Monday, March 19, 2018
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NZ-made driverless vehicle joins airport trial

New Zealand’s first on-road testing of fully autonomous vehicles will change up a gear later this year with the inclusion of the first locally designed and built vehicle.

Self-piloted electric air taxi ‘Cora’ revealed in Canterbury

A self-piloted electric air taxi is being tested in Christchurch and hopes to be the first viable craft of its kind in commercial operation.

MPI trials seeing, hearing, learning AI border officer

A new digital biosecurity officer that can see, hear, answer questions and give directions is greeting international visitors at Auckland Airport. 

SKYCITY launches state-of-the-art esports studio

Australasia’s first direct-to-television esports studio will open this week in the iconic Sky Tower.

Digital hotel opens for business

The evening of Thursday 8 February will see Dunedin’s heritage listed Penthouse on Stafford street, staging the launch of the world’s first completely digital hotel.

Auckland Airport takes to the streets to combat congestion

The airport is taking the increased passenger flow and logistics issues seriously, using a unique combination of traffic and passenger flow measurement technology.

Airport secures first North Island Alipay merchant

A Christchurch Airport project helping New Zealand businesses sign up to Alipay, the world’s largest online payment system, has its first North Island merchant.

Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei launches augmented reality tour

Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei has launched an augmented reality walking tour of Takaparawhau, Bastion Point.

Lake Wanaka Tourism launches tracks app

Lake Wanaka Tourism has launched a Wanaka Tracks app in time for the busy summer season ahead.

e-Gates open to more nationalities this summer

Travellers from France, Germany, Ireland and the Netherlands now have the green light to use the Customs eGates (formerly known as SmartGate) from today.

South Island operators line up for Alipay

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

Air NZ starts exploring blockchain applications

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

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

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

Wherewolf named Deloitte’s “One To Watch”

Wherewolf - the app for adventure tourism operators, has been named the ‘Rising Star - One To Watch’ at Deloitte New Zealand’s Fast 50 national awards in Auckland last week.

Air New Zealand first airline to join global EV movement

Reinforcing its leadership position in the shift to electric vehicles, Air New Zealand has been announced as the first airline to join The Climate Group’s EV100 initiative.

New tracking technology for Air NZ cargo

Air New Zealand is rolling out new tracking technology which will allow the airline to more easily track and analyse the movements of cargo shipments and its cargo equipment worldwide.

Kākā adventure app launches in Wellington

Young Wellingtonians will be treated to an immersive adventure in Central Park this November, blending the virtual with the real world to help rescue NZ’s wildlife from predators.

Europcar NZ tests 100% electric vehicle fleet

From October, Europcar NZ’s 100% electric vehicle fleet is available for rent to the public in Auckland and Christchurch.

TNZ’s winning website collects another award

Tourism New Zealand’s consumer website has been voted the best destination website in the Asia Pacific region.

GeoZone, Air NZ win innovation awards

Christchurch-based tourism technology company GeoZone and Air New Zealand both picked up gongs at last night's New Zealand Innovation Awards 2017 in Auckland.

Queenstown Airport launches Chinese language website

Queenstown Airport has launched a microsite designed to assist Chinese-speaking visitors to more easily access important travel information online.

Air New Zealand’s AI chatbot Oscar says g’day to Australia

Air New Zealand’s artificial intelligence-backed chatbot, Bravo Oscar Tango (Oscar for short) has received his first international promotion – beginning work online in Australia.

Wherewolf sets course for US after raising $550K

Adventure tourism software developer Wherewolf is gearing up for a push into the US after securing $550,000 of angel investment.

Waitangi to be digitally mapped and preserved

The Waitangi Treaty Grounds is to join an illustrious list of world heritage sites such as Pompeii and Easter Island to be digitally preserved.

Wellington installs world’s first VR service experience

Wellington Airport has installed a new virtual reality experience that allows people to take an interactive trip across the world from the capital.

YHA NZ partners with Tomahawk to launch new digital strategy

Tomahawk proudly announces that YHA New Zealand, the largest hostel network in New Zealand, has confirmed Tomahawk as their new digital marketing agency partner.

Tourism tech companies vie for NZ innovation award

Tourism technology companies are leading the charge for the sector at the 2017 New Zealand Innovation Awards.

HAPNZ: Social, digital channels crucial in inspiring visitors

The crucial role played by social media and digital marketing to encourage visitors to your holiday park has been underlined by new Australian research.

TIA partners with local WeChat service provider PayPlus

A new marketing partnership between Tourism Industry Aotearoa and PayPlus NZ will give New Zealand tourism operators direct access to the huge Chinese visitor market through WeChat

Electrifying Eastland’s Pacific Coast Highway

Tairāwhiti is driving towards a cleaner, greener future with the government’s announcement that it will co-fund a fast charging electric vehicle network across the region.

Auckland Airport partners with AOE

Auckland Airport has announced a new partnership with AOE, a leading global technology service provider, to create a ‘multi-retailer mall’.

15 EV projects receive funding and next funding round opens

Energy and Resources Minister Judith Collins has announced funding for 15 projects to increase charging facilities for electric vehicles and switch more trucks, buses and vans to electric power.

Qrious’ Voyager wins IDC Smart City award

Qrious' Voyager, the Interactive Tourism Intuitive Web Portal, has won IDC’s Smart City Asia Pacific Awards (SCAPA) 2017 under the category of Tourism, Arts, Libraries, Culture, Open Spaces.

Qrious unveils LoQal Destinations

Qrious unveils LoQal Destinations, a pioneering big data insights-as-a-service software product for the NZ tourism industry

NZ to stage international tech conference

Living up to New Zealand’s reputation as a standout digital nation, the tech sector and the government will stage a major international tech summit in Auckland next year.

Serko turns around loss after big bump in revenue

Online travel booking software firm Serko said it expects its first half full year 2018  earnings to be positive at approximately $1m, up from a $1.75m loss the same period the previous period.

Serko and Air NZ partner to power business travel

Serko, a leader in integrated travel and expense management applications, announced today that it has partnered with Air New Zealand to provide Air New Zealand’s rich content and services to both Serko and Air New Zealand business customers.

FOCUS on Data: A Qrious future

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

Air NZ introduces smart passport service

Turning up to the airport with an expired passport will be a thing of the past for Air New Zealand customers, with the airline’s mobile app now able to scan and save passport information and send a timely reminder when it’s time to renew.

CamperMate launches SH1 alerts

CamperMate is coming to the rescue of tourists venturing south from Blenheim only to be blocked by the earthquake-struck section of State Highway One.

Charlie Daily joins MarginFuel

Wellington company director Charlie Daily has joined MarginFuel in a strategic advisory role to the company’s board.

Tourism benefits from region’s first EV charging station

Gisborne is about to get its very first EV (electric vehicle) fast charging station, with current and future local EV drivers, businesses and the wider tourism industry expected to benefit.

Christchurch Airport: Operators “leaving money on the table”

Tourism operators are "leaving money on the table" if they do not join a Chinese electronic payment system to make it easier for tourists from China to spend.

Operators to reach FIT Chinese through new partnership

Chinese internet giant Tencent has partnered with Christchurch agency Alexanders paving the way for tourism operators to reach FIT Chinese

Gentrack buys airport software firms in Europe for $20m

Gentrack Group, a developer of software for utilities and airports, has acquired controlling stakes in two European companies for $19.8m.

Airport eGate expansion nears completion

Customs Minister Nicky Wagner has announced 15 new eGates are now fully operational at Auckland Airport arrivals, meaning Customs’ nationwide upgrade and expansion of eGates is almost complete.

NZ tech company behind latest New York ferry service

Christchurch technology company Connexionz has won the contract to support New York City’s latest ferry operation.

Rewards on every room as Air NZ and Expedia team up

Air New Zealand is expanding its digital travel retail experience with a new Expedia partnership

CAUTHE 2017: Groundbreaking tourist tracking app set to go global

A ground breaking tourist-tracking app developed by the University of Tasmania is set to be licensed in what could be the first of many commercial deals.

TourWriter raises $360k war chest to drive northern expansion

Travel itinerary software developer Tourwriter has raised $360,000 to help it expand in North America and Europe.

Conference venues invited to showcase to thousands

A new tool developed for the Tourism New Zealand Business Events website is promoting the diverse range of world class conference venues available across the country.

Major milestones for Air New Zealand’s mobile app

Air New Zealand’s mobile app is proving a hit with customers, clocking up its one millionth user download this week.

TIA launches domestic market digital tool

Tourism operators and organisations will be able to identify the best domestic travellers to target for their business following the launch of a free online tool.
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