Monday, August 21, 2017
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Australia

Will we see more private equity enter NZ tourism?

Following the revelation yesterday by the Ticker that Australia's Blue Sky has spent millions on a stake in Queenstown's Active Adventures, we take a look at the role PE is playing in Australian tourism and what that may mean for the industry here.

Aussie PE enters NZ tourism with Queenstown purchase

An Australian private equity investor has splashed millions for a stake in a Queenstown tour operator and is hunting for more deals in NZ's booming tourism sector.

Flight Centre buys two NZ travel firms

Australian-listed Flight Centre Travel Group has moved to increase its leisure and corporate travel market-share in New Zealand by buying two companies.

SkyCity writes down Aussie asset by A$95M

SkyCity Entertainment Group will write off all the goodwill in its Darwin casino complex with an A$95m impairment.

TNZ named top tourism office in Australia

Tourism New Zealand has been named the top tourism office in Australia at the premier industry event of the year.

Across the Ditch: Now is the time to ramp up tourism

Margy Osmond, chief executive of Australia’s Tourism & Transport Forum, on the state of Australia's booming tourism market and why the industry can't rest on its laurels.

Chinese set to overtake Kiwis as top visitors to Australia

China is set to overtake New Zealand as Australia’s biggest source of international visitors within months if current trends continue.

North Island attractions inspire new Australian campaign

Forgotten World, Waitomo Caves, and the Huka Falls are among the attractions being promoted in new touring itineraries being pushed in Australia.

FOCUS on Data: Fresh fields

Tourism economist and consultant and one of the biggest users of NZ's visitor data, Fresh Info, has expanded to Australia.

Air NZ touches down at Sunshine Coast Airport

Sunshine Coast Air New Zealand flight touched down on Friday morning at Sunshine Coast Airport, bringing the first of thousands of visitors for the season from across the Tasman.

Deloitte: NZ tourism well positioned for Chinese investment

The New Zealand tourism industry is well positioned for a wave of Chinese investment in tourism assets, according to Deloitte Access Economics.

An Operator’s View: Explore Group’s Kit Nixon

Explore Group's chief executive Kit Nixon tells us why the boat cruise and tour company set sail up the value curve, expanding overseas and delivering unique maritime experiences.

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.

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.

Australia to remain NZ’s visitor backbone as Chinese spend accelerates

Australia will continue to be the backbone of New Zealand’s tourism industry despite growth from the China-led Asian markets.

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.

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.

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.

First ever Melbourne Cup cruise from NZ

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

NZ is Australia’s biggest tourism source – but for how long?

New Zealand remains Australia's biggest tourism source market, delivering 1.35m visitors over the past 12 months. But for how long?

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.

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.

NZ shortlisted for Australian LGBTI destination awards

New Zealand has been shortlisted in the ‘Travel/Destination of the Year’ category at the Australian Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex (LGBTI) Awards 2017.

Best of Australia showcased in latest Qantas safety video

QANTAS has unveiled its latest safety video showcasing regular Australians in 15 locations around the country.

Across the ditch: Australia must invest to maintain tourism boom

In a warning to us here, a lack of investment in training and infrastructure could curtail Australia's booming tourism industry, says David Beirman, senior lecturer in tourism at the University of Technology Sydney.
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