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Wednesday Letter: The tough get going at TRENZ 2021
12 May 2021  

Wednesday Letter: The tough get going at TRENZ 2021

In a TRENZ like no other, after a year like no other, industry finally got a chance to reconnect and plot a recovery, writes the Ticker’s Bennett Richardson.


Wednesday Letter: Eggs, baskets and one positive from Covid-19
14 Apr 2021  

Wednesday Letter: Eggs, baskets and one positive from Covid-19

Queenstown must rebuild its tourism and at the same time invest in economic ‘insurance’.


Wednesday Letter: The beginning of the end
7 Apr 2021  

Wednesday Letter: The beginning of the end

A start date for a trans-Tasman bubble could mark more than just the return of Australians for New Zealand tourism, writes the Ticker’s Paul Yandall.


Wednesday Letter: Nash has his own ideas about “re-imagining” tourism
31 Mar 2021  

Wednesday Letter: Nash has his own ideas about “re-imagining” tourism

The tourism minister is cutting a unilateral path through the sector, writes the Ticker’s Bennett Richardson. 


Wednesday Letter: Minister rides into town, shoots down pleas for help
3 Mar 2021  

Wednesday Letter: Minister rides into town, shoots down pleas for help

Stuart Nash rode into Glacier Country raising hopes of support but instead he took aim at the struggling community’s pleas, writes the Ticker’s Bridget O’Connell.     


Ten Years On: Tourism fundamentally changed but on the rise
24 Feb 2021   /

Ten Years On: Tourism fundamentally changed but on the rise

It’s been a long road to recovery but momentum is building in this brand new city, writes Loren Heaphy.


Wednesday Letter: The $290m STAPP can still be rehabilitated
10 Feb 2021  

Wednesday Letter: The $290m STAPP can still be rehabilitated

How the Auditor-General’s inquiry could help some who missed out on support.


Wednesday Letter: One year on…
3 Feb 2021  

Wednesday Letter: One year on…

The Ticker’s Paul Yandall on the Government’s response to the tourism crisis a year after it started closing the country’s border.


Wednesday Letter: We did something new, and were well-rewarded
20 Jan 2021  

Wednesday Letter: We did something new, and were well-rewarded

The Ticker hit the road over Christmas and saw a stark difference in how regions were coping with the closed border.


For tourism, it’s just the end of the beginning
16 Dec 2020  

For tourism, it’s just the end of the beginning

The Ticker’s Paul Yandall looks ahead at how the industry could be reshaped post-Covid.


Wednesday Letter: HPNZ’s Brown on the focus for holiday parks
18 Nov 2020  

Wednesday Letter: HPNZ’s Brown on the focus for holiday parks

In its submission to the Tourism Futures Taskforce, Holiday Parks New Zealand focused on responsible camping, sustainability and the conservation estate.


Wednesday Letter: It’s time for a change
21 Oct 2020  

Wednesday Letter: It’s time for a change

The Ticker’s view on who should be the next minister of tourism.


Wednesday Letter: Backing tourism in a Covid world
14 Oct 2020  

Wednesday Letter: Backing tourism in a Covid world

ACT leader David Seymour on how the party plans to support tourism.


Value over quantity – Tabuteau on NZ First’s tourism plans
7 Oct 2020  

Value over quantity – Tabuteau on NZ First’s tourism plans

NZ First’s tourism spokesperson on how it plans to help drive up revenue for the industry.


Kaitiakitanga must be at the heart of tourism – Eugenie Sage
30 Sep 2020  

Kaitiakitanga must be at the heart of tourism – Eugenie Sage

The Green Party’s tourism spokesperson lays out her vision for the sector.


Tourism is a cornerstone of NZ’s economy, we will rebuild it – McClay
23 Sep 2020  

Tourism is a cornerstone of NZ’s economy, we will rebuild it – McClay

National’s tourism spokesperson lays out his vision for the sector.


Wednesday Letter: Kelvin Davis makes the Govt’s case
16 Sep 2020   /

Wednesday Letter: Kelvin Davis makes the Govt’s case

As part of our Election 2020 coverage, we hand over Wednesday Letter to each of the main party tourism spokespeople for their vision for New Zealand tourism. This week, tourism minister Kelvin Davis.


NZ’s business events industry is on its knees – CINZ’s Hopkins
19 Aug 2020  

NZ’s business events industry is on its knees – CINZ’s Hopkins

The association’s CEO on why the latest lockdown “feels so much worse” for the struggling industry.


Wednesday Letter: ‘Two-speed economy’ emerging – Boult
12 Aug 2020  

Wednesday Letter: ‘Two-speed economy’ emerging – Boult

Queenstown Lakes District mayor Jim Boult on the potential downturn in spending at the end of wage subsidies, getting events into district, and a two-speed economy.


STAPP acknowledges Māori tourism legacies – Pania Tyson-Nathan
5 Aug 2020  

STAPP acknowledges Māori tourism legacies – Pania Tyson-Nathan

The CEO of NZ Māori Tourism on the value of investing in the cultural wealth.


Wednesday Letter: More time needed for tourism to adjust
22 Jul 2020  

Wednesday Letter: More time needed for tourism to adjust

A lively school holidays and Australia’s extension of its JobKeeper programme should prompt a rethink by the Government of its suppport for tourism, writes the Ticker’s Paul Yandall.


Haka Tours’ Eve Lawrence on the needless promotion of fear
8 Jul 2020  

Haka Tours’ Eve Lawrence on the needless promotion of fear

Haka Tours & ANZ Nature Tours general manager Eve Lawrence says she is exasperated with the media coverage of the Covid-19 fallout, adding the negativity is affecting mental health and the outlook for businesses.


Wednesday Letter: TIA’s Roberts on supporting the survival of NZ tourism
24 Jun 2020  

Wednesday Letter: TIA’s Roberts on supporting the survival of NZ tourism

TIA’s Roberts on coping with Covid impacts, applying for STAPP, and lobbying “hard and relentlessly” for industry.


Why North Islanders are the key to southern recovery
17 Jun 2020  

Why North Islanders are the key to southern recovery

Southern RTOs should jointly market the South Island as a destination, say economists Peter Fieger and Tom Coupe.


DOC’s Lou Sanson on balancing recovery and renewal
10 Jun 2020  

DOC’s Lou Sanson on balancing recovery and renewal

The DG on the $500m Jobs for Nature scheme, the Great Walks differential pricing trial, and getting Kiwis into nature.


Wednesday Letter: NZ tourism needs ‘Marshall Plan’ for recovery
13 May 2020  

Wednesday Letter: NZ tourism needs ‘Marshall Plan’ for recovery

The Government needs to provide more than just money if tourism is to have any hope of a decent recovery, writes the Ticker’s Paul Yandall. 


It’s time for NZ to have a Fiji-styled ‘Tourism Action Group’
15 Apr 2020  

It’s time for NZ to have a Fiji-styled ‘Tourism Action Group’

New Zealand Tourism recovery: Are there lessons from a Fiji-styled ‘Tourism Action Group’?


Wednesday Letter: Tourism – the long haul back
8 Apr 2020  

Wednesday Letter: Tourism – the long haul back

Now is the time to rethink and reshape tourism for a domestic market, says tourism professor David Simmons.


Wednesday Letter: An industry tipped upside down
1 Apr 2020  

Wednesday Letter: An industry tipped upside down

The Ticker’s Paul Yandall on why there’s hope in the recent past for New Zealand tourism.


Wednesday Letter: Coronavirus, tourism and global economics
5 Feb 2020  

Wednesday Letter: Coronavirus, tourism and global economics

Marion Joppe, Law and Economics of Tourism Professor at Canada’s University of Guelph, says outbound tourism and travel to China has been devastated by the coronavirus outbreak with the impact being felt around the world and in many industries.


Wednesday Letter: George Hickton on the lessons from SARS
29 Jan 2020  

Wednesday Letter: George Hickton on the lessons from SARS

TNZ’s CEO during the 2003 crisis on what can be applied to today’s coronavirus outbreak. 


Wednesday Letter: Tourism minister Kelvin Davis on 2020
22 Jan 2020   /

Wednesday Letter: Tourism minister Kelvin Davis on 2020

The minister reflects on 2019 and looks ahead to the Govt’s key priorities for tourism in 2020. 


Wednesday Letter: Tourism BOP’s Kristin Dunne
18 Dec 2019  

Wednesday Letter: Tourism BOP’s Kristin Dunne

The CEO on last week’s tragic events, the heartwarming community response, and the challenges ahead for tourism.


Wednesday Letter: Tours to White Island should not be stopped
11 Dec 2019  

Wednesday Letter: Tours to White Island should not be stopped

Despite Monday’s terrible events, operators should be allowed to return, writes the Ticker’s Paul Yandall.


Wednesday Letter: Chris Roberts’ review of 2019
4 Dec 2019   /

Wednesday Letter: Chris Roberts’ review of 2019

Tourism growth needs to be productive, sustainable and inclusive, says TIA’s chief executive.


Wednesday Letter: NZ’s big, bold business events sector
27 Nov 2019   /

Wednesday Letter: NZ’s big, bold business events sector

Departing CINZ chief executive Sue Sullivan has a final message for government.


Wednesday Letter: What next for Skyline?
25 Sep 2019  

Wednesday Letter: What next for Skyline?

The collapse of Skyline’s sale of Totally Tourism may give the group pause for thought, writes the Ticker’s Bridget O’Connell.


Wednesday Letter: Accelerate for slow-burn benefits
28 Aug 2019  

Wednesday Letter: Accelerate for slow-burn benefits

The long-term benefits stemming from the inaugural Lightning Lab Tourism business accelerator are more important than the immediate successes of the cohort, writes the Ticker’s Bridget O’Connell.


Wednesday Letter: Why the Govt needs to step up
17 Jul 2019  

Wednesday Letter: Why the Govt needs to step up

How can government make things better for tourism and the local communities impacted by it?


Wednesday Letter: What else could Skyline sell?
10 Jul 2019  

Wednesday Letter: What else could Skyline sell?

Skyline’s sale of its Totally Tourism business signals the start of a new era for the international operator but what else could be up for sale, asks the Ticker’s Paul Yandall.


Wednesday Letter: A step change for NZ tourism
3 Jul 2019  

Wednesday Letter: A step change for NZ tourism

RAL’s Sky Waka and NTT’s Dark Sky Project are part of a tourism transformation underway in the regions.


Hoteliers are mobilising – but is it too little too late?
26 Jun 2019  

Hoteliers are mobilising – but is it too little too late?

Emotions bubbled up at the NZ Hotel Industry Conference last week with the industry tired of what it sees as local government exploitation and central government indifference, writes the Ticker’s Bridget O’Connell. 


Opinion: Construction gets a Sector Accord – where’s Tourism’s?
17 Apr 2019  

Opinion: Construction gets a Sector Accord – where’s Tourism’s?

The industry responds to whether it too needs such a partnership with government.


Wednesday Letter: On funding, RTNZ and TIA are both right – and wrong
10 Apr 2019  

Wednesday Letter: On funding, RTNZ and TIA are both right – and wrong

In a rare public skirmish this week, Regional Tourism NZ and Tourism Industry Aotearoa staked out opposing positions on regional funding for tourism – positions the Ticker’s Paul Yandall believes are both right – and wrong. 


Opinion: Why industry should ignore Air NZ’s call to “follow its lead”
27 Feb 2019  

Opinion: Why industry should ignore Air NZ’s call to “follow its lead”

Air New Zealand’s call for tourism operators to “follow its lead” by slashing prices is not a sustainable strategy for the sector, writes the Ticker’s Paul Yandall.


Wednesday Letter: Industry should prepare for the worst from China
13 Feb 2019   /

Wednesday Letter: Industry should prepare for the worst from China

China has taken a shot across NZ’s economic bow. Industry should prepare for the worst.


Wednesday Letter: The hard questions
30 Jan 2019   /

Wednesday Letter: The hard questions

Much of the Tourism and Sustainable Development Goals conference challenged industry’s standards and assumptions. That’s a good thing, writes the Ticker’s Bridget O’Connell.


Wednesday Letter: 2019 should be a year of results
23 Jan 2019  

Wednesday Letter: 2019 should be a year of results

If the past year was charaterised by restructuring, reorganising and a raft of industry initiatives, then this year should be one of results, writes the Ticker’s Paul Yandall.


Wednesday Letter: A moody nation – reasons to be wary
19 Dec 2018  

Wednesday Letter: A moody nation – reasons to be wary

Following this week’s publication of the latest Mood of the Nation survey, the Ticker takes an eyes-wide-open reading of the research and finds reasons for the industry to be fearful – and one to be cheerful.


Industry consensus must now translate into action
14 Nov 2018  

Industry consensus must now translate into action

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