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Hotel profitability at historic lows, but clouds clearing – Colliers
14 Apr 2021   /

Hotel profitability at historic lows, but clouds clearing – Colliers

Queenstown hotels have been particularly battered in the last 12 months.


BOP operator redeploys staff into Jobs for Nature
24 Feb 2021  

BOP operator redeploys staff into Jobs for Nature

Kaitiaki Adventures will be able to redeploy up to 19 of its staff into Jobs for Nature projects.


Herwegh Vonk swoops on NZ hostels
15 Feb 2021  

Herwegh Vonk swoops on NZ hostels

YHA sells five hostels in what it says is a reflection of the distressed nature of the tourism industry.


Standing strong in adversity – Rotorua looks back on 2020
18 Dec 2020  

Standing strong in adversity – Rotorua looks back on 2020

2020 was not the first time that Rotorua’s tourism industry has had to adapt to circumstances out of its control.


Treewalk, Trubridge launch latest collaboration
16 Dec 2020  

Treewalk, Trubridge launch latest collaboration

Redwoods Treewalk and designer David Trubridge have launched their latest collaboration at the Rotorua attraction.


Domestic demand shifts camp bookings online – DOC
15 Dec 2020   /

Domestic demand shifts camp bookings online – DOC

Ashpit and Brett Road campgrounds on the shores of Lake Rerewhakaaitu in Rotorua now require online bookings, as the Department of Conservation looked to manage the effects of increased domestic tourism the summer season. 


Rotorua attraction re-opens after 9-month hibernation
14 Dec 2020   /

Rotorua attraction re-opens after 9-month hibernation

Rotorua’s Whakarewarewa – The Living Māori Village is now open again following a nine-month hibernation.


Polynesian Spa “no longer reliant on international tourists” – Rangatira
11 Dec 2020  

Polynesian Spa “no longer reliant on international tourists” – Rangatira

The attraction’s owner says the Rotorua destination will not need further support but sounds a warning over coming competition.


New Rotorua experiences site launched
11 Dec 2020  

New Rotorua experiences site launched

Rotorua tourism operators have come together to launch a new gift voucher initiative to promote the region to visitors.


Rotorua Canopy Tours ‘chuffed’ at new gift business
16 Nov 2020  

Rotorua Canopy Tours ‘chuffed’ at new gift business

Chuffed Gifts enabled recipients to ‘choose their own adventure’ so they could be sure they get exactly what they wanted. 


Operators win Rotorua business awards
13 Nov 2020  

Operators win Rotorua business awards

Waimangu Volcanic Valley has won the Build Back Better award at the Westpac Rotorua Business Awards.


Rotorua operators make changes as they look to the future
2 Nov 2020  

Rotorua operators make changes as they look to the future

Rotorua operators have been revamping their tourism offerings to improve the visitor experience.


Kaitiaki Adventures finalist in sustainability awards
2 Nov 2020   /

Kaitiaki Adventures finalist in sustainability awards

The operator was up for the Resilience in Crisis award for its Māori-focused environmentally friendly water catcher.


Why Kiwis are guests, not tourists
8 Oct 2020   /

Why Kiwis are guests, not tourists

Destination Rotorua’s Andrew Wilson on new research that shows how New Zealanders want to be treated when holidaying at home.


Te Puia launches Kids Zone for holidays
28 Sep 2020  

Te Puia launches Kids Zone for holidays

Te Puia has launched a free Kids Zone for the September/October school holidays.


Auckland lockdown hurt but no further cuts planned – Skyline’s McDonald
10 Sep 2020  

Auckland lockdown hurt but no further cuts planned – Skyline’s McDonald

But you can never say ‘never’, says CEO Geoff McDonald.


Works begin on key tourism route
7 Sep 2020  

Works begin on key tourism route

The road is an important tourism route, forming part of the Thermal Explorer Highway linking Rotorua with the Hawkes Bay, Lake Taupo, Ruapehu and Hamilton.


Skyline Rotorua workers in self-isolation after Covid case visit
13 Aug 2020   /

Skyline Rotorua workers in self-isolation after Covid case visit

The family went to a number of tourism experiences in the city last weekend, including Skyline Rotorua’s gondola and luge.


Te Puia another step closer to iwi ownership
24 Jul 2020   /

Te Puia another step closer to iwi ownership

The New Zealand Māori Arts and Crafts Institute Vesting Act 2020 has been passed by the House. 


Northern attractions look ahead as holiday rush recedes
21 Jul 2020  

Northern attractions look ahead as holiday rush recedes

While the southern ski fields saw better than expected numbers during the holidays, major North Island attractions also saw good attendance.


Trust secures $2.5m to help displaced tourism, hospo workers
17 Jul 2020   /

Trust secures $2.5m to help displaced tourism, hospo workers

Te Arawa Lakes Trust will receive $2.5m from the Government’s $1.3bn Jobs for Nature fund, says conservation minister Eugenie Sage.


PGF sprays regions with cash for tourism
29 Jun 2020  

PGF sprays regions with cash for tourism

Rotorua will receive just over $2m in additional funding from the Provincial Growth Fund as part of a raft of new announcements from the Government last week.


Rotorua overtakes Queenstown on travellers’ wishlists – survey
17 Jun 2020   /

Rotorua overtakes Queenstown on travellers’ wishlists – survey

Rotorua has overtaken Queenstown as the destination of choice for travellers, according to a new survey from NZ Pocket Guide.


Perspectives: Supporting luxury operators isn’t cheap, but it is worth it
5 Jun 2020   /

Perspectives: Supporting luxury operators isn’t cheap, but it is worth it

Industry has to convince Kiwis our best experiences are worth the price, writes the Ticker’s Shannon Williams.


Destination Rotorua on welcoming the PM and cautious optimism for recovery
21 May 2020   /

Destination Rotorua on welcoming the PM and cautious optimism for recovery

Destination Rotorua chief executive Michelle Templer on the prime minister Jacinda Ardern’s visit this week and how the city is extending a warm haere mai to New Zealanders.


Govt invests $15m in regional training and education
21 May 2020   /

Govt invests $15m in regional training and education

“This will be crucial for towns such as Rotorua and Kaikoura, where the effects of Covid-19 will be particularly difficult due to loss of income from international tourism.”


Bay of Plenty to escape the worst of Covid-19 impacts – report
20 May 2020   /

Bay of Plenty to escape the worst of Covid-19 impacts – report

The Covid-19 crisis may not have as severe an impact on the Bay of Plenty as other parts of New Zealand, says the Bay of Plenty Regional Council.


Govt provides $7.6m to save Rotorua’s Te Puia
19 May 2020   /

Govt provides $7.6m to save Rotorua’s Te Puia

Te Puia New Zealand Māori Arts and Crafts Institute in Rotorua will receive a $7.6m cash injection over two years as part of Budget 2020.


Operators “raring to go”, RTOs ramp up campaigns at level 2
12 May 2020   /

Operators “raring to go”, RTOs ramp up campaigns at level 2

PM’s green-light for domestic travel from Thursday prompts wave of relief from operators, new campaign from RTOs, but warnings of the danger of further delays from TIA.


Queenstown, Rotorua, Marlborough flights back at alert level 2
8 May 2020   /

Queenstown, Rotorua, Marlborough flights back at alert level 2

“We’ll be strongly encouraging Kiwis to support our tourism sector and to visit friends and family,” says Air NZ’s CEO.


MDA’s Mutu warns against race to bottom with pricing, discounts
8 May 2020   /

MDA’s Mutu warns against race to bottom with pricing, discounts

The award-winning operator says operators will be doing themselves a disservice by heavy discounting.


Destination Rotorua: Contributing to the Covid-19 rebuild
15 Apr 2020   /

Destination Rotorua: Contributing to the Covid-19 rebuild

The RTO is helping to cushion the economic and social impacts of Covid-19, says CEO Michelle Templer.


Rotorua’s SilverOaks Hotel Geyserland site up for sale
2 Apr 2020   /

Rotorua’s SilverOaks Hotel Geyserland site up for sale

The former site of the SilverOaks Hotel Geyserland in Rotorua is for sale.


Lowdown on the Lockdown: Rotorua Canopy Tours’ Alex Howard
30 Mar 2020  

Lowdown on the Lockdown: Rotorua Canopy Tours’ Alex Howard

Each day we’ll bring you the views of an industry figure exploring new ways of working.


PGF injects $17m into Rotorua wellness
20 Mar 2020   /

PGF injects $17m into Rotorua wellness

A new health and wellness spa at Rotorua will be built following a $17m funding injection into the region from the Provincial Growth Fund.


Visitor confirmed as first Covid-19 case in Rotorua
20 Mar 2020  

Visitor confirmed as first Covid-19 case in Rotorua

The first case of Covid-19 has been confirmed in Rotorua.


Domestic demand, deals backbone of Rotorua’s $1m fund bid – Templer
11 Mar 2020   /

Domestic demand, deals backbone of Rotorua’s $1m fund bid – Templer

Destination Rotorua has proposed two new short-term campaigns to stimulate domestic demand as it bids for its share of $1m of government funding to offset the effect of the COVID-19 outbreak.


NZ Super Fund checks in to Rotorua
20 Dec 2019   /

NZ Super Fund checks in to Rotorua

The sovereign wealth fund has increased its exposure to NZ tourism with the purchase of the Holiday Inn.


Destination Rotorua, Christchurch Airport partner to target Chinese market
18 Dec 2019   /

Destination Rotorua, Christchurch Airport partner to target Chinese market

Destination Rotorua has partnered with Christchurch Airport to adopt Chinese smartphone app Alipay in a bid to help Rotorua businesses be more successful in the Chinese market. 


Rotorua i-SITE staff take on freedom camping
4 Dec 2019   /

Rotorua i-SITE staff take on freedom camping

Rotorua’s i-SITEs are the first in the country to assign staff members as responsible camping ambassadors, says Destination Rotorua.


Rangatira: Rainbow’s End lightning strike affects results
4 Dec 2019   /

Rangatira: Rainbow’s End lightning strike affects results

The owner of Auckland’s Rainbow’s End and Rotorua’s Polynesian Spa has painted contrasting pictures for the two attractions in its latest interim results for the six months to September 2019.


New waka experience to launch on Lake Rotorua
29 Nov 2019  

New waka experience to launch on Lake Rotorua

A new waka experience will be launched this weekend on Lake Rotorua.


Destination Rotorua hits back at “slum” claims
28 Nov 2019  

Destination Rotorua hits back at “slum” claims

Destination Rotorua has hit back against recent negative headlines suggesting Rotorua has become a slum and a ‘dumping ground’ as moteliers open their doors as emergency accommodation.


Rotorua Airport passenger numbers hit 10-year high
18 Nov 2019   /

Rotorua Airport passenger numbers hit 10-year high

The operator has posted a 7.7% increase in passenger numbers, as it ploughs ahead with a $4.4m upgrade.


Colliers: Capital hotels lead near record revenues
15 Nov 2019   /

Colliers: Capital hotels lead near record revenues

Wellington, Rotorua and Queenstown hotel markets are delivering close to record revenue, says the agency.


An Operator’s View: Velocity Valley’s Simon Short
15 Nov 2019  

An Operator’s View: Velocity Valley’s Simon Short

The MD on 21 years of pioneering rides, the need for more local tourism investment, and the lack of support for the backpacker and youth sector.


$40m Rotorua lakefront development to get underway
8 Oct 2019   /

$40m Rotorua lakefront development to get underway

The first stage of Rotorua’s $40m lakefront development will kick off at the end of October.


Industry linchpin win business excellence award
7 Oct 2019  

Industry linchpin win business excellence award

Waimangu Volcanic Valley has taken out the Excellence in Tourism Award at the Westpac Rotorua Business Excellence Awards, which took place at the Energy Event Centre last week.


Turangi operator secures $500k from PGF
7 Oct 2019   /

Turangi operator secures $500k from PGF

Rafting NZ will use the money to train up to 20 new river guides for its Tongariro River business.


It’s local elections so meet the (tourism) candidates: Oscar Nathan
24 Sep 2019  

It’s local elections so meet the (tourism) candidates: Oscar Nathan

The former Destination Rotorua GM plans to tackle a number of industry issues if elected to council.