Today's Tourism News
24 April 2015
TIA in the news
Passport-free travel between Australia and NZ – RadioLive, 23 Apr 2015
(audio link, click on Thurs 23 Apr, 16.30; item begins at 10’30”) TIA Chief Executive discusses the subject of passport-free travel between Australia and NZ.
Free movement between Australia and NZ? – Newstalk, 23 Apr 2105
The subject of passport-free trans-Tasman travel's been raised again - this time by Internal Affairs Minister Peter Dunne.
Tourism businesses expect boost from first Anzac Mondayisation – Stuff, 24 Apr 2015
For the first time Saturday's Anzac commemorations will result in a paid day off for weekday workers because people who usually work the following Monday will be treated as though the public holiday fell on Monday.
Passport-free zone backed by tourism industry – NZN, 23 Apr 2015
The tourism industry has thrown its support behind an idea to scrap passports for Aussies and Kiwis travelling to each other's countries.
Airlines & airports
LAN flies Dreamliner to Auckland - New Zealand Herald - 24th Apr 2015
Chile's LAN Airlines has launched the Dreamliner on its services through Auckland as looming competition on flights to South America promises to bring down fares.
Airfares set to be cheaper next year - Wanganui Chronicle - 24th Apr 2015
Bigger aircraft signal a change that will become permanent for travellers using Wanganui's airport.
Airport floundering - Waikato Times - 24th Apr 2015
Hamilton Airport bosses say revenue has hit "rock bottom" and are bracing for lean times over the next three years.
Visitor arrivals hit March high - Radio New Zealand - 23rd Apr 2015
Visitors to New Zealand came in their droves last month, helped by the Cricket World Cup.
Importance of global education recognised in Christchurch - TVNZ - 24th Apr 2015
"Education creates enduring people-to-people and cultural links," Louise Upston said.
Dun bike trail opens - Nelson Mail - 23rd Apr 2015
The Dun Mountain Trail is open again after a temporary fix to a slip that closed a section last month.
Merit seen in Milford-West Coast road - Otago Daily Times - 24th Apr 2015
The Southland District Council has become the fifth council to give its support in principle to a proposed highway linking the West Coast and the Milford road, much to the delight of highway...
Goldfield cycle loop proposed - Otago Daily Times - 24th Apr 2015
A 15KM loop cycle trail at Lawrence could be completed by next summer if the Department of Conservation approves the opening of a track through historic Goldfields Park.
Councils ask rental companies to pay freedom camping fines – Nelson Mail, 23 Apr 2015
South Island councils want campervan companies to stump up for unpaid freedom camping fines.
German tourist's body found - New Zealand Herald - 23rd Apr 2015
A woman's body has been found near an alpine tunnel after snow melted.
Balloon victims could have lived - Radio New Zealand - 23rd Apr 2015
The people who died in the Carterton balloon tragedy would likely have lived had its cannabis-using pilot opted to "rip out" when it hit power lines, the Coroner has found.
TIA & members’ media releases
Radiance returns for final day of Wellington cruise ship season – PWT, 23 Apr 2015
Royal Carribean’s 90,090 tonne Radiance of the Seas docked at Wellington this morning, the final ship of the 2014/15 cruise season to visit the city.
March arrivals wrap up a stellar summer – TNZ, 23 Apr 2015
March has been another month of impressive visitor numbers with total arrivals up 7.1 per cent for the year– bringing a fantastic summer season to a close, says Tourism New Zealand Chief Executive Kevin Bowler.
TIA supports passport-free travel for Australians and Kiwis – TIA, 24 Apr 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).