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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.


“Massive” north v south divide as tourism struggles – ASB
5 Jul 2021   /

“Massive” north v south divide as tourism struggles – ASB

The divide between the north and south has widened due in part to the latter’s reliance on tourism, says the bank.


Regions reliant on foreign visitors continue to lag – Westpac
18 Jun 2021  

Regions reliant on foreign visitors continue to lag – Westpac

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.


$10m centre mooted for Whanganui River living entity
16 Jun 2021  

$10m centre mooted for Whanganui River living entity

The new visitor centre project dovetails with plans to promote Whanganui River Road as a tourism driving route.


Aviation training wastes away, with flow-on effects for tourism
2 Jun 2021   /

Aviation training wastes away, with flow-on effects for tourism

A lack of approved places for international students is taking a toll on NZ’s flight schools.


$200m regional fund accessible for commercial ventures
27 May 2021   /

$200m regional fund accessible for commercial ventures

But details released by Stuart Nash show commercial interests need to invest 50% to secure funding.


Delegates converge on EDNZ 2021 conference
27 May 2021   /

Delegates converge on EDNZ 2021 conference

Around 200 economic development delegates are at Economic Development New Zealand 2021 conference at Palmerston North.


TECTS: Hurunui tops lockdown skewed spending growth
10 May 2021   /

TECTS: Hurunui tops lockdown skewed spending growth

The north Canterbury region has enjoyed a surge in an already strong domestic market.


Tourist hotspots cool over summer – DOC
22 Apr 2021   /

Tourist hotspots cool over summer – DOC

But areas near urban centres saw strong growth in visitor numbers.


Tourism slump looms large in ‘single star’ Otago economy – ASB
30 Mar 2021   /

Tourism slump looms large in ‘single star’ Otago economy – ASB

The bank says Otago is the “perfect illustration of the struggles faced by the tourism-dependent regions”.


Nash names five regions in line for targeted structural support…
19 Mar 2021  

Nash names five regions in line for targeted structural support…

Nash says he is “deeply concerned” about the situation unfolding in these five destinations.


Fiordland, Southland RTOs renamed in merger
18 Mar 2021   /

Fiordland, Southland RTOs renamed in merger

Destination Fiordland and the tourism division of economic development agency Great South will be renamed Visit Fiordland and Visit Southland from 1 April 2021.


TECTS: Which RTOs saw spend increase in 2020?
22 Feb 2021   /

TECTS: Which RTOs saw spend increase in 2020?

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.


ADP: Xmas ‘Baycations’ see Hawke’s Bay top Dec occupancy
16 Feb 2021   /

ADP: Xmas ‘Baycations’ see Hawke’s Bay top Dec occupancy

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.


Barke takes top job at LWT, sets out 2021 priorities
5 Feb 2021   /

Barke takes top job at LWT, sets out 2021 priorities

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”.


IMAs hit the ground running with $50m REF plans
4 Feb 2021   /

IMAs hit the ground running with $50m REF plans

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.


Southern tourism still suffering most – Westpac
14 Jan 2021   /

Southern tourism still suffering most – Westpac

But tourism in regions like Hawke’s Bay and Northland has fared better, says the bank.


ADP: Wellington, Manawatu, Waikato top Oct occupancy
27 Nov 2020  

ADP: Wellington, Manawatu, Waikato top Oct occupancy

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.


New tourism group launches so “operators can be heard”
12 Nov 2020   /

New tourism group launches so “operators can be heard”

A lack of input into how a district was being marketed has prompted the creation of a new association.


ADP: Wellington tops Sept, holiday parks win again
30 Oct 2020   /

ADP: Wellington tops Sept, holiday parks win again

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.


Opportunity in regional collaboration – DQ’s Lockhart 
22 Oct 2020  

Opportunity in regional collaboration – DQ’s Lockhart 

Collaboration between neighbouring regional tourism organisations present an array of opportunities, says Destination Queenstown interim chief executive Ann Lockhart.


PGF ploughs $5m into Ruapehu, Taranaki tourism
5 Oct 2020   /

PGF ploughs $5m into Ruapehu, Taranaki tourism

Ruapehu District’s Mountain to Sea cycle trail and South Taranaki’s Patea museum are the latest beneficiaries of the PGF.


Lack of tourists keeps Nelson down – ASB
16 Sep 2020  

Lack of tourists keeps Nelson down – ASB

Lack of tourists and weak retail has kept Nelson at the bottom of the bank’s latest regional rankings.


MRTEs: July spend booms but not for everyone
4 Sep 2020   /

MRTEs: July spend booms but not for everyone

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.


Waiting for Auckland: Destination Kaikōura on the value of the city
26 Aug 2020  

Waiting for Auckland: Destination Kaikōura on the value of the city

With no international visitors, the value of NZ’s biggest city has grown to regional tourism.


Bingo Bonanza invites RTOs to join initiative
25 Aug 2020  

Bingo Bonanza invites RTOs to join initiative

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.


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.


MRTEs: Gloomy June for DQ as border closure hits spend
7 Aug 2020   /

MRTEs: Gloomy June for DQ as border closure hits spend

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.


Tomahawk launches Bingo tourism platform
3 Aug 2020   /

Tomahawk launches Bingo tourism platform

Regional Tourism Organisations were able to submit two bingo cards free of charge to the platform.


More pain ahead but hope too for tourism – Jason Dawson
30 Jul 2020  

More pain ahead but hope too for tourism – Jason Dawson

Now is the time to innovate, research and develop, says Hamilton & Waikato Tourism’s CEO.


$20m for RTOs – here’s how they will spend it
29 Jul 2020   /

$20m for RTOs – here’s how they will spend it

While some are plugging budget gaps, others are expanding their workloads.


Operators staying open for “greater good” – Fiordland’s Peacock
28 Jul 2020  

Operators staying open for “greater good” – Fiordland’s Peacock

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.


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.


The prospects for tourism in NZ’s regions – ASB
13 Jul 2020  

The prospects for tourism in NZ’s regions – ASB

The bank highlights regions that could cope relatively better than others with a domestic market only.


Cultural attraction secures $3m development funding
10 Jul 2020   /

Cultural attraction secures $3m development funding

Northland tourism receives another boost with more money for Whangārei’s Hihiaua Cultural Centre.


Hokitika Airport secures $1.2m for extension
10 Jul 2020   /

Hokitika Airport secures $1.2m for extension

The investment would improve airport terminal congestion problems and provide room for shops and cafés at the airport.


KiwiRail secures $13m to improve TranzAlpine resilience
9 Jul 2020  

KiwiRail secures $13m to improve TranzAlpine resilience

KiwiRail has received a further $13m of government funding for improving the resilience of its iconic TranzAlpine tourist train route.


Emerging from disaster – Tourism BOP’s Kristin Dunne
2 Jul 2020   /

Emerging from disaster – Tourism BOP’s Kristin Dunne

The RTO chief executive on the region’s resilience, reacting to disaster and moving forward.


PGF sprays regions with cash for tourism
29 Jun 2020  

PGF sprays regions with cash for tourism

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.


Confidence slumps in tourism-dependent regions – Westpac
25 Jun 2020   /

Confidence slumps in tourism-dependent regions – Westpac

The impact of Covid-19 on the tourism sector resulted in sharp drops in confidence across most regions that relied heavily on international visitors.


Cruise ban leaves “big hole” for Tairāwhiti tourism – Hughes
24 Jun 2020   /

Cruise ban leaves “big hole” for Tairāwhiti tourism – Hughes

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.


Rough recession for tourism-reliant regions – Westpac
19 Jun 2020   /

Rough recession for tourism-reliant regions – Westpac

Otago’s high exposure to tourism means it is facing the “biggest economic struggle” of the post-lockdown recession.


Air NZ to resume Timaru, Taupō, Invercargill-Auckland jet services
5 Jun 2020  

Air NZ to resume Timaru, Taupō, Invercargill-Auckland jet services

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.


EDA takes over Aoraki Tourism
3 Jun 2020   /

EDA takes over Aoraki Tourism

Aoraki Tourism has become the latest RTO to be absorbed by an economic development agency with Timaru District Council providing $350,000 funding.


Large events get go-ahead – with conditions
29 May 2020   /

Large events get go-ahead – with conditions

The Government has given approval for multiple groups of 100 pax at a single venue.


Funding shortfalls could thwart small RTOs – RTNZ
29 May 2020   /

Funding shortfalls could thwart small RTOs – RTNZ

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 NZ adds business-timed flights for regions
28 May 2020  

Air NZ adds business-timed flights for regions

Air New Zealand will operate business-timed flights in and out of a number of regional ports from next month.


Hawke’s Bay to ‘dominate’ Wellington market with new campaign
27 May 2020   /

Hawke’s Bay to ‘dominate’ Wellington market with new campaign

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.


Research: What Kiwis want to do in their own backyard
26 May 2020   /

Research: What Kiwis want to do in their own backyard

RTO campaigns should focus on shared experiences or the nostalgic return to a favourite place, according to new data.


Air NZ cuts exec roles, adds holiday flights, re-opens lounges
25 May 2020   /

Air NZ cuts exec roles, adds holiday flights, re-opens lounges

Air New Zealand continues to adapt its operations and re-shape its team in the wake of the outbreak of the Covid-19 crisis.