Today's Tourism News
29 July 2015
TIA in the news
Govt must rethink its travel tax – RadioLive, 28 July 2015
(audio link, click on Tues 28 July, 16.15, item starts at 13’07”)
TIA Chief Executive Chris Roberts explains why the Government’s new travel tax will harm the tourism industry.
Tourism industry calls for border tax to be scrapped or delayed – Stuff, 28 July 2015
The Tourism Industry Association says it is "very ironic" the Government has proposed a more open approach to regulation on the same day submissions closed on a controversial travel tax that it says was passed into law without consultation.
Govt told travel tax could cost $100m – NZ Herald, 28 July 2015
A heavyweight travel industry coalition is calling for the Government to rethink its border tax which it says could wipe more than $100m a year from visitor spending.
TIA members in the news
Kea cleared for duty - North Shore Times - 28th Jul 2015
A popular Auckland passenger ferry is back in the harbour after being knocked out of service for five months.
NZ road safety training for travel agents - 3 News - 29th Jul 2015
Overseas travel agents are being offered free training to help them explain New Zealand's road rules and conditions to tourists.
Destination Rotorua chairman stands down - Rotorua Daily Post - 28th Jul 2015
Alan Bickers, chairman of Rotorua Lakes Council's tourism business unit, Destination Rotorua, has announced his retirement from the board to pursue other interests.
New pest traps for Tuatapere - Southland Times - 28th Jul 2015
Tuatapere eco-tourism advocate Joyce Kolk thinks everyone should set up pest control traps in their own backyard.
Sirocco the spokesparrot makes a return visit to Zealandia - Dominion Post - 29th Jul 2015
Sirocco the kakapo knows the journey to Wellington well and this time he was allowed to do it solo.
City's cruise ship bonanza - Otago Daily Times - 29th Jul 2015
Dunedin's booming cruise ship industry is set to take another leap forward, with total passenger capacity rising by 75% within the next two years.
International students targeted for city jobs - Otago Daily Times - 29th Jul 2015
A new jobs initiative aims to keep more of Dunedin's 3000 international students in the city for longer.
Airlines & airports
Jetstar regional flights face headwinds - analyst - New Zealand Herald - 28th Jul 2015
Macquarie says Jetstar regional operations here will have a big fight on its hands to make money in new analysis which dissects notoriously high fares to provincial cities.
Resident raises airport concerns - Nelson Mail - 28th Jul 2015
Nelson Airport is an earthquake risk with a similar overall rating to the Trafalgar Centre, but doesn't pose the same danger, says mayor Rachel Reese.
Cruise boss can't escape port debate - New Zealand Herald - 29th Jul 2015
A cruise line boss says his company has been caught in the middle of the highly charged debate about the expansion of Auckland's port.
Richard Moore: Greedy tax grab looming - Bay of Plenty Times - 28th Jul 2015
Padlock your wallets, freeze your bank accounts, there is yet another spectre on the horizon that will try to relieve you of your hard-earned money.
TIA members’ media releases
Visiting driver safety training for travel sellers – TNZ, 28 July 2015
A new online training module focusing on safe driving in New Zealand provides offshore travel sellers with the information they need to prepare people for a Kiwi self-drive holiday.