Sunday, April 22, 2018


Dennis Burkhart on his fishing family’s entry into tourism

Dennis Burkhart has a view but it's not one you normally hear when interviewing business owners on a deal they have just closed. 

Sounds Air adds additional Wellington to Blenheim flights

Sounds Air have introduced an additional four flights a week from Wellington to Blenheim.

Kaikōura growth jumps as recovery gives way to “fantastic” summer

Kaikōura has made a welcome return to strong growth as the region's recovery is underpinned by a booming tourism sector.

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.

Paymark: Marlborough leads spending growth into Xmas

New Zealand's regions are leading the spending growth in the run-up to Christmas with the earthquake affected region of Marlborough, which includes Kaikoura, taking the top spot.

Hurunui throws weight behind Great Walk proposal

The Hurunui District Council has confirmed its support for a new Waiau Toa (Clarence)/Molesworth Great Walk to run through the Hurunui District.

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.

TRC: Cycle trail could generate $131m over 20 years

The Coastal Pacific Trail could generate more than $131m for the Marlborough and Kaikoura regions over the next 20 years, according to a new report.

NZSF: New ferry terminals needed to enhance tourist experience

Now is the time to build new ferry terminals to help enhance the experience for tourists, says the New Zealand Shipping Federation.

Emirates Team NZ puts Picton on its tour map

An early evening event on the Picton foreshore is being arranged to host members of Emirates Team New Zealand and the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron who are bringing the ‘Auld Mug’ south.

Key conference win for Marlborough

Business Events Marlborough is delighted to announce that the Apiculture New Zealand Conference and Trade Exhibition will be held in Marlborough in 2018.

From the Regions: Marlborough’s Jacqui Lloyd

Destination Marlborough's new general manager, Jacqui Lloyd, on her return home to New Zealand, coping with the aftermath of the Kaikoura earthquake, targeting the domestic market, and helping the region's smaller operator.

Established ‘holiday highway’ motel for sale

A busy motel on the main route between Blenheim and Christchurch has been placed on the market for sale.

Mayor welcomes destination marketing report

Marlborough District Mayor John Leggett has welcomed the recommendations of a destination marketing review prepared for the Council.

Government to buy Marlborough motel

The Government plans to buy a 17-unit motel near Blenheim and convert it to emergency housing.

Marlborough launches domestic campaign: It’s never been better

Destination Marlborough has launched a new domestic visitor campaign to capture the attention of NZ's city dwellers.

Former Destination Marlborough GM joins TRC Tourism 

Former Destination Marlborough general manager Tracy Johnston has joined Australasian consultancy TRC Tourism.

Destination Marlborough appoints new GM from Adelaide

Jacqui Lloyd has been appointed the new general manager of Destination Marlborough.

Marlborough kicks off international Sauvignon Blanc Day

Marlborough, the region responsible for putting Sauvignon Blanc on the map will be the first globally to kick celebrations off for International Sauvignon Blanc Day, Friday 5th May.

RTOs launch autumn, winter domestic campaigns

Destination Marlborough (DM) and Destination Great Lake Taupo (DGLT) and have launched domestic campaigns to attract New Zealanders to their regions over winter and autumn respectively.

Top of the South cluster releases new trade resource

The Top of the South regional tourism cluster has released a new 2017 itinerary brochure, following route changes north of Kaikoura.

Access to natural heritage celebrated at awards

Six of New Zealand’s champions of public access were recognised on Tuesday for their achievements in enhancing public access and offering new opportunities for New Zealanders to experience our great outdoors.

Marlborough shops to open Easter Sunday

The Marlborough District Council has confirmed that shops may open for business this Easter Sunday, in time for this Easter’s Omaka Classic Fighters Airshow.

Yealands Wins Most Innovative Tourism Experience

Drinks International announced the results of its annual awards on 6th February, and Yealands Family Wines took out the top prize in the Most Innovative Tourism Experience category for their White Road App and self-guided vineyard tour.

Airbnb: Which councils are following Queenstown’s lead?

The issue of whether residential ratepayers who rent out their homes for profit should pay rates in line with their commercial counterparts is not a new one.

New Trustees for Destination Marlborough

Gavin Rutherford, Kiwirail’s Head of Customer Engagement and Scenic Journeys has been appointed a Trustee on the Destination Marlborough Board.

Destination Marlborough general manager steps down

Destination Marlborough's general manager, Tracy Johnston, has resigned from her position.
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The post-quake balance sheet for tourism providers Following the November earthquake, international spend in Marlborough, from the pockets of overseas travellers, stayed pretty steady. It was the domestic spend that took the hit. Stuff

Cycle trail supporters not expecting political headwind from new Government The man who first proposed a post-quake cycle trail from Picton to Kaikōura doesn’t expect to be pedalling up hill trying to resell the ambitious plan to the new Government. Stuff

April 2017

Port Marlborough and harbourmaster fear salmon farms and ferries could be on collision course Putting a salmon farm near a major shipping channel could cause serious accidents, with floating debris threatening boats, Marlborough’s port company says. Stuff

March 2017

Blenheim business looks to Nelson for cheaper air fares and more flights Expensive fares and a shortage of flights are forcing a Blenheim business to reconsider hiring locally. The Marlborough Express

Multi-lingual solution for tourists confused by earthquake routes A multi-lingual publication is on its way to prevent out-of-date GPS devices leading tourists down the quake-stricken highway. The Marlborough Express

New home for freedom campers near Blenheim A Marlborough man has come up with an innovative way to keep freedom campers and their waste off the streets. Radio NZ

Visit to South Island high country like trip back in time The rich Maori and farming histories of the Molesworth and Rainbow stations will be on show for the public during a Marlborough Historical Society trip this weekend. Stuff

Marlborough to launch tourism offensive in Nelson and the North Island Tourism funding for Marlborough will be used to attract tourists from further up the country, offsetting a slump in Cantabrian visitors post-quake. Stuff