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A Note from the Chairman

By GRANT LILLY - 20 July 2015
I hope winter is being kind to our tourism businesses despite the dramatic weather we are having, with good business for those who rely on the winter months for their peak, and a quieter time for those who use this time to catch up, refurbish or even take a break!

Tourism 2025 In Action
Recognising a rising star


At 23, Sam Swaffield is IHG’s youngest operations manager in Australasia. In June he was recognised as a rising star, winning a 2015 New Zealand Hotel Industry Award. Read more.



Airpoints™ have arrived at Westpac

TIA business partner Westpac has launched a range of Airpoints Dollars™ earning credit cards. They have Airpoints credit cards for business and personal customers and have some great offers to get customers started.

Click here to find out more about Westpac's Airpoints credit cards.

  • Tourism industry unites to oppose Travel Tax
    28 July 2015
    The Government must rethink its new Travel Tax because it is bad policy which will harm New Zealand’s economy, a coalition of tourism, travel and aviation organisations says.
  • $10,000 prize for top Tourism Industry Award winner
    16 July 2015
    The Supreme Award winner in this year’s New Zealand Tourism Industry Awards will receive a prize valued at up to $10,000, together with the prestige of winning the $24 billion industry’s highest accolade.
  • Tourism and conservation to benefit from DOC/TIA partnership
    15 July 2015
    A new partnership agreement between the Department of Conservation (DOC) and the Tourism Industry Association New Zealand (TIA) was officially signed today, benefiting tourism and conservation in New Zealand.
  • Tourism industry calls for border tax to be scrapped or delayed – Stuff, 28 July 2015
    The Tourism Industry Association says it is "very ironic" the Government has proposed a more open approach to regulation on the same day submissions closed on a controversial travel tax that it says was passed into law without consultation.
  • NZ road safety training for travel agents - 3 News - 29th Jul 2015
    Overseas travel agents are being offered free training to help them explain New Zealand's road rules and conditions to tourists.
  • Destination Rotorua chairman stands down - Rotorua Daily Post - 28th Jul 2015
    Alan Bickers, chairman of Rotorua Lakes Council's tourism business unit, Destination Rotorua, has announced his retirement from the board to pursue other interests.

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