Today's Tourism News
28-30 March 2015
TIA in the news
Deadly Hobbit highway - Waikato Times - 30th Mar 2015
Residents of a rural Waikato road fear dodgy GPS directions to Hobbiton are endangering the lives of tourists and locals.
Editors Insight: How tourism could do even better - National Business Review - 27th Mar 2015
The tourism sector has its champions and detractors.
TIA members in the news
Spill fine boon for river - Wanganui Chronicle - 30th Mar 2015
At least $100,000 from Ruapehu Alpine Lifts' fine over a diesel spill will be put into a project to beautify the Makotuku River, Horizons' Ruapehu councillor Bruce Rollinson says.
Rare canoe prow to grace museum - Dominion Post - 28th Mar 2015
Taranaki's cultural coffers have received a significant boost in recent times. Last Friday, a powhiri was held at New Plymouth's Puke Ariki Museum to welcome back the famed Motunui panels,...
Airlines & airports
'Arrives late for flight' – NBR, 29 Mar 2015
It’s not rated as secret but the Transportation Security Agency behavioural observation checklist and form for detecting possible terrorists has been disseminated on the web.
Airport considers new carrier - Hawkes Bay Today - 27th Mar 2015
A new air service between Hawke's Bay and the prime South Island wine region of Marlborough is being considered by top-of-the-south provincial carrier Sounds Air.
Editorial: City air link would have big spin-offs - Rotorua Daily Post - 28th Mar 2015
A direct air link between Rotorua and Queenstown makes perfect sense. As we reported yesterday , Rotorua business leaders and Mayor
Cockpit rule overdue expert - 3 News - 27th Mar 2015
Questions have been raised over why it has taken Kiwi airlines so long to make it compulsory for at least two crew to be in the flight deck at all times.
Funding the runway - Dominion Post - 28th Mar 2015
Regional mayors are pledging ratepayers' money to help get a longer Wellington Airport runway across the line.
Wildfoods festival failure - Christchurch Press - 27th Mar 2015
The future of Hokitika's Wildfoods Festival is in question after it failed to attract enough attendees to break even this year.
Convention centre, Lakeview costs up - Otago Daily Times - 28th Mar 2015
The rising costs of the Queenstown Lakes District Council's proposed convention centre and Lakeview subdivision have been revealed in its draft 10-year plan.
Reports paint positive picture for Rotorua - Rotorua Daily Post - 28th Mar 2015
Two independent reports regarding Rotorua's economic future were released recently suggesting a bright future for the district.
Conservation & environment
Changes needed at DoC – NBR, 28 Mar 2015
The recent idiotic threat against Fonterra by some anti-1080 nutter has brought the focus back on how we manage our conservation estate.
Tourist Drivers – TVNZ Sunday, 29 Mar 2015
Why are tourists killing themselves - and us - on our roads? Sunday investigates.
Screening urged for foreign drivers - Waikato Times - 30th Mar 2015
A call for a better system to screen foreign drivers could be key to minimising deadly crashes on New Zealand roads - the head of the Road Transport Forum says.
Tourist breaks leg in national park - Rotorua Daily Post - 27th Mar 2015
A German tourist has been airlifted to hospital after breaking her leg in the Tongariro National Park.
TIA members’ media releases
New tourism partners aiming for sustainability – TIA & Lincoln University, 27 Mar 2015
A new tourism partnership will help contribute to the sustainability of the industry in New Zealand, say Lincoln University tourism expert Professor David Simmons and Tourism Industry Association New Zealand (TIA) Chief Executive Chris Roberts.
Ziptrek Ecotours expands marketing team with a new sales member – Ziptrek Ecotours, 27 Mar 2015
Multi award-winning eco-tourism company Ziptrek Ecotours continues to expand its business with the appointment of Matt Hirst to the sales team.