Friday, August 18, 2017
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News & Analysis

Westpac: Tourism a bright spot as economic clouds gather

New Zealand's tourism industry remains a "bright spot" for the economy despite economic clouds gathering on the horizon, according to Westpac bank.

UNWTO: International tourism on seven year growth streak

International tourist arrivals hit 1.24bn in 2016, marking the seventh consecutive year of sustained growth in international tourism according to the UNWTO.

Wednesday Letter: Shamubeel Eaqub on NZ tourism

In a preview of his speech to today's Tourism Export Council conference at Te Anau, economist Shamubeel Eaqub tells us why social license is vital for the industry.

From the Regions: Hamilton & Waikato’s Jason Dawson

Hamilton & Waikato Tourism CEO Jason Dawson on the challenges and opportunities of managing growth, the need for more investment and accommodation options, and Hamilton's 50-year plan to turn itself towards the Waikato River.

MBIE: High ratings for NZ as a travel destination

Almost all international visitors rate New Zealand as a destination with 96% saying their trip met or exceeded expectations, according to MBIE.

Sports events lift hospo growth to new record

The World Masters Games and the Lions rugby tour helped boost hospitality which saw record growth for the food and beverages services industry in the June 2017 quarter.

TIA: Working on our water

NZ has an abundance of water, most of the time, so it is only right that we are now as a nation having a proper debate about it and how we best manage it.

Rotorua tourism boost from bilingual city status

Rotorua is set to become the country’s first bilingual city and district with Te Tatau o Te Arawa leading the initiative with support from Council and Te Puni Kōkiri.

An Operator’s View: Hassle-free Tours’ Mark Gilbert

Hassle-free Tours owner Mark Gilbert on how he and his wife Nikki began their business, recovering from the Christchurch earthquakes, and the company's $2m expansion plans to launch in Queenstown and Auckland.

2020 opening for $240m Christchurch Convention Centre

CPB Contractors, owned by Australia's CIMIC Group, has secured the contract to complete the design and build the $240m Christchurch Convention Centre.

Holiday parks biggest beneficiaries as June guest nights jump

New Zealand national guest nights rose by 6.7% to 2.3m in June compared to the same month last year, boosted by visitors in New Zealand for the Lions rugby tour.

SkyCity CEO: Queenstown, Hamilton scoped for redevelopment, hotels

SkyCity Entertainment Group is evaluating its Queenstown and Hamilton sites for redevelopments which could include new hotels.

Waitākere Ranges Regional Park could close to save kauri

The Waitākere Ranges Regional Park is now the most heavily kauri dieback-infected area currently recorded in New Zealand.

Finalists announced for Hawke’s Bay tourism awards

Tourism businesses in Hawke’s Bay have put their best foot forward for the 2017 Hawke’s Bay Tourism Industry Awards with the finalists selected from over 25 entries.

Wednesday Letter: A private affair

Last week’s revelation by the Ticker that Australia’s Blue Sky Private Equity has bought a multi-million dollar stake in Queenstown’s Active Adventures is notable for a number of reasons.

SkyCity profit falls nearly 70% after Australian impairment

SkyCity Entertainment Group has this morning reported a net profit after tax for the year to June of $44.9m, down 69.2% on the previous period, off revenue of $1.02bn, which was down 7.2%.

From the Regions: Venture Southland’s Warrick Low

Venture Southland's Tourism and Events Manager Warrick Low on the challenge of ensuring his region benefits from the tourism boom, the value of industry partnerships, the investment flowing into the sector and the South's point of difference.

Te Puia and hapu buy Waimangu Volcanic Valley

Rotorua's Te Puia and two local hapu have bought Rotorua's Waimangu Volcanic Valley geothermal attraction.

Dart River, Shantytown and River Valley win $4000 grants…

Three tourism operators are aiming to grow their domestic market share after winning $4000 marketing grants from Tourism Industry Aotearoa.

…while applications open for Great Rides grants

Applications are now open for round seven of the Maintaining the Quality of Great Rides Fund.

Active Adventures on Blue Sky private equity deal

Queenstown tour operator Action Adventures has spoken publicly about its deal with Australian private equity firm Blue Sky.

Labour: Airport light rail within 10 years

Labour Party leader Jacinda Ardern has pledged light rail from downtown Auckland to the city's airport within a decade if it wins the general election in September.

An Operator’s View: The Rees’ Mark Rose

Mark Rose, general manager of The Rees Hotel and Luxury Apartments, calls for better staff pay for industry workers, why more effort should be made to promote our 'New Zealandness', and why he's pushing the expansion of the hotel out if its Queenstown base.

Will we see more private equity enter NZ tourism?

Following the revelation yesterday by the Ticker that Australia's Blue Sky has spent millions on a stake in Queenstown's Active Adventures, we take a look at the role PE is playing in Australian tourism and what that may mean for the industry here.

Young TEC Awards finalists announced

The finalists for the Young Tourism Export Council 2017 Awards have been announced and winners will be revealed at the Tourism Export Council conference awards ceremony at the Luxmore Hotel, Te Anau on Wednesday 16 August.

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.

Aussie PE enters NZ tourism with Queenstown purchase

An Australian private equity investor has splashed millions for a stake in a Queenstown tour operator and is hunting for more deals in NZ's booming tourism sector.

Rainbow’s End CEO steps down

Rainbow's End chief executive Chris Deere has stepped down from his role and will leave the company at the end of the year.

Wednesday Letter: ATEED’s Jason Hill

Following his recent resignation to pursue other industry opportunities, we hear from outgoing Auckland Tourism, Events & Economic Development's (ATEED) Head of Tourism, Jason Hill, on the evolution and development of Auckland's tourism offering.

Hassle-free Tours launches $2m expansion to Auckland, Queenstown

Christchurch-based Hassle-free Tours is expanding to Auckland and Queenstown in a $2m drive to push into new markets.

CBRE: Strong demand pushes hotels to choking point

Hotel occupancy rates highest in 10 years but flattening as revenue growth slows outside of

From the Regions: Northland Inc’s Paul Davis

Northland Inc's General Manager of Regional Promotions & Tourism, Paul Davis, tells us about investment into tourism in his region, the need for more high-end accommodation, and why Whangarei's Hundertwasser Art Centre will be a game changer.

Hotel, motel consents surge 216% to $490m

The value of consents for hotels, motels, and other short-term accommodation shot up to $490m in the yer to June.

Domestic capacity boost lifts Air NZ passengers to 1.36m

Air New Zealand carried 1,357,000 passengers during the month of June, an increase of 8.3% compared to the same period last year.

WTO: Intra-regional tourism drives global travel to US$1.2 trillion

Intra-regional tourism, particularly in Asia, is driving global travel as international tourist arrivals grow to more than 1.2bn last year, according to WTO.

Bridges: America’s Cup not the tourism event RWC’s are

Minister of Economic Development and Transport Simon Bridges talks to TVNZ's Corin Dann on Sunday's Q+A programme about regional infrastructure, Winston Peter's scheme to return tourism GST to regions, an Auckland airport rail link, and...

An Operator’s View: Rotorua’s Jasmine Adams

Following her inaugural Holiday Parks’ Emerging Star Award, Rotorua TOP 10 operator Jasmine Adams tells the Ticker about her work outside of the business, drawing inspiration from others in the industry, and being nominated this week for a NZ Tourism Award.

World Masters Games injects $63m, adds 300K guest nights

The World Masters Games boosted national GDP by $63m, added more than 300,000 guest nights and made a surplus for its organisers of approximately $800,000.

MBIE revises data, releases user guide with latest MRTEs

MBIE has released a new user guide with the latest Monthly Regional Tourism Estimates and has tweaked its historical dataset for the collection.

TIA: Govt listened to industry concerns on work visas

New Zealand’s fast growing tourism industry is pleased the Government has listened to its concerns about the proposed changes to temporary work visas.

Akaroa voted top cruise destination in Australasia

Akaroa has lept above Sydney and Auckland to be named the top cruise destination in Australasia by the annual Cruise Critic's Cruisers Choice Awards.

ATEED, PATA team up to host Tourism Leaders Forum

New Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development (ATEED) chief Nick Hill, Tourism New Zealand's Stephen England-Hall and Air New Zealand's chief revenue officer, Cam Wallace, are among the participants addressing the Tourism Leaders Forum.

SkyCity writes down Aussie asset by A$95M

SkyCity Entertainment Group will write off all the goodwill in its Darwin casino complex with an A$95m impairment.

Wednesday Letter: A taxing question for hotels

The Ticker‘s Bridget O’Connell attends the NZ Hotel Industry Conference and asks if a possible legal fight against Auckland's accommodation targeted rate is going to run smack into tourism industry recommendations for a national bed tax.

Big hitters help West Coast’s ‘Untamed Natural Wilderness’ win

Former head of Saatchi & Saatchi Kevin Roberts and the current CEO of TVNZ Kevin Kendrick can take a bow for their parts in helping the West Coast's 'Untamed natural wilderness' brand win a prestigious Local Government New Zealand award.

Haka up for three gongs as NZ Tourism Awards finalists announced

Earth & Sky's Margaret Munro, China Travel Service's Lisa Li and Ryan Sanders from Haka Tourism Group are among 24 finalists in the 2017 New Zealand Tourism Awards.

New CEO and tourism strategy for Fullers

Mike Horne has been appointed chief executive of Fullers Group signalling a shift in strategy for the cruise, ferry and coach operator.

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.  

From the Regions: Waitomo Mayor Brian Hanna

Waitomo District Council Mayor Brian Hanna on coping with booming tourism, the success of products like the Timber Trail Lodge and Sir Colin Meads attraction, and plans to build a much-needed new hotel. 

Lions tourists boost June visitors 17%

A surge in visitors from the United Kingdom and Ireland arriving for the British and Irish Lions rugby tour helped boost total overseas visitor arrivals in June 2017 by 17%.

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.

Head of Auckland tourism resigns

After six years heading up Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development’s (ATEED) tourism division, Jason Hill has tendered his resignation to pursue his own business interests within the sector.

Project Palace swells to seven cities

Project Palace is to be expanded to take in seven capacity-constrained cities with the addition of Taupo and Dunedin.

An Operator’s View: Whispering Trails’ Maria Kire

Maria Kire from Hokianga's Whispering Trails tells us about turning a lifestyle into a business, combining cultural and eco-tourism, and how the young business recently won a $30,000 development grant.

Fast-track options on the table for hotel investment

The government is discussing ways it can speed up investment into the hotel sector according to Tourism Minister Paula Bennett.

Women dominate NZ Hotel Industry Awards

Women have dominated this year’s New Zealand Hotel Industry Awards, winning seven of the 10 individual awards.

Fletcher ructions delay $470m Auckland convention centre

SkyCity says it is "comfortable" with its contractual agreements with developer Fletcher Construction despite a delay in the delivery of the New Zealand International Convention Centre.

Record numbers for 2017 NZ Hotel Industry Conference

A record 360 delegates are set to attend the 2017 New Zealand Hotel Industry Conference in Auckland today.

More than 6,000 visitors to inject $4.8m for league world cup

More than 6,000 international visitors, contributing around $4.8m to our economy, are expected for the country's next big event, the Rugby League World Cup.

TNZ partners with Hollywood star, National Geo in $2m campaign

Tourism New Zealand has partnered with Hollywood star Bryce Dallas Howard and National Geographic Travel in a new $2m campaign targeting North America.

Wednesday Letter: Authenticity & Tourism Campaigns

Following the release of a number of tourism campaigns, Tom Horder of Wellington consultancy Marder asks if their various depictions of New Zealand are putting at risk one of travel's most prized qualities: Authenticity.

Domestic passengers surge as Queenstown reports record

Queenstown Airport has reported another record rise in passengers with 1.89m travelling through its Frankton terminal in the year to June, up 15% compared to the previous corresponding period.

The Rees targets Auckland, Christchurch with new luxury offerings

Queenstown’s The Rees Hotel has launched a luxury motor yacht in Auckland and is on the cusp of starting development of a new five-star hotel in Christchurch.

Chinese set to overtake Kiwis as top visitors to Australia

China is set to overtake New Zealand as Australia’s biggest source of international visitors within months if current trends continue.

ServiceIQ: Skills shortage reaching crisis point

ServiceIQ's chief executive, Dean Minchington, says a looming skills shortage is putting the service sector at risk and New Zealand will be the worse for it.

From the Regions: Aoraki’s Henrietta Hazlett

The Ticker hears from Henrietta Hazlett, the industry partnerships manager at New Zealand's newest Regional Tourism Organisation, Aoraki Tourism, on the challenges and opportunities in the Timaru District.

Q&A with KiwiRail CEO Peter Reidy

As KiwiRail undergoes a government review of its business, the Ticker catches up with chief executive Peter Reidy to talk tourism and the prospects for the rail company's $100m tourism-focused business.

Air NZ wins court battle against pilots

Air New Zealand has won a Supreme Court appeal which ruled against the country's largest pilots' union.

Refreshed push for BOP tourism priorities

The implementation of regional tourism priorities to help grow the Bay of Plenty's visitor economy to $2.5bn by 2030 is part of a refresh of the region's development action plan.

An Operator’s View: Coronet Peak’s Nigel Kerr

Coronet Peak’s ski area manager, Nigel Kerr, on what's changed in the snow industry, what hasn't, and what's happening at one of the country's most popular ski fields.

$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.   

FOCUS on Data: Studying the numbers

Collecting, managing and interpreting data is playing an increasingly important role within tourism education.

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.

Canterbury guest nights lead latest rises

Booming tourism in the Mackenzie District has seen Canterbury record an extra 25,000 guest nights in May, topping Stats NZ's latest accommodation survey.

FOCUS on Data: Getting smarter

Angus & Associates has launched a new data tool for tourism operators that will provide them with information on customer expectations and experiences.

Air NZ’s ‘Fantastical Journey’

Air New Zealand has teamed up with American actors Katie Holmes and Cuba Gooding Jr. for its latest safety video A Fantastical Journey.

Wednesday Letter: MBIE on its tourism data

In reply to last week's Wednesday Letter, MBIE says there has been some confusion about the IVS and MRTEs, the measures are not diverging, and some guidance is on the way.

Wilderness experience trumps crowds at Milford Sound

Record numbers of visitors to the Milford Sounds have not affected the wilderness experience according to a new report.

FOCUS on Data: A Qrious future

Big data platform Qrious is aiming to become the leading provider of location-led insights for New Zealand's tourism industry.

North Island attractions inspire new Australian campaign

Forgotten World, Waitomo Caves, and the Huka Falls are among the attractions being promoted in new touring itineraries being pushed in Australia.

Coping with tourism at heart of new Queenstown plan

Coping with booming tourism and a potential tripling of international visitors by 2026 is a critical facet of the Queenstown’s new town centre masterplan.

FOCUS on Data: Fresh fields

Tourism economist and consultant and one of the biggest users of NZ's visitor data, Fresh Info, has expanded to Australia.

From the Regions: Wairarapa’s David Hancock

The Wairarapa has grown from being another region with vineyards to a multifaceted destination on the doorstep of the nation’s capital. Destination Wairarapa’s general manager, David Hancock, looks at what’s next for the region.

Robust visitor growth forecast for Christchurch

Tourists are forecast to return to Christchurch at a higher rate than pre-earthquake,  according to a new report charting the city’s recovery.

FOCUS on Data: Building a better offering

In the first article of our week-long series, FOCUS on Data, the Ticker talks to Chris Roberts, chief executive of Tourism Industry Aotearoa on filling the ‘insight gap’ with the industry-led initiative, Tourism Insight Framework.

An Operator’s View: Waimarino Group’s Blair Anderson

Waimarino Group’s director, Blair Anderson, on changing international perception of the regions, breaking into the cruise ship market, and first learning about the tourism distribution chain down at the pub.

Rainbow’s End: “material decline in visitors” after Dreamworld tragedy

Rainbow’s End in Auckland suffered a “material decline in visitors” following last year’s Dreamworld tragedy in Australia, according to the attraction's owner, Rangatira Investments.

Skyline seeks expansion as profits surge 26%

Skyline Enterprises has announced a 26% leap in pretax profit as it continues to look at new tourism opportunities at home and abroad.

Kelly Tarlton’s GM steps down

Kelly Tarlton's SEA LIFE aquarium's general manager Tim Keeling is stepping down from his role to take up a position at Staging Connections. 

Deloitte: NZ tourism well positioned for Chinese investment

The New Zealand tourism industry is well positioned for a wave of Chinese investment in tourism assets, according to Deloitte Access Economics.

Tourism NZ promos regions in $3m global campaign

Tourism New Zealand has launched its new $3m global 100% Pure New Zealand campaign.

Aotea leads Christchurch tourist retail scheme

Aotea Gifts is working up plans for a new tourist retail development after buying a $6.65m site in Christchurch’s Cathedral Square.

Waimarino to launch new night-time, cultural products

Bay of Plenty tourism stalwart, Waimarino Group, is developing two new products to add to its kayaking operation.

Tourism leads Māori economy investment opportunities

Tourism has been hailed as a leading opportunity for investors looking to enter New Zealand’s thriving Māori economy, according to a new government report.

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.

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.

Queenstown backs events with $583k funding

The Queenstown Lakes District Council has distributed $583,500 to 17 events citing their potential to attract tourists to the region.

Lions lift Wellington Airport to busiest days ever

It was the busiest weekend ever for Wellington Airport with 45,000 passengers travelling through its gates.

An Operator’s View: Earth & Sky’s Margaret Munro

Earth & Sky GM Margaret Munro on the operator’s new partnership with China Southern Airlines, the challenges of hiring skilled staff, and the progress being made on its joint venture with Ngāi Tahu, the International Astronomy Centre at Lake Tekapo
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