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$160K funding boost for Canterbury tourism

Tourism Minister Paula Bennett and Economic Development Minister Simon Bridges today announced that the Government will provide $160,000 to support tourism strategy projects in Canterbury. 

TNZ: Smart marketing sees shoulder season growth

Data released yesterday confirms the success of Tourism New Zealand’s shoulder season strategy with stronger growth in holiday arrivals seen in spring 2016 and autumn 2017, than the traditional summer peak.

Paymark: $740K Lions boost for Waikato

PRESS RELEASE: Paymark Another Lions game and more cause for celebration - or commiseration. Whatever the motive, spending through Paymark in Waikato increased amongst merchants such...

No excuse for illegal camping

With Auckland expecting 34,000 visitors for the upcoming All Blacks vs The British & Irish Lions Test matches, Alexandra Park is reporting solid bookings from fans as an official pop-up campervan site.

Video: ACB Auckland Famil Day MEETINGS 2017

The Auckland Famil Day video from MEETINGS 2017 produced by ATEED's Auckland Convention Bureau.

Growing job vacancies in tourism & hospitality

New job vacancy data illustrates the difficulties tourism and hospitality businesses are facing to find good staff, Tourism Industry Aotearoa says.

Hamilton becomes a ‘Neat’ place

Hamilton Central Business Association in conjunction with Hamilton & Waikato Tourism and Hamilton City Council, is excited to bring Neat Places to Hamilton.

LGNZ: Future-focused plan for infrastructure needed

New Zealand’s infrastructure is at a crossroads and needs to be a key focus in the upcoming election, Local Government New Zealand says.

Settlement of Kaikōura claims progressing well

The Minister Responsible for the Earthquake Commission Gerry Brownlee says settlement offers for the majority of claims from the Kaikōura earthquake are on track to be made by the end of the year. 

Rugby fanzone to open for Lions series

Queens Wharf Auckland Fanzone is the Auckland hub for the DHL New Zealand Lions Series and the nationwide Rugby 2017 Festival.

Entries open for 2017 Hawke’s Bay Tourism Awards

These awards recognise the best tourism businesses and experiences in Hawke’s Bay.

TIA: Hotel conference explores the future

From collaborative cooking areas to robotic concierges and living hotels that look different every time you visit, the latest in hotel design and service trends will feature at next month’s New Zealand Hotel Industry Conference.  

Parklands Motor Lodge sale a rare opportunity for investors

The sale of Parklands Motor Lodge offers owner-operators and passive investors alike the rare opportunity to acquire a freehold motel with vacant possession in the highly desirable area of Turangi.

Air NZ domestic demand jumps 12%

Air New Zealand carried 1,165,000 passengers during the month of May, an increase of 8.7% compared to the same period last year.

Discussing Tourism around the country

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.

Norfolk Island Airlines is Auckland Airport’s 30th partner

The arrival into Auckland of a chartered Nauru Airlines B737-300 from Norfolk Island would not have turned many heads on Saturday afternoon.

New sightseeing experience at Cardrona

With the new McDougall’s Chondola this winter, we’re very excited to launch a new Sightseeing product at Cardrona for the 2017 season & beyond.

Large-scale hotel and hospitality venue placed on market

One of the largest multiple-revenue stream hospitality operations in the Lower North Island has been placed on the market for sale.

Treble Cone on standby

Due to some unusually warm temperatures over the past week, the Home Basin has insufficient snow cover to proceed with opening day.

A weekend of entertainment in the Bay of Plenty

The wave of hospitality spending around a Lions game continued on the weekend with spending through Paymark in Bay of Plenty amongst merchants such as bars, clubs and cafes amounted to $3.5m.

A roaring success: The Lions in Rotorua

The excitement of the DHL NZ Lions Series isn’t quite over for Rotorua with many visitors expected to return to the district during the coming weeks.

Air NZ gets ‘Green Light’ for Lorde premiere

From today Air New Zealand will be the first airline in the world to feature Kiwi singer Lorde’s newly released second album Melodrama as part of its inflight entertainment offering.

Govt funding gives Hundertwasser the green light

The Whangarei Art Museum Trust will receive up to $3 million towards its bespoke project to build a Hundertwasser Art Centre in Whangarei. 

Opening of South Pacific’s newest conference destination

The South Pacific’s newest conferencing destination, Niue, has received a high-level opening this week with the opening of the Matavai Conference Centre Niue.

FMC: Time for Remarkables National Park

Federated Mountain Clubs (FMC) has launched its Remarkable Outdoors campaign headlined by a proposed new national park - ‘The Remarkables National Park’ in the Otago Southland high-country near Queenstown.

Whangarei Mayor: ‘Here’s to the future’

Here's to the future says Mayor Sheryl Mai, celebrating Hundertwasser's funding news.

Tourism benefits from region’s first EV charging station

Gisborne is about to get its very first EV (electric vehicle) fast charging station, with current and future local EV drivers, businesses and the wider tourism industry expected to benefit.

PM opens tourism facilities in Niue

Prime Minister Bill English has today opened new facilities and announced a range of initiatives to support tourism and improve services for local households in Niue.

Auckland Airport wins two international awards

Auckland Airport has won two international awards, with the company being named Australasia’s Leading Airport 2017 in the World Travel Awards and placing ninth in the world in the 2017 AirHelp rankings for airport excellence.

Delays on popular tourist route

People who use the road between Wanaka and Tarras, State Highway 8A, may experience some disruptions from next week

Clean zones to be enforced during Lions Series

The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) is enforcing clean zones at the venues for all DHL NZ Lions Series 2017 matches.

Kelly Tarlton’s launches Blue Project

SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton’s, with generous support from the Department of Conservation’s Community Fund, has launched The Blue Project, a marine outreach programme aimed at educating kiwi kids about the importance of marine conservation and sustainability.

Popular tourist routes focus of road safety improvements

Work is now underway on dozens of individual road safety projects that aim to make busy South Island tourist routes safer for visiting drivers

West Coast’s ‘Untamed Natural Wilderness’ brand recognised

The West Coast’s 'Untamed Natural Wilderness' brand has seen the council become a finalist at the 2017 Local Government New Zealand EXCELLENCE Awards.

South Island companies offered assistance to market in China

South Island tourism businesses have a month to apply for the latest round of Christchurch Airport’s ‘New Horizons’ programme.

Reintroducing kākāriki to Northland a tourism winner

A Northland restoration group has reintroduced kākāriki – New Zealand’s native parakeet – to the Bay of Islands after an absence of 30 years with the new residents set to become the region’s latest tourist attraction.

Sichuan Airlines’ new Auckland route

Sichuan Airlines’ new Auckland route provides New Zealand’s first direct connection to south west China

Shared vision leads to an MOU between Destination Rotorua and DOC

Destination Rotorua and Department of Conservation (DOC) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to underpin how they will share information and collaborate to support tourism, destination management and conservation within the Rotorua Lakes District.

Lions purr in heartland Kiwi accommodation

British and Irish Lions rugby fans are using a popular camping app to rest up in rural New Zealand.

NZ travel sellers can now become specialists

New Zealand based travel sellers can now promote their specialist country knowledge in the same way as their international counterparts.

Rotorua operator wins inaugural Holiday Parks award

Jasmine Adams of the Rotorua TOP 10 Holiday Park has won the inaugural Holiday Parks’ Emerging Star Award for holiday park professionals under the age of 35.

The GREAT Bus pulls into the Octagon

As the Lions’ tour reaches the fourth stop on the New Zealand series, the British High Commission’s mobile home will be in full force again.

New Pink and White Terraces survey fixes location

A new research paper reports the findings of the Pink, Black and White Terraces locations of old Lake Rotomahana.

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.

Winter Festival set to turn the heat up

Palmerston North City Council is hosting the three-day Winter Festival for locals and Lions rugby tour visitors.

Outside the Walls Walking Tour guides take top award

Rotorua Museum Outside the Walls Walking Tour Guides has won the Supreme Award at the 2017 Trustpower Rotorua Lakes Community Awards.

Luxury lodge comes to market

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

Skyline Queenstown celebrates 50th anniversary

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nHvnViKETXY PRESS RELEASE: Skyline Enterprises New Zealand’s most-visited tourist attraction, Skyline Queenstown, kicks off five months of community-focused celebrations to mark its 50th anniversary. The pioneering NZ-based global...

Mt Hutt opens today – the South Island ski season begins!

New Zealand’s Best Ski Resort, Mt Hutt in Canterbury, opens today, marking the start of the South Island ski season.

Auckland Australasia’s leading meetings and conference destination

Auckland has been named the top meetings and conference destination in Australasia at the 2017 World Travel Awards.

Queenstown Trails Trust targets $30,000 fundraising

PRESS RELEASE: Queenstown Trails Trust The Queenstown Trails Trust is spearheading a major fundraising appeal during June in a bid to boost membership and provide all...

Biggest turn out in a decade for Happy Valley opening

A record number of skiers, snowboarders and sightseers headed to Mt Ruapehu's Happy Valley over the long weekend.

Good information key to managing freedom camping behaviour

Ensuring travellers continue to get plenty of good information on freedom camping rules and etiquette will be a priority for next summer.

Air NZ secures US Navy contracts worth up to $58.5m

Air New Zealand’s Gas Turbines business has been awarded four significant contracts worth up to USD$42m (NZ$58.5m) by the United States Navy.

New parking options on the way for Queenstown Airport

Southern Lakes residents and visitors alike will soon see some changes to parking at Queenstown Airport.

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.

Air NZ Australasia’s #1 airline again

Air New Zealand was named Australasia’s Leading Airline for the ninth year in a row 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’,...

Trans-Tasman travel keeps trade with Australia flying high

Trans-Tasman travel was worth more than $2bn each way, making travel ties with Australia worth more than those with China.

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.

Auckland Airport launches jobs and skills hub

Auckland Airport formally launched Ara, its South Auckland jobs and skills hub, on Friday.

Protection order proposed for NZ’s largest, clearest springs

An application for a Water Conservation Order for the largest freshwater springs in New Zealand has been accepted and referred to a special tribunal.

Destination Great Lake Taupō launches winter campaign

Destination Great Lake Taupō has just launched its winter campaign, positioning the region as a top winter ski holiday destination.

Lions receive powerful Māori welcome to NZ

New Zealand turns on Māori culture, British heritage and a shared sporting passion as the British & Irish Lions are officially welcomed.

Christchurch Centre designs reveal world-class venue

Landmark architectural designs for the Christchurch Centre have been released showcasing the 2000-delegate capacity venue.

Auckland to hold World Veterinary Association Congress in 2020

Auckland has secured the bid to host another top international congress at the NZICC in 2020 worth an estimated $6.2m to the regional economy.

China tourism winner presents ‘presents’

Auckland Airport's award for contribution to the growth of Chinese tourism in New Zealand was awarded to Lisa Li, managing director of China Travel Service.

Authenticity key to NZ tourism success

Ara Institute of Canterbury has introduced a new Bachelor of International Tourism and Hospitality Management.

NZ Govt grants $7m for Samoan tourism

New Zealand is to contribute $7.3m towards boosting Samoan tourism, Prime Minister Bill English has announced.

Record Kiwis take up cruising

A record 90,184 New Zealanders sailed the world's oceans on a cruise holiday in 2016 with a 36 per cent leap in passenger numbers helping to make the country one of the world’s top performing markets.

Auckland rises up international rankings for business events

Auckland has moved up 14 places in the International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA) rankings to 79 from 93 last year – continuing its rapid climb up the ranks as a business events destination.

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.

Cancer Society, Forest & Bird receive Real Journeys Cruise-for-a-Cause

The Real Journeys Cruise-for-a-Cause this year will assist Forest & Bird with predator control and help train the greater number of volunteers needed by the Cancer Society.

Hawke’s Bay carves new path with ‘Ski Season’ campaign

In the latest instalment under their successful seasonal campaign strategy, Hawke’s Bay Tourism have released their cheeky new winter campaign, ‘Hawke’s Bay Ski Season’.

Booming tourism helps Mainfreight lift earnings 17%

Mainfreight is pleased to announce another year of record results to 31 March 2017.

Call for wiser tourism infrastructure spending

PRESS RELEASE: Harrison Grierson The extra Government funding for tourism infrastructure announced recently is not addressing wider issues including our vulnerability to natural hazards, says a...

Rotorua targets Canterbury tourists with a spontaneous challenge

Destination Rotorua is rolling out the red carpet with a challenge that will see two lucky Cantabrians spend their Queen’s Birthday Weekend in Rotorua. But there is a catch.

Air New Zealand roaring to go next month…

Air New Zealand is responding to the strong customer demand for flights to regional towns and cities such as Whangarei, Rotorua, Dunedin and Christchurch as the New Zealand rugby season moves into top gear.

Watered down bed tax for $10 million

PRESS RELEASE: Auckland Chamber of Commerce Auckland businesses are already paying 2.73 times more rates to Auckland Council than residential rate payers. “It is from this pool...

LIONS 2017: Northland rising to the occasion for Lions

More than 300 warriors, mainly Ngāpuhi, both male and female, will be welcoming the British & Irish Lions team.

TIA: Tightening working visa rules tough on tourism

PRESS RELEASE: Tourism Industry Aotearoa A Government proposal to tighten immigration rules doesn’t take into account the challenges New Zealand’s $35 billion tourism industry faces in...

Whanganui events keep tourism numbers up

PRESS RELEASE: Whanganui and Partners Continuing the trend from February and March it looks like Whanganui’s April tourism numbers are again up – a contrast to...

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.

Auckland Harbour Bridge to be lit up

The Auckland Harbour Bridge will soon be covered in coloured lights as part of the multi-million dollar energy efficiency partnership between Vector and Auckland Council.

Air New Zealand ‘Sheeran’ the fun

Air New Zealand has announced it will operate 52 extra one-way flights to help fans see Ed Sheeran.

Initiatives aimed at boosting tourism facilities get funding

Community-based organisations with projects aimed at developing visitor facilities have received a funding boost.

West Coast tops spending growth

Tourism expenditure grew in all regions over the year to April 2017 with the fastest growing region being the West Coast.

BUDGET 2017: Conservation spending grows

Budget 2017 invests an additional $107.8 million to strengthen conservation programmes and manage tourism growth on public conservation land.

BUDGET 2017: $548m for rail around New Zealand

Budget 2017 will invest $548 million of new capital funding to maintain and upgrade New Zealand’s rail network, supporting freight movement, exporters, tourism and public transport.

BUDGET 2017: Disappointment for NZ recreation industry

The New Zealand Recreation Association expressed concern about the budget, saying the decision not to spend more on recreation is likely to impact negatively on individuals and communities around the country.

Tourism chief to stand for Gareth Morgan’s TOP

Tourism Export Council NZ chief executive Lesley Immink will be standing in the East Coast electorate for Gareth Morgan's The Opportunities Party in this year’s elections.

LGNZ Freshwater Symposium to tackle major issue

Local Government New Zealand is holding its first Freshwater Symposium next week to look at the strategic issues for freshwater management.

Air New Zealand unveils new Palmerston North lounge

Air New Zealand has opened the doors to its new lounge at Palmerston North Airport.

Prime Minister’s Fellow visits Agrodome

Prime Minister’s Fellow from the Philippines, Secretary of the Cabinet Leoncio Evasco, visited Rotorua’s Agrodome today to learn more about New Zealand agriculture and Ngāi Tahu Tourism.

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.

Top event organisers ready to do business in NZ

Leading business event organisers from around the world are heading to New Zealand’s largest business tourism trade exhibition in Auckland next week.

Albatross chick needs a name

For the second year running the Department of Conservation is inviting people to help name the internet’s most famous albatross chick.

Wellington lures event out of United Kingdom

Wellington will host the 2019 iMean conference marking the first time the linguistics event will be held out of the United Kingdom.

Consortium to lead design of the ‘airport of the future’

PRESS RELEASE: Auckland Airport Auckland Airport announces appointment of specialist consortium to lead design of the ‘airport of the future’ The creation of a combined domestic and...

Kiwis to get their fix of sunshine, by lunchtime

Those trying to get away from the New Zealand winter can enjoy ‘sunshine by lunchtime’ with seasonal direct services from Auckland to the Sunshine Coast with Air New Zealand.

Hospitality sector set to benefit from immigration policy

South Island hospitality and rural sectors set to benefit from new immigration policy.

Tourist numbers reach record high

Visitor arrivals for the April 2017 year numbered 3.6 million, setting a new annual record.

Invercargill air travel is not servicing local demand

Invercargill air travel is not meeting local demand as there is significant usage of other nearby airports.

Meeting of minds gives NZ suppliers rare access to US buyers

New Zealand business events suppliers and senior USA business events planners were brought together in Houston recently.

Council agrees support to Annual Plan funding proposals

Ruapehu District Council have voted in favour of supporting the proposals for funding economic development.

$3.4m for Taranaki Crossing

A $3.4 million investment into the Taranaki Crossing is part of the Government’s plan to boost growth in Taranaki.

Help NZ share its sporting history with the world

PRESS RELEASE: Te Papa Te Papa’s innovation hub Mahuki is calling for entrepreneurs to help cultural institutions in New Zealand and around the globe tell...

Is this the future of inflight service?

Air New Zealand is giving travellers a sneak peek into what the future of inflight service could look like.

Ruapehu set to establish new international adventure event

The inaugural Ruapehu Ring of Fire Volcanic Relay, Solo Ultra and Marathon will take place over Easter 2018.

New Zealand impresses at Frankfurt convention event show

New Zealand was on display to crowds of nearly 9,000 buyers at IMEX, Europe’s leading business and incentives trade show this week.

Fish & Game offers to work with Southland council

Southland Fish & Game is welcoming the Southland District Council withdrawal of its High Court appeal on the Around the Mountain Cycle Trail.

Matariki Rising celebrations for the whole whānau

Whānau, kai, storytelling and learning will feature in Matariki Rising, a 10-day festival which kicks off with an iconic public event on the waterfront and culminates in the popular Kaumātua Kapa Haka performance.

Free electric cars for corporate travellers

Regular business travellers will be able to book an e-Golf for their day of travel, free of charge.

Operators to reach FIT Chinese through new partnership

Chinese internet giant Tencent has partnered with Christchurch agency Alexanders paving the way for tourism operators to reach FIT Chinese

DOC refutes Oparara “developer” claims

Contrary to recent media reports, DOC has not committed to any “theme park” style development in the Oparara Basin.

Maori culture takes centre stage at MEETINGS

New Zealand’s unique Maori culture will be front and centre of the country’s leading business events exhibition, CINZ MEETINGS 2017 in Auckland this month.

Night sky first for NZ heli-travellers

Darkness and poor weather conditions are no longer a barrier to helicopter flights in New Zealand.

Nomad goes 360° as it expands offering

Nomad Safaris, Queenstown’s oldest off-road tour company, has introduced two new activities to its adventure menu for 2017.

Treble Cone gets its guns out

Treble Cone are proud to announce extra snowmaking facilities for the 2017 season.

Marlborough launches domestic campaign: It’s never been better

Destination Marlborough has launched a new domestic visitor campaign to capture the attention of NZ's city dwellers.

Auckland’s peak summer season the hottest yet

Storms came and went, but it was a long, scorching summer for Auckland as far as tourism goes.

Support for Ruapehu Regional Visitor Development Plan

Leading tourism industry experts and key stakeholders have lent their collective brainpower and experience to a special ‘Thought Leaders Workshop’.

New Ambassador for Auckland Sir John Kirwan shows off the region

Rugby legend, mental health campaigner and proud Aucklander Sir John Kirwan is schooling up British and Irish Lions fans

$100,000 for Māori tourism initiatives

Te Puni Kōkiri is providing $100,000 for Māori tourism solutions in the Gisborne region.

Minister: $178m package for tourism infrastructure

Tourism Minister Paula Bennett has today announced a new $102 million Tourism Infrastructure Fund which has been launched alongside $76 million in new funding for our most important tourism asset, the DOC Estate.

International visitor spend to leap 52% to $15bn by 2023

Strong growth in international visitor numbers and spending is forecast for New Zealand's tourism sector, with international visitors projected to spend $15.3 billion annually by 2023.

Australians motivated to pedal their way to a Kiwi adventure

A new campaign is encouraging Australians to break away from their everyday routine and explore New Zealand by bike.

China-NZ Year of Tourism opportunities on the horizon

Auckland is gearing up to seize opportunities created by the official bilateral ‘China-New Zealand Year of Tourism’ in 2019.

Great Spot campaign to drive more Kiwi trips

AA Traveller is helping regions of New Zealand to put their best foot forward during the off peak tourism season in a bid to encourage more Kiwis to visit.

Trampers alarmed at proposals by big tourism

The Federated Mountain Clubs of New Zealand (FMC) is deeply disappointed in the Tourism Industry Aotearoa's (TIA) call to weaken the law that protects New Zealand's conservation estate from private profit.

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.

The Great Journeys of New Zealand launched at TRENZ

Some of New Zealand’s most beloved tourism experiences have been united under one brand, The Great Journeys of New Zealand.

Guest nights fall in March as Easter moves

Guest nights in March 2017 dropped 3.1 percent compared with March 2016, as Easter moved from March last year to April this year, according to Stats NZ.

Entries open for NZ Tourism Awards 2017

Entries have opened for the prestigious New Zealand Tourism Awards 2017, with competition expected to be fierce given the record results the industry is achieving.

TRENZ: $20m from Air NZ, Tourism NZ for seasonal dispersal

Air New Zealand and Tourism New Zealand today committed to a marketing partnership worth up to $20 million this year, to promote New Zealand's off-peak periods.

Auckland Airport: $100,000 support for tourism ventures

Auckland Airport has opened applications for its fifth annual round of Tourism Development Grants at the airport’s International Travel Summit in Auckland.

NZ becoming hot ticket for high-value Indian visitors

New Zealand is rapidly becoming a sought after, premium destination for high value free independent travellers from India, according to research released today by Auckland Airport at their annual International Travel Summit in Auckland.

New student challenge to help Kaikoura

University of Canterbury and NZ Transport Agency launch new student challenge to help Kaikoura

ITS: International Visa cardholders inject $2.8b to NZ

New Visa tourism report shows 9 of the top 10 visitor markets increased spend in 2016

ITS: North American visitor growth to continue

Auckland Airport’s modelling shows that New Zealand can look forward to further visitor growth from North America.

Emphasis on off-peak domestic travel vital for tourism growth

It’s clear Kiwis like to travel. In 2016 New Zealand residents made 2.6 million short-term trips overseas – double the number made in 2000.

Northland winery & hospitality businesses up for sale

PRESS RELEASE: Bayleys Realty Group One of New Zealand’s northern-most vineyard/wineries and its associated restaurant and function venue have been placed on the market for sale. Marsden...

Ngāi Tahu Tourism launches jet boat mechanic training programme

Ngāi Tahu Tourism has launched a marine mechanic training programme at Shotover Jet, providing a unique opportunity for iwi members to build a career in the tourism industry.

PM opens new tourism assets on Ruapehu

Ruapehu Mayor Don Cameron, Chief Executive Clive Manley, Councillor Kim Wheeler and Visit Ruapehu Chairperson Peter Till and CE Claire McKnight had the pleasure of supporting the official opening of Ruapehu Alpine Lifts Rangatira Express Chairlift and Snow Factory by Prime Minister Bill English.

Introducing Grand Mercure Wellington

AccorHotels New Zealand is proud to announce Mercure Wellington’s rebrand to the Grand Mercure Wellington, following a $12 million transformation, elevating the hotel to a flagship property in the region.

DOC voted most attractive public sector employer

The Department of Conservation is delighted to be recognised for the third year running as the most attractive employer in the public sector by the Randstad Awards.

Air New Zealand: the country’s most attractive employer

Air New Zealand has been named New Zealand’s Most Attractive Employer in the annual Randstad Awards for a record fourth time.

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.

CINZ unveils MEETINGS 2017 social programme

New Zealand’s leading venues and creative event specialists are promising spectacular social events for guests attending MEETINGS 2017 later this month.

Fiordland & Te Anau to host Godzone Chapter 7

The stunning natural features of New Zealand’s World Heritage Fiordland will be on show next year as the location for the world’s largest adventure race, GODZone.

Dunedin Railways debuts new tour

A new chapter in Rail Touring begins today with Dunedin Railways first trip out of Christchurch heading south.

TRENZ: Auckland to host tourism activity extravaganza

Auckland will host hundreds of influential international tourism representatives next week to an afternoon of exciting activities, ranging from a face to face encounter with a shark to an afternoon of decadence at a local hotel.

B&B NZ elects new President

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

Stadium pre-feasibility study gets green light

In his last act as Minister supporting Greater Christchurch Regeneration, Gerry Brownlee has today announced the Crown will fund a pre-feasibility study for a new multi-use arena in Christchurch.

TRENZ: Buyers from 29 countries heading to Auckland

Tourism New Zealand will be out in full force at TRENZ next week supporting the tourism industry’s most important international event of the year.

Former PM John Key to join Air New Zealand board

The Air New Zealand Board is appointing former Prime Minister John Key as a Director effective from September 1.

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.

Opening address at Five Nations Passport Conference

Minister of Internal Affairs Peter Dunne's opening address at the Five Nations Passport Conference which began at Te Papa yesterday.

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.

New i-SITE at National Army Museum

Ruapehu District Council and the National Army Museum in Waiouru have signed-off on arrangements for operating an official i-SITE visitor information centre within the Museum as part of the $2.5 million redevelopment of its entranceway.

International tour escort work visa exemption approved

Immigration New Zealand has announced a range of changes to the Immigration New Zealand Operational Manual and among them a work visa exemption for international tour escorts much to gratification of inbound tour operators.

Iconic hotel to undergo multi-million dollar refurb

Wellington’s Amora Hotel will temporarily close its doors on 27 May 2017 to undergo a multi-million dollar refurbishment of all rooms and public areas.

Auckland Airport: German visitors jump 15%, Aussies drop 7%

Auckland Airport’s visitor arrivals from Germany were up 14.9% in March 2017 compared to the same month last year.

Hotel sector gears up for big July – conference and awards

A valuable contributor to the country’s $35 billion tourism industry, the hotel sector is gearing up for a big July, with the annual New Zealand Hotel Industry Conference on in Auckland 19-20 July, culminating with a gala Awards dinner.

Air NZ increases capacity as passengers numbers rise

INVESTOR UPDATE: Air New Zealand Air New Zealand carried 1,613,000 passengers during the month of March, an increase of 5.2% compared to the same period...

New research on overseas drivers challenges perceptions

The correlation between rising tourism figures and road accidents comes under scrutiny in a new study from the Waikato Institue of Technology.

Date set for 2017 PATA Global Insights Conference in Auckland

The PATA Global Insights Conference (PGIC) returns to Auckland on Friday, 29 September 2017 with the theme ‘R U Future Ready’?

Air NZ has #1 reputation on both sides of the Tasman

Air New Zealand has taken out the number one spot in AMR’s 2017 Corporate Reputation Index in both Australia and New Zealand.

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.

Last push to raise funds for rail tunnel

The Dunedin Tunnels Trail Trust is calling on the community to help it raise the last funds needed to purchase the property providing access to the disused Chain Hills rail tunnel.

Cheapflights launches ‘EscEscape’

Cheapflights launches ‘EscEscape’ for those get-me-out-of-here moments.

Emirates recruiting pilots in NZ

Emirates will be holding roadshows to recruit experienced and technically proficient commercial pilots in New Zealand to fly its growing network of international routes.

Same-sex penguin couple celebrate World Penguin Day with foster chick

A same-sex pair of king penguins will celebrate World Penguin Day with their surrogate foster chick.

Airport eGate expansion nears completion

Customs Minister Nicky Wagner has announced 15 new eGates are now fully operational at Auckland Airport arrivals, meaning Customs’ nationwide upgrade and expansion of eGates is almost complete.

Meet New Zealand in one day at CINZ MEETINGS

CINZ MEETINGS 2017 is the opportunity for event organisers to plan their next year in a day, and to meet all New Zealand under one roof.

Auckland Airport to host International Travel Summit

Auckland Airport will again host an international travel summit at the Hilton Hotel in Auckland immediately prior to TRENZ.

Record summer of concerts delivers $37m boost for Auckland

Music lovers from around New Zealand flocked to Auckland’s outdoor stadiums this summer, boosting the local economy by more than $37M – the city’s most successful outdoor concert season to date.

Use of Ruapehu images by Taupo draws strong local reaction

Ruapehu Mayor Don Cameron said that public reaction to Taupo using snow and skiing images to promote Taupo as a tourism destination was another example of why maintaining investment into Visit Ruapehu was so important.

Air NZ wins award for comms

Air New Zealand’s communications team has been named Communications Team of the Year at the Asia-Pacific Excellence Awards announced in Hong Kong.

TRENZ: New products set to wow

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.

Waterfront backpackers for sale

The only waterfront backpackers accommodation hostel in the Coromandel tourist-magnet township of Whitianga has been placed on the market for sale.

Social media connects with freedom campers

A social media campaign targeting young freedom campers has been an outstanding success, attracting 2.4 million views over the summer.

Choice Hotels NZ TravelGrammer 2017 winner announced

Choice Hotels Asia-Pac today announced the winner of its recent ‘TravelGrammer’ competition, crowning social media star Tamsin Gorman the ‘Choice Hotels NZ TravelGrammer 2017’ winner.

Over 7m Brazilians taken on epic NZ journey

Cult Brazilian travel show Lugar Incomum has dedicated eight episodes entirely to New Zealand screening a whopping 12 hours of footage to over 7.2m people in Brazil over eight weeks.

Rugby 2017 Festival programme launched

Rugby 2017 Festival to celebrate the upcoming Lions Series launched.

Agents awed by New Zealand experience

Two travel agents from the Philippines are now better able to sell New Zealand based on first-hand experience after winning an eight day trip to the South Island.

All Blacks share their ‘Insider’s Guide’ to Auckland

With less than 80 days to go until kick off for the first All Blacks game in Auckland in the DHL New Zealand Lions Series, three All Blacks took some time out from training to share their favourite things to do in Auckland.

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.

Te Papa’s Gallipoli exhibition enthrals young and old

More than 1.3 million visitors of all ages have explored Te Papa’s Gallipoli: The scale of our war in the two years since it opened.

New RTO Aoraki Tourism launches

Timaru District Council is aiming to put the district back firmly on the tourism map with the launch of Aoraki Tourism, the tourism development body for the district.

Flat Feb as Kiwi guest nights fall

National guest nights this February were relatively flat, down 0.4 percent on February 2016, according to Statistics NZ.

Easter travel tips from Queenstown Airport

With so many people on the move, we wanted to give you some travel tips to make your weekend run as smoothly and safely as possible.

Methven hot pools gets council go ahead

The long-running proposal to bring hot pools to Methven has received resource consent from council.

Mass dash to get away this Easter

Almost 250,000 Kiwis are searching for getaways to take advantage of the upcoming Easter and ANZAC Day public holidays.

Long-serving Fish & Game chief to retire

PRESS RELEASE: Fish & Game New Zealand The long-serving head of Fish & Game New Zealand Bryce Johnson is retiring. Mr Johnson has held the position since...

Ecotourism gateway pub up for sale

A country pub strategically located at the gateway to one of New Zealand’s most remote ecotourist attractions has been placed on the market for sale.

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.

Critical step in progressing regional tourism growth gets underway

A critical step in progressing the Accelerate25 Action Plan for regional tourism growth got underway this week.

Video: Dunedin by night

The latest video offering from Enterprise Dunedin, this new night video showcasing the southern region took nine months to film.

SkyCity to appoint Tourism Holdings chairman to board

SkyCity Entertainment Group Limited advises that it intends to appoint Rob Campbell as a non-executive director to the SkyCity board.

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.

Generational changes key to tourism success

A new study shows some East-West convergence among Gen Z digital natives and rapid changes of the demographic guard across all generations.

Council to take control of New Plymouth airport

The Government and New Plymouth District Council have agreed in principle to transfer New Plymouth Airport to local government ownership.

Waikato Explorer answers calls for park & ride ferry service

Hamilton’s iconic River Cruise service, the Waikato River Explorer, has kicked off from its new launch space at Day’s Park.

New Tourism NZ chief starts role

It’s week one for me at Tourism New Zealand and I am enjoying getting to know staff and stakeholders.

Importance of coach services

There are many reasons why encouraging tourists to partake in tours, as opposed to travelling themselves, would actually be advantageous to New Zealand.

Australia’s top travel show set to lure visitors to the South Island

More Australians will be tempted across the Tasman with Australia’s longest running travel show, Getaway, featuring six stories showcasing the South Island.

Flight Centre outlines plans to create a new global business

THE Flight Centre Travel Group has outlined plans to create a new global business that will provide in-destination services to travellers.

Festival of Colour opens with fire, song & poetry

More than 850 people gathered on Lake Wanaka’s waterfront for bonfires, song and poetry at the opening night celebrations of the seventh Festival of Colour.

Extra protection for iconic natural attraction

Conservation Minister Maggie Barry has announced the temporary closure from today of the track leading to Tāne Mahuta.

Rare bird returns home this weekend

A ‘rare bird’ will take flight over Queenstown this weekend as part of the Aviation Pioneers’ 70th Anniversary Reunion, which runs 7-9 April.

Car parking proposed building for gondola project

Queenstown-based tourism operator Skyline Enterprises is proposing to build a multi-level car parking building as part of its gondola redevelopment plans, to help alleviate parking issues.

All Blacks share their ‘secret to success’ in new Auckland campaign

With less than 90 days to go until the first All Blacks game in Auckland against the British & Irish Lions, three All Blacks play a starring role in a new campaign that showcases what visiting fans can do.

Shotover Jet achieves Qualmark Gold in Sustainable Tourism

Shotover Jet has for the first time achieved a Qualmark Gold Sustainable Tourism Business award, with Qualmark confirming the experience as a ‘must do’ Queenstown activity.

ENZED Superstock Team Champs fuel injection of $3.8m

An economic impact survey of attendees at this year’s ENZED Superstock Team Champs has revealed the annual event pumps an estimated $3,764,934 into the economy.

Last reunion of Queenstown aviation pioneers

Queenstown aviation pioneers and their families will gather at Queenstown 7-9 April 2017 for a last reunion.

Air New Zealand farewells Boeing 767

Air New Zealand operated its final scheduled service using its Boeing 767-300ER aircraft on Friday with flight NZ108 departing Sydney at 6:55pm local time.

Ghost in the Shell puts New Zealand in the picture

The release of the epic sci-fi movie Ghost in the Shell has again put the spotlight on New Zealand as a special place to visit.

International tourism buyers eager for TRENZ 2017

New Zealand’s continuing popularity as a visitor destination is fuelling demand for international travel and tourism buyers wanting to come to TRENZ 2017.

TravelGrammer campaign set to unearth picturesque NZ

Some of New Zealand’s brightest social media stars are about to embark on an exciting new campaign to showcase the ‘best of the best’ places, faces and spaces that New Zealand has to offer.

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.

Aussies hanker for a taste of New Zealand

Four ‘taste of New Zealand’ events are being held across Australia in the coming week to illustrate the range of world class venues, accommodation, activities and cuisine on offer across the Tasman.

Coronet Peak launches midweek night skiing

Coronet Peak is bringing out the stars on Wednesdays nights, as it extends its popular Friday and Saturday Twilight and Night skiing experience to Wednesdays during July.

Retirement and travel are intertwined

The Retirement Lifestyle and Travel Expo, happening over the weekend from 8-9 April, is an event celebrating the products and services available to get the most out of life for Baby Boomers and Retirees.

New Tekapo toilets open for business

Associate Tourism Minister Nicky Wagner today opened new toilet facilities in Tekapo, co-funded through the Government’s Regional Mid-sized Tourism Facilities Grant Fund.

Marlborough kicks off international Sauvignon Blanc Day

Marlborough, the region responsible for putting Sauvignon Blanc on the map will be the first globally to kick celebrations off for International Sauvignon Blanc Day, Friday 5th May.

Support for inner dolphin cruise berths

The decision on the best option for berthing large cruise ships went before the Planning Committee today, with councillors providing, in principle, support to an inner dolphin.

Year of Tourism offers new opportunities for China-ready businesses

The 2019 China-New Zealand Year of Tourism offers opportunities for the tourism industry to forge closer links in China

Tourism driving buoyant Coromandel economy

The Coromandel's tourism sector enjoyed a bumper 2016, with data showing that visitor spending totalled $337M in 2016, up 7.7% from its 2015 level.

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.

Air NZ’s 75th exhibition hits millionth visitor milestone

Air New Zealand’s 75th anniversary exhibition has welcomed the one millionth visitor through its three-year, nationwide tour.

Explorer Tourlines statement on Te Anau Milford Highway crash

Presented at Press Conference at 2pm Friday at Rydges Latimer Christchurch following the Te Anau Milford Highway crash last Tuesday that killed two German tourists.

First ever Melbourne Cup cruise from NZ

P&O races towards a record 2018 with first ever Melbourne Cup cruise from New Zealand.

Central Otago ski fields join forces for Winter Games

For the first time all the Central Otago ski areas – Coronet Peak, The Remarkables, Snow Farm, Cardrona Alpine Resort and Treble Cone – will host the Winter Games NZ.

Record travel and trade volumes for summer

Passenger volumes peaked as expected, with more than 3.68 million travellers passing through international airports in December, January and February.

Northland launches Byways campaign

How Northland as a visitor destination is marketed is about to change with Northland Inc’s launch today of the first three new road-based journeys called ‘Byways’.

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.

Singapore launches additional services to Christchurch

Singapore Airlines will again provide supplementary services to and from Christchurch for 2017/18 summer.

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

Treble Cone invests in new snowmaking system

Treble Cone is proud to announce that a new snowmaking system will be in place for the 2017 season.

Shoulder season growth outweighs peak

The latest international visitor arrival figures show Tourism New Zealand’s decision to invest all of its activity into promoting autumn and spring travel continues to deliver for industry.

Misha’s Vineyard unveils new tasting room as wine tourism grows

Misha’s Vineyard has opened a Tasting Room in Cromwell as wine tourism in the region booms.

Church of Good Shepherd – TEC continues support

TEC is working with the Church to assist with enhancement of the experience for visitors, car-parking, and other related issues.

First North China trade famil to visit Kaikoura since earthquake

The first trade famil from North China to visit Kaikoura since the earthquake arrives this week.

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.

USA travel industry treated to warm New Zealand welcome

America’s largest network of travel agents enjoyed a warm Kiwi welcome last night to kick off their 18th Annual International Summit.

Waitomo Glowworm Caves awarded official mark of quality

Waitomo Glowworm Caves is the proud recipient of a Qualmark Gold Award – one of the first issued to a tourism operator under the new guidelines issued by Tourism New Zealand.

SH1, south of Kaikoura, to close for emergency stabilisation

State Highway 1, south of Kaikoura, will be closed to all traffic for eight days from 8pm on Sunday, 26 March to 7am on Tuesday 4 April to enable emergency slip face stabilisation work to be carried out.

Former PM and Tourism Minister John Key to leave parliament

John Key will give his valedictory speech on 22 March, 2017 and his resignation from Parliament will take effect from 14 April.

Qualmark completes live trial

With tourism operators working flat-out to deal with peak-season visitor numbers, Qulamark are delighted with the access the team has been given to conduct a live trial of the new Qualmark Sustainable Tourism criteria.

Air NZ introduces Dreamliner on Adelaide route

With visitor numbers between New Zealand and South Australia continuing to soar, Air New Zealand will begin flying the Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft to Adelaide.

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.

Impose targeted visitor tax at border, not on councils

A targeted visitor tax imposed at New Zealand’s border is the fairest way to ensure tourists contribute to cover costs of their visit.

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.

ServiceIQ on-job training qualifications take off in UAE

A new agreement between the Knowledge and Human Development Authority of Dubai and ServiceIQ is a game-changer for the recognition of qualifications between the two countries.

Wellington mayor: We need to be bold to fund tourism infrastructure

The $1.4 billion dollar cost of new infrastructure to support the tourism boom shows new funding options are needed.

Tourism New Zealand returns as key partner for Luxperience 2017

Tourism New Zealand has again committed as a key partner for annual luxury travel trade show Luxperience.

Geraint Martin appointed Te Papa chief executive

Geraint Martin has been appointed as the new chief executive of Te Papa. Mr Martin is currently the CEO of Counties Manukau District Health Board.

New Fullers ferry to cope with tourist demand

Fullers is introducing a new vessel, Capricornian Surfer, dedicated to Devonport to cope with tourism demand.

Golf courses forged by nature draw in the putters

New Zealand’s unique golf courses, many created within landscapes forged by nature are proving a drawcard for international visitors.

Visitor trends work for Whanganui

Results for December 2016 show visitor arrivals increasing by almost 13,000 people compared to last year. Occupancy rates are up as is the length of stay.

New Great Walk through Paparoa approved

A new Great Walk through the Paparoa National Park to be built as a memorial to the 29 men who died in the 2010 Pike Mine tragedy.

Top of the South cluster releases new trade resource

The Top of the South regional tourism cluster has released a new 2017 itinerary brochure, following route changes north of Kaikoura.

Wagner: Success has raised challenges govt will help address

In a speech to the Chartered Accountants ANZ Annual Nelson/Marlborough Regional Conference this week, Associate Minister of Tourism Nicky Wagner outlines the government's tourism strategy.

Record numbers heading for RTONZ-Inbound Trade Event

A record number of inbound travel companies are heading for the RTONZ-Inbound Trade event in Auckland.

Australia, NZ airlines form new industry group

Australia and New Zealand’s major airlines have established a new industry group to advocate and pursue reform on public policy issues.

UN at ITB: Tourism opens our hearts and our minds

Tourism can transform our world and build better understanding in a world living a deficit of tolerance, says UNWTO Secretary-General Taleb Rifai says In his address at the opening ceremony of ITB Berlin 2017.

Access to natural heritage celebrated at awards

Six of New Zealand’s champions of public access were recognised on Tuesday for their achievements in enhancing public access and offering new opportunities for New Zealanders to experience our great outdoors.

Queenstown Airport interim revenue jumps 25% to $20m

Queenstown Airport Corporation has reported a solid half-year result, achieving a net profit after tax of $6.2m for the first six months of the 2017 financial year.

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.

New Zealand on show in Europe at ITB Berlin

New Zealand will have an exclusive stand at the world’s largest tourism travel trade show in Berlin this week, exhibiting to more than 1000 buyers and 120,000 visitors.

New Zealand a Qyer Destination of the Year

New Zealand has been named a Destination of the Year by Qyer, a major Chinese free independent traveller online community with 80 million users.

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.

Tourism New Zealand’s office on the move

Tourism New Zealand’s Auckland office is on the move, shifting on March 20 to a new Nelson Street address.

Showcase of creativity and technology

Wellington’s biggest business events trade show, Show Me Wellington, is getting even bigger, with over 100 exhibitors now confirmed for this year’s event.

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.

Auckland cruise arrivals near 90k in record February

The Ports of Auckland handled 31 cruise ship visits for the month of February, welcoming 89,516 visiting passengers and crew.

Marlborough shops to open Easter Sunday

The Marlborough District Council has confirmed that shops may open for business this Easter Sunday, in time for this Easter’s Omaka Classic Fighters Airshow.

CINZ MEETINGS 2017 showcases 19 NZ regions

New Zealand’s diverse regions will be on show for more than 600 business event organisers at ASB Showgrounds in Auckland this May.

$100K move to market Taupō district as premier ski hub

A plan to transform the Taupō District into New Zealand’s premier ski destination has gained full support from Taupō District Council who approved $100k of funding.

Auckland nears 1m international passengers for January

For the second consecutive month, Auckland Airport welcomed a record number of international passengers.

Tourism BOP launches inaugural No Place Like Home event

The beauty of Tauranga’s McLaren Falls Park will be showcased this weekend in a unique family-friendly event – the first of its kind for the reserve.

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.

Geri Fallon to head Tomahawk Taupo office

Auckland-based digital agency Tomahawk, which specialises on the tourism industry, is expanding operations in both New Orleans in the US and Taupo in NZ

Rotorua retailers to open on Easter Sunday

An Easter Sunday Shop Trading Policy which will enable retailers throughout the Rotorua district to trade on Easter Sunday if they wish has been adopted by the council.

New generation jet boat launches in Queenstown

An innovative new generation of jet boat has launched onto the Queenstown scene, able to carry almost double the number of passengers than an average river jet boat.

$1.7m boost for Rotorua’s Crankworx

The Government will invest up to $1.7 million over five years into the mountain biking Crankworx Festival and Enduro World Series in Rotorua.

NZ wins Best Environmental Stand at AIME 2017

The 100% Pure New Zealand stand won the Best Environmental Stand 2017 at the Asia-Pacific Incentives and Meetings Expo (AIME) in Melbourne.

Visitor arrivals now more than 3.5m

The number of visitors to New Zealand has passed the 3.5 million mark with total arrivals up 11 per cent for the year ending January 2017.

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.

Wellington continues to reap the benefits of tourism growth

National List MP Paul Foster-Bell was delighted to see Wellington continue to reap the benefits of tourism growth

Public transport breakthrough for the Wakatipu

A much needed radical shift in public transport for the Wakatipu Basin’s residence and visitors has taken a step closer.

Govt: 90% of rivers and lakes swimmable by 2040

The Government has announced a target of 90% of New Zealand’s lakes and rivers meeting swimmable water quality standards by 2040, alongside releasing new policy, regulations, information maps and funding.

Fresh water vital to tourism industry growth

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.

Bennett: Tourists continue to add value to NZ economy

Tourism spending over the summer high season continued to grow in most regions, providing jobs for regional New Zealand, Tourism Minister Paula Bennett says.

Tourism spending in regions up in January

The latest Monthly Regional Tourism Estimates released by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment today show that tourism expenditure grew in most regions over the year to January 2017.

Christchurch’s ‘pockets of awesome’ now online

Christchurch’s pockets of awesome - the city’s trending places to meet, eat, drink, and experience - are now featured in a new online resource at pocketsofawesome.co.nz

New Zealand’s secret ingredient revealed at AIME

New Zealand was on show at this week’s Asia-Pacific Incentives & Meetings Expo (AIME) in Melbourne.

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 Airport welcomes Sichuan Airlines

Auckland Airport welcomes the announcement that Sichuan Airlines will start flying between Auckland and Chengdu in China from June this year.

NZICC secures 1200-delegate medical conference

THE NZICC has booked another major conference for 2020, securing the Tripartite Colorectal Annual Meeting

Showcase New Zealand – seeking industry speakers

Travel sellers in the USA love hearing about New Zealand from the source. We are putting together a series of online presentations to North American based agents and sellers on a range of topics and we need industry help to showcase New Zealand.

Wine tourism another asset for Central Otago

Waitaki MP Jacqui Dean says wine tourism is an exciting new growth area in Central Otago, providing yet another attraction to encourage visitors to the area.

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.

National Parks first and foremost belong to Kiwis

National parks are by law the ‘people’s parks” and New Zealanders should have free entry with tourists charged a national park levy on entering the country.

Applications open today for Great Rides funding

Associate Tourism Minister Nicky Wagner announced applications will open today for further funding to maintain and enhance Nga Haerenga, the New Zealand Cycle Trail.

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.

International visitor spending steady over 2016

International visitor spending grew 4 per cent to $10.1 billion in the year ended December 2016, according to the latest International Visitor Survey released on Friday by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment.

InterCity’s airport buses now offer ‘business class’

Travellers on InterCity’s direct bus service between Hamilton and Auckland Airport can now enjoy a taste of business class on the road.

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...

Innovative star gazing tours launch at Tekapo Springs

Star gazing in one of the world’s top ‘clear sky’ locations is being launched by Tekapo Springs in New Zealand’s Mackenzie country.

Statistics NZ: Tourists flock to motels

International visitors continued to boost guest-night numbers, particularly for motels, in November, Statistics NZ said yesterday.

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.

Campaign stops New York commuters in their tracks

Thousands of commuters in New York's Penn Station are stopping in their tracks to check out a display promoting a holiday in New Zealand.

The Conference Company opens Sydney office

New Zealand’s biggest and most internationally connected convention and event organiser, The Conference Company, will this month open its first dedicated off-shore office in the heart of Sydney’s CBD.

Popularity of Hawke’s Bay Trails continues to climb

The popularity of Hawke’s Bay Trails is continuing to climb, with new figures showing a record number of people using the trails for cycling, walking or running.

Celebrate Mt Hutt’s best ski resort award for a good cause

The lifts will be spinning on Saturday March the 4th at Mt Hutt for the ‘Discover Mt Hutt’ family open day; celebrating Mt Hutt’s second award for best New Zealand Ski Resort, at the same time helping Canterbury charity Māia Health Foundation raise funds for a future-proofed rooftop helipad at Christchurch Hospital.

Kiwi Stars head to Napier for Art Deco Festival 2017

This year’s Tremains Art Deco Festival is shaping up to be a star studded one as Kiwi Stars Kerre Woodham, Shane & Nerida Cortese and Masterchef Brett McGregor all head to Napier to enjoy the festivities.

Peters: Jetstar deal shows up National’s disloyalty

National’s approval of a lucrative government contract being handed over to Australian-owned Jetstar is a body blow to Air New Zealand, says New Zealand First Leader and Northland Member of Parliament Rt Hon Winston Peters.

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.

i-SITE trial at DoC Whakapapa Visitor Centre a success

Ruapehu Council has deemed the nine-month trial of an i-SITE at the Department of Conservation (DoC) Visitor Centre at Whakapapa a success and voted to sign a Memorandum of Understanding with DoC to continue its operation for another three years.

ServiceIQ first training organisation to get ISO 9001

Globally-recognised international standard ISO 9001:2015 has been awarded to ServiceIQ, the country’s industry training organisation (ITO) for the service sectors of tourism, hospitality, aviation, retail, travel and museums.

Jetstar & Qantas welcome NZ govt travel announcement

The Qantas Group has welcomed the New Zealand government’s announcement naming both Jetstar and Qantas as contracted suppliers for government air travel, commencing 1 March 2017.

Tasman council blocks vehicles from freedom camping area

The Tasman District Council will install gates and a gravel bund to block vehicle access to the informal Reilly Street freedom camping area, in response to concerns about pollution, noise and public safety.

Significant step towards new cycling and walking track

The Dunedin Tunnels Trail Trust is a significant step closer to realising its vision for a new walking and cycling track through two disused Victorian tunnels connecting Dunedin to the Taieri Plains.

PurePods expands into Waipara

Inner-city indulgence meets idyllic isolation with the launch of a new glass eco-cabin, near Christchurch.

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.

A helping hand for New Zealand businesses

Local New Zealand businesses are not keeping up when it comes to promoting their business online.

InterCity launches coast-to-coast bus service

New Zealand’s largest long distance transport provider InterCity will operate bus services between Christchurch and Greymouth while the TranzAlpine scenic railway is out of action.

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.

Bridges: Cycling infrastructure remains a priority

Transport Minister Simon Bridges says building better cycling infrastructure remains a priority for the Government as demonstrated by the Go by Bike Day event.

NZ claims top spot yet again with UK travellers

New Zealand continues to hold the Top Country award firmly in its grip with a near perfect score in the UK’s Wanderlust Magazine Reader Travel Awards 2017, winning gold for the third year in a row.

Tourism helps boost spending through Paymark by 33%

In the last five years, the combination of a stronger housing market, strong tourism, relatively low oil prices and strong uptake of contactless cards has tended to support stronger spending through the Paymark network.

Yealands Wins Most Innovative Tourism Experience

Drinks International announced the results of its annual awards on 6th February, and Yealands Family Wines took out the top prize in the Most Innovative Tourism Experience category for their White Road App and self-guided vineyard tour.

New flights and fares bring NZ closer for Euro visitors

One-stop flights and highly competitive fares mean visiting New Zealand from Europe is easier than ever before.

Conference venues invited to showcase to thousands

A new tool developed for the Tourism New Zealand Business Events website is promoting the diverse range of world class conference venues available across the country.

Auckland Airport welcomes world’s longest flight

Auckland Airport welcomed Qatar Airways on Monday as the airline launches the world’s longest commercial passenger flight on the Auckland-Doha route.

Wine flight back for second vintage

Premium New Zealand wines, paired with stunning views of the regions where they are produced, were on the inflight menu for leading international media and wine experts on Friday.

P&O’s Pacific Pearl arrives with Auckland Nines fans

More than 1700 Nines supporters have sailed into Auckland this morning on P&O’s Pacific Pearl, marking the start of a four-month season of cruises from New Zealand which will contribute close to $20 million to the nation’s economy.

Auckland tourism boss Brett O’Riley resigns

Auckland promotion agency ATEED boss Brett O'Riley has resigned after five years in the job.

Japan visitors top 100,000 for first time in almost a decade

Japanese visitors to New Zealand broke through the 100,000 mark for the first time since 2008, with the market showing recovery form a long decline due to economic issues and natural disasters.

New Permanent Pork Pie Exhibit launched at Transport World

A new permanent Pork Pie exhibit was launched at Bill Richardson Transport World this morning.

Year ends on high for tourism numbers

Its official, 2016 was a bumper year for holiday arrivals to New Zealand with record numbers of tourists, up 16.2 per cent on the previous year.

Tourism industry aims to maintain record growth

“Our challenge now is to maintain the growth trajectory in a sustainable way,” Tourism Industry Aotearoa Chief Executive Chris Roberts says.

Why travel? DOC launches albatross colony live stream

For the second year running DOC has set up a web cam beside an albatross nest in the northern royal albatross breeding colony near Dunedin.

Pinot Noir descends on our nation’s capital

The vinous international spotlight will be on New Zealand’s capital this week with the Pinot Noir NZ 2017 celebration, described as the best Pinot Noir event on the planet.

50 year olds invited to celebrate 50 years

Otago Peninsula Trust is offering special deals for people born in 1967 as part of its 50th birthday celebrations in 2017.

International visitors have again pushed up guest-night numbers

International visitors have again pushed up guest-night numbers, particularly for motels and hotels, according to Statistics New Zealand.

Strong start to summer tourism spending

Nearly every region across New Zealand experienced strong growth in tourism spending this summer, Tourism Minister Paula Bennett says.

TripAdvisor: Rotorua hotel best reviewed in NZ

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

New Zealand’s first Smart Shuttle unveiled in Christchurch airport

The future arrived at Christchurch Airport this morning, with the introduction of the fully autonomous Smart Shuttle.

Fly fishing Waiau River makes prestigious travel list

What does fly fishing the Waiau River have in common with whale watching in Hawaii and visiting pyramids in Guatemala?

TranzAlpine services to West Coast resume

KiwiRail has cleared the slips on the Midland Line and will begin running services, including the internationally acclaimed TranzAlpine train.

Call for greater tourism funding for communities welcomed

Federated Farmers adding its voice to the call for more central government funding for tourism infrastructure is welcomed by Local Government New Zealand.

Showcasing New Zealand as a photographer’s paradise

Tourism New Zealand and Nikon Australia have today launched a new global partnership to dshowcase New Zealand’s landscapes and Nikon’s KeyMission 360-degree camera.

New InterCity buses bring business class to the road

Two new InterCity double-decker buses are hitting the road this week, offering a new level of luxury for long-distance bus passengers.

Major milestones for Air New Zealand’s mobile app

Air New Zealand’s mobile app is proving a hit with customers, clocking up its one millionth user download this week.

KiwiRail launches truncated TranzAlpine service

KiwiRail is offering day trips from Christchurch to Arthur’s Pass on its popular TranzAlpine service after Wednesday’s weather bomb cut road and rail links.

Million passenger milestone for Queenstown

Air New Zealand is celebrating a new milestone after it carried a million domestic passengers to and from Queenstown in 2016.

New chief executive appointed to lead Tourism New Zealand

Loyalty NZ's Stephen England-Hall has been appointed chief executive at Tourism New Zealand.

TIA, RTONZ welcome infrastructure report

The Tourism Industry Association and Regional Tourism Organisations New Zealand have welcomed the release of a report into the funding of tourism infrastructure.

MBIE: Tourism spend data for October 2016

The latest Monthly Regional Tourism Estimates show that tourism expenditure grew in all regions over the year to October 2016.

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.

Qualmark takes on three new tourism specialists

Qualmark has appointed three new tourism specialists as part of its revamp, taking the number of assessors to ten.

Aus, NZ associations slam tax hike

The leading Australasian tourism associations have called on the Australian government to scrap its plan to increase the Passenger Movement Charge.

State of the Tourism Industry 2016 report

Access the State of the Tourism Industry 2016 report, presented at the Tourism Summit Aotearoa 2016, which provides a snapshot of the current state and performance of the tourism industry.

TIA launches domestic market digital tool

Tourism operators and organisations will be able to identify the best domestic travellers to target for their business following the launch of a free online tool.

Cameron Lawrence takes top job at Qualmark

Cameron Lawrence has been appointed general manager at Qualmark.
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