Thursday, June 29, 2017

A morning roundup of the latest tourism news from around the country and further afield, updated every weekday at 8am. Click the link to go to the source.

Wednesday, 28 June

Hospitality industry set for ‘good times’ New Zealand’s hospitality industry is set for “good times ahead” following the America’s Cup win according to industry bosses. NZ Herald

Billion-dollar territory? Big gain for NZ from America’s Cup hosting, city chief predicts New Zealand stands to enjoy big economic gains if it hosted the next America’s Cup, an Auckland city boss said this morning, predicting it could be in the billion-dollar territory. NZ Herald

Minister praises Kiwi innovation and tourism potential at Balclutha talk What have rockets and tourism got in common? They’ve got sky-high potential to earn big bucks. Manawatu Standard

Four-star hotel planned for Queenstown A 260-room four-star hotel is planned at Queenstown’s Kawarau Village at Kelvin Heights. ODT

Train drivers need freedom to override tunnel rules – KiwiRail KiwiRail is seeking an urgent transport rule change to ensure passenger trains don’t get stuck in tunnels if the engine catches fire. Radio NZ

Nelson’s Trailways Hotel achieves rare Qualmark Gold Award A Nelson hotel has been recognised as one of the most sustainable tourism businesses in New Zealand. Nelson Mail

Samoans preparing for jobs in NZ tourism and fisheries Efforts are underway to extend seasonal work for Samoans in New Zealand’s tourism and fisheries industries. Radio NZ

Cheers! New Zealand’s most famous pub could be yours One of the country’s most famous pubs could be yours. The Press

Hosting the America’s Cup would bring profile and visitors to NZ Imagine another 50 superyachts sailing into New Zealand. Stuff

Tourism industry expecting America’s Cup payoff Tourism chiefs say the international focus on New Zealand will help their sector. NZ Herald

Luxury tourism sector a big winner
The sector will get a big boost from the super-wealthy attracted to an America’s Cup regatta. NZ Herald

A warning to Tongariro tourists Local hapū says the exploitative attitude towards the use of the dual heritage park is about to end. Māori Television

Tuesday, 27 June

A 260-room hotel proposed for Queenstown’s Kawarau Village A 260-room hotel development is proposed above the Hilton Queenstown Resort and Spa. Stuff

Hotel staff put on colourful display for cancer charity Staff at a Marlborough hotel have put their heads together to come up with an eye-catching way to help a cancer charity. Marlborough Express

NZ should close borders in a major pandemic to save lives, study shows If New Zealand were to be hit by an extreme pandemic, we should shut the borders to trade and tourism to save lives, Wellington researchers say. Stuff

Burger-gate over – bureaucrats burned to a crisp over new rules Burger-gate is over – the threat to medium-rare burger patties is gone. NZ Herald

Giant tiki to be painted on Auckland hotel Accor Hotels has commissioned internationally renowned artist Owen Dippie to design a piece of artwork on its 25m wall on Custom Lane in downtown Auckland. NZ Herald

Stewart Island/Rakiura Visitor Levy Fund to disburse record sum The Stewart Island/Rakiura Visitor Levy Fund is expecting to disburse a record sum to beneficiaries later this week. Southland Times

Tourism a threat to Kaikōura’s crayfish Fishers are warning Kaikōura’s famous crayfish are under threat and they’re blaming tourists. Radio NZ

Mayors want help with operational costs Tourists could be causing an unfair strain on smaller districts’ facilities. ODT

CAP aiming for summer reopening The fire-damaged Christchurch Adventure Park should reopen by summer. The Press

Monday, 26 June

A Team New Zealand win could put a $500m wind in our economic sails An America’s Cup win would put New Zealand on the map for wealthy investors and make the country a fashionable place to be for more than $500 million in benefits. Stuff

$30m Lion’s share for Wellington’s economy from rugby double-header British and Irish Lions fans set to converge on Wellington are expected to inject $30 million into the regional economy during their week-long stay. Stuff

American Airlines’ next move in New Zealand American Airlines says it will come back stronger after a two month break in flights between Los Angeles and Auckland. NZ Herald

Quality versus quantity – tourism shares dairy’s challenge Head of an international marketing company says that going for quality over quantity is the real challenge for New Zealand tourism. Stuff

The rise and rise of Auckland Airport For long-term owners of Auckland International Airport shares, it has been a dream run. Newsroom

U-turn on freedom camping The Dunedin City Council has made a U-turn over its proposal to develop three new freedom camping sites in Dunedin. ODT

Tourism is breaking its social contract No one can argue with the concept of Tourism. Nelson Mail

Tourism: a brilliant career or a job for dummies? Tourism faces major challenge recruitment challenges. Stuff

If Kiwis want an overseas holiday, visit Queenstown In June I took a flight to Queenstown and landed in what felt like another country. Newshub

Abel Tasman conservation plan may provide blueprint A successful conservation plan used in the Abel Tasman National Park that draws on partners to fund and deliver is now being considered for New Zealand’s historic Molesworth high country station. Radio NZ

Man has year-old Lions test hotel booking cancelled at the last minute A Kiwi rugby fan living in London had a longstanding accommodation booking for Saturday night’s test cancelled at the last minute by the provider. NZ Herald

Sun rises on new resort venue Queenstown’s next vibrant venue will change its focus with the passage of the sun.  Mountain Scene

Friday, 23 June

Three locations named in big NZ hotel expansion The company planning a new 37-level $200m hotel for Auckland wants to expand in NZ. NZ Herald

Hagaman vs Andrew Little continues Hotelier Lani Hagaman wants to pursue the defamation case against Labour leader Andrew Little. Radio NZ

$100m luxury hotel proposed An American developer plans a $100m luxury hotel in Queenstown. Mountain Scene

Ceremonies begin with a karanga Two waka glided into a candle-lit beach to open the 43rd Queenstown Winter Festival yesterday. ODT

They’re barking mad on Coronet They came in tutus, bandannas and butterfly wings, just to clear their throats in front of 200 onlookers in Queenstown’s Earnslaw Park. ODT

Thursday, 22 June

Keep ’em coming: Off The Beaten Track accommodation growing Thousands of people have signed up to Off the Beaten Track since it launched in April, with around 80 listings registered throughout New Zealand. Stuff

Lions hotel swept for BUGS by security as fears grow of spies in camp ahead of first New Zealand test Security experts conduct regular operations searching for electronic listening devices to prevent leaks of tactics and calls. The Sun

German tourists robbed of passports Three German tourists have lost most of their belongings, including their passports, after their rental car was broken into. SunLive

Vital now to gain confidence of tourism industry The decision last week by Tourism Eastland members to gift to the council the community-fundraised i-Site building on public reserve land in Grey Street, along with associated contracts, was a wrench for many. Gisborne Herald

‘Ripped off’ over skydives Queenstown-based online booking company Bookme is helping two Chinese tourists ”ripped off” by a credit card fraudster. ODT

Resort enters festive mode Queenstown’s unofficial forecast for the next four days shows partying, hilarity, mayhem and madness, courtesy of the 2017 Queenstown Winter Festival. ODT

Nothing to see here – Milford on selldown of Tourism Holdings shares Milford Asset Management is warning against reading too much into its sell down of some Tourism Holdings shares. NBR

Naive to think people will just keep coming here Air NZ chief Christopher Luxon says tourism was not driven by macroeconomic factors. Stuff

Chinese tourists’ crime concerns rising, guide says A tour guide is fielding more questions about whether New Zealand is safe to visit. Radio NZ

$200m 37-level hotel planned A 37-level $200m 490-room Holiday Inn Express and Even hotel tower is planned in Auckland’s heart. NZ Herald

Wednesday, 21 June

Regional co-operation key to a prosperous Wellington As an agency, we’re focussed on the work; on driving growth and attracting revenue to the region, as we’ve done successfully throughout amalgamation, and ever since. Manawatu Standard

Auckland Nines may be shelved next year due to Rugby League World Cup The Auckland Nines could be missing from the calendar next year as the event’s promoters and the NRL wrestle with how to fit it into an off-season schedule that includes the World Cup. Sydney Morning Herald

Pilots want tighter rules around drones Airline pilots are increasingly worried about drones and want tighter regulations around their use. NZ Herald

Is the Kiwi dream the new American dream? NBC broadcaster Keith Morrison set out to find why New Zealand is the “it country” for its Sunday Night programme hosted by Megyn Kelly in an clip titled The Americans Are Coming: The Obsession With New Zealand. Stuff

Head to Rainbow Ski Area to enjoy some fun in the snow With the ski field set to open again for the season on July 8, Admire talks to some of the people who love Rainbow. Stuff

Tourist levy unlikely as government fears losing out to Australia, Canada The government remains unconvinced on the merits of a tourist levy. NBR

Cost of training pilots bite A shortage in the supply of pilots is worsening because of the cost of training and worldwide demand. NZ Herald

Tourists to spend $1.24b a year in Northland by 2023 International arrivals forecast to grow by 52%. The Northern Advocate

Tuesday, 20 June

The world’s most expensive beach – and the cheapest Four New Zealand beaches surveyed came around a third up the list with Hahei at place 91 the most expensive. NZ Herald

Kiwi killed in crash with tourists about to become first-time father Mother wants to start a petition to hire Kiwi drivers for all foreign tourists. NZ Herald

Tourists lured with fake Facebook profile, trapped and threatened Three young female tourists were lured by a man using a fake Facebook profile. Stuff

Wellington lays in wait for red army Wellington is gearing up to host the biggest party it has seen in years. Stuff

Film set in Otago screens at festival Otago film buffs can see a feature film shot in the Queenstown area when the New Zealand International Film Festival rolls into Dunedin in August. ODT

Monday, 19 June

The freedom camping goldmine NZ’s 29,500 motorhome owners New Zealand’s growing motorhome fleet is an economic force to be reckoned with. Stuff

MarginFuel adviser hopes to get wheels turning A company which takes the price of a rental car from being “finger in the air” to one which can fuel growth is thinking about how much capital it will need to shift up a gear. Stuff

Amateur sleuth cracks theft case When tourists nicked surfing gear from Mount Backpackers, it wasn’t money motivating business owner Jo Veale to track them down. Bay of Plenty Times

Three of four dead in Waikato crash thought to be French tourists  A rural Waikato resident says the two survivors he helped at the scene of a fatal crash on Saturday evening were French tourists who had only been in the country for a day.  Stuff

Locals jump to adopt Lions fans Rotorua residents are jumping at the chance to show some good old-fashioned Kiwi hospitality by opening their homes to Lions fans needing a place to sleep. Rotorua Daily Post

New twist in red-hot airline competition on the Tasman The transtasman aviation market is in for a shake-up next month as Emirates takes off a superjumbo and partner airline Qantas replaces it with more frequent flights with a new plane between Auckland and Sydney. NZ Herald

A Hunting We Will Go Trophy hunters from around the world as well as local hunters visit the High Peak Game Estate to shoot red stag, fallow bucks, wild goat, feral sheep and wild boar. Radio NZ

Sledding on Mt Ruapehu is set to get a whole lot more expensive Locals are furious that the company which runs the Whakapapa and Turoa ski fields is proposing to charge $59 for adults and $35 for children to access the Happy Valley and Alpine Meadow areas which were previously free. Stuff

Sit back and sip the best New Zealand vineyards have to offer The way I see it, there are two types of wineries in this world. Stuff

Transition to new approach needs to be as speedy as possible Major changes are taking place in the way our district organises and promotes itself for economic development, tourism and the growth of higher-paying jobs. Gisborne Herald

David Slack: Freedom campers, it has been a pleasure doing business with you OPINION: So, farewell then, freedom camper. Stuff

DOC earns $17m from concession fees DOC is promising closer scrutiny of payment dodgers. Sunday Star Times

Sprucing up the luxury tourism market – Heletranz Sofia Ambler and her husband bought the helicopter business Heletranz in 2012. NZ Herald

Friday, 16 June

‘Landlocked’ Marlborough Airport reliant on NZDF space to grow Business leaders are adamant Marlborough Airport needs to expand for the region to reach its full potential, but finding the land to grow is proving troublesome. Marlborough Express

NZ aids Niue tourism, communications and solar power New Zealand Prime Minister Bill English has opened new tourism facilities and unveiled plans to improve services for Niue households during a brief stopover today. Radio NZ

Stock Takes: Air NZ flies higher Air New Zealand’s strong share performance this month builds on gains in May when the airline’s stock price rise outstripped healthy increases throughout the airline industry. NZ Herald

Trust wants lease extended, no rates The trust that  runs the Snow Farm ski field on the Pisa Range is seeking an extension to its  lease with the Queenstown Lakes District Council. ODT

Top artist wants Queenstown public gallery Grahame Sydney, best known for his landscapes of Central Otago, says it’s a glaring omission in Queenstown’s calling card. Mountain Scene

Spotlight on Waikato: Tourism is the jewel in Waikato’s crown After decades of its economy focused on the farm gate, New Zealand’s biggest export earner now through the country’s airports’ arrivals gate. NBR (subscription)

Adapting to New Zealand’s popularity: more tourists or better tourists? Consider Ireland, a small island nation of about four million people. Stuff

Tourism changes are out of order After 30 years our council has decreed to end Tourism Eastland’s contract to run the i-Site. Gisborne Herald

Tourist tent accommodation sparks interest at Fieldays Farmers looking to utilise their land as an alternative income.  Stuff

Thursday, 15 June

Australian Court Declines Air Cargo Appeal The High Court of Australia today dismissed Air New Zealand’s appeal of the Full Court’s 2016 decision that the airline had breached Australian law in applying fuel and security charges to cargo. NZX

Air New Zealand to start new widebody fleet study in 4Q17 Air New Zealand (NZ, Auckland Int’l) will begin studies involving its future widebody requirements towards the end of this year airline Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Christopher Luxon has said. ch-aviation

How Trump’s trouble is hitting greenback, making holidays cheaper for Kiwis The kiwi dollar is forecast to keep tracking well over US70c for the next 12 months. NZ Herald

He Tangata: John Barrett of Kapiti Island Nature Tours I’m a Kapiti Coast boy and have lived around here for around 50 of my 70 years. NZ Herald

Parking plan opposition grows The Otago Farmers Market is the latest business to come out in opposition to changes that would replace car parks directly outside the market with a cycleway. ODT

How Hamilton transforms itself for Fieldays City locals have been plenty busy too, transforming Hamilton, the accommodation hub for the event, into party central. Stuff

Guards patrol entrance to wildlife sanctuary Security guards are patrolling the entrance of Sanctuary Mountain as a stoush over access to Maungatautari sees unauthorised staff, contractors and volunteers kept from one part of the wildlife refuge. Waikato Times

Shares rise, Air NZ up despite appeal loss New Zealand shares rose on Wednesday, led by Air New Zealand, Heartland Bank and A2 Milk Co. Newsie

Tourism body says staff ‘number one priority’ ACTIVATE Tairawhiti and Tourism Eastland were today both looking to the future. Gisborne Herald

Visitors to begin pouring into Rotorua for Lions match with Maori All Blacks More than 20,000 people are expected to visit the city. NZ Herald

Auckland Airport among best airports in the world The airport has landed a top spot on an international ranking that compares airports. Stuff

Wednesday, 14 June

Mayors’ tourism levy call knocked back The Government has knocked-back a multi-mayor approach to impose a levy on tourists. Timaru Herald

Ferry hits object in Waitemata Harbour terrifying passengers on board morning city sailing Terrified passengers were prepared to jump into the harbour moments after an Auckland ferry hit a submerged object in the Waitemata Harbour this morning. NZ Herald

Hamilton City Council says no to campervans at Hamilton Old Boys A Hamilton rugby club has been told it can’t host Lions’ fans in campervans even though its clubrooms are next door to the stadium. Rugby Heaven

Air Chathams carries Ranfurly Shield challengers Whanganui’s ‘Butcher Boys’ will fly direct to Christchurch for their Ranfurly Shield match next week courtesy of one of their sponsors – Air Chathams. Wanganui Chronicle

What’s behind the ‘golden age’ of travel? The formula behind this “golden age” of travel was pretty simple: more airlines flying to and from New Zealand has increased competition which has lowered ticket prices. Stuff

New loos for Whangarei hot tourist spots Northland will receive $160,000 in Government funding to help build new public toilet blocks  at Parihaka and the Abbey Caves  in Whangarei. Whangarei Leader

Green light for major investments in Ashburton The mid-Canterbury town of Ashburton is enjoying a commercial property boom with confirmation of a new Scenic Hotel Group four-star hotel, and a nearby office and retail commercial building. Stuff

Wintry blast for south, ferries cancelled A southerly blast sweeping up the South Island is due to bring severe gales and has forced the cancellation of  Interislander ferry sailings. Radio NZ

Council ‘working as hard as they can to destroy tourism’ A southern hospitality chairman says he has had enough. Stuff

‘Panda Route’ to Chengdu opens up as newest airline from China touches down Sichuan Airlines’ first flight has arrived in NZ. NZ Herald

Hamilton’s Waikato River Explorer
is back for Fieldays after a turbulent start of the year. NZ Farmer

Tuesday, 13 June

Deputy PM and Minister for Tourism to open Cruise New Zealand 2017 Paula Bennett, deputy prime minister and minister for tourism, will officially open Cruise New Zealand 2017 at the Auckland Museum on August 29. Seatrade

Latest airline from China due to touch down in Auckland Sichuan Airlines, the latest of a growing list of Chinese carriers flying into Auckland, is due to arrive in Auckland. NZ Herald

Visiting a forgotten world Kiwi ingenuity and sheer determination has unleashed new life on the panoramic old railway line from King Country to Taranaki, writes Mike Yardley. ODT

Mayor calls for more tourism infrastructure support A South Island mayor is urging the government to spend more on tourism. Radio NZ

Chris Roberts: Tourist boom is manageable It’s no secret that New Zealand has been seeing an unprecedented boom in visitors to our shores. Stuff

Lost natural wonder in New Zealand may be found, say researchers Diaries give clue to location of pink and white terraces. The Guardian

Monday, 12 June

Accommodation providers call for tourism levy expansion in Marlborough Marlborough is behind the 8-ball in New Zealand’s visitor boom and must expand its tourism levy to keep up with the rest of the country, the council has heard. Marlborough Express

Exclusive interview: Simona Turin on Air New Zealand’s digital transformation Simona Turin is the general manager, digital strategy and capabilities, for Air New Zealand. IT Brief

Air NZ accused of racism over questioning of Tongan mum at check-in Air NZ has been accused of racism after a woman said her mother was racially profiled while trying to use Premium Check-in for a flight. NZ Herald

Taranaki Pouakai Crossing and tarns named one of best and most beautiful by Tourism New Zealand Stuff

Funds for coastal tourist facilities Tourists on the East Coast will no longer be caught short on their way to East Cape lighthouse, after the Government allocated a new relief fund to build more toilets. The Gisborne Herald

Anger in the air: what’s fuelling the rise in unruly passenger behaviour NZ Herald

Auckland Airport’s planned $2.1b spend-up ‘overdue’ The airport spent about $400million in the past five years and plans to spend the $2.1billion during the next five. ODT

Luxury hotel shortlisted A luxury boutique Queenstown hotel is shortlisted for one of the world’s top interior design awards. Mountain Scene

The World Bar birthday shenanigans It’s been an eventful 21 years for The World Bar blokes. Mountain Scene

We must avoid the privatisation by stealth of our wilderness How to nurture the adolescent tourism industry into seemly adulthood. The Press

Airlines face fight to save service reputations Global airlines need to work harder to link customer service with commercial success. Stuff

Audio: Kiwis opening their homes to Lions fans Adopt a Lions Fan 2017 organiser Adam Gilshnan on the massive response by NZ. Newstalk ZB

Friday, 9 June

New tracks to grow Tongariro tourism The Ohākune area could get thousands of extra visitors if a community group makes some improvements to the Mountains to Sea cycle trail. Wanganui Chronicle

Kai, wai – it’s ka pai For the first time, a special cultural opening ceremony will be held during Queenstown Winter Festival. Mountain Scene

New coalition forms to tackle freshwater quality A cross-sector group says successive governments’ inaction on degraded waterways has spurred them to come together to forge a new plan for freshwater. Radio NZ

Wellington to bring the party to the Lions show Wellington is set to bring the party to the fans for the British and Irish Lions’ visit to the capital. Stuff

Capital accommodation shortage forces Lions fans to leave town in dead of night. Stuff

The tourism industry has criticised the Government for what it says is a lack of action over New Zealand’s fresh waterways. Newshub

Hamilton motel gets more than $200,000 from taxpayer Government-funded emergency housing is core business for some motels. Waikato Times

Thursday, 8 June

Brighter Future? Even the Catlins feel pressures of increasing tourism Visitor numbers to the Catlins, which is nestled between Dunedin and Invercargill, have jumped 15% in the past year and by at least a third since 2008. Radio NZ

NZ not keen on in-flight laptop ban, airline industry fights surprise move by US and UK An airline industry group wants to ensure the laptop ban on some flights to the United States and United Kingdom does not extend to New Zealand. Stuff

Rachel Stewart: Doomsday clock ticking for birds It’s that time of year, when gongs are given out willy-nilly, when I like to award a gong too. A gong for a nong, you might say. NZ Herald

Themed hotel still possible: Lund A chocolate-themed hotel could still be built at Dunedin’s Cadbury factory site. ODT

Wairoa aims for stars in aerospace law Plans are afoot to make Wairoa the 21st century equivalent of The Hague in the Netherlands and the first port of call for settling commercial aerospace disputes. Gisborne Herald

Motel owner ticked off with daily dunny misdirection A beautified pumping station in Taupo is tricking tourists into thinking it’s a toilet. Waikato Times

Plan to protect Dog Island established by trust The trust is to enable the restoration, conservation and management of Dog Island as a sustainable conservation and tourism destination in Southland. The Southland Times

Aviation provides the lubrication for tourism industry growth Tourism is tipped to surpass $15b a year by 2023. Stuff

Two skifields plan to open on Saturday Skifields are hoping for a good opening day for Cardrona and the learners’ area at the Remarkables. ODT

Robot hotel company is new owner of Cathedral Square site The owners of the world’s first robot hotel are the buyers of the old Press site. Stuff

Wednesday, 7 June

NZ ill-equipped for 5 million overseas visitors Tourism is the rock star of the New Zealand economy but there is some nervousness about how we will cope with almost five million visitors annually by 2023. Stuff

NZ approach to laptop ban more balanced says airline group New Zealand, Australia and Canada are members of the Five Eyes spy group with the US and Britain but have not imposed a ban on large electronic devices in cabins of planes travelling from up to 10 airports in the Middle East and North Africa. NZ Herald

Lawrence prepares to be “business ready” for cycleway tourism The proposed Clutha Gold Trail extension from Lawrence to Waihola highlights that the Clutha district needs to prepare itself for the level of tourism a new cycleway will bring. The Southland Times

Southern Light Show crowds stun The size of crowds thronging Queenstown Gardens for the resort’s annual light festival have gobsmacked organisers. ODT

Pristine splendor on sailing through New Zealand’s Doubtful Sound It’s a brisk early morning in mid-May, and I am cruising through stunning Doubtful Sound. Travel Weekly

Air New Zealand to go shopping for new ultra-long range planes Air New Zealand will go shopping for their next wide body planes from the end of the year as it eyes ultra long range routes into the North or South America. NZ Herald

Our love hate relationship with tourists – NZ’s visitor fatigue Back in the 1970s locals in the deep south referred to tourists as “loopies”. Stuff

Does tourism trump taonga? In a country marketed for its sparsely-populated landscapes, some destinations are now bursting at the seams. Radio NZ

Chinese ‘influencers’ promote NZ A new campaign aims to lure Chinese visitors to the Wellington, Nelson, Tasman and Marlborough regions. Stuff

Tuesday, 6 June

Bell Rose Flower Gardens could become hotel and conference centre Bell Rose Flower Gardens was once home to a rose garden business is for sale with a pending resource consent to transform the grounds into a hotel and convention centre. Stuff

Key part of global air route needs overhaul says airline group A key part of a global aviation route that New Zealand could be the critical hub of is growing fast but needs an infrastructure overhaul, an airline industry group says. NZ Herald

Queen’s Birthday Honours: Craig Emeny Air Chathams aviation pioneer Craig Emeny flew to the Chatham Islands in the early 1980s and has been based there since. NZ Herald

Shamubeel Eaqub: Bed tax reveals local government flaws The costs of growth are heaped on local government; the benefits largely accrue to workers, businesses and central government. Stuff

Small Business: Zorb, Ogo and putting tourism on the map Zorb inventor Andrew Akers talks about operating his business from a tourism hub. NZ Herald

Fiordland conservationist Ken Bradley receives QSM in 2017 Honours The recently retired DOC senior ranger for Fiordland said he was “surprised and humbled” to have received the award. The Southland Times

Brakes applied over parking Parking looms as a potential judder bar for a 227-room hotel planned for central Queenstown. Mountain Scene

Skyline O’Connell’s revamp Queenstown tourism giant Skyline Enterprises has plans for a huge overhaul of O’Connell’s Shopping Centre. Mountain Scene

Small Auckland motels get raw deal with city’s new bed tax The new bed tax unfairly disadvantages small motels, says an Auckland motel owner who can’t afford to take legal action. Radio NZ

Court decision muddies waters on shark-cage tourism A court has ruled DOC does not have the authority to grant shark-cage diving permits. Radio NZ

Legal risks in hosting fans
Homeowners hoping for an Airbnb windfall by hosting fans of the Lions are being urged to consider the legal risks. ODT

Waitomo Glowworm Caves and DOC form partnership
The new partnership will improve conservation outcomes across the district. Stuff

Queen’s Birthday Weekend

Friday, 2 June

Flight prices cheaper than ever as New Zealand air travel cost falls It’s cheaper than ever for Kiwis to fly, with air travel prices coming down – but it’d be even more affordable if you lived elsewhere. Stuff

Air New Zealand mocks Qantas with new ‘Lions’ ad New Zealand’s national carrier has taken a potshot at trans-Tasman rivals Qantas after the British and Irish Lions chose to fly here on the Australian airline. Newshub

Chinese investment offer a win-win, says councillor A billion dollar investment offer from a Chinese company is nothing to get anxious about, a Far North councillor says. Radio NZ

Chart of the day: Bedding down in Nelson-Tasman. Stuff

Air NZ lifts full-year guidance on lower jet-fuel prices The airline has lifted its full-year guidance as it benefits from lower jet fuel prices. NZ Herald

Te Puia ownership to be transferred to iwi An agreement has been initialled that will transfer ownership from the Crown to iwi. Rotorua Daily Post

Dunedin praised as conference venue The city has captured the heart of an academic who heads an international organisation studying religion. ODT

Thursday, 1 June

Brand Slam: Easyjet vs Air New Zealand We pitch the experiential marketing strategies of airlines Easyjet and Air New Zealand. Event Magazine

The logistics of transporting the British and Irish Lions to New Zealand A lot of work has gone into preparing the British and Irish Lions to take on the All Blacks in their New Zealand tour and only a portion of it has been done on the rugby field. Stuff

Construction begins on $36 million Rydges hotel at Wellington Airport The four-star, 134-bedroom hotel, expected to open late next year, will be adjoined to the main terminal building and accessible directly from the passenger lounge. Stuff

Emirates axes Auckland-Sydney superjumbo flight Emirates is ditching its daily A380 superjumbo flight between Auckland and Sydney as part of a revamp of services. NZ Herald

Phil Goff’s ‘bed tax’ coming down to the wire A controversial “bed tax” on hotels and motels goes to the vote today. NZ Herald

Editorial: Stop grizzling and welcome the visitors The council should not be too quick to discard the idea of a targeted rate. NZ Herald

New tourism app offered to Kaikoura business free Kaikoura’s warm hospitality is being pitched to kick-off a new tourism app. Stuff

These are some of the places that are openly hostile to tourists Constant bad behaviour by tourists, issues of overcrowding and even environmental concerns have prompted some of the world’s most beloved tourist destinations to turn a cold shoulder to tourists.

Wednesday, 31 May

Grant Webster: A ‘bed tax’ would harm hotels just now recovering from the last downturn. NZ Herald

Expert: Tax on tourists for medical costs not a good idea despite millions being spent on treatment. TVNZ

Wellington region looks set to get 10,000-seater indoor arena The Wellington Regional Strategy Committee will advance the plans. Stuff

Here come the Lions – and their 4 tonnes of luggage Qantas is doing the heavy lifting for the British and Irish Lions who are bringing four tonnes of bags and gear. NZ Herald

Moteliers ask for level playing field The Otago Motel Association is lobbying the Dunedin City Council to crack down on the ”booming” alternative accommodation available in the city. ODT

Otago is in desperate need of large scale investment in infrastructure if the region’s tourism industry is to continue thriving. ODT

George Hickton: Auckland’s bed tax debate should not lose sight of Ateed’s value New Zealand’s tourism industry, our single largest export earner, is at a crossroads that could define its medium and long-term future. NZ Herald

Government hints at KiwiRail overhaul as company under review Treasury and the Ministry of Transport will carry out the review, which Transport Minister Simon Bridges says is aimed at looking at the long-term role of rail in New Zealand and how to make sustainable. Newshub

New staff members ready to start the season on Mount Ruapehu Mount Ruapehu’s slopes will open to snow bunnies this weekend – the first ski field in the country to do so this winter. Stuff

Tuesday, 30 May

Phil Goff denies bed tax for accomm providers is illegal Auckland Council is getting set this week to vote on a plan for a so-called bed tax in the city for hotels and motels. Radio NZ

Iwi queries exclusion from $1bn investment offer Far North mayor John Carter should have consulted Māori before signing the district up to a billion-dollar investment offer by a Chinese company. Radio NZ

Standby for biggest influx of Lions fans in 12 years Hawke’s Bay is gearing up for its biggest influx of British and Irish rugby fans in 12 years. Hawke’s Bay Today

Chinese investment in Northland should be mutually beneficial So Chinese interests are keen to invest $1 billion in Northland. The Northern Advocate

Freedom camping overflows Three new freedom-camping sites are proposed for Dunedin, as the two already provided by the Dunedin City Council have reached capacity. ODT

Second chance for dryslope park Queenstown’s indoor ski park is re-opening under new owners and management. Mountain Scene

Fullers has been ordered to pay nearly $100,000 to victims of a ferry crash and fined $40,000 after one of its faulty vessels slammed into a pier. NZ Herald

Jim Boult: Tackling freedom camping rule flouters
 Readers of this column know that I have been critical of freedom campers. Mountain Scene

Hapu claims it doesn’t want to stop Hole in the Rock tourism Hapu which have made claims on the coastline want consultation. The Northern Advocate

Monday, 29 May

Aucklanders have plenty to say for and against world-first plans to light up the Harbour Bridge. NZ Herald

Thousands of Kiwis could be caught in British Airways flights disruption Thousands of Kiwis could be caught by a computer glitch that has grounded British Airways flights through London. AAP

A Chinese company is offering to invest up to $1bn in the Far North in everything from cultural tourism to energy. The Northern Advocate

Ziptrek breaches on Bob’s Peak alleged The council is to investigate Ziptrek over alleged breaches of its resource consent. ODT

Why Christchurch needs a multi-purpose arena downtown A new multi-purpose arena would be a long-term win for the city. The Press

Overseas tourists call on Colac Bay weaver Owning a weaving business on the Southern Scenic Route brings Isobel Bates in contact with many tourists. Southland Times

Overseas visitors’ giant-sized health bill puts DHBs under pressure Taxpayers are forking out tens of millions of dollars a year treating sick foreign visitors. Sunday Star Times

We will wow them with Dunedin chic(k) Lavish bacchanalian indulgence Trenz is coming to Dunedin next year, and the city’s tourism industry — in fact the city itself — has a chance to really impress foreigners both from New Zealand and overseas. ODT

Aurora lights up the South Island The South Island was treated to a spectacular Aurora Australis display Sunday night. Newshub

Native American and Indigenous Studies Conference coming to Waikato University of Waikato has secured hosting rights for a meeting of the world’s largest group of indigenous experts. Waikato Times

Fiordland leads Southland’s tourism growth Southland’s tourism sector is one of the fastest growing in the country, due in no small part to the increase of visitors to Te Anau and Fiordland. Southland Times

Friday, 26 May

High-profile hotel magnate Earl Hagaman dies The hotelier, who recently sued Labour Party leader Andrew Little, has died, aged 92. Stuff

Budget 2017: Hits & misses Chief executive of Tourism Industry Aotearoa Chris Roberts gives his verdict on the Budget. NZ Herald

A new service is hoping to offer attract private landowners who are happy to host tourists on their farms, vineyards and orchards. Radio NZ

Timaru council encourages locals to contribute to tourism site A new $100,000 website promoting the Timaru District is up and running after a long delay. Timaru Herald

Kaikoura roading and rail to benefit in $4 billion New Zealand infrastructure boost in Budget. TVNZ

Video: Tourism Minister predicts another million tourists by 2022. The South Today

Movie’s benefits extolled The money from a $6million to $8million movie planned for filming in Maniototo will filter through the community and the movie will publicise the region. ODT

Tourism in Otago continuing to boom The latest monthly regional tourism estimates show the industry continues to boom in Otago. ODT

Bungi Backpacker ‘family’ forced to move out for new Queenstown hotel A dozen long-term Queenstown backpacker residents are being “forced to leave home” as their hostel is getting demolished next month. The Southland Times

Thursday, 25 May

Owner ordered to secure ‘dangerous’ hotel The owner of the derelict Revingtons Hotel has been ordered to secure the building. ODT

Councillors have been exposed to a range of views about locals renting their homes out for short-term stays. Rotorua Daily Post

Proposed immigration changes hit hospitality A Mt Eden artisan bakery and cafe wants customers to write to the Immigration Minister. NZ Herald

Passenger on Air NZ flight arrested for assault, reportedly abusive to staff. TVNZ

Tourism Minister Paula Bennett has promised Queenstown special access to Government funding and resources to cope with the overwhelming costs of tourism due to its “exceptional circumstances.” Southland Times

To tip or not to tip, that isn’t the question The problem is that a culture of tipping creates a different, and entirely inequitable economy The Press West Coast

Waipu Cove accommodation and camping facility to become 50-plus lifestyle village The Northern Advocate

NZ cities prepare for the dollars and excitement of another Lions Tour Whangarei is humming. When the Lions kick off their New Zealand tour by playing the Provincial Barbarians there on June 3, the town’s cafes and pubs are expected to be packed. Stuff

Govt could fund special projects The Government will pay for special Queenstown projects if the district makes a strong case for them. Mountain Scene

Wednesday, 24 May

The Hundertwasser Art Centre fundraising project is heading down to the wire with little over a month left to find $1.25 million to reach its pass-go funding target. The Northern Advocate

Barry Soper: Paula Bennett’s latest crusade reaches tipping point Newstalk ZB

Light rail route needs to be locked in now if Wellington wants it in its future. Stuff

Bay of Plenty tourism agency’s promotional plan could cost ratepayers an extra $1.9m a year. Bay of Plenty Times

Gore businessman launching Thai jet boat venture Thai holidaymakers will soon be rubbing their eyes in disbelief as a supercharged sea monster from Gore hits a popular Phuket beach. The Southland Times

Wellington looks to fill ‘big hole’ in events calendar after sevens move to Hamilton. The Dominion Post

Multicultural food festival proves a big hit Organisers are pleased with the amount of support shown by the Clutha community for this year’s multicultural food festival. ODT

Queenstown may be in line for special tourism funding The Government may stump up with special funding for Queenstown.  Stuff

To tip or not to tip – Restaurants Association supports Bennett The RA says the Tourism Minister’s idea should be encouraged. Radio NZ

NZ’s largest hotel operator, AccorHotels, has announced that a new five-star Pullman hotel will open in Rotorua in late 2018/early 2019. NZ Herald




Friday, 19 May

Flights around the world now cheaper than ever Flights from every competitor in the sky have fallen in recent times, offering passengers various cheap choices in who they can fly with. Newshub

Air NZ CEO: Emirates’ trans-Tasman A380 flights ‘not a big threat’ Air New Zealand is confident of holding onto its half of the trans-Tasman travel pie, despite the presence of Emirates’ Airbus A380 superjumbos. Australian Business Traveller

Infratil says there is ‘no chance’ Wellington will lose jet services in runway challenge Wellington Airport’s majority owner remains optimistic about its proposed extension, predicting a solution will be found to a court challenge to its runway safety are. Stuff

Temporary accommodation for Edgecumbe Temporary homes are going to be moved onto the Whakatane Holiday Park. Sun Live

Qantas brings in new measures to make trans-Tasman travel easier Qantas has introduced mobile check-in and digital boarding passes for passengers flying between Australia and New Zealand. NZ Herald

No extending Bluff Oyster & Food Festival despite demand Three Airbus A320 charter flights carrying about 500 passengers will arrive in Invercargill on Saturday for the Bluff Oyster & Food Festival. The Country

Cruise berth benefits well beyond tourism Christchurch needs to attract more smart, skilled people to ensure our future prosperity. The Press

Air NZ plane lands on one engine The plane was making an “ominous” creaking sound before the pilot shut one of its engines down. NZ Herald

Building work on an ambitious trail between the Marlborough Sounds and Christchurch could soon be under way. The Marlborough Express

Thursday, 18 May

Couple save historic Kaikohe building with plans for hotel, backpackers A Kaikohe-raised couple who feared the town’s only heritage building would fall into ruin are transforming it into a boutique hotel, backpackers and café. The Northern Advocate

Wanted: Nearly 20,000 service workers in Christchurch Christchurch’s service sector might need to consider hiring sickness beneficiaries, with almost 20,000 new jobs expected over the next three years. Radio NZ

Bed squeeze: Airline cabin crew putting extra pressure on Auckland hotels The influx of new airlines to Auckland means its not only passengers putting the squeeze on hotels but hundreds of extra crew who need top-quality accommodation. NZ Herald

Top hotel managers behind Rotorua’s first five-star development Rotorua should be celebrating the announcement that the city’s first five-star hotel will be managed by top hotel chain AccorHotels, according to industry officials and a local developer. Rotorua Daily Post

AccorHotels to manage proposed Rotorua five-star hotel Rotorua’s newest five-star hotel development will be run by AccorHotels. Stuff

Push for rail trail study about being prepared if opportunity arises Mayor Meng Foon will tomorrow seek councillor support for a feasibility study on an extended Gisborne-Napier cycleway “rail trail”. Gisborne Herald

A Southland mayor has apologised for spending more than $1m in ratepayer money towards a cycle trail court case it has now dropped. Radio NZ

Government help for the badly damaged Christchurch Adventure Park is not likely, says Tourism Minister Paula Bennett. Stuff

Rising tourism numbers have prompted big changes to The Langham Auckland on Symonds St, re-branded as Cordis. NZ Herald

Paula Bennett: Funding for the future of regional tourism. Radio Live

Oyster fest waiting list 1000 Three Airbus A320 charter flights carrying about 500 passengers will arrive in Invercargill on Saturday for the Bluff Oyster & Food Festival. ODT

Special licences for shows Dunedin bars opening on Good Friday and Easter Sunday will be able to serve wine instead of water, thanks to Ed Sheeran. ODT

Wednesday, 17 May

Who should pay to keep NZ pure? Is it time for the companies that benefit from our clean-green image to start chipping in to protect it? Stuff

Tourism: a credible career Tourism and hospitality careers are under-valued, despite being the country’s largest export earner. Radio NZ

Quantity over quality will turn round to bite tourism What is it about NZ’s mentality that is so stupidly drawn to boom and bust? Bay of Plenty Times

Council calls for extra investment in tourism infrastructure The Government’s pledge to pump $25 million a year into tourism was “not even close” to what was needed. Marlborough Express

Taupo to benefit from latest tourism funding The $178m Tourism Infrastructure Fund announced by the Government last week will boost facilities in the Taupo area. Waikato Times

Air NZ “most successful airline in the world”: CEO Air New Zealand’s CEO Chris Luxon has put it out there and claimed his airline is the best in the world. Travel Weekly

Pacific tourism growing in step with global trend Visitor arrivals to the Pacific region grew by 3.7 per cent last year compared with 2015. Radio NZ

Tuesday, 16 May 2017

Marathon boost for Hawke’s Bay tourism The Air New Zealand Hawke’s Bay International Marathon boosted the region’s tourism over the weekend. Hawke’s Bay Today

New Zealand’s North Island: An Insider’s View I always tell people to plan as much time as you can when touring New Zealand. Napa Valley Register

Channelling the golden age of riverboats Tourism on the Whanganui River could be greatly boosted if a navigable channel could be created in the upper reaches. Wanganui Chronicle

Tourist levy needed to help struggling councils The tourism industry and local govt have been piling unprecedented the pressure on the Govt. Stuff

How NZ air travel is changing forever With new aircraft, new routes and new stopovers to consider, the options for Kiwi travellers are endless. Stuff

NZ slashes Chinese tourism forecast, denting outlook NZ has slashed its forecast for Chinese tourist spending over the next six years. Bloomberg

The Soap Box: Bennett a bit like a soap opera actor Paula Bennett is a bit like a soap opera actor. Not quite up there with the Kardashians. More like a member of the Osbourne family. Newstalk ZB

Jetstar to charge up to $50 for parents carrying babies on laps Jetstar has brought in a new charge for parents travelling domestically with babies on their laps.

Monday, 15 May 2017

KiwiRail wants quake-resilient facilities for ferries KiwiRail wants new, earthquake-resilient facilities for the Cook Strait ferries, even if it has to share them with its rival, Bluebridge. Radio NZ

Bookabach looks to booming international tourism market HomeAway planned to take one of the “crown jewels” of its portfolio global. Stuff

Timaru and Tekapo named among top emerging tourist draws of 2017 Tourism bookings website Trivago ranked Lake Tekapo Village third and Timaru seventh among 11 “up-and-coming” hotspots. Timaru Herald 

New Zealand tourism benefiting from volatility in the United States New Zealand is increasingly being seen as an “escape” for United States travellers in the wake of the election of Donald Trump, a tourism boss says. NZ Herald

Auckland missing out on new tourism fund – ATEED An Auckland tourism group says it’s missing out on the government’s new tourism fund even though the city has had a record number of visitors this past summer. Radio NZ

Renewed funding push for tourism-generating Aoraki/Mt Cook There will be a push for more money to be spent in Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park as the conservation estate meets new tourism demands. Timaru Herald

The world has fallen in love with this Mother’s Day video by Air New Zealand Air New Zealand have released a new promotional video just in time for Mother’s Day which is proving to be a hit around the world. TVNZ

Australia flights ‘a struggle’ for Dunedin Dunedin’s only international flight, to Brisbane, will continue, but travellers should not hold their breath waiting for more transtasman flights. ODT

Little promises tourist levy under Labour in first term Labour leader Andrew Little says he is personally in favour of a tourism levy on visitors to New Zealand. Newshub

Maori feast awaits Lions fans amid fears for impact on islands NZ is bracing for the arrival of 20,000 rugby fans next month. The Guardian

Editorial: Tourism’s rapid growth requires careful stewardship It has been a big week for tourism. NZ Herald

Proposed hotel is about promoting city The developer behind the scheme, says why he believes Dunedin people should get in behind the project. ODT

Friday, 12 May 2017

Tourism boost welcomed but ‘proof will be in the pudding’ says Mackenzie mayor A funding boost of $178m for tourism has been welcomed by South Canterbury mayors. Timaru Herald Think tourism, MPs urged New tourism figures broken down by electorate show the extent of spending in an industry worth more than $4.5 billion a year to the lower South Island. ODT Global warning after fatal cruise ship blast The world’s maritime industry is being warned of the deadly risk posed by corroded nitrogen cylinders used for launching lifeboats after a worker was killed in Dunedi. ODT Helicopter crew who saved two tourists recognised Getting winched out of a helicopter 65 metres in the air – in the middle of a storm – is all just part of the job for Corporal Aeron Mellish. Manawatu Standard $300m Government boost for international and New Zealand movies More Hollywood blockbusters could be made in New Zealand as the screen sector receives a $300 million boost from the upcoming Budget. Stuff ‘Not fair to put the burden on ratepayers in small towns’ Tourism funding boost set to help local communities. TVNZ Air NZ flight from Christchurch to Palmerston North turned around after ‘engineering issue’ Passengers were delayed almost five hours after a flight from Christchurch to Palmerston North was turned back an hour into the flight because of an “engineering issue”. The Press Tourists will happily pay more for attractions: Air NZ CEO Tourists from overseas are happy to pay more than locals for some attractions. Radio NZ The tourism boom is destroying our best destinations Can anything be done to fix it? It’s survival of the fittest in the NZ tourism industry. The Spinoff Public slam proposed hotel The Dunedin City Council has been flooded with submissions opposing Dunedin’s proposed five-star hotel. ODT Thursday, 11 May 2017 Air New Zealand upgrades Houston service, adds another flight to Argentina Air New Zealand will fly a new configuration Dreamliner between Auckland and Houston from later this year as it targets more of the premium market. NZ Herald Dunedin accommodation sold-out for Ed Sheeran Tickets haven’t gone on sale yet but accommodation is already booked up in Dunedin for Ed Sheeran’s March concert. Newshub Prime Minister responds to tourist levy plea from southern mayors The Prime Minister plans to engage further with the six southern mayors who wrote to him appealing for more help to deal with “irresponsible” campers. Stuff New Zealand’s popularity causing tourist problems International travel agents say New Zealand is becoming harder to sell. Newshub The new head of Tourism New Zealand is enthusiastic about the 100% Pure marketing message. NZ Herald Tourism industry urged to tap Indian ‘sleeping giant’ Indian visitor numbers have grown 80 per cent over the last five years Stuff Wednesday, 10 May 2017 Akl hotel rate hike legality queried The legality of a proposed doubling of rates on central Auckland hotels is being questioned by a former regional council chief. Radio NZ Ed Sheeran ‘massive’ coup for Dunedin Pop sensation Ed Sheeran is set to perform Dunedin’s biggest concert at Forsyth Barr Stadium. ODT Concerns over use of island Questions are being asked about the apparent increase in the number of tourists visiting Ruby Island on Lake Wanaka. ODT Why is a tourist levy such a big deal? How disappointing it was to read that Paula Bennett does not consider a tourist levy necessary. Timaru Herald Queenstown, New Zealand, is being loved to death We’d just arrived back in Queenstown after walking the Routeburn Track. Helping farmers cash in on agri-tourism opportunities Farmers are being actively encouraged to cash-in on Taranaki’s soaring popularity. NZ Farmer Tuesday, 9 May 2017 Jetstar adds six more seats to Airbus A320 Jetstar is squeezing more seats onto its Airbus A320, the aircraft that regularly fly between New Zealand and Australia, but says leg room will not be compromised. Stuff New bus service links Coromandel to Rotorua A new bus service from the Coromandel to Rotorua and back has been introduced, giving locals and tourists a direct link between the regions. Rotorua Daily Post Hotel design: back to the future is where it’s at When it comes to hotel design, Dunedin can learn from Hobart. ODT Opinion: No tourist attractions a missed opportunity Tourists are spending more money than ever before, yet we’re missing out. Bay of Plenty Times Racecourses to host campervans of Lions fans Two Auckland race courses will be hosting hundreds of campervans full of Lions rugby fans. Radio NZ A proposed $18 million levy on hotels to attract visitors and big events to Auckland is unlikely to survive a legal challenge, says expert. NZ Herald Monday, 8 May 2017 KiwiRail may spend up to $50m on new carriages for its scenic network as the scenic tour operator rides the tourism boom. NZ Herald A serious crash involving a former Rotorua family near Whakatane has prompted a gesture from a local tourist attraction. Rotorua Daily Post ASB: Booming population growth will keep economy growing for the next two years, despite a slowdown in tourism and construction. Stuff Council issues dozens of fines to Christchurch freedom campers Six freedom campers a week are being stung with fines by Christchurch council officials since the city completely banned the practice. Radio NZ How orcs and All Blacks are attracting the megarich to New Zealand Mega-rich tourists are flocking to enjoy luxury experiences only New Zealand can offer, reports Grant Bradley. NZ Herald Friday, 5 May 2017 Editorial: Care needed to prevent tarnishing tourism’s golden age From any perspective tourism is on a roll. NZ Herald Mayors ask English for tourist levy Southern mayors have taken their concerns about irresponsible camping to the Prime Minister. ODT Phil Goff waters down hotel bed tax Auckland Mayor Phil Goff is set to water down his bed tax, nearly halving the $28 million targeted rate. NZ Herald Air New Zealand Hobbit plane among the ‘ugliest planes that have ever flown’ One of the iconic themed jets has been singled out in a list of the “ugliest planes that have ever flown” NZ Herald Pillow fight: Ateed boss says its tourism funding base should be widened The head of Auckland’s tourism and events promotion organisation says he would like to see a wider range of those in the industry fund its work beyond the accommodation sector which is facing a massive increase in rates. NZ Herald Tourism Minister advises ‘sense of humour’ over Mt Taranaki nude photo Tourism Minister Paula Bennett was not offended by a young woman’s nude photoshoot on Mt Taranaki, but says she will not be stripping down herself. Radio NZ South Canterbury mayors support plans to lobby government for tourism funding This follows an appeal to the Prime Minister, made by six Southern Mayors in a letter, to reconsider the Government’s stance on a tourist levy. Timaru Herald Opposition to proposed hotel grows Public opposition to Dunedin’s proposed Moray Pl hotel is mounting, but only slowly, as submissions trickle in to the Dunedin City Council. ODT Council, tourism body to keep nagging Air New Zealand Blenheim people travelling to Nelson to dodge high airfares is an ongoing issue, and the council says only Air New Zealand can change that. Marlborough Express Same-sex couples flocking to New Zealand to tie the knot Charity Turner and Phoebe Cox had been together for three years and wanted to get married but Australian laws wouldn’t allow it, so they jumped the ditch. Stuff Thursday, 4 May 2017 It’s raining hotels A second landmark hotel is to be built by the main road into downtown Queenstown, amidst the resort’s visitor accommodation shortage. Mountain Scene Tourism and construction growth drives unemployment below 5% The unemployment rate fell to 4.9 percent in the first three months of the year as the economy created 29,000 new jobs. Radio NZ Watch: Behind the scenes video shows relaxed John Key joking about his new Air NZ gig, offers revealing insight into election. 1 News Now Tourism growth opens up opportunities Growth in visitor numbers to Southland is opening up opportunities for tourism businesses. Southland Times Tourism businesses should pay more to hold staff If wages were higher more young New Zealanders would be attracted to the sector. NZ Herald Chinese magazine coverage seen as coup for the South A prominent story about Dunedin and the South in a major Chinese magazine is expected to be read by the sort of tourists who would travel beyond traditional tourist centres. ODT Playmate Mt Taranaki nude photo deemed disrespectful A Playboy playmate’s decision to pose nude on the top of Mt Taranaki  will upset local Maori, an academic says. Stuff Hamilton couple launch Off The Beaten Track, matching holidaymakers with farms A Hamilton couple have launched a website to take holidaymakers off the beaten track and into rural accommodation. Stuff New glass accommodation latest to join astro-tourism industry A new venture aims to tap into the booming astro-tourism market. Timaru Herald AVANI Hotels & Resorts set to launch in NZ AVANI Hotels & Resorts has announced the acquisition of Metro Suites in Auckland. Hospitality Net Tourism NZ in pact with 2 airlines to tap tourists Tourism NZ and two airlines have come together to promote NZ to Indian travellers. DNA India Wednesday, 3 May 2017 Editorial: ‘Pre-feasibility’ report on Christchurch stadium could speed city’s revivial. The Press Private backers needed for commercial passenger flights into Alexandra Rapid growth in the use of Alexandra Airport and recent upgrades are unlikely to translate into passenger flights without the help of the private sector, airport officials say. Stuff The Great Tourism Squeeze: Cleaning the loos and shifting the human waste from scenic walks eats into the budget. NZ Herald 250 Queenstown ski field workers out in the cold Hundreds of Queenstown ski field employees are still without accommodation with less than two months to go before the ski season starts. Radio NZ Ohakune Mardi Gras cancelled A $77,000 loss at last year’s event and conflict with the upcoming Lions’ Tour are behind a decision to cancel this year’s Ohakune Mardi Gras event. Stuff UN survey: Migration and tourism supporting NZ economy The United Nations is upbeat over the New Zealand economy. Newshub Air NZ’s Christopher Luxon on success Zigging when others zag is Christopher Luxon’s key to making Air New Zealand a top global airline. Stuff Warnings over drone use by tourists at Franz Josef Helicopter trips to Franz Josef’s Glacier are being put in danger by the use of drones. Radio NZ Tuesday, 2 May 2017 Southern Mayors prepare to lobby Government for tourism funding as situation ‘dire’ A tourist tax could help smaller councils cover the cost of more tourism infrastructure, Mackenzie District Mayor Graham Smith says. Timaru Herald Tourism continues to boost local economy New estimates suggest further increase in off-peak tourism. Gisborne Herald World Masters Games a success for NZ’s tourism sector Auckland’s tourism agency says the World Masters Games will continue giving to the sector. Newstalk ZB Chinese tourists love NZ’s fresh air but not our hotel charges Chinese travel experts say the market will continue to grow strongly. NZ Herald Planning a Trip to New Zealand? An Insider’s View In case NZ is on your bucket list, this is the first of a three-part series. Napa Valley Register Tourism pressure may see ‘erosion of goodwill’ Tourism is officially NZ’s biggest export earner, but it’s putting a squeeze on infrastructure. Newstalk ZB Matt Heath: My revenge on United Airlines Sadly, last week after a fantastic Air New Zealand international flight I was forced to deal with United Airlines. NZ Herald Seminar emphasises strengthening Pacific tourism An emphasis on strengthening tourism in the Pacific has been made at a Pacific Futures Seminar in Auckland. Radio NZ Tourists spend up big in BOP Tourists spent an estimated $1.7 billion in the Bay of Plenty in the year to March 2017, according to MBIE figures. SunLive Rachel Smalley: Can’t welcome tourists and not provide the infrastructure Our tourism industry is now officially our number one top export earner. Newstalk ZB Monday, 1 May 2017 Tourism intended for prison Dunedin’s old prison has four new trustees including a new tenant with the tourism market in mind. ODT The Great Tourism Squeeze The Government is under increasing pressure to come up with solutions to ease the squeeze from record growth. NZ Herald Tunnel cycleway success Dunedin is one step closer to being joined to the Otago Central Rail Trail. ODT How military technology helped fuel NZ’s tourism boom New Zealand’s current tourism boom can in part be traced to aerospace technology dating back to the late 1950s. NZ Herald Jetstar slammed as Air New Zealand bizarrely named ‘Australia’s best’ Budget airline Jetstar has ranked stone cold last in a survey of international airlines. The New Daily Hotel squeeze forces business travellers into Airbnb One of the country’s biggest corporate travel managers says pressure on Auckland hotels has forced it to use Airbnb for some of its clients. NZ Herald Top restaurants fear government immigration changes will starve them of staff The country’s taste buds could take a hit if changes immigration rules make it harder to hire staff from overseas, restaurant owners say. Radio NZ Cruise ships lining up to visit Gisborne A day after the season closes half a dozen visit confirmed for the next one. Gisborne Herald No support for bed tax The keeper of the Government’s purse has hammered another nail in Queenstown’s bed-tax coffin. ODT International, domestic tourism spend holds up in post-quake market Strong international spend is a heartening sign for post-quake tourism figures, Destination Marlborough says. Marlborough Express Bowen Cottages site sold A central Queenstown site earmarked for a failed affordable housing complex has been sold and could be used for a new hotel. Mountain Scene Friday, 28 April 2017 Tourist attacked by shark A surf instructor says the rescue of a French tourist attacked by a shark at a Southland beach was a textbook operation. Radio NZ Megaship boss: Hurry up and build facilities or risk losing visits Auckland should build facilities for massive vessels or risk losing visits. NZ Herald Mayor asks Air NZ to reconsider direct Blenheim-Christchurch flights Air NZ has been asked to reconsider direct flights. The Marlborough Express A champion is crowned: Air New Zealand vs United Airlines Madeleine Chapman flew to Los Angeles on United Airlines and flew back on Air New Zealand. One was better. The Spinoff Climbing community ‘rocked to core’ Queenstown’s climbing community is in shock after two tragic accidents within a few days. Mountain Scene Multi-million Packard display for 2018 Warbirds Over Wanaka Wanaka Airport will host a multi-million dollar line up of 50 classic Packard motor vehicles at next year’s Warbirds Over Wanaka International Airshow. Southland Times Johnny Moore: Hospitality a ‘ruthless’ game OPINION: I seem to have become a go-to for every enthusiastic person wanting to open a bar or cafe in Christchurch. The Press Wellington rated the best city in New Zealand to drink beer Wellington has been rated the best city in New Zealand and one of Oceania’s top three towns for drinking beer. Stuff Waikato Museum recognised for tourism excellence Waikato Museum is among the first visitor attractions in the country to be awarded Qualmark’s highest level of quality assurance, under new Tourism New Zealand guidelines. Voxy Thursday, 27 April 2017 Attacks on tourists could damage Northland’s reputation Tourism leaders in Northland have warned frequent attacks on visitors would have a damaging effect on the tourism industry in the region. The Northern Advocate Lonely Planet highlights Wellington as best destination for beer tourists Wellington is the best place in New Zealand for tourists to have a pint, according to a new Lonely Planet guide written specifically for beer-lovers. The NZ Herald Taupo events proving to be big business Hosting large scale events has boosted Taupo’s economy to the tune of $32.7 million over the last 12 months. Waikato Times Tourist arrival numbers could be subsiding Tourist numbers have dropped for the first time in almost three years. Stuff Gisborne bus crash driver appears in court The driver of a bus that crashed on Christmas Eve, killing three people, has appeared in court. Radio NZ CDLHT’s net property income grows 6.4% to $35.9m Thanks to the strong contributions from the New Zealand Hotel. Singapore Business Review Queenstown has no snow but keen skiers were queuing from 4am to buy gear About 200 of people were in the queue for the Salvation Army’s annual ski sale when it opened at 9am on Wednesday. Stuff Fierce competition fails to scare off Christchurch hospo stalwarts Despite some high profile closures, several old hospitality hands are forging ahead with plans for new premises. The Press Plans to close two Wellington streets to prevent alcohol pre-loading Excessive drinking is causing so much concern for people’s welfare and damage to cars that Wellington City Council wants to close Blair and Allen streets to vehicles from 10pm, on Friday and Saturday nights. Dominion Post Wednesday, 26 April 2017 Qatar Airways could drop New Zealand route if laptops banned Qatar Airways would consider cancelling flights to Auckland if New Zealand follows the United States in banning laptops and other large electronic devices on Middle East flights. Stuff Airports warn Transport Minister: Change the law or services will be shut down Jet services could end to some regions if a court ruling forces the aviation watchdog to change its decision making, New Zealand’s airports are warning. Stuff Air New Zealand tops corporate reputation table both sides of ditch Air New Zealand has beaten its Aussie rivals to have the best corporate reputation on both sides of the Tasman. NZ Herald Goff’s half year looms with big fiscal hopes still alive An extra rate on commercial accommodation remain big ticket items. Radio NZ Rents, road works play havoc with hospitality businesses Rents, road works, competition leading to financial trouble for hospitality outlets. The Press Guest rankings drive hotel bookings Smaller hotels and motels dominated a list of Loved By Guests Awards compiled by Stuff The latest trendy pop-up restaurant is dishing up airline food to diners Punters are flocking to This Is How We Fly in Soho to sample Air New Zealand’s in-flight menu. The Mirror Wanaka aviation champions acknowledged by Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association Wanaka aircraft maintenance business owner Callum Smith has been acknowledged as the best maintenance shop of the year by the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association. Stuff ‘Map missing, Australia wannabe’: World lines up to roast New Zealand Aotearoa is being roasted on a Reddit thread called “How bad can you roast New Zealand?” and the insults have poured in thick and fast. NZ Herald ANZAC Day, 25 April 2017 Monday, 24 April 2017 Tighter security for flights from Middle East flights to New Zealand possible Extra security measures will be considered on flights from certain Middle Eastern countries to New Zealand, says Transport Minister Simon Bridges. 1 News Alibaba deal aims to bring more Chinese tourism to South Island Christchurch Airport is partnering with Alibaba, the world’s largest retail commerce company, to connect small and regional New Zealand businesses with Chinese visitors before, during and after their visit. Radio NZ New $3m plan for Dunedin’s Cadbury plant Mondelez International has unveiled its concepts for the $3 million redevelopment of Cadbury World in Dunedin. NZ Herald Residents will fight height of proposed luxury hotel Owners of nearby apartments are set to fight the planned hotel. Herald on Sunday $53m Kiwi pavilion for World Expo 2020 makes ‘clear economic sense’, govt says The govt will spend $53m building a pavilion to promote NZ. Stuff Inside Waiheke Island’s bus scrap Too big, too ugly, too dangerous, they said. The Herald gave Phil Taylor a ticket to ride. NZ Herald Emirates swoops in drive to attract Kiwi pilots Emirates is coming to New Zealand with open days for pilots its Kiwi recruitment head Craig Mitchell says is part of a plan to recruit as many pilots as possible. NZ Herald Kerikeri culinary school back in the kitchen A Northland cooking school which closed down suddenly last year has reopened after a Queenstown education provider came to the rescue. Northern Advocate Southern Lights delight New Zealand for the second night in a row Stargazers in different parts of the country had a rare treat at the weekend, spotting the Aurora Australis lighting up the night sky on two consecutive nights. Stuff Friday, 21 April 2017 Skifields scramble for staff housing A Queenstown skifield operator is taking ads in school newsletters in a bid to house its staff this winter. Mountain Scene South Island getting into China, the e-commerce way Christchurch International Airport CEO Malcolm Johns is on a roll as he outlines his plans to put innovation and disruption at the centre of the company’s growth strategies. NZ Herald Rental fiasco: Is Airbnb pricing out long-term renters? Accommodation company Airbnb is on the rise, but is it the reason why so many renters are struggling to find a property? NZ Herald Future tourists may go on waiting lists to visit national parks An outgoing DOC ranger believes waiting lists may become a reality. Southland Times A Very, Very Important Person’s guide to Queenstown Queenstown has some special systems and facilities to cope with billionaires. The Spinoff No quick fix for quake-damaged Hurunui Hotel The owners of the earthquake-damaged Hurunui Hotel are at their wits end. Stuff Migration ‘tweaks’ hit hoteliers hard Restaurant and hotel operators in Auckland and Queenstown are warning that ‘tweaks’ to the rules around temporary work visas are already hampering the tourist industry’s efforts to welcome in an extra one million tourists over the next five years. Newsroom World’s top spies meet in Queenstown It is believed officials from the world’s largest spy network, including heads of the heads of the FBI and CIA are heading for a Government-hosted conference in Arrowtown. Newshub Queenstown locals and visitors react to new immigration laws The South Today asked people on the streets of Queenstown if they agree with tougher rules on immigration. The South Today Thursday, 20 April 2017 The freedom to camp? NZ’s push for more tourists is putting the spotlight on some of our greatest scenery, but not always for the right reasons. ODT Time to throw Wicked Campers on the barbie? The vehicle rental company is making a mockery of attempts to curb the use of its offensive slogans. Stuff Auckland tourist attraction is in Christchurch It seems someone at Malaysia Airlines doesn’t have the best grasp of NZ geography. 1 News Now it’s easier to live the dream New Zealand represents a ”dream life” for couple Frankie Chan and Vivian Pan. ODT Tourism operator praises new immigration rules One change means foreigners working in jobs like outdoor adventure guides will be eligible for residence for the first time, making it easier to employ foreign workers. Radio NZ Councillors unaware of hotel bid When Buddy Mikaere went along to Tauranga City Council to ask what was happening to the hotel bid he and partners are making on the 82-98 Devonport road block, he was shocked to discover many councillors were unaware there is even a bid on the table. SunLive Raising your glass in celebration of change Wine tourism, both for domestic and overseas travellers is a growth industry, with Tourism New Zealand reporting that 20% of overseas visitors take part in a wine experience’. ODT Wednesday, 19 April 2017 Easter Sunday trading a victory in part One day you are breaking the law, the next you are not. ODT Hawke’s Bay stands out in tourism stats Hawke’s Bay had the second-greatest increase in visitors for New Zealand in February according to Statistics New Zealand’s Commercial Accommodation Monitor. Hawke’s Bay Today Advertising Standards Authority raises concerns over Wicked Campers non-compliance The boss of Wicked Campers is silently refusing to comply with rulings against its offensive slogans. Stuff Ratepayers against proposed $50,000 boost to events ‘fad industry’ City events could receive an extra $50,000 from rates – but some ratepayers believe it’s the council buying in to a fad industry. Southland Times Buoyant February for Northland accommodation businesses Latest data from Statistics New Zealand shows Northland is leading the country in commercial guest night growth and annual guest nights in the region are fast approaching two million. Stuff Waikato Museum hosting exhibitions on the art of war – and tourism Tourism and warfare usually make uncomfortable bedfellows, but in the Waikato Museum they compliment each other well. Stuff Editorial: Easter in Northland …snore Good Friday and Easter Sunday continue to confuse me. Northern Advocate Work starts on Christchurch red zone walk-run-bike trail Work building a riverside trail through the red zone has begun. The Press Cashing in on tourism Wairarapa is riding a tourist dollar wave, but one district is missing out. Wairarapa Times-Age Malaysia to expand collaboration with NZ in tourism sector Malaysia looks forward to expanding its collaboration with NZ industries. Malaysian Digest Tuesday, 18 April 2017 Stewart Island ‘under selling‘ tourist activities Tourism operators have enjoyed a busy summer season, despite the weather. Southland Times Auckland hospo gears up for World Masters Games Auckland’s hospitality sector is gearing up for a busy fortnight. NZ Herald Small towns should reap benefits of Easter tourists  Wanaka is thriving under new Easter laws but not all tourist towns are benefiting. Newstalk ZB Dining wars: Out of the frying pan … Kiwis spend more than $9 billion eating out each year. That is igniting a boom in new restaurants and dining precincts — and a cut-throat battle for your dining dollar. NZ Herald First legal Easter trading for Wanaka “restored normality”, businesses say Wanaka businesses are open lawfully for the first time after illegally trading on Easter Sunday for over a decade. Stuff Hamilton Airport welcomes increased passenger numbers Hamilton Airport’s passenger numbers are soaring, reversing the previous trend of passenger decline with growing Auckland congestion playing a part. Stuff Hotel developer Fu Wah International hits out at costs The Chinese developer behind a luxury five-star hotel being built on Auckland’s waterfront wants major action to stop rising construction costs which are fast making investment in vital tourism infrastructure uneconomic. NZ Herald A third of overseas visitors are ‘ping pong’ tourists who have been at least once before Once is not enough for many “ping pong” tourists who repeatedly return to holiday in New Zealand. Sunday Star Times Easter Holiday Thursday, 13 April 2017 Lyttelton awaits cruise ship report, lodges reclamation consent Funding options for a Lyttelton cruise ship berth might soon be revealed. Stuff United Airlines boss sorry for ‘horrific’ incident The CEO of United Airlines has apologised for the ‘truly horrific’ removal of a passenger. Radio NZ Lani Hagaman to push ahead with retrial in defamation case Hotelier will continue to pursue a defamation case against Andrew Little. The NZ Herald Christchurch Airport considers multimillion-dollar runway extension Christchurch International Airport (CIAL) is considering a $12 million extension to one of its runways. The Press Fiordland buzzing this Easter From eclectic art to a festival of tartan Te Anau is turning it on for visitors this Easter. Southland Times Cyclone Cook: Worst is yet to come Cyclone Cook’s fury will be unleashed on much of the country today with conditions similar to those that sank the Wahine 49 years ago. Newstalk ZB Sunday sorted but… Wanaka shop owners are looking forward to trading on Easter Sunday without fear of prosecution, but still plan to open on Good Friday. ODT Mike Hosking: Lot of fuss over Waiheke bus There has always been a tension about Waiheke. The NZ Herald Flights delayed, cancelled out of Auckland There’s disruption for flights in and out of Auckland airport on Wednesday evening as wild weather bears down on the country, with one plane bound for Kerikeri forced to turn around in the air. Stuff Aucklanders told to prepare for cancelled bus and ferry services as extreme weather predicted Auckland Transport says disruption to public transport tomorrow seems inevitable, with extreme weather predicted. 1 News 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 Wednesday, 12 April 2017 United flight overbooking: Flight or fight? United’s ‘re-accommodation’ of passenger a colossal mistake. Chicago Tribune via Stuff Five-star hotel: up, up or away? The battle lines are well and truly drawn in the latest bid for a five-star hotel in Dunedin. ODT Consent sought at Opua for barge dock, railway station A group is hoping to build a new railway station and offer steam train rides. Northen Advocate What airlines in New Zealand do for passengers bumped from flights New Zealand airlines overbook some flights but more conservatively than in the United States. The NZ Herald Ministers shun Jetstar despite cheaper pricing NZ First leader Winston Peters has slammed Government ministers for refusing to fly Jetstar despite forcing public servants to do so. Newshub Auckland receptionist takes silver in world champs An Auckland hotel worker has claimed silver in the 2017 receptionist world championships. Stuff Consent sought at Opua for barge dock, railway station A group hoping to build a new railway station and offer steam train rides from Kawakawa to Opua will have to wait at least until next month to find out if it has been given the green light. Northen Advocate Little ‘very pleased’ no damages awarded in defamation case A jury has cleared Labour leader Andrew Little of defaming Lani Hagaman and has been unable to reach a decision over Earl Hagaman’s claims. Radio NZ Airport land battle keeps going The battle over 16ha of land at Frankton, known as Lot 6, may not yet be over. ODT Muse on Allen director being chased by liquidators over payments Liquidators of a former fine dining restaurant in Wellington are pursuing the former director over payments he says went to creditors. Dominion Post Where to go when you want to give work emails and Facebook friends a miss Try and get a mobile signal at the East Taranaki town of Whangamomona and you’re out of luck. Stuff Tuesday, 11 April 2017 NZ’s inbound tourism sector could have a new player Flight Centre is expanding as an on-the-ground travel operator. The NZ Herald Regional hospitality booming thanks to Chinese market A new breed of Chinese tourists is driving a spending boom in regional New Zealand. Stuff Little v Hagamans: Jury hung on most claims Labour’s Andrew Little could face another trial on claims brought by hotelier Earl Hagaman. The NZ Herald Remote rural town divided on whether to move into the 21st century Residents of one of the country’s smallest and most isolated towns appear to be torn between moving into the modern world or staying as they are. Taranaki Daily News Airline tells allergy sufferer to bring her own food A Whangarei woman says she was anxious about flying with Air New Zealand after the airline could not fit her meal requirements into their “diet box”. Northern Advocate Extra flights for Hawke’s Bay Marathon Air New Zealand will put on nearly 1000 additional seats to help transport competitors and supporters to the Hawke’s Bay region for the Air New Zealand Hawke’s Bay International Marathon on May 13. Voxy Lions tour, World Masters Games predicted to push families out of emergency motel housing The squeeze on accommodation across the country is putting more pressure on those already homeless. TVNZ Easter trading to boost economy, draw visitors to Napier Giving Napier stores the option to remain open for business on Easter could boost the local economy, and bring more visitors to the region, local proponents say. Hawke’s Bay Today Monday, 10 April 2017 ‘A number will end up in cars’ – fears for the homeless as accommodation books out for Lions tour There are concerns for those relying on Auckland motels for emergency housing as two big sporting events are set to kick-off in the city. 1 NEWS Paul Little: This isn’t the end of the world The Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Climate Change Issues, Police, State Services, Tourism and Women is not in favour of supplementing the existing border tax with new levies on tourists. NZ Herald Warrington inundated with freedom campers As the Dunedin City Council looks at opening up new areas for freedom camping, to ease the pressure on Warrington Domain, some local residents are begging for relief. ODT Invercargill breaks ground on digger-based theme park As well as excavators, ticket-holders will also be able to try their hand at driving bulldozers, skid steers, and other heavy machinery. Southland Times Andrew Little defamation case: Jury to resume deliberations A jury is due to resume deliberating in the trial of Labour leader Andrew Little for alleged defamation. NewsHub Waiheke bus protesters make tourists get out and walk Around 150 protesters blocked tourists on Waiheke Island from travelling by bus. Newshub Flights cancelled at Palmerston North airport after emergency landing Dozens of passengers packed the airport after a forced landing. Newstalk Auckland Airport launches Strata Club to reward frequent fliers The airport has launched its own loyalty scheme that rewards frequent travellers. NBR Why tiny electric planes and $25 tickets could be the future of regional air travel But what if you could show up at an airport, bypass security checkpoints, board a small hybrid-electric plane with luggage in hand, and be on the ground at your destination in about an hour – all for US$25 each way? The Washington Post Friday, 7 April 2017 Air New Zealand adds new jet service between Auckland and Dunedin Air New Zealand is adding a new return jet service between Dunedin and Auckland from July. The Press Labour leader Andrew Little had ‘moral obligation’ to scrutinise Niue hotel deal Labour leader Andrew Little says his comments about a Niue hotel deal at the heart of a defamation case were part of his “moral obligation” to hold the Government to account. Stuff South Korean luge celebrated Queenstown tourism operator Skyline Enterprises has been formally congratulated by South Korean government officials at the opening ceremony for its $20 million luge investment in Tongyeong City. ODT New app helps property owners pimp their driveways to motorhome travellers Rather than risk fines for illegal freedom camping, motorhome travellers will be able to stay the night beside a chook run, a vineyard, or even in the car park of a fancy resort. Stuff Airports face new landing restrictions after court decision, aviation regulator warns Airports across New Zealand may have to extend runways or face new restrictions on the type of planes which can operate there, the aviation regulator is warning. Dominion Post  Charge tourists to pay for free swimming Tourists should be charged entry to museums and art galleries to pay for swimming lessons. Southland Times Accommodation registrations still coming in Council threats are flushing out Queenstown’s unregistered holiday let owners. ODT Air NZ named marketing team of the year Air NZ has won marketing team of the year at Mumbrella’s Travel Marketing Awards. Mumbrella How Air NZ unleashes digital transformation At the recent CIO100 breakfast in Auckland, Air New Zealand’s first chief digital officer talks about customer experience, finding 10X talent and predicting the future. CIO The slow journey to greener air travel Over the past decade, planes have been powered by fuel squeezed from plant seeds, wood chips, nicotine-free tobacco, algae and recycled oil from deep fryers. NZ Herald Thursday, 6 April 2017 Frustrated travellers queue at Wellington Airport after flights cancelled A long line of frustrated customers formed at Wellington Airport, as customers tried to rebook their flights after planes were grounded. NZ Herald Five adventure activities everyone should try in New Zealand Where else in the world can you float through underground caverns, fly high above a forest and tumble down hills in inflatable balls? Stuff Gisborne shares boom in tourism Visitors staying at holiday parks in the Gisborne-East Cape region last year pumped a whopping $20.9 million into the community. Gisborne Herald Kingston Flyer may yet ride West Coast rails The Kingston Flyer may yet ride West Coast rails after Development West Coast confirmed it is still investigating the option to buy the historic steam train in its entirety. Greymouth Star Andrew Little will pay any defamation costs from his own pocket The wife of Scenic Hotel founder Earl Hagaman says Labour leader Andrew Little could have avoided a multimillion-dollar defamation suit by making one phone call. Newshub Ngati Awa buys White Island Tours The iwi has announced it is buying iconic Whakatane tour operator White Island Tours. Rotorua Daily Post Consent in for five-star hotel Consent for the 17-storey shimmering glass tower in the heart of the city has been lodged. ODT Air NZ unveils new economy seat design It’s never fun being cramped in the middle seat on an airplane but relief may be on the way. Stuff Wednesday, 5 April 2017 Taruheru Cycleway and Walkway costed at $6.8m A new report has found that a proposal to build a joint cycle and walkway between Bright Street and Campion College will cost $6.8 million. Gisborne Herald Kihikihi walk, cycle route decided Waipa will soon welcome another great trail to the district with the Te Awamutu to Kihikihi trail route confirmed. Te Awamutu Courier Editorial: Northland now brimming with festivals and events It wasn’t that long ago that Northland was a festival backwater. The Northern Advocate Retailers hit by fall in Chinese tourists A drop-off in Chinese visitors to New Zealand and their increasing rejection of group tours is impacting the country’s retailers. NBR (subscription) Airbnb boom: 20,000 listings and counting in New Zealand Airbnb New Zealand manager Sam McDonagh said the number of property listings in New Zealand had reached more than 20,000. Stuff Fog disruption shows airline communication can still improve – Cas Carter New Zealand has weather – lots of it. And most of us probably have a story of how its disrupted our travel. Stuff Jesse Mulligan: We should be embarrassed about how DoC is treated Saturday was the 30th birthday of the Department of Conservation (DoC). Newshub Paradigm paralysis in paradise The tourism boom is an invitation not an invasion, Vaughn Crowther writes. ODT Gareth Morgan stirs up twit-storm over freedom campers The Opportunities Party’s Gareth Morgan is defending his Twitter style. Radio NZ State of emergency amid major flood fears Dozens of people have had to leave their homes in Whanganui and Rangitikei. Radio NZ Tuesday, 4 April 2017 Preparing for China An area of caution will be the 2019 China-New Zealand Year of Tourism. ODT Real estate and tourism hits stride on Coromandel Peninsula Tourists and new residents are flooding into the Coromandel, but there’s a price to pay for the economic boom. Stuff Gareth Morgan goes on Twitter tirade, rages against tourists and PC culture When economist Gareth Morgan launched his bid for Parliament last year, he compared himself to Donald Trump because of his anti-establishment approach. NZ Herald Tourism industry, Paula Bennett don’t want Goff’s levy A tourism lobby group says taxing international visitors is not the direction New Zealand should head. Newshub Campervan company regrets Lions ‘tour surcharge’ A campervan hire company regrets describing a price hike as a Lions tour surcharge. Radio NZ Chinese developers to build $20 million hotel on Dominion Rd A resource consent has been lodged for a 60-room hotel. NZ Herald Air NZ admits airfare mistake with flights to Honolulu A flight to Hawaii for less than $500 return has to be a mistake, right? Stuff Monday, 3 April 2017 Gateway to Fiordland becoming a deathtrap for tourist drivers “Welcome to Smash Palace,” says Mobil owner Mark Dowling. Sunday Star Times Accommodation prices soar up to seven times the usual rate during Lions’ tour NZ-bound Lions fans are facing huge price surges. NZ Herald Now I know why everyone loves awesome New Zealand I never once encounter any unpleasantness, any rudeness of any kind. Daily Mail Labour leader Andrew Little calls for tourist tax Paula Bennett says NZ could be seen as a rip-off. NZ Herald NZ already too costly for tourist tax – Bennett Tourism minister and Deputy PM Paula Bennett does not support taxing tourists to pay for infrastructure, she says. Radio NZ Airport parking costs: Are travellers being charged fairly? A new report into airport car parking has questioned whether travellers are being fairly charged. NZ Herald Tourism brings $63m more into the Bay The Bay of Plenty’s latest figures in tourism showed a $63 million increase in year-to-year spend. BOP Times April fools! Zipline ride from One Tree Hill a flight of fancy If you thought a half-price deal to zipline 800m off the peak of One Tree Hill was too good to be true – well, you were right. NZ Herald Potential in tourists’ taste for wine The potential of wine tourism in Central Otago is “massive” and will be a core plank in the Central Otago Wine Association’s (COWA) new wine strategy, its president Angus Bradshaw says. ODT Bus driver charged after Tongariro crash A 68-year-old man has been charged with careless driving causing injury in relation to a crash that injured 14 tourists. ODT  No plans for stricter security on flights from Middle East – CAA The Civil Aviation Authority has no plans at this stage to follow Australian authorities in ramping up security checks on flights from some Middle Eastern countries. Radio NZ Lions surcharge shock: $780 for camper, now $2100 Businesses are being warned against price gouging during the Lions Tour, with one vehicle rental company hiking prices by up to 200 per cent. NZ Herald Mayors and iwi working the road On State Highway 38 shines the jewel of the North Island, pristine Lake Waikaremoana and Te Urewera National Park. Hawke’s Bay Today Watch NZH Local Focus: Record summer season at Waikaremoana Waikaremoana Holiday Park Manager Petrina Brenchley says it’s been a “record summer season”. NZ Herald Discussions on museum Alexandra’s Central Stories Museum and Art Gallery is to hold a series of public meetings to gather feedback about a proposed revamp of the facility. ODT Too few beds for two events Wanaka accommodation providers and Lake Wanaka Tourism are predicting there will be an accommodation crisis in March next year due to the Wanaka A&P Show and the Motatapu race both being held on the second weekend that month. ODT New festival in the Bay celebrates traditional waka ama A new waka ama regatta in the Far North will start small but could grow into one of the sport’s biggest events in the country, organisers say. Northern Advocate Central Otago summer luge track helped by $30,000 grant A summer luge track in Central Otago is a step closer with a $30,000 grant awarded to project facilitators. The Press Friday, 31 March 2017 Te Awa Cycleway gets boost from Waikato motelliers The Te Awa Great NZ River Ride hopes to boost Hamilton’s tourism numbers, and local motelliers are backing the track. Waikato Times Queenstown first in New Zealand to have Airbnb Experience Airbnb has launched it’s first New Zealand Experience destination as the company diversifies its offerings. Stuff Freedom camping turns feral Freedom campers have been snapped sleeping under trees in Queenstown. Mountain Scene Nightmare day of travel as flights delayed around the country Passengers in airports around NZ faced a nightmare day of travel. The NZ Herald Chinese hoteliers on Goff’s new rates rise: ‘If only we’d known …’ If Fu Wah International Group had known its Park Hyatt Auckland hotel would be treated as responsible for 10% of the Auckland visitor economy, it would never have agreed to invest here. NBR (subscription) Does Auckland’s tourism trumpet need muting? Auckland is filled to the brim so why is it still being promoted as a destination? Radio NZ Air New Zealand’s Boeing 767 makes its final journey Air New Zealand’s last Boeing 767 will make its last commercial flight on Friday, March 31. Stuff Air New Zealand cancellation figures ‘pretty good’ despite concerns An aviation analyst says the number of Air New Zealand flights canceled in and out of Timaru is “pretty good”, despite concerns from some residents and members of the business community.  The Timaru Herald Terminal anger: ‘We will have been here 30 hours’ The fog is slowly starting to lift in Wellington, and tired travellers who slept rough in the terminal while “rap music” played at 3am are starting to move on. Radio NZ He Tangata: A chat with Napier City Council’s manager of visitor experiences Sally Jackson Each week Elisabeth Easther gets the story of people in the Kiwi tourism industry. This week, Napier City Council’s manager of visitor experiences, Sally Jackson. The NZ Herald Tourists spent $1.7b in Bay of Plenty in last year Tourists to the Bay of Plenty spent $1.7 billion in the last 12 months to February – up 5 per cent on the previous year. Rotorua Daily Post Flight chaos as fog persists in Dunedin Low-lying fog is affecting air travel around the country, with flights delayed and cancelled at several airports, including Dunedin and Invercargill. ODT Thursday, 30 March 2017 Air NZ suspends Wellington flights as fog lingers Air NZ  suspended operations at Wellington as fog and low cloud grounded flights. 1 News Now Dunedin’s Baldwin Street so popular it’s a safety concern The world’s steepest street has become so popular with tourists, it is a safety risk. Radio NZ Kiwis to billet Lions fans struggling to find hotels When A Greymouth rugby fan has set up a Facebook page asking locals to host tourists. Stuff Tekapo’s new public toilets example of ‘infrastructure that pays for itself A mix of new pay-per-entry and free toilets will pay for itself. Timaru Herald 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 Why New Zealand is the perfect spring break or vacation destination A mix of tropical and European influences with a dash of Asian and Indigenous cultures, New Zealand’s cities and landscapes offer a large variety to see. USA Today College Fears for Queensland tourism industry after Cyclone Debbie Industry operators fear for the state of an Australian icon after Cyclone Debbie lashed Far North Queensland and parts of the Great Barrier Reef. Wednesday, 29 March 2017 Freedom camping bylaw to be revisited The Waitaki District Council’s freedom camping bylaw could become more ”local friendly” after a review this winter. ODT Rachel Smalley: Auckland needs a second airport I saw the Prime Minister speak to a business audience last night – the Business North Harbour Association had a ‘meet the prime minister’ evening. Newstalk ZB Government wants Chinese tourists off tour buses and travelling themselves Chinese tourists are worth nearly $2 billion a year and the importance of that was conveyed during the Chinese premier’s trip to NZ. 1 News Tourism group’s warning over visitor growth TEC warns infrastructure is already creaking under the pressure of record growth. Newshub NZ tourism toll Travel executive Chris Adams discusses the tourism boom that’s busting our infrastructure. Radio NZ Direct flights prove big boost to tourism Chinese tourists are spreading to more parts of NZ and spending more, writes Bill Bennett. The NZ Herald Resources essential as tourist numbers grow The pressure on New Zealand’s tourism infrastructure needs careful managing to maintain the unique experience visitors are seeking. ODT He Tangata: A chat with Katie Farman, from Destination Wairarapa Each week Elisabeth Easther gets the story of people in the Kiwi tourism industry. This week, she speaks to Katie Farman, from Destination Wairarapa. The NZ Herald New Zealand Works Towards Open Skies With China NZ government says 20 per cent lift in Chinese flights can be expanded. Asia Cruiser News Pillow tax: Tourism industry wants to know more about where Ateed spends its money Commercial accommodation providers targeted by Auckland Council to pay for promoting the city are concerned about a lack of information on the agency they are being asked to fund. The NZ Herald Adopt-a-Lion: New Zealand rugby fans offer to host British and Irish free of charge Most hotel rooms sold out during tour, so rugby fan Adam Gilshnan set up Facebook page linking Lions supporters with generous locals. The Guardian Tuesday, 28 March 2017 Motels given millions to house homeless Five Auckland motels have received more than $1.3 million of taxpayer money in just three months to house homeless people. Radio NZ Catlins centre seeks tourism operators The heritage visitor centre being developed in the Catlins is set to open in October and those behind it are on the hunt for operators to take on its associated tourism operations. ODT Electric bike use growing on trails The use of electric bikes is up in Central Otago and there is nothing lazy or untoward about it, cycle trail operators say. ODT Editorial: Air NZ and Qantas form new transtasman airline bond Air NZ and Qantas have put aside their cut-throat commercial rivalry. The NZ Herald Package for Chinese tourism welcomed by industry A tourism group has welcomed a package of measures to boost the Chinese market. The NZ Herald New leader for country’s biggest aviation union E tu has a new leader at the helm of its aviation division with the appointment of Marja Lubeck. Voxy Chinese tourism to stretch capacity New Zealand’s tourism infrastructure will remain stretched it seems after the Government yesterday announced 2019 will be the China-New Zealand year of tourism. ODT Ateed turns to private sector to help capture Auckland’s growth Auckland’s economy is growing at a fast clip but not fast enough to bridge an alarming infrastructure funding shortfall. NBR (subscription) MP Winston Peters questions China link with Northland road and rail construction plans Northland MP and New Zealand First leader Winston Peters says the region is being handed a “truck-load of bulldust” concerning who might build a local link to Northport at Marsden Pt. Northern Advocate Digital talent takes flight with Air New Zealand Air New Zealand is on track to becoming a world-leading digital airline thanks to the best and brightest from a whole new generation of talent. Stuff (sponsored) Monday, 27 March 2017 Ferry operator looking at a service between Petone and Wellington A ferry service between Petone and Wellington is being promoted as a way of reducing peak-hour traffic. Dominion Post Te Puke accommodation bursting at the seams Accommodation providers in Te Puke are already packed to capacity with the beginning of the 2017 kiwifruit season kicking off. Bay of Plenty Times Waitaki MP Jacqui Dean hints May budget may have freedom camping solution Middle East tourism police might carry guns but managing problematic freedom campers in New Zealand will not require such strong measures, Waitaki MP Jacqui Dean says. Timaru Herald Passengers on flight delayed for 42 hours have nowhere to stay – because Auckland is booked out for Adele Passengers on a Malaysia Airlines flight delayed by more than 42 hours due to a mechanical fault are stranded at Auckland Airport because all nearby accommodation is booked out for Adele. The NZ Herald Multi-million dollar hotel touted for Napier CBD A multi-million hotel development on the site of the Napier City Council building in the city’s CBD has been touted as a possibility. Hawke’s Bay Today Deadly Te Anau bus crash: Victims believed to have been German tourists Police have confirmed the two men who died in the fiery crash near Te Anau on Tuesday are believed to have been tourists from Germany. The NZ Herald New Zealand-India direct flights: How long will be the wait? How long will be the wait for a direct flight between New Zealand and India, given that the first anniversary of the signing of the code-share agreement between New Zealand and India is fast approaching Indian Weekender Air NZ is country’s most respected company Air NZ has won the accolade for the third year in a row, according to Colmar Brunton. CIO  Search on for Auckland City hotel sites International hotel investors are looking to buy but there are not enough properties. True Commercial Goff backs airport light rail sooner The Auckland mayor is urging the government to push ahead with light rail to the airport. Radio NZ Friday, 24 March 2017 Hui plans to promote Maori tourism More than 50 people, including tourism operators and representatives from 11 iwi from across the East Coast, including Wairoa and Mahia, attended a hui on how the region could benefit from cultural tourism. Gisborne Herald Cruise bonanza for city Dunedin’s next cruise ship season is going to be a major step up on this year’s record-setting one. ODT Singapore Airlines announces additional flights to and from Christchurch Singapore Airlines has announced it will increase its flights to and from Christchurch next summer. Stuff Resort tracks caked in cack Queenstown council’s parks boss Clare Tomkins says her team come across human poo almost daily. Mountain Scene Opening planned for May Whitestone City will open in Oamaru this May, Tourism Waitaki general manager Jason Gaskill has confirmed. ODT Two people dead in fiery Te Anau tourist bus and car crash Two people are dead after a fiery crash between a rental car and a bus carrying 16 tourists on the Te Anau-Milford Highway in Southland yesterday. Newstalk ZB Aucklanders to have their say on Easter trading Aucklanders will get to have their say on whether businesses should open on Easter Sunday. Newstalk ZB Levy on visitors rejected A visitor levy to pay for Queenstown infrastructure looks to be a non-starter. ODT Superliners set course for Auckland The superliner Pacific Jewel will become a regular fixture on Auckland’s skyline next year. The NZ Herald Design changes delay $12m hotel Ignore the rumours. Work is “definitely” about to begin on a $12m four-star hotel. Stuff Thursday, 23 March 2017 TranzAlpine reopens after ‘tough year’ for KiwiRail Some of the best scenery in the South Island is back on display as passenger rail services between Christchurch and Greymouth resume. Stuff SH1 south of Kaikōura to close for eight days State Highway 1 south of Kaikōura will close for eight days from Sunday so contractors can reinforce areas at risk of slips. Radio NZ Airport security clampdown ‘the biggest in 10 years’ New Zealand travellers are caught in the middle, as what’s being called the biggest security change in 10 years is introduced to airports in Britain and the US. The NZ Herald Tourists flock to West Coast Tourist numbers on the West Coast exploded last month, including a new record at Franz Josef Glacier despite the six-week rail closure that resulted in 17,000 cancellations on the Tranz Alpine train. ODT Once the queen of the skies, the Boeing 747 will soon be just a flying truck The wide-bodied Boeing 747 was once known as the queen of the skies, an instantly recognisable behemoth revered for its luxury and spaciousness. Stuff Tourism New Zealand deny funding request from Duco Events for Joseph Parker fight Duco Events has failed to get backing from Tourism NZ. Stuff New Sheraton planned for Auckland’s Queen St After many years without a Sheraton hotel, Auckland is about to get the brand back. The NZ Herald Remarkables set to install high-tech new ski lift ahead of new season The Remarkables skifield will open a pioneering conveyor lift. Stuff Wednesday, 22 March 2017 Wellington Airport runway dispute to go to Supreme Court The airport is asking the Supreme Court to clarify the regulatory requirements around the length of safety areas, which must be between 90 and 240 metres. Radio NZ Tourism continues to drive region’s service sector Otago-Southland’s performance in the service sector index is tracking above the 2016 average, buoyed by tourism operators, cafes and their suppliers. ODT New Zealand Is Running Out of Hotel Rooms for All Its Tourists New Zealand is getting so popular with tourists, it’s running out of hotel rooms. Travel + Leisure Visitor numbers at record levels Visitors continued to flock to New Zealand at a record-equalling level in the February 2017 year and the month of February. ODT Tourism peaks and troughs a challenge for disaster planning On tourism’s busiest day visitor in 2016 visitor numbers almost equalled the population of Christchurch. Stuff New Zealand’s ‘green’ image under threat: OECD New Zealand’s strong economic growth is placing strains on the environment. Daily Mail Former PM and Tourism Minister John Key bows out with no regrets There was no scandal behind his decision to quit as PM, says Key. Radio NZ Tuesday, 21 March 2017 Auckland accommodation rate plan ‘like the Chinese poll tax’ One veteran of the hotel sector says the proposed Auckland City targeted rate on the accommodation sector was a blunt weapon like the Chinese poll tax. The NZ Herald 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 Cadbury site a ‘huge opportunity’ Informal suggestions about the future of the sprawling Cadbury site range from “hospitals to hotels”, Dunedin Mayor Dave Cull says. ODT Tom O’Connor: Kiwi ratepayers caught in tourism trap Like a persistent sponging relative no one wants to offend, the tourism industry is again asking for massive amounts of money from taxpayers and ratepayers. Waikato Times Flourishing airport challenged to think carbon neutral Additional parking spaces, a valet service and a much larger regional lounge are in the works for Palmerston North Airport as business booms. Stuff Airport soars above budget predictions Hawke’s Bay Airport has seen a 20 per cent spike in passenger numbers on this time last year, Hawke’s Bay Airport Limited chairman Tony Porter reports. News Collective Staying at the Novotel Auckland Airport Linda Thompson checks into the Novotel Auckland Airport. The NZ Herald Chinese tourism surge on agenda A marketing drive by Northland promotional groups and Air New Zealand could see many more visitors fly here from the land of the sleeping giant. The Northern Advocate Auckland waterfront plans: Wharf extension for superyachts likely to draw criticism The Auckland Council is dusting off plans for the city’s waterfront that include new cruise ship facilities, berths for superyachts and a park on Wynyard Pt. The NZ Herald Monday, 20 March 2017 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 Tourists’ risky high road stops Safer stopping places are needed along Highcliff Rd, Otago Peninsula Community Board chairman Paul Pope says. ODT Hundreds criticise Auckland Airport for shooting security dog Auckland Airport is acknowledging the public outcry after 10-month-old trainee security dog Grizz was shot dead and is promising its own investigation. Newstalk ZB From ‘Lord Of The Rings’ to ‘Game Of Thrones’: the rise of film tourism The Lord Of The Rings trilogy is largely credited with a 40% jump in New Zealand tourism between 2000 and 2006. Screen Daily Shamubeel Eaqub: Questions in economic entrails Both the increase in tourism and dairy in the past decade, begs a huge question of environmental sustainability. Stuff Meet DJ Olivier, the high-flying Airbnb owner When French-Canadian flight attendant David Jack Olivier bought his first central-Auckland apartment in 2013, he decided to use Airbnb to make a bigger dent in his mortgage. Stuff Tourism may be too much of a good thing for overwhelmed New Zealand When their flight home to the U.S. from Auckland was delayed last month, a group of 53 elderly American tourists was put up in a traditional Maori meeting house for the night because all the city’s hotels were full. The NZ Herald Auckland accommodation businesses on the warpath over planned rates hikes Auckland commercial accommodation businesses are squaring up for a fight over paying for city tourism promotion. Stuff Friday, 17 March 2017 $10m hotel build Consent’s been lodged for a new Queenstown hotel, which will cost up to $10m. Mountain Scene Road closures expected as Auckland Airport motorway upgrades continue Passengers can expect a lot of changes on their journeys to and from Auckland Airport in the coming months. Stuff Road, rail, cycle link with Hawke’s Bay on agenda Gisborne Mayor Meng Foon says he is working with two Hawke’s Bay mayors and the Hawke’s Bay Regional Council to assess a $100 million combined road, rail and cycle trail proposal to link Gisborne and Napier airports. Gisborne Herald Hundertwasser Art Centre costs escalate Increased construction costs and a higher standard of earthquake proofing have driven up the cost of Whangarei’s Hundertwasser Art Centre by $4.7 million, bringing the total cost of the project to $20.9m. Northern Advocate Tourism industry wants more money despite boost for infrastructure fund CEO of Tourism Industry Aotearoa, Chris Roberts says the fund needs a much bigger increase and is one option to help fund visitor levies. TVNZ New facilities, parks for SH6 tourists Car parking is to be extended and toilets provided for visitors at the Blue Pools tourist stop on State Highway 6 near Makarora. Otago Daily Times 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 Otago’s growth restrained by capacity Otago’s quarterly ranking of economic performance has slipped from top province in the country to almost middle of the pack, but only because it is at full capacity from strength in the tourism and construction sectors. Otago Daily Times Thursday, 16 March 2017 New Zealand strains under tourist loads Tourism is booming like never before. Visitor numbers rose by 11 percent in 2016 to a record 3.5 million. It looks great on paper but the reality is we’re not coping. Newshub NZ current account deficit narrows as tourism bolsters services inflow The current account deficit narrowed in the fourth quarter, partly bolstered by a larger services balance surplus as tourism continues to boom. National Business Review First look at Christchurch Adventure Park damage after devastating fires Last month’s Port Hills fires have left significant damage at Christchurch Adventure Park, a walk-through of the multi-million dollar facility has revealed. 1 News Now New attempt to tackle easily avoidable fuel woes in planes Official figures show forty percent of engine failures in light planes and helicopters are caused by pilots using contaminated or stale fuel, or because they simply ran out. Radio NZ Hotel staff reveal their strangest experiences working in hospitality Working in a hotel is bound to bring with it some quirks, whether that’s demanding guests or curious requests. The NZ Herald A great track record in tourism I have watched with interest the long, convoluted debate regarding the future of Tourism Eastland and wish to make a few constructive comments. Gisborne Herald Qantas boss says streamlining transtasman border will benefit both countries Qantas chief Alan Joyce has called for smoother border arrangements between New Zealand and Australia and taken a swipe at government taxes which are “killing the goose that lays the golden egg.” The NZ Herald Embassy wades into ‘poo’ controversy Police are still searching for the Frenchwoman who defecated in a Dunedin street, prompting the French Embassy to ask tourists to “display good manners”. The NZ Herald Tills ringing for Northland’s tourism sector The tills have not stopped ringing for Northland’s tourism sector with news the region’s growth in visitor spending is greater than the national average. Northern Advocate New cruise ship reimagines what it means to be outdoors Richard Fain, the chief executive officer of Royal Caribbean Cruises, is willing to bet $5 billion that he can take everything you know about cruising and flip it upside down. Or at least outside in. The NZ Herald Fox Glacier body belonged to helicopter crash victim Police have identified remains found in a Fox Glacier crevasse two weeks ago as those of 2015 helicopter crash victim Cynthia Charlton. Radio NZ Old stalwart to return to skies A former workhorse of Queenstown’s skies will touch down in the resort next month for a get-together of airline pioneers. Otago Daily Times Wednesday, 15 March 2017 Is Airbnb doing its bit? Airbnb talks bed tax, disruption and whether it’s a threat to NZ rental stock. Radio NZ Tax the tourists, share proceeds It’s time we developed a new strategy to better cope with booming tourism. Otago Daily Times Leading car rentals abandon Whanganui after Air NZ pulls out Two top car rental franchises have abandoned Whanganui. The NZ Herald Earthquake forces Chow brothers to change hotel plan Millionaire property tycoons the Chow brothers have scrapped plans to transform their head office into a hotel. Stuff Work is underway to bring a commercial airline back to Wairarapa Discussions have been ongoing between Masterton District Council and leading New Zealand airlines, with a registration of interest to go out in the next few weeks. Wairarapa Times-Age New faces at Tairawhiti Museum Madeleine Jones appointed collections manager and Iona Maxwell museum educator. Gisborne Herald Grey District votes to allow Easter trading The Grey District Council has voted to allow Easter Sunday trading after putting it to a conscience vote last night. The NZ Herald 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 Minister O’Donovan Helping to Boost Tourism from New Zealand Tourism Minister Patrick O’Donovan has travelled to New Zealand, as part of a Promote Ireland programme around St Patrick’s Day. Tuesday, 14 March 2017 Waikato River tourism potential ready and waiting Big strides are being taken to turn the river into the centre of tourists’ attention. Waikato Times Tourism, construction driving Nelson-Tasman’s boom The regions have taken out the two top spots as New Zealand’s best-performing. Stuff NZ’s newest trail: Creatives lure travellers south with scones Three creatives are tempting travellers south using the humble scone. Stuff New Pullman for Auckland Airport The first image has been released of the 250-room Pullman Hotel to be built beside the Novotel at Auckland International Airport. The NZ Herald Many foreign tourists say they’re afraid to visit the US after Trump travel ban The fallout from President Donald Trump’s executive orders limiting travel from some Middle Eastern and African countries is having far-reaching implications for US tourism. Stuff PM ‘on edge’ at Wanaka attraction More precisely he was on the edge of local tourism attraction the waterfall climb at Wildwire Wanaka. Otago Daily Times Spike in number of people searching for holidays as rain battered the country Kiwis dreaming of a sunny escape from the weekend’s wild weather saw a 103 per cent increase in searches for overseas holidays last weekend. NewstalkZB Queenstown Airport warned ongoing growth could start driving people out of Queenstown The Queenstown Airport Corporation has been warned not to kill the golden goose with its ongoing expansion. Stuff Queenstown and Wanaka Airports to complement each other if working together Queenstown Airport Corporation representatives see the operation of the Wanaka and Queenstown Airports as complimenting each other, if they are granted governance of Wanaka. Stuff Monday, 13 March 2017 A ‘fair go’ from taxes? A visitor levy is not the answer to Queenstown’s lagging infrastructure, NZ First leader Winston Peters says. Otago Daily Times Southlanders choose holiday parks instead of houses More and more Southlanders are choosing to live in camping grounds instead of renting or buying houses. Southland Times Tourists head back to Europe, and investors follow Tourists are heading back to Europe, and the recovery is showing up in everything from rising hotel bookings to tax-free shopping. Reuters New Zealand tourist operators in Berlin at world’s biggest travel trade show A group of New Zealand tourist businesses have been targeting key European markets at the biggest travel expo in the world during the past five days. 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 Autumn getaways: Go where the sun still shines Feeling ripped off by summer? These autumn getaways near and far will help bring more sunshine into your life, writes Eli Orzessek. The NZ Herald Watch: Aerial footage showcases 65km new Great Walk on West Coast in memory of Pike River Mine victims A new Great Walk has been approved by the Government today, with the green light given to a track through the Paparoa National Park in memory to the victims of the Pike River Mine tragedy. One News Now Friday, 10 March 2017 Phil Goff: Bed tax should pay for Auckland’s promotion Ratepayers have shouldered the burden of growth for too long and it is time to look for new solutions from those who benefit the most. The NZ Herald Air NZ boss pushes case in front of high-level US officials Chris Luxon has gained rare access to a high-level member of US President Donald Trump’s cabinet. Stuff How govt is killing NZ’s small towns – and Hollywood is helping Residents of rural towns are facing astronomical bills to support basic infrastructure. The Spinoff World Masters Games to bring wealthy tourists, organisers say With over 27,000 well-off athletes set to converge on Auckland for the World Masters Games, organisers expect it to give a significant economic boost. The NZ Herald $350,000 set aside to ensure Taranaki makes most of Lonely Planet exposure A $350,000 marketing campaign has been launched to capitalise on Lonely Planet’s rating of Taranaki as the second best region in the world to visit. Taranaki Daily News Delayed Harbour St project nears completion The finishing touches are being made to a long-awaited $600,000 Victorian-themed Harbour St tourist attraction. Otago Daily Times Wellington’s rental squeeze could worsen as homeowners choose Airbnb over renting Airbnb’s growing popularity could see the already scarce number of rental properties in Wellington diminish even further over the next five years, an industry insider says. Stuff Thursday, 9 March 2017 Guards put up in hotels for three more prisons The Department of Corrections is paying for guards from three more prisons to stay in hotels as a stopgap to cope with growing inmate numbers. Radio NZ Mangaweka residents searching for new publican to reopen hotel Ever wanted to be the life of a small country settlement? Residents of Mangaweka are looking for a new owner for their much-loved pub. Stuff German schoolmates loving freedom camping life Three schoolmates from Frankfurt in Germany are travelling through New Zealand in their camper van. Wanganui Chronicle Airbnb: open to bed tax here, already collecting in Europe, USA Airbnb would not be caught by Auckland mayor Phil Goff’s hotel levy proposal but it says it is open to paying bed taxes here. The NZ Herald Hotel rates and revenue rising as occupancy hits a 10 year high The average daily rate for NZ hotel rooms rose $15 last year and occupancy nationally was at its highest level in more than a decade. Stuff Threat to night sky view Astronomer Ian Griffin has warned Dunedin’s chances of developing lucrative dark skies tourism will be harmed by approving subdivision development. Otago Daily Times Wednesday, 8 March 2017 Accommodation sector boom in Hawke’s Bay Tourists are overnighting in Hawke’s Bay in rising numbers, according to Statistics New Zealand data. Hawke’s Bay Today Growing tourism lets businesses flourish Flourishing tourism has been helping create and grow businesses in Tuatapere. Southland Times Tourists flash plastic in $38.7m February spend Spending in Gisborne was up 3.7% last month compared with the same time last year and much of the increase was attributed to tourists. Gisborne Herald Tourist boom pushing up room rates The booming tourism sector has helped drive Auckland’s average hotel room rate to $197 per night, up 9% on the previous year. The NZ Herald A cruise from other side of railing Cabin fever and a longing for local cuisine motivate passengers to get off cruise ships. I know — I travelled around NZ last month as a passenger on the Emerald Princess. Gisborne Herald Tourism is a vulnerable thing for a country to rely on – just ask Egypt Tourism became Egypt’s largest source of foreign currency but there are moves to make the country less reliant on the industry. The Washington Post Tuesday, 7 March 2017 Kaikoura guest nights down 80% in December The number of people staying in Kaikoura plummeted by 80% after the devastating earthquake in November. The NZ Herald Midland Railway Line to reopen between Greymouth and Christchurch The Midland Railway Line between Christchurch and Greymouth will reopen earlier than expected. The Press Resort restaurateur heads to beach Forty years after first coming to Queenstown, the resort’s longest-serving restaurateur is upping sticks. Mountain Scene Tourist boom pushing up room rates Index shows Auckland nightly cost up 9% and picks strong year ahead. The NZ Herald Christchurch cycleway blamed for businesses near closure A Christchurch dairy owner says his livelihood is under threat by a new cycleway. The Press Renters made $1568 from Airbnb deal, pinged $1300 for breaching rental agreement Planning to make a quick buck renting your place to Adele fans this month? Or visiting rugby crowds later in the year? Think again. Stuff Restaurant review: Waihi Beach Hotel The Waihi Beach Hotel and beach pub is a local treasure that has been a landmark of the beach town for years, but has become a real foodie destination since it underwent extensive refurbishment three years ago. Bay of Plenty Times The captive audience film festival: Top 10 safety videos of all time Airlines take our safety seriously, as they keep telling us, which might explain why they make such awful safety films. Most of them traditionally confuse being serious with being dull. That’s why they make you do up the seat belt, to stop you walking out. Stuff New Zealand couple sell South American eco-lodge in $41 dollar raffle A New Zealand woman and her husband are selling an eco-lodge in Ecuador in a $41-a-ticket raffle. Stuff Monday, 6 March 2017 Hotels go into battle with Auckland’s mayor Phil Goff over new rate to pay for promoting the city Auckland hotel and motel owners are on a collision course with the city’s mayor Phil Goff over a targeted rate they say will cost hundreds of thousands of dollars a year. The NZ Herald Taupo caravan design being built by German company Dethleff for holidaymakers If you can’t buy it, build it. That’s Brent Thurlow’s attitude and now his caravan design has been picked up by a European motorhome manufacturer. Stuff Carry on: Emirates’ 1m passengers, Virgin’s Mid-East pullback and more Emirates says it has carried more than one million passengers to and from New Zealand during 2016, citing the success of its daily non-stop service between Auckland and Dubai. NBR Northland: On the wild side Breath-taking views are reward for a punishing hike, writes Stephanie Holmes. The NZ Herald Electric rental cars hit the road as the hire business heats up The tourism boom has attracted the world’s largest rental car company to New Zealand and electric rental vehicles are on their way. Stuff Entry fee proposed for Hamilton Gardens Hamilton’s Mayor is proposing that everyone but local ratepayers pays a $25 entry fee to see the city’s themed gardens. Waikato Times Retiring rail boss chuffed by growth Retiring Dunedin Railways chief executive Murray Bond talks about his efforts to develop Taieri Gorge Railway and his confidence in the future of Dunedin tourism. Otago Daily Times Queensland tourism: Bed tax on agenda as visitor numbers surge Fresh moves are under way to slug hotel guests with a bed tax in Queensland to fund a major overhaul of the state’s tourism industry. The Courier Mail Friday, 3 March 2017 Emirates credits superjumbo for success of mega flight from Auckland to Dubai Emirates has carried around 200,000 passengers on its non-stop service between Auckland and Dubai and says the success of the route was based on upgrading to the A380 superjumbo. The NZ Herald 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 Auckland Council freedom camping pilot splits opinion Auckland Council’s freedom camping pilot has divided public opinion in the Rodney District. Rodney Times Kiwi couple return to find Mangakino holiday home in ashes A Kiwi couple have returned to total destruction after a blaze left their holiday home near Taupo in ashes. The NZ Herald A glimpse of another world As I stepped into the boutique 690-passenger Azamara Journey cruise ship, the sight of rusted containers and Port Otago machinery was replaced by marble floors, golden banisters and a concierge clad in black. Otago Daily Times Thursday, 2 March 2017 $20m redevelopment programme for Walter Peak Queenstown tourism firm Real Journeys is investing $20 million in farm tourism at Walter Peak, on Lake Wakatipu. Otago Daily Times Rotorua environmental tourism leader dies

 Rotorua environmental tourism leader and owner of Waimangu Thermal Valley, Harvey James, has died. Rotorua Daily Post Tribal trust’s case for share of Auckland islands tourism thrown out by High Court Court throws out judicial review challenging the decision to grant a five-year concession to Fullers was unlawful. NBR (subscription) Govt lays out plan for Gisborne region Tourism, forestry and the primary industries have emerged as the initial winners in a new government plan to boost the regional economy. Gisborne Herald Hallelujah moment sparks new idea Computer science engineer Kawana Wallace has borrowed an idea from New York’s Central Park and developed a QR Code app’ that travellers can use to explore the area. Waikato Times Pilots push for delay to Wellington Airport runway extension hearing Airline pilots want to delay a planning hearing regarding the extension on Wellington Airport’s runway. NZ Herald Chalet Romantica wins top rating A Bay of Islands accommodation provider has been named the “best of the best” bed and breakfast facility in the land. NZ Herald Wednesday, 1 March 2017 SpaceX Plans to Send 2 Tourists Around Moon in 2018 SpaceX, the ambitious rocket company headed by Elon Musk, wants to send a couple of tourists around the moon and back to Earth before the end of next year. New York Times Auckland Mayor Phil Goff promises crackdown after 43 per cent jump in Ateed staff travel costs Auckland Mayor Phil Goff has revealed details about a crackdown on travel, hospitality and gifts after the council’s promotion agency reported a 43 per cent jump in travel costs to more than $900,000 over two years. The NZ Herald 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 Air New Zealand and Cathay Pacific extend alliance Air New Zealand and Cathay Pacific have extended their strategic alliance partnership on services between New Zealand and Hong Kong for a further five years through until 2022. Scoop Chinese tourist missing from Auckland contacts family A Chinese tourist who has been missing for six days has contacted her family to say she is all right, say police. Radio NZ 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 Tuesday, 28 February 2017 Government counts homeless in tourism stats Statistics Minister Mark Mitchell has confirmed the Statistics New Zealand Accommodation Survey includes people who are being put into hostels or motels through emergency housing special needs grants. Newshub ‘Sick of some tourists trashing New Zealand’ – travel blogger vents at freedom camper frustration online An American travel blogger with a huge following who has made Wanaka her home is concerned with freedom campers and tourists “trashing New Zealand”. One News Now Chinese tourist missing after leaving Auckland hotel room A Chinese tourist is missing after she left her Auckland hotel room on Wednesday and has not been seen since. Stuff Support package extended for Kaikōura businesses The government has extended for a second time its support package for businesses hit by last year’s Kaikōura earthquake – although, this time, those based in the Wellington or Hutt areas will no longer be eligible. Radio NZ Auckland full: Tourists bed down at marae About 50 elderly American tourists had to bed down at a marae because their flight was cancelled and there were no beds available anywhere else in Auckland. The NZ Herald Seeing New Zealand through the eyes of a tourist The highway south of Westport was littered with furry bodies. The night before had clearly been carnage for opossums but a win for gratis pest control. Stuff Tributes flow of Maori tourism leader Doug Tamaki Mr Tamaki died in Turanga Hospital on Saturday after suffering a heart attack on Thursday. The NZ Herald Monday, 27 February 2017 Cruise ship passenger levy of $5 proposed to help build Akaroa Health Hub A group fundraising to build the Akaroa Health Hub in Banks Peninsula want cruise ship passengers to help pick up the tab. Stuff Tributes flow of Maori tourism leader Doug Tamaki Mr Tamaki died in Turanga Hospital on Saturday after suffering a heart attack on Thursday. The NZ Herald Off the Beaten Track Dairy farmers and their business linking holidaymakers with farms. Radio NZ Carry on: Xiamen for Auckland, Cathay for Christchurch, Virgin for HK and more Carry On understands another Chinese airline, XiamenAir, will launch a service from mid-December. NBR Kaikoura quake: Seabed life wiped out after ‘catastrophic’ mudslides While the dramatic changes to Kaikōura’s landscape were immediately clear after November’s 7.8 quake, what happened below sea level has been as clear as mud – until now. Newshub David Kennedy: Creating a social licence to defecate OPINION: It’s been interesting watching the ongoing debate over freedom camping ebb and flow over the last few months. Mountain Scene Friday, 24 February 2017 Cruise passengers unruffled The troubled cruise ship Celebrity Solstice was in Dunedin yesterday after a bus transporting 31 Celebrity Solstice passengers collided with a car near Akaroa on Wednesday. Otago Daily Times Emotions flow over Kingston Flyer sale There was a round of applause at long-time Flyer driver and manager Russell Glendinning’s funeral in Lumsden, while Flyer advocate Karl Barkley, who set up a Givealittle page to buy the trains, shed tears after learning it had finally been sold. Mountain Scene TripAdvisor names best beaches in New Zealand and the world For the third year in a row, TripAdvisor has named Mt Maunganui’s main beach as the best in New Zealand. Stuff Auckland Council rates plan could push up visitor accommodation prices Auckland commercial accommodation providers are crying foul over a new targeted council rate that would push up room prices. Stuff Water quality measure ‘less stringent’ The government has weakened the threshold for what qualifies as the best quality waterway to swim in as part of its target to make 90% of NZ’s rivers swimmable by 2040, say critics. Radio NZ Qantas reports slide in first-half earnings, Jetstar fares better Qantas reported a slide in first-half profit but its Jetstar Group, which includes NZ domestic and regional routes, did better. NBR Thursday, 23 February 2017 Tourist bus slides off road near Akaroa A group of passers-by helped dozens of tourists escape a wrecked bus and climb out of steep bush after a crash near Christchurch. The Press Air New Zealand profits expected to fall Increased competition and rising costs are expected to bite into the carrier’s interim results due today. The NZ Herald Accommodation chocka as tens of thousands of kapa haka fans hit the Bay for Te Matatini Hawke’s Bay accommodation providers are “bulging at the seams” with Te Matatini kicking off yesterday. Hawke’s Bay Today Hotel development in danger of halting with 150% council rates increases Several hotel feasibility studies and projects in Auckland are likely to be scrapped if the council imposes rates increases of 150%-plus on the accommodation sector to fund Ateed. NBR (subscription) Napier open for business on Easter Sunday Napier will be open for business on Easter Sunday, a change decided by a close vote in a Napier City Council meeting. Hawke’s Bay Today Hundreds of Queenstown holiday homes still unregistered The Queenstown Lakes District Council is chasing up 300 property owners who have not heeded its call to register their holiday homes. Radio NZ Rumours actors’ NZ love was a deal Reese Witherspoon, Oprah Winfrey and Mindy Kaling have captured our hearts with their glowing reviews of NZ – but was it a deal done with tourism bosses? Otago Daily Times Air NZ joins government’s cross-agency panel for air travel Air New Zealand has joined the panel of carriers providing air services in the government’s cross-agency contract designed to get the best deal for the taxpayer. NBR Wednesday, 22 February 2017 Visitors will keep coming if national park fees introduced – TIA Charging the thousands of tourists who visit New Zealand’s national parks each year won’t keep people away, according to Tourism Industry Aotearoa. Newshub Historic hotel sold to local family trust A historic Napier investment property built in the Art Deco era was sold to a local family trust for $7.1 million. Hawkes Bay Today Electric campervan trial coming for Tourism Holdings A trial of all-electric campervans is on the agenda this year for THL. Stuff Sichuan Airlines joins the surge in Chinese carriers heading for New Zealand Sichuan Airlines will begin three direct flights per week between Auckland and Chengdu in southwest China from June. The NZ Herald ‘The entirety of New Zealand is a national park’: the case for implementing a border fee As visitor arrivals reach unprecedented levels, Don Rowe argues that it’s time tourists paid their fair share. The Spinoff Signs that Cathay Pacific will extend its NZ operations to Christchurch Speculation is growing that Cathay Pacific will announce a seasonal service between Hong Kong and Christchurch. The NZ Herald New Cambridge accommodation on track to open New accommodation to help bring relief to the region is due to open. Waikato Times Death of Russell Glendinning (Mr Kingston Flyer) Russell Glendinning, the man who made the Kingston Flyer a world-renowned attraction, died today, aged 80. Scoop Tuesday, 21 February 2017 Dark Skies tourism project investigated Astro-tourism is being investigated as a tourism product in Southland. Stuff NZ services sector sees growth Activity in NZ’s services sector rose last month to a near-record, with ongoing strength in wholesale, retail and hospitality. The NZ Herald Skyline’s latest luge development opens Skyline has opened its $20m development in South Korea, just 15 months after construction began. Otago Daily Times Living wage rises, amid call to do away with minimum A leading budget adviser says New Zealand should scrap the minimum wage because it encourages employers to pay staff less than they are worth. Stuff Chart of the day: When did visitor numbers to NZ take off? It might seem a recent phenomenon, but NZ’s boom in overseas visitors began decades ago. Stuff Cruise ship tourism grows in the south The cruise ship industry is the fastest growing tourism sector in the country and Southland needs to take advantage of it to grow its economy. Southland Times Freedom campers park up at unoccupied holiday homes Police are cracking down on freedom campers who are parking their caravans at holiday homes while the owners are out of town. Bay of Plenty Times Services sector performs well Tourism, cafes and restaurants underpinned a strong January showing for Otago Southland’s services sector performance index, well up on January last year and continuing December’s positive run. Otago Daily Times Monday, 20 February 2017 Editorial: Pressure on national parks needs action By 2022, the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment forecasts that one million more tourists will enter New Zealand, and tip $16 billion into the economy. The NZ Herald Tourism and property lifts Millennium & Copthorne profit The upcoming Lions tour this winter and New Zealand’s ongoing tourism boom are expected to herald more good times for Millennium & Copthorne Hotels NZ. Stuff Auckland rammed with visitors after four cruise ships arrive in port For the first time four cruise ships are in Auckland harbour at the same time. One News Now Auckland Airport’s profit grows The country’s biggest airport has reported a solid lift in its first half profit on the back of the tourism boom and record immigration. Radio NZ Timaru Airport’s $1.3 million upgrade could attract tourism opportunities Timaru’s airport might soon have the facilities to take advantage of increasing tourism opportunities, as work continues on the airport’s $1.3 million upgrade. Timaru Herald Waihi holiday park owner to bid farewell The award-winning owner of the country’s oldest holiday park in Waihi Beach is selling up after more than two decades – but says it’s not the end of his involvement in the region. Bay of Plenty Times Friday, 17 February 2017 Chinese tourists discover NZ’s best-kept secret: motels A new breed of more independent Chinese tourists is helping drive an explosion in the number of international visitors staying in New Zealand motels. NBR More investment needed to improve Hamilton’s tourism offering Hamilton can play a major part in the fortunes of increasing tourism into heartland Waikato. Waikato Times South Korea gets a taste of NZ tourism with luge One of New Zealand’s most popular tourism ventures has arrived in South Korea. The NZ Herald Jucy’s tourism map leaves out whole Gisborne region A Gisborne man has been left asking why this region has missed out “again” after the city, the East Coast and the entire eastern corner of the island were left off a wall map erected at a hostel at Christchurch Airport. Gisborne Herald Christchurch Adventure Park threatened by fire commits to reopening With a raging wild fire surrounding the Christchurch Adventure Park, the fledgling business has reassured people it will reopen. The NZ Herald Coastal Pacific Trail: The time is now The window of opportunity to build a dedicated Coastal Pacific Trail cycleway from Marlborough to Canterbury is once-in-a-lifetime. Stuff Canterbury employers must be flexible: Chamber of Commerce Employers need to be flexible and allow staff to tend to their families and properties in the wake of the Port Hills fire, the Canterbury Employers’ Chamber of Commerce says. The NZ Herald Qantas offers streaming services Foxtel, Netflix and Spotify on domestic flights for free Passengers on board Qantas domestic flights will now be able to stream television shows and music via Netflix, Foxtel and Spotify. Thursday, 16 February 2017 Port Hills wildfires: Adventure park damaged An adventure park in the path of the destructive Port Hills wildfire has been damaged by fire but key buildings and its chairlift remain unscathed. The NZ Herald Wicked Campers put ‘on notice’, Queensland government says New legislation has been introduced in the Australian state of Queensland aiming to ban offensive slogans from rental company Wicked Campers. Stuff Tourism sector asked to stump up $1m for Mount i-Site Bay tourism operators will need to find up to $1 million to secure the iconic version of a new gateway visitor information centre at Mount Maunganui. Bay of Plenty Times Wednesday, 15 February 2017 PM responds to critics of Jetstar contract The Prime Minister is hitting back at allegations he’s not supporting New Zealand business by giving Jetstar a Government contract. Newstalk ZB Should foreign drivers be forced to sit NZ driving tests? TIA’s Chis Roberts says forcing foreign drivers to sit a test to drive on New Zealand roads isn’t the answer to preventing road deaths. One News Now NZ aircraft maker aims to ride Thai skydiving tourism boom NZ-based Pacific Aerospace has entered the Thai aviation market by delivering its first aircraft to Freefall Thailand to cash in on the boom in skydiving tourism. The Nation Scientists flock to Queenstown for biggest conference in the Southern Hemisphere Queenstown is hosting more than 500 scientists from all around the world, for the biggest Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology conference in the Southern Hemisphere. Mountain Scene Green light for $5m Mount Maunganui information centre Tauranga City Councillors have agreed ratepayers will help foot the bill for a $5 million information centre for Mount Maunganui. Bay of Plenty Times Labour supports tests for tourists – but at odds over how A driving test for longer-staying tourists is “impractical”, but an online test could do the trick to curb foreign driver crashes,  Labour leader Andrew Little says. Newshub Tuesday, 14 February 2017 Hobbiton movie set could continue to attract new generations of tourists Central Waikato’s Hobbiton Movie Set has the potential to draw in tourists for another half century – or more. Stuff Record tourism lifts outlook in Northland A record year for tourism in Northland in 2016 is a sign of more to come from the booming sector, industry leaders say. Northern Advocate Helium balloon nearly ready for lift-off One of Rotorua’s newest tourist attractions has struck technical difficulties, but hopes to be be up and running by the end of the month. Rotorua Daily Post Mulvey calls for action to promote city Invercargill must decide on an action plan to promote the city and get on with it. Southland Times Tourism Eastland says it meets targets Tourism Eastland is meeting its key performance targets, says a six-monthly report presented to Gisborne District Council’s community development and services committee. Gisborne Herald The Walking Access Commission: what has it achieved? While there are many conservation areas for people to enjoy in New Zealand’s natural recreation resources there is often pressure to expand access, particularly with booming tourism numbers putting pressure on existing routes to rivers, lakes and sea. Radio NZ Monday, 13 February 2017 No decision on possible prosecution It will be some time before a decision is made over whether to prosecute in relation to the death of a Filipino crewman on Emerald Princess, Maritime New Zealand says. The Otago Daily Times Tax warning for holiday rentals New Zealand’s tourism boom means it can be lucrative to rent out property but owners need to do their homework or could get stung. The NZ Herald New Christchurch tourism and economic development entity operational in July A new tourism, events and economic development entity designed to boost visitor numbers is expected to be operational by July. The Press Vendor of hotel site revealed The owner of an Auckland CBD property sold last year for a hotel development can be revealed after negotiations were finalised last week. NBR (subscription) Call to focus on clean water Today’s tourists are environmentally aware, and clean water is an essential aspect for New Zealand’s tourism future, the Tourism Export Council says. The Otago Daily Times Building’s neighbourly label Tourism company Skyline Enterprises’ striking new $8 million-plus Queenstown lakefront building is being officially named Eichardt’s. Mountain Scene Spot checks educating visiting drivers Vehicle spot checks near Te Anau this Chinese New Year served as an opportunity to educate international visitors on how to stay safe on New Zealand’s roads. Tourism New Zealand Positive outlook for Kaikoura tourism Around ninety per cent of tourism activity providers and more than seventy-five per cent of accommodation providers in Kaikoura are back operating following the November earthquake. Tourism New Zealand Minister wants over-budget Southland cycle trail completed The government put $4.5 million towards a Southland council’s now over-budget and unfinished cycle trail on the condition it would be completed, the Minister of Tourism says. Radio NZ New boss for rail trail The Otago Rail Trail may be this country’s best known cycle way, but the Hauraki Rail Trail is right on its back wheel. Sun Live Air New Zealand executive reveals why his chatbot is the start of a travel revolution When Avi Golan got a call from Air New Zealand boss Christopher Luxon about a job, he was puzzled but curious. The NZ Herald Air NZ defends use of turboprops on main trunk routes Air New Zealand has defended its decision to run mostly turboprop aircraft on some of its main trunk routes, despite customer complaints. Stuff Cruise ship damage after collision in Timaru port Passengers will spend the night on a luxury cruise ship that crashed into another boat this afternoon. Radio NZ Norwegian Star passengers disappointed to miss out on NZ Tug boats towed the Norwegian Star to Melbourne’s Station Pier early Sunday morning after the ship lost power at sea. Stuff TAIC launches second inquiry into French cruise ship The Transport Accident Investigation Commission (TAIC) has launched its second investigation this year into a luxury French cruise ship, after it hit rocks in the Milford Sound yesterday. Radio NZ Friday, 10 February 2017 Blast kills crewman A passenger aboard a cruise ship on which a crew member died  has recounted the harrowing scenes which followed the horrific incident. The Otago Daily Times Record 6 million passengers forecast to fly the windy skies over Wellington A record six million passengers are set to pour through Wellington Airport this year, as the region greets everyone from British and Irish rugby players to ageing rock stars. Stuff Rotorua looks likely to approve Easter commerce Rotorua retailers look set to be able to open their doors this Easter Sunday, a move that has delighted the city’s mayor. The NZ Herald The World is not enough: Nelson looks to increase number of cruise ships coming to the port Nelson may soon welcome 20 cruise ships a year as work continues to increase the city’s potential as a destination. Stuff Impact of half-billion dollar cruise ship industry on economy to be explored by government The government is making changes to evaluate the full size and scale of the cruise ship sector and its impact on New Zealand. 1 News Now Tourism industry debating impact of Trump travel ban President Donald Trump’s travel ban is not only being debated in the courts, it’s also being debated by the travel industry. The NZ Herald Thursday, 9 February 2017 17,000 Tranz Alpine bookings affected after fire damage closes Midland Line to West Coast KiwiRail says 17,000 Tranz Alpine bookings to the West Coast are affected by the closure of the Midland Line after bridges were badly damaged in a scrub fire at the weekend. The NZ Herald Infratil says hearings on Wellington runway likely delayed to June A shortage of court space in Wellington due to the November earthquake means hearings on Wellington International Airport’s bid to extend the runway to make room for long-haul flights will likely be pushed out to June. Scoop MP stokes campaign to relocate historic Kingston Flyer train to West Coast West Coast-Tasman MP Damien O’Connor has stoked the campaign to relocate the historic steam train the Kingston Flyer to the West Coast. The NZ Herald Tourism boss casts doubt over passenger train plan The head of Timaru’s tourism organisation has cast doubt on the viability of a passenger train service between Christchurch and Dunedin. Timaru Herald Trade minister says Qatar Airways and Air NZ should sort out differences over canned deal Trade Minister Todd McClay has urged Air New Zealand and Qatar Airways to settle their differences over a cancelled commercial agreement. The NZ Herald Could Banks Peninsula become NZ’s first Geo-Park? Banks Peninsular could soon sit alongside places such as the Grand Canyon and the Great Barrier Reef as a place of special geological interest. Radio NZ Increase in spending in January for Gisborne Consumers spent more than $45 million in Gisborne last month and some city-centre retailers and business-owners have benefited from record takings. Gisborne Herald Spending up 8.9% on last January Spending continues to ”accelerate” across Otago, new figures show. Otago Daily Times Opinion: Family’s fight for law change Tuesday marked the first anniversary of the tragic death of Rhys Middleton, who was killed when a tourist veered into his path on a highway. Wednesday, 8 February 2017 Tourist driver petition to be presented to Parliament next week A grieving mother will take a petition to Parliament calling for tourists to have to sit a licence test before they can drive in New Zealand. Radio NZ Kaikōura harbour will not be fixed until mid-year Restoration work of the quake-damaged Kaikōura harbour will not be completed until the middle of the year, the government says. Radio NZ Qatar boss fires shots at Air New Zealand over cancelled deal Qatar Airways chief executive Akbar al Baker has blasted Air New Zealand for ending an airline agreement which he says could harm travel to and from this country. The NZ Herald Airport numbers swell to 600,000 passengers Airline passengers are flying in and out of Palmerston North in record numbers, with 600,000 arriving or departing from the regional airport in the past year. Manawatu Standard Spending up 8.9% on last January More New Zealanders, migrants and tourists were deciding ”to live, work and play” in Otago and were spending money. Otago Daily times New Zealand tops Australia as best accommodation provider on The results of this year’s annual Guest Review Awards are in and 13 properties in New Zealand have received honours. The NZ Herald Lantern festival ready to light up Auckland Domain to celebrate Year of the Rooster The Lantern Festival traditionally marks the end of Chinese New Year festivities and is celebrated on the 15th day of the first Chinese lunar month. The NZ Herald Tuesday, 7 February 2017 NZ’s biggest tourist resort planned in Far North A Chinese real estate company is planning to spend close to $1 billion building a huge tourist resort on Northland’s Karikari Peninsula. The Northern Advocate Glacier gondola route rechecked The company investigating a gondola at Franz Josef Glacier organised a flight over the area again last week to recheck the possible route. The Otago Daily Times Levy for council use tipped Alleviating the pressure on ratepayers of smaller districts  is a key part of Labour’s plan to help regions and cities build  tourism and the systems needed to support that growth. The Otago Daily Times Growing pains for tourism owner operators as visitor numbers boom The tourism boom has encouraged former potato farmer Michael Oakley to grow his Canterbury Ballooning business but it has been a steep learning curve. Sunday Star Times ‘Coastal Pacific Rail Trail’ supporters call on Government for cycleway funds Supporters of an east coast cycleway are calling on the Government to back the project before the window of opportunity presented by the earthquake closes. Stuff Chinese make record trips for New Year China registered a record 6.15 million overseas trips during the Lunar New Year holiday, according to official data released on Friday, confirming earlier estimates by travel agencies. The NZ Herald Editorial: Sea-borne visitors to be valued While researching facts and figures for Saturday’s Insight feature about the cruise ship industry and its overall tourism industry footprint I was startled by some of the figures which emerged…but not really too surprised. Monday, 6 February 2017 Waitangi Day Friday, 3 February 2017 Worry over Chinese turn-off An unexpected drop in Chinese New Year visitors is worrying Queenstown’s tourism boss. Mountain Scene Auckland explores novel solution to berth mega cruise ships A novel solution is being explored to berth giant cruise ships like Ovation of the Seas at Queens Wharf in Auckland. The NZ Herald Winston Peters: So where’s the infrastructure? The reaction of many Northlanders to the news that our region is to be promoted in Melbourne to attract tourists here was no doubt enthusiastic – initially. The Country Earthquake damage closes Rotorua Museum for at least two years Rotorua Museum will be closed for at least the next two years and is losing up to $300,000 a month after it was damaged in November’s earthquake. Rotorua Daily Post Chinese visitor numbers dive on too-high prices but not in Wanaka Queenstown may be experiencing an unexpected drop in Chinese New Year visitors this year, but Wanaka appears to still be attracting as many visitors from China as ever. Otago Daily Times It’s not easy being beautiful: New Zealand tourism boom comes at a cost, Kiwis say New Zealand’s special brand of beauty is a double-edged sword to many, with one in five Kiwis saying they are worried that the country’s magnetism to tourists is ruining what sets it apart. Manawatu Standard Piano Flat, a New Zealand gem that tourists have yet to discover Tucked up in the mountains of Southland’s far north, Piano Flat strikes a chord with Southlanders as an archetypal summer holiday camping destination. Stuff Jetstar check-ins down across country A fault that caused issues with Jetstar’s check-in system across New Zealand has been fixed. Stuff KiwiRail tackle big fixes on Kaikoura line KiwiRail is gearing up to tackle the big problems on the Blenheim-Christchurch railway line that was badly damaged in the Kaikoura earthquake. Newshub Options, like tourist tax, being ‘explored’ as NZ’s tourism boom faces backlash New Zealand’s 100% Pure marketing campaign has been a huge success, promoting the almost magical scenery that featured prominently in the Lord of the Rings and Hobbit movie trilogies. Thursday, 2 February 2017 Tourists flock to New Zealand, Kiwis flock overseas Tourists and migrants flocked to New Zealand in record numbers in 2016, while more Kiwis than ever also set off on overseas trips. The NZ Herald Accommodation booked out in Mackenzie during Chinese New Year Groups wanting accommodation in the Mackenzie over summer are being urged to book six months in advance as tourists pour into the district for Chinese New Year. Stuff International visitors behind Gisborne tourism boost A $4m increase in spending by foreign tourists is a reason for 2015 being a bumper year for the region’s $135m-a-year tourism industry. Foreign tourists pump extra $4 million into local coffers. The Gisborne Herald More passengers than ever using Auckland Airport Close to one million international passengers passed through Auckland Airport in December last year, a record for the company. The NZ Herald Tourist driving test petition before Parliament A petition asking the Government to pass legislation requiring tourists to sit a New Zealand drivers licence if they are staying in the country longer than three months will be presented to Parliament next week. Stuff New Mount visitor centre designs considered Tauranga city councillors looked at concept design ideas for a proposed visitor information centre in Mount Maunganui today. Bay of Plenty Times Wednesday, 1 February 2017 West Coast police target slow rental car drivers Police have been dealing with complaints about slow drivers causing traffic backlogs as Chinese New Year brings an influx of tourists to New Zealand. Stuff Freedom camping expansion being studied More areas of Dunedin could be opened up to freedom camping, as the Dunedin City Council mulls further changes to its approach. The Otago Daily Times Western Bay’s $802m tourist spending spree Tourism spending in the Bay of Plenty has increased a huge 44 per cent in just five years, hitting $802 million last year. Bay of Plenty Times NZ tourism, immigration hit fresh records in calendar 2016 New Zealand saw record numbers of tourists and immigrants in 2016 with more migrants coming in on work visas and more holidaymakers than ever before, and economists expect migrant inflows to keep rising. The NZ Herald New record for Cooks Islands tourism A record number of tourists visited the Cook Islands in 2016 with visitor numbers increasing by 17 percent on the year before. Radio New Zealand Protesters in Barcelona want to claim city back from tourists A Spanish city is hoping to curb tourism numbers by introducing a new law that would limit the number of hotels being built. Stuff Tuesday, 31 January 2017 Police urge patience on West Coast roads as Chinese New Year boosts self-drive visitor numbers Police urged motorists to be patient with the earlier Chinese New Year expected to compound booming visitor numbers. The NZ Herald NZONE: Queenstown skydivers’ crash not affecting business Business was operating as usual today at Queenstown skydiving company NZONE, despite a crash affecting two employees. Stuff Air New Zealand to increase Nelson flights on back of busiest month for airport The airport recorded 93,557 passengers flying in and out during December – up 17 per cent on the same time last year. Stuff New $193k toilet block for Taipa Taipa is set to get a flash new $193,000 flusher as visitor numbers soar in the Doubtless Bay settlement. The NZ Herald Air New Zealand, Tourism New Zealand and Singapore Airlines Conduct Trade Training Air New Zealand, Singapore Airlines and Tourism New Zealand have recently held a trade training session in Mumbai designed to assist the agents in becoming New Zealand specialists. NewsNow, India Tasmania: The little city that could and did The capital of Tasmania may have been given a terrific boost by the Museum of Old and New but Hobarthas picked up the challenge and run with it,writes Judy Skatssoon. The NZ Herald Monday, 30 January 2017 Northland scenes on show in Melbourne Melbournians stuck in commuter traffic this morning will get to see a slice of Northland as a major tourism campaign kicks off. The Northern Advocate Skydiving low turn queried A “dangerous” manoeuvre which led to two Queenstown skydivers being seriously injured on Saturday was probably unintentional, an industry safety expert says. The Otago Daily Times Chinese New Year tourism likely consistent The number of visitors spending their Chinese New Year holiday in Queenstown is expected to be on a par with last year after several years of double-digit growth. The Otago Daily Times Kaikōura’s tourism changes tack in quake aftermath Kaikōura tourist operators are working to rebrand in the aftermath of the November earthquake. Radio New Zealand Visitor transport ‘top of the list’ for Timaru’s tourism agency A bus service which transports visitors and tourists around some of South Canterbury’s best spots is a great idea, but will require an individual or company to take the first jump to make it happen, Timaru’s tourism agency says. The Timaru Herald Tourism that helps bring back the birds in Matukituki Valley As I see more of the country, I’ve become very aware of the effort behind the beauty, and especially the work that’s involved in bringing back our rare native wildlife. Stuff Weekender: Matakauri Lodge, Queenstown – it’s all plush comfort and faultless service Perched on the banks of Lake Wakatipu and surrounded by snow-capped mountains, Matakauri Lodge’s position is exquisite. Stuff Barcelona marches to curb negative effects of tourism boom Community groups join forces to protest over soaring level of rents fuelled by a big rise in visitor numbers. The Guardian, UK Revelaed: The secret places most tourists do not know about New Zealand’s Waitomo Glowworm caves and watching the Northern Lights from the comfort of a glass igloo are just two of the places around the world most tourists are unaware of. The Daily Express, UK Friday, 27 January 2017 Analysts lower Air NZ’s share price target on damp earnings expectations Craigs have downgraded the share price target for Air New Zealand and warned earnings could come in at the lower end of expectations. Scoop Experts say Christchurch to Dunedin rail route would aim for high-end tourists South Islanders clamouring for a competitively-priced train trip from Christchurch to Dunedin shouldn’t hold their breath. Stuff Backed up: New Zealand’s public toilets not coping with tourist influx Friction between ‘freedom campers’ and local people as visitor numbers surge and infrastructure can’t keep up. The Guardian Discovering low impact tourism on Ulva Island Acknowledged by Tourism NZ as a Best Practice operator, Ulva’s Guided Walks on Ulva Island Bird Sanctuary believes in low-impact tourism. Stuff MBIE boss quits (subscription) Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) chief executive David Smol won’t be seeking reappointment when his five-year term ends in June. NBR Thursday, 26 January 2017 Air New Zealand’s passenger revenue falls Passenger revenue in the first six months of Air New Zealand’s financial year has fallen sharply. Waitomo Caves shut ‘five times’ due to high CO2 One of New Zealand’s most popular tourist attractions had to shut a number of times over summer because of excessive CO2. Moving summer holidays to February could cause chaos, tourism industry warns This summer’s big wet is prompting calls to move the official school holiday break into February and March when the weather is hotter. Te Anau growing ‘sensibly’ in the face of tourism A Te Anau stalwart says it’s time visitor numbers to Milford are capped. Booming building and tourism trumping migration gains to cut unemployment The job market was led by demand from the construction sector as well as tourism, despite the impact of the November earthquake in Kaikoura. $12m for tourism infrastructure like a ‘damp tea towel on a bonfire’ – farmers Federated Farmers is fed up with local government, saying it is not doing enough to control freedom camping. Air New Zealand will open its first-ever airport lounge in Perth Air New Zealand will open its first-ever airport lounge in Perth later this year as part of the airline’s $100 million lounge development program. Wednesday, 25 January 2017 Federated Farmers backs call for increased tourism funding Tourists camping illegally on farms are “disempowering” farmers, says Federated Farmers. Minimum wage to rise 
The government is to raise the minimum wage by 50c to $15.75 an hour from April 1. Chinese New Year growth expected to moderate in 2017 Arrival growth during the Chinese New Year break is expected to be moderate compared to the big visitor increases in recent years. Traditional renting model shows poor returns compared to Airbnb (subscription) Investors could take up to 32 years to recover the purchase price from a traditional long term let compared to 23 years if leased through Airbnb. Welcome to Paekakariki campground – no visitors allowed A Kapiti Coast campground has banned visitors from calling in to see friends staying there. Road access to Molesworth Station from Blenheim reopens Road trips can once again be made through historic Molesworth Station between Blenheim and Hanmer with the reopening of the Awatere Valley Road. SPTO to measure sustainability of Pacific tourism Pacific tourism operations will be the subject of a survey by the South Pacific Tourism Organisation to determine how sustainable the region’s tourism industry really is. Tuesday, 24 January 2017 Queenstown to Te Anau commercial flights to boost tourism A new scheduled return flight could enhance Te Anau’s growing tourism. Hotel chain QT transforms Wellington’s Museum Art Hotel Wellington’s former Museum Art Hotel launches today as the country’s first QT Hotel & Resort. Hapu chains off Graveyards surf spot from freedom campers A freedom camping site in Taranaki near a Maori cemetery has been chained off to stop it being trashed. International cyber security conference heads to Hamilton Cyber security experts from the United States’ National Security Agency and Interpol will descend upon the city for a conference this April. New Warbirds Over Wanaka launches new site Warbirds Over Wanaka has launched a new website hoping to encourage more visitors to attend the biennial event. Palau tourism aims for five-star resorts only New legislation aimed at turning Palau into a luxury destination is to be put before the new congress which came into power on Friday. Monday, 23 January 2017 Hotels in short supply for Lions’ rugby tour of New Zealand Travelling fans could face accommodation and transport shortages for the Lions’ tour. More Chinese visitors abandoning tour buses and going it alone Chinese tourists are increasingly bypassing organised tours and t it alone.ravelling independently. New Zealanders more confident about the economy Kiwis are feeling much more confident about the economy in part because of booming tourism. Growing pains as resort booms Wanaka is busier than ever with traffic jams, queues, parking issues and people everywhere – is the town is in danger of becoming a victim of its own success? Friday, 20 January 2017 Revised design for Dunedin hotel A shimmering glass tower has been revealed as the new look for Dunedin’s proposed five-star Filleul St hotel. Stormy weather puts stop to guides’ fishing plans The owner of a luxury fishing lodge near Murchison says last night’s storm has turned the rivers “50 shades of brown”. Hundreds delayed as weather affects flights Winds gusting up to nearly 140km/h forced the cancellation, delay and diversion of dozens of flights around the country. Truck drivers and tourists wait for slips to be cleared A slip big enough to fill eight Olympic swimming pools which has cut off two settlements in the Southern Alps is unlikely to be cleared today. Golden week expected for Chinese New Year All the signs are pointing to another “golden week” for Wanaka tourism operators as Chinese tourists pack into the town for Chinese New Year. Freight ships not on the horizon but Kaikoura tourism staying afloat When asked about the possibility of shipping freight to ease the burden on the road and rail, Paula Bennett said a lot of consideration had gone into it. Creating a new destination for cruise ships in Bluff Bluff could become a new port of call for cruise ships but taking advantage of the tourism industry is dependent on growth and infrastructure in the south. Offensive Wicked Campers ‘disappear’ following censor ban Almost a year on from a nationwide furore that saw the Chief Censor ban a handful of its vans from the road, the feeling is that the company has been somewhat tamed. Thirty feared dead in Italian hotel hit by avalanche Up to thirty people are missing under snow and rubble at a mountain hotel in the central Italian region of Abruzzo hit by an avalanche. Fed up with severe smog, Chinese tourists swarming to countries with ‘clean air’ Fed up with severe smog, Chinese tourists are swarming abroad to countries with “clean air” on their latest travel trend: “lung cleansing” tours.

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