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 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.
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...
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.
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.
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...
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.
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.