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Return of cruise raises hopes of regional revival
13 Oct 2022  

Return of cruise raises hopes of regional revival

Regional operators are hoping for a strong summer but it may to take a while to reach pre-pandemic levels of activity.


Destinations change mayors in sweeping local body elections
10 Oct 2022  

Destinations change mayors in sweeping local body elections

Rotorua and Queenstown are among the popular destinations that have new council leaders.


i-SITE network falls nearly a quarter but community-focused future beckons
26 Jul 2022   /

i-SITE network falls nearly a quarter but community-focused future beckons

The network drops to 59 locations, prompting Tourism NZ to take a closer look at how i-SITEs can evolve.


Cruise lines up 900+ NZ port bookings, prompting even operator nerves
12 Jul 2022   /

Cruise lines up 900+ NZ port bookings, prompting even operator nerves

The first four cruise ships arriving from October could bring more than 13k passengers to the regions.


Southern regions rise as international tourism revives – ASB
29 Jun 2022   /

Southern regions rise as international tourism revives – ASB

After languishing at the bottom of the bank’s regional rankings, Otago and Southland are on the move.


Easing Covid restrictions restarts hotel recovery – report
12 May 2022   /

Easing Covid restrictions restarts hotel recovery – report

NZ’s hotel sector is on the move with the lifting of border and Covid restrictions helping to drive performance.


Tributes flow for tourism’s “invaluable” Graham Budd
19 Apr 2022   /

Tributes flow for tourism’s “invaluable” Graham Budd

The Great South CEO and former Destination Queenstown boss passed away on Friday.


Mayor’s concerns over Nash’s “troubling” criticism of DMP delivery
31 Mar 2022   /

Mayor’s concerns over Nash’s “troubling” criticism of DMP delivery

The tourism minister’s comments could derail “the most transformational mahi anyone in tourism has ever seen”.


If DMPs are not done properly, they’re not worth doing – RTNZ on Nash’s criticism
28 Mar 2022   /

If DMPs are not done properly, they’re not worth doing – RTNZ on Nash’s criticism

Destination management plans present a unique challenge for RTOs.


NZCA to reconnect cruise, tourism industries with eye on October
18 Mar 2022   /

NZCA to reconnect cruise, tourism industries with eye on October

The association will tour the country in May to prepare the regions for a hopeful restart of cruise in October.


Operators relieved, look to summer 2022-23 for revival
17 Mar 2022   /

Operators relieved, look to summer 2022-23 for revival

Tourism businesses welcome the new border re-opening dates but it will take months for many to enjoy the benefits.


“We’re not a one trick pony” – CEDA’s new boss on Manawatū tourism
17 Feb 2022   /

“We’re not a one trick pony” – CEDA’s new boss on Manawatū tourism

CEO Jerry Shearman lays out his tourism priorities for the region.


TNZ tops domestic targets, misses international aims due to Covid
27 Jan 2022   /

TNZ tops domestic targets, misses international aims due to Covid

So, how many Kiwis actually did something new? Plenty, says Tourism New Zealand.


TECTS: Otago regions continue spending run in Nov
25 Jan 2022   /

TECTS: Otago regions continue spending run in Nov

Regional tourism organisation areas in the wider Otago region continued to put in a better performance for domestic spending in November 2021 versus the same month a year earlier.


Departing Dawson’s message to successor: Here’s your top priority
24 Jan 2022   /

Departing Dawson’s message to successor: Here’s your top priority

With more people moving to the region and its tourism profile on the up, the Waikato is looking to capitalise on momentum with its new destination management plan.


A passable summer for top of south operators
19 Jan 2022   /

A passable summer for top of south operators

But pickings are slimmer on the West Coast, particularly further south.


RTNZ heads for transition, aims for lasting legacy out of Covid
18 Jan 2022   /

RTNZ heads for transition, aims for lasting legacy out of Covid

RTNZ is looking to make the most of the financial resources won over the course of the pandemic in anticipation of the visitor economy and member regional tourism organisations moving past the crisis.


We’re open for business but disadvantaged at red – Northland Inc’s Tania Burt
14 Dec 2021  

We’re open for business but disadvantaged at red – Northland Inc’s Tania Burt

Northland tourism and hospitality businesses want the rest of New Zealand to know that they are still open for business.


Southland food tourism mecca mooted
8 Dec 2021   /

Southland food tourism mecca mooted

Southland could become a hotbed of food activity under new plans to transform the regional home of Bluff Oysters into a food tourism mecca.


DMPs paint slow international tourism recovery for Dunedin…
22 Sep 2021  

DMPs paint slow international tourism recovery for Dunedin…

International visitor spend in Dunedin may not fully recover to pre-Covid levels until 2029-2030 at the earliest, according to a new report.


…but positive on Kāpiti tourism with more investment
22 Sep 2021  

…but positive on Kāpiti tourism with more investment

There is very little in the way of paid attractions for visitors beyond the ‘hero’ experience of visiting Kāpiti Island.


TECNZ to Nash: $115m needed to help tourism survive summer
7 Sep 2021   /

TECNZ to Nash: $115m needed to help tourism survive summer

The new funding for operators is needed in light of the latest lockdown and the likelihood of no international visitors over summer.


Air NZ to ramp up Wellington, Christchurch services
7 Sep 2021  

Air NZ to ramp up Wellington, Christchurch services

Air New Zealand will update its domestic schedule between Wednesday 8 September and Tuesday 14 September to reinstate hundreds of flights out of Wellington and Christchurch and a small number from Auckland.


TECTS: Domestic spend slows in July, still higher than pre-Covid levels
3 Sep 2021   /

TECTS: Domestic spend slows in July, still higher than pre-Covid levels

More areas saw visitor spend fall in July compared to the same month a year ago.


TECTS: Trends diverge with Ruapehu top, Mackenzie negative vs 2020
9 Aug 2021   /

TECTS: Trends diverge with Ruapehu top, Mackenzie negative vs 2020

All regional tourism organisation areas around the country except for Mackenzie saw stronger domestic spending in June 2021 compared with the same month a year ago.


Industry converges on Tourism Trade Expo, TECNZ 2021
3 Aug 2021   /

Industry converges on Tourism Trade Expo, TECNZ 2021

Nearly 100 tourism suppliers are meeting the country’s inbound tour operators at the inaugural Tourism Trade Expo in Taranaki today.


Covid uncertainties affecting operators’ mental health – TIA
2 Aug 2021   /

Covid uncertainties affecting operators’ mental health – TIA

As the pandemic disruption continues for the tourism industry, some operators are struggling to cope with the strain caused by the ongoing uncertainty.


How RTOs can keep govt funds flowing – RTNZ’s Charlie Ives
30 Jul 2021   /

How RTOs can keep govt funds flowing – RTNZ’s Charlie Ives

One of the key challenges for RTOs is making sure government funding does not run out at the end of 2022.


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.