Today's Tourism News
4 March 2015
TIA in the news
Public driver intervention condemned – Otago Daily Times, 4 Mar 2015
Tourism Industry Association New Zealand chief executive Chris Roberts says 'vigilante' action against visiting drivers must be condemned.
Kiwis urged to 'calm down' over key-snatching - TVNZ - 3rd Mar 2015
John Key warned New Zealanders against "taking the law into their own hands", a message backed by the police.
Vigilante action scares tourists off roads - Radio New Zealand - 4th Mar 2015
Tourists are being scared off New Zealand roads by reports of locals taking the law into their hands and confiscating the car keys of visitors they think are driving dangerously.
TIA members in the news
Call for CCT to be more open - Dominion Post - 4th Mar 2015
Christchurch and Canterbury Tourism (CCT) needs to be more transparent and open to the public, because it is substantially funded by ratepayer and taxpayer money, tourism operators say.
Airlines & airports
Aircraft noise 'destructive' - Nelson Mail - 3rd Mar 2015
Charmaine Wratt says low-flying aircraft have wrecked her quality of life and health, but the aircraft noise issue is getting better, other residents and aviation industry representatives...
Art galleries reveal wish lists - Timaru Herald - 4th Mar 2015
Timaru art gallery and museum staff seeking $10.7 million for improvements told district councillors the reasons for their requests yesterday.
Len Lye Centre unveiled - Taranaki Daily News - 3rd Mar 2015
New Plymouth is getting its first glimpse of the mirror-like surface on the multi million-dollar Len Lye Centre.
Slow, stinky ride - Dominion Post - 3rd Mar 2015
Passengers on a bus from Wellington to Auckland had to cope with a foul smell after the toilet overflowed, having already had to wait 90 minutes while an air conditioning fault was fixed.
New Zealand hotel prices rise – Stuff, 3 Mar 2015
The price Kiwis are having to pay for a night away is being driven up by the strong economy and an influx of foreign tourists.
German tourist beaten, robbed - Nelson Mail - 3rd Mar 2015
A man has pleaded guilty to attacking and robbing a German tourist in Nelson. Name suppression lapsed yesterday for 18-year-old Timu Patuwai, who admitted a charge of aggravated robbery when...
Lack of testing 'not good' - Otago Daily Times - 4th Mar 2015
China-born Dunedin businessman Joe Jiang says Chinese visitors should be tested before driving on New Zealand roads.
Public warned off taking car keys - Otago Daily Times - 4th Mar 2015
Legal experts, police, the Ministry of Transport, the Rental Vehicle Association and even Prime Minister John Key have now warned against the practice of snatching keys.
Let police dealwith drivers - Wairarapa Times-Age - 4th Mar 2015
BAGGING tourists for their driving habits is now the new trend.It doesn't take much to set it off.
Tourist driver crash: 'Unprecedented demand' results in *555 calls unconnected - New Zealand Herald - 3rd Mar 2015
Unconnected calls to *555 on Saturday night were because of ''unprecedented demand'', police say.
Grieving tourist's fatal crash - New Zealand Herald - 4th Mar 2015
She came to New Zealand to recover from depression brought on by her partner's death in a motorcycle crash.
$1000 fine for tourist speedster - Otago Daily Times - 4th Mar 2015
An English tourist fined yesterday for driving at 178kmh teaches driving skills to English police officers.
Rest if tired, judge's advice to motorists - Otago Daily Times - 4th Mar 2015
Not just tourists but all road users should stop and rest if they were tired, Judge Kevin Phillips told a Taiwanese national who admitted a charge of careless driving causing injury.
John Key: Tourist key-snatching could lead to a 'terrible incident' – Stuff, 3 Mar 2015
Prime Minister John Key has urged New Zealanders not to confiscate the keys of tourist drivers even if they are seen driving erratically.
TIA members’ media releases
Holiday parks upbeat about summer – HAPNZ, 3 Mar 2015
It has been a boomer summer for camping and the mood of the holiday park sector is buoyant.
Amazing Race host is new face of NZ cycling in the US – TNZ, 3 Mar 2015
Americans will be inspired to explore New Zealand on two wheels, thanks to a new partnership between Tourism New Zealand and Phil Keoghan.
More visitors come Out East in 2014 – Tourism Eastland, 3 Mar 2015
The latest visitor statistics for the Gisborne District are out and show a 7.6% increase in visitor nights last year, with over 1.5 million visitor nights in 2014.