Today's Tourism News
20-22 Dec 2014
TIA in the news
Safety steps for tourist drivers – ODT, 20 Dec 2014
Amended rental vehicle agreement forms; increased communication between rental car companies; a website dedicated to driving in New Zealand; and a nationwide roll-out of steering wheel tags are among measures to help keep drivers safe.
Tourists find safety tips on steering wheels – NZ Herald, 19 Dec 2014
Tourists renting cars across the country will now find simple road safety tips on the steering wheels.
TIA members in the news
Global travellers flock to Grasmere alpine lodge – NBR, 20 Dec 2014
The forecast growth in international tourism numbers through Canterbury and the recovery of region’s corporate sector are credited as the key drivers for channeling guests to a high-end alpine lodge which is now for sale.
Troubled waters for Interislander - Marlborough Express - 20th Dec 2014
The Interislander ferry line likes to market its Cook Strait ships as a place "where the journey becomes a destination".
Ferry launches rival for Waiheke run - New Zealand Herald - 20th Dec 2014
Auckland's fledgling Waiheke ferry commuter service is launching a new vessel next week to boost capacity for the peak summer market.
Casino monitoring review - Otago Daily Times - 20th Dec 2014
The Gambling Commission has turned down an application by SkyCity to allow it to monitor its two Queenstown casinos remotely from Auckland.
Our skyline's forever changing - Nelson Mail - 19th Dec 2014
The topping off of the five-storey Quest Apartments is concrete proof of how well the construction industry is doing in Nelson, says its project manager.
Bill for SkyCity complex rockets - New Zealand Herald - 20th Dec 2014
Design improvements, a new five-star hotel and inflation have rocketed up the SkyCity convention centre's pricetag by as much as $130 million.
Airlines & airports
Airport gears up for busy summer - Otago Daily Times - 22nd Dec 2014
Queenstown's airport looks set for a record summer, as Australians descend on the lakeside resort in huge numbers.
Air NZ's 75th anniversary takes off - Otago Daily Times - 19th Dec 2014
Air New Zealand's 75th anniversary of international flight is being marked by an exhibition, opening at Te Papa in Wellington tomorrow, which celebrates "hero moments" but also notes...
Air crew resign after booze binge - New Zealand Herald - 21st Dec 2014
Four Air New Zealand flight attendants have left the airline under a cloud after a booze-fuelled night.
Owner has investor backing to get Kiwi Regional Airlines launched - Dominion Post - 20th Dec 2014
The former Kiwi Air owner pushing to get a new airline in the sky says he has all the money needed to get underway. He also has a new name and livery for the airline.
Popular Taupo track vandalised - Dominion Post - 19th Dec 2014
A popular Taupo walking track has been closed for the height of the holiday season after trustees of historic Mt Tauhara grew weary of "illegal activity".
NZ walking trail named as one of the worlds best - TVNZ - 19th Dec 2014
The National Geographic magazine has released a list of the world's best dream trails.
Railyards venue plan - Dominion Post - 20th Dec 2014
An indoor concert venue to be perched above the tracks just outside Wellington railway station is in the planning stages.
Temporary ban on liquor near the beach - Gisborne Herald - 19th Dec 2014
A TEMPORARY liquor ban will be in force on public areas near Midway Beach for the duration of the Baywatch and Rhythm and Vines festivals from...
Soaring Eagle set to draw in visitors - New Zealand Herald - 20th Dec 2014
Multimillionaire property investor Peter Cooper helped build the country's most important new heritage structure which opens tomorrow in the Bay of Islands.
Museum upgrade a step closer - Otago Daily Times - 20th Dec 2014
The committee which runs a small museum in Waikaia, north of Gore, is welcoming a $400,000 grant from the Lottery Grants Board.
Newest heritage park set to open - Northern Advocate - 19th Dec 2014
A new heritage park commemorating the first chapter in New Zealand's history as a nation of Maori and Pakeha is due to be opened in the Bay of Islands this weekend.
Tourism increases as fewer Kiwis leave for Aus - 3 News - 19th Dec 2014
More Chinese tourists are travelling to New Zealand as fewer Kiwis migrate to Australia, the latest figures show.
Conservation & environment
Ombudsman slates Doc park decision - Otago Daily Times - 22nd Dec 2014
A decision by Doc to allow a 66% increase in overnight guided walkers daily on the Routeburn Track ''drives a horse and carriage through'' the Mt Aspiring National Park Plan.
Boaties reminded of effects of didymo - Manawatu Standard - 19th Dec 2014
A decade after didymo was discovered in the South Island those responsible for keeping it from spreading across Cook Strait are warning boaties to remain vigilant.
Passenger departure cards could be a thing of the past - Dominion Post - 19th Dec 2014
Rooting around for a pen and filling out a departure card while juggling luggage, passports and boarding passes is one of the minor irritations of international air travel.
New cigarette limits burn travellers at border - TVNZ - 19th Dec 2014
Travellers have been caught with more than 800kg of tobacco and cigarettes since the law change.
Tourist drivers campaign 'a joke' - Radio New Zealand - 20th Dec 2014
A road safety campaigner says a new nationwide safety campaign targeting tourist drivers is a joke and will not stop visiting drivers from making mistakes.
Police investigate complaint about Atomic Shuttles - Dominion Post - 19th Dec 2014
Police are investigating separate complaints about the way Atomic Shuttles buses have been driven through a mountain pass.
Backs of buses to promote safe driving messages - Otago Daily Times - 20th Dec 2014
Drivers visiting over the summer period who end up behind local buses in Queenstown will be able to read some driving tips, courtesy of the Queenstown Lakes District Council.
Tramper rescued on chopper's debut mission - New Zealand Herald - 20th Dec 2014
The Air Force says crew on a new helicopter rescued a missing tramper on the chopper's debut mission.An Air Force NH90 helicopter was deployed to find missing tramper David Schopf.
German tourist dies descending Mt Ngauruhoe - TVNZ - 21st Dec 2014
A tourist from Germany has died while hiking with his wife in Tongariro National Park.
TIA & members’ media releases
InterContinental Hotels Group follows in footsteps of Lady Gaga with interactive social media platform Shuttlerock – IHG, 19 Dec 2014
InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) has become the first hotel group in Australasia to use interactive social media platform Shuttlerock to engage with its customers.
Tourism New Zealand endorses New Zealand International Convention Centre – TNZ, 19 Dec 2014
Tourism New Zealand (TNZ) says that today’s application for resource consent for the New Zealand International Convention Centre (NZICC) is great news for the tourism industry.
Spectacular flythrough reveals first glimpses inside NZICC – SKYCITY, 19 Dec 2014
Stunning imagery of the New Zealand International Convention Centre (NZICC), including the first glimpses inside the building, has been released today by SKYCITY Entertainment Group.
Tourism operators can help keep visiting drivers safe – TIA, 19 Dec 2014
Tourism operators around the country are being asked to play their part in a campaign to improve safety for visiting drivers this summer.
November arrivals continue a year of stellar growth – TNZ, 19 Dec 2014
International visitor arrivals continue to grow, continuing a 15 month trend, with total arrivals up 5.1 per cent to more than 2.8 million visitors for the year ending November 2014.