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DQ’s Budd appointed CEO of Great South
15 Nov 2019   /

DQ’s Budd appointed CEO of Great South

The imminent departure of DQ’s chief executive opens up one of the top jobs in the New Zealand tourism sector.


TCO partners with Google to showcase Otago
13 Nov 2019   /

TCO partners with Google to showcase Otago

Tourism Central Otago has partnered with Google New Zealand to capture 360-degree imagery of local Central Otago experiences.


Tourism NZ’s Tuuta appointed to RDA chair
21 Oct 2019   /

Tourism NZ’s Tuuta appointed to RDA chair

Tourism NZ chair Jamie Tuuta has been appointed as chair of the board for Venture Taranaki Trust.


Destination Queenstown fills western markets trade role
7 Oct 2019   /

Destination Queenstown fills western markets trade role

Destination Queenstown has found a new manager for its western market trade channels appointing Kate Baxter from Heli Glenorchy.


Top of the South debuts in Hanmer
1 Oct 2019   /

Top of the South debuts in Hanmer

Around 30 tourism operators and 24 inbound tour operators attended this year’s Top of the South trade event which was held outside Auckland for the first time.


Regional tourism awards: and the winners are…
26 Sep 2019   /

Regional tourism awards: and the winners are…

Six of the country’s regional tourism organisations have been recognised for their achievements.


DGLT hosts three-day mega famil
6 Aug 2019  

DGLT hosts three-day mega famil

Twenty-six inbound tour wholesalers and travel agents from across NZ and Australia have attended Destination Great Lake Taupō’s three-day mega famil.


Hurunui Tourism becomes NZ’s newest RTO
5 Aug 2019  

Hurunui Tourism becomes NZ’s newest RTO

Hurunui Tourism has become the country’s 31st regional tourism organisation.


Q&A with HBT’s new GM, Hamish Saxton
12 Jul 2019   /

Q&A with HBT’s new GM, Hamish Saxton

The Hawke’s Bay has lured the former Tourism Dunedin boss back from Toronto.


DGLT: Most operators unaffected by wastewater spill
8 Jul 2019  

DGLT: Most operators unaffected by wastewater spill

Waikato River operators have been affected by last week’s wastewater spill but all Lake Taupō tours are on as usual, says Destination Great Lake Taupõ.


Destination Queenstown commits to sustainability
28 Jun 2019   /

Destination Queenstown commits to sustainability

Destination Queenstown has committed to improving its sustainability by implementing an internal policy and handbook.


Collective South Island destination strategy in the pipeline
18 Jun 2019   /

Collective South Island destination strategy in the pipeline

The plan will set out a road map for future industry investment across the south.


TCO aims to double spend in new 10-year strategy
17 Jun 2019  

TCO aims to double spend in new 10-year strategy

The RTO wants to see visitor expenditure reach $378m in 2027.


TEC, CINZ and Auckland Airport line up for Central Otago workshop
10 Jun 2019  

TEC, CINZ and Auckland Airport line up for Central Otago workshop

Representatives from Tourism Export Council, Conventions and Incentives New Zealand, Auckland Airport and Lake Wanaka Tourism are set to address the Central Otago tourism industry next week.


WREDA to stick to WellingtonNZ brand
7 Jun 2019   /

WREDA to stick to WellingtonNZ brand

Wellington Regional Economic Development Agency (WREDA) says it will now use ‘WellingtonNZ – making the Wellington region wildly famous’ as its standard organisational brand.


Hamilton & Waikato visitor spend tops $1.5bn
8 May 2019   /

Hamilton & Waikato visitor spend tops $1.5bn

Visitor spend in the Hamilton & Waikato region topped the $1.5bn mark in the last calendar year, with the region also securing a 10.4% market share of the lucrative conventions, meetings and business events market, according to an update to Hamilton City Council.


New ATEED partnership to capture Auckland from all angles
7 May 2019   /

New ATEED partnership to capture Auckland from all angles

Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development has launched a new photography competition which it hopes will highlight the city as a must-visit the destination to travellers around the world.


DQ travels new road to conference crowd
7 May 2019   /

DQ travels new road to conference crowd

Destination Queenstown’s convention team is bringing travel content conference, The Travel Bootcamp, to the destination for the first time this spring hosting travel content creators, bloggers and social media tastemakers from 4-6 October 2019.


Aoraki goes in-house as new tourism strategy takes shape
7 May 2019  

Aoraki goes in-house as new tourism strategy takes shape

New Zealand’s newest Regional Tourism Organisation, Aoraki Tourism, is being taken back in-house by Timaru District Council as it drives forward the development of a new visitor strategy.


DQ chair, Canyon Swing GM Matt Hollyer to leave both roles
18 Apr 2019   / /

DQ chair, Canyon Swing GM Matt Hollyer to leave both roles

DQ chair and general manager of Shotover Canyon Swing and Canyon Fox, Matt Hollyer, is leaving both roles.


All change at Northland Inc tourism team
12 Apr 2019   /

All change at Northland Inc tourism team

Northland Inc’s trade marketing manager Karly Bent is leaving the combined EDA/RTO as the agency undergoes a number of staff changes at its tourism team.


Budd: “Relieved and pleased” after DQ vote success
4 Apr 2019   /

Budd: “Relieved and pleased” after DQ vote success

Destination Queenstown chief executive Graham Budd is “relieved and pleased” after winning support from members for a proposed funding boost that will add $900,000 to the organisation’s coffers.


DQ wins member support for 25% budget boost
3 Apr 2019   /

DQ wins member support for 25% budget boost

Destination Queentown has won the support of its members to seek a 25% funding increase.


DQ faces “vote of confidence” in ballot bid to hike fees 25%
2 Apr 2019   /

DQ faces “vote of confidence” in ballot bid to hike fees 25%

Operators also facing a possible bed tax could stymie the RTO’s plan to boost its funding in tomorrow’s vote.


Northland Inc appoints acting CEO
1 Apr 2019   /

Northland Inc appoints acting CEO

The combined EDA/RTO has appointed its GM of investment and infrastructure, Vaughan Cooper, as acting CEO.


Destination Great Lake Taupō appoints new GM
13 Mar 2019   /

Destination Great Lake Taupō appoints new GM

Jane Wilson, the former GM marketing at Tourism Tropical North Queensland, is to lead the Taupō RTO.


EDA swallows up Tourism West Coast
11 Mar 2019  

EDA swallows up Tourism West Coast

Tourism West Coast has been swallowed up by the region’s economic development agency in a move the RTO says provides better funding certainty.


Hawke’s Bay Tourism GM Annie Dundas resigns
6 Mar 2019   /

Hawke’s Bay Tourism GM Annie Dundas resigns

After eight years at the helm, Dundas is leaving to lead Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei’s new tourism venture.


Venture Southland boss steps down ahead of RDA launch
27 Feb 2019   /

Venture Southland boss steps down ahead of RDA launch

The chief executive of Venture Southland, Paul Casson, is stepping down ahead of the launch of the region’s new regional development agency.


Report: ED “lacks tourism expertise and skills”
18 Feb 2019  

Report: ED “lacks tourism expertise and skills”

There’s been a breakdown in the relationship between Dunedin’s tourism industry and its marketing body, says a review.


Hutchins’ granddaughter appointed Destination Fiordland manager
14 Feb 2019   /

Hutchins’ granddaughter appointed Destination Fiordland manager

Destination Fiordland has appointed Madeleine Peacock to be its new tourism manager.


Wilson: Time for govt to fund regional destination marketing
1 Feb 2019   /

Wilson: Time for govt to fund regional destination marketing

The outgoing CEO of Northland Inc urges the government to “fix the blockage” in NZ’s tourism system.


Air NZ-led trio team up for new Northland campaign
31 Jan 2019   /

Air NZ-led trio team up for new Northland campaign

Air New Zealand has partnered with the Bay of Islands Marketing Group and economic growth agency Northland Inc on a campaign to attract visitors to the region beyond the peak summer months.


“Quick wins” on the agenda for Central Otago’s advisory board
30 Jan 2019  

“Quick wins” on the agenda for Central Otago’s advisory board

Tourism Central Otago’s newly established Tourism Advisory Board has been challenged by to find some “quick wins” by the local regional council.


ATEED looks to the regions to alleviate visitor pressure
29 Jan 2019   /

ATEED looks to the regions to alleviate visitor pressure

The agency plans to help its regional neighbours develop tourism product and infrastructure.


RTNZ: No room for complacency in tourism sector
18 Dec 2018   /

RTNZ: No room for complacency in tourism sector

The tourism industry has been warned against complacency following the latest Mood of the Nation survey that reported in uptick in the number of New Zealanders who agree that tourism is good for the country.


Central Otago reveals members of new tourism board
14 Dec 2018   /

Central Otago reveals members of new tourism board

The experienced hands of Sue Sullivan, Mark Frood and Dylan Rushbrook will be shaping the future of tourism in Central Otago after being appointed to the region’s new six strong Tourism Advisory Board.


Reality TV queen joins Tourism West Coast board
7 Dec 2018   /

Reality TV queen joins Tourism West Coast board

Reality TV queen Dame Julie Christie has been appointed to Tourism West Coast’s board.


Tourism feedback sought from ‘Southlanders and Southlanders at heart’
3 Dec 2018   /

Tourism feedback sought from ‘Southlanders and Southlanders at heart’

Venture Southland is calling on all Southlanders to have their say as it continues to develop its wider regional destination plan.


Tourism Waitaki staff to be redeployed or to reapply in restructuring
28 Nov 2018  

Tourism Waitaki staff to be redeployed or to reapply in restructuring

Tourism Waitaki has begun talks with staff over the possible ending of eight roles at the regional tourism organisation.


New Venture Taranaki CEO appointed
15 Nov 2018   /

New Venture Taranaki CEO appointed

Venture Taranaki has appointed Justine Gilliland to become CEO of the combined EDA/RTO.


MBIE: Govt should consider withholding funding unless destination plans in place
14 Nov 2018   /

MBIE: Govt should consider withholding funding unless destination plans in place

Tourism minister advised to consider withholding funding from regions that fail to produce “quality destination development plans”.


Wairarapa targets tourism in new development strategy
13 Nov 2018   /

Wairarapa targets tourism in new development strategy

Tourism is one of three key industries identified to help lift the prosperity of the region.


Enterprise Dunedin hires Australian agency to promote city
26 Oct 2018   /

Enterprise Dunedin hires Australian agency to promote city

Enterprise Dunedin has appointed Sydney-based public relations agency Seven Communications to promote the city in the Australian market.


Venture Southland drafts in Sydney consultant for destination strategy
15 Oct 2018  

Venture Southland drafts in Sydney consultant for destination strategy

Stafford Strategy will develop the region’s strategy, which aims to generate $1bn in tourism revenue by 2025.


WRAL: Passenger numbers jump to help lift Waikato tourist spend
10 Oct 2018   /

WRAL: Passenger numbers jump to help lift Waikato tourist spend

Hamilton passenger numbers have jumped 11% helping to lift visitor spend to $2.6bn, according to the owner of Hamilton & Waikato Tourism. 


Northland Inc’s Paul Davis resigns
3 Oct 2018   /

Northland Inc’s Paul Davis resigns

Northland Inc’s general manager of regional promotions and tourism, Paul Davis, has resigned. 


Queenstown, Wanaka RTOs to collaborate on strategy
21 Sep 2018  

Queenstown, Wanaka RTOs to collaborate on strategy

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New board sought, membership fees mooted for Otago tourism
29 Aug 2018  

New board sought, membership fees mooted for Otago tourism

TCO has launched its hunt for an advisory board as it seeks to implement a new governance and funding model.


A Dunne deal: How TBOP bucked the funding cut trend
6 Jun 2018   /

A Dunne deal: How TBOP bucked the funding cut trend

It took two years of planning, lobbying and engagement but Tourism Bay of Plenty got its destination management funding plan over the line.