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.
Tourism industry to submit on proposed border levy - The Press, 22 May 2015
The Government's plan for a border clearance levy on passengers flying in or out of the country will irritate travellers, a tourism sector leader says.
Budget 2015: Airlines, tourist industry surprised - New Zealand Herald - 22nd May 2015
Airlines and tourism businesses are surprised and disappointed at a border levy that will push up the cost of a return flight out of New Zealand by around $22.
International airfares will rise new departure tax - Stuff, 21 May 2015
International airfares will rise after the Government announced in Thursday's Budget that it will sting passengers with $22 in arrival and departure taxes.
Funding for Lakefront complex a 'game-changer' - Rotorua Daily Post - 21st May 2015
Government investment in a new lakefront spa complex could be a "game changer" for Rotorua and will hugely benefit the city, it has been claimed.
Blow-out or not? - Christchurch Press - 21st May 2015
Earthquake Recovery Minister Gerry Brownlee and his boss appear to be at odds over a potential blow-out for Christchurch's proposed convention centre.
Dunedin tourism rise ahead of NZ trend - Otago Daily Times - 21st May 2015
Dunedin has already experienced the upswing in tourism that has been the talk of the Trenz conference in Rotorua, and operators say the response from overseas buyers for local products is...
Grant boost for Omaka - Marlborough Express - 20th May 2015
Prime Minister John Key has confirmed that the Government funded Tourism Growth Partnership (TGP) will grant $1.5m to support a new exhibition Marlborough's Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre.
Return of tourism awards welcomed - Rotorua Daily Post - 20th May 2015
The news that the New Zealand Tourism Industry Awards will be relaunched this year has been met with praise from local industry experts.
Successful tourism event eyes international trade in Bay - Bay of Plenty Times - 20th May 2015
Tourism Rendezvous Event New Zealand has conclude today and Explore Central North Island Chairperson Rhys Arrowsmith heralding the success of the event and also the value to Bay of Plenty.
Government splashes out on spa investment - Dominion Post - 20th May 2015
Prime Minister John Key has announced the Government is to invest $350,000 towards a multi-million dollar spa development in Rotorua.
Trenz returning to Rotorua in 2016 - Rotorua Daily Post - 20th May 2015
New Zealand tourism's biggest annual international business event will return to Rotorua in May 2016, it was announced today.This year's Trenz ends at the Rotorua Energy Events Centre today.
Overseas tourism players take in Bay's attractions - Bay of Plenty Times - 20th May 2015
A helicopter convoy escorted 10 international tourism buyers to some of the Bay's key tourist attractions yesterday.
Tourism: Ensuring everyone wins - Otago Daily Times, 20 May 2015
The gist of the comments coming from the Trenz tourism conference in Rotorua, which ends today, seems to be that a projected surge in tourists visiting New Zealand in the next few years will be a licence to print money.
Tourism call for training boost - New Zealand Herald - 20th May 2015
With tourism aiming to topple dairy as the nation's biggest export earner, a tourist industry group wants more thought given to where funding is spent rather than wanting more direct cash from the Budget.
Golf expanding tourism market - Otago Daily Times - 20th May 2015
A rapidly growing international golf tourism market should bring benefits to Otago, with courses in Central Otago and Dunedin being given a push by Tourism New Zealand.
New Tourism Industry Awards announced - Rotorua Daily Post - 19th May 2015
A new and expanded New Zealand Tourism Industry Awards was launched today to recognise those individuals, businesses and organisations helping one of the country's largest industries almost...
Chinese tourists turning off NZ package tours - New Zealand Herald - 19th May 2015
China's tourism market, which is officially expected to be worth over $2.6 billion to New Zealand by 2021, is growing into an increasingly diversified business with package tours...
Consecutive growth for NZ's tourism industry - Radio NZ, 19 May 2015
Tourism is expected soon to overtake dairying as this country's leading export earner within the next year, with forecasts showing increased visitor numbers and more jobs in the industry.
TRENZ 2015 powhiri - Channel 33, 19 May 2015
Chinese TV coverage of the TRENZ 2015 powhiri at Te Puia.
Marlborough readies for Chinese visitor boom - Marlborough Express, 19 May 2015
The impact of the rapidly growing Chinese tourism market in the South Island is yet to be seen in Marlborough, but work is being done to ensure the province does not miss out, the region's tourism boss says.
Need for language skills - Otago Daily Times, 19 May 2015
Language skills will be essential for Otago job seekers looking at joining the tourism industry, and benefiting from thousands of new jobs expected in the next 10 years.
Otago set to benefit from tourism growth - Otago Daily Times, 19 May 2015
Thousands of new tourism jobs are expected in Otago in the next decade, and tourism industry figures say it is time to make money.
Students excited at tourism's growth - The Daily Post, 19 May 2015
Rotorua's tourism students are excited their industry is expected to grow exponentially during the next 10 years.
Trenz: Rotorua a big hit for Chinese tourists - The Daily Post, 19 May 2015
The message Rotorua is a "must see" city for Chinese tourists, and often exceeds expectations, is being shared online to millions of Chinese daily.
NZ visitor numbers forecast to grow strongly - Christchurch Press - 19th May 2015
International visitor spending is projected to increase 48 per cent to $11.1 billion by 2021, according to new Government forecasts.
City humming as Trenz kicks off - The Daily Post, 18 May 2015
Rotorua is humming with more than 1100 international and New Zealand delegates in the city for Trenz 2015.
Call for more tourism workers with Asian language skills - Newstalk, 18 May 2015
There's a push for more workers to help meet the demands of New Zealand's growing tourism sector.
Chinese tourists to spend more, stay longer than Aussies: MBIE - National Business Review - 18th May 2015
China is expected to overtake Australia as the biggest tourism market for New Zealand in terms of expenditure within seven years.
Tourism gets taste of culture (+ video) - Rotorua Daily Post - 18th May 2015
Rotorua culture and hospitality was on full display at the opening of Trenz 2015.The biggest annual showcase for the New Zealand tourism industry kicked off last night with a pohiri at Te...
Air NZ releases cheap Rotorua fares - Rotorua Daily Post - 18th May 2015
Air New Zealand is offering special fares on its central North Island services to mark the start of the tourism industry's largest international trade show, TRENZ.
Tourism workforce set to grow - Rotorua Daily Post - 18th May 2015
By 2025 as many as 36,000 additional full time equivalent (FTE) workers will need to be directly employed in New Zealand's tourism industry, new research has found.
It's boom time for NZ tourism - Daily Mail, 18 May 2015
They'll come in droves, stay longer and spend like never before.
Our People: Oscar Nathan - The Daily Post, 17 May 2015
THIS coming week Oscar Nathan will be home-hosting more than a thousand guests and their "hangers-on" from across tourism's international and national sectors.
Hard to put value on Prince Harry's visit - Radio New Zealand - 17th May 2015
Measuring the economic benefit from Prince Harry's visit is a difficult task, the Tourism Industry Association says.
Foreigners hiring cars to be better quizzed and informed – Radio New Zealand - 15th May 2015
From next month, foreign drivers renting vehicles from some companies will have to undergo an assessment before being given the keys.
Tourist drivers face new assessments - BBC, 15 May 2015
Tourists who want to hire a car in New Zealand will soon face an assessment before being handed the keys.
Air NZ rides the wave with safety videos - New Zealand Herald - 14th May 2015
Air New Zealand says it is carving out an entertainment channel niche and is being approached by movie makers wanting to do partnership deals over its safety videos.
Tourists hiring cars to undergo assessments - Radio New Zealand - 15th May 2015
From next month, foreign drivers renting vehicles from some companies will have to undergo an assessment before being given the keys.
Rental car code next month - Otago Daily Times - 15th May 2015
A new code of practice for rental vehicle operators, aimed at improving safety for all drivers in New Zealand, will begin next month.
Trenz attracts tourism buyers south - Otago Daily Times - 15th May 2015
A major tourism conference next week in Rotorua is already benefiting Dunedin, as the first of seven international travel agents visit the city to see what it has to offer.
100% Pure NZ to get a refresh at Trenz tourism conference - Stuff, 15 May 2015
Tourism NZ will unveil its refreshed 100% Pure New Zealand marketing campaign at premier tourism event Trenz 2015.
NZ car rental firms to start tighter rules for foreign drivers in June - Xinhua, 14 May 2015
Foreign visitors who rent a vehicle in New Zealand will soon find their driving skills under tighter scrutiny as the country moves to end a spate of crashes involving tourists.
NZ drops down tourism ranking - New Zealand Herald - 13th May 2015
New Zealand has slipped in an international measure of travel and tourism competitiveness on a range of measures, especially the cost to visit here.
Trenz will showcase Rotorua - Rotorua Daily Post - 12th May 2015
Local tourism operators say hosting Trenz, the New Zealand tourism industry's premium international trade event, will be hugely beneficial.
TRENZ to benefit city - Rotorua Daily Post - 11th May 2015
Rotorua mayor Steve Chadwick says hosting hundreds of delegates to TRENZ 2015 in Rotorua will be a special privilege for Rotorua and its Explore Central North Island partners.
Rotorua on show to tourism delegates - Rotorua Daily Post - 7th May 2015
More than 1100 international and New Zealand delegates will arrive in Rotorua to attend TRENZ 2015, the tourism industry's annual showcase, worth tens of millions of dollars to the country...
Chris Roberts: Port upgrade vital to harnessing growth of cruise market – NZ Herald, 7 May 2015
Let me be blunt: Auckland's existing port facilities are not big enough.
Rotorua gets boost from more visitors - Rotorua Daily Post - 2nd May 2015
More visitors are heading to Rotorua, giving the local economy and accommodation sector a substantial boost - but one local expert says it can still be hard for lodgings to make a healthy...
TIA calling for passport free travel – Travel Writers Radio, 30 Apr 2015
TIA has called for passport free travel between Australia and New Zealand.
Passport-free travel between Australia and NZ – RadioLive, 23 Apr 2015
(audio link, click on Thurs 23 Apr, 16.30; item begins at 10’30”) TIA Chief Executive discusses the subject of passport-free travel between Australia and NZ.
Free movement between Australia and NZ? – Newstalk, 23 Apr 2105
The subject of passport-free trans-Tasman travel's been raised again - this time by Internal Affairs Minister Peter Dunne.
Tourism businesses expect boost from first Anzac Mondayisation – Stuff, 24 Apr 2015
For the first time Saturday's Anzac commemorations will result in a paid day off for weekday workers because people who usually work the following Monday will be treated as though the public holiday fell on Monday.
Passport-free zone backed by tourism industry – NZN, 23 Apr 2015
The tourism industry has thrown its support behind an idea to scrap passports for Aussies and Kiwis travelling to each other's countries.
Adventure tourism safety under the spotlight – Dunedin TV, 14 Apr 2015
The safety of local adventure tourism is under the spotlight, and the subject of an industry workshop.
Hotels and motels catch a golden summer – Dominion Post, 11 Apr 2015
It was a golden summer for tourism, but in some places the "no vacancy" sign is coming out more often and room prices are rising.
City benefiting from nationwide tourism boom – Dunedin TV, 31 Mar 2015
Tourism is worth more than $400m to Dunedin each year.
Tourism industry wary over bed tax - New Zealand Herald - 1st Apr 2015
The organisation representing tourist operators says that bed taxes can work, but only in some places.
Scrapped Christchurch flights to impact SI – Radio NZ Checkpoint, 31 Mar 2015
Air New Zealand is scrapping direct flights from Tokyo to Christchurch, a move the lead tourism agency says will hurt tourism operators across the South Island.
New Zealand Tourism Scaling New Heights: Hard Marketing And Smart Strategies At Work – International Business Times, 30 Mar 2015
New Zealand tourism is in international limelight. The interplay of many calibrated strategies have reinforced its brand appeal, and in 2015, it is basking in the glory of having surpassed all past records in terms of huge tourist arrivals.
Tourism lifts with airline capacity - New Zealand Herald - 27th Mar 2015
Tourism has returned to strong international growth for the first time since the global financial crisis, boosted by an increase in airline capacity.
International arrivals grow 15pc in February - Dominion Post - 27th Mar 2015
Christchurch Airport international passenger numbers grew 15 per cent in February from the prior corresponding month in 2014 new statistics show.
Tourism industry travelling well again – The Press, 27 Mar 2015
New Zealand's premier tourism event, Trenz 2015, will see a larger contingent of buyers out of the United Kingdom as well as emerging markets such as Indonesia, Argentina and Brazil.
Code of practice to better screen tourist drivers - New Zealand Herald - 24th Mar 2015
The development of a code of practice to better screen and educate tourist drivers is being closely watched by the Government.
Planned 30% rates hike raises questions about Queenstown centre - Otago Daily Times - 21st Mar 2015
Central Queenstown businesses face rates hikes of more than 30% to pay for two huge projects, including a controversial convention centre.
Sweet summer helps Wellington shatter records – DomPost, 19 Mar 2015
Wellington may be renowned for being wet and windy but it looks set to become a holiday destination after a record breaking summer for tourism.
Restrictions on tourist drivers may be coming – Newstalk, 18 Mar 2015
Tourists may soon be be restricted from driving on our roads.
Car hire code of conduct welcomed - Otago Daily Times - 18th Mar 2015
A Queenstown rental car manager is pleased others in the industry have taken his company's lead to prevent carnage on the country's roads.
Hotels charging top dollar for Wellington quarter final - Dominion Post - 18th Mar 2015
Hoteliers are rubbing their hands as Wellington throws its doors open for this weekend's Cricket World Cup quarterfinal.
Call police, TIANZ tells tourists – Oamaru Mail, 11 Mar 2015
The Tourism Industry Association of New Zealand (TIANZ) has advised tourist drivers who encounter abuse from other road users to report any incidents to police.
New Zealand seeks to appease residents' anger at foreign drivers – Deutsche Welle, 6 Mar 2015
New Zealand has a reputation as an easygoing country. But now, authorities there are concerned about vigilantes taking tough action against foreign drivers they see as a danger.
Talking money with tourism boss Chris Roberts – Sunday Star-Times, 8 Mar 2015
Tourism Industry Association (TIANZ) chief executive Chris Roberts practises what he preaches.
Kiwis unhappy about Customs computer search plan – Dominion Post, 6 Mar 2015
The country's peak tourism body says Customs should not require people to disclose passwords to their computers and smartphones unless they have grounds for suspicion.
Road safety measures not enough say grieving families - Timaru Herald - 6th Mar 2015
A Christchurch woman who lost two family members in a road crash caused by a tourist driver who ran a stop is calling for research into new road safety measures.
A hot summer for tourism – NZ Herald, 6 Mar 2015
International tourists keen to make the most of New Zealand's stellar summer spent $251 million in the country last month, latest figures show.
New rumble strips, yellow lines for South Island roads – Stuff, 5 Mar 2015
More rumble strips, yellow lines, and keep-left arrows will be installed to help foreign drivers stay safe on South Island roads.
Are We Racist Towards Foreign Drivers? – RadioLive, 4 Mar 2015
The Tourism Industry Association says the spate of tourists having their keys taken from them by local drivers smacks of racism.
Public driver intervention condemned – Otago Daily Times, 4 Mar 2015
Tourism Industry Association New Zealand chief executive Chris Roberts says 'vigilante' action against visiting drivers must be condemned.
Kiwis urged to 'calm down' over key-snatching - TVNZ - 3rd Mar 2015
John Key warned New Zealanders against "taking the law into their own hands", a message backed by the police.
Vigilante action scares tourists off roads - Radio New Zealand - 4th Mar 2015
Tourists are being scared off New Zealand roads by reports of locals taking the law into their hands and confiscating the car keys of visitors they think are driving dangerously.
Tourist Drivers And New Zealand Roads – RadioLive, 1 Mar 2015
Mark talks with Clive Matthew Wilson, Grant Webster, Jim Harland, Chris Robert and Hon Craig Foss on tourist drivers, New Zealand's roads and the issues surrounding them.
Travel costs stymie sporting rivalries – Newstalk, 28 Feb 2015
Trans-Tasman sporting rivalry is missing out on tens of millions of dollars from fans reluctant to cross the ditch because of airport red tape and taxes.
Another car key seized in South Island – Radio NZ, 25 Feb 2015
For the second time in six weeks a member of the public has taken car keys from a tourist in the South Island because of fears about unsafe driving.
Chris Roberts: We can make roads safer without tests for foreign drivers – NZ Herald, 26 Feb 2015
It has been a tragic summer on New Zealand roads.
Safety spotlight goes on tourist routes - Otago Daily Times - 24th Feb 2015
In-depth crash analysis of popular tourist routes in the lower South Island is being undertaken to pinpoint what safety measures could be introduced to reduce the tourist-related road toll.
Dodgy driving tourists could be blacklisted from rental companies - New Zealand Herald - 25th Feb 2015
Tourists who've had their rental car agreements cancelled for dodgy driving could soon be blacklisted from hiring vehicles in New Zealand.
Five foreign drivers appear in court – Radio NZ Checkpoint, 23 Feb 2015
Five foreign drivers appeared in court today accused of dangerous driving in different parts of the country.
Immigration relaxes rules for Queenstown – Radio NZ, 23 Feb 2015
A relaxation of immigration rules for people wanting to work in Queenstown is expected to alleviate a critical labour shortage in the resort but some say it does not go far enough.
NZ attracts more visitors from China for New Year celebrations – Radio NZ Morning Report, 19 Feb 2015
For the 1.4 billion Chinese in the world, it's New Year today.
Chinese New Year bigger than Cricket World Cup – The Press, 18 Feb 2015
Chinese New Year travellers are flocking to New Zealand and will outnumber those visiting for the Cricket World Cup, the tourism sector says.
Charges for crash tourist - Taranaki Daily News - 17th Feb 2015
A French tourist is facing three dangerous driving charges after a head-on car crash near Awakino earlier in the year.
Luxury tourism's simple lure - Manawatu Standard - 18th Feb 2015
Tourism NZ (TNZ) says multimillion-dollar marketing efforts to attract high spending international travellers are working.
Chinese holiday stretches capacity - Otago Daily Times - 17th Feb 2015
The Chinese New Year is making an already bustling Queenstown even busier.
Chinese New Year beats Cricket World Cup in tourism stakes – ONE News, 16 Feb 2015
It's shaping up to be a lucrative month for the tourism industry with visitor arrivals expected to set new records for February.
How will SkyCity changes impact tourism? – Radio NZ Morning Report, 16 Feb 2015
The chief executive of the Tourism Industry Association, Chris Roberts, speaks with Guyon Espiner.
New Zealand abuzz ahead of World Cup – AFP, 12 Feb 2015
Organisers say New Zealand is buzzing with excitement ahead of the Cricket World Cup, the largest sporting event held in the South Pacific nation since rugby union’s showcase tournament in 2011.
Surge in visitors to Wellington - Dominion Post - 13th Feb 2015
Wellington has been jumping with a five-year high in visitors during the November to January holiday period and is set to continue with the Cricket World Cup just around the corner.
Big demand for hotel rooms - Taranaki Daily News - 7th Feb 2015
With the Cricket World Cup 2015 days away, hotels in Christchurch and elsewhere in the country are bursting at the seams during what is usually the accommodation sector's busiest month.
Hotel plan - review first, then checkout - New Zealand Herald - 4th Feb 2015
Wairarapa a popular destination for visitors - Wairarapa News, 4 Feb 2015
International visitors are continuing to love coming to Wairarapa.
Chinese tourists flood Auckland Airport - Stuff, 3 Feb 2015
A flood of Chinese tourists has been helping to fill the arrival halls of Auckland Airport in record numbers.
Number of tourists hit record 2.86m - New Zealand Herald - 31st Jan 2015
The number of international visitors surged by 5 per cent to 2.86 million last year, putting the tourism industry on track to earn $41 billion a year in the next decade, a sector group says.
Freedom to camp - Christchurch Press - 31st Jan 2015
Freedom-camping tourists have been filling the media with their poor behaviour.
NZ dollar down, hotel room charges up – NZ Herald, 30 Jan 2015
The falling New Zealand dollar will boost tourism and could enable hotel operators to increase prices.
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.