Monday, May 1, 2017
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An Operator’s View: NZ Fine Touring Group’s David Kettle

NZ Fine Touring Group co-founder David Kettle on the Wanaka-based company's expansion plans, preparing to enter a new market segment, and why the inbounder is considering entering the hotel sector.

Visitor levy mooted as Kaikōura aims to become year-round destination

A visitor levy, accelerated world heritage status and airport future-proofing are all mooted in a tourism-centric Kaikōura District recovery plan.

US tourist spending continues to surge, up 22%

Tourism expenditure grew in all regions over the year to March 2017, according to the latest Monthly Regional Tourism Estimates released by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment.

Serious challenges for NZ rivers

New Zealand’s rivers and lakes are under increasing pressure, according to the latest national report from the Ministry for the Environment and Stats NZ about the state of fresh water.

Banks: Capacity constraints putting tourism growth at risk

Short-term visitor arrivals were flat in March compared to the same month last year marking the first period since 2014 when a new monthly record was not set.

Audio: Seeking sustainability in NZ’s tourism sector

The University of Waikato's recent joining of The United Nations' prestigious international network of sustainable tourism observatories will allow it to conduct long-term research...

Cruise to inject more than $500m next season

Another record cruise season is expected in 2017/18 with the benefit to the New Zealand economy estimated to be worth more than $500m.

Investment leads to early ski season at Mt Ruapehu

A early ski season is expected at Mt Ruapehu after an early dusting of snow and new snowmakers combined to ensure fields would open a month earlier than usual.

Gentrack buys airport software firms in Europe for $20m

Gentrack Group, a developer of software for utilities and airports, has acquired controlling stakes in two European companies for $19.8m.

Flagship Kaikoura operators to help fund harbour restoration

Two major commercial tourism operators are putting their hands in their pockets to support the restoration of Kaikoura harbour.
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