Beyond the expected ambitions, the government has put forward a number of intriguing initiatives.
A major industry initiative launches tomorrow – can it help build a strong, positive visitor culture in NZ?
Following its non-appearance at Luxperience, will recent changes at Tourism NZ help or hinder NZ’s premium market?
The Ticker takes a look at the tourism investment landscape and asks if we have our priorities right.
The Ticker takes the pulse of last week’s TECNZ conference and spots some progress on pressing industry issues.
MBIE has been negligent in the management of its top tourism collection and we may never know the extent of the damage, writes the Ticker’s Paul Yandall.
Handing local authorities an alternative to rates funding comes with industry risks.
DOC is under pressure to wring more cash from its estate and guiding operators are next to face a hike in fees.
As RTOs transition to destination management, Hamilton & Waikato Tourism says it been doing it for three years. How has it progressed?
Tourism development consultant Dave Bamford on managing tourism sustainably, the need to strengthen insight and how to fund development.
Among the many success stories that the business events sector is enjoying there is one notable misstep.
Could it have been, possibly, maybe, just slightly, like, the best TRENZ ever? Wherever it ranks, Dunedin put on a #dunnerstunner week, writes the Ticker’s Paul Yandall.
The minister of tourism highlights the “tremendous potential” of Māori culture to drive tourism and why a more holistic approach towards growth is now needed.
As some regional tourism organisations face funding cuts or fail to increase budgets, destination and services marketing strategist, Lyn Cheyne, asks who should fund our tourism?
A move by a government funded trust to take over Tourism West Coast has been met by fierce resistance, but Development West Coast’s chief executive, Chris Mackenzie, says integrating the marketing agency into DWC’s economic development work makes perfect sense.
Dr Anthony Brien, senior lecturer in business and hotel management at Lincoln University, asks why, with a visitor ‘met or exceeded satisfaction’ rate of 93.4%, are some people ‘beating up’ the New Zealand tourism industry?
Queenstown Lakes District mayor Jim Boult on the council’s desire to implement a local bed tax, why going to Wellington with a begging bowl every year is not sustainable, and how last week’s forum on freedom camping with tourism minister Kelvin Davis had mixed results.
The New Zealand ski industry is pouring around $200m into assets but it cannot answer a basic question on its value to New Zealand – what does that mean for how investment decisions are being made?
On his last day in post, outgoing Winter Games NZ chief executive Arthur Klap talks about the importance of NZ staging events on the global stage, the challenges around delivering a financial viable fixture and why funding should be linked to more than economic measures of success.
Regional Tourism New Zealand’s Charlie Ives says now is the time for local authorities to step up to help meet the challenges of New Zealand’s booming tourism sector.
Tourism Industry Aotearoa chief executive Chris Roberts on the work underway to protect the industry’s reputation and a major new initiative to promote the sector to the community.
Tourism has overtaken dairy as NZ’s top export earner but is it about to fall as far as that industry in terms of reputation too, asks the Ticker’s Paul Yandall.
The Ticker’s Paul Yandall takes a look back at the leadership changes over the past year and says a sense of industry renewal is the story of 2017.
Ngāi Tahu Tourism chief executive Quinton Hall on sustainability, the living wage and the busy year that was 2017, plus the challenges and opportunities ahead for the for the iwi-owned tourism operator.
Tourism Industry Aotearoa chairman and Tourism Holdings chief executive Grant Webster on the year’s challenges and highlights and the opportunities ahead for the industry in 2018.
In his first address to industry yesterday, the new Tourism Minister outlines the government’s priorities for tourism. Below is his full speech to TIA’s Tourism Summit Aotearoa at Te Papa in Wellington.
Valentina Dinica, Senior Lecturer of Public Policy at Victoria University, says it is time to reconsider the current concession system that allows operators access to conservation land.
Following this year’s conference in Dunedin, CINZ CEO Sue Sullivan writes on how the industry can drive value, NZ’s expertise advantage, unlocking the Australian market, and growing the sector to $750m by 2020.
With the thrust of the new coalition government now clear, the Ticker’s Paul Yandall asks, what could it mean for the country’s tourism industry?
After a month of awards, insightful events and conferences the Ticker’s Paul Yandall envisages the future and applauds some of the industry recent award winners.
It’s Māori Language Week and NZ Māori Tourism chief executive Pania Tyson-Nathan tells us how learning the language is an ongoing journey and the value of Te Reo to tourism.
Following the inaugural Cycle Tourism Business Summit, organiser Dave Bamford of the Timber Trail Lodge, tells the Ticker about the growing number of international visitors on NZ’s Great Rides, how ebikes are transforming the industry, and why collaboration and social license are vital for success.
Chief executive of the newly named NZ Cruise Association, Kevin O’Sullivan, on the huge growth expected for the sector, and the latest findings on the economic impact cruise is having on NZ.
The Ticker’s Bridget O’Connell hears concerns over the environment and social license at the Tourism Export Council’s conference in Te Anau and asks if they will be heeded by industry and government.
In a preview of his speech to today’s Tourism Export Council conference at Te Anau, economist Shamubeel Eaqub tells us why social license is vital for the industry.
Last week’s revelation by the Ticker that Australia’s Blue Sky Private Equity has bought a multi-million dollar stake in Queenstown’s Active Adventures is notable for a number of reasons.
Following his recent resignation to pursue other industry opportunities, we hear from outgoing Auckland Tourism, Events & Economic Development’s (ATEED) Head of Tourism, Jason Hill, on the evolution and development of Auckland’s tourism offering.
The Ticker‘s Bridget O’Connell attends the NZ Hotel Industry Conference and asks if a possible legal fight against Auckland’s accommodation targeted rate is going to run smack into tourism industry recommendations for a national bed tax.
Following the release of a number of tourism campaigns, Tom Horder of Wellington consultancy Marder asks if their various depictions of New Zealand are putting at risk one of travel’s most prized qualities: Authenticity.
In reply to last week’s Wednesday Letter, MBIE says there has been some confusion about the IVS and MRTEs, the measures are not diverging, and some guidance is on the way.
One of the most important resources the tourism industry has is the data provided by government agencies but is MBIE living up to the task and how does it explain clear discrepancies between its own datasets?
Tourism New Zealand’s chief executive on growing the shoulder seasons, supporting the domestic industry, maintaining community support and the benefits of the country’s big week on the global sporting stage.
Ensuring access for tourists to rivers for fishing, forests for hunting and trails for tramping, cycling and horse-riding is vital but that access must be suited to the needs of locals and landowners too, writes New Zealand Walking Access Commission’s Asher Wilson-Goldman.
Following calls from tourism leaders to upskill the industry, ServiceIQ’s chief executive Dean Minchington says New Zealand has much to do to catch up to world class standards.
The Ticker’s Bridget O’Connell attends MEETINGS 2017, hears calls for upskilling the industry and asks, is Tourism New Zealand’s new strategy moving too fast for our regions?
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In the first contribution to our weekly opinion column, Wednesday Letter, the Ticker’s Paul Yandall takes a look back at TRENZ and a look forward at some of the challenges ahead for NZ’s tourism industry.