Thursday, March 22, 2018
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Wednesday Letter: Why are we ‘beating up’ the tourism industry?

Dr Anthony Brien, senior lecturer in business and hotel management at Lincoln University, asks why, with a visitor ‘met or exceeded satisfaction’ rate of 93.4%, are some people ‘beating up’ the New Zealand tourism industry?

Chinese New Year drives record February visits

Chinese New Year falling in February in 2018 helped drive the number of visitors from that country to 68,900 during that month, more than double last year's 33,700, according to Stats NZ.

Sporting events, Chinese NY boost airport numbers

Chinese New Year and the Challenge Wanaka and NZ Golf Open sporting events have helped boost passenger numbers at Queenstown Airport in February.

From the Regions: Hawke’s Bay’s Neil Barber

Chairman of the Hawke’s Bay Tourism Industry Association, Neil Barber, argues that plans by the regional council to slash Hawke's Bay Tourism's funding by 50% will hurt businesses and the region.

Operator fined $93K after Mack Attack passenger breaks back

A Bay of Islands operator has to pay more than $93,000 in fines following a 2014 accident in which a 60-year old woman suffered a broken back on a boat tour.

New service launched for operators seeking seasonal staff

A new website to help employers such as tourism and hospitality operators find seasonal workers has been officially launched.

$7m from PGF for Northland airport, wharves upgrades

Bay of Islands Airport at Kerikeri is to receive $1.7m from the $1bn Provincial Growth Fund to help with an upgrade of its terminal.

Dunedin sets sights on Airbnb with new rates increase proposal

Dunedin residents who let out their homes on platforms like Airbnb and BookaBach could be slapped with a rates increase of up to 145%.

TIA: Access Golden Bay relief fund to prompt more support

Golden Bay tourism businesses suffering in the aftermath of ex-Cyclone Gita have been urged to apply to the government’s new relief fund in order to prompt more support.

Bill and Jim caption contest: our favourites

Thank you for all of your entries. We've published our favourite three in reverse order (and we resisted the temptation to publish the rude...
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