Sunday, April 22, 2018


Air NZ continues reign as Australia’s most reputable company

For the second consecutive year, proudly Kiwi airline Air New Zealand has been recognised as Australia’s most reputable company.

NZ v Australia – the big difference on how foreign tourists are viewed

Kiwis are twice as likely than Australians to believe international visitors put too much pressure on their respective countries, according to new research.

Across the Ditch: The impact of the Commonwealth Games

Margy Osmond, chief executive of Australia’s Tourism & Transport Forum, on the impact and legacy of the Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast.

$1.3bn takeover to create Australasia’s largest hotel group gets go ahead

French giant AccorHotels’ proposed A$1.2bn (NZ$1.3bn) takeover of Australia’s Mantra Group looks set to go ahead creating a 50,000 room behemoth in the Asia Pacific room.

England-Hall’s address to ANZLF

Tourism New Zealand’s chief executive, Stephen England-Hall, address to the Australia New Zealand Leadership Forum (ANZLF) in Sydney.

Report: Why clipboard went through Jetstar engine

A clipboard was sucked through a Jetstar plane engine damaging a fan blade as the Airbus A320 took off from Auckland Airport for Sydney.

Dreamworld owner signals recovery following 2016 tragedy

Australian operator Ardent Leisure expects to return to profitably in the second half of its 2018 financial year as it continues to recover from the Dreamworld theme park tragedy. 

Australian operators reap rewards of booming tourism

Australian tourism and travel operators have reported record profits this week with Qantas, Flight Centre and Sydney Airport all enjoying the benefits of booming tourism.

New Zealand to the fore at AIME 2018

New Zealand will be front and centre of the floor and hosting activities at this week’s 25th Asia-Pacific Incentives and Meetings Expo (AIME) in Melbourne.

NZ operations help drive profit up 28% at Experience Co

Revenue from its NZ skydiving operations was A$12.9m, up 7.5% compared to the same period a year earlier.

Millions of Aussies wake to Wellington

Lord of the Rings characters and Waitangi Day celebrations may sound like an unlikely mix but it’s what 2.4 million viewers of Australia’s Sunshine breakfast TV show enjoyed this week.

Why Tourism Australia’s $39m ‘Croc Dundee’ campaign is smart

Professor of media and communications at University of Melbourne, John Sinclair, says Tourism Australia's lastest A$36m campaign is founded on a smart strategy.

Australia launches massive $39m US campaign

Tourism Australia has kicked off a new A$36m (NZ$39m) marketing push aimed at “supercharging the value of American tourism Down Under’.

Starring role for NZ operator in latest Qantas safety video

Qantas has released its latest safety video and one iconic New Zealand operator gets a starring a role.

New Zealand to come alive at AIME 2018

The New Zealand story is set to come alive at AIME 2018 this month with a bold new stand in the premium zone, mixing digital innovation and distinctive cultural elements.

TNZ ramps autumn drive with new $500K Aussie campaign

A new $500,000 campaign that aims to increase Australian visitors to New Zealand in the autumn is set to launch next week.

InterCity’s John Thorburn on the firm’s first foray overseas

InterCity Group CEO John Thorburn on the company's expansion beyond NZ with its purchase of the Cairns-based Tusa Group, which operates a variety of cruise products.  

Christchurch jumps in Australian destination preferences

Christchurch has jumped six spots as a preferred destination for Australian visitors.

Air NZ behind the scenes: Sam Neill and Bryan Brown on ‘fush and chups’,...

Actors Sam Neill and Bryan Brown have reunited on-screen as the distinctive voices behind the latest instalment of Air New Zealand’s Better Way to Fly campaign.

Air NZ and Virgin boost Auckland-Brisbane services

Air New Zealand and Virgin Australia have announced changes to one of their key alliance routes driven by an improved demand outlook.

Experience Co splashes $61.5m to buy Aussie operators

One of Australasia’s most acquisitive operators has made yet another big bet splashing $61.5m for two operators as part of its ambition to become "the world’s largest adventure tourism company".

Air NZ’s Dreamliner goes year-round to Adelaide

Air New Zealand’s Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner is set to become an even more frequent sight in the skies above Adelaide with the airline announcing plans to deploy the aircraft on the Auckland – Adelaide route year-round.

Christchurch-based autumn breaks promoted to Australians

A new campaign is underway to get more Australians basing themselves in Christchurch for an autumn holiday next year.

CINZ MEETINGS 2018 launches to Australian conference organisers

Delegates at next week’s Professional Conference Organisers Association (PCOA) Conference and Exhibition will be invited to experience New Zealand for CINZ MEETINGS 2018.

DQ launches inaugural Queenstown Week for Aussie buyers

Destination Queenstown is hosting close to 50 trade and conference and incentive buyers this week as part of its inaugural business-to-business event, Queenstown Week.

CINZ: Australian market “huge opportunity” for NZ events

The Australian association market presents a huge opportunity to drive business into New Zealand’s £588m conventions industry.

Air NZ’s Dreamliner touches down in Adelaide

Air New Zealand’s first scheduled Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner service to Adelaide touched down shortly after 10.30am yesterday morning (local time) heralding a new era of comfort and service for South Australia.

Aussies snap up iconic NZ cycle trails operator

A leading Australian adventure travel specialist has acquired iconic central Otago Rail Trail cycling tour operator, Trail Journeys.

NZ celebrates 10th PCOA with largest-ever team

The largest-ever team of New Zealand suppliers is heading to the Gold Coast for the Professional Conference Organisers (PCO) Association’s 10th anniversary event next month.  

Skydive the Beach statement on triple fatality

Skydive the Beach Group Limited confirms that three people died following a skydiving accident near the company's Mission Beach dropzone last Friday.

Air New Zealand’s AI chatbot Oscar says g’day to Australia

Air New Zealand’s artificial intelligence-backed chatbot, Bravo Oscar Tango (Oscar for short) has received his first international promotion – beginning work online in Australia.

ComCom prepared to investigate Accor’s $1.3bn Mantra acquisition

The Commerce Commission could investigate French giant AccorHotel's proposed A$1.2bn (NZ$1.3bn) takeover of Australia's Mantra Group if the deal substantially reduces competition in the New Zealand hotel operator market.

Skydive the Beach splashes $22m for helicopter operator

One of Australasia's most acquisitive operators has made another large investment again signalling its intent to become "the world's largest adventure tourism company".

Emirates ends Auckland to Australia flights

Emirates will stop flying from Melbourne and Brisbane to Auckland and instead focus on its non-stop Auckland-Dubai service.

Accor in $1.3bn bid to create Australasia’s largest hotel group

Europe's largest hotel group, Accor, has made a US$930m (NZ$1.3bn) bid for Australia's Mantra Group, which could see a number of New Zealand assets change hands.

Wellington makes capital pitch to Canberra

Cuisine and culture is a big part of Wellington’s pitch as a long weekend destination, which is a growth area for Australian tourism to NZ

TTF: Time for faster, smarter, better trips across ‘the Ditch’

Tourism & Transport Forum Australia's chief executive Margy Osmond argues it is time to simplify air travel between Australia and New Zealand and improve the experience for travellers.

THL wins Australian 2017 Fleet Safety Award

Tourism Holdings Australia Pty Ltd, (thl) operators of Britz, Maui and Mighty campers has won the 2017 Australian Fleet Management Association’s (AfMA) Fleet Safety Award.

Stray buys Loka to become APAC’s largest “flexible adventure travel network”

Auckland-based Stray Travel has bought Australia's Loka adventure travel operator in a deal the companies say will create Asia Pacific’s largest "flexible adventure travel network".

TNZ targets Aussies in $1m South Island campaign

Tourism New Zealand has launched its fourth annual campaign encouraging Australians to visit the South Island in autumn.

Australians left charmed by largest ever Rotorua Roadshow

Destination Rotorua and the largest ever group of local tourism operators have the Australian travel industry buzzing.

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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