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Today's Tourism News

Today's Tourism News

15 May 2015

TIA in the news
Foreigners hiring cars to be better quizzed and informed – Radio New Zealand - 15th May 2015
From next month, foreign drivers renting vehicles from some companies will have to undergo an assessment before being given the keys.

Air NZ rides the wave with safety videos - New Zealand Herald - 14th May 2015
Air New Zealand says it is carving out an entertainment channel niche and is being approached by movie makers wanting to do partnership deals over its safety videos.

Tourists hiring cars to undergo assessments - Radio New Zealand - 15th May 2015
From next month, foreign drivers renting vehicles from some companies will have to undergo an assessment before being given the keys.

Rental car code next month - Otago Daily Times - 15th May 2015
A new code of practice for rental vehicle operators, aimed at improving safety for all drivers in New Zealand, will begin next month.

Trenz attracts tourism buyers south - Otago Daily Times - 15th May 2015
A major tourism conference next week in Rotorua is already benefiting Dunedin, as the first of seven international travel agents visit the city to see what it has to offer.

TIA members in the news
Poor Knights top: Lonely Planet – Northern Advocate, 15 May 2015
One of the top travel organisations in the world has confirmed what Northlanders have known for years - Poor Knights Islands Marine Reserve is one of the best water adventures in the country.

Snow in Queenstown Lakes to boost ski season - Southland Times - 14th May 2015
Ski resort managers in Queenstown and Wanaka are hailing heavy snow on the mountains as a pleasing start to the snow season.

Tourism hits new high - Nelson Mail - 14th May 2015
Tourism has hit a new high in Nelson, with nearly 1.3 million guest nights in a year.Guest nights are a critical measure of how tourism is doing and the 1,299,896 reached for the year to...

Wharf charge for ship passengers? - Christchurch Press - 15th May 2015
Cruise ship passengers should each be charged $5 to use Akaroa's wharf as the town suffers from the influx of cruise visitors, an Akaroa resident says.

Huka Lodge owner appeals US$25m court decision - New Zealand Herald - 14th May 2015
Huka Lodge owner Alexander van Heeren is appealing a High Court decision that ordered him to pay US$25 million (NZ$33m) to his former business partner.

City pair on NZ museum board - Otago Daily Times - 15th May 2015
Otago Museum director Dr Ian Griffin has been elected to the board of the national museums professional body, Museums Aotearoa, for a two-year term.

Hamilton Waikato Tourism Want A 50 Per Cent Boost To Funding – Waikato Times, 12 May 2015
Hamilton Waikato Tourism is asking for a 50 per cent boost in funding from its local government partners, in an attempt to grow visitor spending by $350 million by 2025.

Airlines & airports
Sun and surf sure winner for Air NZ - New Zealand Herald - 14th May 2015
The blend of sun, sand and socially connected surfers is a guaranteed winner for Air New Zealand.

Around NZ
Bylaw drama for 'freedom camper' - Taranaki Daily News - 14th May 2015
A Taranaki man has hit out at a council's freedom camping bylaw he says doesn't distinguish between "roadside poopers" and those taking care of their own sanitary needs.

Cycle Classic departure a blow for Manawatu - Manawatu Standard - 15th May 2015
The wheels are at risk of falling off Manawatu's bike-friendly reputation following the New Zealand Cycle Classic's sharp exit.

Kakapo plan praised around the world - Southland Times - 14th May 2015
People from all over the world say they would travel to Invercargill to visit the world's only kakapo chick-rearing unit.

Council Spends To Bring Edinburgh Tattoo To Wellington – Newstalk, 12 May 2015
Wellington City Council has made a significant contribution to bringing back the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo to the capital.

Thames Public Toilets In Line For Upgrade – Waikato Times, 12 May 2015
It is one of the Coromandel Peninsula’s favourite tourist destinations and now Thames is about to get a $200,000 makeover – for its toilet block.

River Crossing Favoured Option – Wanganui Chronicle, 14 May 2015
Submissions to the Wanganui District Council 10-year plan are showing a marked preference for a new direction to the final leg of the Mountains to the Sea cycle trail into Wanganui.

Economy
World Cup a boost to retail - Otago Daily Times - 15th May 2015
The co-hosting of the Cricket World Cup this year helped a surge in retail sales for the three months ended March.

Govt
Govt to pump millions more into stopping 'high risk' foreigners entering NZ - TVNZ - 14th May 2015
As a record number of people visit NZ, more staff are to be added to our borders in an attempt to stop "high risk" people entering the country.

Safety
Wrong side of the road smash lands German tourist in court - Waikato Times - 14th May 2015
A German tourist who drove on the wrong side of the road, smashing head-on into a car coming the other way and badly injuring both his passenger and an occupant of the other vehicle, has...

TIA & members’ media releases
Air New Zealand congratulates Tourism New Zealand on new 100% Pure New Zealand campaign – Air New Zealand, 15 May 2015
Air New Zealand congratulates Tourism New Zealand on the latest evolution of its 100% Pure New Zealand campaign which was launched today and will roll out in international tourism markets from July to promote travel to New Zealand.

100% Pure New Zealand hits sixteen with new look and an even richer story – Tourism New Zealand, 15 May 2015
The latest evolution of Tourism New Zealand’s 100% Pure New Zealand campaign has further defined the country’s unique offer to travellers with a focus on the range and closeness of New Zealand’s attractions.

Rental vehicle operators to trial driver assessment process – TIA, 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.

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