Our top 10 stories of 2017

Here are our top 10 articles of 2017 as judged by the number of reader views.

We think there are a couple of surprises, which we attribute to articles being shared among particular networks.

Also, our daily website audience has grown from a few hundred in February when we launched to now over 30,000 per month. That has given stories written later in the year a better chance of reaching a wider audience.

Otherwise, it is probably a fair reflection of the concerns, issues, and personalities that have attracted the industry’s attention.

The Ticker‘s top ten articles of 2017 starting at number 10:

10. New TEC CEO: Environment, social license among priorities The environment, social license and corporate social responsibility are among the many issues the new chief of the Tourism Export Council, Judy Chen, is keen to tackle.

Judy Chen

9. Timber Trail Lodge director Bruce Maunsell on its first five weeks of operation, the repercussions of the Tourism Growth Partnership being scrapped and the pressing infrastructure needs in the King Country and beyond.

Bruce Maunsell

8. Southern Lakes Helicopters’ operations manager, Lloyd Matheson, on coping with new DOC and CAA charges, why the company is flying in Antarctica, being president of Aviation NZ and what he’d like to see changed in the industry.

Lloyd Matheson

7. Air NZ behind the scenes: Sam Neill and Bryan Brown on ‘fush and chups’, birdsong and pavs Actors Sam Neill and Bryan Brown have reunited on-screen as the distinctive voices behind the latest installment of Air New Zealand’s Better Way to Fly campaign.

Bryan Brown and Sam Neill

6. April opening for $3.2m Timber Trail Lodge The $3.2m Timber Trail Lodge being built in the King Country’s Pureora Forest Park is on track to open next month.

An artist’s impression of the Timber Trail Lodge, which opened in April. Image: Timber Trail Lodge

5. From the Regions: Invercargill’s HW Richardson Group Director Scott O’Donnell tells the Ticker about its latest attraction, Dig This, the company’s plans for a new $100m town centre and the implications for the region’s tourism offering.

HWR directors and husband and wife, Scott and Jocelyn O’Donnell, daughter of HWR founder Bill Richardson. Image: HWR Group

4. Head of Auckland tourism resigns The head of Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development’s (ATEED) tourism division, Jason Hill, has resigned.

Jason Hill

3. Airbnb: Which councils are following Queenstown’s lead? The issue of whether residential ratepayers who rent out their homes for profit should pay rates in line with their commercial counterparts is not a new one.

2. Kelvin Davis in his first interview as Tourism Minister Labour’s promised $25 border levy, money from the new $1bn regional fund, working with industry on immigration and work visas, and dealing with freedom camping, are all on the agenda for the new Minister of Tourism.

Kelvin Davis

Finally, our number one story of the year? An article on an issue that really does get up industry noses:

  1. DOC bans freedom camping at Taupō sites The Department of Conservation has banned freedom camping at three Taupō sites blaming tourism growth and the rise in non-self-contained vehicles using them.
The Landing Reserve at Lake Taupō. Image: DIA

What will be our top story of 2018? Our pick, an exclusive article about a big business deal that redraws boundaries in the industry – well, we can only hope!

Have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. We’ll be back at the end of January.

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