Today's Tourism News
1 Sept 2015
TIA in the news
Jetstar expansion in other regions not ruled out - 3 News - 1st Sep 2015
Jetstar hasn't ruled out flight paths to other parts of New Zealand.The budget airline announced new routes to Napier, Nelson, Palmerston North and New Plymouth yesterday.
Travellers to benefit from new domestic air competition – Stuff, 31 Aug 2015
Kiwi travellers wanting to take advantage of their own backyard could see a prolonged golden period for travel ahead.
TIA members in the news
Tour guide chasing award - Wanganui Chronicle - 31st Aug 2015
Sue "Chase" Hughes of Wanganui is the only woman in the running so far for the title of New Zealand's top tour guide.
Designer tours for off-peak allure - New Zealand Herald - 1st Sep 2015
A New Zealand tourism operator has created designer itineraries to entice more Chinese visitors in off-peak seasons.
$4m appetite for Wellington On a Plate - Sunday Star Times - 1st Sep 2015
Wellington On a Plate has left a lasting appetite in the capital, contributing millions to the regional economy.
SkyCity ditches 'zero hours' - Sunday Star Times - 31st Aug 2015
SkyCity Auckland is ditching "zero hour" contracts for staff on collective agreements. The casino operator reached an agreement with Unite Union and the Service and Food Workers Union which...
Airlines & airports
Editorial: Your move, Air New Zealand - Manawatu Standard - 1st Sep 2015
Let the airfare price wars begin - and not a moment too soon.Monday's announcement by Jetstar that regional New Zealand, including Manawatu, will be made that much more accessible with...
Editorial: Air rivalry in regions welcome - New Zealand Herald - 1st Sep 2015
The landscape is littered with airlines that failed to make a go of servicing this country's regions.
No Jetstar for Timaru - Timaru Herald - 31st Aug 2015
Jetstar will not fly to Timaru any time soon.The Qantas-owned passenger airline announced on Monday it would open routes to Nelson, Napier, New Plymouth and Palmerston North.
$9 airfares spark price war - Sunday Star Times - 31st Aug 2015
Bargain hunters snapped up more than 15,000 airline tickets at $9 each on new regional routes announced by Jetstar, during a four-hour sale on Monday.
Still doing a Jetstarve - Southland Times - 1st Sep 2015
That jokey tweet from Jetstar -- "we're introducing flights to NZ's largest towns starting with N -- Napier, Nelson, New Plymouth & North Palmerston" didn't really enhance the mood in...
Bay of Plenty snubbed in Jetstar destinations - Bay of Plenty Times - 31st Aug 2015
The Bay of Plenty has lost out in this morning's announcement of cheap Jetstar regional flights.There was hope that Tauranga or Rotorua would be selected as one of four regional destinations...
Flight attendant dispute: Appeal nears end - New Zealand Herald - 31st Aug 2015
An appeal of a long-running employment dispute between Air New Zealand and a former flight attendant is drawing to a close.
SmartGates boost NZ’s airport efficiency in world rankings – NBR, 31 Aug 2015
The government’s investment in SmartGate technology at international airports is paying off, Customs Minister Nicky Wagner says.
Queenstown, Auckland among world's most friendly cities - New Zealand Herald - 31st Aug 2015
Queenstown and Auckland have made the list of the top 10 friendliest cities for 2015.The southern city ranked number three and Auckland number nine in the annual Cond Nast Traveler magazine...
Speed skate track approved for city park - Waikato Times - 31st Aug 2015
A proposal to build a world-class speed skate track in Hamilton has the green light.The city council has approved plans by Hamilton Roller Skating Club to build a 200-metre asphalt track at...
Polyfest eyes funding sources - Southland Times - 1st Sep 2015
Polyfest has become a victim of its own success.As the five-day cultural extravaganza wrapped up on Saturday organisers were mulling the demands and opportunities for 2016 and beyond.
Vector Arena company sold - more big gigs promised - New Zealand Herald - 31st Aug 2015
The American business which next year brings Madonna to New Zealand for the first time now has approval to operate Auckland's Vector Arena.
Property Talk: where are all the hotels? – NBR, 31 Aug 2015
A decade’s failure to build any new hotels has come home to roost with tourism pushing demand for room growth to 7% a year, yet only 1400 new beds are expected to be built in the next five years.
Tourist in massage mix-up - Southland Times - 1st Sep 2015
A tourist who asked for more than the standard service in a Central Otago spa has had sentencing delayed.
Man fired airgun while drunk - Otago Daily Times - 1st Sep 2015
An Australian man was a ''stupid young larrikin'' when he repeatedly fired an air rifle near the resort's town centre while drunk, the Queenstown District Court heard yesterday.
Peter Lyons: Nothing but spin coming from our Government - New Zealand Herald - 31st Aug 2015
Hey John, I'm still waiting for our great National cycle trail. After the global financial crisis hit, the Prime Minister called a summit in 2009 of important people to brainstorm ideas to...
Italian tourist charged - Southland Times - 31st Aug 2015
An Italian tourist involved in a fatal crash in Northern Southland on Friday has been charged by police.
TIA members’ media releases
New Jetstar route to Wellington provides exciting opportunities – PWT, 31 Aug 2015
The announcement of another new route into Wellington by Jetstar provides exciting opportunities for the city to further grow its high performing domestic and Australian visitor markets.
Seven years growing a lasting appetite for Wellington – PWT, 31 Aug 2015
Over the last seven years, the annual Visa Wellington On a Plate culinary festival has helped lead a transformation of one of Wellington’s quietest months, and been an invaluable enabler for the local food and beverage sector.
Three new multi-million dollar pools to open at Tekapo Springs – Tekapo Springs, 31 Aug 2015
Award-winning South Island tourism attraction Tekapo Springs has announced plans to open not one, but THREE new pools for families to enjoy from the busy Christmas period.