Today's Tourism News
18 Sept 2014
TIA members in the news
Skifields celebrating fresh snow dump - Christchurch Press - 17th Sep 2014
A dismal ski season just got a whole lot better for South Island ski fields. Many fields yesterday received the biggest dump of snow this season and more snow is forecast for later this week.
Motels cast fishing crews adrift - Timaru Herald - 18th Sep 2014
Drunken, bed-wetting fishing crews are unwelcome at South Canterbury motels. South Canterbury Moteliers Association president Maree Winter said people coming off fishing boats were behaving...
Synlait Milk takes top award - Dominion Post - 18th Sep 2014
Canterbury's two top businesses hail from the dairy and tourism industries. The region's most prestigious business awards, the Champion Canterbury Business Awards 2014, last night named...
Christchurch, Queenstown, Rotorua Ramada brand hotels to open in 2015 – NBR, 17 Sept 2014
Wyndham Hotel Group, one of the world’s largest hotel companies, with approximately 7540 hotels has announced that Safari Group, an Auckland-based development company, has signed franchise agreements for three new Ramada properties in New Zealand.
Airlines & airports
Faulty lights on runway forces plane to turn back - Northern Advocate - 17th Sep 2014
Passengers on a recent flight between Auckland and Whangarei covered the route three times before they were finally able to put their feet on the ground at their destination.
Extra US flights may see fares fall - New Zealand Herald - 17th Sep 2014
More New Zealanders are set to head to the United States with 56,000 more airline seats next year and predictions fares will fall on increasingly competitive routes across the Pacific.
Freedom Camping Bylaw Upsets Surfers – Radio NZ, 16 Sept 2014
A Taranaki resident says a proposed freedom-camping bylaw is unworkable and will put some of New Zealand’s top-rated surf breaks at risk.
Flock Hill job losses a 'red herring' - Dominion Post - 17th Sep 2014
Prime Minister John Key says Flock Hill's overseas owners must create value for NZ and to focus on the loss of 16 jobs was a 'red herring'.
Flock Hill owners deny 'eviction' - Christchurch Press - 17th Sep 2014
The owners of Canterbury's Flock Hill Station say they were about to sign a new agreement for a local tour operator to use their property when the deal exploded into a foreign ownership issue.
Mayor tackles Easter trading changes - Marlborough Express - 17th Sep 2014
Marlborough Mayor Alistair Sowman has written to the three Kaikoura electorate candidates most likely to become MPs to ask for their backing for changes to Easter trading laws.
Competing with Auckland - Dominion Post - 17th Sep 2014
Cutting the 24-day long New Zealand Festival by a week was one option considered for the future shape of the country's largest arts festival.
Superstar returns - Otago Daily Times - 18th Sep 2014
The Department of Conservation's Errol Nye releases Sirocco, the superstar kakapo, after he arrived at Orokonui Ecosanctuary for another visit yesterday.
Key to Wellington returned after theft - New Zealand Herald - 17th Sep 2014
The stolen ceremonial key to Wellington's Town Hall has been handed back to the city's mayor today by police after it was returned by the thief.
Kaitaia lodge owner accused of drugging backpackers due in court - TVNZ - 18th Sep 2014
A Kaitaia lodge owner accused of drugging male backpackers will reappear in court today.
TIA member media releases
Stop selling, start connecting – Hospitality NZ, 17 Sept 2014
Today’s consumer hates being sold to - building genuine relationships with customers is where growing businesses are going.