Friday, April 28, 2017
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Accommodation

An Operator’s View: NZ Fine Touring Group’s David Kettle

NZ Fine Touring Group co-founder David Kettle on the Wanaka-based company's expansion plans, preparing to enter a new market segment, and why the inbounder is considering entering the hotel sector.

Banks: Capacity constraints putting tourism growth at risk

Short-term visitor arrivals were flat in March compared to the same month last year marking the first period since 2014 when a new monthly record was not set.

New chef to showcase local produce at Crowne Plaza

The new Crowne Plaza Christchurch is promising to showcase the best fresh local produce the city and region have to offer in its brand-new café, bar and restaurant.

Tourism catalyst for $40m Invercargill hotel scheme

A booming tourism market is the catalyst for a new $40m hotel in Invercargill.

Inbounders must move with the times – adapt, innovate, invest

Tourism Industry Aotearoa's chief executive, Chris Roberts, calls on the inbound and hotel sectors to work together to optimise tourism opportunities.

Fragmentation drives 3-way split at TOP 10 Holiday Parks

A fragmenting tourist market and increased complexity has driven a three-way branding split of TOP 10 Holiday Parks.

Whanganui February tourism numbers buck the trend

Whanganui’s number of guest nights for February 2016 increased by 16.7% compared to the previous year – an increase of 3,000 people and likely to be the result of hosting the NZ Masters Games.

Crowne Plaza Christchurch launches event and conference spaces

The new Crowne Plaza Christchurch is setting itself up for business success with the launch of four modern and versatile event and conferencing spaces.

Mixed reaction to major hotel schemes

Proposals for major hotel developments have met a mixed response as resource consents were lodged for two major schemes in Dunedin and Auckland. In Dunedin, a $75m proposal to build the city’s first five-star hotel...

Targeted accommodation rate compromise – still flawed

Talk of a compromise targeted accommodation rate that excludes camping grounds, backpackers and motels on the fringe of the city is underway at Council but not in a way that includes the tourism industry and business and may result in a response that is flawed and potentially illegal.

NZ hotels voted “most-loved” by guests around the world

Twenty-two New Zealand hotels have been revealed as the country’s ultimate hotel hotspots.

Holiday parks plough $1bn into economy

Total annual spend by holiday park visitors has broken through the $1bn mark despite a drop in daily expenditure. Visitors staying at New Zealand holiday parks contributed a total of $1.07bn annually, split between $490m...

Colliers: NZ hotel deals top $500m

The New Zealand hotel market has seen its most buoyant period of activity in a decade with over $500m of hotel assets changing hands in past two years.

Auckland next for HIE following $60m NZ debut in Queenstown

Holiday Inn Express is expanding to Auckland following its New Zealand debut with a $60m Queenstown development.

CINZ opposes Auckland accommodation targeted rate proposal

Conventions and Incentives New Zealand is adding its voice in opposition to Auckland’s proposed targeted rate hike for commercial accommodation providers.

Is Auckland’s proposed targeted rate losing council support?

Auckland Mayor Phil Goff's proposed targeted accommodation rate is losing council support.

“Disaster, unfair, unaffordable” – submissions slam targeted rate

Auckland’s “poorly designed” targeted rate has been slammed as a “disaster” with “massive unintended consequences” in a raft of industry submissions.

Auckland Council needs to accept facts

Auckland Council’s proposed $28 million targeted rate on commercial accommodation would have massive unintended consequences for the city and must be dropped.

ITOs, suppliers losing business due to shortages, high prices

New Zealand is losing 20% of new business due to lack of hotel accommodation and high room prices, says the Tourism Export Council .

Four Points by Sheraton to debut in Auckland

The 255-room hotel will be located in the heart of the city at 396 Queen Street, Auckland's main retail and dining strip.

Rewards on every room as Air NZ and Expedia team up

Air New Zealand is expanding its digital travel retail experience with a new Expedia partnership

Chris Roberts v Phil Goff: We break the bout down

Ahead of the consultation period on the measure drawing to a close on 27th March who fared best from the latest round in the ring?

Subdued growth in guest nights as Kiwis head overseas

International guest nights hit a record 2m in January, up 6.9% on the same month last year.

Luxury hotel planned for Auckland waterfront

A new 165-bed luxury hotel is planned for the last remaining waterfront site in downtown Auckland.

Holiday parks join predator free effort

Hundreds of holiday parks in some of New Zealand’s most beautiful locations may soon be free of rats, stoats and possums.

Light-hearted video tackles serious topic

Lake Wanaka Tourism is launching a series of light-hearted educational videos, which aim to deliver some important messages to travellers visiting the region.

Hotel occupancy falls across NZ over summer

Hotel occupancy dropped by 2.5% over summer as the average room rate across New Zealand grew by 12.7% to $199.99.

Colliers: Looming hotel crisis and how to avert it

New Zealand is heading for an 'accommodation crunch' that will put its tourism industry at risk - here's how to avert it, says Colliers.

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.

Booming hotel market doesn’t deter record tourist numbers

Our trans-Tasman rivals and international travellers visited Godzone in droves in 2016, despite the fact they had to pay more to stay here.

North Island guest nights drive December rise

North Island guest nights drove growth of 3.4% in accommodation in December 2016 compared to the same period last year, according to Statistics NZ.

Auckland’s appalling targeted accommodation rate

The Tourism Industry Association's Chris Roberts questions the fairness of Auckland mayor Phil Goff's proposed targeted accommodation rate, which could see some operators hit with rate increases of 250% or more.

Fifty years of guardianship celebrated at Larnach Castle

The Barker family celebrated 50 years of guardianship of Larnach Castle on the 3rd of March 2017.

Industry rallies against Auckland’s accommodation targeted rate

A month-long consultation period on Auckland Mayor Phil Goff’s proposal for an accommodation targeted rate opened this week.

Auckland’s accommodation targeted rate won’t help the city

Hotels currently under refurbishment and new hotels are faced with massive cost increases long-term because of mayor Phil Goff’s accommodation targeted rate.

New campervan park in time for World Masters Games

A new short-term campervan park at Ellerslie Racecourse has been given the green light, opening up some additional accommodation options in time for World Masters Games 2017 and the DHL New Zealand Lions series.

Luxury retreat opens in Canterbury high country

Canterbury, New Zealand has gained a new luxury alpine retreat with the opening of Montrose Estate on the Rakaia river at the foot of the Southern Alps.

Auckland tackles freedom camping issue

A bumper tourism season is increasing tensions between freedom campers and locals in Auckland, prompting new moves to see if the conflicting needs of freedom campers and local residents can peacefully co-exist.

New 5-star hotel to meet growing demand at Auckland Airport

Auckland Airport and Tainui Group Holdings have announced an agreement to develop a new 5-star hotel adjacent to Auckland Airport’s international terminal and the existing 4-star Novotel hotel.

Millennium & Copthorne Hotels NZ reports increased profit to $40.4m

PRESS RELEASE: Millennium & Copthorne Hotels New Zealand Limited Millennium & Copthorne Hotels New Zealand Limited (NZX: MCK) today reported its preliminary results for the year ended 31 December 2016 and announced a profit after...

Quake causes record fall in Kaikoura guest nights in November

Kaikoura had a record 41% in guest nights at the district’s hotels, motels, backpackers, and campgrounds in November, Statistics New Zealand said yesterday.

Jim Boult: Queenstown is too expensive, but not for tourists

With more than 35 years of experience in the tourism industry behind him, Queenstown's mayor and newly appointed chair of Real Journeys, Jim Boult, tells Tourism Ticker why he believes his town is getting too expensive, but not for tourists.

Iconic luxury lodge comes to market

One of the Hawkes Bay’s most distinctive luxury lodges is up for sale.

Hotel occupancy was down for Chinese New Year, even in Queenstown

Hotel occupancy across New Zealand dropped markedly for Chinese New Year in 2017, even in the country’s major resort town of Queenstown.

Mahu Whenua adds luxury lodge-style accommodation

New Zealand’s newest luxury lodge and eco-sanctuary is now even more accessible for visitors to Wanaka and Queenstown.

Wellington chamber welcomes Hilton brand

Wellington’s image will be enhanced by the arrival of a 4½-star Hilton-brand hotel in the centre city, says Chamber of Commerce Chief Executive John Milford.

QT Hotels reveal first international property: QT Museum Wellington

A quirky New Zealand hospitality icon has emerged with a fresh new creative edge under the banner of a leading Australian design hotel collection.

Crowne Plaza Queenstown undergoes $500k refurb

Award-winning hotel Crowne Plaza Queenstown has a fresh new look for guests to enjoy following upgrades to public areas, rooms and conference spaces.

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.

TripAdvisor: Rotorua hotel best reviewed in NZ

Two Rotorua accommodation providers have taken out their categories in the 2017 TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice Awards.

Social media campaign reaches freedom campers

A social media campaign targeting young freedom campers is proving highly successful in its first month.

TIA: Auckland visitor levy unfair

A proposed new visitor levy for Auckland unfairly targets accommodation providers and fails to take account of the economic benefits tourism brings.

Operators face bleak season after 7.8 magnitude shake

Kaikoura tourism operators are yet to get to grips with the impact Monday’s devastating 7.8 magnitude quake will have on their businesses.

Local issues dominate infrastructure survey

Accommodation and car-parking are some of the local issues highlighted in an assessment of New Zealand’s infrastructure challenges, according to an industry project currently underway.
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