Sunday, April 22, 2018


TIA urges communities to apply for tourism funding

Tourism Industry Aotearoa is encouraging councils and community organisations to apply for new Government funding to help them maximise the benefits of tourism for their communities.

$100m TIF criteria under review

The criteria for applying for finance from the $100m Tourism Infrastructure Fund is under review and could become less restrictive, says the government.

Striking new rail station designs revealed

City Rail Link has revealed striking new concept plans for the rail stations it plans to build or refurbish as part of its Auckland network.

Northland, Gisborne, West Coast tourism among first to benefit from $1bn PGF

Tourism in Northland, Tairāwhiti-East Coast, Hawke’s Bay, Manawatū-Whanganui and the West Coast will be among the first beneficiaries of the first deployment from the $1bn Provincial Growth Fund.

Dean: Certainty needed for TIF

The Government needs to move quickly and provide certainty on future funding for the Tourism Infrastructure Fund, National Party Tourism Spokesperson Jacqui Dean says.

TIA: Councils encouraged to apply for next round of TIF

TIA is strongly encouraging councils to put in applications to the next funding round to take advantage of the opportunity to secure investment into projects that will support the growth of tourism.

More sustainable funding needed for tourism

Local Government New Zealand says the first round of the Tourism Infrastructure Fund will help some councils meet the infrastructure challenges posed by booming tourism numbers.

Merry TIFmas! Govt hands out $15m of tourism funding

Freedom camping facilities, car parking at the Church of the Good Shepherd and cycle trails are among the recipients of almost $15m in tourism-related government funding.

TIA: GST windfall strengthens investment case

An 18% jump in tourism-generated GST has prompted the Tourism Industry Aotearoa to repeats calls for a chunk of this tax to be reinvested in infrastructure.

MBIE moots “more substantial visitor levy” in minister’s briefing

A new long-term funding model to support New Zealand’s growing tourism industry, including increasing the border levy and possible institutional changes, have been mooted by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment.

Councils highlight growth infrastructure as urgent issue

Local Government New Zealand says funding growth infrastructure is the highest priority for councils and welcomes the Government’s plans to review local government costs and revenue. 

National’s Jacqui Dean to hold govt to account on tourism

Jacqui Dean has been appointed the National Party's new Tourism spokesperson and says she will be keeping a close eye on the government's plans for the sector.

EDNZ: Let’s ensure the $1bn regional fund delivers

The new $1bn Regional Development Fund is in danger of being targeted for projects such as tourism infrastructure and local government shortfalls - that would be a mistake, writes Dr David Wilson, chair of EDNZ and CEO of Northland Inc.

LGNZ: Water, tourism, housing infrastructure priorities for new govt

Local Government New Zealand congratulates the incoming Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and welcomes the new Labour-led government.

Roys Peak Track closed for upgrade

Work to upgrade the popular Roys Peak Track vehicle facilities will begin this week.

Applicants seek $18m from Tourism Infrastructure Fund

The first round of the new $100 million Tourism Infrastructure Fund has attracted 43 eligible applications, says Tourism Minister Paula Bennett.

Funding for Napier’s Art Deco Heritage buildings

Three of Napier city centre’s art deco and character buildings are to receive more than $180,000 for earthquake strengthening work.

Applying for funding from MBIE’s Tourism Infrastructure Fund

By meeting eligibility criteria and by understanding how to convey a local or regional need in a nationally compelling submission, applicants can increase their chances of success.

Applications open for $100m Tourism Infrastructure Fund…

Tourism Minister Paula Bennett is calling on councils to apply for co-funding from the new $100 million Tourism Infrastructure Fund which opens today.

TIA urges communities to apply for $100m TIF

Tourism Industry Aotearoa is encouraging councils and community organisations to apply for new Government funding to help them maximise the benefits of tourism for their communities.

Owhango makes amenity decision

Owhango was one of the five successful locations around Ruapehu that received government co-investment funding for a public toilet under the Regional mid-sized Tourism Facilities Grant Fund.

Newshub-Reid Poll: Majority support $50 tourist tax

A Newshub-Reid Research poll has revealed many New Zealanders support a "tourist tax" to help fund infrastructure and the Department of Conservation.  

Littlewood: Use it or risk losing $102m TIF

The hotel industry has been urged to play their part in accessing the $102m Tourism Infrastructure Fund in what has been framed as a ‘use it or lose it’ situation.

Tourism-related projects near completion

Transport Minister Simon Bridges says the first of three tourism-related transport projects in the Gisborne-Tairāwhiti region is nearing completion.

LGNZ: Election manifesto offers infrastructure solutions

Changes to the way we fund infrastructure, improvements to our risk and resilience and new ways of protecting New Zealand’s water are outlined in the Local Government New Zealand election manifesto, released yesterday.

$5m boost for West Coast visitor economy

A $36.8m Action Plan will help boost the West Coast's visitor economy, support economic development, and improve connectivity and infrastructure.   

Māori Party: IwiRail will deliver cultural tourism jobs

A swathe of cultural tourism jobs could be created under new plans announced by the Māori Party to establish a $350m infrastructure fund.

Peters promises more tourist dollars for Whanganui

Excerpts on tourism and land access from a speech given by New Zealand First Leader Winston Peters in Whanganui on Tuesday.

Mayor questions data as tourists “tighten belts” through region

Clutha Mayor Bryan Cadogan has questioned both the spend data and the value of tourism for his region as tourists sought to "tighten their belts" through the southern province.

Whale Watch’s Ngapora “keen to contribute” to regions

Whale Watch Kaikoura's Kauahi Ngapora is the only working operator on the new Tourism Infrastructure Fund panel, which nonetheless contains significant industry experience. 

NZ First shows welcome commitment to regions: LGNZ

New Zealand First’s Campaign for the Regions which was launched yesterday contains a number of commitments Local Government New Zealand welcomes. 

Peters: GST from tourists to be returned to regions

New Zealand First leader Winston Peters wants the full GST earned from tourists returned back to the regions in which the money was spent.

LGNZ: Future-focused plan for infrastructure needed

New Zealand’s infrastructure is at a crossroads and needs to be a key focus in the upcoming election, Local Government New Zealand says.

Capital attraction wins Green Ribbon

Wellington conservation project and attraction Zealandia has won the Leadership in Communication and Education Green Ribbon environmental award. 

Regions welcome $5.2m to help curb “unsavoury behaviour”

Tourism Minister Paula Bennett has today announced $5.2 million in co-funding for sixteen councils around New Zealand.

Tourism infrastructure priority for LGNZ election manifesto

New Zealand’s infrastructure, community resilience and how we respond to increasing impacts on our environment will be key areas of focus for local government in the coming three years.

Bennett: $102m TIF “is enough”

Tourism Minister Paula Bennett has challenged the industry to prove the recently announced $102m tourism infrastructure fund is "not enough”.

The Nation: Auckland Mayor Phil Goff

Auckland Mayor Phil Goff talks to Lisa Owen on The Nation about the prospect of facing a legal challenge to his targeted accommodation rate.

Protection order proposed for NZ’s largest, clearest springs

An application for a Water Conservation Order for the largest freshwater springs in New Zealand has been accepted and referred to a special tribunal.

Tourist tax mooted to save threatened native birds

A tourist tax should be used to help stop the decline in the country's native bird species, according to a new report from the Government's environment watchdog.

Wednesday Letter: Tourism Minister Paula Bennett

Tourism Minister Paula Bennett on why she is focused on helping regional NZ, the government's funding priorities, and why Queenstown and other regions may be able to get more support.  The tourism industry has enjoyed...

Call for wiser tourism infrastructure spending

PRESS RELEASE: Harrison Grierson The extra Government funding for tourism infrastructure announced recently is not addressing wider issues including our vulnerability to natural hazards, says a leading expert. Glen Hughes, of engineering and design consultancy, Harrison Grierson,...

BUDGET 2017: Conservation spending grows

Budget 2017 invests an additional $107.8 million to strengthen conservation programmes and manage tourism growth on public conservation land.

LGNZ Freshwater Symposium to tackle major issue

Local Government New Zealand is holding its first Freshwater Symposium next week to look at the strategic issues for freshwater management.

Free electric cars for corporate travellers

Regular business travellers will be able to book an e-Golf for their day of travel, free of charge.

Minister: $178m package for tourism infrastructure

Tourism Minister Paula Bennett has today announced a new $102 million Tourism Infrastructure Fund which has been launched alongside $76 million in new funding for our most important tourism asset, the DOC Estate.

Industry to be tapped to help deploy $102m TIF

Industry operators could comprise more than half of the panel being put together by the government to help deploy its new $102m Tourism Infrastructure Fund.

DOC voted most attractive public sector employer

The Department of Conservation is delighted to be recognised for the third year running as the most attractive employer in the public sector by the Randstad Awards.

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.

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 on the impact tourism is having on the environment. Asad Mohsin, the associate...

Audio: Chris Roberts on TIA’s infrastructure assessment

Listen to Tourism Industry Aotearoa's chief executive Chris Roberts tell the Ticker's Paul Yandall why the association commissioned the National Tourism Infrastructure Assessment and the report's major findings.

Top tourism infrastructure needs to be revealed

The nation’s top priority infrastructure projects will be revealed this week with the expected publication of the National Tourism Infrastructure Assessment.

How to raise $75m to upgrade the Conservation estate

We have always prided ourselves that New Zealand is the land of the great outdoors.

Critics take aim at Bennett’s “no border levy” position

Tourism Minister Paula Bennett's push to rule out a tourist border levy has drawn fire from politicians across the spectrum who labelled her stance as "irresponsible" and "short-sighted".

Local visitor levies mooted for infrastructure funding

Local visitor levies should be used as a tool to fund as infrastructure according to the findings of a new high-level report.

Bennett: We don’t want NZ to be a rip-off

In an interview with journalist Jessica Mutch on TVNZ's Q+A on Sunday, Tourism Minister Paula Bennett justifies her opposition to a tourist tax.

New Tekapo toilets open for business

Associate Tourism Minister Nicky Wagner today opened new toilet facilities in Tekapo, co-funded through the Government’s Regional Mid-sized Tourism Facilities Grant Fund.

Tourism innovation fund frozen as political support ebbs away

The $8m per year Tourism Growth Partnership (TGP) has been frozen in a likely precursor to it being terminated.

Church of Good Shepherd – TEC continues support

TEC is working with the Church to assist with enhancement of the experience for visitors, car-parking, and other related issues.

Ruapehu to tackle Tongariro congestion with transport hub

Ruapehu council is planning to provide almost $1m in funding to help ease track congestion on the Tongariro Crossing and support tourism infrastructure in the region.

Fund for operators raided for $5.5m infrastructure boost

The government has increased the Regional Mid-sized Tourism Facilities Grant Fund by $5.5m to help build infrastructure to cope with booming tourism growth.

LGNZ: We need $1.4bn to fund tourism infrastructure

LGNZ has renewed calls for a new infrastructure funding mechanism after the cost of the nationwide project pipeline was revealed to be $1.38bn.

Holiday parks join predator free effort

Hundreds of holiday parks in some of New Zealand’s most beautiful locations may soon be free of rats, stoats and possums.

Impose targeted visitor tax at border, not on councils

A targeted visitor tax imposed at New Zealand’s border is the fairest way to ensure tourists contribute to cover costs of their visit.

Wellington mayor: We need to be bold to fund tourism infrastructure

The $1.4 billion dollar cost of new infrastructure to support the tourism boom shows new funding options are needed.

Skift: Sustainability key to combating overtourism

The tourism industry must take responsibility and see sustainable development as an opportunity, according to Skift.

Wagner: Success has raised challenges govt will help address

In a speech to the Chartered Accountants ANZ Annual Nelson/Marlborough Regional Conference this week, Associate Minister of Tourism Nicky Wagner outlines the government's tourism strategy.

NZ wins Best Environmental Stand at AIME 2017

The 100% Pure New Zealand stand won the Best Environmental Stand 2017 at the Asia-Pacific Incentives and Meetings Expo (AIME) in Melbourne.

Govt: 90% of rivers and lakes swimmable by 2040

The Government has announced a target of 90% of New Zealand’s lakes and rivers meeting swimmable water quality standards by 2040, alongside releasing new policy, regulations, information maps and funding.

Fresh water vital to tourism industry growth

The tourism industry is pleased that the Government has recognised fresh water’s value to the visitor economy, and is hopeful that this can be realised via its new water quality targets.

Jim Boult: Queenstown is too expensive, but not for tourists

With more than 35 years of experience in the tourism industry behind him, Queenstown's mayor and newly appointed chair of Real Journeys, Jim Boult, tells Tourism Ticker why he believes his town is getting too expensive, but not for tourists.

UK’s Eden Project sends team to draw up NZ development plans

The Eden Project’s British design team is in Christchurch as momentum builds to bring the iconic eco-attraction to New Zealand.

Bridges: Cycling infrastructure remains a priority

Transport Minister Simon Bridges says building better cycling infrastructure remains a priority for the Government as demonstrated by the Go by Bike Day event.

Bennett on funding: Industry must take lead and contribute

In a Q&A focused on funding, Tourism Minister Paula Bennett outlines the government's view of investing in the sector and calls on the industry to contribute.

Where’s the money for infrastructure minister?

The reaction of many Northlanders to the news that our region is to be promoted in Melbourne to attract tourists here was no doubt enthusiastic – initially.

Call for greater tourism funding for communities welcomed

Federated Farmers adding its voice to the call for more central government funding for tourism infrastructure is welcomed by Local Government New Zealand.

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.

TIA, RTONZ welcome infrastructure report

The Tourism Industry Association and Regional Tourism Organisations New Zealand have welcomed the release of a report into the funding of tourism infrastructure.

Water tops local government wish-list

Waste water management is the primary infrastructure issue that needs to be addressed, according to Local Government New Zealand chief executive, Malcolm Alexander.

PM: Doing nothing is not an option

Doing nothing is not an option in the face of record tourist numbers but figuring out how best for the government to respond is still being determined, says Prime Minister John Key. Speaking at the...

Local issues dominate infrastructure survey

Accommodation and car-parking are some of the local issues highlighted in an assessment of New Zealand’s infrastructure challenges, according to an industry project currently underway.
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