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Queenstown Airport soars with 17% jump in passengers

Queenstown Airport’s total passengers jumped by 17.1% to 119,231 in May 2017, compared to the same month last year, according to owner Auckland Airport in its latest traffic update.

From the Regions: Central Otago Mayor Tim Cadogan

Central Otago Mayor Tim Cadogan on aiming for a bigger slice of the booming tourism industry, coping wth the burdens of growth, and why smaller regions have struggled to get infrastructure funding.

Tourism boon predicted from Great Barrier dark sky status

Great Barrier Island, located 100 kilometres north-east of central Auckland, has become the first island in the world to be designated an International Dark Sky Sanctuary.

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.

An Operator’s View: Haka Tourism Group’s Ryan Sanders

In the week his Haka Tourism Group celebrates its 10th birthday, founder Ryan Sanders tells us about the group's move upmarket, building a brand around New Zealand as a tourist destination and his expansion plans for the next decade.

Visitor arrivals jump 10% to new record

Visitor arrivals to New Zealand jumped to a new annual record of just over 3.6m in the year end May 2017, a 10% increase on the same period the previous year. 

Sellers bank $400K after skydivers smash jump target

Skydive Wanaka has broken through the 17,000 tandem jumps target set by Skydive the Beach allowing the Otago operation's previous owners to bank $400,000.

Audio: THL upgrades profit forecast to $29.5m

Booming tourism has seen Tourism Holdings raise its full-year net profit forecast from $27m to $29.5m, a 21% increase on the previous period.

Wednesday Letter: Access must work for all, not just tourists

Ensuring access for tourists to rivers for fishing, forests for hunting and trails for tramping, cycling and horse-riding is vital but that access must be suited to the needs of locals and landowners too, writes New Zealand Walking Access Commission's Asher Wilson-Goldman.

Mastercard: Domestic market increasingly on the move

New Zealanders are increasingly exploring their own country with visiting loved ones the main reason for travelling.

Govt to extend cruise ship vetting

A trial accreditation programme for international cruise ships has boosted biosecurity and will be extended for future sailing seasons.

Haka Tours goes premium with Black Label

Ryan Sanders’ Haka Tours is moving upmarket with the launch of a new Black Label premium product.

RAL ditches charging for free snow zones

A public backlash has seen Ruapehu Alpine Lifts back down from charging for access to popular snow play areas at the Whakapapa and Turoa ski fields.

Fed Farmers: What about the damage wreaked by tourists?

Waikato Federated Farmers president Andrew McGiven hits back at criticism his industry is not doing enough to protect the environment and he takes particular aim at the Tourism Export Council.

From the Regions: Whanganui & Partners’ Lyn Cheyne

Whanganui & Partners' tourism lead Lyn Cheyne on why the region deserves better recognition, the dearth of domestic insight and the impact that the Whanganui River's new legal status could have on tourism.

“Desperate need” for new Queenstown accommodation

Queenstown is in desperate need of new visitor accommodation and the response to date is well short of demand, according to Colliers International.

An Operator’s View: Forgotten World Adventures’ Ian Balme

Forgotten World Adventures founder and director Ian Balme on business collaboration, targeting the international market, the value of employing Taumarunui locals and how he went from selling golf cart rides to telling stories.

Otago hospitality big winners from Lions tour

Spending benefits from the Lions rugby tour spread to Otago this week with bars, clubs and cafes reporting a big boost in sales.

The numbers behind Tourism NZ’s new $900K China video campaign

Tourism New Zealand's Heart of the Long White Cloud online video campaign costs $889,000 and is estimated to eventually reach 15m Chinese viewers.

From “drive through to a must see”: Hundertwasser to transform Whangarei

The Hundertwasser Art Centre with Wairau Māori Art Gallery is set to go ahead after exceeding its referendum target thanks to the commitment of $3.5million from the New Zealand Lotteries Commission.

Wednesday Letter: ServiceIQ’s Dean Minchington

Following calls from tourism leaders to upskill the industry, ServiceIQ's chief executive Dean Minchington says New Zealand has much to do to catch up to world class standards.

Whale Watch wins World Tourism Award

Kaikoura's Whale Watch has won the Australasian Responsible Tourism Award at this year's World Tourism Awards.

$600K Lions lift for Canterbury

The Lions match against the Crusaders on Saturday helped boost spending in the Canterbury region over the weekend by $600,000, according to Paymark.

Tourism New Zealand launches ‘voice of the visitor’ strategy

Tourism New Zealand has launched its new strategy to communicate the ‘voice of the visitor’ through a partnership with the Department of Conservation.

April Easter boosts holiday parks

April Easter helped boost guest nights for the month with holiday parks the biggest beneficiaries.  

Government to buy Marlborough motel

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

From the Regions: Hawke’s Bay Tourism’s Annie Dundas

In this Monday's From the Regions, Hawke's Bay Tourism's general manager, Annie Dundas, tells us about the need for long-term tourism planning in New Zealand, space tourism prepping for launch in Wairoa, and her region's...

$10m Chondola launches as skiers hit southern slopes

Cardrona's $10m McDougall's Express Chondola made its season debut with the opening of the Cardrona ski field.

Christchurch back on tourist map

Christchurch is back on the tourist map, according to the city's latest tourism report. However, its accommodation stocks need replenishing, said Christchurch Central MP Nicky Wagner.

An Operator’s View: Explore Group’s Kit Nixon

Explore Group's chief executive Kit Nixon tells us why the boat cruise and tour company set sail up the value curve, expanding overseas and delivering unique maritime experiences.

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.

Weather dampens Rainbow’s End, Polynesian Spa owner’s earnings

A wet summer has contributed to flat earnings for the owner of Rotorua's Polynesian Spa and Auckland's Rainbow's End. Rangatira Investments has reported operating earnings for the year to March 2017 of $11.7m, up slightly...

Drayton appointed chairwoman of Christchurch Airport

Catherine Drayton has been appointed Christchurch Airport's new chairwoman.

Christchurch named NZ’s favourite place to ride

Transport Minister Simon Bridges has announced that Christchurch has taken out the inaugural Top Town Award in the NZ Transport Agency’s annual Favourite Places to Ride competition.

England-Hall: Industry must tell its story better

Tourism New Zealand’s new chief executive, Stephen England-Hall has urged the industry to amplify its voice to communicate the value of tourism.

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”.

Aussies expand into Mackenzie, plot more NZ investments

Skydive the Beach is looking for further investments in New Zealand after purchasing land in the Mackenzie District to launch a new skydiving operation.

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.

MEETINGS 2017: Accelerating events sector to inject $311m

New Zealand’s international business events sector is positioned for a period of accelerated growth after securing events that will deliver $310m boost to the economy.

Legal threat looms as Auckland moves to adopt targeted rate

Auckland Mayor Phil Goff says the accommodation targeted rate will ease overall rates burden for residents. Credit: Radio New Zealand The hotel industry is considering a legal challenge after Auckland Council's finance committee voted 11-8...

Christchurch Adventure Park targets spring re-opening

Christchurch Adventure Park has mooted a spring re-opening following February’s Port Hills fires that forced the $24m attraction’s temporary closure.

MEETINGS 2017: Up-skilling critical ahead of mega-venue openings

The tourism and business events sectors needs to up-skill ahead of the opening of big venues such as the New Zealand International Convention Centre.

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.

P&O to launch winter cruises from NZ

P&O Cruises will base its Pacific Jewel ship in Auckland next winter and provide an extra five itineraries in a record programme for New Zealand. The cruise operator has announced its 2018 New Zealand schedule...

MEETINGS 2017: Buyers look to NZ to meet diverse requirements

More than 500 conference, event and incentive organisers have descended on Auckland for CINZ MEETINGS 2017 which kicks off in earnest today.

ASB: Nelson tops regional rankings as tourism cuts both ways

Nelson has been crowned the nation’s top economic region for the second quarter in a row as its tourism industry continues to thrive.

Go Bus wins airport park and ride contract

Go Bus has secured the contract to deliver passengers to and from Queenstown Airport's new 150-space park and ride facility.

International C&I buyers do it the Wanaka way

In the largest famil of its kind in Wanaka, 31 international incentive travel buyers are sampling the experiences on offer in the Central Otago town.

From the Regions: Tourism Bay of Plenty’s Kristin Dunne

In the first of our weekly series From the Regions, Kristin Dunne, chief executive of Tourism BOP, tells us about the challenges of coping with 36% growth, unlocking the region's natural attractions and the RTO's new 10-year draft strategic plan.

TIA: Auckland accommodation targeted rate “illegal”

Auckland mayor Phil Goff’s proposed accommodation targeted rate surcharge has been declared “illegal” by the Tourism Industry Aotearoa.

Q&A with China Ready chief Julia (Ting Ting) Gong

With the arrival of China Ready & Accredited in New Zealand, the Ticker asks by email chief executive Julia (Ting Ting) Gong to shed some light on who the company is and why NZ operators should consider its accreditation system.

BUDGET 2017: $10m funding boost for Māori tourism

The Māori tourism sector has welcomed a $10m boost in Budget 2017 aimed at fostering development and employment in the growing sector.

Skyline faces Ziptrek objections to $100m gondola plan

Ziptrek Ecotours’ director Trent Yeo will today give evidence in Skyline Enterprises’ application for a $100m redevelopment in Queenstown.

Colliers: Regional demand drives record hotel deals

Demand for regional hotels is helping drive a record number of hotel sales in New Zealand's main tourism markets.

Auckland arrivals surge 21%

Auckland Airport’s international visitor arrivals surged by 21.3% in April on the back of the World Masters Games and Easter.

Waikato tourism in line for Sevens bonanza

Waikato's hospitality and accommodation sectors will be among the biggest beneficiaries of the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series moving to Hamilton.

Christchurch Airport: Operators “leaving money on the table”

Tourism operators are "leaving money on the table" if they do not join a Chinese electronic payment system to make it easier for tourists from China to spend.

New tourism hub for historic high country station

A historic central Otago high country station is creating a new Wanaka tourism hub by expanding its experiences offer.

Visitor spending falls as major markets dip

International visitor spending dropped 2% in the year to March 2017 with falls across most of NZ's major tourism markets.

Wellington Airport’s year of frustrations

Wellington Airport had a "year of achievements and milestones but also a few frustrations", according to majority owner Infratil's 2017 Annual Report.

An Operator’s View: The Timber Trail Lodge’s Bruce Maunsell

Timber Trail Lodge director Bruce Maunsell on its first five weeks of operation, the repercussions of the Tourism Growth Partnership being scrapped and the pressing infrastructure needs in the King Country and beyond.

CAS: Off-peak on the rise despite fewer events

More delegates attended fewer events in New Zealand with Auckland accounting for more than a third of the total number of attendance days in the year ended March 2017. The number of delegates attending...

Tourism spurs KiwiRail’s $72m purchase of Interislander ferry

Securing passenger flow between the North and South islands has prompted KiwiRail to spend €45m (NZ$72m) to buy the Kaitaki Interislander ferry.

NZICC cooks up fourth 2020 event win

The New Zealand International Convention Centre has added a fourth conference to its 2020 schedule winning a major international food congress.

UNWTO: Enormous potential in gastronomy tourism

Food tourism offers enormous potential in stimulating world economies according to a new paper from the United Nations World Tourism Organisation.

InterCity plumps for JUCY with new Milford Sound deal

InterCity Group has ended its commercial relationship with Southern Discoveries Milford Sound cruises and will instead feed its passengers on to JUCY vessels.

China Ready lands in NZ, slaps seal of approval on THL

The 'China Ready & Accredited' system has launched in New Zealand with Tourism Holdings Limited becoming the first company here to earn the seal of approval.

Space tourism set for take-off as Rocket Lab preps launch

Space tourism in the Hawke’s Bay is prepped for take-off as Rocket Lab announces a test launch window.

Tourism drives Q1 retail sales growth

Tourism-related sectors continued to experience strong growth in the first quarter, according to the latest retail trade survey.

Super Shuttle goes Platinum with new luxury service

Super Shuttle has launched a new business class service as it upgrades its fleet, pushes into the regions, and expands its marketing.

Dunedin “absolutely fizzing” for TRENZ 2018

Tourism and hospitality operators in the lower South Island are “absolutely fizzing” following the announcement that Dunedin will debut as host city for TRENZ 2018.

Australia to remain NZ’s visitor backbone as Chinese spend accelerates

Australia will continue to be the backbone of New Zealand’s tourism industry despite growth from the China-led Asian markets.

From “an insult” to “congratulations”, a mixed reception for $102m TIF

The government's $102m Tourism Infrastructure Fund has earned the ire of some industry and political interests and a wholehearted welcome from others.

Treaty partner for Great Walk mooted by DOC boss

Developing a Great Walk in partnership with iwi or in Northland are two options favoured by Department of Conservation director-general Lou Sanson.

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.

TRENZ: Infrastructure funding, DOC support top TIA election manifesto

Infrastructure, sustainability and having a powerful tourism voice are the three guiding themes underpinning the Tourism Industry Aotearoa’s election manifesto.

Snedden slams hoteliers for price gouging

Martin Snedden has criticised Auckland hoteliers for engaging in price gouging during the World Masters Games risking the ire of councillors preparing to vote on targeted rates.

ITS: Visa visitors spend up large in 2016

International visitors to New Zealand spent $2.8bn last year – a 12.3% increase on 2015 according to a new tourism report by Visa.

ITS: Tailor products to growth markets

The tourism industry must keep working hard to produce products for New Zealand’s growth markets according to Auckland Airport chief executive, Adrian Littlewood.

ITS: Infrastructure needs, Fire and Ice, threat of OTAs

Rising infrastructure needs, accommodation shortages, bringing Aussies across the Ditch and the threat of online travel agents were all canvassed in an industry panel in Auckland.

Alpine Pacific Touring Route launches in new campaign

A new North Canterbury touring route has been launched as the quake-struck region looks to reinvigorate visitor numbers. The 450-kilometre Alpine Pacific Touring Route runs between Christchurch, Kaikoura and Hanmer Springs, heading through the Waipara...

TRENZ: Products and partnerships on display

Operators are seizing the opportunity to showcase their new products and partnerships to more than 370 buyers at TRENZ this week.

Aviation industry slams CAA fees increase

Aviation NZ has slammed new Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) fees that could increase costs on flight operators by tens of thousands of dollars. The fees hike, due to be implemented on July 1 following the...

UN puts LGBT travellers in the spotlight

Tourism leaders have been urged to provide a supportive environment for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender tourists by the United Nations.

Revised targeted rate proposal comes under fire

Auckland mayor Phil Goff's revised targeted rate proposal has come under fire as "even more unfair" and an "illogical mess" by industry leaders. The mayor's new proposal, announced without industry consultation, sees different rates applied to different...

An Operator’s View: Dunedin Railways’ Murray Bond

Chief executive Murray Bond on Dunedin Railways' future, Dunedin's tourism needs and how he'll miss the business when he retires in October after 24 years on the job.

British buyers shrug off Brexit to target TRENZ

UK-based buyers have shrugged off the uncertainty surrounding Brexit as New Zealand maintains its pre-eminent place in British tourist plans.

Regions the winners in Easter spend

Easter spending grew only modestly overall this year, although wide variations were recorded across the country.

TRENZ: US buyers hunt higher-value, authentic experiences

US buyers attending TRENZ next week are seeking a mix of increasingly higher-value experiences to meet growing demand from the North American market.

Destination Queenstown’s new winter campaign

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0pJG4cUWCNs Destination Queenstown’s new winter campaign has been created entirely from user-generated content (UGC). The Regional Tourism Organisation has created short clips using videos and photos from visitors’ social media channels to encourage Australians to visit...

Tourism-led service sectors at risk of skills shortage

New Zealand’s $48bn service sectors, which include the tourism industry, are at risk of a skills shortage according to a new report from Berl.

Price hikes, seasonal differentiation for Great Walks

A drive to encourage visitors away from the peak season has seen the Department of Conservation (DOC) introduce seasonal pricing for huts on two of its Great Walks.

TRENZ: Aussie buyers seek quirky, regional product

In the first in a series of articles in the lead-up to TRENZ, the Ticker talks to international buyers attending the conference and asks what they're looking for and why.

Queenstown, Auckland lead Q1 hotel performance

Hotels in tourism gateways Queenstown and Auckland turned in a strong performance in the first quarter despite occupancy plateauing. In the year to March, Queenstown saw occupancy of 90% at an average daily rate (ADR)...

New Zealand tourism talent exported to Las Vegas

A unique New Zealand adventure tourism experience favoured by celebrities including Fast and Furious’ film star Michelle Rodriguez is heading to Sin City.

Skyline Enterprises appoints pharma boss as new CEO

Skyline Enterprises has appointed former GlaxoSmithKline Australia boss Geoff McDonald as its new chief executive.

Tourism Export Council chief Lesley Immink resigns

Tourism Export Council NZ chief executive Lesley Immink has resigned her position to pursue a career in politics.

B&B Conference: “Rolls-Royce” service not feasible without change

The New Zealand tourism industry is trying to run a Rolls-Royce service on a Baby Austin carriage, according to Lincoln University’s Professor David Simmons. Speaking at the B&B Association’s annual conference in Wanaka, the Professor...
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