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Tātaki Auckland Unlimited faces $27.5m budget cut
2 Dec 2022  

Tātaki Auckland Unlimited faces $27.5m budget cut

Auckland Mayor Wayne Brown is proposing a cut of up to $27.5m for Tātaki Auckland Unlimited ahead of his 2023/24 budget proposal.


RTO collab showcases West Coast, Canterbury to ITOs
30 Nov 2022   /

RTO collab showcases West Coast, Canterbury to ITOs

In an industry-first collaboration, six West Coast and Canterbury regional tourism organisations have promoted their region to 80 agents from 40 inbound businesses at a product showcase in Auckland.


New name, new game for Hauraki Coromandel RTO
9 Nov 2022   /

New name, new game for Hauraki Coromandel RTO

Destination Hauraki Coromandel has a new name and a new mission as it transitions to becoming a destination management organisation as well as encouraging visitors to spend more in the region.


‘Tourism serving community’ heart of Central Otago’s 50-year vision
26 Aug 2022   /

‘Tourism serving community’ heart of Central Otago’s 50-year vision

The new DMP also charts a path towards resolving the vital issue of sustainable funding.


Visit Ruapehu reveals guiding forces within DMP
26 Jul 2022   /

Visit Ruapehu reveals guiding forces within DMP

Visit Ruapehu says its destination management plan has a focus on reciprocity and responsibility as a result of feedback from the community.


ChristchurchNZ selects agencies to lead DMP, brand plans
25 Jul 2022   /

ChristchurchNZ selects agencies to lead DMP, brand plans

ChristchurchNZ picked the agencies to lead work on the city’s destination management and new place brand plans.


Nicola Greenwell: What Waikato needs to be a tourism mecca
21 Jul 2022  

Nicola Greenwell: What Waikato needs to be a tourism mecca

There’s a key component missing from the region’s tourism offer, says Hamilton & Waikato Tourism’s new CEO.


New DQ CEO Mat Woods’ top priorities
21 Jun 2022  

New DQ CEO Mat Woods’ top priorities

Woods wants to know what the region’s operators need to achieve success in the tourism recovery.


Destination Marlborough secures $30k for travel trade promo
15 Jun 2022   /

Destination Marlborough secures $30k for travel trade promo

Destination Marlborough has received $30,000 for a one-off grant from Marlborough District Council.


Tourism Waitaki’s days numbered after new economic plan adopted
8 Jun 2022   /

Tourism Waitaki’s days numbered after new economic plan adopted

Tourism Waitaki’s days as an RTO look to be numbered after Waitaki District Council adopted its new draft economic development strategy.


Tourism Waitaki should be dissolved, new EDA created – report
2 Jun 2022   /

Tourism Waitaki should be dissolved, new EDA created – report

As well as destination marketing, Tourism Waitaki also operates the popular Oamaru Blue Penguin Colony.


RTNZ-ITO event returns, products launched in pandemic to the fore
2 Jun 2022   /

RTNZ-ITO event returns, products launched in pandemic to the fore

Jet ski tours, lake cruises, and new hotels were among the products launched during the pandemic and showcased at Regional Tourism New Zealand’s ITO trade event this week.


Destination Kaikōura launches voucher system for operators
26 May 2022  

Destination Kaikōura launches voucher system for operators

Destination Kaikōura has launched an automated smart voucher system called aiva, which aims to provide operators with low-cost direct sell capabilities.


New partnership to target North America for ‘Auckland – Queenstown’ experiences
25 May 2022   /

New partnership to target North America for ‘Auckland – Queenstown’ experiences

A partnership between two RTOs and Auckland Airport aims to bring North American visitors to New Zealand for an “Auckland – Queenstown experience”.


DQ grabs Lake Wānaka Tourism chair Mat Woods to be CEO
19 May 2022   /

DQ grabs Lake Wānaka Tourism chair Mat Woods to be CEO

Lake Wānaka Tourism’s chair has been appointed Destination Queenstown’s new boss.


NZ’s first destination management hui launches
2 May 2022   /

NZ’s first destination management hui launches

The country’s first destination management event has started at Waitangi, Bay of Islands, with formulating strategy the theme of the inaugural residential wānanga.


ChristchurchNZ seeks city brand strategy, DMP
2 May 2022  

ChristchurchNZ seeks city brand strategy, DMP

ChristchurchNZ has launched a hunt for a supplier to develop destination management and place brand strategies for the city and wider area.


Tributes flow for tourism’s “invaluable” Graham Budd
19 Apr 2022   /

Tributes flow for tourism’s “invaluable” Graham Budd

The Great South CEO and former Destination Queenstown boss passed away on Friday.


Mayor’s concerns over Nash’s “troubling” criticism of DMP delivery
31 Mar 2022   /

Mayor’s concerns over Nash’s “troubling” criticism of DMP delivery

The tourism minister’s comments could derail “the most transformational mahi anyone in tourism has ever seen”.


New tourism assets transforming Northland into cultural destination
3 Mar 2022   /

New tourism assets transforming Northland into cultural destination

The region can become a major showcase for NZ culture, says Northland Inc’s Tania Burt.


TECTs: Wairarapa tops Dec growth, Auckland lockdown drags
21 Feb 2022   /

TECTs: Wairarapa tops Dec growth, Auckland lockdown drags

Regional tourism organisation areas around the country put in a mixed performance in December versus a year earlier.


“We’re not a one trick pony” – CEDA’s new boss on Manawatū tourism
17 Feb 2022   /

“We’re not a one trick pony” – CEDA’s new boss on Manawatū tourism

CEO Jerry Shearman lays out his tourism priorities for the region.


Destination Queenstown’s Paul Abbot resigns
11 Feb 2022   /

Destination Queenstown’s Paul Abbot resigns

The CEO will depart in March after just nine months in the role.


TECTS: Otago regions continue spending run in Nov
25 Jan 2022   /

TECTS: Otago regions continue spending run in Nov

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.


Departing Dawson’s message to successor: Here’s your top priority
24 Jan 2022   /

Departing Dawson’s message to successor: Here’s your top priority

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.


RTNZ heads for transition, aims for lasting legacy out of Covid
18 Jan 2022   /

RTNZ heads for transition, aims for lasting legacy out of Covid

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 Inc’s Tania Burt: The challenges keep coming, but progress has been made
16 Dec 2021   /

Northland Inc’s Tania Burt: The challenges keep coming, but progress has been made

The challenges keep coming for Te Tai Tokerau Northland but progress has been made with more to come in 2022, says Tania Burt, Northland Inc’s GM of destination.


Southland food tourism mecca mooted
8 Dec 2021   /

Southland food tourism mecca mooted

Southland could become a hotbed of food activity under new plans to transform the regional home of Bluff Oysters into a food tourism mecca.


Visitors vital to regional economy – Northland Inc
6 Dec 2021  

Visitors vital to regional economy – Northland Inc

Visitors to Northland over the holiday period will be critical to the future and wellbeing of the entire region, says Northland Inc chair Nicole Anderson.


Hauraki Coromandel tourism economy at “critical point”
25 Nov 2021   /

Hauraki Coromandel tourism economy at “critical point”

The Coromandel tourism industry is counting on a busy summer after visitor spend fell 34% between August and October 2021, compared with the same period last year.


Rakiura Stewart Island more than just a bucket list destination
1 Nov 2021   /

Rakiura Stewart Island more than just a bucket list destination

Almost all visitors who went last summer say they intend to return, so what did they like?


Visit Ruapehu beefs up destination management team
27 Oct 2021  

Visit Ruapehu beefs up destination management team

Visit Ruapehu has employed community leader and strategic consultant Erena Mikaere to help develop a destination management plan.


Wednesday Letter: RTOs are changing and so are we – RTNZ’s David Perks
20 Oct 2021  

Wednesday Letter: RTOs are changing and so are we – RTNZ’s David Perks

Regional tourism organisations are evolving to meet tourism’s challenges and opportunities and Regional Tourism New Zealand is changing too, writes chair David Perks. 


Southern RTOs back move to measure operator emissions
20 Oct 2021   /

Southern RTOs back move to measure operator emissions

Destination Queenstown, Lake Wānaka Tourism, and Queenstown Lakes District Council are jointly funding an initiative that enables local businesses and schools to calculate their greenhouse gas emissions and take action to reduce them.


NRDA launches ‘One Hundred Ways’ over 100 days campaign
19 Oct 2021   /

NRDA launches ‘One Hundred Ways’ over 100 days campaign

Nelson Regional Development Agency has launched its One Hundred Ways domestic campaign designed to showcase the diversity of experiences on offer in Nelson Tasman.


Taranaki events hope for level 2 – VT’s Gilliland
15 Oct 2021   /

Taranaki events hope for level 2 – VT’s Gilliland

But they are unlikely to have the usual crowds of Aucklanders, says Venture Taranaki’s CEO


Charlie Ives calls time on RTNZ, tourism
12 Oct 2021   /

Charlie Ives calls time on RTNZ, tourism

Ives will depart about the same time as TIA boss Chris Roberts, which means the loss of leaders at two major industry bodies at a crucial time for the sector.


With F.A.W.C! postponed, HBT looks to vaccine certification to help in 2022
8 Oct 2021   /

With F.A.W.C! postponed, HBT looks to vaccine certification to help in 2022

Vaccine certification could bring more certainty to events like F.A.W.C!, which has been postponed until 2022.


DWC tries to soften blow to tourism in year of Covid
2 Sep 2021  

DWC tries to soften blow to tourism in year of Covid

The EDA has international spending in the region for the year to March 2021 had dropped 93% to just $6m compared with $86m in the previous fiscal year.


Great South taps Cordelle to lead Visit Fiordland
25 Aug 2021   /

Great South taps Cordelle to lead Visit Fiordland

Great South has hired former Shotover Canyon Swing boss Stu Cordelle to lead Visit Fiordland.


Fiordland, Southland form new marketing alliance
25 Aug 2021   /

Fiordland, Southland form new marketing alliance

Visit Fiordland and Visit Southland have formed their own international marketing alliance, to be promoted as ‘Great South’.


RTOs share $26.6m – ‘Big Five’ take $1.5m apiece
17 Aug 2021   /

RTOs share $26.6m – ‘Big Five’ take $1.5m apiece

Regional Tourism New Zealand also secures $200k to help build capability within RTOs.


TECTS: Trends diverge with Ruapehu top, Mackenzie negative vs 2020
9 Aug 2021   /

TECTS: Trends diverge with Ruapehu top, Mackenzie negative vs 2020

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.


DQ’s Paul Abbot: “Excitement, challenge” in tourism shake-up
2 Aug 2021   /

DQ’s Paul Abbot: “Excitement, challenge” in tourism shake-up

Destination Queenstown’s new CEO on the opportunity to shape the future of tourism.


Multi-region arts trail industry first for RTOs
2 Aug 2021   /

Multi-region arts trail industry first for RTOs

Whanganui, Taranaki and the Manawatū are jointly launching a pan-region arts trail to showcase works and entice visitors to the lower west coast of the North Island.


How RTOs can keep govt funds flowing – RTNZ’s Charlie Ives
30 Jul 2021   /

How RTOs can keep govt funds flowing – RTNZ’s Charlie Ives

One of the key challenges for RTOs is making sure government funding does not run out at the end of 2022.


Northland Regional Events Fund recipients announced
30 Jul 2021  

Northland Regional Events Fund recipients announced

Regional economic development agency Northland Inc has announced the recipients of its first round for the Northland Regional Events Fund.


Dunne joins Miles Partnership as director of destination strategy
28 Jul 2021  

Dunne joins Miles Partnership as director of destination strategy

The former TBOP boss will lead the launch of a new leadership academy for tourism professionals.


Dynamics change for small RTOs in post-Covid tourism
28 Jul 2021   /

Dynamics change for small RTOs in post-Covid tourism

Smaller regional tourism organisations are leveraging their weight differently in the post-Covid world.


ADP: June occupancy 40%, Manawatū reclaims top spot
27 Jul 2021   /

ADP: June occupancy 40%, Manawatū reclaims top spot

Around 11% of core tourism accommodation properties were closed or had no guests during June due to a combination of seasonal closures and the effects of Covid-19 on guest numbers.