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West Coast perception challenges remain as international visitors return
24 Nov 2022   /

West Coast perception challenges remain as international visitors return

Visitors have been spending more and staying longer since NZ’s borders fully reopened.


Regional, international flows and forecasts top tourism industry data wishlist – report
16 Nov 2022   /

Regional, international flows and forecasts top tourism industry data wishlist – report

Tourism businesses want to see changes to publicly-available data sources that meet the need for more timely, accurate, and centralised information, according to findings from the Tourism Data Leadership Group’s industry survey.


Westpac “surprised” at speed of NZ tourism recovery, warns of headwinds
15 Nov 2022   /

Westpac “surprised” at speed of NZ tourism recovery, warns of headwinds

But the bank warns a new Covid wave, the cost of living crisis, and China uncertainty could drag growth.


MBIE reviewing Tourism NZ’s role in domestic market
1 Nov 2022   /

MBIE reviewing Tourism NZ’s role in domestic market

The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment is assessing how Tourism New Zealand acts in the domestic market and whether any changes should be made.


YoungTEC launches new industry survey
19 Oct 2022   /

YoungTEC launches new industry survey

Young Tourism Export Council of New Zealand has launched a new survey aimed at young professionals, students and future leaders to have their say on the direction of the industry.


Climate effects on sea threaten NZ’s cultural sites, biodiversity – report
14 Oct 2022  

Climate effects on sea threaten NZ’s cultural sites, biodiversity – report

Coastal habitats, biodiversity, infrastructure and communities are at increased risk of climate-related changes associated with rising sea levels, according to a new report.


Hotel service levels risk “lasting damage” – Horwath HTL
11 Oct 2022   /

Hotel service levels risk “lasting damage” – Horwath HTL

Staffing challenges could create reputational damage if summer demand is not satisfied, warns the consultancy.


Asia Pacific hotel recovery by 2024, China uncertainty drags – CBRE
4 Oct 2022   /

Asia Pacific hotel recovery by 2024, China uncertainty drags – CBRE

Increasing operating expenses, particularly for labour and utilities, are also weighing on sentiment.


Ten principles for sustainable destinations – World Economic Forum
4 Oct 2022   /

Ten principles for sustainable destinations – World Economic Forum

Monitoring sustainability and visitor empowerment are among the World Economic Forum’s new recommendations on tourism development.


Domestic demand dips but short breaks appeal still strong – TNZ
27 Sep 2022   /

Domestic demand dips but short breaks appeal still strong – TNZ

Despite borders being open, Kiwis are still enjoying their backyard and overwhelmingly agree that NZ delivers as a holiday destination.


Tackling rent ‘touristification’: NZ research calls for zoning laws to mitigate Airbnb
8 Sep 2022   /

Tackling rent ‘touristification’: NZ research calls for zoning laws to mitigate Airbnb

Touristification creates a tourism-led rent gap in high-density locales and a conflicts-led negative rent gap in low-density neighbourhoods.


Forward bookings strong but vax requirements, labour bottlenecks persist – ANZ
5 Sep 2022   /

Forward bookings strong but vax requirements, labour bottlenecks persist – ANZ

Forward bookings are looking strong for the recovery of tourism but labour shortages continue to plague operators, says the bank.


Value of youth travellers extends beyond single trip – BYATA
25 Aug 2022   /

Value of youth travellers extends beyond single trip – BYATA

Youth travellers spend more on average than Australian visitors and it is their lifetime value that is the real benefit.


Role of WellingtonNZ needs clarity – chamber
24 Aug 2022  

Role of WellingtonNZ needs clarity – chamber

The role of WellingtonNZ needs to be better clarified and its organisational structure simplified, says a new report from the Wellington Chamber of Commerce.


Westpac upgrades tourism forecast with better than predicted arrivals
16 Aug 2022   /

Westpac upgrades tourism forecast with better than predicted arrivals

“Now that our borders are open, tourists are flocking in, regardless of the state of the global economy,” says the bank.


The top tourism experiences, activities Kiwis plan to spend on – report
15 Aug 2022   /

The top tourism experiences, activities Kiwis plan to spend on – report

Kiwis are as keen as ever to travel at home despite international trips becoming easier, with a new report highlighting their top experiences and activities preferences.


Most Auckland businesses increasing prices – survey
15 Aug 2022  

Most Auckland businesses increasing prices – survey

Businesses suffering increased wage, fuel, and supply chain cost hikes, as well as staff shortages, are increasing their prices to ease pressure on their revenues and profitability, the Auckland Business Chamber’s latest confidence survey shows.


Social media helps track rare whales
15 Aug 2022   /

Social media helps track rare whales

Tohorā southern right whales are taking longer to re-establish a habitat in mainland waters, scientists at the University of Auckland have found.


How is the cost of living impacting Kiwis’ tourism spend?
8 Aug 2022   /

How is the cost of living impacting Kiwis’ tourism spend?

People are generally cutting their overall expenditure but the desire to travel is still strong, says a survey.


What Australians think of NZ tourism
2 Aug 2022   /

What Australians think of NZ tourism

The sector has an opportunity to cultivate a fresh NZ story to attract Australians across the ditch.


Hospo business sale prices increase 40% to $284k
2 Aug 2022   /

Hospo business sale prices increase 40% to $284k

The average sale price for hospitality businesses has increased 40% to 284,050 in the 12 months to June 2022.


Burnout risk in workforce crunch – TIA survey
28 Jul 2022   /

Burnout risk in workforce crunch – TIA survey

More than half of industry respondents lack confidence they can attract and retain the required staff.


More training, seasonal worker alignment, wellbeing focus – regional workforce strategies
22 Jul 2022   /

More training, seasonal worker alignment, wellbeing focus – regional workforce strategies

Could sharing seasonal workers help regions cope with tourism and hospitality staff shortages?


Employee poaching, wage pressures creating wellbeing issues for Otago operators – report
21 Jul 2022   /

Employee poaching, wage pressures creating wellbeing issues for Otago operators – report

But the new workforce plan is positive about the future as the visitor economy recovers.


The biggest threat facing hotel owners – CBRE survey
19 Jul 2022   /

The biggest threat facing hotel owners – CBRE survey

Auckland’s hotels are expected to return to pre-Covid levels of RevPAR in 3-5 five years.


Skilled staff shortages? McKinsey’s top tips for tourism, hospo
19 Jul 2022   /

Skilled staff shortages? McKinsey’s top tips for tourism, hospo

New ways of attracting talent are emerging, says the global management consultancy.


Fear of losing out, operator weakness, green agenda – govt’s reasons for $54m innovation fund
15 Jul 2022   /

Fear of losing out, operator weakness, green agenda – govt’s reasons for $54m innovation fund

Enabling non-tourism sector organisations, such as technology and overseas firms, as well as academic institutions, to be eligible for will bring the highest level of innovation.


DOC seeks seal sightings in Hauraki Gulf, Coromandel
7 Jul 2022   /

DOC seeks seal sightings in Hauraki Gulf, Coromandel

Visitors and residents around the Hauraki Gulf and Coromandel are being asked to keep an eye for kekeno or New Zealand fur seals overthe next three months.


TECNZ: Bookings pick up with some exceeding pre-Covid levels
28 Jun 2022   /

TECNZ: Bookings pick up with some exceeding pre-Covid levels

Bookings for the 2022-23 season are gaining momentum with some inbound tour operators already looking stronger than they were before Covid hit in March 2020.


Merit in new Picton tourist attractions – study
28 Jun 2022   /

Merit in new Picton tourist attractions – study

Marlborough District Council will consider a new hot-pool aquatic facility, a heritage or environment centre, and a mountain bike park to boost tourism opportunities and increase economic benefits in Waitohi Picton.


Tourism, hospo job ads rise 14% in May
15 Jun 2022   /

Tourism, hospo job ads rise 14% in May

Job advertisements for hospitality and tourism roles have jumped 14% month over month, according to May data from Seek NZ.


Deals, hot pools, events & activities keys to driving holiday park demand – report
14 Jun 2022   /

Deals, hot pools, events & activities keys to driving holiday park demand – report

Hot pools and winter experiences are strong marketing opportunities for holiday parks.


Japan tops the WEF’s new tourism index – where does NZ rank?
1 Jun 2022  

Japan tops the WEF’s new tourism index – where does NZ rank?

The World Economic Forum says despite challenges, opportunities have been created in domestic and nature-based tourism, the rise of digital nomads and ‘bleisure’.


Study to explore state of tourism, hospo workforce
27 May 2022   /

Study to explore state of tourism, hospo workforce

Staff in tourism and hospitality are being encouraged to share their voices about what it is really like working in the industry.


Domestic travel appetite strong despite border easing – report
24 May 2022   /

Domestic travel appetite strong despite border easing – report

The reopening of New Zealand’s borders does not appear to be dampening Kiwis’ appetites for a domestic holiday, according to an industry report.


New sustainable tourism research title launches
20 May 2022  

New sustainable tourism research title launches

A new tourism publication that will publish peer-reviewed research into the sustainability of tourism has launched.


Could new research help predict eruptions on Whakaari White Island?
21 Apr 2022   /

Could new research help predict eruptions on Whakaari White Island?

Specific volcano traits could form the basis of a new eruption warning system.


Vertical integration could reduce tourism shock in crises – study
12 Apr 2022   /

Vertical integration could reduce tourism shock in crises – study

Vertically integrating tourism with other industries can help reduce its vulnerability in future crises, according to new research.


Hospo’s challenges can be fixed – report
8 Apr 2022   /

Hospo’s challenges can be fixed – report

Driving out poor employers, providing decent work, and changing the image of the industry are the major recommendations from research into NZ hospitality.


Emissions now top concern for passengers – McKinsey
7 Apr 2022   /

Emissions now top concern for passengers – McKinsey

More than a third of 5,500 air passengers surveyed said they planned to fly less to reduce their climate impact.


IPCC: Moving the dial on transport to help stave off climate disaster
5 Apr 2022   /

IPCC: Moving the dial on transport to help stave off climate disaster

Reducing air travel is one of the recommendations made to tackle climate change.


Could Auckland become an indigenously inspired National Park City?
23 Mar 2022   /

Could Auckland become an indigenously inspired National Park City?

Becoming a National Park City could creating “immense” benefits to identity, regional pride, tourism and business.


Impacts of tourism on nature wins DOC scholarship
18 Mar 2022   /

Impacts of tourism on nature wins DOC scholarship

Research into the impacts of tourism on nature has been selected as one of this year’s Te Papa Atawhai Postgraduate Scholarship from the Department of Conservation.


Future of tourism through sci-fi lens explored
10 Mar 2022  

Future of tourism through sci-fi lens explored

Victoria University is hosting a webinar exploring the future of tourism through the lens of science fiction.


Kiwis keen on border easing as Omicron surges in NZ
2 Mar 2022   /

Kiwis keen on border easing as Omicron surges in NZ

The Omicron surge corresponds with a rapid increase in Kiwis’ appetite for a reopening of the border to international visitors, according to a survey by Angus & Associates.


Despite Covid impacts, Queenstown locals retain mixed view of tourism – survey
1 Mar 2022   /

Despite Covid impacts, Queenstown locals retain mixed view of tourism – survey

Queenstown Lakes residents want more measures put in place to regulate the quantity of tourists into the district.


Operators brace for 59% revenue hit to April – survey
24 Feb 2022   /

Operators brace for 59% revenue hit to April – survey

Only 5.6% of operators surveyed said they were doing okay or doing well, says TIA.


Westpac pushes out NZ’s international tourist recovery
22 Feb 2022   /

Westpac pushes out NZ’s international tourist recovery

The bank says NZ’s current self-iso border requirements will be too prohibitive for potential travellers.


58% of hospo owners preparing for insolvency – survey
15 Feb 2022  

58% of hospo owners preparing for insolvency – survey

Half the industry has seen revenue plummet by more than 40% since NZ shifted to red.


Kauri Museum on track with rebuild, eyes research tie
9 Feb 2022  

Kauri Museum on track with rebuild, eyes research tie

The Kauri Museum at Matakohe expects three out of four of the projects funded by a $3m Provincial Growth Fund grant to be complete by Labour Day.