Today's Tourism News
7 March 2014
TIA members in the news
Abel Tasman proves irresistible - Nelson Mail - 6th Mar 2014
The biggest problem for the guides showing a group of high-end German cruise ship passengers the Abel Tasman National Park was "prising them off the beach".
Potential to boost wine tourism - Southland Times - 6th Mar 2014
New research into wine tourism highlights the opportunities for Central Otago and Queenstown Lakes and the need for greater collaboration to capitalise on the growing market, regional...
Nelson fourth in travel poll - Nelson Mail - 6th Mar 2014
Nelson has made New Zealand's top four destinations in a trans-Tasman travel experience poll. Taranaki was named the top tourist destination, followed by Coromandel and Queenstown, with...
$1m for cycle trail - Southland Times - 6th Mar 2014
The Around the Mountains Cycle Trail is a step closer to becoming a reality after a$1 million grant from theLottery Grants Boardfor the second stage of the trail.
Backtrack on zoo garden - Auckland City Harbour News - 7th Mar 2014
Auckland Zoo's demolished Japanese friendship garden could end up being rebuilt on its original site. Auckland formed a sister city relationship with Fukuoka in 1986.
Blight at the museum - Dominion Post - 7th Mar 2014
Storage problems at Napier's new museum have run up against another hurdle - sewerage pipes that make it culturally unacceptable for storing taonga.
WoW factor persuades Weta boss to swap jobs - Dominion Post - 6th Mar 2014
World of WearableArt has sewn up Weta's general manager as it sets the stage for international growth following a $900,000 government investment.
Airlines & airports
New measles cases on Air NZ flight - 3 News - 6th Mar 2014
Two passengers on an Air New Zealand flight from Australia have contracted measles, bringing the number of cases in Auckland this year to 57.
'Pop-up' for airport's winter rush - Southland Times - 7th Mar 2014
Queenstown Airport bosses expect this winter to be so busy that a temporary structure will be needed to cope with passenger numbers.
New treats on festival menu - Christchurch Press - 7th Mar 2014
It's that time again when huhu grubs and mountain oysters' join tarantulas and scorpions on a brave foodie's plate.
Lotteries grant means centre funded - Taranaki Daily News - 7th Mar 2014
Critics said it would never be done, but all the money for building the Len Lye Centre has been found. The New Zealand Lottery Grants Board yesterday confirmed a $2.
Bid to rid Macandrew Bay of campers - Otago Daily Times - 7th Mar 2014
Macandrew Bay may soon be free of freedom campers: residents' opposition has prompted the Otago Peninsula Community Board to seek immediate changes to the Dunedin City Council's trial of...
Wicked Campers' art a 'thoughtless insult' - 3 News - 7th Mar 2014
A piece of art on the back of a Wicked Camper van has been labelled "silly and inappropriate" by angry anti-drink driving campaigners.
Re-Start Mall moves down the street - Christchurch Press - 6th Mar 2014
The Re:Start container mall will carry on for at least another year thanks to a $1.27 million government grant.
Freedom camping review on - Nelson Mail - 6th Mar 2014
What is the Mayor going to do about freeloaders setting up campsites in Nelson carparks? - Andrew Holmes, NelsonRachel Reese responds: I'm obliged to disclose that I am a camper - more...
Tour may have ended in tragedy - Nelson Mail - 6th Mar 2014
Jens Prehn says his son had two main intentions when he came from Germany to New Zealand: to learn as much as possible about the country, and to meet "as many different people as he ever...
TIA member media releases
Applicants sought for Queenstown Winter Festival Official Charities – Destination Queenstown, 6 Mar 2014
The American Express Queenstown Winter Festival is looking for local charities and community groups to take advantage of the various fundraising opportunities that exist as part of this year’s 40th anniversary American Express Queenstown Winter Festival (20-29 June 2014).
Air New Zealand to further boost Japan services – Air New Zealand, 6 Mar 2014
Air New Zealand is boosting capacity on its Japan services by 30 percent from November.