TIA in the News

TIA in the News

TIA works hard to raise public awareness about the value of tourism. We comment on a range of tourism issues in the media, to highlight matters of importance to our members, and to make sure tourism is better understood.

January 2015

Queenstown car rental agencies plan 'blacklist' for dangerous drivers – NZ Herald, 22 Jan 2015
Dangerous tourist drivers whose rental vehicle contracts have been cancelled will be blacklisted in a Queenstown trial to prevent them from getting back behind the wheel.

Skepticism over tourist driver website – Newstalk, 21 Jan 2015
Concerns over fatal crashes involving tourist drivers on New Zealand roads have prompted a new website.

Foreign drivers target of new website – 3News, 21 Jan 2015
A new education website that aims to reduce road crashes caused by tourists unfamiliar with New Zealand's roads has been slammed as a "dangerous waste of time".

New road safety website to target tourist drivers – NZ Herald, 21 Jan 2015
Concerns over fatal crashes involving tourist drivers on New Zealand roads have driven a new website aimed at giving crucial information for a safe driving holiday.

More tip offs on risky driving – Radio NZ, 19 Jan 2015
Nearly 13,000 complaints about dangerous driving were made to the police over the Christmas-New Year holiday period.

Staying on the straight and narrow – NZ Herald, 17 Jan 2015
It's becoming a holiday season staple: road deaths and serious crashes linked to overseas drivers.

Tourism Industry working to reduce foreign driver accidents – Radio NZ, 13 Jan 2015
(audio link) The Tourism Industry Association says few fatal crashes involve tourists, but those that do get far more publicity than those involving New Zealanders.

Audio: Chinese Driver Fined $20,000 – RadioLive, 13 Jan 2015
Chris Roberts CEO of Tourism Industry talks about tourists driving in the light of a Chinese driver who has been ordered to pay $20,000 reparation to the family whose car he crashed into.

Support from national tourism body for Shotover Jet – Radio NZ Summer Report, 12 Jan 2015
(audio link) The company behind Queenstown's Shotover Jet is investigating a collision where a jet boat hit a rock.

Massive year for hotels in New Zealand – RadioLive, 12 Jan 2015
(audio link: click on Monday 7.45am, item begins at 7’00”) TIA Hotel Sector Manager Sally Attfield discusses 2014 results for TIA hotel members.

Rising kiwi costs Australian tourists – Stuff, 11 Jan 2015
Australian tourists arriving in New Zealand have their hands in their pockets more these days.

No tourist drops expected after Shotover Jet crash – Newstalk, 11 Jan 2015
Adventure tourists aren't expected to be deterred by yesterday's Shotover Jet crash.

Young tourist remains in hospital after jetboat crash – ONE News, 11 Jan 2014
An investigation has begun into the crash on Queenstown’s Shotover River.

Hotels reporting best year in a decade – Newstalk, 9 Jan 2015
The country's hotels are reporting their best occupancy rates in a decade, during 2014.

NZ hotels hit 10-year high - Radio New Zealand - 10th Jan 2015
Hotel occupancy rates hit a 10-year high last year - but the Tourism Industry Association warns profits still lag behind Australia.

NZ hotels do well in 2014 - 3 News - 10th Jan 2015
More people stayed in hotels in New Zealand in 2014 than in any year in the last decade.The Tourism Industry Association says hotel occupancy for its members was at 76 percent in 2014, up...

Visitor numbers rocketing - Christchurch Press - 9th Jan 2015
Christchurch continues to claw back international visitor numbers lost as a result of the 2011 earthquakes with hotels experiencing strong summer occupancy.

Tourism boss urges calm following latest head-on crash - NZ Herald, 7 Jan 2015
Tourism leaders are appealing for Kiwis not to come down too hard on overseas drivers as police investigate a crash on Monday which has left two French visitors seriously injured.

'Strong start' to summer in resort - Otago Daily Times - 6th Jan 2015
Queenstown has made a bright start to the summer tourist season and operators are reporting higher visitor numbers over the Christmas-New Year period.

NZ hot spot for summer tourism - NZ Herald, 2 Jan 2015
New Zealand is enjoying its best summer for overseas tourist arrivals but operators are worried that demand from our most important market, Australia, could be dented by the fall in the value of the Aussie dollar.


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