A new event to support Southland’s hospitality and accommodation sector and boost the region’s reputation as a food and beverage destination will run from 1 April to 16 May 2021.
But tourism in regions like Hawke’s Bay and Northland has fared better, says the bank.
The estimated cost of the redevelopment was $165m and is a key project in the Southland Regional Development Strategy Action Plan.
A central tourism hub would contain a variety of visitor attractions as well as the ferry link to Rakiura Stewart Island.
Great South is holding two free one-day information sessions in Te Anau this month for those wanting work in hospitality and tourism over the summer.
The Department of Conservation has completed its planned Himalayan tahr control operations for 2020.
The payouts included 19 business and commercial claims.
Transport World’s 2021 George Begg Classic Speedfest has been cancelled due to the ongoing Covid-19 crisis.
Destination Fiordland has launched its reset for 2021 summer campaign to attract domestic travellers.
Air New Zealand’s direct A320 jet service between Auckland and Invercargill will operate over Christmas and New Year.
Great South’s GM of tourism and events on tourism’s recovery and the vital role RTOs play.
Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency said the avalanche risk was assessed as high.
Great South is co-ordinating a two-day Dark Sky ambassador training course on Stewart Island/Rakiura.
Great South have engaged Eat New Zealand to help develop its regional Food Tourism Strategy.
Great South and Destination Fiordland have launched the third phase of their Rediscover Southland campaign with a range of deals to encourage Southland visitation.
The Government’s $20.2m cash injection for New Zealand’s regional tourism organisations will play a pivotal role in the sector’s rebuild.
Great South is calling for the Government to allow interregional travel once New New Zealand enters alert level 2.
The man reported missing on Stewart Island this week has been located.
The search for a hunter missing on Stewart Island in continuing.
Whale Watch Kaikōura has temporarily closed and its customer service team will cancel and issue refunds for any tours booked from the March 24 to June 30.
Invercargill i-SITE will become a virtual service, while the Wellington i-SITE Visitor Centre will be closed until further notice.
Stewart Island/Rakiura’s dark sky accreditation has played a key part in visitor growth, with Great South reporting a 17% increase in visitor numbers on Stewart Island/Rakiura from April to September 2019,
Stewart Island/Rakiura has been granted $3.16 million from the Provincial Growth Fund to help build two wind turbines.
A new area for skiing, tramping and mountain biking could be made available to visitors, with submissions now open on the tenure review of New Zealand’s largest high country pastoral lease, Glenaray Station in Southland.
The operator says it has missed out on around $500k in earnings but will be back in business on 1 December.
Almost 60 initiatives will help inform Great South’s new destination plan, says the agency’s Ann Lockhart.
The event will bring the owners and staff from the network of 77 full member visitor centres across the country to Southland next year.
The O’Donnell family’s HW Richardson Group and Distinction Hotel Group founder Geoff Thompson have both pledged up to $25m each for the multi-million dollar overhaul of Invercargill’s CBD.
The council is seeking a new plan that will ensure Milford Sound maintains its iconic visitor status.
The new Air New Zealand service between Auckland and Invercargill could inject up to $12.5m into the Southland region, according to economic development agency Great South.
Invercargill Airport will get $500,000 for upgrades.
The Fiordland experience has beaten the Te Paki Coastal and Queen Charlotte tracks to the prestigious status.
Warrick Low has left his tourism and events manager role at Venture Southland, now named Great South.
A compliance sweep found a quarter of all activities in breach or operating illegally.
Gore’s Hokonui Moonshine Museum and a new Maruawai Heritage Centre at the Southland town have secured $1.6m from the Provincial Growth Fund.
The chief executive of Venture Southland, Paul Casson, is stepping down ahead of the launch of the region’s new regional development agency.
Southland’s tourism sector has helped push it to the top of ASB’s regional economic scoreboard for the third quarter.
Southlanders are hopeful of a visitation boost following the announcement by Air New Zealand of a trial direct service between Invercargill and Auckland.
Venture Southland is calling on all Southlanders to have their say as it continues to develop its wider regional destination plan.
Stafford Strategy will develop the region’s strategy, which aims to generate $1bn in tourism revenue by 2025.
Passenger movements grew by 4.2% during FY18, well above the historic average growth rate of 1%, says Invercargill Airport.
Southland is the big winner securing almost $6m from the second round of the Tourism Infrastructure Fund.
The Wildlife Act can be amended to allow the tours off Stewart Island, says Sarah Dowie.
Stewart Island operators may have to stop providing the activity after a court ruled it an offence.
Stewart Island is set to get a new multi-million dollar tourism attraction after securing $1m in government funding for the Rakiura Heritage Centre.
The Invercargill Licensing Trust has released a concept design for its proposed $40m, 4.5-star inner-city hotel.
A $160m plan to transform Invercargill into a unique tourism destination has been unveiled.
Invercargill MP Sarah Dowie has rejected criticism she did not consult with shark cage diving operators before introducing her private member’s bill.
A shark cage diving operator has criticised a move by National’s Sarah Dowie to try and regulate the industry.