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TIA News Releases

TIA News Releases

  • 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.
  • Hotel Industry Awards – entries open
    2 April 2015
    Experiencing its best period of business for many years, New Zealand’s hotel sector is looking to celebrate its highest achievers as it calls for entries for the 2015 Hotel Industry Awards.
  • Visitor economy support for local govt investment
    31 March 2015
    A healthy visitor economy is vital to the regions but local government support is essential, the Tourism Industry Association New Zealand (TIA) says.
  • New tourism partners aiming for sustainability
    27 March 2015
    A new tourism partnership will help contribute to the sustainability of the industry in New Zealand, say Lincoln University tourism expert Professor David Simmons and Tourism Industry Association New Zealand (TIA) Chief Executive Chris Roberts.
  • New research shows tourism industry in hearty state
    26 March 2015
    New Zealand’s tourism industry is in a strong position to take advantage of growth opportunities, according to the State of the Tourism Industry 2014, released today by the Tourism Industry Association New Zealand (TIA) and Lincoln University.
  • Bumper international buyer numbers at TRENZ 2015
    19 March 2015
    New Zealand’s $24 billion tourism industry is on a roll, with international travel and tourism buyers flocking to attend TRENZ 2015, the industry’s most important annual trade event.
  • Rental vehicle companies working together to improve road safety
    17 March 2015
    New Zealand’s leading rental vehicle companies have agreed to develop a Code of Best Practice aimed at improving the safety of both visiting drivers and New Zealand road users.
  • Safety review for adventure tourism operators
    13 March 2015
    As the peak summer season draws to a close, it’s a good time for adventure and outdoor tourism operators to review their safety management systems.
  • Tourism welcomes acceleration of road safety improvements
    5 March 2015
    The government’s decision to fast-track road safety work to improve driver safety has been welcomed by the tourism industry, says Chris Roberts, Chief Executive, Tourism Industry Association New Zealand (TIA).
  • Sports fans want easier travel across the Tasman
    2 March 2015
    As the Cricket World Cup heats up, research has revealed that Australians and New Zealanders want faster, cheaper travel across the ditch to make attending sporting events easier.
  • TIA and PATA join forces
    17 February 2015
    A new partnership is set to benefit New Zealand’s tourism industry and see it contributing at a global level.
  • 2014 visitor arrivals add to $41b goal
    30 January 2015
    New official figures show New Zealand’s tourism industry is making good progress towards its 2025 goal of contributing $41 billion a year to the economy, according to the Tourism Industry Association New Zealand (TIA).
  • New website to support visiting drivers
    21 January 2015
    A new website designed to give visitors the information they need to enjoy a safe driving holiday in New Zealand is being launched today.
  • Record year for NZ hotel sector
    9 January 2015
    The New Zealand hotel sector is celebrating a record year marked by high occupancy rates and improved returns.
  • Queenstown tourism operators offered help to fill job vacancies
    24 December 2014
    Queenstown tourism operators are being granted a Christmas wish – a helping hand to fill job vacancies through the resort’s busiest season.
  • 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.

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