Monday, October 23, 2017
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Wednesday Letter

Wednesday Letter: A vision of the future

After a month of awards, insightful events and conferences the Ticker's Paul Yandall envisages the future and applauds some of the industry recent award winners.

Wednesday Letter: NZ Māori Tourism’s Pania Tyson-Nathan

It's Māori Language Week and NZ Māori Tourism chief executive Pania Tyson-Nathan tells us how learning the language is an ongoing journey and the value of Te Reo to tourism.

Wednesday Letter: Cycling to prosperity

Following the inaugural Cycle Tourism Business Summit, organiser Dave Bamford of the Timber Trail Lodge, tells the Ticker about the growing number of international visitors on NZ's Great Rides, how ebikes are transforming the industry, and why collaboration and social license are vital for success.

Wednesday Letter: NZ Cruise CEO Kevin O’Sullivan

Chief executive of the newly named NZ Cruise Association, Kevin O'Sullivan, on the huge growth expected for the sector, and the latest findings on the economic impact cruise is having on NZ.

Wednesday Letter: The urgency of now

The Ticker's Bridget O'Connell hears concerns over the environment and social license at the Tourism Export Council's conference in Te Anau and asks if they will be heeded by industry and government.

Wednesday Letter: Shamubeel Eaqub on NZ tourism

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

Wednesday Letter: A private affair

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

Wednesday Letter: ATEED’s Jason Hill

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

Wednesday Letter: A taxing question for hotels

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

Wednesday Letter: Authenticity & Tourism Campaigns

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

Wednesday Letter: MBIE on its tourism data

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

Wednesday Letter: We need to talk about data

One of the most important resources the tourism industry has is the data provided by government agencies but is MBIE living up to the task and how does it explain clear discrepancies between its own datasets?

Wednesday Letter: Stephen England-Hall

Tourism New Zealand's chief executive on growing the shoulder seasons, supporting the domestic industry, maintaining community support and the benefits of the country's big week on the global sporting stage.

Wednesday Letter: Access must work for all, not just tourists

Ensuring access for tourists to rivers for fishing, forests for hunting and trails for tramping, cycling and horse-riding is vital but that access must be suited to the needs of locals and landowners too, writes New Zealand Walking Access Commission's Asher Wilson-Goldman.

Wednesday Letter: ServiceIQ’s Dean Minchington

Following calls from tourism leaders to upskill the industry, ServiceIQ's chief executive Dean Minchington says New Zealand has much to do to catch up to world class standards.

Wednesday Letter: The future starts now

The Ticker's Bridget O'Connell attends MEETINGS 2017, hears calls for upskilling the industry and asks, is Tourism New Zealand's new strategy moving too fast for our regions?

Wednesday Letter: Tourism Minister Paula Bennett

Tourism Minister Paula Bennett on why she is focused on helping regional NZ, the government's funding priorities, and why Queenstown and other regions may be able to get more support.  The tourism industry has enjoyed...

Wednesday Letter: An industry abuzz

In the first contribution to our weekly opinion column, Wednesday Letter, the Ticker’s Paul Yandall takes a look back at TRENZ and a look forward at some of the challenges ahead for NZ's tourism industry.
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