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TIA News Releases

TIA News Releases

  • Tourism operators can help keep visiting drivers safe
    19 December 2014
    Tourism operators around the country are being asked to play their part in a campaign to improve safety for visiting drivers this summer.
  • Events to bolster Wellington summer season
    15 December 2014
    Wellington city hoteliers say an exciting programme of events is going to make Wellington a vibrant place to be this summer – and visitors need to book early to avoid missing out.
  • South American connection a tourism boost
    12 December 2014
    The tourism industry must support the new air service linking New Zealand with South America to ensure its sustainability, the Tourism Industry Association New Zealand (TIA) says.
  • Valuable growth opportunities in Chinese visitor initiatives
    21 November 2014
    New Government announcements will unlock further value from the Chinese visitor market, benefiting New Zealand’s economy, the Tourism Industry Association New Zealand (TIA) says.
  • Winter guest night growth improves tourism productivity
    12 November 2014
    Consistent growth in guest nights over the last six months shows that the tourism industry’s focus on improving seasonality is having an impact, tourism organisations say.
  • NZ putting out welcome mat for Indian business visitors
    10 November 2014
    Easing the way for high value Indian business travellers to come to New Zealand demonstrates the direct impact government initiatives can have in boosting tourism’s contribution to our economy, the Tourism Industry Association New Zealand (TIA) says.
  • Unsung hero’s contribution to tourism recognised
    5 November 2014
    A Queenstown tourism leader, described as an unsung hero, has been recognised for his outstanding contribution to the tourism industry.
  • Soaring success - Rotorua entrepreneur wins young tourism leader award
    5 November 2014
    James Fitzgerald, a Rotorua entrepreneur who spotted an opportunity and went on to create his thriving eco-tourism business, despite the naysayers, has won the 2014 PATA New Zealand Trust Young Tourism Leader Award.
  • Award recognises high level visitor experience
    5 November 2014
    Skyline Queenstown has been recognised for taking the visitor experience to new heights, winning the inaugural ServiceIQ Visitor Experience Award.
  • Tourism 2025 – promising start but much more to do
    4 November 2014
    New Zealand’s tourism industry has made a promising start on achieving its 2025 goal but with strong international competition it can’t afford to be complacent, today’s 2014 TIA Summit has heard.
  • Young Tourism Leader award – three high flying finalists named
    31 October 2014
    Three contenders have fought off tough competition to be named finalists in the 2014 PATA New Zealand Trust Young Tourism Leader Award.
  • Visitor spend increase keeps tourism on track for 2025
    28 October 2014
    New visitor spend figures show New Zealand’s tourism industry is on track to achieve its goal of almost doubling tourism revenue by 2025, the Tourism Industry Association New Zealand (TIA) says.
  • 2015 New Zealand Hotel Industry Conference date & venue announced
    24 October 2014
    The 2015 New Zealand Hotel Industry Conference will be held at The Langham, Auckland on Thursday, 4 June 2015.
  • New Safer Journey Guidelines to improve visiting driver safety
    23 October 2014
    Best practice guidelines have been developed for rental vehicle operators to help educate international visitors on driver safety.
  • International showcase opportunity for NZ tourism operators
    21 October 2014
    The country’s best tourism operators are being invited to showcase their businesses at TRENZ 2015, New Zealand’s most important annual international tourism trade event.
  • Adventure activities registration extension pragmatic
    8 October 2014
    WorkSafe New Zealand’s decision to grant a short extension to the deadline requiring adventure activity operators to be registered under the Adventure Activities Regulations is pragmatic, says TIA.
  • Award will turbo charge young tourism leader’s career
    8 October 2014
    Rising stars in New Zealand’s $24 billion tourism industry are being encouraged to enter this year’s PATA New Zealand Trust Young Tourism Leader Award, with the success of past winners testament it will help turbo charge their career.
  • Leaders in the hot seat at 2014 TIA Summit
    29 September 2014
    Fourteen industry and government bosses will be put in the hot seat at the 2014 TIA Summit, asked to highlight what they are doing to help the tourism industry almost double annual revenue to $41 billion by 2025.
  • New TIA Board focused on long-term growth and success
    26 September 2014
    As the tourism industry heads for what promises to be a record summer season, the Tourism Industry Association New Zealand’s board of directors is focusing on ensuring the industry’s long-term success.
  • 2014 Tourism Industry Awards – entries open
    25 September 2014
    Do you know a successful young leader with a passion to grow New Zealand’s tourism industry, or an individual who has made a fantastic contribution to the industry over many years?
  • Tourism operators urged to vote strategically
    19 September 2014
    Tourism operators should make sure they know their local candidates’ view on tourism and use their vote to support the country’s second largest export industry, says Chris Roberts, Chief Executive, Tourism Industry Association New Zealand (TIA).
  • New Jetstar Tasman routes a boost to tourism
    9 September 2014
    Today’s Jetstar announcement of two additional Tasman routes, including the launch of its first international service to Wellington, is a boost to New Zealand’s tourism industry, says the Tourism Industry Association New Zealand (TIA).
  • Tourism industry aims to outdo forecast performance
    5 September 2014
    The tourism industry is aiming to outperform the government’s tourism forecasts released today, to cement its position as one of New Zealand’s biggest export sectors, the Tourism Industry Association New Zealand (TIA) says.
  • Single visa promises good innings for tourism
    3 September 2014
    A new single visa that can be used by fans visiting Australia and New Zealand for the 2015 Cricket World Cup will be a boost for the tourism industry, the Tourism Industry Association New Zealand (TIA) says.
  • New statistics highlight tourism value to West Coast
    25 August 2014
    Almost one in nine (11.2%) jobs held by Westland District residents are supported by tourism, according to new figures released today by the Tourism Industry Association New Zealand (TIA).
  • New statistics highlight tourism value to Wellington region
    25 August 2014
    Tourism supports a higher proportion of jobs in the Greater Wellington region than many other parts of the country, according to new figures released today by the Tourism Industry Association New Zealand (TIA).
  • New statistics highlight tourism value to Waikato region
    25 August 2014
    One in six (16.6%) jobs held by Waikato District residents are supported by tourism, according to new figures released today by the Tourism Industry Association New Zealand (TIA).
  • New statistics highlight tourism value to Taranaki region
    25 August 2014
    More than one in seven (13.4%) jobs held by Stratford District residents are supported by tourism, according to new figures released today by the Tourism Industry Association New Zealand (TIA).
  • New statistics highlight tourism value to Southland region
    25 August 2014
    More than one in ten (10.6%) jobs held by Southland District residents are supported by tourism, according to new figures released today by the Tourism Industry Association New Zealand (TIA).
  • New statistics highlight tourism value to Otago region
    25 August 2014
    Tourism provides more than a quarter of Otago’s gross domestic product (GDP) – the highest rate in the country, according to new figures released today by the Tourism Industry Association New Zealand (TIA).
  • New statistics highlight tourism value to Northland region
    25 August 2014
    More than one in ten (10.6%) jobs held by Far North District residents are supported by tourism, according to new figures released today by the Tourism Industry Association New Zealand (TIA).
  • New statistics highlight tourism value to Manawatu-Wanganui region
    25 August 2014
    Almost one in seven (14.9%) jobs held by Manawatu District residents are supported by tourism, according to new figures released today by the Tourism Industry Association New Zealand (TIA).
  • New statistics highlight tourism value to Hawke’s Bay region
    25 August 2014
    More than one in ten (10.4%) jobs held by Central Hawke’s Bay District residents are supported by tourism, according to new figures released today by the Tourism Industry Association New Zealand (TIA).
  • New statistics highlight tourism value to Gisborne region
    25 August 2014
    One in 12 (8.4%) jobs held by Gisborne District residents are supported by tourism, according to new figures released today by the Tourism Industry Association New Zealand (TIA).
  • New statistics highlight tourism value to Bay of Plenty region
    25 August 2014
    One in eight (12.4%) 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).
  • New statistics highlight tourism value to Canterbury
    25 August 2014
    Tourism supports a higher proportion of Waimakariri District residents' jobs than anywhere else in New Zealand, according to new figures released today by the Tourism Industry Association New Zealand (TIA).
  • New statistics highlight tourism value to Auckland
    25 August 2014
    One in 12 (8.4%) jobs held by Auckland residents are supported by tourism*, according to new figures released today by the Tourism Industry Association New Zealand (TIA).
  • New statistics highlight tourism value to Marlborough region
    25 August 2014
    Almost one in ten (9.3%) jobs in Marlborough are supported by tourism, according to new figures released today by the Tourism Industry Association New Zealand (TIA).
  • New statistics highlight tourism value to Nelson Tasman region
    25 August 2014
    Almost one in eight (11.7%) jobs held by Tasman District residents are supported by tourism, according to new figures released today by the Tourism Industry Association New Zealand (TIA).
  • Election Manifesto highlights tourism value to regions
    25 August 2014
    Priority actions for the incoming Government to support the tourism industry’s goal of contributing $41 billion a year to the economy by 2025 have been unveiled today by the Tourism Industry Association New Zealand (TIA).
  • Convention centre will benefit Wellington business
    15 August 2014
    Hotels and many other Wellington businesses will benefit from the convention centre proposed for the capital, the Tourism Industry Association New Zealand (TIA) says.
  • Travel reforms to bring Australia closer
    14 August 2014
    New Zealand’s tourism industry is supporting a package of proposed reforms designed to make trans-Tasman travel even easier.
  • New air service a win for Christchurch and tourism
    12 August 2014
    Today’s announcement of a new air service linking Christchurch and Taipei will help deliver on the tourism industry’s goal of $41 billion in total annual tourism revenue by 2025, the Tourism Industry Association New Zealand (TIA) says.
  • TIA applauds two wins for tourism
    8 August 2014
    The Tourism Industry Association New Zealand (TIA) is applauding two significant announcements which will help deliver on the tourism industry’s goal of $41 billion in total tourism revenue by 2025.
  • Another tool to help keep visiting drivers safe
    6 August 2014
    Today’s launch of road safety messaging highlights the efforts being made by multiple agencies to improve safety for visiting drivers and New Zealanders, says Chris Roberts, Chief Executive, Tourism Industry Association New Zealand (TIA).
  • Music act visa change a boon for tourism
    29 July 2014
    New visa regulations will help attract more high-end music acts to New Zealand, offering great spin-offs for the tourism industry, says the Tourism Industry Association New Zealand (TIA).
  • Tourism focus on visiting driver safety
    25 July 2014
    The Tourism Industry Association New Zealand (TIA) says the industry recognises the importance of keeping visiting drivers safe on our roads – but mandatory testing of drivers is not the answer.
  • The Great Adventure – where the action’s at
    13 June 2014
    Delegates at The Great Adventure 2014 will get insight into what sort of adventure experiences international visitors from different countries are seeking, including the fast growing China market, plus expert tips on how to market to these thrill seekers.
  • Charming, bold hotelier honoured
    6 June 2014
    A passion for guest service and a bold attitude that encourages staff to dare to be different has seen Pullman Auckland General Manager Rob McIntyre named the AHS Hospitality Hotel Industry Senior Hotel Executive of the Year 2014.
  • Young hotel executive honoured for going beyond the call of duty
    6 June 2014
    A young hotel executive who goes beyond the call of duty and has helped deliver excellent financial results for her employer has been named the Service IQ Hotel Industry Outstanding Young Executive of the Year.
  • Hotel’s ‘go green’ dedication wins top award
    6 June 2014
    A Wellington hotel whose dedication to staying ‘green’ is saving it money and helping save the planet has won the New Zealand hotel sector’s highest environmental accolade.
  • Stimulating speakers line up for NZ Hotel Industry Conference
    29 May 2014
    A man whose style and vision has seen Australasia’s Mantra Group grow its number of properties by almost 150% over the past eight years is a keynote speaker at the 2014 New Zealand Hotel Industry Conference, 5 June, Pullman Auckland.
  • TRENZ to explore central North Island in 2015
    21 May 2014
    Influential international travel and tourism buyers will ‘Explore Central North Island’ in 2015 when TRENZ returns to Rotorua.
  • TIA appoints new Chief Executive
    18 May 2014
    The Tourism Industry Association New Zealand (TIA) has announced the appointment of a new Chief Executive – Chris Roberts, currently General Manager Corporate Affairs at Tourism New Zealand.
  • Tourism showcase set to boost economy
    17 May 2014
    More than 1000 international and New Zealand delegates will undertake 15,000 meetings at TRENZ 2014 (18-21 May, Auckland), the tourism’s industry annual showcase, worth tens of millions of dollars to the economy and several million to the host region.
  • Tourism operators get expert insight into target markets
    14 May 2014
    The 1000 plus delegates attending TRENZ in Auckland next week (18-21 May) will have an opportunity to get valuable insight from international and Kiwi experts to help boost their business success.
  • TRENZ 2014 promoting exciting new tourism products to the world
    9 May 2014
    A luxury beach house, a ‘Weta Workshop’ movie experience, and a gold mining heritage tour targeting the Chinese market are among the exciting new products that will be on show to the world’s travel and tourism buyers at TRENZ 2014, 18-21 May, Auckland.
  • Tourism funding cuts will harm Tasman economy
    8 May 2014
    The Tasman District’s economy will be harmed if the council withdraws funding for Nelson Tasman Tourism, the Tourism Industry Association New Zealand (TIA) says.
  • Queenstown evening flights will contribute to $41b tourism goal
    7 May 2014
    Potential after-dark flights for Queenstown will help the tourism industry achieve its goal of earning $41 billion a year by 2025, the Tourism Industry Association New Zealand (TIA) says.
  • Adventure tourism conference focuses on change, challenge and opportunity
    6 May 2014
    Adventure tourism operators are experiencing a period of change and this is reflected in the theme for The Great Adventure 2014: Change, challenge and opportunity.
  • Hotel Industry Awards – call for entries
    28 April 2014
    New Zealand’s valuable hotel sector is looking to recognise individual and environmental excellence as it calls for entries for the 2014 Hotel Industry Awards.
  • 300 international tourism buyers prepare for TRENZ 2014
    23 April 2014
    Almost 300 tourism and travel buyers from around the world will converge on Auckland next month to attend TRENZ 2014, eager to discover what new and exciting tourism products New Zealand has to offer consumers in their home markets.
  • Growing value on Hotel Industry Conference agenda
    11 April 2014
    Delegates at the 2014 New Zealand Hotel Industry Conference will find out how the tourism industry’s new Tourism 2025 growth framework can help grow their business and how they can play their part.
  • Tourism industry leaders join TIA board
    2 April 2014
    Three of the tourism industry’s most senior executives are joining the board of the Tourism Industry Association New Zealand (TIA).
  • Better internet use improves tourism profitability
    31 March 2014
    Use of technology is a critical enabler to improve firm profitability and also enhance the visitor experience, according to Tourism Industry Association New Zealand (TIA) Policy and Research Manager Simon Wallace.
  • Tourism aims to earn $41 billion in 2025
    24 March 2014
    New Zealand’s tourism industry has today unveiled its goal to contribute $41 billion a year to the economy by 2025, up from $24 billion now.
  • UK Air Passenger Duty cut a boost for NZ tourism
    20 March 2014
    The tourism industry is welcoming the decision by the UK government to cut Air Passenger Duty (APD) on long-haul flights.
  • Come on a second Great Adventure
    6 March 2014
    Adventure and outdoor tourism operators are being invited to attend The Great Adventure 2014, taking place in Wellington on 19-20 June.
  • Warning against fake TripAdvisor reviews
    13 February 2014
    New Zealand tourism operators are being warned against a service offering to provide fake reviews to improve their TripAdvisor profiles.
  • Visitors The Winners With Single Cricket World Cup Visa
    7 February 2014
    Peak tourism industry groups in Australia and New Zealand have welcomed the news that cricket fans attending the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 will be granted entry into Australia and New Zealand with a single visa.
  • TIA CEO to step down at end March
    5 February 2014
    Tourism Industry Association New Zealand (TIA) CEO Martin Snedden will step down from the role at the end of March, Chairman Grant Lilly has announced.
  • New China air service boosts South Island tourism
    3 February 2014
    Today’s inaugural charter flight by China Southern Airlines into Christchurch Airport is a timely boost to South Island tourism and its value to the wider economy, the Tourism Industry Association New Zealand (TIA) says.
  • Air alliance signals tourism’s determination to grow value
    16 January 2014
    Today’s announcement that Singapore-Auckland air services are to be significantly expanded is another sign of the New Zealand’s tourism industry’s determination to grow its value to New Zealand’s economy, the Tourism Industry Association New Zealand says.
  • Date & venue announced for NZ Hotel Industry Conference 2014
    7 January 2014
    The only conference dedicated to New Zealand’s hotel sector will be held at the 5 star Pullman Auckland Hotel on Thursday 5 June 2014.
  • Tourism salutes two industry giants
    20 December 2013
    Two giants of the tourism industry are stepping down from their leading roles this month and will be missed, says the Tourism Industry Association New Zealand (TIA).
  • TIA welcomes the New Zealand Story
    6 November 2013
    The New Zealand Story is an exciting initiative that will help the country’s exporters tell a compelling, consistent story about New Zealand and help them gain a competitive advantage internationally, says the Tourism Industry Association New Zealand (TIA).
  • International showcase opportunity for NZ tourism operators
    29 October 2013
    Top New Zealand tourism operators are being invited to showcase their businesses at TRENZ 2014, New Zealand’s most important annual tourism business event.
  • Industry stalwart recognised with top tourism award
    2 October 2013
    A man who has consistently demonstrated leadership in New Zealand’s $23.4 billion tourism industry has been recognised for his significant contribution over more than 40 years.
  • Young event entrepreneur wins top tourism award
    2 October 2013
    Hamish Pinkham, the entrepreneur whose Gisborne Rhythm and Vines Festival was voted one of the best places in the world to celebrate New Year’s Eve, has won the 2013 PATA Young Tourism Leader Award.
  • Smart China deal for tourism businesses
    1 October 2013
    Chinese visitors will find it easier to spend their money in New Zealand as a result of a new partnership announced today between the Tourism Industry Association New Zealand (TIA) and Smartpay.
  • Tourism 2025 identifies opportunities for growth
    1 October 2013
    In a fast-changing global marketplace, New Zealand’s $23.4 billion tourism industry must be ready to evolve and adapt if it is to keep growing its value both to individual operators and to our economy, the Tourism Industry Association New Zealand says.
  • Wifi network a win for tourism
    27 September 2013
    The tourism industry will benefit from Telecom’s decision to rapidly expand and commercialise its national wifi network, the Tourism Industry Association New Zealand (TIA) says.
  • Great speaker line-up for 2013 TIA Summit
    12 September 2013
    A great line-up of stimulating speakers will share their vision for the future of New Zealand’s tourism industry at the 2013 TIA Summit.
  • Enter 2013 Tourism Industry Awards
    23 August 2013
    Do you know a rising star changing the future of New Zealand’s $23.4 billion tourism industry? Or a visionary leader who has made a significant contribution to the industry?
  • Tourism industry preparing for changing markets
    20 August 2013
    New forecasts show that tourism is on track to continue its position as one of New Zealand’s biggest export sectors, the Tourism Industry Association New Zealand (TIA) says.
  • Registrations open for landmark tourism event
    20 August 2013
    A bold plan to ignite growth and increase the economic returns from New Zealand’s $23.4 billion tourism industry will be launched at the 2013 TIA Summit, taking place in Wellington on 1 October.
  • Steady trading enjoyed by Central Park hoteliers
    16 July 2013
    Numerous events and a long hot summer meant Central Park hotels enjoyed increased occupancy and steady room rates compared to the same time last year.
  • Tourism industry innovation set to grow
    1 July 2013
    New Government investment in the tourism industry will help it seize international opportunities and grow its contribution to New Zealand’s economy, the Tourism Industry Association New Zealand (TIA) says.
  • Top senior hotel executive honoured
    31 May 2013
    For his efforts in undertaking a significant hotel rebrand and refurbishment in just under two years, Rydges Wellington General Manager Simon White has been named Lane Neave Lawyers Senior Hotel Executive of the Year 2013.
  • Outstanding young hotel executive named
    31 May 2013
    A rising star in New Zealand’s hotel industry has been named ServiceIQ Outstanding Young Hotel Executive of the Year.
  • Hotel’s environmental efforts win praise
    31 May 2013
    An independently owned and operated hotel that has gone to great lengths to improve its environmental performance has won the New Zealand hotel sector’s highest environmental accolade.
  • Rotorua hoteliers record strong first quarter
    23 May 2013
    Numerous events and a significant increase in Chinese visitors in the first quarter of 2013 meant Rotorua hotels enjoyed good gains in occupancy and room rate compared to the same time last year.
  • Steady trading enjoyed by Queenstown hoteliers
    16 May 2013
    Queenstown hotels enjoyed a year of steady trading in 2012 with domestic leisure, event and conference business returning to normal patterns following Rugby World Cup 2011 and the Christchurch earthquake which caused significant disruption to visitor flows around the South Island in 2011.
  • Steady trading enjoyed by Dunedin hoteliers
    15 May 2013
    Dunedin hotels enjoyed a year of steady trading in 2012 with domestic leisure, event and conference business returning to normal patterns following Rugby World Cup 2011.
  • Convention centre will benefit tourism & NZ economy
    13 May 2013
    The new international convention centre in Auckland will create substantial economic benefits for the whole country, the Tourism Industry Association New Zealand (TIA) says.
  • Christchurch hotels continue ‘new normal’ trade
    9 May 2013
    Christchurch hotels continued to trade steadily throughout 2012 in what has become the ‘new normal’ trading environment of high occupancy levels and solid rates driven by reduced room capacity.
  • West Coast tourism operators offered business insights
    7 May 2013
    About 40 West Coast tourism operators are gathering in Greymouth tomorrow to learn more about the trends impacting their businesses and New Zealand’s multi-billion dollar tourism industry.
  • Tourism industry improves adventure safety
    7 May 2013
    Significant advances have been made to improve safety in the adventure tourism sector since the tragic plane crash at Fox Glacier, according to the Tourism Industry Association New Zealand (TIA).
  • Business improvement a focus for The Great Adventure
    2 May 2013
    A one-day conference next week will offer adventure and outdoor tourism operators a rare opportunity to meet up and gather information to help them run successful businesses.
  • Tourism showcase to return to Auckland in 2014
    24 April 2013
    TRENZ, New Zealand’s biggest annual international tourism showcase, will return to Auckland in 2014, the Tourism Industry Association New Zealand (TIA) announced today.

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