Regional operators are hoping for a strong summer but it may to take a while to reach pre-pandemic levels of activity.
Rotorua and Queenstown are among the popular destinations that have new council leaders.
The network drops to 59 locations, prompting Tourism NZ to take a closer look at how i-SITEs can evolve.
The first four cruise ships arriving from October could bring more than 13k passengers to the regions.
After languishing at the bottom of the bank’s regional rankings, Otago and Southland are on the move.
NZ’s hotel sector is on the move with the lifting of border and Covid restrictions helping to drive performance.
The Great South CEO and former Destination Queenstown boss passed away on Friday.
The tourism minister’s comments could derail “the most transformational mahi anyone in tourism has ever seen”.
Destination management plans present a unique challenge for RTOs.
The association will tour the country in May to prepare the regions for a hopeful restart of cruise in October.
Tourism businesses welcome the new border re-opening dates but it will take months for many to enjoy the benefits.
CEO Jerry Shearman lays out his tourism priorities for the region.
So, how many Kiwis actually did something new? Plenty, says Tourism New Zealand.
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.
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.
But pickings are slimmer on the West Coast, particularly further south.
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.
Northland tourism and hospitality businesses want the rest of New Zealand to know that they are still open for business.
Southland could become a hotbed of food activity under new plans to transform the regional home of Bluff Oysters into a food tourism mecca.
International visitor spend in Dunedin may not fully recover to pre-Covid levels until 2029-2030 at the earliest, according to a new report.
There is very little in the way of paid attractions for visitors beyond the ‘hero’ experience of visiting Kāpiti Island.
The new funding for operators is needed in light of the latest lockdown and the likelihood of no international visitors over summer.
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.
More areas saw visitor spend fall in July compared to the same month a year ago.
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.
Nearly 100 tourism suppliers are meeting the country’s inbound tour operators at the inaugural Tourism Trade Expo in Taranaki today.
As the pandemic disruption continues for the tourism industry, some operators are struggling to cope with the strain caused by the ongoing uncertainty.
One of the key challenges for RTOs is making sure government funding does not run out at the end of 2022.
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.