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Nash rejects visitor caps, looks to Milford as tourism ‘test’
22 Nov 2022   /

Nash rejects visitor caps, looks to Milford as tourism ‘test’

The tourism minister says success in the sector in NZ is not about visitor numbers.


Summit 2022: Events, environment keys to tourism building back better – Nash
10 Nov 2022   /

Summit 2022: Events, environment keys to tourism building back better – Nash

The tourism minister says attracting world-class events and living up to and protecting NZ’s clean, green image are helping the recovery.


McClay: Where’s the $54m tourism innovation programme minister?
2 Nov 2022   /

McClay: Where’s the $54m tourism innovation programme minister?

National’s tourism spokesperson Todd McClay has criticised the length of time the government is taking to launch the $54m Innovation Programme for Tourism Recovery.


Govt affirms trans-Tasman tourism cooperation
31 Oct 2022   /

Govt affirms trans-Tasman tourism cooperation

New Zealand and Australian trade and tourism ministers have reaffirmed their commitment to boosting trans-Tasman cooperation.


Nash scoped $200 IVL in proposed increase from $35 – rejected by cabinet
11 Oct 2022   /

Nash scoped $200 IVL in proposed increase from $35 – rejected by cabinet

It could have raised up to $444m annually to support tourism, conservation, and to help tackle climate change.


“There was a bit of a bottleneck as we pushed ‘go'” – Nash on visitor visa delays
6 Oct 2022   /

“There was a bit of a bottleneck as we pushed ‘go'” – Nash on visitor visa delays

The tourism minister says INZ is under “a great deal of stress” coping with demand as NZ ramps up its promotion.


Business events innovation needed to tackle carbon emissions – Nash
5 Oct 2022   /

Business events innovation needed to tackle carbon emissions – Nash

The sector needs to be innovative in the way it markets itself, particular to those flying longhaul, says the tourism minister.


Nash to scope industry funding for tourism transformation plan
7 Sep 2022   /

Nash to scope industry funding for tourism transformation plan

The tourism minister notes “challenging questions” over the funding and execution of the tourism ITP.


Nash unveils draft Industry Transformation Plan for tourism
10 Aug 2022   /

Nash unveils draft Industry Transformation Plan for tourism

The ITP recommends eight actions to improve the sector’s workforce.


Nash: Holiday parks’ ‘big play’ in NZ’s net zero journey
2 Aug 2022   /

Nash: Holiday parks’ ‘big play’ in NZ’s net zero journey

The tourism minister says the industry should apply for the new $54m innovation fund and suggests a project he would be happy to support.


Nash: We don’t tell our stories well enough
28 Jun 2022  

Nash: We don’t tell our stories well enough

There’s an opportunity to tell our stories better not only to overseas markets but to ourselves as well, says the tourism minister.


MEETINGS 2022: Nash underscores govt’s commitment to business events
15 Jun 2022   /

MEETINGS 2022: Nash underscores govt’s commitment to business events

But it’s too early to say what shape govt support may take in the future, says the tourism minister.


Nash on new phase for tourism, NZ’s increasingly “challenging” sell
26 May 2022   /

Nash on new phase for tourism, NZ’s increasingly “challenging” sell

The tourism minister highlights the challenges ahead for the sector but also signals the start of a new positive phase.


Nash on $54m innovation fund: “It should be for the big plays”
25 May 2022  

Nash on $54m innovation fund: “It should be for the big plays”

The tourism minister outlines how he wants the Innovation Programme for Tourism Recovery to be prioritised.


Q&A: Nash on changing tourism, wages, IVL and Budget 2022
18 May 2022   /

Q&A: Nash on changing tourism, wages, IVL and Budget 2022

Tourism has to build back better and that means changes to the way things have been done in the past, says the tourism minister.


Cruise probably tourism’s “most trashed brand” in Covid is coming back better – Nash
12 May 2022   /

Cruise probably tourism’s “most trashed brand” in Covid is coming back better – Nash

How cruise managed the pandemic will be studied for years, says the tourism minister.


Nash to fly the flag in Aus, will lead delegation to TNZ showcase
5 May 2022   /

Nash to fly the flag in Aus, will lead delegation to TNZ showcase

The tourism minister will attend TNZ’s Regional Showcase in Sydney to spread the message that NZ is open for business.


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”.


Perspectives: Tourism post-Covid must change – Nash
25 Mar 2022  

Perspectives: Tourism post-Covid must change – Nash

In his opening address at the Tourism Policy School, the tourism minister challenges the industry to do better.


Stuart Nash: My commitment to tourism
17 Dec 2021   /

Stuart Nash: My commitment to tourism

Reconnecting New Zealand is not just the name of a govt strategy, it’s an absolute must-do for tourism in 2022, writes the minister.


Opposition takes aim at ‘no significant visitors until next summer’
13 Dec 2021   /

Opposition takes aim at ‘no significant visitors until next summer’

MIQ should be scrapped for double-vaccinated arrivals now, says the National Party.


Nash: There are no ‘cost-free’ decisions when it comes to Covid
29 Nov 2021   /

Nash: There are no ‘cost-free’ decisions when it comes to Covid

After a difficult last week for tourism, we asked the tourism minister to address industry concerns – here’s his reply.


Nash: Things had been looking up for some…
6 Sep 2021   /

Nash: Things had been looking up for some…

The hospitality industry was in the stages of a nascent recovery in the months leading up to the current lockdown, according to Stuart Nash.


Minister Watch: Queenstown, TFT, TIA feature prominently in first six months
9 Jun 2021  

Minister Watch: Queenstown, TFT, TIA feature prominently in first six months

Key meetings attended by tourism minister Stuart Nash since taking up the portfolio in November 2020 include those with various taskforce bodies, local councils and industry representatives.


Nash nixes bed taxes, puts IVL under scrutiny
13 May 2021  

Nash nixes bed taxes, puts IVL under scrutiny

The tourism minister also wants to see an expansion of differential pricing across the sector for international visitors.


Ticker Take: Will Nash’s plan transform tourism?
7 May 2021   /

Ticker Take: Will Nash’s plan transform tourism?

More recovery than regenerative, the plan introduces yet another initiative to reimagine tourism.


Nash’s $200m tourism plan gets positive reception from sector
7 May 2021  

Nash’s $200m tourism plan gets positive reception from sector

The tourism sector has welcomed the new strategy praising its targeted support for operators, regions and its transformation initiative.


Nash unveils tourism transformation plan, commits $200m
6 May 2021  

Nash unveils tourism transformation plan, commits $200m

Inbounders, RTOs, and the Queenstown and Milford areas are among those supported.


Tourism minister’s full speech at TRENZ Hui 2021
6 May 2021  

Tourism minister’s full speech at TRENZ Hui 2021

There is a lot to unpick in tourism minister Stuart Nash’s new plan for the sector and below is his full speech delivered to TRENZ Hui 2021 at the Christchurch Town Hall.


Nash re-prioritises $13m from TIF for regions under stress
1 Apr 2021   /

Nash re-prioritises $13m from TIF for regions under stress

The regions hardest-hit by the slump in international tourism will get priority.


Nash shuts down TFT before final report
26 Mar 2021   /

Nash shuts down TFT before final report

The minister ditches the Tourism Futures Taskforce weeks before it was due to complete its work “re-imagining” tourism.


Nash planning to “tax life out of tourism” – ACT
26 Mar 2021   /

Nash planning to “tax life out of tourism” – ACT

Tourism minister Stuart Nash has taken three briefings specifically related to bed taxes, says the ACT Party.


Watch: Did Nash announce new tourism support at TPS? He says so
24 Mar 2021   /

Watch: Did Nash announce new tourism support at TPS? He says so

The tourism minister defends his TPS speech and says he did announce new support for the sector.


Nash names five regions in line for targeted structural support…
19 Mar 2021  

Nash names five regions in line for targeted structural support…

Nash says he is “deeply concerned” about the situation unfolding in these five destinations.


…as he puts freedom camping, IVL, DOC pricing on hit-list
19 Mar 2021  

…as he puts freedom camping, IVL, DOC pricing on hit-list

Tourism minister Stuart Nash outlines his vision for tourism once international visitors returns which would include policy and sectoral changes.


Queenstown’s “economic earthquake” rally cancelled
19 Mar 2021  

Queenstown’s “economic earthquake” rally cancelled

Queenstown’s “economic earthquake” rally planned for tourism minister Stuart Nash’s visit to the resort today has been cancelled after he declined the invitation to attend.


Nash starts southern tour, Queenstown preps “economic earthquake” rally
18 Mar 2021  

Nash starts southern tour, Queenstown preps “economic earthquake” rally

Queenstown locals will hold a rally on Friday to express the “true crises” in the region and welcome tourism minister Stuart Nash to the struggling resort.


Nash rejects claims of lack of support for Glacier Country
11 Mar 2021  

Nash rejects claims of lack of support for Glacier Country

Scenic Hotel Group hibernates hotels and accuses the tourism minister of “throwing businesses under the bus”.


Nash dashes hopes of Glacier Country bail out
3 Mar 2021  

Nash dashes hopes of Glacier Country bail out

But the tourism minister says the Govt is looking at “innovative ways to allow businesses to hibernate”.


Govt: 70% immunity needed to fully reopen borders, guides 1 Jan 2022
3 Mar 2021  

Govt: 70% immunity needed to fully reopen borders, guides 1 Jan 2022

The Government believes it needs around 70% of the population immunised before borders will re-open to long haul travel and that could take six to nine months, according to tourism minister Stuart Nash.


Govt putting tourism in “too hard” basket – Nats
1 Mar 2021   /

Govt putting tourism in “too hard” basket – Nats

The Government must provide targeted support for struggling Fiordland and Glacier Country operators, says the National Party.


Watch: ‘McClash’ – McClay v Nash over “hard conversations” comment
24 Feb 2021   /

Watch: ‘McClash’ – McClay v Nash over “hard conversations” comment

Tourism minister Stuart Nash faced criticism in Parliament over his “very hard conversations” comments directed at tourism operators.


Nash warns taxpayers should not have to subsidise tourism, aims to reposition industry
18 Feb 2021  

Nash warns taxpayers should not have to subsidise tourism, aims to reposition industry

The tourism minister says “the full cost of tourism” should be priced into the visitor experience.


Nash: NZ tourism will “never return” to how it was
12 Feb 2021  

Nash: NZ tourism will “never return” to how it was

The tourism minister says those who rely on foreign tourists may need to have “very hard conversations” with creditors and employees.


Nash “open” to STAPP scrutiny, says possible lessons to learn
5 Feb 2021   /

Nash “open” to STAPP scrutiny, says possible lessons to learn

The tourism minister says the Auditor-General is the right person to conduct the inquiry.


Nash: Some tourism businesses “are really going to suffer”
1 Feb 2021  

Nash: Some tourism businesses “are really going to suffer”

Long-haul travel this year looks unlikely, says tourism minister Stuart Nash.


MBIE recommends against more tourism support
16 Dec 2020  

MBIE recommends against more tourism support

Tourism minister Stuart Nash is told further help for the sector could “distort incentives”.


Nash “lobbies for tourism” but no sign yet of borders opening
7 Dec 2020  

Nash “lobbies for tourism” but no sign yet of borders opening

Tourism minister Stuart Nash says he is lobbying Government on behalf of the tourism sector but cannot provide dates about opening international borders.


Nash a “bit of a firecracker” – RTOs’ first impressions
27 Nov 2020   /

Nash a “bit of a firecracker” – RTOs’ first impressions

Some of the country’s leading destination marketers give their views of the new minister and his messaging.


Youth sector hits back at tourism minister
23 Nov 2020  

Youth sector hits back at tourism minister

YHA says Nash’s focus on high value tourism would put New Zealand’s $1.5bn youth tourism industry under threat.