There's plenty in the news this week about TRENZ, including Tourism Business magazine articles and a TRENZ e-magazine out today. KiwiRail features in the e-magazine.
Easter & earthquake impact visitor arrivals
International visitor arrivals were up 11.3% for the month of March 2012 compared with March 2011. TIA Industry & Data Analyst Steve Riley says although this is a good result, visitor arrivals in March 2011 were impacted significantly by the Christchurch earthquake. The earlier timing of Easter and the Australian school holidays were also key factors in the increase.
"China (+82.3%), Malaysia (+77.5%) and Australia (+9%) all showed substantial increases in March, as did Indonesia (+12.8%), which is a promising sign for the proposed re-establishment of the Garuda direct air service between Indonesia and New Zealand," says Steve. International visitor arrivals were up 4.4% for the year ending March 2012 compared with the previous year. Read more
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TIA in the news
TIA Policy & Research Manager Simon Wallace was interviewed by the NZ Herald about the need to ease travel barriers between New Zealand and Australia.
TIA’s support for a new national convention centre was reported in National Business Review, and TIA Chairman Norm Thompson was interviewed on Radio New Zealand’s Morning Report (20 April, 6.11am).
TIA’s survey reporting a disappointing summer season for many tourism operators was reported in the Otago Daily Times.
Hawke’s Bay Today reported new TIA Chief Executive Martin Snedden is looking to Federated Farmers as a benchmark-setting industry lobby group.
With the start of TRENZ just over one week away (7-10 May), the tourism industry’s most important international trade event is generating plenty of media coverage, including articles in the Christchurch Press and Otago Daily Times. The OTD also covered the positive trend in TRENZ Buyer numbers from some key emerging markets.
Out this week
Issue 5 of the TRENZ e-magazine is out today. It profiles several new products, the Nelson Tasman and Coromandel regions, the Exhibitor workshops which will help ensure operator delegates get maximum value from the event, and reveals the fantastic Farewell Function entertainment.
Tourism Business magazine
The latest Tourism Business magazine in association with TIA is out this week. Feature articles include TIA’s tips on how to get the most out of TRENZ, how to decide where to spend your precious marketing dollars, and commercial hunting - a valuable tourism niche. Tourism Business magazine is free to TIA members.
TIA working for you this week
Employer Relations Workshops
TIA and lawyers Lane Neave ran workshops this week covering the main causes for ending an employment relationship. The workshops also covered other employment issues including staff incompatibility, performance management and serious misconduct and an update on the government’s employment law policies, the new copyright law and areas to watch in immigration law.
Lane Neave - TIA benefit provider
- Full TIA members have free access to Lane Neave Lawyers. Lane Neave has also set up an intranet site for all TIA members. Content includes simple employment contract templates. Find out more in the Members Zone of TIA's website (Benefits & Offers - Other TIA Discounts - Lane Neave: username: surname, password: TIA membership number).
- Lane Neave has also prepared this briefing on copyright law for tourism operators.
TIA has submitted on the review of the Crown Minerals Act 1991. While we support strengthening and broadening New Zealand’s economic base, our submission calls for more comprehensive analysis and communication of the environmental and reputational risks associated with each part of the petroleum and mineral sector. Read our submission. For more information email TIA Advocacy Manager Geoff Ensor.
TIA has submitted to the Local Government and Environment Select Committee on the Game Animal Council Bill. While we remain in support of the Bill, we believe the council is also the right body to oversee mandatory guide licensing, a recommendation supported by the Professional Hunting Guides Association. Read our submission. For more information email Geoff Ensor
Photo: Aoraki Guided Hunts
Department of Conservation
Geoff Ensor met with David Wilks and Jake Downing from the Department of Conservation’s Commercial Business Unit (CBU). A range of topics related to commercial recreation on public conservation land were discussed. CBU will be represented at TRENZ.
| Rachael Moore - Tourism Industry Association New Zealand |
TIA’s Adventure and Outdoor Project Leader Rachael Moore met with canyoners from around the country in Christchurch, as part of a process to develop Activity Safety Guidelines (ASG) for the canyoning sector. Rachael is planning to have guidelines for canyoning, caving and indoor rock climbing completed by the end of June. She will then work with another six to eight activity groups over the next 12 months. The Support Adventure website has comprehensive general safety guidance and will also host the ASGs.
A reminder that adventure tourism and commercial outdoor operators covered by the new Adventure Activities Regulations must notify the Department of Labour by Monday 30 April. See the DOL Guidance Document to find out if you are covered by the regulations. If you are still in doubt, we recommend you notify.
Welcome to new members
We are delighted to welcome new TIA members:
Photo: Whakatane District Council
Rail Trails NZ
The Nauti Adventure Company
Whakatane District Council
Kapiti Island – call for expressions of interest
The Department of Conservation is calling for expressions of interest for the provision of a world-class tourism experience and business venture based around Kapiti Island. Read more.
USA’s first marketing campaign
Brand USA, the new tourism marketing entity responsible for promoting the United States to world visitors, has unveiled the USA's first-ever comprehensive marketing campaign.
The campaign showcases the diversity of experiences available in the United States, inviting visitors to "Discover this land, like never before." Read more.
Hospitality trends for 2012
2012 is predicted to be a bright year for hotels, says Tourism-Review.com. In this article it presents the top hospitality industry trends for 2012 by hotel guru Robert Rauch.