A slew of new products has set up the railway for growth, with local businesses on board for the economic ride.
The divide between the north and south has widened due in part to the latter’s reliance on tourism, says the bank.
Otago is doing it tough but will also be one of the few regions to really benefit from the Aus travel bubble, says the bank.
The new visitor centre project dovetails with plans to promote Whanganui River Road as a tourism driving route.
A lack of approved places for international students is taking a toll on NZ’s flight schools.
But details released by Stuart Nash show commercial interests need to invest 50% to secure funding.
Around 200 economic development delegates are at Economic Development New Zealand 2021 conference at Palmerston North.
The north Canterbury region has enjoyed a surge in an already strong domestic market.
But areas near urban centres saw strong growth in visitor numbers.
The bank says Otago is the “perfect illustration of the struggles faced by the tourism-dependent regions”.
Nash says he is “deeply concerned” about the situation unfolding in these five destinations.
Destination Fiordland and the tourism division of economic development agency Great South will be renamed Visit Fiordland and Visit Southland from 1 April 2021.
Four RTOs took in more tourism dollars in 2020 compared with a year earlier despite an absence of international visitors for the most of the period, according to MBIE.
A Christmas bump saw Hawke’s Bay regional tourism organisation area top occupancy across all accommodation types in December, knocking Wellington from the top of the table.
The former operator says the biggest priorities for the Regional Tourism Organisation at the moment “are around trying to help businesses in the industry here survive”.
Investment plans for the government’s $50m Regional Events Fund have been signed off, with nine International Marketing Alliances across the country now ploughing ahead with proposals.
But tourism in regions like Hawke’s Bay and Northland has fared better, says the bank.
The Wellington, Manawatu and Waikato regional tourism organisation areas topped occupancy across all accommodation types in October, according to the latest Accommodation Data Programme figures.
A lack of input into how a district was being marketed has prompted the creation of a new association.
The Wellington regional tourism organisation area topped occupancy across all accommodation types in September for the second month in a row, according to the latest Accommodation Data Programme figures.
Collaboration between neighbouring regional tourism organisations present an array of opportunities, says Destination Queenstown interim chief executive Ann Lockhart.
Ruapehu District’s Mountain to Sea cycle trail and South Taranaki’s Patea museum are the latest beneficiaries of the PGF.
Lack of tourists and weak retail has kept Nelson at the bottom of the bank’s latest regional rankings.
New Zealanders hitting the road in the July school holidays delivered a huge spending boost for many smaller regions across the country, while key destinations including Auckland, Wellington and Queenstown continued to suffer from a lack of international spend.
With no international visitors, the value of NZ’s biggest city has grown to regional tourism.
The Great New Zealand Bingo Bonanza is calling on regional tourism organisations to join the initiative by submitting two free bingo activity cards in preparation for September’s launch.
Tourism Central Otago general manager Dylan Rushbrook on the power to be found in New Zealand’s smaller RTOs.
A shift to alert level 1 in June was not enough to offset a lack of international dollars being spent in many regions across the country, according to the latest Monthly Regional Tourism Estimates.
Regional Tourism Organisations were able to submit two bingo cards free of charge to the platform.
Now is the time to innovate, research and develop, says Hamilton & Waikato Tourism’s CEO.
While some are plugging budget gaps, others are expanding their workloads.
Struggling operators are remaining open for the benefit of the wider Fiordland business community, despite it not making economic sense to do so, says Destination Fiordland manager Madeleine Peacock.
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.
The bank highlights regions that could cope relatively better than others with a domestic market only.
Northland tourism receives another boost with more money for Whangārei’s Hihiaua Cultural Centre.
The investment would improve airport terminal congestion problems and provide room for shops and cafés at the airport.
KiwiRail has received a further $13m of government funding for improving the resilience of its iconic TranzAlpine tourist train route.
The RTO chief executive on the region’s resilience, reacting to disaster and moving forward.
Rotorua will receive just over $2m in additional funding from the Provincial Growth Fund as part of a raft of new announcements from the Government last week.
The impact of Covid-19 on the tourism sector resulted in sharp drops in confidence across most regions that relied heavily on international visitors.
New Zealand’s cruise standstill due to Covid-19 will leave “a big hole” for some operators in the Gisborne region, says general manager tourism at Activate Tairāwhiti Adam Hughes.
Otago’s high exposure to tourism means it is facing the “biggest economic struggle” of the post-lockdown recession.
Air New Zealand has updated its domestic schedule for July and August, with plans to operate around 55% of its usual domestic capacity compared to pre-Covid-19 levels.
Aoraki Tourism has become the latest RTO to be absorbed by an economic development agency with Timaru District Council providing $350,000 funding.
The Government has given approval for multiple groups of 100 pax at a single venue.
A lack of funding at smaller RTOs could mean some regions will not be able to fully participate in the drive to boost domestic demand, says Regional Tourism New Zealand executive officer Charlie Ives.
Air New Zealand will operate business-timed flights in and out of a number of regional ports from next month.
Hawke’s Bay Tourism has launched its domestic marketing campaign, which aims to “dominate” the Wellington market and drive visitation to the region to revive the local visitor economy.
RTO campaigns should focus on shared experiences or the nostalgic return to a favourite place, according to new data.
Air New Zealand continues to adapt its operations and re-shape its team in the wake of the outbreak of the Covid-19 crisis.