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.

December 2014

Staffing plan needed, but too busy 'to worry about' – ODT, 18 Dec 2014
The hospitality industry in Otago's tourist towns has acknowledged it needs a plan to overcome a severe shortage of skilled staff.

Chinese spending increases - Otago Daily Times - 15th Dec 2014
A national push to bring more big-spending Chinese tourists is paying off for Queenstown.

WoW, rugby and events' winter cheer - Manawatu Standard - 15th Dec 2014
Bumper conference activity and more events like Beervana have transformed Wellington's previously flat winter season into one of its most vibrant.

Lodge set to profit from tourist surge - New Zealand Herald - 10th Dec 2014
Wai Hou Oma Lodge, about 25 minutes north of Dargaville and the only four-star Qualmark rated lodge on Northland's west coast, is on the market ahead of an anticipated sizeable growth in...

What’s next for Weta Workshop? – One News, 2 Dec 2014
There are a number of projects in the pipeline in the wake of the Lord of the Rings and Hobbit movies.

Special screening of The Hobbit in Wellington as stars come out for London premiere – TVNZ Breakfast, 2 Dec 2014
A special screening of The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies will premiere in Wellington this morning.

November 2014

Immigration by Chinese credit – Dominion Post, 24 Nov 2014
Streamlining rich Chinese into the country because they hold a Chinese-issued credit card has been slammed by New Zealand First leader Winston Peters who said it will lead to corruption here.

Visa changes for Chinese visitors unlock opportunities – Xinhua, 21 Nov 2014
New Zealand's tourism industry is set to get a boost under visa changes that make it easier for Chinese to travel to and work in the country, the Tourism Industry Association (TIA) said Friday.

Longer work term hailed – ODT, 22 Nov 2014
An extension to the length of time Chinese nationals on a working holiday can work for one employer is being welcomed in New Zealand's tourism capital.

Xi visit: Tourism to see renewed Chinese boom – NBR, 22 Nov 2014
Agreements signed between New Zealand and China during the visit of President Xi Jinping will help achieve the forecast of boosting visitor expenditure to $1.7 billion by 2020, the industry says.

Auckland major events to rival Melbourne – Stuff, 21 Nov 2014
A summer of non-stop sports, culture and concerts will see Auckland rival Melbourne as the centre of major events, the NZ city's tourism boss says.

Demand "insatiable" - President Xi – Radio NZ, 21 Nov 2014
Chinese President Xi Jinping has said his country has an insatiable appetite for New Zealand products and a new trade deal with Australia does not threaten that.

Resort chocker for marathon - Southland Times - 21st Nov 2014
Anticipation is running high ahead of the inaugural Queenstown International Marathon on Saturday.

Marathon effort: resort runs out of rooms - Otago Daily Times - 21st Nov 2014
If you are looking for accommodation in Queenstown this weekend, bring a tent.

'Crazy' employment rules could stifle Queenstown summer season – Mountain Scene, 13 Nov 2014
Queenstown will struggle to handle the summer tourism boom because of inflexible rules on hiring foreign workers, employers fear.

Rooms for Cricket World Cup going fast and with a premium – Radio NZ Checkpoint, 12 Nov 2014
Hotel rooms are beginning to fill up in the countdown to the Cricket World Cup.

Visitor influx boosts accommodation sector - Dominion Post - 13th Nov 2014
Wellington accommodation providers were rocking along in September as the city recovered from last year's two damaging earthquakes.

Tourist agents call for changes – Otago Daily Times, 13 Nov 2014
Queenstown tourism operators have criticised what they call inflexible immigration rules for foreign workers and a lack of promotion of adventure activities, at a Tourism New Zealand (TNZ) roadshow in the resort.

'Angry' image no problem, says expert - Rotorua Daily Post - 10th Nov 2014
The message that Maori tourism should diversify the traditional "angry" warrior image does not apply to Rotorua, which already offers a wide range of cultural experiences, says a local Maori...

Limits on hiring 'choking tourism' - New Zealand Herald - 10th Nov 2014
Tourist operators say a chronic labour shortage because of problems hiring overseas workers could choke the booming tourism sector.

Tourism funding should cause fuss - Taranaki Daily News - 10th Nov 2014
OPINION: Tourist industry leaders published a short wish list before the general election. In top slot, they wanted fulfilment of National's election promise that Prime Minister John Key...

Queenstown businesses slam visa rules – NZN, 5 Nov 2014
Queenstown tourism operators frustrated with immigration red tape for their foreign workers say some of the "ridiculous" rules are costing them customers and money.

Cheap airfares key to tourism - Rotorua Daily Post - 5th Nov 2014
Cheaper flights to and from Rotorua is key to maximising international and domestic tourism markets, industry specialists say.

Rotorua businessman nabs top tourism award – Daily Post, 4 Nov 2014
James Fitzgerald, a Rotorua entrepreneur who spotted an opportunity and went on to create his thriving eco-tourism business, has won the 2014 Pacific Asia Travel Association New Zealand Trust Young Tourism Leader Award.

Chris Roberts: Adventure Tourism Message – Newstalk, 4 Nov 2014
TIA chief executive Chris Roberts talks to Tim Dower about Prime Minister John Key's blunt message to adventure tourism operators.

Tourism key to Canterbury rebuild – Newstalk, 4 Nov 2014
The tourism industry's sending the movers and shakers of Christchurch a strong message: tourism has to be at the heart of the rebuild.

High praise as Skyline lifts inaugural visitor experience award – NZ Herald, 5 Nov 2014
Skyline Queenstown has won a top tourist industry accolade, taking out the inaugural ServiceIQ Visitor Experience Award.

Warning over 'angry' warrior images - Radio New Zealand - 5th Nov 2014
Images of Maori warriors in threatening poses are sending the wrong message to some international visitors, the head of Maori Tourism has warned.

Kiwis lagging in tourism spending - New Zealand Herald - 5th Nov 2014
Spending by domestic tourists is falling short of targets but an industry body says New Zealand tourism has made a promising start to nearly doubling spending in just over a decade.

PM: RMA to take economy into account - 3 News - 4th Nov 2014
Prime Minister John Key says changes to the Resource Management Act will allow the environmental protection law to take economic factors into account.

John Key warns tourism operators - Radio New Zealand - 4th Nov 2014
Prime Minister John Key has sent a strongly worded warning to adventure tourism operators to get their houses in order or face being put out of business.

Chinese visitors targeted in bid for billion-dollar tourism boost - TVNZ - 4th Nov 2014
Industry bosses are at a summit trying to nut out a plan to get tourism revenue levels to $41 billion by 2025.

Key issues safety warning to tourist industry - Otago Daily Times - 4th Nov 2014
Prime Minister John Key has given a stern warning to adventure tourism operators - meet safety rules or be closed down.

PM 'deadly serious' on closures - Dominion Post - 4th Nov 2014
Adventure tourism operators who fail to comply with new audit and certification regulations will be fined thousands of dollars a day until they go out of business, Prime Minister John Key...

Tourism signs positive - Dominion Post - 4th Nov 2014
The country's $24 billion tourism industry will today take an "early temperature reading" as it looks to nearly double its value over the next decade.

Tourism bosses grilled over plans to boost industry – TVNZ, 4 Nov 2014
Fourteen tourism industry and Government bosses will be grilled today on what they're doing to help the tourism industry double its revenue 10 years from now.

October 2014

Canopy Tours co-founder up for national award – Daily Post, 31 Oct 2014
Rotorua's James Fitzgerald has been named one of three finalists in the 2014 PATA New Zealand Trust Young Tourism Leader Award.

Tourism spending booms – TV3 Firstline, 29 Oct 2014
The latest survey of the tourism industry shows spending by visitors to New Zealand rose by 7.4 percent in the past year.

Hobbit finale tipped to pull tourist army - Dominion Post - 29th Oct 2014
Hobbits, foreign students, and the growing importance of China have helped tourism coin a golden year.

Accidents prompt new foreign driver initiatives - Northern Advocate - 24th Oct 2014
New guidelines for rental vehicles have been developed after a spate of deaths and a coroner's recommendation for foreign drivers to get better education on arrival in New Zealand.

Best practice guidelines for rental vehicle sector – RadioLive, 24 Oct 2014
(audio link: click on Friday 24 Oct, 8.15am. Item starts at 4’40”) Marcus Lush interviews TIA Advocacy Manager Steve Hanrahan about the new Driver Safety Guidelines.

New guidelines for rentals after spate of tourist crashes – NZ Herald, 24 Oct 2014
New guidelines for rental vehicles have been developed after a spate of deaths and a coroner's recommendation for foreign drivers to get better education on arrival in New Zealand.

Tourism Association backs end to Rotorua flight subsidy – Newstalk, 15 Oct 2014
The Tourism Association is backing the decision to can Trans Tasman flights to and from Rotorua.

Lauder to sit on TIA board - Otago Daily Times - 11th Oct 2014
Real Journeys chief executive Richard Lauder has been co-opted on to the Tourism Industry Association (TIA) board, the first company representative on the board since at least the mid-1990s.

Operators get more time - Otago Daily Times - 9th Oct 2014
Adventure tourism operators have been given a lifeline and a Government agency has relented.

September 2014

John Key tops tourism's wishlist – 24 Sept 2014
Tourist industry leaders have a short wishlist for the next John Key Government and topping it is having the Prime Minister continue in the tourism portfolio.

Rotorua room rates rise - Rotorua Daily Post - 18th Sep 2014
Rotorua is one of the cheapest places to stay in the country - but accommodation prices are on the rise and that's good news according to industry experts.

Rotorua tourism gets boost - Rotorua Daily Post - 12th Sep 2014
Between $700,000 and $800,000 in additional cash will be injected into promoting Rotorua for the next few years under a new tourism initiative.

Jetstar introducing new service - Otago Daily Times - 10th Sep 2014
A new transtasman service between the Gold Coast and Queenstown will boost tourism in the region, industry bosses say.

Jetstar launches first Wellington international route - New Zealand Herald - 9th Sep 2014
Kiwis with relatives on the Gold Coast will be able to fly direct from Wellington and Queenstown on new services from Jetstar.

Tourism aims to beat ministry forecasts - New Zealand Herald - 10th Sep 2014
The tourism industry wants to outperform Government forecasts to cement its position as one of New Zealand's biggest export sectors, says the Tourism Industry Association of New Zealand.

Resort to create jobs for locals - Rotorua Daily Post Rural - 5th Sep 2014
An $18.5 million-dollar hotel development has been unveiled for Rotorua.International hotel chain Wyndham Hotel Group has announced plans for the Ramada Lakeside Resort and Spa, which is in...

Tourism spending forecast to increase 25% by 2020, MBIE says - National Business Review - 5th Sep 2014
Tourism spending in New Zealand will likely increase 25 percent to an annual$8.3 billion by 2020, driven by an increased number of visitors,according to a report by the Ministry of Business,...

Chinese, Aussie travelers to boost Kiwi tourism – Xinhua, 5 Sept 2014
Soaring numbers of travelers from China and Australia are forecast to drive up international visitor spending in New Zealand by 25 percent to 8.3 billion NZ dollars (6.87 billion U.S. dollars) in 2020, a government report said on Friday.

Tauranga's tourism bolstering Bay economy – BOP Times, 4 Sept 2014
One in 12 Tauranga jobs are supported by domestic and international tourists to the city.

Visitor growth helps drive hotel rates up 7% - New Zealand Herald - 3rd Sep 2014
The cost of a night away from home is on the rise.

Poised for further growth – Otago Daily Times, 1 Sept 2014
New Zealanders are well aware how important tourism is to the economy, but the actual numbers are still eyebrow-raising.

August 2014

Logging on to tourism gain – Northern Advocate, 28 Aug 2014
Have you ever wandered into a store only to leave again, angry and confused, as nobody stepped out to serve you?

Importance of tourism highlighted in new data - Gisborne Herald - 27th Aug 2014
NEW figures claim that one in 12 jobs in the Gisborne region is supported by tourism but tourism organisations believe more can be created.

Tourism industry a boon to Waikato – Waikato Times, 27 Aug 2014
New statistics released have highlighted the value of tourism to the region, with 12.7 per cent of jobs in the Waipa district being in the tourism sector.

Bay’s reliance on tourism – new figures – Bay of Plenty Times, 25 Aug 2014
One in eight jobs held by Western Bay of Plenty District residents are supported by tourism, according to new figures released today by the Tourism Industry Association New Zealand (TIA).

1 in 12 Auckland jobs supported by tourism – NewstalkZB, 26 Aug 2014
Latest figures show one in 12 jobs in Auckland is supported by tourism.

Tourism seeks support - Christchurch Press - 26th Aug 2014
Tourism supports a higher proportion of jobs in the Waimakariri District than anywhere else in New Zealand, new figures show.

Tourism vital for Otago - Otago Daily Times - 26th Aug 2014
Otago's economy relies on tourism more than any other region in the country, the Tourism Industry Association says.

Centre design a 'starting point' - Southland Times - 22nd Aug 2014
Construction of a convention centre in Queenstown could start by 2016 but event experts say the architectural design needs "next generation" work.

Helicopter crash investigation at the mercy of elements – NewstalkZB, 18 Aug 2014
Investigators looking into a helicopter crash near Wanaka which killed a man are at the mercy of the elements.

Firm worked on guidelines - Otago Daily Times - 18th Aug 2014
The Tourism Industry Association says the company that ran the helicopter that crashed on Mt Alta near Wanaka on Saturday has been working with the association on safety guidelines.

Hoteliers look at investment options - Christchurch Press - 17th Aug 2014
Hoteliers are circling Christchurch and its planned new convention centre, some making decisions as to the best time to invest tens of millions in new accommodation.

Centre should be funded by rates - TIA - Dominion Post - 18th Aug 2014
Household ratepayers - instead of central city businesses - should bear the brunt of Wellington's contribution to the proposed Hilton convention centre, the Tourism Industry Association says.

Support for proposed reforms from tourism industry – NewstalkZB, 15 Aug 2014
New Zealand's tourism industry is supporting a package of proposed reforms designed to make trans-Tasman travel even easier.

New push for easier transtasman travel – NZ Herald, 14 Aug 2014
A new push is being made to make transtasman travel easier.

Final nod for Air NZ alliance - Taranaki Daily News - 9th Aug 2014
Air New Zealand has been given the green light by the Government to form an alliance with former rival Singapore Airlines.

Air NZ - Singapore alliance welcomed – NZ Herald, 8 Aug 2014
Auckland Airport and tourist organisations have welcomed the approval of a strategic alliance between Air New Zealand and Singapore Airlines.

Campaign to cut crashes - Southland Times - 7th Aug 2014
An eight-week trial of safety tags designed to give tourists visual cues on lower South Island roads was launched in Queenstown yesterday.

Safe driving tag trial launched - Otago Daily Times, 7 Aug 2014
The first of 20,000 steering wheel tags, to reinforce key road safety messages to tourist drivers visiting New Zealand, was fitted in Queenstown yesterday to launch a two-month trial.

July 2014

Tourism industry defends hot air balloons – NZ Newswire, 30 July 2014
New Zealand's tourism industry has reassured tourists about the safety of the country's adventure experiences, despite revelations at an inquest into the deaths of 11 people during a hot air balloon sightseeing trip.

Tourism chief no stranger to firing line - New Zealand Herald - 30th Jul 2014
Chris Roberts is no stranger to being in the firing line.

Visa move baits hook for top acts New Zealand Herald – 30 July 2014
Kiwi music lovers could be in for more big name international acts under new visa laws due to come into force in November, a tourism body says.

Sink or swim? - Marlborough Express - 2nd Jul 2014
The Government has given up on moving the inter-island ferries away from Picton. Cathie Bell looks at what the future holds for the town.

Hotel investments target rise in tourist numbers - Dominion Post - 1st Jul 2014
Tourism growth is encouraging more investment in the hotel sector and developers are working on 17 new hotel proposals, according to hotel brokerage specialists JLL.

June 2014

Megan Singleton: Adventure Tourism – NewstalkZB, 22 June 2014
Travel correspondent Megan Singleton talks to Andrew Dickens about the Great Adventure Tourism Conference, which was recently held to promote adventure tourism in New Zealand.

Tourism safety audits 'non-negotiable' - Otago Daily Times - 21st Jun 2014
Labour Minister Simon Bridges says to protect New Zealand's adventure tourism reputation globally, the November 1 deadline for operators to be audited and registered is ''non-negotiable''.

Great Adventure conference returns – Newstalk, 20 June 2014
The Great Adventure conference is coming back to Wellington today.

Adventure tourism operators given wake-up call – TV One News – 20th Jun
Adventure tourism operators have been told to lift their safety standards.

No NZ sign yet of Aussie belt-tightening – Fairfax, 18 Jun 2014
Australia's economic slowdown and government cuts could hit the number of Australians taking trips across the Tasman, New Zealand tourism operators say.

Tourism NZ keen to secure Pure image – Dominion Post, 18 June 2014
New Zealand's "pure" reputation could be under threat as the country's tourism body looks to shore up its global image as a clean and green destination.

Nearly 400 new hotel rooms for Christchurch - Christchurch Press - 9th Jun 2014
Significant new hotel projects are underway which could add about 395 rooms to Christchurch's visitor accommodation in the next 18 months.

Waitaki tourism attractive - Otago Daily Times - 9th Jun 2014
National travel and tourism buyers expressed strong interest in Omarama as Tourism Waitaki ''sold'' the district at the 2014 Trenz tourism conference.

Tourism’s lofty goals – Radio NZ, 8 June 2014
Steve Wilde considers tourism industry plans to almost double visitor value in under a decade.

Boom times loom for hotel industry – Stuff, 4 June 2014
Hotels will be busier, charge guests more and make bigger profits in what is expected to be a "golden" run, an industry report says.

Auckland woos rich Chinese - Dominion Post - 3rd Jun 2014
Auckland "may never be the French Riviera" but the city is luring Chinese millionaires with luxurious golfing, yachting and equestrian events in the hope they spend like they are...

Airport's change illustrates possibilities - Christchurch Press - 3rd Jun 2014
What a difference a new broom can make. With the city council's new chief executive, Karleen Edwards, about to start, the change of guard at Christchurch Airport exemplifies the potential...

May 2014

Project to improve driving by tourists - Timaru Herald - 29th May 2014
A project to improve tourists who drive in New Zealand is under way. Associate Minister of Transport Michael Woodhouse is leading the project, which focuses on visiting drivers, particularly...

Inside word on state of tourism - New Zealand Herald - 28th May 2014
The tourism business showcase Trenz heads to Rotorua next year after tens of millions of dollars of business was done at the event in Auckland last week. Grant Bradley got a range of views on the state of the industry.

Tourism gets sporting chance - Dominion Post - 24th May 2014
So how much are sporting events like Rugby World Cup 2011 and next year's Cricket World Cup really worth to the economy? Former test cricketer and sports administrator Martin Snedden says...

Big game hunters do the small stuff – NZ Herald, 24 May 2014
New Zealand is cashing in on the booming $700 billion world sports tourism market but local operators shouldn't ignore smaller homegrown events, says Martin Snedden, who headed this country's Rugby World Cup organisation.

Revamp for 100% Pure NZ - New Zealand Herald - 23rd May 2014
The long-running 100% Pure New Zealand brand campaign is in for a revamp, emphasising Maori culture.

Lucrative Trenz event returning - Rotorua Daily Post Rural - 22nd May 2014
Rotorua is set to reap the benefits of hosting the nation's largest tourism trade event when Trenz returns to the region in May next year.

NZ Ski, resort to benefit from grant - Otago Daily Times - 22nd May 2014
Millions of dollars is set to come from a tourism project supported by the Government.

Hutchins' tourist legacy set to grow - Southland Times - 22nd May 2014
Real Journeys is celebrating 60 years of southern tourism as the company prepares for its first winter as a ski field operator.

Sports tourism lift for city with games - Otago Daily Times - 21st May 2014
Sports tourism is taking off and Dunedin is on board, industry leaders say.

Govt pitches in $3.8m for new tourism projects - New Zealand Herald - 21st May 2014
Six tourism projects have been awarded $3.84m by the government as part of its Tourism Growth Partnership scheme.

Spending by tourists soars 18 per cent - New Zealand Herald - 22nd May 2014
Spending by tourists is up 18 per cent in the past year as the tourism industry continues its recovery from tough times.

Tourism hopes from education market push - Otago Daily Times - 21st May 2014
Dunedin's students may hold the key to increasing tourism in the city.

Air NZ - Tourism NZ partnership extended - New Zealand Herald - 20th May 2014
Air New Zealand and Tourism New Zealand will extend a $20 million marketing partnership to promote the country in key markets during the coming year.

Lakefront key to city future - Rotorua Daily Post Rural - 20th May 2014
Redevelopment of the Rotorua Lakefront could create a new and exciting visitor precinct for the city and should be part of the city's long-term plans to boost its tourism offering, according...

Convention centre may hit Chch tourism - The Press, 20 May 2014
A proposed new convention centre for Wellington is a "positive thing" for Christchurch, the city's rebuild authority says.

Tourism targets forecast 12,000 new jobs in Auckland - New Zealand Herald - 19th May 2014
New tourism targets for Auckland have forecast the creation of 12,000 new jobs by 2021.Mayor Len Brown said the city's visitor economy was booming and plans were in place to expand from a $4.

Auckland set to soar - Dominion Post - 20th May 2014
Auckland Airport is within reach of becoming the top Australasian holidaymaker destination for Chinese visitors, airport boss Adrian Littlewood says.

Council sets ambitious new tourism targets - 3 News - 19th May 2014
Auckland Mayor Len Brown has announced new targets for the city's tourism industry as part of a push to become the world's most liveable city.Currently worth $4.

Auckland's new tourism goals - Manawatu Standard - 19th May 2014
Auckland's tourism agency has increased its revenue targets to 2021 by more than $1.2 billion, on the back of a record summer.

Station beckons tourists - Otago Daily Times - 20th May 2014
Southern Discoveries launched its latest Queenstown tourism product at the weekend's Trenz event in Auckland.

Tourism association appoints new boss - 3 News - 18th May 2014
The new boss of the Tourism Industry Association has been announced.Chris Roberts, who is currently Tourism New Zealand's corporate affairs general manager, is replacing Martin Snedden.

Tourism expo targets Chinese market - 3 News - 18th May 2014
A Queenstown tour company is aiming to cash in on the Chinese tourism market by focussing its new 'Gold Seeker' tours on Chinese history.

Tourism show ready for Auckland - 3 News - 18th May 2014
TRENZ, one of New Zealand's largest trade shows and an annual talkfest on the future of tourism is under way.

Competition rising for tourism firms - New Zealand Herald - 19th May 2014
New Zealand tourism operators face increased competition from other countries for their slice of the $1.6 trillion of spending by international travellers.


Akl Airport predicts big uplift in visitors - New Zealand Herald - 16th May 2014
Auckland Airport has forecast annual international visitor growth that could be worth $19 billion to the tourism industry by 2025.

New tour targets Chinese travellers - Otago Daily Times - 13th May 2014
Queenstown business Nomad Safaris will show a new product targeting the Chinese market to travel and tourism buyers at Trenz 2014, which begins in Auckland on Sunday.

Talk of rate to drive tourism – Nelson Mail, 9 May 2014
A targeted commercial rate on operators to fund Tasman's share of Nelson-Tasman Tourism will be up for discussion by the district's councillors.

Airport 'coming of age' - Otago Daily Times - 7th May 2014
Plans for night flights into Queenstown took a major step forward yesterday, a move hailed as a coming of age for the airport.

Tourist-driver meeting 'positive' - Otago Daily Times - 6th May 2014
Queenstown Lakes Mayor Vanessa van Uden says the key focus of a group studying better road safety for tourist drivers is to balance concerns and messages to make informed decisions.

April 2014

Airport reduces high pickup fees - Christchurch Press - 30th Apr 2014
Christchurch Airport has announced a drop in the high pickup fees it imposes on courtesy vehicles and taxi operators.

Tourists returning, but more needed - Christchurch Press - 30th Apr 2014
The number of tourists and business people staying in Canterbury has rebounded since the earthquakes, but still not returned to pre-quake levels.

Hope Trenz will return South - Otago Daily Times - 29th Apr 2014
More than 40 tourism operators from the Southern Lakes are bound for Trenz 2014, but it is not known yet if New Zealand's biggest travel trade show will be held in Queenstown next year.

Rotorua makes tourism pitch - Rotorua Daily Post Rural - 28th Apr 2014
Almost 300 tourism and travel buyers from around the world and New Zealand tourism operators, including representatives from about 35 Rotorua-based attractions and organisations, will...

Quality before quantity for tourism - Marlborough Express - 4th Apr 2014
Growing annual tourism revenues to NZ$41 Billion per annum is the aspirational goal of Tourism 2025 which was released last week by the Tourism Industry Association New Zealand (TIA).

$600m tourism splash for region - Northern Advocate, 3 Apr 2014
The gloves could come off in a battle of the bays contest after Tourism Bay of Plenty says it aims to knock Northland, and the Bay of Islands, off the list of New Zealand's top five destinations.

There'll be hotels - developer - Otago Daily Times - 1st Apr 2014
The private developer of Queenstown's second proposed convention centre, for Remarkables Park, in Frankton, says plenty of hotels and restaurants will surround the centre.

Hoteliers happy with bookings - Otago Daily Times - 1st Apr 2014
Queenstown hoteliers are ''fairly confident'' about bookings for winter 2014, after experiencing a record-breaking summer.

March 2014

Auckland Airport reveals 30 year plan - TVNZ - 29th Mar 2014
Auckland Airport's vision for the next 30 years features a single terminal, two runways and a railway station.

Chinese tourists key to target - Manawatu Standard - 24th Mar 2014
High-value Chinese tourists are central to the tourism industry's goal to reach $41 billion in revenue by 2025.

Hope Otago will benefit from boost - Otago Daily Times - 25th Mar 2014
A nationwide umbrella approach to boosting tourism will mean more money injected into Otago, industry leaders say.

Tourism industry sets out $41 billion goal – NZN, 24 Mar 2014
New Zealand's tourism industry will be focusing on quality over quantity as it attempts to grow by 70 per cent in the next decade.

New tourism strategy aims to add value in the sector – Radio NZ Morning Report, 24 Mar 2014
Today marks the beginning of a plan to try and almost double the amount of money the tourism industry contributes to the national economy by 2025.

Tourism chiefs hope for $41b revenue – NZ Herald, 22 Mar 2014
A decade ago tourism revenue was growing at around 6 per cent a year. Average spending per visitor was close to $3000 and international tourism topped dairy as our top export earner.

Growing the tourism dollar – TVNZ Q+A, 23 Mar 2014
Tourism Industry Association CEO Martin Snedden on how he intends to grow the tourism industry.

Hopes UK move will lift tourism - Otago Daily Times - 25th Mar 2014
The New Zealand tourism industry hopes the decision by the British Government to cut air passenger duty on long-haul flights will encourage more visitors from the United Kingdom.

Christchurch tourism declines $230m – The Press, 24 Mar 2014
Tourism expenditure in Christchurch in 2013 declined $230 million from where it was in 2010.

UK tax cut means cheaper flights to NZ - 3 News - 20th Mar 2014
A change in UK tax policy could mean cheaper flights from the UK to New Zealand.The UKcurrently has a tiered tax system on flights, with short-haul journeys taxed less than long-haul trips,...

Flights to the UK about to get cheaper – Radio NZ Morning Report, 21 Mar 2014
(audio link) The British government's decision to cut taxes on long-haul flights means it's going to get a little bit cheaper to fly from England to New Zealand.

Airport happy to discuss van fees - Manawatu Standard - 20th Mar 2014
Christchurch Airport is willing to talk with hotels over the hated high charges it places on visits by courtesy vehicles.

Adventure audit failure barely hitting resort - Otago Daily Times - 19th Mar 2014
A Queenstown tourism heavyweight says operators in the resort are unlikely to be widely affected by the stalling of Outdoors New Zealand (ONZ) audits.

Adventure tourism audit deadline may be extended – TV3, 18 Mar 2014
A deadline for adventure tourism operators to pass a safety audit may have to be extended, after the company doing the audits ran into financial difficulties.

Canterbury holiday parks 'most confident' - Christchurch Press - 10th Mar 2014
Canterbury has some of the country's most optimistic holiday parks with demand to stay a night or more from both international and domestic visitors.

Visa delays frustrate Queenstown bosses – Mountain Scene, 11 Mar 2014
Frustrated Queenstown hospitality and tourism bosses say work visa delays are crippling some businesses in the resort.

Adventure, outdoor tourism industry event - Otago Daily Times - 11th Mar 2014
Adventure and outdoor tourism operators are invited to attend the Great Adventure 2014 in Wellington on June 19 and 20.

Hotel demand, prices keep pace - Manawatu Standard - 5th Mar 2014
Christchurch now has some of the most expensive hotel rooms in the country. Tourists and visitors are paying a massive 67 per cent more for an overnight stay than they were before the...

Firmly on the map - Otago Daily Times - 1st Mar 2014
The Waitaki district is now firmly on the tourism map. Oamaru reporter Andrew Ashton asks Tourism Waitaki marketing manager Megan Howell why her staff no longer get asked ''Waitaki? Where's...

February 2014

From slush to plush again - Manawatu Standard - 22nd Feb 2014
Three years ago today Chateau on the Park general manager Rahul Rai watched as the liquefaction in his hotel office pushed out of the concrete floor.

Fake review offer spurs warning - Otago Daily Times - 18th Feb 2014
New Zealand tourism operators are being warned by the Tourism Industry Association (TIA) against a service offering to provide fake reviews to improve their TripAdvisor profiles.

Tourism recovers with gusto - Otago Daily Times - 18th Feb 2014
Queenstown tourism leaders have welcomed new official figures which show the total resort guest nights for year-end 2013 rose a significant 8.4% to 2,756,149.

Parking businesses around Chch Airport 'scared' - 3 News - 18th Feb 2014
Entry to the Christchurch Airport pick-up zone is crucial to Graeme Harris' business. He owns Airpark, a cheaper alternative to on-site airport parking.

Big weekend hailed a triumph for Auckland – NZ Herald, 17 Feb 2014
City leaders are breathing a sigh of relief after Auckland made it through what has been described as one of its "greatest weekends".

Waikato tourism slams scam as unethical - Waikato Times - 14th Feb 2014
Waikato tourism providers are shocked by the idea of buyable TripAdvisor reviews, slamming it as foolish and unethical.

Fake web review pitch riles owner – Marlborough Express, 14 Feb 2014
Businesses are being offered a fake Trip Advisor review service, where they can pay for positive ratings.

Tourism scam 'not worth the risk' – Sneddon – TV3, 14 Feb 2014
New Zealand's Tourism Industry Association (TIANZ) has a message for businesses that are offered fake tourism reviews for money: It's not worth the risk.

Scammers offer glowing Trip Advisor reviews for cash – TV3, 13 Feb 2014
The tourism industry is warning local operators against fake travel reviews that would improve their Trip Advisor profiles.

TripAdvisor reviews – RadioLive, 13 Feb 2014
(Audio link: click on Thursday, 7.30am; item starts at 13’30”) Concerns raised over fake TripAdvisor reviews.

Email offering fake TripAdvisor reviews circulates – NewstalkZB, 12 Feb 2014
Tourism operators are being warned against a service offering to provide fake reviews to improve their TripAdvisor profiles.

Tourism operators warned against buying fake reviews – NZ Herald, 13 Feb 2014
Tourism operators are being warned against buying fake reviews to improve their online profiles.

China flight 'timely' - Otago Daily Times - 11th Feb 2014
The inaugural charter flight by China Southern Airlines into Christchurch International Airport last week has been labelled a ''timely boost'' for South Island tourism and the wider economy...

Tourism chief to concentrate on cricket - Otago Daily Times - 11th Feb 2014
Tourism Industry Association chief executive Martin Snedden will step down from his role at the end of March and pick up the bat again for New Zealand Cricket.

Cricket World Cup visa move praised - Radio NZ, 8 Feb 2014
The tourism industry is praising the decision to allow overseas fans coming to next year's Cricket World Cup to travel between Australia and New Zealand on one visa.

Tourism groups: make trans-Tasman travel easier - 3 News, 8 Feb 2014
Tourism groups hope the Australian and New Zealand governments don't just have World Cup cricket fans on their mind when it comes to easing travel barriers.

Single visa needed for cricket fans to visit 2015 IOC World Cup - The Telegraph, 7 Feb 2014
AUSTRALIA stands to cash in from a flood of cricket World Cup tourists following a trans-Tasman agreement making it easier for visitors to attend the showpiece event, tourism figures say.

Visitor numbers rising – Southland Times, 5 Feb 2014
Resort business is a fickle beast but patchy weather has failed to dampen trade for hoteliers, pubs and many of Queenstown's core tourism activities.

Snedden leaving Tourism Assn – Radio NZ, 5 Feb 2014
Tourism Industry Association chief executive Martin Snedden is stepping down.

Snedden pulls stumps on Tourism Industry Association – Mountain Scene, 4 Feb 2014
High-profile Tourism Industry Association boss Martin Snedden is declaring his innings closed due to his renewed involvement in cricket circles.

Charter just 'first step' - Fairfax, 4 Feb 2014
A special China Southern Airlines charter flight into Christchurch yesterday came with Chinese representatives talking up the possibility of a permanent China-South Island service.

Direct flight from China part of plan - Otago Daily Times, 4 Feb 2014
Direct China to Christchurch flights will boost tourism in Otago, Tourism Dunedin chief executive Hamish Saxton says.

January 2014

Career 14: Cricket legend's brilliant career – NZ Herald, 31 Jan 2014
Most people offering career advice to young folk start off with platitudes such as 'work hard at school', 'focus on your studies', 'follow your heart'. Martin Snedden could only honestly say he lived by the final piece of advice in his early days.

More tourists but spending drops - New Zealand Herald - 31st Jan 2014
Tourists are arriving in record numbers but the high New Zealand dollar is crimping spending.Arrivals in December hit a monthly record of 364,200 and passed 2.

Local tourism shows regrowth - Christchurch Press - 28th Jan 2014
There are signs of green shoots in Canterbury's quake-hit tourism industry with smaller operators starting new businesses in and around Christchurch.

Strong NZ dollar having spin-off effect – Radio NZ, 27 Jan 2014
Two of the top earning sectors of the economy say the soaring New Zealand dollar will have some effect on business, but it should not be major.

Singapore-Auckland air expansion a boost for tourism - TVNZ - 17th Jan 2014
The tourism sector is welcoming the expansion of Singapore-Auckland air services.

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