Council Candidate calls for visitor surcharge for Waiheke

Press Release – Rob Thomas

Witha near 700,000 tourists travelling to Waiheke each year the island is suffering from poor self-governance and infrastructure to manage a tidal wave of change. With just $100,000 available each year the Waiheke Local Board its unlikely to be able … Read more »

Prime Minister John Key officially opens Sofitel Wellington

Press Release – Sofitel

New Zealand Prime Minister, The Right Honourable John Key officially opened the new Sofitel Wellington hotel last night the first luxury hotel to open in the capital in over 15 years. Read more »

International visitors spend $10.3bn in NZ in June year

Article – BusinessDesk

Aug. 19 (BusinessDesk) – International visitors brought over $10 billion into New Zealand over the last year, Tourism New Zealand says. Read more »

Hot pools to hobbits – Tourism Awards finalists named

Press Release – Tourism Industry Aotearoa

From hot pools to hobbits and hotels, the finalists in the 2016 New Zealand Tourism Awards are a shining example of why this industry is enjoying record growth. Read more »

International visitors spend record amount

Press Release – New Zealand Government

New Zealands tourism sector continues to show impressive growth, with international visitors spending a record $10.3 billion in the June 2016 year, Associate Minister of Tourism Paula Bennett says. Read more »

Tourism spend and arrivals continue upward surge

Press Release – Tourism New Zealand

Tourism New Zealand says a continued growth in international holiday arrivals and an 18 percent increase in spending for the autumn quarter is more great news for the New Zealand economy. Read more »

NZ migration, tourism continue to boom in July

Article – BusinessDesk

New Zealand’s booming migration and tourism arrivals set a new record for July this year, driven by an influx of Chinese and Australian, though economists say the net migration trend may be close to a peak. Read more »

International visitor spend up 18% for June 2016 Year

Press Release – Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment

International visitor spend grew 18 per cent to $10.3 billion in the year ended June 2016, according to the latest International Visitor Survey released today by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE). Read more »

ATEED Sending Staff on Olympic Junket

Press Release – Auckland Ratepayers’ Alliance

While Aucklanders struggle to pay their rates, Auckland Tourism, Events & Economic Development (ATEED) is spending tens of thousands of dollars of ratepayer money sending two staff on the ultimate junket to the Rio Olympics. Read more »

Visitor arrivals set a new July record

Press Release – Statistics New Zealand

Visitor arrivals numbered 237,900 in July 2016, setting a new July record, Statistics New Zealand said today. Visitor arrivals were up 14 percent from July 2015, due mainly to a 21 percent increase in holiday arrivals. Read more »

Lower Hutt a foodie destination for Wellington On A Plate

Press Release – Hutt City Council

With nine restaurants participating in this years Visa Wellington On A Plate festival, food lovers from across the country are already enjoying Lower Hutt hospitality. Read more »

Te Papa remains closed after sprinkler activation

Press Release – Te Papa

Te Papa will be closed on Friday 19 August, after a sprinkler activation on Wednesday night. Sprinklers activated in Te Papas ground floor and first floor foyers for a short period around 8pm on Wednesday 17 August. Read more »

Scenic Hotel Group Takes Line Honors

Press Release – Scenic Hotel Group

Christchurch 18 August 2016. New Zealand owned and operated Scenic Hotel Group is the proud recipient of the 2016 Tourism Export Councils Operator of the Year Award. Read more »

Fund launched to assist regions’ tourism facilities

Press Release – LGNZ

Local Government New Zealand (LGNZ) has welcomed the new Regional Mid-sized Tourism Facilities Grant Fund launched today as a good start to helping communities develop small scale infrastructure that will enhance visitor experience. Ministry of Business, … Read more »

Tourism infrastructure fund to help communities

Press Release – Tourism Industry Aotearoa

Tourism Industry Aotearoa is encouraging communities to apply for a new Government tourism infrastructure fund. Read more »

Government backs regional tourism growth

Press Release – New Zealand Government

The Government is continuing to ensure regional New Zealand benefits from tourism growth with more funding for infrastructure and to help businesses get up and running, Associate Tourism Minister Paula Bennett says. Read more »

Application for $60m gondola redevelopment lodged

Press Release – Skyline Queenstown

Skyline Queenstown is a step closer to starting its proposed $60 million gondola redevelopment with its application for resource consent lodged this week. Read more »

Tourism Boost Expected As Unique Volcanic Phenomenon Begins

Press Release – Hawaiian Airlines

Hawaiian Airlines says it is expecting an increase in volcanic tourism numbers as word of a unique natural event spreads. Read more »

Choosing bold design the right thing, says Chamber

Press Release – Wellington Chamber Of Commerce

Wellington City councillors have done the right thing in opting for the bolder, though more expensive, design for The Movie Museum and Convention Centre, says Wellington Chamber of Commerce. Read more »

Further research recommended on potential of Rocket Tourism

Press Release – Hawkes Bay Regional Council

Hawkes Bay Regional Councils Corporate & Strategic Committee is recommending further research be undertaken into the potential for tourism as a result of the establishment of a Rocket Lab at Mahia Peninsula. Read more »

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