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An Operator’s View: Haka Tourism Group’s Ryan Sanders

In the week his Haka Tourism Group celebrates its 10th birthday, founder Ryan Sanders tells us about the group's move upmarket, building a brand around New Zealand as a tourist destination and his expansion plans for the next decade.

Lions lift for holiday park jobs

Expectations of a roaring trade during the Lions Tour have contributed to more jobs in holiday parks this winter, Holiday Parks New Zealand (HAPNZ) says.

Haka Tours goes premium with Black Label

Ryan Sanders’ Haka Tours is moving upmarket with the launch of a new Black Label premium product.

“Desperate need” for new Queenstown accommodation

Queenstown is in desperate need of new visitor accommodation and the response to date is well short of demand, according to Colliers International.

April Easter boosts holiday parks

April Easter helped boost guest nights for the month with holiday parks the biggest beneficiaries.  

Government to buy Marlborough motel

The Government plans to buy a 17-unit motel near Blenheim and convert it to emergency housing.

Community’s views to be sought on freedom camping

The Dunedin City Council will seek the community’s views on issues related to freedom camping.

Luxury lodge comes to market

The luxury Lake Karapiro Lodge and hospitality venue in Waikato is for sale.

IHG NZ strikes gold at World Travel Awards

Two InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) New Zealand properties have struck gold at the prestigious World Travel Awards.

Choice Hotels’ launches new domestic marketing campaign

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SWMcv7eEeZY PRESS RELEASE: Choice Hotels Asia-Pac Choice Hotels Asia-Pac, one of New Zealand’s largest hotel franchise groups, has today launched its new marketing campaign, ‘Need A Break’, aimed at inspiring everyday Kiwis to head out and explore...

The Nation: Auckland Mayor Phil Goff

Auckland Mayor Phil Goff talks to Lisa Owen on The Nation about the prospect of facing a legal challenge to his targeted accommodation rate.

Targeted accommodation rate will backfire on Auckland

Waikato-Tainui warns that Auckland Council’s rate increase targeting commercial accommodation operators will put new hotel developments and jobs at risk.

An Operator’s View: Crowne Plaza Queenstown’s Anna Edie

Crowne Plaza Queenstown’s General Manager Anna Edie on adapting to her first general manager role in New Zealand, hiring great talent and operating with a point of difference.

Legal threat looms as Auckland moves to adopt targeted rate

Auckland Mayor Phil Goff says the accommodation targeted rate will ease overall rates burden for residents. Credit: Radio New Zealand The hotel industry is considering a legal challenge after Auckland Council's finance committee voted 11-8...

Celebrating life, diversity and the city’s urban rebirth

Following an extensive $22 million refurbishment, AccorHotels New Zealand are delighted to announce the rebranding of Mercure Auckland to Grand Mercure Auckland.

Metro sells iconic Ohtel to Village Accommodation Group

Village Accommodation Group continues its growth with the acquisition of the unique and boutique Ohtel on Oriental Parade.

Eichardt’s Private Hotel in symphony with budding violinists

Queenstown’s Imperium Collection of luxury hotels is set to enter the winter months on a high note.

TIA: Auckland accommodation targeted rate “illegal”

Auckland mayor Phil Goff’s proposed accommodation targeted rate surcharge has been declared “illegal” by the Tourism Industry Aotearoa.

Net zero energy camp manager appointed

Peter Kerr has been appointed Manager of Camp Glenorchy, a new residential tourist destination for meetings and retreats, school trips, family celebrations, and friends who share a love of the great outdoors.

Colliers: Regional demand drives record hotel deals

Demand for regional hotels is helping drive a record number of hotel sales in New Zealand's main tourism markets.

Replacing the targeted rate

The Auckland Mayor’s office is offering to replace the controversial targeted rate on commercial accommodation providers, but wants the sector to wear the substantial cost for a year.

An Operator’s View: The Timber Trail Lodge’s Bruce Maunsell

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.

Alexandra the great new option for Lions campervanners

Auckland’s ability to host an army of camper van-driving British and Irish Lions rugby fans at temporary campgrounds next month has just been boosted with at least 200 new sites now available at the region’s famed trotting venue Alexandra Park.

Snedden slams hoteliers for price gouging

Martin Snedden has criticised Auckland hoteliers for engaging in price gouging during the World Masters Games risking the ire of councillors preparing to vote on targeted rates.

Revised targeted rate proposal comes under fire

Auckland mayor Phil Goff's revised targeted rate proposal has come under fire as "even more unfair" and an "illogical mess" by industry leaders. The mayor's new proposal, announced without industry consultation, sees different rates applied to different...

IHG Winter Campaign: Escape to your favourite destinations

It’s time to change the season, change the story, and hotels in New Zealand’s favourite destinations are celebrating with a special reward on a winter escape.

B&B NZ elects new President

Bed & Breakfast Association New Zealand has elected a new President, Rayma Jenkins.

Queenstown, Auckland lead Q1 hotel performance

Hotels in tourism gateways Queenstown and Auckland turned in a strong performance in the first quarter despite occupancy plateauing. In the year to March, Queenstown saw occupancy of 90% at an average daily rate (ADR)...

Bright future for South Brighton Motor Camp

The Christchurch City Council has signed an 11-year land lease agreement, securing a bright future for the earthquake-damaged South Brighton Motor Camp.

Wyndham introduces Ramada Encore brand to NZ

Wyndham Hotel Group today announced the introduction of a new brand – Ramada ENCORE – to New Zealand, reflecting the hospitality giant’s intent to broaden its portfolio in the country.

B&B Conference: “Rolls-Royce” service not feasible without change

The New Zealand tourism industry is trying to run a Rolls-Royce service on a Baby Austin carriage, according to Lincoln University’s Professor David Simmons. Speaking at the B&B Association’s annual conference in Wanaka, the Professor...

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 Christchurch produce

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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