The West Coast has made a “stunning” return to the top of ASB’s latest measure of regional economic performance.
The EDA has international spending in the region for the year to March 2021 had dropped 93% to just $6m compared with $86m in the previous fiscal year.
Development West Coast is offering a delivery rebate to help businesses operate during Covid-19 alert level 3.
None of us know where we are going because there’s no strategic plan from government, says the chair of Scenic Hotel Group.
New business support for tourism operators in five South Island regions can be accessed from this week, with specialist local agencies now appointed to deliver the scheme.
Franz Josef Wilderness Tours has found rare long-tail bats/pekapeka near Franz Josef as part of a survey funded through the government’s Jobs for Nature programme.
Dolomite Point Redevelopment Project in Punakaiki has reached its second construction milestone as work begins to upgrade the northern car park at Dolomite Point.
Visitors are being offered a free $50 fuel voucher to entice them to visit South Westland.
Development West Coast has opened entries for its 2021 Leading Light Business Excellence Awards.
DOC says repair work underway but no estimate available for when the iconic track might be re-opened.
West Coast hostel Bazil’s Backpackers and Surf School suffers major damage after a fire broke out overnight.
About $10m of the latest deployment is going to five regions hit hard by the lack of international tourists.
Australian spend quadrupled in Queenstown and more than doubled in Auckland and Christchurch from April to May.
Campaign targets Kiwi families to plug gap left by internationals.
The tourism business is the latest to come to market as longtime owners seek to exit.
Key meetings attended by tourism minister Stuart Nash since taking up the portfolio in November 2020 include those with various taskforce bodies, local councils and industry representatives.
At least 100 hard hit Glacier Country businesses can be helped by Development West Coast’s $5m support fund.
More recovery than regenerative, the plan introduces yet another initiative to reimagine tourism.
A new study shows NZ’s glaciers are melting faster than expected.
Further funding is tipped for one of country’s most vulnerable regions.
Consultation on the government’s freedom camping propopsals is starting with public meetings from today, Tuesday 20 April.
Development West Coast hosted the Tourism New Zealand board for a day meeting tourism stakeholders and operators in the region.
Carbon negativity, converting forged-in-adversity image into compelling stories for visitors are key priorities.
Development West Coast has appointed Patrick Dault to be its new destination and tourism manager.
Areas with outsize reliance on international visitors ready to grab Aussie lifeline.
The new $5m Glacier Country Business Support Fund aims to protect communities in the hard hit region.
The SOE is forecasting a significant fall in annual tourist passenger numbers for FY21.
Okarito Kayaks owners Gemma and Baz Hughes’ GorseBusters initiative in South Westland has attracted hundreds of enquiries from across the country.
Scenic Hotel Group hibernates hotels and accuses the tourism minister of “throwing businesses under the bus”.
The four hotels will be mothballed for 12-18 months, says the operator.
The cash would come from a $128m fund managed by DWC trustees and established in 2001 when the region lost its indigenous forestry industry.
But the tourism minister says the Govt is looking at “innovative ways to allow businesses to hibernate”.
The Government must provide targeted support for struggling Fiordland and Glacier Country operators, says the National Party.
The destination has helped fill the Govt’s coffers and it’s time some of it was given back, says the boss of Development West Coast.
There are fears of a second round of tourism redundancies and the offloading of businesses, says a new report.
GCH Aviation’s Coastwide Helicopters has launched a new heli biking experience after purchasing a set of helicopter bike racks from Canada.
A new $1.68m shared walking and cycling path will be built at Punakaiki through the Jobs for Nature programme.
Historic West Coast goldtown Waiuta will join Tohu Whenua, recognising it as one of New Zealand’s most treasured heritage places.
“The Franz Josef Hot Pools are a major drawcard for the domestic market and local West Coasters.”
The trail would eventually traverse 55 kilometres of West Coast scenery from Westport, around Cape Foulwind to Charleston.
The Government’s Jobs for Nature programme is critical to keeping staff employed who otherwise have been let go, says Fox Glacier Guiding chief executive Rob Jewell.
DOC spent around $20,000 each year repairing damage.
The tourism industry has been bereft of a suite of relevant data, says DWC’s Jim Little.
Rewilding the forests lining the Kawatiri/Buller River could provide a unique river landscape visitor experience.
Naturally West Coast Food 2020 would run over the month of November and feature signature dishes from local restaurants and cafés.
The $1.86m expansion project will allow the distillery to host more tourists.
Development West Coast has launched a new campaign prior to the September/October school holidays, focussing on active retirees, young professionals and mid-to-upper socio-economic families.
Popular tourist route Milford Road, SH94, remains closed due to avalanche risk.
A new series of art awards has been created for the West Coast after more than $40,000 of funding from Creative New Zealand.
Businesses in the West Coast and Southland are set to benefit from upgraded communication services with new funding from the Provincial Growth Fund.