Today's Tourism News
17 April 2014
Tourism 2025 – Air Connectivity
Passenger downturn hits airport's profit - Waikato Times - 16th Apr 2014
Waikato Regional Airport Ltd is forecasting a $421,000 loss this financial year on the back of a downturn in domestic passenger numbers.
Tourism 2025 – Visitor Experience
TAIC reviews Fox Glacier crash investigation - 3 News - 17th Apr 2014
The Transport Accident Investigation Commission will be reviewing its investigation into the Fox Glacier crash in 2010. This will include how it managed the crash site in September 2010.
Original designs sorely needed - Christchurch Press - 16th Apr 2014
OPINION: I haven't seen Friedensreich Hundertwasser's celebrated public toilets in Kawakawa, but I have seen the Hundertwasser house in Vienna.
NZ's first artificial surf reef wiped out - New Zealand Herald - 16th Apr 2014
New Zealand's first artificial surf reef now appears to have been a complete wipe-out, with authorities deciding to remove the $1.
Camping laws 'overkill' - Waikato Times - 17th Apr 2014
Thames-Coromandel District Council has batted off claims that its measures to control freedom camping on the peninsula are a "complete overkill" and infringe people's human rights.
Clarity sought over liquor laws - Southland Times - 17th Apr 2014
Organisers of the Clyde wine and food festival are calling for more clarity around new liquor laws and have lodged an appeal over a recent licensing decision to get answers.
Man who murdered Amy Farrall, attacked hitchhikers was on parole - TVNZ - 16th Apr 2014
The man who murdered the Christchurch woman and attacked two hitchhikers was on parole.
Grieving son, 9, may force driving tests for tourists – Stuff, 16 Apr 2014
The Government will look at driving tests for tourists following a petition from a 9-year-old Geraldine boy.
Tourism 2025 – Productivity
Cycleway: final push to Ross - Greymouth Star - 16th Apr 2014
Work is advancing to complete the final section of the West Coast Wilderness Trail, as far as Ross, by the end of winter.
Businesses given reminder on Easter surcharges - 3 News - 17th Apr 2014
Kiwis are getting hoodwinked if their cafe adds a surcharge to their latte on Easter Saturday or Sunday and claims it's due to holiday wage costs, the Commerce Commission says.
Wanaka's Easter blues - Southland Times - 16th Apr 2014
Another year and no doubt yet another debate will be sparked about Wanaka's Easter trading laws. This year, like every past year, will see businesses in Wanaka closing their doors for what...
Easter and liquor laws to hit bars, eateries - Dominion Post - 17th Apr 2014
Wellington's hospitality industry is preparing to take a hit this Easter as trading and liquor laws clash.
Tourism 2025 – Local Govt
Hotel emails testify to updates - Otago Daily Times - 17th Apr 2014
The Dunedin City Council was warned two weeks ago the developers behind a proposed $100 million waterfront hotel could walk away, because of mounting frustration at delays, emails released...
Costs to DCC exceed $200,000 - Otago Daily Times - 17th Apr 2014
Trying to help Betterways Advisory Ltd build a five-star hotel has so far cost the Dunedin City Council more than $200,000, it has been confirmed.
Otago Museum calls for bigger DCC levy - Otago Daily Times - 17th Apr 2014
Itwould be ''fairer'' for the Otago Museum, the Toitu Otago Settlers Museum and the Dunedin Public Art Gallery to receive the same Dunedin City Council levy rise later this year, Otago...
Other tourism news
Helicopter row flies to court - Christchurch Press - 16th Apr 2014
A multimillion-dollar dispute between Queenstown-based helicopter operator The Helicopter Line and Airwork subsidiary Heli Holdings over unpaid leasing fees will be heard in the High Court.
Museums unite to buy back taonga - New Zealand Herald - 17th Apr 2014
A medal gifted to a Ngapuhi chief in 1806 feared to be lost to his descendants forever after it was sold at auction in Sydney is on its way back to New Zealand after Te Papa and the Auckland...
In Stewart Island, sharks victims of local feud - 3 News - 17th Apr 2014
Stewart Island's only pub the South Sea sits squarely at the heart of life in Oban. It is where tourists flock for the legendary Sunday night quiz and where the local fishermen gather to...
Movers and shakers - April 17 - New Zealand Herald - 17th Apr 2014
Heritage Hotel Management has appointed Marcus Keenan as the new general manager of Heritage Auckland.
TIA member media releases
New luxury hotel to boost Auckland economy – ATEED, 16 Apr 2014
A new five-star hotel development on Auckland’s waterfront will strengthen the region’s visitor economy says Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development (ATEED).
Royal Visit results in great exposure for Explore Group and NZ tourism – Explore Group, 16 Apr 2014
The highly publicised match race between the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on Friday shone the international media spotlight brightly on Explore Group, New Zealand’s preeminent marine tourism operator.