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Out-of-work tourism employees will be offered opportunities on 23 projects to clean up waterways that are expected to deliver more than 2000 jobs.
The interest-free Small Business Cashflow Loan Scheme has been extended a second time to the end of December.
Mayor Jim Boult says limited health care capacity in the region would be a “significant” worry if an outbreak occurred.
A coastal pathway, art gallery and regional rejuvenation projects will be funded from the $3bn programme.
Prime minister Jacinda Ardern and tourism minister Kelvin Davis visited the Queenstown Lakes District on Friday spending the morning at Wayfare’s Cardrona Alpine Resort, near Wanaka, before a tour in the afternoon of its TSS Earnslaw steamer boat in Queenstown.
Prime minister Jacinda Ardern, tourism minister Kelvin Davis and Tourism New Zealand chief executive Stephen England-Hall will attend today’s opening of the ski season at Cardrona Alpine Resort.
The Government has withdrawn from its twin track Auckland Light Rail project and referred it to the Ministry of Transport for further work.
A new industry and stakeholder group is being created to contribute to the Government’s Tourism Futures Taskforce’s work.
A new Covid-19 testing regime has been launched by the Government as more Kiwis return from overseas.
Prime minister Jacinda Ardern and tourism minister Kelvin Davis are visiting Queenstown on Friday.
More than 300 businesses have applied for support from the Government’s Strategic Tourism Assets Protection Programme.
A Members Bill to provide best practice regulations for shark cage diving activities has been rejected by the Government.
Around 60 operators are now expected to be helped by the Government’s Strategic Tourism Assets Protection Programme, says Kelvin Davis.
A National Government would be “working hard” to safely return tertiary international students back to New Zealand as quickly as possible.
ACT leader David Seymour is calling for the Government to be proactive about its border policy.
The funding follows the $4m announced for Tourism Holdings’ Discover Waitomo.
Travel, events, and hospitality can happen without limitations but border restrictions remain, says PM Jacinda Ardern.
A change in criteria for the extended wage subsidy scheme means an extra 40,000 businesses will be eligible.
Around 50 strategic tourism businesses are expected to be supported through the $400m Tourism Response Fund.
The investments are the first deployments from the $400m Tourism Sector Recovery Plan.
Tourism operators unable to pay rent on commercial leases as a result of the Covid-19 response will be able to access Government assistance to resolve disputes with landlords.
With its tourism-related funds under management almost tripling, where is MBIE putting the cash?
Act leader David Seymour says New Zealand tourism operators are being taunted by South Australia’s advertising inviting New Zealanders to come over.
Marlborough Tour Company chief executive Abbe Hutchins says it is time for the Government to communicate that New Zealand is open for business.
The Government has given approval for multiple groups of 100 pax at a single venue.
A blueprint for how safe travel could start will soon be put before the two governments.
The Government has announced a new Income Relief Payment to support New Zealanders who lose their jobs due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Todd McClay has retained his shadow cabinet portfolios of tourism and trade under new National Party leader Todd Muller.
Regional economic development minister Shane Jones has redirected $600m of Government investment into shovel-ready projects in a “re-set” of what the Provincial Growth Fund will support.
Towns struck by the collapse in tourism will share part of the $37m investment in retraining and redeployment.
Tourism operators geared towards overseas travellers have urged government not to write international visitors out of the future of the sector.
“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.”
And ‘reimagining’ tourism is like calling for an architect while your house burned down, HTG’s Eve Lawrence told the committee.
The Epidemic Response Committee will today hear from representatives of the tourism industry, leader of the opposition Simon Bridges says.
The country will make a phased move to Covid-19 alert level 2, says the PM.
The Tourism Export Council of New Zealand has called on the Government to extend the wage subsidy scheme beyond its initial 12-week period for tourism businesses.
The Government has introduced new measures to help businesses facing insolvency due to Covid-19 as part of further measures to boost New Zealand’s economic recovery.
New Zealand’s borders will be closed to the wider world “for a long time to come”, says Jacinda Ardern.
Jacinda Ardern will attend Tuesday’s meeting by video link to discuss travel between the countries.
The Government will provide interest free loans for a year to small businesses hit by the Covid-19 economic shock.
Tourism Industry Aotearoa is turning up the pressure on government to allow domestic travel at level 2, warning the alternative will put thousands of jobs and hundreds of businesses at risk.
The Ticker asks industry leaders what form of support they would like to see.
Ardern says she will not jeopardise NZ’s position after having eliminated community transmission of Covid-19.
Three Air New Zealand flights will bring New Zealanders home from India over the next week, minister of foreign affairs, Winston Peters, has announced.
A look at the cash being diverted from tourism’s major funding sources.
The state of national emergency to support the Covid-19 response has been extended a fourth time for another seven days until midnight Monday 27, April.
Operators are “pulling out all the stops” to prepare for a loosening of the lockdown, says Hospitality NZ.
Financial relief is on the way for recreation and tourism businesses operating on public conservation land, says the minister of conservation, Eugenie Sage.
‘Yes’ to food delivery and drive through but ‘no’ to restaurants, bars and cafes.
The latest business support measures announced by the Government are not enough, says Tourism Industry Aotearoa.