertain times

Hotel revenue management consultant Joe Ellingham from Revenue Team on the opportunity available to operators in a region-led recovery.


Perspectives: XperieNZ’s Swaminathan on a hard reset for tourism
15 Jun 2020  

Perspectives: XperieNZ’s Swaminathan on a hard reset for tourism

ITO XperieNZ founder Kumar Swaminathan on why New Zealand must look beyond Australia and the importance of opening our borders to Asia.


DOC’s Lou Sanson on balancing recovery and renewal
10 Jun 2020  

DOC’s Lou Sanson on balancing recovery and renewal

The DG on the $500m Jobs for Nature scheme, the Great Walks differential pricing trial, and getting Kiwis into nature.


Perspectives: Supporting luxury operators isn’t cheap, but it is worth it
5 Jun 2020   /

Perspectives: Supporting luxury operators isn’t cheap, but it is worth it

Industry has to convince Kiwis our best experiences are worth the price, writes the Ticker’s Shannon Williams.


‘Baycation’ bounce bolsters recovery – HBT’s Hamish Saxton
4 Jun 2020  

‘Baycation’ bounce bolsters recovery – HBT’s Hamish Saxton

Hawke’s Bay Tourism chief executive Hamish Saxton on the success of New Zealand’s first long weekend post-lockdown, and the trickle-down effect of the visitor economy into the country’s other sectors.