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25 Feb 2021  

Go with Tourism launches VR student programme

Go with Tourism has launched a new virtual reality experience for students in high schools throughout New Zealand.


Air NZ to trial IATA’s digital Travel Pass
23 Feb 2021   /

Air NZ to trial IATA’s digital Travel Pass

Air New Zealand will trial the International Air Transport Association’s (IATA) digital Travel Pass app designed to help enable safe international travel.


Tourism accelerator demo day goes virtual today at 10am
18 Feb 2021  

Tourism accelerator demo day goes virtual today at 10am

Lightning Lab’s Tourism Design Accelerator demo day is going virtual and starts at 10am today, Thursday 18 February.


MOTAT, Waitaki secure EV funding to serve visitors
11 Feb 2021  

MOTAT, Waitaki secure EV funding to serve visitors

The Government has approved funding for 22 new low-emission transport projects.


Direct accommodation bookings on the rise – STAAH
4 Feb 2021   /

Direct accommodation bookings on the rise – STAAH

Direct bookings via STAAH climbed up globally from the number six spot to number three, beating some of the top online channels.


Free-to-list booking platform See and Do NZ launches
14 Dec 2020  

Free-to-list booking platform See and Do NZ launches

New online video travel guide, See and Do NZ, has launched a new free-to-list booking platform for Kiwi tourism operators.


One-stop tourism platform for students launched
4 Dec 2020  

One-stop tourism platform for students launched

Auckland Unlimited’s Study Auckland and Northland Inc have launched a new one-stop tourism website to help international students explore the northern regions.


Cook Islands goes virtual
30 Nov 2020   /

Cook Islands goes virtual

The tool allowed virtual planners to navigate their way around popular islands such as Rarotonga and Aitutaki from a computer, tablet or mobile device.


Serko earnings plunge 1068% as Australasian travel stalls
18 Nov 2020  

Serko earnings plunge 1068% as Australasian travel stalls

Online business travel booking company Serko has posted a $10m loss for the half-year ending September 2020.


Bingo Bonanza travel platform goes live
11 Nov 2020   /

Bingo Bonanza travel platform goes live

The tool is designed to activate domestic tourism and incentivise Kiwis to try new things and share their experiences on social channels.


Seven startups make the cut for the Tourism Design Accelerator 2020
29 Oct 2020   /

Seven startups make the cut for the Tourism Design Accelerator 2020

With concepts ranging from virtual reality experiences to operator-specific sustainability tools, seven teams meet in Wellington today to kick-off Lightning Lab and Tourwriter’s Tourism Design Accelerator.


Serko raises $20m in oversubscribed offer
28 Oct 2020   /

Serko raises $20m in oversubscribed offer

Online travel booking and expense management company Serko says its $10m share purchase plan has closed oversubscribed with applications totalling approximately $25m.


New deals platform launches
27 Oct 2020   /

New deals platform launches

The founders of Everything Travel Group (ETG) and industry stalwart Chris ‘Squid’ Bradley have launched a new deals site, Deal Champ.


New 3D biosecurity scanner for airport
20 Oct 2020  

New 3D biosecurity scanner for airport

Biosecurity NZ has installed a new 3D scanner at Auckland Airport, which will undergo trials with passengers before they collect their check-in baggage from carousels.


Free digital workshop for tourism, hospo operators
20 Oct 2020   /

Free digital workshop for tourism, hospo operators

Central Economic and Development Agency is providing tourism and hospitality businesses with a free workshop to help their marketing.


Serko raises $47m in placement
6 Oct 2020  

Serko raises $47m in placement

Online travel booking and expense management company Serko has raised $47.51m in a share placement.


Serko seeks up to $55m in new equity
2 Oct 2020   /

Serko seeks up to $55m in new equity

Online travel booking and expense management company Serko is seeking new equity of up to $55m.


Govt details $10m tourism digital funding support
24 Sep 2020   /

Govt details $10m tourism digital funding support

Tourism businesses needing digital transformation support to adapt to a Covid-era market can now tap into the Government’s $20m digital capability funding.


Ready to redesign tourism? The Tourism Design Challenge wants you!
24 Sep 2020  

Ready to redesign tourism? The Tourism Design Challenge wants you!

Wellington-based Creative HQ will host the Tourism Design Challenge, a 48-hour innovation weekend to find better travel solutions for suppliers, travellers and the environment.


Online booking company Whyte Waters in liquidation
14 Sep 2020  

Online booking company Whyte Waters in liquidation

The firm owned Real Time Booking Systems Limited and Queenstown Visitor Guide Limited, both of which have also gone into liquidation.


IBIS Technology: A homegrown tourism tech success story
8 Sep 2020  

IBIS Technology: A homegrown tourism tech success story

Whether you are a long-standing operator or a brand new venture, IBIS Technology’s complete tourism management platform can add value and improve your business.


Serko joins S&P/NZX indices
8 Sep 2020  

Serko joins S&P/NZX indices

Serko has been included in the S&P/NZX 50, S&P/NZX 50 Portfolio Index, and the S&P/NZX MidCap Index.


ChristchurchNZ’s Julia Hunt on hosting famils when no one can travel
3 Sep 2020   /

ChristchurchNZ’s Julia Hunt on hosting famils when no one can travel

The trade partnerships manager on the loss of famils and using virtual technology to bring the international travel trade to New Zealand.


Tourism New Zealand releases album on Spotify
2 Sep 2020   /

Tourism New Zealand releases album on Spotify

Tourism New Zealand has released its first Spotify album, Mindful Journeys, designed to transport listeners virtually around the country.


Serko wins accolade, eyes expansion despite Covid
25 Aug 2020   /

Serko wins accolade, eyes expansion despite Covid

Serko has been named as the 2020 Hi-Tech Company of the Year as it fights the financial effects of the Covid-19 downturn.


Lightning Lab tourism accelerator dusted off for October start
25 Aug 2020   /

Lightning Lab tourism accelerator dusted off for October start

Lightning Lab has teamed up with tourism tech company Tourwriter to revive the planned tourism business accelerator postponed by Covid-19.


Bingo Bonanza invites RTOs to join initiative
25 Aug 2020  

Bingo Bonanza invites RTOs to join initiative

The Great New Zealand Bingo Bonanza is calling on regional tourism organisations to join the initiative by submitting two free bingo activity cards in preparation for September’s launch.


West Coast, Fiordland gets digital upgrade
19 Aug 2020   /

West Coast, Fiordland gets digital upgrade

Businesses in the West Coast and Southland are set to benefit from upgraded communication services with new funding from the Provincial Growth Fund.


Queenstown ATR flights now more reliable – Air NZ
7 Aug 2020   /

Queenstown ATR flights now more reliable – Air NZ

Air New Zealand has received approval from the Civil Aviation Authority to proceed with full RNP AR operations on its ATR turboprop flights into and out of Queenstown Airport.


Tomahawk launches Bingo tourism platform
3 Aug 2020   /

Tomahawk launches Bingo tourism platform

Regional Tourism Organisations were able to submit two bingo cards free of charge to the platform.


New app matches displaced workers with seasonal work
23 Jul 2020   /

New app matches displaced workers with seasonal work

Candice Pardy is behind the Jobloads app, whose business idea came from the challenges she faced trying to find a reliable labour supply for her Gisborne persimmon orchard.


Avis Budget launches digital check in tool
22 Jul 2020  

Avis Budget launches digital check in tool

Avis Budget Group has launched Digital Check In, an online service enabling customers to spend less time at the counter when picking up a vehicle.


$1.36m in credit redeemed via  Air NZ new online credit redemption tool
21 Jul 2020   /

$1.36m in credit redeemed via Air NZ new online credit redemption tool

More than $1.36m in credit has been redeemed by Air New Zealand customers via the airline’s new online credit redemption tool, which went live yesterday.


Tomahawk, GO Rentals collaborate to save jobs
7 Jul 2020   /

Tomahawk, GO Rentals collaborate to save jobs

Tourism marketing company Tomahawk has taken on GO Rental’s entire app team of eight staff to help develop a new product designed to boost New Zealand tourism.


New travel app launched for tourism operators to list on
3 Jul 2020   /

New travel app launched for tourism operators to list on

The Great NZ Roadtrip would be a “one-stop shop” to search for local activities and places to stay, priced from from $15 per month for users. 


Avis Budget launches new photo process for rentals
26 Jun 2020   /

Avis Budget launches new photo process for rentals

Avis Budget Group will enable customers renting in New Zealand to confirm a vehicle condition in real-time.


Research into EVs in tourism launched
11 Jun 2020   /

Research into EVs in tourism launched

Electric cars could help the tourism industry improve its impacts on local communities and environments, according to a Lincoln University researcher.


Experience Co goes with IBIS Tech for skydiving operations
4 Jun 2020   /

Experience Co goes with IBIS Tech for skydiving operations

Experience Co has selected Queenstown-based IBIS Technology as its tourism business systems software provider for the company’s skydiving operations in both New Zealand and Australia.


No-commission booking site Hopskip launches
29 May 2020  

No-commission booking site Hopskip launches

A new travel booking site has launched this week with a no-commission model in a bid to get income flowing into New Zealand’s tourism industry.


Wherewolf offers operators free digital waiver service
28 May 2020  

Wherewolf offers operators free digital waiver service

Adventure tourism software developer Wherewolf is offering its digital waiver service free to operators.


CamperMate sees triple digit growth for month of May
22 May 2020   /

CamperMate sees triple digit growth for month of May

Roadtrip app CamperMate has experienced a surge in users over the past month with New Zealanders itching to get on the road, says chief executive Nick Baker.


Operators adapt as vehicle rental industry stays subdued – Westpac
21 May 2020   /

Operators adapt as vehicle rental industry stays subdued – Westpac

Plummeting demand for passenger and recreational vehicle rentals due to the tourism shutdown looks set to continue for quite some time, according to Westpac.


Luxury hotels reopening despite agency woes – owner
19 May 2020   /

Luxury hotels reopening despite agency woes – owner

The reopening of Eichardt’s and Spire hotels in Queenstown will be unaffected by problems affecting owner Andrew Cox’s other companies, including Website Travel.


Tourism tech businesses tackle Covid-19 challenge
15 May 2020  

Tourism tech businesses tackle Covid-19 challenge

Queenstown-based tourism technology companies including Loaded, Guest HQ, Wherewolf, First Table and Safer Lines have adapted to solve new challenges faced by the industry in a Covid-19 environment.


Waikato Museum boosts online experience for virtual visitors
12 May 2020   /

Waikato Museum boosts online experience for virtual visitors

Waikato Museum has launched a new website experience for visitors keen to try their hand at creating an online exhibition using images of items from the Museum’s collection.


Old Ghost Road open for virtual tours
8 May 2020   /

Old Ghost Road open for virtual tours

The 85km Old Ghost Road on the South Island’s West Coast has been captured to create an interactive 360-degree virtual tour for Google Earth Voyage.


Serko highlights financial strength, share price eases
5 May 2020  

Serko highlights financial strength, share price eases

Sharemarket investors remain cautious despite cash flow assurances by NZX-listed online travel booking software company, Serko.


Can you help Hack the Crisis for tourism?
14 Apr 2020   /

Can you help Hack the Crisis for tourism?

Callaghan Innovation and NZ’s wider startup community has put the call out for individuals keen to generate innovative ideas to support businesses – including tourism and hospitality – and communities in post Covid-19 New Zealand.


Police use tech to step-up returning Kiwis’ self-isolation
3 Apr 2020   /

Police use tech to step-up returning Kiwis’ self-isolation

New Zealanders self-isolating on their return from overseas have been asked to consent to being contacted by text message, for the purposes of compliance checks.


Serko downgrades revenue as share price suffers
26 Feb 2020   /

Serko downgrades revenue as share price suffers

Online travel booking company Serko’s share price is among the tourism-related stock to take a hit this week.