Monday, May 1, 2017
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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.

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

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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

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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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