Sunday, April 22, 2018


TIA backs Christchurch plan to woo events

Tourism Industry Aotearoa is calling on Christchurch City Council to boost funding for events in its 2018-2028 Draft Long-Term Plan.

New major event for Palmerston North

The event takes place from 8-14 April 2019 and will incorporate an arena spectacular telling real stories about the homecoming of the NZDF in 1919.

Auckland wins Ultimate Sports City third time running

Auckland has been named ‘Best Medium City’ at the prestigious SportsBusiness Ultimate Sports City Awards for the third consecutive time.

Auckland’s major events portfolio 2018/19

A diverse range of cultural, lifestyle and sporting events happening in Auckland over the coming financial year will receive public investment as part of Auckland’s Major Events Portfolio.

KiwiRail remembers the Wahine

An Interislander ferry will sound its horn to mark the time the Wahine struck Barrett Reef and another will form the backdrop to a flotilla on Wellington Harbour, as KiwiRail helps commemorate the 50-year anniversary of the Wahine tragedy.

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.

600+ head for Ruapehu Ring of Fire

This Saturday, Mt Ruapehu will be lit up by a circle of headlamps as 628 runners, including 37 from overseas representing 7 countries, compete in the inaugural Ruapehu Ring of Fire.

WREDA: Jim Beam Homegrown is Kiwi music with an economic punch

Jim Beam Homegrown will this year pump millions of dollars into the local economy with three-quarters of fans rocking out on the waterfront coming from outside the Wellington region.

Ed Sheeran, Wanaka Warbirds bring bumper southern Easter

Ed Sheeran's three Dunedin concerts, a big 30th anniversary crowd at the Warbirds Over Wanaka airshow, and generally fine weather across Otago are all expected to contribute to a bumper Easter for the region's retailers and operators.

Record numbers gear up for The Big Easy

It’s almost time to gear up, kit out and hit the superb Hawke’s Bay trails for the sixth annual Big Easy.

Premier athletics to return to Christchurch

World Champion shot putter Tom Walsh has an exciting message for Christchurch – premier athletics is returning to our city with the New Zealand Track and Field Championships confirmed for 2019 and 2020.

America’s Cup decision closer with new base option

Minister for Economic Development David Parker welcomes new developments that bring closer an agreement on the shape of a world-class venue for the 36th America’s Cup event in Auckland.

Last day for America’s Cup submissions

The period for making submissions on the current notified America’s Cup resource consent applications will close today, Wednesday 14 March.

Lantern festival boosts central city businesses

Central city businesses have reaped the benefits of thousands of people visiting the annual lantern festival in the heart of Christchurch.

Suffrage 125 commemorations at Te Papa

International Women’s Day marks the launch of the year-long Suffrage 125 commemorations.

JUCY among the winners at Round the Bays

JUCY was among the winners at the Ports of Auckland Round the Bays event.

2507 jobs, 25,760 foreign visitors, $194m generated – the Lions tour breakdown

The British and Irish Lions rugby tour last winter attracted 25,760 international visitors and contributed $194m to GDP,

Two week extension for America’s Cup submissions

The period for making submissions on the current notified America’s Cup resource consent applications has been extended by two weeks.

Registrations open for RTNZ: Inbound Event

Inbound tour companies are now invited to register for the annual RTNZ: Inbound Trade Event which is being held on Wednesday 11th and Thursday 12th April 2018 at the Heritage Hotel Auckland.

Christchurch hotel set to welcome Golden Oldies

One local Christchurch hotel owner is counting down the days until the Golden Oldies come to town, confirming record bookings for the month of April.

Auckland secures $33m of Australian business events

Auckland’s increased focus on developing the Australian market as a source of business events has paid dividends – resulting in the city hosting $33 million worth of business events since the Auckland Business Events Plan launched in 2014.

5000+ to converge on Christchurch’s Golden Oldies

More than 5,000 participants will take part in sports festivals during a month-long celebration of fun, friendship and fraternity.

Inbound companies reminded to save the date for RTNZ-ITO event

Regional Tourism New Zealand (RTNZ) is reminding inbound tour companies to 'save the date' for the annual RTONZ-Inbound Trade event.

SeePort attracts more than 70,000

This year has been the most successful ever, with over 72,000 people visiting over the weekend

Invercargill to get a ‘Rev Up’ in new event

The Invercargill City Council is looking to kick-start the New Year by launching a new event to help show how the city centre can shine with a bit of cut-and-polish!

New Zealand on a winner at PCOA Conference

Last week’s Professional Conference Organisers Association (PCOA) conference proved to be a winner for delegates who visited the 100% Pure New Zealand hub.

Winter Games injects record $13m

The Audi quattro Winter Games attracted 865 athletes and pumped a record $13.4m into Central Otago, says the event's organisers.

Best in Show for Hobbiton as it scoops garden awards

Matamata's Hobbiton Movie Set has scooped a trilogy of awards at the New Zealand Flower and Garden Show in Auckland.

Festival of Lights injects $4.6m, attracts 8000 visitors

A survey on the New Plymouth District Council-run TSB Festival of Lights has highlighted the significant contribution the summer spectacular is making to the region’s economy.

Meetings, seminars surge drives business events growth

Meetings and seminars activity surged by 19% last year pushing up delegate numbers and delegate days, according to the latest Convention Activity Survey.

Queenstown Marathon sets new records

Record numbers will set off in a variety of events at this Saturday’s Air New Zealand Queenstown International Marathon.

NZ takes fresh approach at 10th PCOA Conference

The 100% Pure New Zealand hub promises to be a welcoming space for delegates to engage and network at this month’s Professional Conference Organisers (PCO) Association conference.

Five base options proposed for $1bn America’s Cup

Auckland Council’s Governing Body will next week be asked to approve a team base location for hosting the 36th America’s Cup in 2021.

Te Awahou Nieuwe Stroom prepares to open

Foxton’s much anticipated tourism and community services centre, Te Awahou Nieuwe Stroom, is set to open its doors on Saturday 18 November 2017.

$9m bonanza from Queenstown Marathon

The fourth Queenstown International Marathon is expected to inject $8.5m into the resort's economy.

ATEED lands top UK talent to lead major events

Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development (ATEED) has scored a coup landing the current head of EventScotland to be its next major events leader. 

Coromandel launches first regional Food Forum

Stunning scenery, seafood and sharing industry information was the main course of the day for the Coromandel's first Food Forum held this week.

Marlborough secures 400-delegate conference

Marlborough has won another significant event for next year securing the New Zealand Aquaculture Conference, which will bring up to 400 delegates and inject around $344,400 into the region.

F.A.W.C! Summer Series kicks off with a bang

F.A.W.C! Food and Wine Classics 2017 Summer Series kicked off on Friday with the annual F.A.W.C! Launch Party with Hawkes Bay Winemakers at Black Barn Vineyards.

Cycling Action Network: First NZ Bike Expo a success

The first-ever NZ Bike Expo, which was held in Christchurch on 28-29 October exceeded expectations from exhibitors and visitors alike.

NZ showcased at Santa Monica as part of Tuku Iho | Living Legacy

It’s been the scene of Hollywood movies, now Māori culture has taken over the Santa Monica Pier with a breathtaking kapa haka performance.

Agents converge on Sofitel Wellington for La Nuit

More than 50 travel agents and travel industry representatives from around the country will head to Wellington for the premiere of La Nuit by Sofitel - the brand's signature event.

EAT.TASTE.CENTRAL – the winners

The inaugural Eat.Taste.Central Central Otago Regional Menu came to a close on Sunday when participating venues gathered at Monteith’s in Alexandra to hear the judges’ decisions for the top dishes.

Ziptrek ‘Locals Day’ a soaring success for camp

Queenstown tourism company Ziptrek Ecotours is celebrating another successful ‘Locals Day’ as over 200 locals ‘took to the trees’ on Sunday to raise money for chosen charity Wakatipu High School Branches Camp.

Operators join forces to maximise Rotorua’s visitor experience

Key Rotorua tourism operators have come together to create a first of its kind training and networking event for Rotorua accommodation partners.

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.

Christchurch’s Incredible Race 2017

An annual event run to keep Christchurch’s frontline tourism staff up to date with the awesome activities and visitor experiences available in the city kicks off today.

CINZ: NZ events must be driven to a new level

The New Zealand meetings and events industry must up its games to make most of the new conference assets that are coming on line, according to MBIE’s Roger Wigglesworth.

Auckland major events funding applications now open

The annual application round for Auckland major events sponsorship is now open.

Real Journeys becomes Winter Festival title sponsor

Real Journeys is stepping up to become the principle sponsor of the Queenstown Winter Festival.

Aussies lead overseas invasion at Air NZ Queenstown Marathon

With less than five weeks to go until race day, an incredible 1,113 Australians have signed up to take part in the variety of events on offer on November 18, and that number is increasing every day.

Inaugural Wellington Heritage Week goes down in history

We’re proud supporters of the inaugural Wellington Heritage Week, which will showcase the history of the capital through events, tours, exhibitions, and behind the scenes sneak peeks from 23-29 October.

Gay Ski Week QT nominated for Australian LGBTI award

The Southern Hemisphere’s largest Winter Pride event - Gay Ski Week QT continues to go from strength to strength with its recent nomination in the Australian LGBTI Awards – ‘Destination Category’.

Texaco tanker to make historic journey

In what is a once in a lifetime occasion, one of the rarest trucks in the world, Bill Richardson Transport World's ‘Texaco Tanker’ will drive in the Southland Truck Parade this weekend.

Predator Free starts in your own backyard this Conservation Week

Conservation Minister Maggie Barry is encouraging New Zealanders to get out and enjoy their own backyards and make a difference locally during Conservation Week, which started on Saturday.

NZ a leader in burgeoning astro-tourism industry

New Zealand is a world leader in astro-tourism with more product on the way and a reputation in Asia as being one of the best places in the world to enjoy the night sky, says one of the country's leading astronomers. 

WOMAD, Pop-up Globe, Pinot Noir NZ among event winners

This year, five new categories are introduced to further celebrate and recognise the companies, personalities and contributors to the events industry.

CINZ appoints new Marketing and Events Co-ordinator

Lauren Newbery has been appointed Marketing and Events Coordinator for Conventions and Incentives New Zealand (CINZ) based in Auckland.

Astro stars set to descend on NZ for starlight festival

New Zealand is set to welcome some of the most influential astrophysicists in the world, as part of the third Aoraki Mackenzie Starlight Festival.

World of WearableArt 2017 designs wow in Wellington

International designers feature in the 20 top awards in the 2017 World of WearableArt (WOW) Awards in Wellington, New Zealand.

Community invited to vote on Ziptrek locals day recipient

The company is giving its local community the chance to vote on which one of three local voluntary organisations should receive thousands of dollars from their annual fundraising day.

Glenfalloch Garden to glow with Golden Light

Sculptures are popping up through Glenfalloch as the garden gets ready to host a Golden Night Garden next week.

Snow legends pay tribute to Kiwi icon at inaugural event

Some of the biggest names in NZ freestyle snow sports will hit Mt Ruapehu on Saturday in memory of one of this country’s freeski legends.

NZ Experience Travel Expo opens tomorrow

New Zealand's first domestic tourism show open to the public kicks off this weekend in Auckland.

NZ Event Awards 2017 finalists announced

New Zealand Event Awards finalists for 2017 have been announced by the New Zealand Events Association.

Dig This Invercargill to open 2nd October

New Zealand’s first heavy equipment playground, Dig This Invercargill, will officially open on Monday 2 October 2017.
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