Today's Tourism News
2 Dec 2015
TIA members in the news
Stand aside, Gerry Brownlee - tourism agency head – Radio NZ, 1 Dec 2015
The head of Christchurch's tourism agency and an architect say the Earthquake Recovery Minister needs to step aside and let somebody else manage the building of a convention centre.
Tourism success has drawbacks - New Zealand Herald - 2nd Dec 2015
The guardians of one of New Zealand's most photographed churches say it is being overrun by tourists and they want visitors to chip in.
Helicopter landings ruling disappoints - Otago Daily Times - 1st Dec 2015
Queenstown's most prominent unconsented helipad has approval. But the Environment Court has limited plans to greatly increase helicopter landings at Skyline's gondola site, based on safety...
New online event calendar - Wanganui Chronicle - 1st Dec 2015
Visit Whanganui, the district council's tourism agency, has set up a new event calendar able to feature all local events for the community, business sector and tourism market.
Airlines & airports
Fears Kaitaia may be axed - Northern Advocate - 1st Dec 2015
The Northland Regional Council has backed councillor Dover Samuels' call to defend Kaitaia's daily air service to and from Auckland.
Lauded Air NZ wants Swift for video - Otago Daily Times - 1st Dec 2015
Air New Zealand has taken top honours for the third year in a row from a ratings website and invited American pop star Taylor Swift to feature in its next inflight video.
Air New Zealand appoints digital chief - New Zealand Herald - 1st Dec 2015
Air New Zealand has appointed a former Google executive, Avi Golan, to the new role of chief digital officer.
Jetstar takes off from Napier - Hawkes Bay Today - 1st Dec 2015
At exactly 9 this morning applause broke out in the ranks of Jetstar's ground and terminal teams as the airline's first regional New Zealand flight took to the air from Napier to Auckland.
Air NZ tops airline honours third year in a row - New Zealand Herald - 1st Dec 2015
Air New Zealand has taken top honours for the third year in a row from AirlineRatings.com.The Perth-based rating site has given Air New Zealand the top award for in-flight innovations,...
Air New Zealand ad accuses Jetstar of Pinocchio-like behaviour - New Zealand Herald - 1st Dec 2015
Jetstar has begun its regional services and ignited a war of words with Air New Zealand over which airline is most punctual as transtasman rivalry steps up.
Jetstar touches down - Nelson Mail - 2nd Dec 2015
Jetstar's first flight into Nelson was a little late but was met with a rousing welcome.The flight from Auckland touched down on Tuesday afternoon about 20 minutes late because of weather...
New kiwifruit icon for Te Puke - Bay of Plenty Times - 1st Dec 2015
A new kiwifruit icon is planned for the Te Puke township.Te Puke Economic Development Group spokesman Mark Boyle released concept images today of a vision to have a large kiwifruit structure...
'Wealth' of tourism activities in Oamaru - Otago Daily Times - 1st Dec 2015
There is an ''absolute wealth'' of activities for visitors in Oamaru and a major tourism opportunity for the North Otago town is to place a greater value on what is already here, an...
Slabs - a bridge too far - Northern Advocate - 1st Dec 2015
A pair of concrete slabs providing pedestrian access across the Kerikeri River near the Stone Store are to be removed.
Conservation & environment
Department of Conservation review finds shark cage diving does not increase risks to water users - Dominion Post - 1st Dec 2015
An international review ofsharkcage diving indicates there is no evidencesharkcage diving increases the risk to water users, the Department of Conservation says.
Companies DoC land, not meeting conditions - Radio New Zealand - 1st Dec 2015
Companies granted permission to use Department of Conservation land are frequently failing to meet conditions imposed upon them.
Easter Bill not sweet? - Taranaki Daily News - 2nd Dec 2015
Giving councils the power to allow their local shops to open on Easter Sunday is another example of central government passing the buck, New Plymouth councillors have said.
Australian climber rescued overnight - Otago Daily Times - 1st Dec 2015
An Australian climber who became injured trying to summit Mt Taranaki has been rescued overnight.
Cellphone cover push for big tourism routes - Otago Daily Times - 2nd Dec 2015
The New Zealand Transport Agency is seeking funding to help provide cellphone coverage along the Milford road so dangerous drivers and other hazards can be reported to police.
TIA members’ media releases
Air New Zealand named Airline of the Year third year running – Air New Zealand, 2 Dec 2015
Air New Zealand has again scooped the title of Airline of the Year by world leading airline safety and product rating review website AirlineRatings.com for the third consecutive year.
Hospitality’s future leaders recognised with $3000 scholarships – Hospitality NZ, 1 Dec 2015
The winners of Hospitality NZ/SKY Future Leader Scholarships have been announced.