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.

November 2015

Franz Josef Hotel predicted to attract strong buyer interest – NZ Herald, 24 Nov 2015
A strong performing South Island hotel property with potential to expand and facilitate further growth is for sale in Franz Josef, Westland.

Service and staff issues threat to tourism - New Zealand Herald - 25th Nov 2015
Lax service and acute labour shortages are a threat to New Zealand's booming tourism sector, says an industry body.

Airline stocks fall on US travel warning - New Zealand Herald - 24th Nov 2015
Global travel stocks, including Air New Zealand, have dropped across today following the US issue of a global travel alert, warning American's to be extra cautious amid heightened terrorist...

Record tourist numbers a challenge for industry – Newstalk, 19 Nov 2015
The tourism industry will confront the challenges of record high visitor arrivals at a summit in Wellington today.

NZ's clean, green image reality makes for sober reading: tourism professor – Stuff, 19 Nov 2015
New Zealand needs to better manage the environment as the $30 billion tourism industry expands rapidly, a professor says.

Calls for tourism workers to be paid more – Radio NZ, 19 Nov 2015
Tourism operators have been told they need to pay their workers more, and offer better training and career paths to attract tens of thousands more people to the industry within ten years.

Safety review for Rotorua adventure tourism operators - Rotorua Daily Post - 18th Nov 2015
Rotorua adventure tourism and outdoor operators are being offered a free workshop to review their safety management systems.

More food and drink factory tours could lift tourism industry – Fairfax, 18 Nov 2015
Some food-lovers treat factory tours like acts of devotion and New Zealand should offer more of them, tourism and marketing experts say.

Rotorua in 'Golden Route' - Rotorua Daily Post - 17th Nov 2015
Short-stay Chinese visitors are spending up large in Rotorua with statistics showing they spent around $49 million in just one year and they're not slowing down.

Talk Money with Tony Field - 3 News, 13th Nov 2015
Air New Zealand wasted no time cutting some of its fares on the day American Airlines confirmed it will be flying into New Zealand.

American tourism brings $1b a year to NZ – TV3, 12 Nov 2015
American Airlines has announced it will start flying to New Zealand from June 2016.

AKL-LAX fare war begins - New Zealand Herald - 12th Nov 2015
The long-awaited airfare war between New Zealand and the United States has taken off and is being welcomed by the Kiwi travel and tourism industry.

American ready for the long haul - New Zealand Herald - 12th Nov 2015
American Airlines is confident it can do what other carriers from the US have not - stay in New Zealand for the long haul.

American Airlines plans Auckland-LA route – Stuff, 11 Nov 2015
American Airlines will launch a daily non-stop service between Auckland to Los Angeles from June 2016.

Tourists skipping big cities - New Zealand Herald - 11th Nov 2015
Short-stay Chinese visitors are spending up large in Auckland and Queenstown but snubbing some of the country's biggest cities for the cultural hot-spot of Rotorua.

Licence delays 'crippling tourism' – NZ Herald, 7 Nov 2015
Frustrated tourism operators say their industry is being crippled by a lengthy process forcing seasonal staff to wait months to get special driver licences.

Battle lines drawn over camping ground in Happy Valley – Dominion Post, 4 Nov 2015
The battle for Owhiro Bay to have its own camping ground is set to intensify after residents took their objections to Wellington City Council.

Queenstown council bags 'lower value' backpackers who made resort's name – Southland Times, 3 Nov 2015
An official information trawl has revealed Queenstown council labels 'lower value' backpackers as detrimental to its $50 million convention centre bid.

October 2015

Making Marlborough roads 'safer for everyone' – Marlborough Express, 30 Oct 2015
A nationwide project to educate overseas drivers has no official partners in Marlborough, but accommodation providers and rental car companies are getting behind the initiative.

Tourism industry backs passport-free travel proposal – RadioLive, 30 Oct 2015
Passport-free travel between New Zealand and Australia is being promoted by the tourism sector, with officials on both sides of the Tasman are now working to make it a reality.

Tourism boss keen on passport-free travel – NZN, 30 Oct 2015
It's early days, but the tourism industry is reasonably optimistic Kiwis heading to Australia will soon be able to leave their passports at home.

Tourism earnings almost trump dairy – NZ Herald, 28 Oct 2015
Tourism is edging closer to dairy as New Zealand's top export earner with a 17 per cent boost to nearly $12 billion in the past year.

'Disappointing' not all car rental firms in trial - Otago Daily Times - 27th Oct 2015
The head of New Zealand's Rental Vehicle Association says it is ''disappointing'' not all rental companies in Queenstown have signed up to a trial information-sharing network.

Message delivered to visiting drivers - Otago Daily Times - 24th Oct 2015
The New Zealand Transport Agency says work done in the past few months should make a difference to visitor driver crashes and deaths this summer.

'Runaway' Auckland housing market poses a big risk to New Zealand's economy – TVNZ, 23 Oct 2015
Another stern warning, about the runaway Auckland housing market, has been issued by New Zealand's finance minister; who says it poses a big risk to the economy.

Focus on visiting drivers – SunLive, 21 Oct 2015
A number of initiatives are being put in place to improve the safety of visiting drivers to New Zealand.

Goal to boost domestic tourism by $9b – Radio NZ, 18 Oct 2015
A new group has been charged with finding ways to get New Zealanders to travel in their own country with the aim of boosting domestic tourism spending by $9 billion in 10 years.

Tax to hit NZ travellers' pockets in New Year - New Zealand Herald - 14th Oct 2015
The tourism, travel and aviation industries are disappointed that the Government is pushing ahead with imposing a travel tax on New Zealanders and international visitors from January 1 next...

Tourism coalition claims government downplaying negative impacts of border tax - National Business Review - 14th Oct 2015
A tourism coalition opposed to a new border tax on international visitors says the government has downplayed the negative impacts of the tax.

Chinese star driving safety message - Otago Daily Times, 12 Oct 2015
A Chinese reality star has joined the campaign to keep drivers safe on New Zealand roads.

Tourism honour for Jongejans – Northern Advocate, 7 Oct 2015
THE ocean is a little like Northland. On the surface, it can look like nothing is happening. But underneath, there is life and colour.

Skyline Rotorua takes out top award - New Zealand Herald - 7th Oct 2015
Skyline Rotorua has won the top company prize in the tourism industry's annual awards.

Skyline 'stoked' with award - Rotorua Daily Post - 6th Oct 2015
Rotorua tourism has "got its mojo back" after Skyline Rotorua won the top Tourism Industry Association award.

Maori & Mercedes wins tourism award – Waatea News, 5 Oct 2015
Auckland’s Time Unlimited Tours, which offers tourists the chance to explore Auckland through Maori eyes while travelling in a luxury Mercedes, has won the Maori Cultural Tourism Award at this year’s Tourism Industry Association awards.

Editorial: Skyline honour is well earned – Daily Post, 5 Oct 2015
Congratulations to Skyline Rotorua for picking up the New Zealand tourism industry's highest accolade - the Air New Zealand Supreme Tourism Industry Award - on Friday.

Skyline wins supreme tourism award – Daily Post, 3 Oct 2015
Skyline Rotorua has won the tourism industry's highest accolade, the Air New Zealand Supreme Tourism Industry Award.

Jackson awarded for being 'unashamed advocate' for New Zealand tourism – Stuff, 3 Oct 2015
Movie mogul Sir Peter Jackson has been hailed as New Zealand's top tourism promoter.

Queenstown tourism firms win gongs – Mountain Scene, 3 Oct 2015
Two Queenstown tourism businesses are the cream of the national crop.

'These movies put New Zealand at centre-stage' - Sir Peter Jackson claims tourism award – TVNZ, 3 Oct 2015
Sir Peter Jackson has been honoured as an outstanding leader in the tourism industry.

Checking in on the hotel sector – NBR, 2 Oct 2015
With New Zealand’s tourism star continuing to rise on the global stage, and the three million visitors a year milestone having been reached recently, the squeeze is coming on the hotel accommodation sector to keep pace.

September 2015

Chinese star takes New Zealand road safety message home – Xinhua, 29 Sept 2015
The New Zealand government on Tuesday welcomed a Chinese reality TV star's plea for tourists to take care while driving in New Zealand and his efforts to raise road safety awareness in one of the country's biggest tourist markets.

Female influx sees WOW sellout - Dominion Post - 29th Sep 2015
World of WearableArt looks set for record sales as businesses heap praise on the lucrative female dollar pouring into Wellington.

Chris Roberts, Chief Executive of Tourism Industry Association New Zealand – RadioLive, 27 Sept 2015
Michael Wilson talks with Chris Roberts, Chief Executive of Tourism Industry Association New Zealand.

Further hotels 'not needed' – Daily Post, 21 Sept 2015
Five accommodation developments planned for Rotorua could place a strain on existing hotels, the Tourism Industry Association says.

Government supports China-Christchurch air service – Stuff, 17 Sept 2015
A new Chinese air service into Christchurch worth up to $100 million to the Canterbury region will be backed by $1.5 million of Government marketing funding.

Safety first for Adrenaline Forest founder - Sunday Star Times - 12th Sep 2015
The Adrenalin Forest's Jean Caillabet remains on the front foot when it comes to health and safety reform within the adventure tourism sector.

Chinese hotel plan model for New Zealand tourism investment: industry – Xinhua, 10 Sept 2015
A hotel project billed as China 's biggest-ever investment in New Zealand's infrastructure demonstrates the need for greater investment in the country's tourism sector, an industry group said Thursday.

Tourism growth constrained by capital investment – Radio NZ, 8 Sept 2015
The tourism industry is close to overtaking dairy as New Zealand's number one export earner, but a lobby group for the sector says growth continues to be constrained by a relatively low level of investment.

Northland tourism to fore among finalists - Northern Advocate - 2nd Sep 2015
Northland businesses are finalists in five categories in the revitalised 2015 Tourism Industry Awards.

Jetstar expansion in other regions not ruled out - 3 News - 1st Sep 2015
Jetstar hasn't ruled out flight paths to other parts of New Zealand.The budget airline announced new routes to Napier, Nelson, Palmerston North and New Plymouth yesterday.

August 2015

Travellers to benefit from new domestic air competition – Stuff, 31 Aug 2015
Kiwi travellers wanting to take advantage of their own backyard could see a prolonged golden period for travel ahead.

Jetstar's new routes: Nelson, Napier, New Plymouth and Palmerston North make the cut – NZ Herald, 31 Aug 2015
Jetstar has announced it is adding Nelson, Napier, New Plymouth and Palmerston North to its regional destination network, starting from December.

Kiwi holiday for Italians ends in death of Sri Lankan father and dairy worker - Dominion Post - 30th Aug 2015
Simone Agatauand his girlfriend Corinna Curighetti left their tiny, picturesque village in the Italian Alps, on a trip of a lifetime to discover the deep south of New Zealand.

New China Southern Airlines service promises boost to NZ's South Island – Xinhua, 28 Aug 2015
New Zealand's South Island is expecting a major tourism boost after China Southern Airlines announced Friday it will start a new year-round service between Christchurch and Guangzhou from December.

'We're not a one-trick pony' - tourism industry not worried by China woes – TVNZ Breakfast, 26 Aug 2015
The financial crisis gripping China is not concerning New Zealand's tourism industry, despite its importance to the country.

Mayors support Easter trading proposal - Timaru Herald - 25th Aug 2015
Two South Canterbury mayors say they will vote for Easter Sunday trading if the Government gives them the choice.

Minister extends Hong Kong airline alliance – NBR, 25 Aug 2015
Transport Minister Simon Bridges has renewed the Air New Zealand [NZX: AIR] and Cathay Pacific partnership between Auckland Hong Kong despite objections from the tourism industry.

Rotorua finalists in 2015 Tourism Industry Awards - Rotorua Daily Post - 24th Aug 2015
Rotorua will have a strong presence at the 2015 Tourism Industry Awards, with finalists in four of 10 awards categories.

Tourist towns happy with Easter trading plan - Radio New Zealand - 25th Aug 2015
Relaxing Easter Sunday trading laws will remove inconsistencies that allow some towns to trade while preventing others, retailers say.

Easter trading law change welcomed by many - 3 News - 25th Aug 2015
The Government's mooted changes to Easter trading laws have won the backing of local councils and the tourism industry.

Bay still draws winter visitors - New Zealand Herald - 21st Aug 2015
Northland guest nights were down in June on the same month last year, but one tourism provider has had a good winter, thanks in part to a drive for more domestic visitors.

Editorial: Tourism milestone says industry on right track – NZ Herald, 22 Aug 2015
Most tourists travel long distances to get to this country.

Visitor numbers to NZ break 3 million mark – NZ Herald, 21 Aug 2015
New Zealand has cracked the three-million-visitors-a-year milestone.

Chinese tourism boom sees visitor numbers top 3 million for New Zealand – Stuff, 21 Aug 2015
The tourism boom from China and steady growth from Australia has seen a record 3 million visitors arrive in New Zealand in the July year, up 7 per cent on last year.

Cruises confirmed on strength of train news - Gisborne Herald - 20th Aug 2015
THE importance of collaborative efforts to ensure Gisbornes steam train can be financed to operate this summer has only just been realised, Tourism...

June guest nights drop, but busy season ahead - Wairarapa Times-Age - 18th Aug 2015
Guest nights across Wairarapa were down this June on the previous June, but Destination Wairarapa is looking forward to a busy events season ahead.

Big events to keep hotels rocking over summer - Sunday Star Times - 13th Aug 2015
A strong line up of events, from Wellington on a Plate starting this weekend to the Edinburgh Tattoo in February, are expected to keep the city's hotels and motels humming, after a quiet...

Taxing times for Airbnb hosts - Sunday Star Times - 13th Aug 2015
Kiwis opening up their homes to making extra cash from rental website Airbnb, for an average $7000 a year, are being reminded they must pay tax.

Foreign drivers hit with new code of practice to cull crashes on Kiwi roads – TVNZ, 11 Aug 2015
A controversial new code of practice is being implemented, aiming to keep foreign drivers, and Kiwis, safer on New Zealand's roads.

Best hotel occupancy in five years - New Zealand Herald - 12th Aug 2015
Auckland hotel occupancy levels are at five-year highs and the head of one chain in Asia Pacific says New Zealand is the best-performing market in the region.

New code of conduct being put in place – Radio NZ, 11 Aug 2015
A new code to educate and screen overseas drivers hiring rental cars in New Zealand could be in place as early as October.

Hotels report visitor numbers up - Rotorua Daily Post - 10th Aug 2015
Rotorua hotels recorded their best occupancy level in five years in an otherwise steady period of trading during 2014, according to new Tourism Industry Association New Zealand research.

Code introduced to help tourist drivers - 3 News - 10th Aug 2015
Tourism companies have taken foreign driver safety into their own hands with new standards for teaching and screening tourists who plan to hit New Zealand roads.

New code of practice to screen overseas motorists in New Zealand – Xinhua, 10 Aug 2015
Car hire companies around New Zealand are beginning to roll out a nationwide code of practice designed to weed out potentially dangerous motorists from abroad.

How does the new tourist road code work? – Paul Henry TV3, 11 Aug 2015
A new code of practice has been finalised to vet and teach tourist drivers who are renting a vehicle here.

Code of practice for tourist drivers finalised – ODT, 10 Aug 2015
A code of practice has been finalised to better screen and educate tourist drivers before they hire a vehicle in New Zealand.

Christchurch hotel rooms on the rise, survey shows – The Press, 6 Aug 2015
Christchurch's hotel accommodation grew in the 2014 year with 700 new rooms becoming available, a new survey shows.

The Insider: Big city, big issues - New Zealand Herald - 7th Aug 2015
Tourism bosses have their work cut out for them as they continue knocking on doors around Parliament to oppose the new border levy.

Great year for Dunedin hotels - Otago Daily Times - 7th Aug 2015
Tourism is continuing to provide solid returns in Dunedin, with figures showing last year was the best in five years for hotels.

Hotels benefit from major events, conferences - Otago Daily Times - 7th Aug 2015
Major events and conferences were contributing factors to Queenstown hotels recording stellar results last year, the Tourism Industry Association says.

Gloombusters: Tourism drives economy higher – NZ Herald, 3 Aug 2015
New Zealand's tourism sector is on track to overtake dairy as New Zealand's biggest export earner and the country will soon crack three million visitors a year.

July 2015

Industry wary of tourist tax - Rotorua Daily Post - 29th Jul 2015
A tourism levy may deter people from visiting the region, but could also take pressure off businesses funding tourism promotion through their rates, experts say.

Tourism industry counts cost of proposed travel tax - NBR, 29 July 2015
A consortium of travel industry organisations - from airlines to accommodation providers to cruise ship operators - say a proposed border tax will cut international visitor numbers and spending.

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.

Govt told travel tax could cost $100m – NZ Herald, 28 July 2015
A heavyweight travel industry coalition is calling for the Government to rethink its border tax which it says could wipe more than $100m a year from visitor spending.

Carry on: Singapore leads Hong Kong, new SmartGates coming – NBR, 24 July 2015
In 2010, Hong Kong and Singapore were level pegging in airline capacity from New Zealand for either stopovers or as a destination.

Motels want even playing field for accommodation - Sunday Star Times - 24th Jul 2015
Moteliers are lobbying hard for what they say will be a more level playing field for those competing in the New Zealand accommodation sector.

You can't beat disrupters so join them - New Zealand Herald - 22nd Jul 2015
One travel industry leader says if operators are too busy worrying about disrupters in the market they probably won't survive.

Tourism passes dairy as top earner – Newstalk, 21 July 2015
Tourism has surpassed the dairy sector as New Zealand’s top foreign exchange earner.

Hotel trade lifts as guest nights up 12pc - Rotorua Daily Post - 15th Jul 2015
The hotel sector is reaping the benefits of an increased number of visitor stays.Statistics New Zealand's May Accommodation Survey revealed Rotorua guest nights were up 12.

DOC to work with tourism industry - 3 News - 16th Jul 2015
The Department of Conservation is going to work with the Tourism Industry Association to promote tourism on conservation land.

Public gets no say over SkyCity Convention Centre consents? – Fairfax, 10 July 2015
The general public will have no input on the resource consents SkyCity needs to build the International Convention Centre in central Auckland.

Inaugural tourism summit gains support from locals – Dunedin TV, 10 July 2015
Organisers of an inaugural tourism summit being held in the city say they've had significant local support.

Tourism Association hits back at 'travel tax' – Radio NZ, 8 July 2015
Lobbyists led by the Tourism Industry Association are fighting to lessen the impact of the budget's "travel tax".

Tourism Association hits back at 'travel tax' - Radio New Zealand - 8th Jul 2015
Lobbyists led by the Tourism Industry Association are fighting to lessen the impact of the budget's 'travel tax'.

Urenui Beach Camp's train wins national award – Taranaki Daily News, 1 July 2015
A Taranaki beach camp has received kudos for its innovative idea to entertain guests and raise funds for charity.

June 2015

ORC wary of lobbyists' self-interests – Otago Daily Times, 25 June 2015
The Otago Regional Council has delayed establishing a stakeholder consultation group after hearing that national lobbyists could be like ''ferrets fighting in a sack'', and undermine the council's interests.

Two chances to take part in tourism summits - Rotorua Daily Post - 25th Jun 2015
Registrations are open for the 2015 Regional Tourism summit, which will see local operators come face-to-face with industry leaders.

Jetstar's regional plan excite, frustrate locals - 3 News - 19th Jun 2015
Transport Minister Simon Bridges is welcoming Jetstar's foray into the regions, but is disappointed it won't be servicing his Tauranga electorate.

Jetstar's regional flights 'could be short-lived' - Radio New Zealand - 19th Jun 2015
Regional city councils are welcoming Jetstar's plans to expand but commentators are warning the joy could be short-lived.

Jetstar readies for fare war - New Zealand Herald - 19th Jun 2015
A regional air fare war is looming as Jetstar starts services to provincial cities where Air New Zealand has had a stranglehold.

Central Otago's Brass Monkey rally helps draw regional tourism dollars – Stuff, 13 June 2015
Two weeks ago about 2000 of the leather clad faithful made the pilgrimage to the Idaburn Dam in Central Otago for the 35th annual Brass Monkey motorcycle rally.

Investment needed for jobs in tourism - Gisborne Herald - 12th Jun 2015
ABOUT 430 new jobs could be created over the next decade to deal with increasing visitor numbers, but local and central government will be asked to...

Falling dollar could hit NZ cruising – NZ Herald, 11 June 2015
A cruise industry leader says the falling Kiwi dollar against the United States currency could be an impediment to growth in cruising by New Zealanders.

Trenz helped change industry view - Rotorua Daily Post - 8th Jun 2015
Rotorua's tourism sector has seen a boost from Trenz 2015, according to business owners.Kaitiaki Adventures owner Jason Wright said his business had received a positive spin-off from New...

Wellington primed to capitalise on thriving tourism industry – Dominion Post, 3 June 2015
Wellington is primed to capitalise on a thriving tourism industry after a record breaking start to the year and the outlook for the future is brighter, industry leaders say.

May 2015

Key: Convention centre plans 'spectacular' - 3 News - 26th May 2015
Prime Minister John Key, who once warned the SkyCity convention centre could be an eyesore if insufficient money is spent on it, says the revised plans are "really spectacular".

Tourism industry welcomes convention centre – Newstalk, 26 May 2015
(audio link, interview starts at 3’18”) TIA Chief Executive Chris Roberts discusses the new International Convention Centre.

SkyCity's new look convention centre underwhelming – Radio NZ Morning Report, 27 May 2015
SkyCity's new-look international convention centre is being described as underwhelming.

Legislation passed on KiwiSaver, air levy tax – Radio NZ, 23 May 2015
Parliament has passed legislation imposing a tax on international travellers but no decision has been made on how much they will have to pay.

In Rotorua's steamy embrace – ODT, 24 May 2015
The microcosm of the Trenz tourism conference in Rotorua this week gave David Loughrey a very nice, if somewhat skewed, view of the North Island centre.

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.

TRENZ 2015 – TV33, 22 May 2015
Chinese TV reports on TRENZ 2015. Interviews with TIA’s Chris Roberts and Te Puia’s Tim Cossar.

 City urged to be clearer – Otago Daily Times, 21 May 2015
Air New Zealand chief executive Christopher Luxon says Dunedin needs to do a better job of presenting a clear picture of what it can offer tourists.

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...

April 2015

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.

March 2015

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.

February 2015

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.

January 2015

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.


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