Today's Tourism News
17 April 2015
TIA members in the news
Call for public airing over gallery risks - Wanganui Chronicle - 17th Apr 2015
The potential risks of the Sarjeant Gallery project need a proper public airing, according to Wanganui district councillor Philippa Baker-Hogan.
Mackenzie Council adopts new tourism rates structure - Timaru Herald - 16th Apr 2015
The Mackenzie District Council adopted a number of new proposals for its tourism rates structure in a meeting in Fairlie on Thursday.
Bid to keep Pasifika Festival in South Auckland kicks off - Dominion Post - 16th Apr 2015
A fight to keep the popular Pasifika Festival in south Auckland has kicked off. The Pacific Island cultural festival was moved from its Western Springs location to Manukau City Centre's...
Editorial: Worrying signs at Te Papa - Dominion Post - 17th Apr 2015
Te Papa boss Rick Ellis has wasted no time in getting to work.First came the news of a proposal to lop off the museum's publishing arm.
Airlines & airports
Lower winter air fares - Gisborne Herald - 16th Apr 2015
LOWER winter airfares from Gisborne Airport could be in the offing, Air New Zealand has revealed...
Tourism NZ and Air NZ will push new Houston destination in joint US marketing campaign - National Business Review - 16th Apr 2015
Tourism New Zealand said a joint venture promotional campaign it's launching with Air New Zealand [NZX: AIR] in the US in September will have a strong focus on pushing the airline's new direct flight from Auckland to Houston, Texas, announced today.
Air NZ new route helps it stay on top of competition – NBR, 16 Apr 2015
Air New Zealand [NZX: AIR] announced this morning it will begin the longest route on its network – Auckland to Houston, Texas – from December.
Preparing to host super cruise ships - Otago Daily Times - 17th Apr 2015
Port Otago could be hosting the new 348m-long super cruise ship Ovation of the Seas and as many as 5000 passengers within two years, with preparations under way to widen bends in the lower...
Editors will take bike trails worldwide - Rotorua Daily Post - 16th Apr 2015
Rotorua's mountain biking scene may have received a tourism boost from Crankworx, but soon readers of 20 international magazines will get to see even more of what the city has to offer.
City moteliers get web savvy - Rotorua Daily Post - 16th Apr 2015
The Rotorua Association of Motels is set to launch its own free booking website to provide a better service and to redirect cash heading to offshore websites.
Trapped tourists get no explanation for 'unfair' charge - New Zealand Herald - 16th Apr 2015
Two French tourists whose hired camper van was struck by a landslide on March 6 never heard back from Wicked Campers about why the pair were charged more than $2500 after the incident.
Popstar praises Queenstown - Southland Times - 16th Apr 2015
Australia pop sensation Ricki-Lee Coulter has been singing Queenstown's praises on social media while in the resort filming her new television show.
Relief on way for walkway users - Northern Advocate - 16th Apr 2015
Walkers caught short while on the Hatea Loop Walkway in Whangarei will have to cross their legs no longer, with $440,000 to be spent on toilet upgrades including a new block at Pohe Island.
Mayor won't give up on Easter trading law change - Marlborough Express - 16th Apr 2015
Marlborough Mayor Alistair Sowman is again calling for Government to change its stance on Easter trading laws to allow shops in the region to open during one of the busiest weekends of the...
Conservation & environment
Bowen Falls in Limbo - Southland Times - 16th Apr 2015
There are four options under consideration to reopen the Bowen Falls track, but questions remain over who pays for the work.
Conservation board calls for user pays to take pressure off DOC - Southland Times - 16th Apr 2015
Southland Conservation Board members and DOC staff calling for a user pays model with record numbers of people visiting Milford Sound.
Who owns this bag? - Nelson Mail - 16th Apr 2015
A search is underway in Nelson Lakes National Park after a bag was found abandoned at a backcountry hut.
Hiker could have info on Lenicker - Southland Times - 16th Apr 2015
Police are looking for a hiker who travelled from Te Anau to the Homer Tunnel car park with missing German tramper Christine Lenicker.
American tramper found - Dominion Post - 16th Apr 2015
An American tramper has been found safe after last being seen nine days ago when he went on a back-country hike in the Mt Aspiring National Park.
TIA members’ media releases
Up Close with a predator – Canterbury Museum, 16 Apr 2015
Get up close with New Zealand’s most common predators in a new exhibition at Canterbury Museum opening on Saturday, 18 April 2015.
Cruise New Zealand celebrates Ovation deployment – Cruise New Zealand, 16 April 2015
For the last year, Cruise New Zealand had been saying “it’s not if, but when”, and now the big ships are coming.
Exhibition remembers Hawke’s Bay’s First World War participation – MTG Hawke’s Bay, 16 April 2015
MTG Hawke’s Bay exhibition commemorating Hawke’s Bay’s participation in the First World War opens this weekend promising a big journey grounded in local experiences of the War at home and abroad.
Auckland Airport welcomes Air New Zealand’s new Auckland to Houston service – Auckland Airport, 16 Apr 2015
Air New Zealand has announced today that it will begin flying direct to Houston, Texas from December this year.
Air New Zealand signs three year deal to sponsor TRENZ – Air New Zealand, 16 Apr 2015
Air New Zealand and the Tourism Industry Association New Zealand (TIA) have signed a new sponsorship agreement which establishes Air New Zealand as the premier airline sponsor of TRENZ for the next three years.