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Mackenzie gets ball rolling on destination management
9 Jul 2021  

Mackenzie gets ball rolling on destination management

Mackenzie District Council is inviting public engagement from 6 July – 13 August on the creation of a 100-year vision for the region as a first step towards a destination management plan.


Maritime NZ seeks feedback on marine rules
8 Jul 2021   /

Maritime NZ seeks feedback on marine rules

Maritime New Zealand is calling for feedback on draft Marine Protection Rules as part of plans for New Zealand to join an international convention to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and air pollution from ships.


QLDC seeks freedom camping feedback
6 Jul 2021   /

QLDC seeks freedom camping feedback

Queenstown Lakes District Council is seeking feedback on freedom camping in the district via a survey.


Responsible camper group cries foul about bill
6 Jul 2021  

Responsible camper group cries foul about bill

An advocacy group wants an inquiry into the freedom camping situation in New Zealand after a related members’ bill on the matter was picked from the ballot last week.


Govt planning to triple border levy – TIA
5 Jul 2021  

Govt planning to triple border levy – TIA

Documents released under OIA appear to show the government has already made up its mind, says the association.


Larger protection areas needed in Hauraki Gulf plan – Jongejans
23 Jun 2021   /

Larger protection areas needed in Hauraki Gulf plan – Jongejans

Increasing protected sea areas from the current 9.8% to 30% has the potential to boost marine tourism, says a Northland operator.


Marine tourism under scrutiny in new Hauraki Gulf plan
22 Jun 2021   /

Marine tourism under scrutiny in new Hauraki Gulf plan

DOC could restrict interactions with marine mammals and will assess the capacity for increased tourism under the new strategy.


Grand Mercure comes back on line as MIQ overhaul continues
21 Jun 2021   /

Grand Mercure comes back on line as MIQ overhaul continues

Support for the MIQ system will be required until at least 31 December 2022, says a government report into the facilities.


NZ likely to require visitor vaccination proof – PM
18 Jun 2021   /

NZ likely to require visitor vaccination proof – PM

Ardern’s comments come as more countries require vaccination passports for international travellers.


Tourism data co-governance model proposed
17 Jun 2021   /

Tourism data co-governance model proposed

Progress is finally being made in what could be a “genuine partnership” between government and industry.


Transport key focus in final climate change report
10 Jun 2021   /

Transport key focus in final climate change report

An innovative role for Māori tourism is floated to help the country transition to net zero emissions by 2050.


Ticker Take: Will Nash’s plan transform tourism?
7 May 2021   /

Ticker Take: Will Nash’s plan transform tourism?

More recovery than regenerative, the plan introduces yet another initiative to reimagine tourism.


ComCom seeks airport views on future regulation
30 Apr 2021   /

ComCom seeks airport views on future regulation

The Commerce Commission is seeking submissions from the airports about consumer expectations around decarbonization and alternate fuel use.


Cheers to cellar door rules as wine tourism comes of age
29 Apr 2021  

Cheers to cellar door rules as wine tourism comes of age

A law change will likely lead to an increase in wine cellar doors and vineyard visitation, says NZ Winegrowers.


Who should pay to enforce new freedom camping rules?
12 Apr 2021  

Who should pay to enforce new freedom camping rules?

The Govt is proposing industry picks up more of the bill for freedom camping enforcement.


Vehicle standards, tougher penalties focus of freedom camping plans
9 Apr 2021  

Vehicle standards, tougher penalties focus of freedom camping plans

Vehicle rental companies may be required to collect fines under a new set of proposals.


What we’d like to hear from the PM’s trans-Tasman announcement
6 Apr 2021   /

What we’d like to hear from the PM’s trans-Tasman announcement

It has been a while since many of us have encountered Australians in the wild, writes Bennett Richardson.


Operators welcome sanctuary plan as private vessels pressure dolphins
31 Mar 2021  

Operators welcome sanctuary plan as private vessels pressure dolphins

Surge in recreational vessels partly to blame for dolphins leaving Bay of Islands, large operators support marine mammal sanctuary.


Ticker Take: TFT report dead on arrival
29 Mar 2021   /

Ticker Take: TFT report dead on arrival

The public-private plan for tourism – the biggest effort yet to reshape the sector – will now never be realised.


TNZ invites Kiwis to have say on agency’s future direction
29 Mar 2021  

TNZ invites Kiwis to have say on agency’s future direction

New SOI for Crown entity covers next four years, submissions from the public close on 9 April.


TFT interim report: reforming law top taskforce aim
26 Mar 2021   /

TFT interim report: reforming law top taskforce aim

The highly anticipated Tourism Futures Taskforce interim report contains a host of recommendations for the sector.


More choice, better integrated transport needed for tourists – CCC
25 Mar 2021   /

More choice, better integrated transport needed for tourists – CCC

EVs – like Nomad Safaris’ Tesla – can play a bigger role in tourism, says the Climate Change Commission.


PCE Simon Upton: Introduce departure tax now
22 Mar 2021   /

PCE Simon Upton: Introduce departure tax now

Simon Upton says the optimal time to bring in any new tax is now.


Great Barrier Island to start visitor levy consultation
22 Mar 2021  

Great Barrier Island to start visitor levy consultation

The $5 Stewart Island visitor levy is a possible model for the Hauraki Gulf destination. 


Look again at onerous sick leave – TIA, Hospitality NZ, EMA
2 Feb 2021  

Look again at onerous sick leave – TIA, Hospitality NZ, EMA

Concerns over the additional financial burden a doubling of sick leave will pile on fragile tourism and hospitality businesses  have led to a raft of submissions against the government’s proposed increase.


TIA urges Govt for $2.8m in levy relief for struggling operators
24 Aug 2020   /

TIA urges Govt for $2.8m in levy relief for struggling operators

Tourism Industry Aotearoa is calling for $2.8m of support from the Government for help with operator compliance costs.


Govt introduces insolvency relief for businesses affected by Covid-19
6 May 2020  

Govt introduces insolvency relief for businesses affected by Covid-19

The Government has introduced new measures to help businesses facing insolvency due to Covid-19 as part of further measures to boost New Zealand’s economic recovery.


Small operators eligible for interest free cash in Govt loan scheme
4 May 2020  

Small operators eligible for interest free cash in Govt loan scheme

The Government will provide interest free loans for a year to small businesses hit by the Covid-19 economic shock.


Roberts: Tourism cannot be written off
9 Apr 2020   /

Roberts: Tourism cannot be written off

But it is in a deep slumber, says TIA’s CEO.


Hoteliers vow to keep fighting Queenstown bed tax
12 Sep 2019  

Hoteliers vow to keep fighting Queenstown bed tax

The NZ Hotel Owner Association and the Tax Equity Group will fight on despite Govt support for the levy.


Auckland’s appalling targeted accommodation rate
6 Mar 2017   / /

Auckland’s appalling targeted accommodation rate

The Tourism Industry Association’s Chris Roberts questions the fairness of Auckland mayor Phil Goff’s proposed targeted accommodation rate, which could see some operators hit with rate increases of 250% or more.


Industry rallies against Auckland’s accommodation targeted rate
2 Mar 2017  

Industry rallies against Auckland’s accommodation targeted rate

A month-long consultation period on Auckland Mayor Phil Goff’s proposal for an accommodation targeted rate opened this week.


Auckland’s accommodation targeted rate won’t help the city
1 Mar 2017  

Auckland’s accommodation targeted rate won’t help the city

Hotels currently under refurbishment and new hotels are faced with massive cost increases long-term because of mayor Phil Goff’s accommodation targeted rate.


Govt: 90% of rivers and lakes swimmable by 2040
24 Feb 2017  

Govt: 90% of rivers and lakes swimmable by 2040

The Government has announced a target of 90% of New Zealand’s lakes and rivers meeting swimmable water quality standards by 2040, alongside releasing new policy, regulations, information maps and funding.


Fresh water vital to tourism industry growth
24 Feb 2017  

Fresh water vital to tourism industry growth

The tourism industry is pleased that the Government has recognised fresh water’s value to the visitor economy, and is hopeful that this can be realised via its new water quality targets.


DOC rejects criticism of new fees, says increases well signalled
21 Feb 2017  

DOC rejects criticism of new fees, says increases well signalled

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Why this matters: Aviation NZ’s chief on DOC’s new landing fees
21 Feb 2017  

Why this matters: Aviation NZ’s chief on DOC’s new landing fees

Aviation New Zealand’s chief executive John Nicholson tells us why he believes DOC’s new landing charges are an unfair imposition on an industry already operating under heavy fee burdens, with more to come later this year.


No consultation. No methodology. A smack in the face: Operators slam new DOC fees
20 Feb 2017  

No consultation. No methodology. A smack in the face: Operators slam new DOC fees

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Bennett on funding: Industry must take lead and contribute
7 Feb 2017   / /

Bennett on funding: Industry must take lead and contribute

In a Q&A focused on funding, Tourism Minister Paula Bennett outlines the government’s view of investing in the sector and calls on the industry to contribute.