Monday, March 19, 2018
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Skyline Rotorua appoints sales and marketing manager

Playing a role in what makes Rotorua the tourism epicentre of the North Island is something Andrew Aitken has been passionate about for a long time.

After nearly 20 years, Agroventures becomes Velocity Valley

After nearly 20 years Agroventures Adventure Park is changing its name to Velocity Valley.

Rotorua’s geothermal wonders wow Filipinos

More than 1.5 million Filipinos tuned in to watch a recent episode of a popular television programme showcasing Māori culture and Rotorua’s geothermal wonders.

Long-serving manager to retire from Skyline Enterprises

One of Skyline Enterprises’ longest-serving senior managers, Rotorua-based Neville Nicholson, is retiring in April 2018 after 34 years with the company.

Pou unveiled at Te Puia l NZMACI site

NZMACI tumu whakairo (head of school), Arekatera Maihi says it is the first time the three main carving styles of this area have been officially acknowledged in one place.

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 join forces to maximise Rotorua’s visitor experience

Key Rotorua tourism operators have come together to create a first of its kind training and networking event for Rotorua accommodation partners.

Te Puia manager elected first female chair of BYATA

Rotorua’s Mary Tolley knows how important the backpacker market is to Rotorua and NZ, and now it will be part of her responsibility to help others realise it too.

Election 2017: National promises $100m for Rotorua tourist, commercial route

The National Party says it will spend up to $100m to four-lane Te Ngae Road between Rotorua City and the airport if it is re-elected to government.

Rangatira Investments CEO resigns

Phil Veal, the chief executive of Rangatira Investments, which owns two of the country's most iconic attractions, has resigned and will leave his role in November.

First chick hatches high hopes for Kiwi Encounter

The first kiwi of the season has hatched at Rainbow Springs’ Kiwi Encounter in Rotorua – marking “the start of a great new era” for New Zealand’s largest kiwi hatching facility.

New luxury spa and wellness centre to open in Rotorua

Wai Ariki Hot Springs and Spa is set to put Rotorua on track to becoming the spa and wellness capital of the Southern Hemisphere.

An Operator’s View: Rotorua Canopy Tours’ James Fitzgerald

Rotorua Canopy Tours' co-founder and GM, James Fitzgerald, on how winning last year's Supreme Award had an immediate impact on his business.

Million dollar boost from seismic event

More than a million dollars is expected to be pumped into the Rotorua economy when a thousand volcanologists and delegates converge on the city for four days of workshops and lectures.

Australians left charmed by largest ever Rotorua Roadshow

Destination Rotorua and the largest ever group of local tourism operators have the Australian travel industry buzzing.

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.

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.

Mud festival to continue without imported product

Rotorua’s Mudtopia festival will be staged in December without imported cosmetic mud powder.

Farmers muddy the waters for Rotorua festival

Without wishing to wallow in the absurdity of what some people are willing to pay for, farmers are bemused by plans by Rotorua to import mud from Korea.

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.

Taxpayer-funded mud slinging?

The Taxpayers’ Union is astounded at MBIE’s decision to provide $1.5m of funding to the Mudtopia Festival, to be held in Rotorua in December. 

Haka record goes global as world media get a taste of NZ

The world's biggest haka in Rotorua, organised as part of the nationwide festival of events for the DHL New Zealand Lions Series tour attracted extensive international media attention.

RotoruaNZ reaches 200,000 fans on Facebook

Destination Rotorua’s Facebook page has just reached 200,000 ‘fans’, only the second destination Facebook page in New Zealand to have achieved this milestone.

$300K boost for Tarawera ultramarathon upgrade

The Tarawera ultramarathon will receive an investment of $300,000 over the next two years to support the expansion of the internationally successful event.

A weekend of entertainment in the Bay of Plenty

The wave of hospitality spending around a Lions game continued on the weekend with spending through Paymark in Bay of Plenty amongst merchants such as bars, clubs and cafes amounted to $3.5m.

A roaring success: The Lions in Rotorua

The excitement of the DHL NZ Lions Series isn’t quite over for Rotorua with many visitors expected to return to the district during the coming weeks.

Rotorua operator wins inaugural Holiday Parks award

Jasmine Adams of the Rotorua TOP 10 Holiday Park has won the inaugural Holiday Parks’ Emerging Star Award for holiday park professionals under the age of 35.

Outside the Walls Walking Tour guides take top award

Rotorua Museum Outside the Walls Walking Tour Guides has won the Supreme Award at the 2017 Trustpower Rotorua Lakes Community Awards.

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...

Rotorua targets Canterbury tourists with a spontaneous challenge

Destination Rotorua is rolling out the red carpet with a challenge that will see two lucky Cantabrians spend their Queen’s Birthday Weekend in Rotorua. But there is a catch.

Prime Minister’s Fellow visits Agrodome

Prime Minister’s Fellow from the Philippines, Secretary of the Cabinet Leoncio Evasco, visited Rotorua’s Agrodome today to learn more about New Zealand agriculture and Ngāi Tahu Tourism.

Rotorua plans major venue upgrade to take on NZICC

Rotorua is planning an upgrade of its Energy Events Centre to keep it competitive with new venues coming online.

New zipline, kiwis and classic motorcycles among winners of $2.5m TGP funding

Two Rotorua and two Southland attractions have been granted nearly $2.5m in funding from the Tourism Growth Partnership.

Rotorua retailers to open on Easter Sunday

An Easter Sunday Shop Trading Policy which will enable retailers throughout the Rotorua district to trade on Easter Sunday if they wish has been adopted by the council.

$1.7m boost for Rotorua’s Crankworx

The Government will invest up to $1.7 million over five years into the mountain biking Crankworx Festival and Enduro World Series in Rotorua.

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.

TripAdvisor: Rotorua hotel best reviewed in NZ

Two Rotorua accommodation providers have taken out their categories in the 2017 TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice Awards.
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Tourist plane makes unplanned landing on Green Lake A Rotorua tourist float plane has made a forbidden landing on Rotokakahi (Green Lake). Rotorua Daily Post

Tarawera Trail event all about the experience Forget about setting a goal finish time, just relax and enjoy some of the best scenery Rotorua has to offer. Rotorua Daily Post

Rotorua to host 2018 World Indigenous Business Forum Rotorua has been announced as the official host for the 2018 World Indigenous Business Forum. Rotorua Daily Post

March 2017

Crankworx promises big economic boost Organisers of the upcoming Crankworx mountain biking festival hope it will crack the $10 million mark for money injected into the country’s economy. The NZ Herald

Rotorua economy growing from strength to strength It’s a positive outlook for Rotorua, with a “bumper” 2016 for the tourism sector, Rotorua GDP up by 3.9 per cent and more people choosing to call the district home. Rotorua Daily Post

Big farewell planned for local tourism trailblazer The family of a Rotorua tourism pioneer are coming to terms with a tragic loss, but his wife says she will forever remember the great times they enjoyed together. Rotorua Daily Post

Rotorua environmental tourism leader dies

 Rotorua environmental tourism leader and owner of Waimangu Thermal Valley, Harvey James, has died. Rotorua Daily Post

Rotorua retailers to open on Easter Sunday An Easter Sunday Shop Trading Policy which will enable retailers to trade on Easter Sunday if they wish has been adopted by the council. Rotorua Lakes Council