Freedom camping working group 18 April 2018 Tourism Minister Kelvin Davis has announced the members of the working group that will work to develop solutions to freedom camping issues.
SkyCity pledges to pay $20 minimum wage by 2020 27 March 2018 SkyCity Entertainment Group has unveiled plans to pay its New Zealand-based staff at least $20 an hour by 2020; a move that will significantly increase the take-home pay of around 1750 people in Auckland, Hamilton, and Queenstown.
Watershed release for NZ cruise sector 19 October 2017 New government statistics about New Zealand cruise visitors will reaffirm the size and importance of the cruise sector, the New Zealand Cruise Association says.
New travel website showcases the South 12 September 2017 “Queenstown may be a world famous South Island destination, but our South has so much more to offer,” says Jennifer Branje, owner of new travel website, Southproud.co.nz.
Haka Tourism Group is Supreme Tourism Award winner 08 September 2017 The brainchild of the entrepreneurial Ryan Sanders and a business that has achieved exceptional growth over the past 10 years, Haka Tourism Group has won the tourism industry’s highest accolade, the Air New Zealand Supreme Tourism Award.
Cruise conference win for Marlborough 29 August 2017 The New Zealand Cruise Association Conference will be held in Marlborough in 2018. The announcement follows Picton recently being rated in the top three Australia and New Zealand Cruise Destination’s in Cruise Critic’s Cruisers’ Choice Awards 2016/2017.
Cruise sector projects big growth 29 August 2017 The New Zealand cruise sector is continuing to boom, with the contribution it makes to the nation’s economy projected to increase 43% in the next two years, from $447 million in 2016/17, to $640m in the 2018/19 season.
Top tour operators recognised by the industry 17 August 2017 Three of New Zealand’s top tourism operators have been celebrated as the best in the business at an awards ceremony held at Distinction Luxmore Hotel, Te Anau during the annual at the Tourism Export Council (TEC) conference.
Te Puia | NZMACI to part own and manage Waimangu Volcanic Valley 08 August 2017 The world’s youngest geothermal system, Waimangu Volcanic Valley, has been part-purchased by Te Puia l New Zealand Māori Arts and Crafts Institute (NZMACI), in partnership with local iwi Te Mana o Ngāti Rangitihi and Tūhourangi Tribal Authority.
Statistics NZ: More hotels on the way 31 July 2017 The value of consents for hotels, motels, and other short-term accommodation shot up to $490 million in the June 2017 year, Stats NZ said today. New hotels in Auckland and Canterbury drove the 216 percent increase from the June 2016 year.
NZ Tourism Awards finalists named 24 July 2017 Twenty-four leading tourism operators and stakeholders have been named as finalists in the 2017 New Zealand Tourism Awards – the $35 billion tourism industry’s most prestigious awards.
Tourism Infrastructure Fund panel named 27 June 2017 The panel for the new $100 million Tourism Infrastructure Fund to help local communities respond to increased visitor numbers, has been named.
NZ Cruise Conference - riding the growth wave 26 June 2017 Regions keen to capture a bigger share of the fast growing cruise market will have an opportunity to highlight what they are doing to improve port facilities at this year’s Cruise New Zealand Conference in Auckland, 29 August.
ATEED appoints new CEO 22 June 2017 Nick Hill has been appointed as the chief executive of Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development (ATEED), Auckland’s economic growth agency and an Auckland Council controlled organisation .
Discussing Tourism events 19 June 2017 Tourism businesses around New Zealand are being invited to discuss the big challenges and opportunities facing them and their region at a series of events organised by Tourism Industry Aotearoa.
Entries open for NZ Tourism Awards 2017 11 May 2017 Entries open today for the New Zealand Tourism Awards 2017, with TIA expecting competition to be fierce given the record results the industry is achieving.
$76 million for DOC tourism infrastructure 11 May 2017 The Government will spend $76 million through Budget 2017 on new and upgraded tourism infrastructure for the Department of Conservation as part of a $178 million tourism infrastructure package.
Modest fee increases for NZ’s Great Walks 03 May 2017 The Department of Conservation (DOC) is introducing modest increases for some Great Walks hut and campsite fees in the department’s first review of its Great Walks pricing in five years.
Tourism Export Council NZ CEO resigns 01 May 2017 Tourism Export Council NZ (TECNZ) chairman Martin Horgan has confirmed the resignation of CEO Lesley Immink after six years leading the organisation. Immink is planning on entering the political arena.
New products at TRENZ 2017 20 April 2017 A world first extreme adventure activity, operators taking visitors off the beaten track and an upscale hotel returning to Christchurch are amongst the new tourism products that will be on show at TRENZ 2017, according to organiser TIA.
Merger creates new active tourism brand 12 April 2017 Adventure tourism companies Go Orange, Queenstown Rafting and Kiwi Discovery are merging to form a strong active tourism brand under the Go Orange name.
TIA welcomes package of measures to boost China tourism 27 March 2017 The package of measures announced today to support tourism from China recognises the importance of this market for New Zealand’s tourism industry, and the need to keep evolving in order to get the best value from it, according to TIA.
Holiday park sector joins predator free effort 15 March 2017 Hundreds of holiday parks in some of New Zealand’s most beautiful locations may soon be free of rats, stoats and possums after the organisation that represents them signed up to Predator Free New Zealand.
$5.5m available for new tourism infrastructure 15 March 2017 Applications are open for up to $5.5 million in extra funding to help regional communities respond to visitor growth through new tourism infrastructure, says Tourism Minister Paula Bennett.
Fresh water vital to tourism industry growth 23 February 2017 The tourism industry is pleased that the Government has recognised fresh water’s value to the visitor economy, and is hopeful that this can be realised via its new water quality targets.
Target for 90 percent of rivers and lakes swimmable by 2040 23 February 2017 The Government has a target of 90 percent of New Zealand’s lakes and rivers meeting swimmable water quality standards by 2040, and has released new policy, regulations, information maps and funding to help achieve the new goal.
PATA Gold Awards 2017 open for submissions 22 February 2017 Tourism industry organisations and individuals making outstanding contributions towards the successful promotion of the travel industry throughout the Asia Pacific region are encouraged to submit entries to the PATA Gold Awards.
Strong start to summer tourism spending 27 January 2017 Nearly every region across New Zealand experienced strong growth in tourism spending this summer, although tourism spending in Kaikoura has been heavily affected.
Tourism leaders suggest way forward for tourism infrastructure 02 December 2016 Four of New Zealand’s key tourism leaders have jointly released a report to the Minister of Tourism proposing the establishment of a $130m annual fund to address the infrastructure challenges that tourism brings, particularly for regional communities.
Support to boost Southland tourism 30 November 2016 A $510,000 package to help strengthen Southland’s tourism industry and attract more visitors to the region has been announced by Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce and Associate Tourism Minister Paula Bennett.
New tool to grow domestic tourism 22 November 2016 A new online tool and website to accelerate growth in New Zealand’s $20 billion domestic tourism sector, and encourage Kiwis travellers to visit more regions year round, went live today.
More than 100 people evacuated from Kaikoura by NZDF 15 November 2016 NZ Defence Force helicopters have so far airlifted 103 people from Kaikoura. Defence Minister and Acting Civil Defence Minister Gerry Brownlee says the evacuees have been taken to Christchurch, where arrangements are being made for affected tourists.
Agencies pull together for disaster response 14 November 2016 HMNZS Canterbury will support the ongoing response in the Kaikoura region, which has been hardest-hit by today’s events, says Acting Civil Defence Minister Gerry Brownlee.
New tool to activate domestic tourism 10 November 2016 A new and innovative online tool has been developed to help New Zealand’s tourism industry maximise the value it gets out of domestic tourism and encourage Kiwi travellers to visit more regions year round.
Expedia and Booking.com amend parity contract clauses 28 October 2016 Expedia and Booking.com will amend price and availability parity clauses in their contracts with New Zealand accommodation providers to resolve a Commerce Commission investigation, the commission says.
Fewer New Zealanders in motels and hotels in May 12 July 2016 For May 2016 compared with May last year, domestic guest nights were down 6.4 percent, with motels and hotels accounting for most of the fall. In contrast, international guest nights were up 9.7 percent, with gains for stays at both hotels and motels.
May tourism expenditure boost for regions 08 July 2016 Regions are continuing to benefit from the tourism sector’s focus on attracting more visitors outside peak periods, Associate Tourism Minister Paula Bennett says.
Holiday arrivals from China exceed Australia in May 22 June 2016 Visitor arrivals numbered 193,600 in May 2016, setting a new May record, Statistics New Zealand said. Visitor arrivals were up 10 percent from May 2015, driven by an increase in holiday arrivals.