Today's Tourism News
3 March 2015
TIA members in the news
China aware of NZ crashes - Dominion Post - 3rd Mar 2015
Strong visual road crash images could be used to warn foreign drivers about the cost of accidents, a Chinese consul-general says.
Quake-hit camp in doubt - Christchurch Press - 3rd Mar 2015
The Christchurch City Council is considering closing the popular South Brighton Holiday Park because of the high cost of fixing the quake-damaged land and buildings.
View Flyer best broken up, sold - Otago Daily Times - 3rd Mar 2015
A sales agent who spent two years trying to find a buyer for the Kingston Flyer says it is in the ''best interests'' of the train for it to be broken up and sold.
Aiming to increase numbers - Otago Daily Times - 3rd Mar 2015
The planned $3.25 million redevelopment involving the Otago Museum science centre aims to double the present 88,000 visitors to that facility and related areas.
KiwiRail earnings fall on reduced freight - New Zealand Herald - 2nd Mar 2015
KiwiRail, the unprofitable government-owned rail operator, reported a 6 per cent drop in first-half operating earnings on reduced freight volumes of coal, logs and dairy, and said it would...
April 30 deadline for revised convention centre design – NBR, 2 Mar 2015
The deadline for approval of a revised design for SkCity [NZX: SKC] Entertainment Group's international convention centre in Auckland has been set at April 30.
Airlines & airports
Carry on: Jetstar's Dreamliners, Qantas offers Gold, Air AsiaX returns and more – NBR, 2 Mar 2015
Jetstar’s fleet of Boeing 787-8 Dreamliners will be on all its international flights out of Australia by September.
Redwoods trails voted Kiwis' cycling heaven - again - New Zealand Herald - 3rd Mar 2015
Rotorua's Redwoods mountain-bike trail network through Whakarewarewa Forest has been voted New Zealand's cycling heaven for a second year running.
Kapa haka 'Maori Olympics' - Christchurch Press - 3rd Mar 2015
Kapa haka groups are flooding into Christchurch for a festival some call "the Maori Olympics". Organisers expect a crowd of 20,000 to 30,000 in a city already grappling with cup fever.
Conservation & environment
The benefits of rent-a-kakapo - Dominion Post - 3rd Mar 2015
OPINION: Wildlife is critical to the economies of nations. New Zealand's wildlife - whales, dolphins, red deer, tahr, albatross, kiwi, tuatara, and fish - attract tourists.
Editorial: Vigilantism points to deep problem - New Zealand Herald - 3rd Mar 2015
New Zealanders are not vigilantes by nature. When they start taking the law into their own hands, something is seriously wrong.
Kiwis act to stop tourists driving - Christchurch Press - 3rd Mar 2015
Kiwis are racially abusing foreign drivers and criticising rental car companies after a summer of tourist crashes.
Taking keys not advised - Otago Daily Times - 2nd Mar 2015
Police are urging motorists not to take matters into their own hands, in the wake of the latest removal of car keys from people allegedly driving dangerously.
Couple badly injured - Dominion Post - 3rd Mar 2015
An elderly couple on their way home from Taranaki's Americarna festival have suffered horrific injuries in a crash caused by a tourist driver.
Tourist driver charged with careless driving causing death - New Zealand Herald - 2nd Mar 2015
The tourist driver of a rented people mover that crashed and killed one person has been charged with careless driving causing death.
Tourist went 178kmh - Christchurch Press - 2nd Mar 2015
A British tourist, who is the subject of bankruptcy proceedings in the UK, has been clocked driving at 178kmh on the West Coast.
Swiss crash driver did not realise he was on the wrong side of the road - Marlborough Express - 2nd Mar 2015
A Swiss national injured four people in a head-on crash on Christmas Day when he drove on the wrong side of the road at Goose Bay, near Kaikoura.
TIA members’ media releases
Rental Vehicle Industry Supporting Road Safety – Rental Vehicle Assn, 2 Mar 2015
Rental vehicle operators continue to pursue coordinated initiatives across the industry as part of broader efforts by the authorities to reduce the number of road incidents, including those involving overseas drivers.