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Review 2022: HPNZ’s Fergus Brown on Covid’s lessons for holiday parks
9 Dec 2022   /

Review 2022: HPNZ’s Fergus Brown on Covid’s lessons for holiday parks

No one can understate how tough it’s been on people, says the holiday park association’s chief executive.


Review 2022: HCA’s James Doolan on lobbying, labour and China
8 Dec 2022   /

Review 2022: HCA’s James Doolan on lobbying, labour and China

In our 2022 Year in Review, we hear from some of tourism’s top stakeholders about the year that was and what’s ahead in 2023.


Review 2022: BCA’s Ben McFadgen on challenges and opportunities
7 Dec 2022   /

Review 2022: BCA’s Ben McFadgen on challenges and opportunities

In our 2022 Year in Review, we hear from some of tourism’s top stakeholders about the year that was and what’s ahead in 2023.


Perspectives: The coach sector is in crisis because of govt inaction
1 Dec 2022   /

Perspectives: The coach sector is in crisis because of govt inaction

BCA’s Ben McFadgen says the shortage of operators, drivers and coaches is a direct result of the sector being overlooked.


Wednesday Letter: NZ still a ‘dream destination’ for China…
30 Nov 2022   /

Wednesday Letter: NZ still a ‘dream destination’ for China…

CTS’ Lisa Li on how the Chinese visitor recovery could look for NZ tourism.


Perspectives: G20 economies must lead a reimagined tourism future
21 Nov 2022   /

Perspectives: G20 economies must lead a reimagined tourism future

With innovative thinking, tourism can help get the world’s economies back on track – and help to “recover together, recover stronger”.


Perspectives: Do Pacific tourism campaigns risk perpetuating stereotypes?
18 Nov 2022   /

Perspectives: Do Pacific tourism campaigns risk perpetuating stereotypes?

Tourism marketers risk damaging Indigenous culture and visitor expectations through cultural stereotypes evident in national campaigns.


Perspectives: The promise and challenges of sustainable travel products
15 Nov 2022   /

Perspectives: The promise and challenges of sustainable travel products

While sustainable travel is the next step in the evolution of tourism, the way consumers talk about it and what they actually do about can be very different.


Perspectives: Cruise ships have Covid cases – so what needs to happen next?
31 Oct 2022   /

Perspectives: Cruise ships have Covid cases – so what needs to happen next?

The cruise industry has learnt much from the pandemic but more can be done to protect those at sea and on land, say researchers.


Perspectives: RAL and the uncertain future of snow sports
27 Oct 2022   /

Perspectives: RAL and the uncertain future of snow sports

The operator’s troubles underscore the volatility of commercial ski businesses as climate change accelerates.


Wednesday Letter: RAL can’t just blame Covid, weather – it’s time to end the paralysis
12 Oct 2022   /

Wednesday Letter: RAL can’t just blame Covid, weather – it’s time to end the paralysis

The operator has been plagued by infighting and a legacy structure that hampered it when action was needed most.


Wednesday Letter: Thanks
14 Sep 2022  

Wednesday Letter: Thanks

Tourism Ticker’s Paul Yandall on the end of Covid, the value of visitors to New Zealand tourism, and a big thanks for your support.


Perspectives: Could a Tarras airport divert tourists from Christchurch?
9 Sep 2022   /

Perspectives: Could a Tarras airport divert tourists from Christchurch?

City ratepayers could pay twice if a new airport struggles to make profit and takes tourism from Canterbury, argues Ilan Noy from Victoria University.


Perspectives: Cruise ships return, but do they deserve a lavish welcome?
23 Aug 2022   /

Perspectives: Cruise ships return, but do they deserve a lavish welcome?

With questions around cruise ships’ environmental and health impacts and their relatively small contribution to the economy, lavish welcomes may not be justifiable, writes Timothy Welch.


Perspectives: Could climate change put NZ’s whale watching at risk?
19 Aug 2022   /

Perspectives: Could climate change put NZ’s whale watching at risk?

The effects of climate change on ocean temperatures could force great whales to disappear from New Zealand’s waters.


Perspectives: Tourism and the metaverse – towards widespread use of virtual travel?
17 Aug 2022   /

Perspectives: Tourism and the metaverse – towards widespread use of virtual travel?

Although tourism in the metaverse cannot replace a real-world experience, technology has the power to share sites that are not easily accessible or completely ignored.


Perspectives: The role of tourism levies in marine conservation
16 Aug 2022   /

Perspectives: The role of tourism levies in marine conservation

A “beneficiary pays” approach to tourism could support local communities and conservation efforts.


Perspectives: Are RTOs the right fit for our DMPs?
11 Aug 2022   /

Perspectives: Are RTOs the right fit for our DMPs?

Tourism NZ is not lumbered with destination management so why should RTOs be?


“We’re more than survivors, we are going to thrive” – TECNZ’s Mehrtens
10 Aug 2022   /

“We’re more than survivors, we are going to thrive” – TECNZ’s Mehrtens

The pandemic has left the industry battered and bruised but it is now time to navigate a new future, says TECNZ’s chair.


Perspectives: Extreme heat events dangerous for business
8 Aug 2022   /

Perspectives: Extreme heat events dangerous for business

How much of an impact does soaring temperature have on business profitability?


Community, collaboration, and the challenges ahead – Aflallo
3 Aug 2022   /

Community, collaboration, and the challenges ahead – Aflallo

In his final address as president of HPNZ, David Aflallo says the holiday park industry’s ability to adapt, listen and rebuild will propel it through the recovery.


Perspectives: Why staff well-being plans are important in the workplace
25 Jul 2022   /

Perspectives: Why staff well-being plans are important in the workplace

Businesses that develop a comprehensive well-being plan can go a long way to preventing mental health problems in the workplace.


Perspectives: What’s next for travel and tourism?
7 Jul 2022   /

Perspectives: What’s next for travel and tourism?

The World Economic Forum turns to two experts to highlight some of the key areas of risk and opportunity in the sector.


Perspectives: Lessons for the hotel industry from Covid
5 Jul 2022   /

Perspectives: Lessons for the hotel industry from Covid

Hoteliers had to take drastic action to survive and we can all learn from their challenges.


Perspectives: Why is there chaos in the global airline industry?
27 Jun 2022   /

Perspectives: Why is there chaos in the global airline industry?

Cancelled flights, disrupted vacations, and frayed tempers are rife as people take to the skies and the airline industry comes under pressure.


Perspectives: Businesses should be wary of cashing in on Matariki
22 Jun 2022   /

Perspectives: Businesses should be wary of cashing in on Matariki

There are natural reasons for wanting to take advantage but businesses should tread carefully, writes the University of Auckland’s Mike Lee.


Perspectives: Aviation is rebounding from govt mismanagement of Covid – IATA’s Walsh
21 Jun 2022   /

Perspectives: Aviation is rebounding from govt mismanagement of Covid – IATA’s Walsh

Governments were too quick to shut borders, destroying global aviation, argues IATA’s Willie Walsh at the organisation’s AGM in Doha.


Wednesday Letter: Why high value tourism ‘starts on the inside’
4 May 2022   /

Wednesday Letter: Why high value tourism ‘starts on the inside’

NZ tourism needs to focus on professional development to upskill and transform into a high value workforce, writes Alex Dykman.


Perspectives: How flyers can avoid catching Covid on the plane
28 Apr 2022   /

Perspectives: How flyers can avoid catching Covid on the plane

Why are business travellers more at risk?


Perspectives: How protecting biodiversity pays off for tourism
27 Apr 2022   /

Perspectives: How protecting biodiversity pays off for tourism

The key is investing in both small-scale infrastructure and conservation, write researchers.


Could new research help predict eruptions on Whakaari White Island?
21 Apr 2022   /

Could new research help predict eruptions on Whakaari White Island?

Specific volcano traits could form the basis of a new eruption warning system.


Perspectives: Can NZ reset from high volume to ‘high values’ tourism?
8 Apr 2022   /

Perspectives: Can NZ reset from high volume to ‘high values’ tourism?

With the reopening of the border from next week, the future of tourism comes into sharp relief.


Wednesday Letter: Never mind RTOs tourism minister, where’s NZ’s DMP?
6 Apr 2022  

Wednesday Letter: Never mind RTOs tourism minister, where’s NZ’s DMP?

Nash is leaning heavily on the Tourism’s ITP but that is not a strategy for the sector, writes the Ticker’s Paul Yandall.


IPCC: Moving the dial on transport to help stave off climate disaster
5 Apr 2022   /

IPCC: Moving the dial on transport to help stave off climate disaster

Reducing air travel is one of the recommendations made to tackle climate change.


Wednesday Letter: As borders open, will NZ’s aviation emissions take off again?
30 Mar 2022  

Wednesday Letter: As borders open, will NZ’s aviation emissions take off again?

Flying must not return to pre-pandemic levels, writes Massey University’s Robert McLachlan.


Perspectives: Supporting tourism’s young leaders
29 Mar 2022   /

Perspectives: Supporting tourism’s young leaders

YoungTEC is gearing up for another significant year off supporting and nurturing the next generation of industry leaders, writes chair Charlotte Brady.


Perspectives: What type of visitor does NZ want? What does it need?
22 Mar 2022   /

Perspectives: What type of visitor does NZ want? What does it need?

Simply focusing on ‘high value’ tourism will come with costs for businesses and communities.


Perspectives: ITOs “thrilled” at self-iso lifting but still nervous – TECNZ’s Keene
1 Mar 2022   /

Perspectives: ITOs “thrilled” at self-iso lifting but still nervous – TECNZ’s Keene

For inbounders, who need to plan 12-24 months ahead, there’s still a lot that needs to be confirmed before they can really rejoice, writes Tourism Export Council of New Zealand chief executive Lynda Keene.


Wednesday Letter: Two years on, options and support have withered for tourism
23 Feb 2022  

Wednesday Letter: Two years on, options and support have withered for tourism

From STAPP’s “big and fast” to the latest “small and late” plan, the government is winding down its support for tourism and, with no sign of an open border, that leaves many operators with a stark choice, writes the Ticker’s Bennett Richardson.


Wednesday Letter: Operators need to invest in more than just their business
16 Feb 2022   /

Wednesday Letter: Operators need to invest in more than just their business

The tourism recovery will require a different way of thinking and working, writes BCA’s Ben McFadgen.


Perspectives: NZ needs an ambitious target for its tourism recovery
11 Feb 2022   /

Perspectives: NZ needs an ambitious target for its tourism recovery

There are serious negative future social and economic implications if there is a weak tourism recovery.


Wednesday Letter: How tourism can give back to nature
9 Feb 2022  

Wednesday Letter: How tourism can give back to nature

DOC’s new boss Penny Nelson on how regenerative tourism can help the sector get through Covid to a better future.


Wednesday Letter: Business events will play crucial role in recovery
2 Feb 2022   /

Wednesday Letter: Business events will play crucial role in recovery

The sector has fallen through the cracks, and those cracks are turning into a mighty chasm, writes BEIA’s Lisa Hopkins.


Perspectives: HCA’s James Doolan on the four ingredients for a tourism recovery
27 Jan 2022   /

Perspectives: HCA’s James Doolan on the four ingredients for a tourism recovery

Hotel Council Aotearoa’s strategic director, James Doolan, on jump-starting the tourism sector in 2022.


Wednesday Letter: ITOs at risk in last stretch of Covid marathon…
26 Jan 2022   /

Wednesday Letter: ITOs at risk in last stretch of Covid marathon…

Inbounders are at breaking point but there are reasons to be hopeful, writes TECNZ chief executive Lynda Keene.


Perspectives: Is your tourism business ready for an Omicron border re-opening?
25 Jan 2022  

Perspectives: Is your tourism business ready for an Omicron border re-opening?

The strict New Zealand border conditions will soon no longer be necessary, writes Rēnata West.


Wednesday Letter: A task sheet for TIA’s incoming leader
19 Jan 2022   /

Wednesday Letter: A task sheet for TIA’s incoming leader

Tourism New Zealand’s Rebecca Ingram joins Tourism Industry Aotearoa as chief executive at a pivotal period for the industry, writes the Ticker’s Bennett Richardson.


2022 Preview: The year of optimism?
17 Jan 2022   /

2022 Preview: The year of optimism?

ChristchurchNZ’s GM of attraction and destination, Loren Heaphy, on what 2022 may hold and how to approach the year ahead.


HPNZ’s Fergus Brown: A nervous “showtime” ahead for holiday parks
17 Dec 2021   /

HPNZ’s Fergus Brown: A nervous “showtime” ahead for holiday parks

Holiday parks are raring to go, albeit with a couple of Covid-induced nerves.


WellingtonNZ’s Anna Calver: Despite the hurdles, there are reasons to be hopeful
16 Dec 2021   /

WellingtonNZ’s Anna Calver: Despite the hurdles, there are reasons to be hopeful

WellingtonNZ’s departing GM of marketing and comms says you’ll be hard-pressed to find a more resilient bunch than New Zealand’s tourism whānau.