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TIA News Releases

TIA News Releases

  • Commitment to improve freedom camping management
    4 May 2016
    The tourism industry, local government and other stakeholders have committed to working together to improve the management of freedom camping in communities around New Zealand.
  • Experts serve up breakfast insight
    3 May 2016
    New Zealand tourism operators attending TRENZ 2016 (10-13 May, Rotorua) will get international expert insight into the latest digital trends and tactics to drive visitor bookings.
  • ‘Mood of the nation’ survey highlights tourism pressure points
    26 April 2016
    New Zealanders remain positive about the level of international tourists visiting New Zealand, however our record summer of growth has highlighted key pressure points to be addressed.
  • 'Two Countries, One Visa’ – Time To Get Moving On Permanent Trans-Tasman Visa For International Tourists
    24 April 2016
    Australia and New Zealand’s peak tourism industry groups are calling for a permanent Trans-Tasman Visa that would allow international tourists to travel between both countries with a regional visa.
  • Fresh water vital to tourism industry growth
    22 April 2016
    Clean fresh water is vital to the growth and sustainability of New Zealand’s $30 billion tourism industry, its peak industry organisation says.
  • TRENZ worth tens of millions of dollars to New Zealand
    21 April 2016
    Rotorua will be buzzing for four days of TRENZ (10-13 May), the tourism industry’s premier annual international trade event, when more than 1100 delegates will be in town, negotiating tens of millions of dollars worth of new tourism business.
  • Rotorua to host tourism activity extravaganza
    12 April 2016
    In the biggest event of its kind, Rotorua will host 600 TRENZ delegates, including hundreds of the world’s most influential travel and tourism buyers, to an afternoon of activities, ranging from exhilarating mountain biking to a rejuvenating spa.
  • New flights to grow emerging tourism market
    6 April 2016
    Air New Zealand’s new flights from the Philippines will help deliver on the tourism industry’s goal of growing total annual revenue to $41 billion by 2025, says the Tourism Industry Association New Zealand (TIA).
  • Ted talks top teams at NZ Hotel Industry Conference
    5 April 2016
    Sir Graham Henry, the man who coached the All Blacks to World Cup glory and who knows better than most how to create a winning team culture, is a keynote speaker at the 2016 New Zealand Hotel Industry Conference, Auckland, 1-2 June.
  • Growing domestic travel to support NZ economy
    22 March 2016
    There’s never been a better time for New Zealanders to see for themselves why 3.2 million visitors a year flock to our shores, the Tourism Industry Association New Zealand (TIA) says.
  • Capital Convention Centre will benefit NZ
    21 March 2016
    Development of a Wellington Convention Centre will provide lasting economic benefits for New Zealand, improving the country’s capability to host medium and large-scale conferences and exhibitions, says the Tourism Industry Association New Zealand (TIA).
  • Time for tourism infrastructure fund
    20 March 2016
    A central government fund is needed to support communities around the country to respond to tourism opportunities, the Tourism Industry Association New Zealand (TIA) says.
  • New products ‘Are Go’ at TRENZ 2016
    18 March 2016
    A Thunderbirds Are Go interactive experience, the longest rail bike adventure in the world and cooking demonstrations with celebrity chefs are among the new tourism products that will be on show at TRENZ 2016.
  • Labour misfires on immigration policy
    17 March 2016
    Any ban on overseas chefs working in New Zealand would have disastrous consequences for the tourism industry and the economy, the Tourism Industry Association New Zealand (TIA) says.
  • Entries open for NZ’s premier Hotel Industry Awards
    15 March 2016
    Entries opened today for the expanded New Zealand Hotel Industry Awards, with new categories recognising the key roles that go into running a great hotel, from the concierge to the general manager.
  • Opportunity for marine tourism to benefit NZ
    14 March 2016
    The benefits of marine tourism must be recognised in plans to create marine protected areas around New Zealand, the Tourism Industry Association New Zealand (TIA) says.
  • International travel buyers flock to TRENZ 2016
    9 March 2016
    New Zealand’s surging popularity as a visitor destination is fuelling demand from international travel and tourism buyers wanting to come to TRENZ 2016, the $30 billion tourism industry’s premier annual trade event.
  • Hotel Industry Awards expand to reflect success
    12 February 2016
    A new and expanded Hotel Industry Awards was launched today to recognise individuals who are doing an outstanding job in key roles, from housekeeping to the general manager, contributing to the sector’s overall success.
  • Tourism industry calls for national approach to Easter trading
    22 January 2016
    New Zealand’s tourism industry wants shops to be able to trade on Easter Sunday, but is calling for a national approach to the issue.
  • Tourism welcomes Singapore Airlines ‘Capital Express’
    21 January 2016
    The new Singapore Airlines flight into Wellington will help deliver on the tourism industry’s goal of growing total annual revenue to $41 billion by 2025, says the Tourism Industry Association New Zealand (TIA).
  • NZ hotels increase yield & productivity in 2015
    13 January 2016
    New Zealand hotels enjoyed a record-breaking year in 2015, increasing yield and productivity, according to new Tourism Industry Association statistics.
  • Tourism regains number one export status
    23 December 2015
    As the record-breaking summer season gets into full swing, latest figures show that tourism has surpassed dairy and is once again New Zealand’s number one export earner.
  • Time to take stock as tourism trends upwards
    9 December 2015
    With New Zealand tourism on the upswing, the industry is in a good position to take stock of its future direction, says Lincoln University Professor David Simmons.
  • Convention Centre a capital asset
    8 December 2015
    The Tourism Industry Association New Zealand (TIA) has welcomed the Wellington City Council’s commitment to invest in a new convention centre and grow the region’s visitor economy.
  • Save the date! 2016 New Zealand Hotel Industry Conference
    2 December 2015
    The 2016 New Zealand Hotel Industry Conference will be held at The Langham Auckland on 1- 2 June 2016.
  • Regional economies will benefit from new air services
    1 December 2015
    The return of competition on several regional air routes is being welcomed by the Tourism Industry Association New Zealand (TIA).
  • Rogue operators need to be brought into line
    30 November 2015
    The Department of Conservation (DOC) needs more “teeth” to prosecute commercial tourism operators offering products and services illegally on public conservation land, say tourism industry organisations.
  • Insurance giants partner with NZ’s tourism industry
    20 November 2015
    The Tourism Industry Association New Zealand (TIA), the peak industry organisation for New Zealand’s tourism sector, has formally sealed its new Premier Business partnership arrangement with two of the world’s largest insurance organisations, AIG and JLT.
  • Trio win inaugural tourism academic scholarships
    19 November 2015
    Three young Kiwi students planning a career in tourism each got a $2500 financial boost today as the recipients of the inaugural Tourism Industry New Zealand Trust (TINZT) Academic Scholarships.
  • New People & Skills framework to support tourism’s ambitious growth goals
    19 November 2015
    The tourism industry’s peak body has launched a People & Skills 2025 framework to support the ambitious growth goals of New Zealand’s $30 billion dollar tourism industry.
  • More resources for visiting drivers
    18 November 2015
    A new virtual driving website for visiting drivers is a welcome addition to the range of efforts the tourism industry and government are making to improve safety on New Zealand roads, the Tourism Industry Association New Zealand (TIA) says.
  • Safety review for Rotorua adventure tourism operators
    18 November 2015
    As the peak summer season is getting underway, it’s an important time for adventure tourism and outdoor operators to review their safety management systems.
  • Safety review for Auckland adventure tourism operators
    18 November 2015
    As the peak summer season is getting underway, it’s an important time for adventure tourism and outdoor operators to review their safety management systems.
  • Safety review for Northland adventure tourism operators
    18 November 2015
    As the peak summer season is getting underway, it’s an important time for adventure tourism and outdoor operators to review their safety management systems.
  • Safety review for Nelson adventure tourism operators
    18 November 2015
    As the peak summer season is getting underway, it’s an important time for adventure tourism and outdoor operators to review their safety management systems.
  • Safety review for Canterbury adventure tourism operators
    18 November 2015
    As the peak summer season is getting underway, it’s an important time for adventure tourism and outdoor operators to review their safety management systems.
  • Tourism debates how to ride the growth wave
    13 November 2015
    The $30 billion tourism industry will be focusing on the big meaty issues that come with rampant growth at next week’s sold-out 2015 TIA National Tourism Summit.
  • New American air service brings economic benefits
    11 November 2015
    The new air service between the US and New Zealand announced today by Qantas and American Airlines will benefit all of New Zealand, the Tourism Industry Association New Zealand (TIA) says.
  • Safety review for Central Otago adventure tourism operators
    9 November 2015
    As the peak summer season is getting underway, it’s an important time for adventure tourism and outdoor operators to review their safety management systems.
  • Tourism support for tertiary education review
    4 November 2015
    The tertiary education sector can play a greater role in helping the tourism industry achieve its 2025 goals, according to the Tourism Industry Association New Zealand (TIA).
  • TIA recognised for excellence in business support
    2 November 2015
    The Tourism Industry Association New Zealand (TIA) has won the New Zealand Business Excellence Foundation Award at the 2015 AUT Excellence in Business Support Awards.
  • Safety review for adventure tourism operators
    29 October 2015
    As the peak summer season is getting underway, it’s an important time for adventure tourism and outdoor operators to review their safety management systems.
  • Tourism grows contribution to NZ wellbeing
    27 October 2015
    Tourism is contributing more than ever to New Zealand’s economic wellbeing, with the industry outstripping its own performance targets, the Tourism Industry Association New Zealand (TIA) says.
  • Maximising the potential of domestic travel
    16 October 2015
    Delivering at least a $9 billion increase in annual domestic tourism spend by 2025 is the goal for an industry group brought together by the Tourism Industry Association New Zealand (TIA).
  • Travel Tax decision disappointing
    16 October 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 1 January 2016.
  • TIA looking forward to positive relationship with motel & hospo sectors
    13 October 2015
    New Zealand’s peak tourism body, the Tourism Industry Association New Zealand (TIA) is looking forward to working with the motel and hospitality sectors as they transition to a new representation model.
  • The sky’s the limit for Supreme Tourism Industry Award Winner
    2 October 2015
    Skyline Rotorua, an attraction that offers a visitor experience and customer service second to none, has won the tourism industry’s highest accolade, the Air New Zealand Supreme Tourism Industry Award.
  • Top tourism honour for Sir Peter Jackson
    2 October 2015
    The tourism industry honoured Sir Peter Jackson at its annual awards presentation this evening, calling the film director and producer Destination New Zealand’s number one marketer.
  • Tourism honours Northland dynamo
    2 October 2015
    Jeroen Jongejans, the Managing Director of Northland’s Dive! Tutukaka and a man whose passion for tourism is legendary, has won a prestigious Tourism Industry Award.
  • Auckland winners at Tourism Industry Awards
    2 October 2015
    A remarkable young entrepreneur, his innovative business and an operator that integrates Maori and ‘Kiwi’ culture into environmentally friendly ecotourism experiences are amongst the Auckland winners in this year’s Tourism Industry Awards.
  • Smart marketing wins Thrifty top tourism award
    2 October 2015
    A marketing campaign that is driving great customer feedback and excellent results has won Thrifty Car Rental New Zealand a Tourism Industry Award.
  • Queenstown high fliers win Tourism Industry Awards
    2 October 2015
    High flying Queenstown businesses Ziptrek Ecotours and Coronet Peak Ski Area were both winners at the 2015 Tourism Industry Awards held in Auckland this evening.
  • The pressures of tourism growth – riding the wave
    1 October 2015
    New Zealand’s $24 billion tourism industry is on a roll but its rapid growth is creating challenges which will be debated at the TIA National Tourism Summit in Wellington on Thursday 19 November.
  • Tourism industry welcomes convention centre approval
    18 September 2015
    The tourism industry is looking forward to seeing progress on the International Convention Centre now it has received resource consent approval.
  • Opportunities for tourism industry investment
    10 September 2015
    The new luxury hotel being built on Auckland’s waterfront demonstrates the opportunities that exist for investing in commercial accommodation in New Zealand, the Tourism Industry Association New Zealand says.
  • New air services boost regional economies
    31 August 2015
    New regional air services announced today by Jetstar will boost both domestic and international tourism, the Tourism Industry Association New Zealand says.
  • New air service a win for South Island and tourism
    28 August 2015
    Today’s announcement of a new air service linking Christchurch and southern China will help deliver on the tourism industry’s goal of growing total annual tourism revenue to $41 billion in by 2025, the Tourism Industry Association New Zealand (TIA) says.
  • Rotorua hotels share the love
    27 August 2015
    Rotorua hotel guests eat and drink their way through 1000 litres of milk, 740kg of red meat, 300 dozen eggs, 270kg of rice and pasta, 290kg of tomatoes and 330 heads of lettuce every day of the year.
  • Insurance giants partner with NZ’s tourism industry
    26 August 2015
    TIA, as the peak industry organisation for New Zealand’s tourism sector, is delighted to announce it has entered into a new Premier Business Partnership arrangement with two of the world’s largest insurance organisations, JLT Insurance Brokers and AIG.
  • Easter trading benefit for tourism industry
    24 August 2015
    Liberalising the Easter trading legislation will benefit the tourism industry and local economies, the Tourism Industry Association New Zealand (TIA) says.
  • Tourism Industry Awards finalists named
    24 August 2015
    The finalists in the 2015 Tourism Industry Awards have been named.
  • Outstanding growth results for tourism industry
    21 August 2015
    An outstanding 12 months in tourism has the industry tracking ahead of schedule to achieve its Tourism 2025 goal of almost doubling its contribution to New Zealand’s economy.
  • Visiting driver standards for rental vehicle operators
    10 August 2015
    Rental vehicle companies around New Zealand are being encouraged to sign up to a new Code of Practice aimed at improving the safety of both visiting drivers and New Zealand road users.
  • Stellar year for NZ hotels
    6 August 2015
    2014 was a stellar year for New Zealand’s hotels which collectively recorded the highest annual occupancy rate in five years, according to new Tourism Industry Association New Zealand (TIA) research.
  • Stellar year for Auckland hotels
    6 August 2015
    2014 was a stellar year for Auckland’s hotels which collectively recorded the highest annual occupancy rate in New Zealand, according to new Tourism Industry Association New Zealand (TIA) research.
  • Steady year for Rotorua hotels
    6 August 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 (TIA) research.
  • Stellar year for Central Park hotels
    6 August 2015
    2014 was a stellar year for Central Park (Gisborne, Napier, Taupo, Tongariro) hotels which collectively recorded the highest average daily rate in New Zealand, according to new Tourism Industry Association New Zealand (TIA) research.
  • Stellar year for Wellington hotels
    6 August 2015
    2014 was a stellar year for Wellington’s hotels which collectively recorded the second highest annual occupancy rate in New Zealand, according to new Tourism Industry Association New Zealand (TIA) research.
  • Solid year for Nelson/Marlborough hotels
    6 August 2015
    2014 was a solid year for Nelson/Marlborough hotels which recorded their best occupancy rates in five years, according to new Tourism Industry Association New Zealand (TIA) research.
  • Year of growth for Christchurch hotels
    6 August 2015
    2014 was a year of growth for Christchurch’s hotels with 700 new rooms becoming available and the creation of 150 new jobs, according to new Tourism Industry Association New Zealand (TIA) research.
  • Stellar year for Queenstown hotels
    6 August 2015
    2014 was a stellar year for Queenstown’s hotels which collectively recorded their highest annual occupancy and average daily rates in five years, according to new Tourism Industry Association New Zealand (TIA) research.
  • Stellar year for Dunedin hotels
    6 August 2015
    2014 was a stellar year for Dunedin hotels which collectively recorded their best results in five years, according to new Tourism Industry Association New Zealand (TIA) research.
  • Moteliers urged to consider all their options
    31 July 2015
    The peak body for the New Zealand tourism industry says moteliers should keep an open mind when considering how their collective interests can be best represented.
  • Tourism industry unites to oppose Travel Tax
    28 July 2015
    The Government must rethink its new Travel Tax because it is bad policy which will harm New Zealand’s economy, a coalition of tourism, travel and aviation organisations says.
  • $10,000 prize for top Tourism Industry Award winner
    16 July 2015
    The Supreme Award winner in this year’s New Zealand Tourism Industry Awards will receive a prize valued at up to $10,000, together with the prestige of winning the $24 billion industry’s highest accolade.
  • Tourism and conservation to benefit from DOC/TIA partnership
    15 July 2015
    A new partnership agreement between the Department of Conservation (DOC) and the Tourism Industry Association New Zealand (TIA) was officially signed today, benefiting tourism and conservation in New Zealand.
  • New foreign investment strategy will support tourism growth
    7 July 2015
    The peak body for the tourism industry is welcoming the Government’s new foreign investment strategy as New Zealand needs more investment to support tourism growth.
  • Adventure conference focuses on being the best
    24 June 2015
    Delegates at The Great Adventure 2015 will find out “what’s next” when it comes to strengthening safety across the adventure and outdoor tourism sector, and how adventure is being used to market Destination New Zealand internationally.
  • Regional Summits opportunity for tourism operators
    19 June 2015
    Tourism operators around New Zealand are being offered the opportunity to get face-to-face with industry leaders at a series of Regional Tourism Summits organised by the Tourism Industry Association New Zealand.
  • New air services a boost for tourism
    18 June 2015
    New regional air services announced today by Jetstar will boost both domestic and international tourism, the Tourism Industry Association New Zealand says.
  • Benefit of online visas may be negated by travel tax
    16 June 2015
    Improvements to make visitor visa processing easier and faster risk being negated by the impacts of the Government’s new travel tax, the Tourism Industry Association New Zealand says.
  • Auckland dominates Hotel Industry Awards
    5 June 2015
    Auckland hotels and executives made a clean sweep of the 2015 New Zealand Hotel Industry Awards, winning all four awards.
  • NZ Hotel Conference attracts record registrations
    3 June 2015
    A record number of delegates have registered to attend this year’s New Zealand Hotel Industry Conference, 4 June, The Langham, Auckland, reflecting the positive momentum this sector is experiencing.
  • Hotel Industry Awards – finalists announced
    29 May 2015
    After a record number of entries and a rigorous judging process, the finalists have been announced in the 2015 New Zealand Hotel Industry Awards.
  • Tourism industry welcomes convention centre agreement
    26 May 2015
    The tourism industry is looking forward to seeing progress on the International Convention Centre following the design agreement between SKYCITY and the Government.
  • Tourism industry opposes border clearance levy
    21 May 2015
    The tourism industry is disappointed by the Government’s surprise plans to impose a travel tax on New Zealanders and international visitors.
  • TRENZ returning to Rotorua in 2016
    20 May 2015
    New Zealand tourism’s biggest annual international business event will return to Rotorua in May 2016, it was announced today.
  • NZ tourism industry targeting Brazil & Indonesia
    19 May 2015
    Two booklets that aim to help New Zealand tourism operators be better hosts to Brazilian and Indonesian visitors have been released by the Tourism Industry Association New Zealand (TIA) today.
  • New Tourism Industry Awards announced
    19 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 double annual revenue to $41 billion by 2025.
  • Tourism workforce set to grow almost 40%
    18 May 2015
    By 2025 as many as 36,000 additional full time equivalent (FTE) workers will need to be directly employed in NZ’s tourism industry, new research has found.
  • Rental vehicle operators to trial driver assessment process
    14 May 2015
    Trials of a new Code of Practice aimed at improving the safety of both visiting drivers and New Zealand road users will start next month, the Tourism Industry Association New Zealand (TIA) says.
  • Experts serve up breakfast insight
    13 May 2015
    New Zealand tourism operators attending TRENZ 2015 (17-20 May, Rotorua) will have an opportunity to get insight from an international expert into successfully accessing the complex Chinese social media landscape.
  • Adventure & outdoor conference focusing on the future
    8 May 2015
    Adventure and outdoor tourism operators will have the opportunity to focus on growing their sector at a one-day conference in July, the Tourism Industry Association New Zealand (TIA) says.
  • TRENZ worth tens of millions of dollars to New Zealand
    7 May 2015
    TRENZ 2015 (17-20 May), the tourism industry’s annual showcase, is worth tens of millions of dollars to the country and directly injects around $2 million into the local economy.
  • Strong start to 2015 for Rotorua hotels
    24 April 2015
    Rotorua’s hotel sector is celebrating a strong start to 2015 which is seeing increased occupancy and higher returns.
  • Central North Island to host tourism activity extravaganza
    24 April 2015
    The Central North Island will host more than 540 TRENZ delegates, including hundreds of the world’s most influential travel and tourism buyers, to an afternoon of activities ranging from tandem sky diving to wine and food matching.
  • TIA supports passport-free travel for Australians and Kiwis
    23 April 2015
    Scrapping passports for New Zealanders and Australians crossing the Tasman would boost travel both ways across the ditch, says the Tourism Industry Association New Zealand (TIA).
  • NZ Hotel Conference attracts big name international speakers
    23 April 2015
    New Zealand’s hotel sector will get a scorecard on its performance and what it could be doing better from a Fortune 500 company and one of the biggest players in the international hotel business at the 2015 New Zealand Hotel Conference.
  • New direct air service will fuel US visitor growth
    16 April 2015
    Air New Zealand’s announcement today that it will start flying direct to Houston, Texas will help New Zealand’s tourism industry accelerate growth out of the important US visitor market, says the Tourism Industry Association New Zealand (TIA).
  • New tourism product set to wow at TRENZ 2015
    10 April 2015
    A helicopter ride to a golf hole 1400 metres high in the Southern Alps, self-drive vintage car rides in Napier and a tour of New Zealand’s only tea plantation in the Waikato are among the new products that will be on show at TRENZ 2015.

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