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Today's Tourism News

Today's Tourism News

24 Oct 2014

TIA in the news
Best practice guidelines for rental vehicle sector – RadioLive, 24 Oct 2014
(audio link: click on Friday 24 Oct, 8.15am. Item starts at 4’40”) Marcus Lush interviews TIA Advocacy Manager Steve Hanrahan about the new Driver Safety Guidelines.

New guidelines for rentals after spate of tourist crashes – NZ Herald, 24 Oct 2014
New guidelines for rental vehicles have been developed after a spate of deaths and a coroner's recommendation for foreign drivers to get better education on arrival in New Zealand.

TIA members in the news
Sam Morgan may face fire action - Dominion Post - 23rd Oct 2014
Apologetic Trade Me founder Sam Morgan could face legal action after a burn-off on his property doused Wanaka in smoke.

Weta caves in to demand - Manawatu Standard - 24th Oct 2014
The busy dwarfs at Sir Peter Jackson's movie empire in Miramar have tunnelled out a new Weta Cave, to accommodate the growing numbers of visitors wanting to check out where and how all the...

Airlines & airports
5 Auckland Airport staff on $1m - New Zealand Herald - 24th Oct 2014
Auckland Airport, where profits are forecast to be flat after increasing by more than 10 per cent last year, now pays five staff more than $1 million - up from two previously.

'Aggressive, fake' retailers putting travellers off at Auckland Airport - TVNZ - 23rd Oct 2014
Auckland International Airport admits there has been over-zealous competition.

Auckland Airport sticks to forecast - Taranaki Daily News - 23rd Oct 2014
Auckland International Airport says it is on track to deliver an underlying net profit of between $160 million and $170m this financial year.

Air NZ's 'most epic' safety video – Stuff, 23 Oct 2014
Safety is fantasy in Air New Zealand's latest Hobbit star-studded in-flight safety video, directed by Taika Waititi.

Around NZ
Fieldays thinks big - Waikato Times - 24th Oct 2014
Fieldays will ask the Government to make the event's status as important as the Rugby World Cup and hopes that may give it better access to Treasury coffers.

First step towards new bridge - Southland Times - 24th Oct 2014
Prime Minister John Key has honoured an election promise to fast-track the Kawarau Falls bridge project, with registrations for interest being called for today.

Bid to build support for rail venture - Gisborne Herald - 23rd Oct 2014
BACKERS of a shortline rail company are looking for support from Gisborne people as they continue to battle to get KiwiRail to allow them to use the...

Kiwi roommates fighting? - 3 News - 23rd Oct 2014
Pukaha Mount Bruce Wildlife Centre staff deny there's trouble in paradise, despite video footage emerging of what appears to be a rare white kiwi fighting with its roommate.

Naked Bus rolls out sleeper service + video - New Zealand Herald - 23rd Oct 2014
Naked Bus will give a taste of business class to passengers travelling overnight on SH1 with a lie flat bed sleeper service hitting the road just before Christmas.

Hospitality industry urged to speak out - Wanganui Chronicle - 23rd Oct 2014
Caroline Norton, newly elected Wanganui president of the Hospitality Association of New Zealand, is urging both members and non-members to get more involved in the industry.

Crime
Man accused of hostel rapes granted bail - New Zealand Herald - 23rd Oct 2014
A Kaitaia backpack lodge owner who is facing multiple charges of offending against male guests was granted bail when he appeared before Judge Keith de Ridder in the Kaitaia District Court...

Safety
Capsized kayakers rescued from cold - Otago Daily Times - 24th Oct 2014
Two kayakers were rescued after capsizing in windy conditions on Lake Wanaka yesterday morning.

Holiday weekend speed tolerance lowered - 3 News - 23rd Oct 2014
Police are reminding motorists they will be fined if they ignore the strict public holiday speed tolerance this Labour Weekend.

Police search for mystery backpack's owner - TVNZ - 23rd Oct 2014
A backpack containing clothing and a sleeping bag has been found in a river in Nelson Lakes National Park.

TIA & members’ media releases
“China Ready” seminars back by popular demand – Christchurch Airport, 24 Oct 2014
Increasing numbers of Chinese visitors arriving into Christchurch Airport has seen southern tourism and business operators sign up for seminars which help them roll out the welcome mat.

Exciting Sunday session at MTG Hawke’s Bay – MTG Hawke’s Bay, 23 Oct 2014
Film buffs have an opportunity to see the rarely screened 1974 feature film To Love a Maori on Sunday 2 November at MTG Century Theatre.

New Safer Journey Guidelines to improve visiting driver safety – TIA, 23 Oct 2014
Best practice guidelines have been developed for rental vehicle operators to help educate international visitors on driver safety.

New Zealand launches new business events advocates programme – TNZ & ATEED, 23 Oct 2014
Over the past year New Zealand has played host to everyone from geophysists to private detectives, doctors to journalists, thanks to the support of Tourism New Zealand’s (TNZ) business events programme.   

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