Today's Tourism News
29 July 2014
TIA members in the news
$5m to make most of 'Hobbit' effect - Otago Daily Times - 29th Jul 2014
Tourism New Zealand is spending an extra $5 million to capitalise on Tolkien tourism.
May visitor numbers encouraging - Gisborne Herald - 28th Jul 2014
GISBORNE is experiencing growth in off-peak visitors and if recent trends continue, a lift in summer tourism is also on the cards.
The best day walk in New Zealand - Waikato Times - 29th Jul 2014
The Tongariro Crossing is regularly called the best day walk in New Zealand, but with big claims come big crowds.
Airlines & airports
Company to review air service - Otago Daily Times - 29th Jul 2014
Mainland Air representatives will meet today to discuss the future of its Oamaru Air Service.
NZ may be next in line for 'Coast' - Otago Daily Times - 29th Jul 2014
Scottish television personality Neil Oliver has filmed a promo in Queenstown for a potential New Zealand spin-off of long-running BBC series Coast.
Chinese visit boosts tourism, economic ties - Nelson Mail - 28th Jul 2014
A delegation of Chinese officials have been on a whirlwind tour of Nelson to cement their "friendly city" agreement and create economic and tourism ties with the region.
Sevens booze ban? - Dominion Post - 29th Jul 2014
The antics of hundreds of drunken revellers at this year's Wellington rugby sevens have resulted in tighter booze controls for next year's tournament.
'No conflict of interest' in balloon crash - Dominion Post - 28th Jul 2014
There was no conflict of interest in the co-owner of a balloon which crashed, killing 11 people, also being legally responsible for safety checks on its pilot, an inquest has been told.
Adventure company 'held to account' over death - New Zealand Herald - 28th Jul 2014
The uncle of an Australian tourist who died following a quad bike safari two years ago is pleased the tour company has been held to account.
TIA member media releases
“Significant” investment delivers growth for the NZ tourism industry – NZSki, 28 July 2014
A “significant” and brave investment that is helping the tourism industry succeed was praised by Deputy Prime Minister Bill English (Friday July 25) when he officially opened the new Curvey Basin chairlift at The Remarkables ski area in Queenstown.