Border levy must benefit visitors, tourism industry says

Press Release – Tourism Industry Aotearoa

The tourism industry is prepared to accept a new charge to be paid by international visitors but is insisting that it is used in a carefully targeted way to enhance their experience of New Zealand. Read more »

Visitor Levy could see visitors paying multiple times

Press Release – Tourism Export Council

Tourism operators are welcoming a proposed tourism levy but say theyre concerned visitors could end up paying multiple times to go on the Department of Conservation (DOC) land. Read more »

Visitor numbers retreat in June

Press Release – Statistics New Zealand

The number of visitors to New Zealand in June 2018 was 212,200, down 17,800 from June 2017, Stats NZ said today. Read more »

Provincial Growth Fund support for Otago

Press Release – New Zealand Government

The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) will invest $60,000 into the development of Otagos Economic Development Strategy and $820,000 in the Dunedin Waterfront Project, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones has announced. Read more »

Air New Zealand top of class at Skytrax World Airline Awards

Press Release – Air New Zealand

Air New Zealand has been awarded Best Premium Economy Class and Best Premium Economy Seat at the Skytrax World Airline Awards. Read more »

Roading update Wednesday 18 July 5pm

Press Release – Thames Coromandel District Council

The Thames Coast Rd SH25 (just north of Otuturu Cresent) is now open however will close daily from 9am to 4pm for slip clearance work. From 4pm the road will open under stop/go traffic management until 9am the next day. Please note bad weather … Read more »

Chinese travellers rank NZ as the number four destination

Press Release – Hotels.com

Kiwis feel the love from Chinese travellers, as New Zealand ranks fourth in list of top destinations in the world to visit this year Read more »

Wider tourism discussion needed for Auckland

Press Release – Ngati Whatua Orakei Trust

Ngti Whtua rkei Trust says that opportunities for Mori tourism across the entire Auckland region should be explored thoroughly before any discussion on a potential sculpture takes place. Read more »

TECNZ Launches New Health & Safety Initiative

Press Release – Tourism Export Council

The Tourism Export Council of New Zealand (TECNZ) has launched a new Health & Safety (H&S) online checklist to improve the efficiency of H&S data collection, storage, and distribution for all New Zealand tourism operators. Read more »

A350 Aircraft Launched with Premium Economy Fares

Press Release – Philippine Airlines

Effective 28 October 2018, Philippine Airlines will be introducing their new Airbus A350 aircraft on the daily non-stop service between Manila and London/Heathrow. New non-stop service between Manila and New York/JFK will be launched on 29 October. … Read more »

Economic impact of riding in Whakarewarewa Forest

Press Release – Rotorua Lakes Council

People who ride in Rotoruas Whakarewarewa forest contribute between $30m and $50m in spending annually to the local economy. Read more »

Seeing the big picture on travel

Press Release – Statistics New Zealand

New Zealanders will be able to easily create simple graphs showing international travel trends, with the launch of a new online tool for tourism and migration figures, Stats NZ said today. Read more »

NZ’s Largest Alpine Resort to Be Developed

Press Release – Cardrona Alpine Resort

A new partnership between Cardrona Alpine Resort and Queenstown businessman John Darby will lead to the development of New Zealands largest alpine resort, incorporating Cardrona and a new Soho Basin Ski Area. Read more »

InterCity continues Aussie expansion with new acquisition

Press Release – InterCity Group

New Zealand tourism and transport company InterCity Group has today announced the expansion of its Australian portfolio with the purchase of a second Far North Queensland dive cruise business, Divers Den. Read more »

NZ guest nights rise to a record for May

Article – BusinessDesk

July 11 (BusinessDesk) – New Zealand guest nights rose in May to a reach a record level for the month, driven by higher local stays across the country and more international tourists in the South Island. Read more »

Queenstown ‘bed tax’ could kill the goose

Press Release – New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union

Queenstown Mayors proposed bed tax could choke the goose that lays the golden egg, says the New Zealand Taxpayers Union . Taxpayers Union Executive Director Jordan Williams says, As though its not already costly enough for people to … Read more »

Guest nights up 1.6 percent in May

Press Release – Statistics New Zealand

Over 2.5 million nights were spent in commercial accommodation in May 2018, Stats NZ said today. This number is up 1.6 percent from May 2017. Read more »

Council targets Airbnb and misses the mark

Press Release – Tourism Industry Aotearoa

Auckland Councils new Airbnb rate falls dismally short of the mark and fails to reduce unfairness for traditional accommodation providers, says Tourism Industry Aotearoa. Read more »

School’s out: Air New Zealand jets Kiwi sunseekers offshore

Press Release – Air New Zealand

Air New Zealand is experiencing its busiest winter school holidays on record, with a quarter more Kiwis booked to travel to international destinations than the same period five years ago. Read more »

Mosgiel, Dunedin Achieves Motorhome Friendly Town Status

Press Release – Enterprise Dunedin

Dunedin is welcoming self-contained motorhome visitors with open arms, as Mosgiel becomes the latest addition to the national Motorhome Friendly Town scheme facilitated by the New Zealand Motor Caravanning Association (NZMCA). Read more »

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