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APEC launches international travel info portal
21 Nov 2022   /

APEC launches international travel info portal

APEC has launched a new portal that provides high-level information summaries of information on international travel.


City guide expands into e-commerce travel platform
27 Sep 2022  

City guide expands into e-commerce travel platform

Digital city guide Concrete Playground has launched an e-commerce travel platform aimed at young travellers across New Zealand and Australia.


Tech tools top travel manager wishlists – survey
5 Sep 2022  

Tech tools top travel manager wishlists – survey

Two in five travel managers said technology was a top pain point – however, 59% also said it was a top factor when selecting a travel management company.


Kiwi LGBTIQ+ travellers seek supportive destinations – Booking.com
29 Aug 2022   /

Kiwi LGBTIQ+ travellers seek supportive destinations – Booking.com

How destinations welcome and accept LGBTIQ+ travellers can have a major impact on the visitor experience, with those supporting the rainbow community more likely to attract business.


NZ leisure bookings 90% of pre-Covid, corporate at 70% – Flight Centre
26 Aug 2022  

NZ leisure bookings 90% of pre-Covid, corporate at 70% – Flight Centre

New Zealand leisure and business bookings are recovering strongly, says Flight Centre.


International bookings hit 90% of pre-Covid – Flight Centre
17 Aug 2022  

International bookings hit 90% of pre-Covid – Flight Centre

Flight Centre has created a new product for travellers looking for more security and certainty while airlines and airports struggle to cope with high demand.


The top tourism experiences, activities Kiwis plan to spend on – report
15 Aug 2022   /

The top tourism experiences, activities Kiwis plan to spend on – report

Kiwis are as keen as ever to travel at home despite international trips becoming easier, with a new report highlighting their top experiences and activities preferences.


Air NZ reduces capacity ahead of summer
11 Aug 2022  

Air NZ reduces capacity ahead of summer

Air New Zealand is reducing its service levels approaching a busy summer as it suffers its highest rates of crew sickness in a decade.


Strong appetite for NZ – Google’s head of APAC travel, Michelle Allen
10 Aug 2022   /

Strong appetite for NZ – Google’s head of APAC travel, Michelle Allen

The future is bright for tourism and hospitality despite a challenging year as the tension between economic forces and pent-up demand for travel prompt consumer caution – and there are several things businesses can do to thrive, says Google’s head of travel.


How is the cost of living impacting Kiwis’ tourism spend?
8 Aug 2022   /

How is the cost of living impacting Kiwis’ tourism spend?

People are generally cutting their overall expenditure but the desire to travel is still strong, says a survey.


Opportunities for NZ as travel confidence grows across APAC
1 Aug 2022  

Opportunities for NZ as travel confidence grows across APAC

New Zealand will benefit from growing confidence within Asia Pacific for people to travel and continuing good demand from Kiwis to explore domestically.


Air NZ prepares for Samoa border reopening
1 Aug 2022  

Air NZ prepares for Samoa border reopening

The first Air New Zealand flight to Samoa will touch down at Apia tomorrow as the Pacific Island reopens its borders.


Kiwi online travel searches surpass pre-Covid levels – Google
22 Jul 2022   /

Kiwi online travel searches surpass pre-Covid levels – Google

Online searches by New Zealanders for travel and accommodation in June 2022 increased by more than 50% of what they were for the same month in pre-Covid 2019, says Google.


Air NZ extends Covid flexibility policy
18 Jul 2022  

Air NZ extends Covid flexibility policy

Air New Zealand has extended its Covid flexibility policy until 31 August following an influx of more than 20,000 passengers seeking to change their travel plans.


Airfares rise up to 60% as NZ demand outpaces supply
15 Jul 2022   /

Airfares rise up to 60% as NZ demand outpaces supply

Limited air capacity is leading to fewer flight options and more expensive airfares for travellers, according to Corporate Traveller.


Kiwis warned to avoid OTA eDreams
14 Jul 2022   /

Kiwis warned to avoid OTA eDreams

Consumer New Zealand is warning Kiwis to avoid using online travel agent eDreams.


“Every single person I’ve spoken to is planning a trip to NZ” – TIA’s Ingram in Aus
8 Jul 2022   /

“Every single person I’ve spoken to is planning a trip to NZ” – TIA’s Ingram in Aus

The CEO’s first trip out of the country in three years aims to push NZ to the top of the Australian travel agenda.


Air NZ warns of illness, weather disruptions
8 Jul 2022   /

Air NZ warns of illness, weather disruptions

Air New Zealand is heading into the busy July school holiday period amid potential disruption as staff illness and winter weather put pressure on the airline’s network.


Kiwis flock to Fiji as activity beats pre-Covid levels
8 Jul 2022   /

Kiwis flock to Fiji as activity beats pre-Covid levels

More than 47,000 people travelled to Fiji in May 2022, including 10,000 New Zealanders.


Niue Covid cases linked to NZ flight
6 Jul 2022  

Niue Covid cases linked to NZ flight

New Covid-19 cases in Niue have been linked to a flight from New Zealand.


“We’ll go after them with everything we’ve got” –  Stray’s Hudson on any KiwiEx buyer
1 Jul 2022  

“We’ll go after them with everything we’ve got” – Stray’s Hudson on any KiwiEx buyer

The operator marks its 20th year with a watchful eye on competition and continual product development as bookings recover.


Kiwis’ top travel motivations, considerations, concerns – survey
30 Jun 2022   /

Kiwis’ top travel motivations, considerations, concerns – survey

Cost, safety and convenience are the top three considerations for Kiwis looking to book international travel in the next year, according to a new Booking.com analysis.


Strong demand for NZ but airfares, Covid disruption concerns – TNZ survey
28 Jun 2022   /

Strong demand for NZ but airfares, Covid disruption concerns – TNZ survey

The desire to travel to New Zealand remains strong in ‘active considerers’ with airfares and Covid disruption the top concerns for overseas markets, according to a Tourism New Zealand analysis.


Perspectives: Why is there chaos in the global airline industry?
27 Jun 2022   /

Perspectives: Why is there chaos in the global airline industry?

Cancelled flights, disrupted vacations, and frayed tempers are rife as people take to the skies and the airline industry comes under pressure.


Up to 60% visitor recovery by May 2023 – TECNZ
17 Jun 2022   /

Up to 60% visitor recovery by May 2023 – TECNZ

New Zealand could see a 55%-60% return of pre-Covid visitor arrivals and spend by as early as the year ending May 2023, despite a lack of China-based airlines during the latter half of 2022.


Flight Centre calls for earlier full border reopening
17 Jun 2022   /

Flight Centre calls for earlier full border reopening

Flight Centre wants to see the full opening of the border brought forward from 31 July and questions why there is a delay “considering the state of the economy”.


Industry hails scrapping of Covid pre-departure tests
16 Jun 2022   /

Industry hails scrapping of Covid pre-departure tests

The removal of the requirement at midnight Monday arrives in time for the start of the southern ski season.


Nats urge govt to drop pre-departure tests “right now”
14 Jun 2022   /

Nats urge govt to drop pre-departure tests “right now”

National Party Covid-19 response spokesperson Chris Bishop is calling on the government to drop pre-departure testing requirements for incoming visitors “right now”.


More Kiwis making last-minute travel plans – Jetstar
2 Jun 2022   /

More Kiwis making last-minute travel plans – Jetstar

Kiwis are embracing spontaneous travel plans and booking flights less than a month before their intended travel date, according to Jetstar.


“A savvier, streamlined model” – Flight Centre  trades at 60% pre-Covid levels with 25% of staff
1 Jun 2022   /

“A savvier, streamlined model” – Flight Centre trades at 60% pre-Covid levels with 25% of staff

The company is pushing out a new technology ecosystem to offer customers a seamless booking experience.


Non-visa waiver countries coming back but bottlenecks persist
30 May 2022   /

Non-visa waiver countries coming back but bottlenecks persist

Costs and visa delays could keep a cap on markets like India despite demand growing.


NZ passports face “incremental” price hikes until 2024
26 May 2022  

NZ passports face “incremental” price hikes until 2024

The Department of Internal Affairs has increased the cost of New Zealand passports to cover costs associated with a drop in revenue during the Covid pandemic.


Serko loss widens to $36m, sees “strong” travel recovery
18 May 2022   /

Serko loss widens to $36m, sees “strong” travel recovery

Business travel booking platform Serko has reported a net loss after tax of $36m for the year to March 2022, citing increased investment for the 22% decline on last year’s result.


Asia-Pacific travel stunted by China, Japan – IATA
18 May 2022   /

Asia-Pacific travel stunted by China, Japan – IATA

The International Air Transport Association says China and Japan are contributing to major gaps in the region’s recovery.


Border easing sees Air NZ international passenger numbers jump in March
10 May 2022   /

Border easing sees Air NZ international passenger numbers jump in March

But domestic numbers took a hit as the NZ’s Omicron wave put a lid on demand.


International, domestic travel top spending intentions survey
9 May 2022   /

International, domestic travel top spending intentions survey

People’s plans to spend more on international travel over the next 3-6 months appear particularly strong.


Quarter of Kiwi adults planning overseas holidays
6 May 2022   /

Quarter of Kiwi adults planning overseas holidays

More than 900,000 adults are planning an overseas holiday in the next 12 months, equating to 23% of the adult population, according to Horizon Research data.


Sun shines on summer bookings as recovery looks a little rosier
3 May 2022   /

Sun shines on summer bookings as recovery looks a little rosier

The peak season is as strong a drawcard as ever with bookings painting a positive picture.


Sustainable travel provides opportunities for industry – report
26 Apr 2022   /

Sustainable travel provides opportunities for industry – report

Industry should create more sustainable options and make information more transparent for travellers, says Booking.com.


NZ, Japan PMs welcome travel restart
22 Apr 2022   /

NZ, Japan PMs welcome travel restart

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Japan Prime Minister Fumio Kishida have acknowledged the need to resume and strengthen “people-to-people” links between New Zealand and Japan.


50k Kiwis could leave NZ – MBIE
13 Apr 2022   /

50k Kiwis could leave NZ – MBIE

Some 50,000 Kiwis could choose to emigrate over the next year as borders reopen, according to a report from the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment.


Aussies hungry for NZ as bookings revive to pre-Covid levels – ANZCRO
12 Apr 2022   /

Aussies hungry for NZ as bookings revive to pre-Covid levels – ANZCRO

Demand is strong for NZ, says the Australasian wholesaler, ahead of tonight’s border reopening.


Airlines begin reconnecting NZ with the world
31 Mar 2022   /

Airlines begin reconnecting NZ with the world

Services between NZ and key markets such as Australia, North America and Asia are ramping up again as airlines restore connections.


New traveller declaration required for all visitors
30 Mar 2022   /

New traveller declaration required for all visitors

NZ Customs says the system will eventually make “processing and assessing travellers’ information faster and easier”.


Time to rebrand Covid and bank on the ‘endemic traveller’
28 Mar 2022   /

Time to rebrand Covid and bank on the ‘endemic traveller’

Tourism is preparing for a new phase as the Covid-19 pandemic transitions to endemic, says Alex Dykman, founder of Maverick Digital.


GO Rentals to open Nelson Airport branch
28 Mar 2022   /

GO Rentals to open Nelson Airport branch

GO Rentals plans to open an in-terminal branch at Nelson Airport this November.


Air NZ to launch New York flights in September
23 Mar 2022  

Air NZ to launch New York flights in September

Air New Zealand will make its maiden flight to New York on Saturday 17 September, departing at 7:40pm.


…while aviation preps for Easter, school holidays takeoff
17 Mar 2022   /

…while aviation preps for Easter, school holidays takeoff

The Board of Airline Representatives of New Zealand (BARNZ), airlines and travel agencies have lauded the government’s decision to fast-track border reopenings.


Aus visitors allowed from midnight 12 April – NZ Herald
16 Mar 2022   /

Aus visitors allowed from midnight 12 April – NZ Herald

Fully vaccinated visitors from Australia will be allowed into New Zealand at 11.59pm on 12 April, the newspaper is reporting.


Serko’s Australian growth gains momentum
15 Mar 2022  

Serko’s Australian growth gains momentum

Serko’s Australian transaction growth has reached 60% of 2019 volumes, but growth in New Zealand remains suppressed.