TIA in the news
Extra rooms attract more visitors - Christchurch Press - 11th Dec 2013
Christchurch has 500 more hotel rooms than a year ago, attracting more visitors to Canterbury, according to new data.
Cook Strait capacity
Cook Strait capacity fact sheet – prepared by TIA with input from Interislander and Bluebridge, to keep members up to date with Cook Strait ferry capacity.
Ferry issues dent Xmas spend - Nelson Mail - 10th Dec 2013
Ferry problems keeping tourists away from Nelson may account for less than expected growth in spending in the region, says a business leader.
Aratere's propeller recovered - Dominion Post - 10th Dec 2013
The starboard propeller of the crippled Cook Strait ferry Aratere has been raised from its temporary Cook Strait seabed home on the same day the ship returned to freight-only service.
Aratere's six-tonne propeller retrieved - TVNZ - 10th Dec 2013
The Interislander ferry Aratere's propeller has been retrieved from Cook Strait.
TIA members in the news
Receivers sell Jasons assets - Taranaki Daily News - 10th Dec 2013
Tertiary textbook firm Bennetts Group has bought the assets of Jasons Travel Media from the receivers.
Don't lose your torch down the long drop - Marlborough Express - 11th Dec 2013
This week DOC community relations ranger Clare Duston talks about etiquette when using their huts. Many of us are scared of the unknown.
Airlines & airports
Tasman airline battle heats up - New Zealand Herald - 11th Dec 2013
A new front in the transtasman airline battle is opening up over summer with competition hotting up on Perth and Adelaide routes.
Air New Zealand tips 20pc earnings jump - New Zealand Herald - 10th Dec 2013
Air New Zealand says its on track to boost earnings by 20 per cent for the first half of the year.This would push pre-tax earnings to for the six month period.
Air NZ fortunes soar - Manawatu Standard - 10th Dec 2013
Air New Zealand's financial fortunes continue to soar, with the airline forecasting its profit for the half year to December 31 will be 20 per cent higher than a year earlier
Air NZ expects interim profit to rise 20pct - 3 News - 10th Dec 2013
Air New Zealand expects first half pre-tax earnings of on optimism about its December bookings and on certainty about redundancy costs.
Mount Cook Airline celebration - Southland Times - 11th Dec 2013
The Mount Cook Airline, which pioneered scheduled airline flights to Queenstown 50 years ago is marking the occasion with celebrations and a plaque laying ceremony early next year.
International guest nights down in October - Dominion Post - 12th Dec 2013
The number of foreign visitors staying in hotels and motels dropped again in October, after falling steadily since mid-year. Domestic guest nights in October were up 2.
Locals make up for foreign visitor shortfall - Dominion Post - 11th Dec 2013
The number of foreign visitors staying in hotels and motels fell sharply in October, but a rising number of New Zealanders more than made up for it
Cutting edge technology for new ride - Southland Times - 11th Dec 2013
A Queenstown business has opened the first interactive thrill ride and simulator of its kind in New Zealand.
More cyclists make use of trail - Timaru Herald - 12th Dec 2013
The Aoraki/Mt Cook to Omarama and Lake Ohau to Omarama sections of the new Alps2Ocean cycle trail are proving firm favourites with cyclists.
Closing time debate heats up - Marlborough Express - 12th Dec 2013
Cutting the opening hours of bars in Marlborough would unfairly punish responsible drinkers for the actions of boozed-up troublemakers, says a Blenheim bar owner.
Conservation & environment
Toxic algae hits swim spots - Timaru Herald - 12th Dec 2013
Two more popular South Canterbury swimming spots are experiencing toxic algae problems. Community and Public Health has issued health warnings for the Waihi River at Winchester and the...
Council science losses of concern - Otago Daily Times - 12th Dec 2013
Concerns the Otago Regional Council's science-based capability, especially around water quality, may be curtailed by the organisation's restructure, have been raised by Cr Bryan Scott.
More lake monitoring on Horizon - Manawatu Standard - 11th Dec 2013
New national standards for freshwater will require Horizons Regional Council to vastly increase its monitoring of the region's lakes.
Cruise ships sail past Kaikoura's reach - Marlborough Express - 11th Dec 2013
The light at the end of the tunnel does not appear to be getting any brighter in terms of getting cruise ships into Kaikoura more regularly.
Auckland may benefit from Sydney cruise congestion - New Zealand Herald - 11th Dec 2013
Auckland could be the winner from Sydney's congested port facilities as cruise lines consider basing more cruising from this side of the Tasman.
Winter Games' net financial boost $7.8 million - Otago Daily Times - 12th Dec 2013
This year's Winter Games provided a major financial boost to Southern Lakes and New Zealand, a games report released yesterday shows.
Cup event boosted region's economy - Taranaki Daily News - 12th Dec 2013
The region's economy benefited by more than as a result of Stratford's hosting of last month's Oceania Cup international hockey tournament.
Editorial: Fine tourism line for Tasman - Nelson Mail - 10th Dec 2013
OPINION: For two years the Tasman District Council has been signalling a rethink on regional tourism funding.
Living wage confirmed - Dominion Post - 11th Dec 2013
Wellington City Council has confirmed it will pay its staffa living wage - the first council in the country to do so.
St John SafeZone returns to city - Auckland City Harbour News - 11th Dec 2013
A service for revellers needing time out or medical help in the central city is back for summer. The SafeZone is somewhere party-goers can go to if they have overindulged in alcohol or...