CORRECT: Tourism claims gov downplaying negative levy

Article – BusinessDesk

(Corrects to add tax on departing passengers in third paragraph, recasts story to focus on industry reaction) Read more »

Govt sets higher rate than indicated for new border levy

Article – BusinessDesk

Oct. 14 (BusinessDesk) – The government has announced a higher border clearance levy for all visitors arriving in New Zealand than first suggested despite tourism industry calls for it to be scrapped altogether. Read more »

Travel Tax decision disappointing

Press Release – Tourism Industry Association

The tourism, travel and aviation industries are disappointed that the Government is pushing ahead with imposing a Travel Tax on New Zealanders and international visitors from 1 January 2016. Read more »

Southern Discoveries rebrands booking centre and café

Press Release – Southern PR

Established tourism company Southern Discoveries has rebranded its Milford Sound caf and booking centre to Discover Milford Sound Information Centre and Caf. Read more »

Heartland trumps Turners in bid for MTF cornerstone stake

Article – BusinessDesk

Oct. 13 (BusinessDesk) – Heartland New Zealand, the listed bank, says it may offer to pay 30 percent more than financial services firm Turners to buy a cornerstone stake in auto-financier Motor Trade Finances. Read more »

Hospitality NZ and Motel Association amalgamation

Press Release – Motel Association of New Zealand

The amalgamation between Hospitality New Zealand and the Motel Association of New Zealand has now been formalised with the signing of the contract, late last week in Nelson, at Hospitality New Zealands annual conference. Read more »

Body recovered from hot pool

Press Release – New Zealand Police

A body of an adult has now been recovered from a hot pool in Kuirau Park, Rotorua. Read more »

TIA looking forward to relationship with motel & hospitality

Press Release – Tourism Industry Association New Zealand

New Zealands peak tourism body, the Tourism Industry Association New Zealand (TIA) is looking forward to working with the motel and hospitality sectors as they transition to a new representation model. Read more »

Strong winter visitation numbers for Lake Wanaka

Press Release – Lake Wanaka Tourism

Wanaka, New Zealand (13 October 2015) – Released yesterday, the Commercial Accommodation Monitor (CAM), showed continued, strong visitor growth for the Lake Wanaka region. Read more »

Rotorua visitor industry riding international wave

Press Release – Destination Rotorua Marketing

Rotorua visitor industry riding international wave Rotorua: 13 October 2015: It seems international visitors cannot get enough of Rotorua, with the citys accommodation providers enjoying their 12th consecutive month (August) of growth in visitor nights … Read more »

Skydive the Beach to buy Skydive Queenstown for $17M

Article – BusinessDesk

Oct. 12 (BusinessDesk) – Skydive the Beach, the ASX-listed adventure tourism operator, has entered into an agreement to buy Skydive Queenstown, New Zealand’s first and largest tandem skydiving company, for $17 million. Read more »

Analysts upgrade price target, earnings for Air NZ

Article – BusinessDesk

Oct. 12 (BusinessDesk) – Air New Zealands share price and analysts target price for the stock have risen after the airline forecast a boost in first-half earnings at last weeks annual meeting driven by increased demand, higher tourist numbers, … Read more »

Domestic guest nights propel August rise

Press Release – Statistics New Zealand

National guest nights for August 2015 were 4.2 percent higher than in August 2014, Statistics New Zealand said today. Read more »

Huge year for Skyline Rotorua

Press Release – Skyline Rotorua

A huge year for Skyline Rotorua has been topped off by winning the Supreme Award at the Westpac Rotorua Business Excellence Awards last night. Read more »

Northland MP Backs Cruise Ship Growth

Press Release – New Zealand First Party

With an extra 30,000 cruise passengers set to benefit Northlands economy in the 2015/16 cruise season the Rt Hon Winston Peters, New Zealand First Leader and the Member of Parliament for Northland, is backing needed infrastructure to support its … Read more »

Auckland Airport welcomes United Airlines

Press Release – Auckland Airport

Auckland Airport welcomes the announcement that United Airlines will start a San Francisco to Auckland service in July 2016, using a B787 Dreamliner aircraft. Read more »

House of Travel thrilled at United Airlines’ announcement

Press Release – House of Travel

House of Travel is delighted at todays announcement that United Airlines will begin flying direct from Auckland to San Francisco as early as July next year. Read more »

NOAA declares third ever global coral bleaching event

Press Release – NOAA

As record ocean temperatures cause widespread coral bleaching across Hawaii, NOAA scientists confirm the same stressful conditions are expanding to the Caribbean and may last into the new year, prompting the declaration of the third global coral bleaching … Read more »

Do you know this family?

Press Release – New Zealand Police

A small black Sony camera was handed in at Wellington Airport on 15 September. We’d love to return this camera and the family photos to the rightful owner. If you know this family get them to contact the Kilbirnie Community Policing Centre on (04) 381 … Read more »

Bollywood star named as new tourism ambassador

Press Release – Tourism New Zealand

Dynamic Bollywood star, Sidharth Malhotra has been named as New Zealands tourism ambassador for India. Read more »

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