Pope worked in tourism for nearly 30 years and was a former general manager of Kiwi Experience and international sales manager at Tourism Holdings.
Tourism Holdings Limited now expects a net debt of $50m at end-June, versus up to $90m seen earlier.
The campaign aims to streamline booking processes and get people on the road quickly.
Stong RV sales in the US is bringing in revenue but rental demand is slow due to the lack of visitors.
Motorhome owners can earn decent income from renting out their vehicles to Kiwis, says Camplify.
Tourism Holdings and TOP 10 Holiday Parks are supporting Canterbury cricket umpire Eugene Sanders’ 1,400km charity e-scooter trip of the Tour Aotearoa Trail.
Budget Car Rentals has created a list of its top eight ‘unusual’ public toilets while road tripping around New Zealand.
After one high-profile casualty, more are expected as operators see demand plummet by 70%.
THL’s CEO Grant Webster says the STAPP is doing exactly what it intended – protecting jobs that were marginal and at risk.
Colin Neal’s Polar Capital snapped up most of the group’s assets, which were valued at around $20m.
Tourism Holdings is offering motorhome rentals for $79 per day for travel up until the end of March 2021.
Rental vehicle operators Jucy and Avis New Zealand, as well as cruise line Princess Cruises, have been recognised in the Reader’s Digest Quality Service Awards 2021.
Tourism Holdings has partnered with Tourism New Zealand and Vodafone to launch a 4-week Work from Anywhere campaign.
A surge in first-time campervan users is predicted for this summer, says Quirky Campers NZ.
Motorhome rental rates in New Zealand needed to be halved over winter to generate demand in a domestic-only market, says Tourism Holdings.
Domestic demand for rental car bookings ahead of the September school holidays was up nearly 30% compared to the July school holidays.
But FY20 profit and revenue are down and Govt support is helping to keep its Waitomo business open.
The company says its underlying net profit for the period will be about $20m.
Apollo Tourism & Leisure is permanently closing its motorhome manufacturing factory in Auckland.
Tourism Industry Aotearoa says a tragic tourist’s driving accident might not have been prevented even if the vehicle hire firm had interrogated the driver more closely.
Despite the fire, the company has launched a campaign to sell 1000 additional motorhomes, valued at over $70m.
About 70 firefighters and 20 fire trucks were at the scene of a fire at a Tourism Holdings campervan worskhop in south Auckland this morning.
Campervan operator Travellers Autobarn has teamed with NZSki and other adventure operators to offer value packs to customers.
Eliminating the role of chief operating officer at Tourism Holdings is primarily about focus and costs, chief executive Grant Webster says.
Air NZ’s former chief strategy, networks and alliances officer will join the operator in September.
Domestic business was often clustered around school holidays and local bookings were 60% shorter in duration than international bookings.
Avis Budget Group has launched Digital Check In, an online service enabling customers to spend less time at the counter when picking up a vehicle.
TOP 10 Holiday Parks has teamed up with Tourism Holdings-owned Britz motorhomes to open a raft of pop-up motorhome branches across the country.
Apex Car Rentals has launched a car subscription service enabling customers to have a vehicle for as little as $99 per week.
The operator says it has secured a $225m debt facility with its existing bankers.
Avis Budget Group will enable customers renting in New Zealand to confirm a vehicle condition in real-time.
The resignations are the latest high-profile departures from the country’s beleaguered tourism industry.
“We’re going to be a smaller business – that’s the hardest part, dealing with people I’ve known for years,” says the group’s CEO.
THL’s recent RV promo received an “overwhelmingly positive” response but NZ rental revenue is still down 50%.
National operator Maugers Rentals follows Methven Resort Hotel out of business.
Police have recovered 90 of the 98 Jucy rental vehicles that were stolen from a car yard in April.
GO Rentals has been named the winner of the Canstar Blue Customer Satisfaction Award in the car hire category for 2020.
Avis and Budget Car Rentals have removed cancellation fees for booking made before 31 August 2020.
The operator has cut rentals to $29 per day to attract customers into its motorhomes.
Plummeting demand for passenger and recreational vehicle rentals due to the tourism shutdown looks set to continue for quite some time, according to Westpac.
Police have now recovered 69 of the 112 vehicles stolen from Jucy Rentals in South Auckland, resulting in 19 arrests.
Avis and Budget New Zealand are offering rentals to essential workers for a fixed price of between $10 and $15 per day.
The Rental Vehicle Association says airports have an underlying moral obligation to moderate terms and conditions of contracts at a time of little or no income.
Apollo Motorhome Holidays New Zealand country manager Andrew de Lautour on working through lockdown, family challenges and how the tourism industry may never be the same again.
A “significant number” of employees have been placed on leave, been furloughed, or have left, says the operator.
Tourism Holdings has cancelled its interim dividend and slashed the salaries of its senior executives.
KiwiRail, the Department of Conservation, and the New Zealand Motor Caravan Association have partnered to help save the country’s endangered kea population.
Avis New Zealand has almost doubled its hybrid and electric vehicle fleet as part of the New Zealand Tourism Sustainability Commitment.
Travellers to New Zealand may soon be able to use an Outdoria Group app when they have an urge for “voluntourism”.
The operator gave the guidance in light of the “significant and uncertain events facing the tourism industry”.