Today's Tourism News
1 Sept 2014
TIA in the news
Poised for further growth – Otago Daily Times, 1 Sept 2014
New Zealanders are well aware how important tourism is to the economy, but the actual numbers are still eyebrow-raising.
TIA members in the news
Picton still a problem - Marlborough Express - 1st Sep 2014
Picton's tourism operators are fragmented and need to unite to make the most of the 250th anniversary of Captain James Cook's arrival in the Marlborough Sounds, Destination Marlborough says.
Business tourism on the up - Taranaki Daily News - 1st Sep 2014
Christchurch convention organisers are upbeat that business tourism for the city will remain on the front foot in the leadup to the planned opening of a $500 million convention centre and...
Skyline reviews luge track after visitor's incident - Rotorua Daily Post Rural - 30th Aug 2014
Luge tracks at Skyline Rotorua are to be reviewed after a recent accident left a man with a broken ankle.
Porters to get its first chair lift - Christchurch Press - 29th Aug 2014
The next step in Porters' plan to become a ''major'' destination is on its way - a four-seater chairlift.
Gardens nominated for award - Waikato Times - 29th Aug 2014
Hamilton Gardens has been nominated for International Garden of the Year by the World Garden Tourism Council.
TDC gives up tourism shares - Nelson Mail - 29th Aug 2014
Tasman District Council has handed its shares in Nelson Tasman Tourism to Nelson City Council at no cost and will buy future tourism services from the body in the future.
Results play out like a pub band - Dominion Post - 30th Aug 2014
New Zealand's economy may be a rock star but the latest round of profit results suggests listed companies are performing more like a pub band.
Conservationists gain $500k - Waikato Times - 30th Aug 2014
Five major Waikato conservation groups are collectively half a million dollars healthier thanks to a Department of Conservation grant.
Ferry woes hit KiwiRail - Sunday Star Times - 29th Aug 2014
KiwiRail has launched a wide-ranging review of its entire business after a year from hell that cost taxpayers $248 million.
Airlines & airports
Fares hit domestic travel - Dominion Post - 1st Sep 2014
Rising domestic airfares are turning New Zealanders off air travel and impacting on economic growth, an economist says.
Fares flying too high? - Dominion Post - 30th Aug 2014
Filling up bigger planes is the best hope for regional airports wanting to eke cheaper fares out of Air New Zealand, says Palmerston North Airport chief executive David Lanham.
Call for cheaper regional fares - Timaru Herald - 30th Aug 2014
Two South Canterbury business people have called for more reliable and cheaper regional flights out of Timaru.
Locals grounded by ticket prices - Rotorua Daily Post Rural - 29th Aug 2014
Big price-tags on domestic flights means many Rotorua people are opting to drive to Auckland and fly from there rather than footing the cost of flying out of their home town.
Airport traffic continues to grow - Otago Daily Times - 30th Aug 2014
Queenstown Airport is New Zealand's fourth-busiest, hosting 1.25 million passengers in the 2013-14 financial year.
Video snares heli-skiing entry - Timaru Herald - 1st Sep 2014
The first team for the World Heli Challenge (WHC) to be held at Mt Cook and Ohau in September has been announced.
US visitors provide boost for week - Otago Daily Times - 1st Sep 2014
Queenstown's economy is getting a timely boost as Gay Ski Week QT brings more than a 1000 high-spenders into the resort.
Norman makes a point with paddle - Dominion Post - 1st Sep 2014
As he paddles down the clear, swift Mohaka River, Greens co-leader Russel Norman looks more like he's in the middle of a holiday than in the thick of a campaign trail.
Lost in the ruck - Marlborough Express - 29th Aug 2014
Imagine the fallout if the Marlborough District Council had decided to host the Crusaders-Hurricanes clash in Blenheim next year and no-one came.
Mayor has high hopes for cycleway proposal - Otago Daily Times - 30th Aug 2014
The proposed Middlemarch to Palmerston cycleway could be one of the greatest cycleways in the world, former Waitaki mayor Alex Familton told a Palmerston Business Group meeting this week.
Mayor gets itchy feet - New Zealand Herald - 31st Aug 2014
Auckland Mayor Len Brown has set himself a globe-trotting agenda for the coming year with planned visits to Taiwan, Japan, China, the United States and Australia.
Court for resort plan - Otago Daily Times - 30th Aug 2014
The Environment Court will get to decide whether the dream of a $500 million resort and lifestyle development at McArthur Ridge near Alexandra is over.
Steam train could derail - Gisborne Herald - 30th Aug 2014
GISBORNE’S vintage steam train Wa165 will be off the rails for at least a year as serious financial concern continues for its future — and with no indication from KiwiRail when it can resume day excursions.
Brand launch to combat drop in student numbers - Otago Daily Times - 31st Aug 2014
The number of international students studying in Otago has dropped 5%, making it among the worst-performing regions in New Zealand.
Conservation & environment
Invitation to apply to tracks, huts fund - Otago Daily Times - 30th Aug 2014
A consortium representing more than 30,000 trampers, hunters, mountaineers and mountain bikers is inviting outdoor groups to bid for a slice of a $700,000 grant for upgrading backcountry...
Online audit for tourist activities - Otago Daily Times - 1st Sep 2014
Cromwell man Duncan Faulkner wants to help reduce the number of tragedies in the adventure tourism industry.
Grave fears for tourist's safety - New Zealand Herald - 30th Aug 2014
There are grave fears for the safety of a Hong Kong woman visiting Queenstown who has not been heard from in a week, police say.
Council to review safety of crossing - Manawatu Standard - 30th Aug 2014
A pedestrian crossing where a Swiss student was hit and killed is already at a higher safety standard than others around the city, according to the Palmerston North City Council.
TIA member media releases
Mantra Group Announces Results for the Year Ended 30 June 2014 – Mantra Group, 29 Aug 2014
Mantra Group Limited (Mantra Group) has announced its results for the year ended 30 June 2014.
Auckland tourism campaign wins at TVNZ New Zealand Marketing Awards – ATEED, 29 Aug 2014
Auckland proved that the show never stops at last night’s TVNZ New Zealand Marketing Awards winning the title for best Lifestyle, Travel and Leisure campaign.
TNZ and NZ Winegrowers sign MOU – TNZ, 29 Aug 2014
Tourism New Zealand and New Zealand Winegrowers have today announced a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to jointly promote New Zealand as a visitor destination and premium wine producer internationally.
Adventure Operators Reminded Of Upcoming Deadline – Destination Wairarapa, 29 Aug 2014
Destination Wairarapa, the regional tourism organisation, is reminding all operators of adventure activities in the region of their responsibilities to register with WorkSafe New Zealand.