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Highlands CEO, iFLY, Novotel win regional business awards
21 Nov 2022   /

Highlands CEO, iFLY, Novotel win regional business awards

iFLY Indoor Skydiving Queenstown and Novotel New Plymouth have won accolades at their respective regional business awards.


ComCom clears THL to acquire Apollo
23 Sep 2022   /

ComCom clears THL to acquire Apollo

Tourism Holdings and Apollo clear the first of two competition hurdles with the deal now dependent largely on Australia’s watchdog.


Gallery: A day for cruise to remember
12 Aug 2022  

Gallery: A day for cruise to remember

The arrival of P&O Cruises’ Pacific Explorer in Auckland marks the restart of cruise in New Zealand.


On the job: Zac Watson’s new role, Ritchies’ new CEO, senior hires at Sudima, Waikato EDA
14 Apr 2022   /

On the job: Zac Watson’s new role, Ritchies’ new CEO, senior hires at Sudima, Waikato EDA

Industry appointments for the week to 15 April.


Wednesday 13 April
13 Apr 2022  

Wednesday 13 April

A daily roundup of national and international tourism industry news, views and analysis.


Jetstar preps Rarotonga return with $149 fares
7 Apr 2022   /

Jetstar preps Rarotonga return with $149 fares

Jetstar is offering fares to Rarotonga from $149 one way as it prepares to resume direct flights from Auckland on 2 June.


Explore Group expands in Hauraki Gulf, takes over Fullers360 island service
4 Apr 2022   /

Explore Group expands in Hauraki Gulf, takes over Fullers360 island service

The addition follows the launch of its Tikapa Moana Whale & Dolphin Wildlife Cruise and Explore Motutapu products.


Business events “excited” about Covid changes…
24 Mar 2022  

Business events “excited” about Covid changes…

Up to 100 multi-day international conferences and events are waiting to confirm bookings for NZ, says BEIA.


PM: Border reopening details coming Wednesday
15 Mar 2022   /

PM: Border reopening details coming Wednesday

Jacinda Ardern says the govt has taken into account peak visitor times for markets like Australia, raising hopes of an imminent reopening.


BOP food festival to go ahead under red
11 Feb 2022  

BOP food festival to go ahead under red

The inaugural Flavours of Plenty Festival is set to go ahead with tickets now on sale.


Perspectives: How emergent tech may change the future of tourism
10 Feb 2022  

Perspectives: How emergent tech may change the future of tourism

New technologies mean tourists are able to explore a destination without ever setting foot. Is this future of tourism a reality or simply science fiction? Victoria University of Wellington tourism management PhD student Naji Gharibi takes a look.


Thursday 3 February
3 Feb 2022  

Thursday 3 February

A daily roundup of national and international tourism industry news, views and analysis.


Tuesday 1 February
1 Feb 2022  

Tuesday 1 February

A daily roundup of national and international tourism industry news, views and analysis.


Monday 24 January
24 Jan 2022  

Monday 24 January

A daily roundup of national and international tourism industry news, views and analysis.


KiwiRail chair appointed
6 Dec 2021   /

KiwiRail chair appointed

David McLean has been appointed chair of KiwiRail.


Hotel Britomart pledges trees for bookings
2 Dec 2021   /

Hotel Britomart pledges trees for bookings

The Hotel Britomart at Auckland says it will plant a native tree Bay of Islands’ The Landing for every booking it takes for its Stay Green package.


 Tūhoe plans electric water taxi for Lake Waikaremoana
24 Nov 2021   /

 Tūhoe plans electric water taxi for Lake Waikaremoana

Tūhoe says it is investing in a custom-built electric passenger boat, to replace previous water taxis and reduce fuel pollution on Lake Waikaremoana.


New Tahiti trade link could open to ad hoc passengers
25 May 2021  

New Tahiti trade link could open to ad hoc passengers

French Polynesian border remains closed to New Zealand, but could include passengers on ad-hoc basis in future.


Auckland business events fund opens first round
29 Mar 2021   /

Auckland business events fund opens first round

Applications for the first round will be accepted until 30 April from conferences, conventions, public trade shows, exhibitions and others.


Friday 12 March
12 Mar 2021  

Friday 12 March

A daily roundup of national and international tourism news, views and analysis.


Govt to participate in Air NZ capital raise to retain stake
15 Feb 2021   /

Govt to participate in Air NZ capital raise to retain stake

The Government will participate in an equity capital raise in order to maintain a majority shareholding in Air New Zealand.


Survey takes temperature of Waitaki tourism businesses
15 Feb 2021  

Survey takes temperature of Waitaki tourism businesses

Council was keen to hear from as many businesses across the district as possible so it could better understand the current environment and the impacts of Covid.


First events at Wellington’s Tākina locked in
15 Feb 2021   /

First events at Wellington’s Tākina locked in

The Festival for the Future conference, would be held over multiple days with more than 1200 delegates.


Aucklanders complying with Kauri dieback rules
15 Feb 2021   /

Aucklanders complying with Kauri dieback rules

The message to Aucklanders to take more care of kauri forests appears to be hitting the mark, with non-compliant behaviour trending down across the region this summer.


Auckland Airport offers Covid saliva tests
15 Feb 2021   /

Auckland Airport offers Covid saliva tests

Auckland Airport has partnered with Rako Science to deploy a non-invasive, fast-turnaround, accurate saliva test for Covid-19.


Wings over Wairarapa to feature US Airforce B-52
15 Feb 2021  

Wings over Wairarapa to feature US Airforce B-52

The United States Air Force’s B-52 Stratofortress will feature at the month’s Wings over Wairarapa Air Festival .


Govt offers new $350 Covid payment to employers
9 Feb 2021   /

Govt offers new $350 Covid payment to employers

Employers can receive a $350 payment from the Government if their employees cannot work from home while awaiting a Covid-19 test result.


NZ tourism should look at South Australia voucher system – SATC
9 Feb 2021   /

NZ tourism should look at South Australia voucher system – SATC

New Zealand’s hospitality sector could look to South Australia’s voucher system to boost the economy, says the South Australian Tourism Commission.


Dangerous slip closes Rotorua walkway
9 Feb 2021  

Dangerous slip closes Rotorua walkway

The Eastern Okataina Walkway has been closed indefinitely due to a large slip and the risk of ongoing rockfall that is posing a significant safety risk to track users. says the Department of Conservation.


Heavy traffic expected for Waitangi Day weekend
5 Feb 2021  

Heavy traffic expected for Waitangi Day weekend

Drivers leaving Auckland on Friday afternoon and Saturday morning, and returning Monday were likely to face heavy traffic volumes.


DOC to check America’s Cup spectator boats for pests
4 Feb 2021   /

DOC to check America’s Cup spectator boats for pests

Spectators hoping to catch views from Motutapu, Rangitoto and Motuihe would be met by rangers and conservation dogs to double check gear and vessels of any pests.


Air NZ domestic passenger numbers fall 27% in Dec
1 Feb 2021   /

Air NZ domestic passenger numbers fall 27% in Dec

Air New Zealand passenger numbers fell to around 881,000 in December 2020, down 51.7% compared to the same month a year earlier.


Tours return to Fiordland sanctuary
15 Dec 2020   /

Tours return to Fiordland sanctuary

Spaces on the tour would be limited to 25 people and run through a ticketing system, costing $10 per person, children free.


DOC reconsiders Fullers’ Motutapu/Rangitoto concession
9 Dec 2020   /

DOC reconsiders Fullers’ Motutapu/Rangitoto concession

An application by Fullers Group to operate guided tours on Rangitoto and Motutapu islands in the Hauraki Gulf should have been declined/


Aotea Square festival kicks off during America’s Cup
9 Dec 2020   /

Aotea Square festival kicks off during America’s Cup

Auckland Live’s free inner-city festival Summer in the Square is returning to Aotea Square to coincide with the America’s Cup.


Hamilton events allowed food stalls
9 Dec 2020  

Hamilton events allowed food stalls

Food trucks and mobile shops can operate provided it was part of a permitted wider event.


Auckland’s Summernova partners with charities
8 Dec 2020   /

Auckland’s Summernova partners with charities

Steve Armitage, general manager destination at Auckland Unlimited said Summernova’s charity partners represented the festival’s ethos of inclusivity and sustainability.


New trail provides West Coast tourism boost
7 Dec 2020   /

New trail provides West Coast tourism boost

The trail would eventually traverse 55 kilometres of West Coast scenery from Westport, around Cape Foulwind to Charleston.


Go with Tourism dispels tourism myths with new campaign
30 Nov 2020  

Go with Tourism dispels tourism myths with new campaign

Go with Tourism has launched a new digital marketing campaign asking New Zealanders to “broaden their horizons” when it comes to a future in tourism.


Pandeys roll out luxury expansion with latest hotel deal
25 Nov 2020   /

Pandeys roll out luxury expansion with latest hotel deal

The hotel owner is bringing its newly-launched, high-end Fable brand to Queenstown.


Dunedin Railways back for summer service
23 Nov 2020  

Dunedin Railways back for summer service

The company’s locomotives and carriages would be brought out of hibernation temporarily to provide the service,


And action…Whangarei’s $990k Camera Obscura opens
23 Nov 2020  

And action…Whangarei’s $990k Camera Obscura opens

The sculpture would make a lasting contribution to Whangarei’s tourism and education landscape.


Ohau fire costs hit $34m so far
23 Nov 2020  

Ohau fire costs hit $34m so far

The payouts included 19 business and commercial claims.


On the Job: Industry appointments for the week to 20 November
20 Nov 2020  

On the Job: Industry appointments for the week to 20 November

Tourism industry appointments for the week to 20 November 2020.


QT Auckland opens its doors
20 Nov 2020  

QT Auckland opens its doors

The hotel featured 150 rooms and suites, a restaurant, and a sixth-floor bar with views of the harbour.


Hanmer Springs opens new water playground
20 Nov 2020  

Hanmer Springs opens new water playground

He said the new AquaPlay area would add to the fun features of the business and will make the complex even more appealing to visitors.


Wellington restaurant on Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel picks for 2021
20 Nov 2020   /

Wellington restaurant on Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel picks for 2021

Recognised in Lonely Planet’s Best Native Food category, Hiakai combined traditional Māori ingredients and cooking methods with a contemporary spin.


DOC urges Kiwis to get outdoors but go prepared
18 Nov 2020  

DOC urges Kiwis to get outdoors but go prepared

With border restrictions and a call to support regions and domestic tourism operators, DOC was expecting more New Zealanders out and about this summer.


Queenstown Mayor reminds visitors to be vigilant
18 Nov 2020   /

Queenstown Mayor reminds visitors to be vigilant

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Rewilding Kawatiri/Buller River would create visitor experience
18 Nov 2020   /

Rewilding Kawatiri/Buller River would create visitor experience

Rewilding the forests lining the Kawatiri/Buller River could provide a unique river landscape visitor experience.