Today's Tourism News
27 Nov 2014
TIA members in the news
Auckland top spot for Bay residents - Bay of Plenty Times - 26th Nov 2014
Don't be surprised if you bump into your neighbours in Auckland this summer.According to data released by the Fresh Information Company, the most popular destination between November 2013...
Hilton: no approval needed - Otago Daily Times - 27th Nov 2014
Hilton Queenstown's new owners say they are just financiers, so the deal does not need Overseas Investment Office approval.
Local company pegs $3.2m camping grounds deal - Otago Daily Times - 27th Nov 2014
A Queenstown company has paid $3.2million for a 25-year lease of five camping grounds and holiday parks in the district.
Anger at 'bludgers' - Marlborough Express - 27th Nov 2014
The Marlborough District Council is kicking holiday park owners "in the kneecaps" by opening a busy Picton car park to freedom camping bludgers, a Picton businessman says.
Tourism Holdings lifts profit forecast - Manawatu Standard - 27th Nov 2014
Tourism Holdings shares rose to six-year highs after it upgraded its full-year net profit forecast by about $1 million to $16m.
Airlines & airports
Mayor Walks Out Of Air NZ Meeting – Radio NZ, 25 Nov 2014
The rural representative for Local Government New Zealand walked out of a meeting today with Air New Zealand, when it refused to reconsider its closure of some regional services.
Boom in Chinese tourists - Dominion Post - 27th Nov 2014
Booming Chinese tourism to New Zealand is set to rocket ahead even faster, with many more than half a million visitors a year expected to arrive by 2020.
Travel statistics boost for AIA - Otago Daily Times - 27th Nov 2014
Auckland International Airport shares rebounded yesterday after the release of the company's monthly traffic statistics which showed an impressive increase in international travel.
Go slow on beach, vehicle users told - Northern Advocate - 26th Nov 2014
The stops are being pulled out to get information signs up and brochures printed to help improve vehicle use at the Ahipara end of 90 Mile Beach/Te Oneroa a Tohe before the summer holidays.
Nelson's Chinese links explored - Nelson Mail - 26th Nov 2014
Chinese consul-general Jin Zhijian wrapped up a two-day visit to Nelson today after meeting with businesses and education providers to strengthen relationships between China and Nelson.
Monster Slide coming to Nelson - Nelson Mail - 26th Nov 2014
Nelson's steep Collingwood St is set to become the venue for a 300-metre long Monster Slide. Wellington entrepreneur Jamie Templeton is planning the slip 'n' slide event for Monday, February...
Visitor levy mooted as fundraiser - Otago Daily Times - 27th Nov 2014
A bed tax is back on the agenda for Queenstown, driven by the resort's Chamber of Commerce.
Support for gondola - Marlborough Express - 26th Nov 2014
Picton businesses are buzzing over plans for a multimillion-dollar gondola overlooking the Marlborough Sounds and are crossing their fingers it will attract more people to town.
The hills are alive - Marlborough Express - 26th Nov 2014
Popular mountainbike trails in Marlborough are to be extended as part of the region's most significant track development in 14 years.
Duco hoping to bring big events to Invercargill - Southland Times - 26th Nov 2014
The budding relationship between Southland and Duco Events appears to be moving to the next level including the potential for an NRL game being played in Invercargill.
Inner city revitalisation strategy released - Rotorua Daily Post - 26th Nov 2014
Rotorua's newly released Inner City Revitalisation Strategy is the first in a series of seven major strategies providing a framework for achieving the district's Rotorua 2030 goals.
Lack of berth sinks waka plan - Rotorua Daily Post - 26th Nov 2014
Plans to have a controversial 75-metre plastic waka on the Tauranga waterfront have been dropped after the feasibility process failed to find a suitable location, said steering group members.
Penguin chick settling in - Hawkes Bay Today - 26th Nov 2014
Napier's National Aquarium of New Zealand has a fluffy new addition to its penguin family.The Department of Conservation gave a five-day-old little penguin chick to the aquarium after it was...
Dunedin crowned ultimate winner of Gigatown - TVNZ - 26th Nov 2014
The scarfie-student-town will now enjoy the most high-speed-internet in the country, after winning a nationwide competition.
Man jailed for attempting to violate tourist - New Zealand Herald - 26th Nov 2014
A man who attempted to sexually violate a tourist in Westport in June has been sentenced to four years and eight months in prison, without parole.