Monday, December 18, 2017
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Economist: MBIE’s top tourism data “next to useless”

An economist with detailed knowledge of MBIE's tourism data collection has come out criticising it as "next to useless" after this week's Tourism Satellite Account (TSA)  showed a fall in international tourism spend. 

The value of cruise to NZ has been slashed by hundreds of millions of...

The estimated value of cruise spend in New Zealand during the 2016-17 season was slashed by $318m in yesterday's Tourism Satellite Account, prompting questions over the accuracy of previous industry assessments.

Why did international tourist spend fall? Here’s MBIE’s explanation

What have been the drivers of the 0.9% drop in international tourism expenditure as reported in the TSA 2017? Here's MBIE's answer.

NZTA: Guidance for SH1 travel north of Kaikoura

The NZ Transport Agency has provided guidance for people planning to travel between Picton and Christchurch after State Highway 1 re-opens tomorrow, Friday 15 December.  

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.

Wednesday Letter: Ngāi Tahu Tourism’s Quinton Hall

Ngāi Tahu Tourism chief executive Quinton Hall on sustainability, the living wage and the busy year that was 2017, plus the challenges and opportunities ahead for the for the iwi-owned tourism operator.

Tourism satellite account 2017: International tourist spend falls

International tourist spending has dropped to $14.5bn in the year to March, down 0.9% compared to the same month last year, according to Stats NZ's Tourism satellite account for 2017.   

NZ tops Asia Pacific golf tourism leaderboard

New Zealand has been named top golf destination in the Asia Pacific region by the International Association of Golf Tour Operators.

Ski, sun and school holidays boost guest nights

School holidays, good weather and a longer ski season saw total guest nights from across New Zealand rise to 3.15 million in October, up 4.8% on the same month last year.

Queenstown clamps down on freedom campers

Queenstown is clamping down on badly behaved freedom campers by doubling patrols and restricting access to the popular Lake Hayes.  

Destination Fiordland appoints new tourism manager

Destination Fiordland has appointed Sharon Salmons to the role of Regional Tourism Manager. 

Ex-Tourism NZ country manager to join DQ

Former Tourism New Zealand country manager Kiran Nambiar is joining Destination Queenstown as its new business development director.

Experience Co splashes $61.5m to buy Aussie operators

One of Australasia’s most acquisitive operators has made yet another big bet splashing $61.5m for two operators as part of its ambition to become "the world’s largest adventure tourism company".

Wine tourism ripe for the picking

Wine tourism in New Zealand is set to "go up a notch" with the launch of a new initiative backed by Tourism New Zealand and New Zealand Winegrowers initiative.

Rocket Lab scrubs today’s launch

Rocket Lab has scrubbed its planned launch today citing orbital traffic and weather factors for the postponement.

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.

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.

Flights cancelled as engine problems snag Air NZ Dreamliners

Air New Zealand has been forced to cancel or delay flights because of problems with its Dreamliner fleet.

Haka launches $25m K’Road hotel

Haka Tourism Group launched its Haka Hotel - K'Road product last night to top a notable year for the 10-year-old company.

Tourism New Zealand’s GM Australia to depart

Tourism New Zealand's general manager Australia Tony Saunders is leaving the agency.

Christchurch Adventure Park appoints GM

Marketer Anne Newman has taken the helm of the Christchurch Adventure Park which re-opened this week after the Port Hills fire saw it closed for 10 months.

Skyline eyes Europe for luge expansion

Skyline Enterprises is in talks to develop two new international luge attractions - including its first in Europe.

NZFC: Film industry promotes tourism, ‘soft diplomacy’

New Zealand’s screen industry not only promotes tourism, but is a tool for ‘soft diplomacy’, according to a new report.

Hawke’s Bay secures TEC Conference 2018

Around 250 tourism industry professionals will be heading to the Hawke's Bay next year after the region secured the Tourism Export Council Conference 2018. 

Real Journeys’ Tony McQuilkin honoured

Real Journey's Tony McQuilkin has been awarded a Tourism Export Council life membership award.

Wednesday Letter: Tourism Holdings’ Grant Webster

Tourism Industry Aotearoa chairman and Tourism Holdings chief executive Grant Webster on the year's challenges and highlights and the opportunities ahead for the industry in 2018.

Operators welcome, wary of Waitākere track closures

Tourism operators who use the Waitākere Ranges have welcomed the closure of some walking tracks in the park to help stop the spread of kauri dieback disease but are wary of further access restrictions.

The Antipodean Explorer: How a tourism outsider is launching a luxury, length-of-NZ train service

When Amanda Johnston went to see Chinese developer Fu Wah to seek investment for her luxury, length-of-New Zealand train venture, it was the very first meeting of what she thought would be a long day of door-knocking in China.

Fu Wah: Luxury train a vehicle to invest in NZ tourism

Chinese developer Fu Wah International says its investment in the proposed length-of-New Zealand luxury train service is a strategic move to push into the regions and invest in the country's booming tourism sector.

Regional tourism leader urges national tax debate

Regional tourism leaders are urging a national debate on tourism tax after the Labour-led government said it is seeking official advice on its pre-election border tax policy.

Waimangu Volcanic Valley appoints new GM

Waimangu Volcanic Valley is gearing up for growth with the appointment former Skyline Rotorua manager David Blackmore as general manager.

Operators scoop sustainable business awards

Auckland Whale & Dolphin Safari, Wellington's ZEALANDIA and Christchurch Airport have each won awards at the NZI Sustainable Business Network Awards.

Audio: Q&A with Tourism Minister Kelvin Davis

We caught up with the Tourism Minister in Queenstown last Thursday evening and put a few questions to him on the resort's and the industry's needs.

Sponsored: Behind the rebrand with Skydive Southern Alps

An exciting brand refresh drawing on New Zealand’s most stunning alpine scenery and boundless skies sees Glenorchy-based Skydive Southern Alps ready to make its own mark on the domestic and international visitor market.

Parliamentary ‘spam’ or worthwhile questions to Tourism Minister? You decide.

After Labour accused the National Party of spamming Parliament by lodging more than 6,000 parliamentary questions last month, we thought it would be enlightening to look at some results.

Spending surges in Wanaka RTO, Tasman regions

The Tasman region and Wanaka regional tourism organisation's area recorded large increases in spending for October, surging 32% and 28% respectively compared to the same month last year.  

Winter Games injects record $13m

The Audi quattro Winter Games attracted 865 athletes and pumped a record $13.4m into Central Otago, says the event's organisers.

DOC bans freedom camping at Taupō sites

The Department of Conservation has banned freedom camping at three Taupō sites citing tourism growth and the rise in non-self-contained vehicles using them.

Q&A with Rainbow’s End CEO-designate Karen Crabb

Karen Crabb, the current retail director of beverage company Lion, has been appointed chief executive of Auckland's Rainbow's End and begins the role in February.

Minister to launch Queenstown tourism conference

Tourism Minister Kelvin Davis will launch The Great Southern Tourism Opportunity event in Queenstown tonight alongside the resort's mayor, Jim Boult. 

South Island operators line up for Alipay

More than 100 South Island tourism operators and retailers have signed up to the Chinese smartphone payment system Alipay with thousands more expressing interest in the platform.  

Best in Show for Hobbiton as it scoops garden awards

Matamata's Hobbiton Movie Set has scooped a trilogy of awards at the New Zealand Flower and Garden Show in Auckland.

Rangatira appoints Rainbow’s End CEO

Rangatira Investments has named beverage company Lion's retail director, Karen Crabb, the new chief executive of Rainbow's End.

TNZ: Strong showing in early results from campaigns

Early results from two Tourism New Zealand campaigns show they are succeeding in motivating visitors to reclassify a holiday to New Zealand from the 'once-in-a-lifetime bucket list' to the 'to-do list'.

China Southern’s investment in Tekapo tourism revealed

Mt John Observatory's partnership with China Southern Airlines is worth $450,000 over three years with 10% of it going towards tourism infrastructure in the Mackenzie district.

Clearwater, Millbrook, Playing Around NZ win at World Golf Awards

It might not be surrounded by Queenstown's remarkable scenery but that hasn't stopped Clearwater Golf Club in Christchurch from winning the Best Course in Oceania at the 2017 World Golf Awards.

Hazledine: America’s Cup benefits overstated

Economist Tim Hazledine takes aim at MBIE's assessment of the benefits from hosting the America's Cup and MBIE's Iain Cossar replies to some concerns.

America’s Cup opportunities, challenges ahead for operators

As Auckland narrows down its choice for the America's Cup team bases and village, operators are already planning to take advantage of the 2021 event.

Strong Asian growth lifts passenger numbers

Strong growth from Asia and the later timing of school holidays in New Zealand saw Auckland Airport increase international passenger numbers by 6.8% in October, compared to the same month last year.

Air NZ starts exploring blockchain applications

Air New Zealand has partnered with Swiss travel start-up Winding Tree to explore applications based on blockchain technology.

Industry to pay for Auckland’s $10m cruise ship plan

Ports of Auckland will impose new passenger levies to pay for the city council's $10m plan to accommodate larger cruise ships.

Meetings, seminars surge drives business events growth

Meetings and seminars activity surged by 19% last year pushing up delegate numbers and delegate days, according to the latest Convention Activity Survey.

Tourism Holdings’ Campbell, Air NZ win Deloitte Top 200 awards

Tourism Holdings Limited chair Rob Campbell and Air New Zealand have been recognized at the Deloitte Top 200 business awards.

Buy Side/Sell Side: Heritage Hotel’s Dylan Rushbrook

Heritage Hotel's Dylan Rushbrook on fronting up to hotel price increases, beating the boom-bust cycle and whether regional dispersal is actually working on the ground.

Australians drive visitor arrivals to record 3.69 million

Australian tourists and visitors pushed total arrivals to New Zealand to a record 3.69 million for the year to October, up 8% on the previous corresponding period, according to Stats NZ.

Ngāi Tahu’s $25m hot pools development notified

Ngāi Tahu Tourism's proposed hot pool and day spa development in Queenstown has taken another step closer to becoming a reality after the council opened public consultation on the scheme.

Qrious kills tourism data portals, reduces location-led insight for regions

Big data start-up Qrious is ending its location-led tourism insight web portals saying it is uneconomic to continue with the award-winning service.

National demands answers as govt’s border levy stance softens

The National Party has launched a salvo of questions at Tourism Minister Kelvin Davis following his first address to industry, which appeared to soften the government's stance on a border levy.

MBIE: 36th America’s Cup economic impact assessment

The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment has released its assessment of the economic impact the America's Cup could have on Auckland and New Zealand.  

TNZ: Chinese market forecast to return to growth

The Chinese market is expected to return to double-digit growth following a period of falling visitor arrival numbers.

NZ wins contemporary music event

Auckland and Christchurch have won the bid to host the International Society for Contemporary Music's (ISCM) World New Music Days event in 2020.

Auckland Airport hires Christchurch arts chief

Auckland Airport has appointed Regenerate Christchurch chair and Arts Centre chief executive André Lovatt its new general manager of airport development and delivery.

Mt Hutt, The Rees, Eichardt’s win at World Ski Awards

Mt Hutt ski field, The Rees and Eichardt's hotels in Queenstown, and Wanaka's Whare Kea Lodge & Chalet have been recognised as New Zealand's best at the 2017 World Ski Awards.

Deloitte: Infrastructure, global visibility NZ’s biggest tourism challenges

Deloitte has identified tourism as one of five industries with the greatest opportunity to contribute to New Zealand’s future economic prosperity.

Tourism NZ unveils travel trade research

Tourism New Zealand is planning to refine its travel trade training after carrying out research into the effectiveness of its activity.

MBIE: International visitors spend record $10.4bn

Spending by international visitors in New Zealand was a record $10.4bn for the year to September 2017, according to MBIE.

An Operator’s View: Glenstrae Farm’s Alastair Trewin

Land-based tourism operators in the Kaikoura region are struggling to get back on their feet but Glenstrae Farm 4 Wheel Adventures' Alastair Trewin is trying to turn the disaster to his advantage with a new earthquake tour.

Skyline Queenstown celebrates 50 years, looks to the future

Skyline Queenstown celebrates 50 years of operation today and will be hosting a local's day and exhibition of memorabilia over the weekend.

Real Journeys CEO “appalled” at exploitative industry wages

Real Journeys chief executive Richard Lauder says he is been appalled at the number of tourism operators who don't pay their staff enough for them to live on.

Ngāi Tahu Tourism profits surge

Ngāi Tahu Tourism has made a net profit of $13.28m for the year ending June, up 56% on the previous year's result of around $8.5m.

Blue Sky: What investors seek in NZ tourism operators

Australian private equity investor Blue Sky says it is looking to make acquisitions in the New Zealand tourism market to help grow its Queenstown-based Active Adventures operation. 

TNZ staff earning $100K+ jumps almost a quarter in FY17

The number of Tourism New Zealand staff who earned $100,000 jumped by almost a quarter in its 2017 financial year, compared to the previous period.

Wednesday Letter: Tourism Minister Kelvin Davis

In his first address to industry yesterday, the new Tourism Minister outlines the government's priorities for tourism. Below is his full speech to TIA's Tourism Summit Aotearoa at Te Papa in Wellington.

Operators urged to build sustainable businesses

Tourism operators are being urged to adopt sustainability commitments to help build a better NZ industry. 

Stats NZ: Kaikoura’s recovery by the numbers

This story views the initial impact on the district, and subsequent effects, through the lens of statistics.

Tourism Minister: Infrastructure, regional development, Māori tourism priorities

Tourism infrastructure, supporting the regions and growing Māori tourism are the industry priorities for the new government, says Minister of Tourism Kelvin Davis.

From the Regions: Kaikoura’s Glenn Ormsby

One year on from last year's 7.8-magnitude earthquake, Destination Kaikoura's general manager, Glenn Ormsby, says it has been a difficult recovery and, despite hopes among operators for a good summer, challenges remain. 

TIA launches framework to boost insight quality

Tourism Industry Aotearoa has today launched a new insight framework to boost the quality of data, research, and analysis available to operators.

Council: Waterfront development plan welcomed

An ambitious plan to develop Dunedin’s waterfront has been welcomed by the Dunedin City Council.

Kaikoura: One year on

Kaikoura District Council – One year on, reflections on an extraordinary year and a look at what happens now

TNZ: World’s elite making return visits to NZ

New Zealand is becoming a place of choice for the world’s wealthiest with increasing numbers jet-setting their way to New Zealand than ever before.

“Innovative” Cardrona takes supreme business award

Wanaka ski area Cardrona Alpine Resort has won the Supreme Award at the 2017 Ignite Wanaka Business Awards.

$9m bonanza from Queenstown Marathon

The fourth Queenstown International Marathon is expected to inject $8.5m into the resort's economy.

South Island demand lifts September guest nights

Total New Zealand guest nights rose by 1.4% in September driven by South Island hotels and backpackers while North Island guest nights dipped, said Stats NZ.

Hospitality NZ: Home lending restrictions welcomed

Hospitality New Zealand has thrown its support behind Queenstown Lakes District Council's move to tighten rules around visitor accommodation.

TIA to Minister: Tourism’s benefits for NZ can grow

In its Brief to new Tourism Minister Kelvin Davis, TIA points out that tourism is New Zealand’s fastest growing economic contributor, as well as its biggest industry, biggest employer and biggest export sector.

Minister: Tourism wins over mining on DOC land

Conservation land should be protected for tourism and not be made available for mining, says the Minister of Conservation Eugenie Sage.

Jet Park Hotel, Snowplanet reign supreme

Jet Park Hotel and Snowplanet both won the supreme prize at the Westpac Auckland Business Awards 2017 for the southern and northern regions respectively.

Wednesday Letter: Rethinking tourism’s contribution to conservation

Valentina Dinica, Senior Lecturer of Public Policy at Victoria University, says it is time to reconsider the current concession system that allows operators access to conservation land. 

ATEED lands top UK talent to lead major events

Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development (ATEED) has scored a coup landing the current head of EventScotland to be its next major events leader. 

Wellington Airport: Runway extension vital for visitor economy

Wellington Airport has reported a net loss of $1.7m for the six months to September, up from the $5m loss made for the same period last year.

Bungy’s need for Highlands speed

Iconic Central Otago tourism operator AJ Hackett Bungy has teamed up with Highlands motorsport park to launch a new adventure concept which will debut in NZ this weekend.

UN: Global tourism on track for record year

International tourist arrivals topped 901 million for the eight months to August 2017, 56 million more than the same period last year, according to the United Nations World Tourism Organisation's latest World Tourism Barometer.

Tourism leaders recognised at Waikato awards

Two of Waikato’s tourism leaders have been awarded prestigious awards at the 2017 Westpac Waikato Business Awards.

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.

Tourism takes top prize in Nelson Tasman business awards

Tourism operator Abel Tasman Canyons scooped two gongs at this year’s Nelson Tasman business awards including the Supreme Business title.

Tourism investment on agenda for Chinese mayors’ visit

Investment in New Zealand tourism wil be on the agenda for a delegation of mayors from China representing around 80 million people.

Tourism NZ picks West Coast for first South Island single-region campaign

The West Coast has been selected as the region to feature in Tourism New Zealand’s second single-region marketing campaign and its first in the South Island.

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. names Air NZ Airline of the Year

Air New Zealand has been named the Airline of the Year for the fifth consecutive year by international aviation website