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Wednesday , March 22 2017

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Government’s freshwater announcement: TEC is sceptical

Taranaki Falls in Tongariro National Park, New Zealand

On the surface, the Government’s recent Freshwater announcement looked and sounded good, but the Tourism Export Council (TEC) is sceptical the release is a smokescreen that disguises the true state of New Zealand’s Freshwater status. TEC is seeking transparency and urgency from government regarding New Zealand’s declining water quality in the country’s rivers, lakes and streams. Nick Smith announced new …

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Auckland’s accommodation targeted rate won’t help the city

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An  Auckland Chamber of Commerce press release circulated Tuesday February 28 says that turning tourists away because of Auckland’s accommodation targeted rate won’t help the city. Hotels currently under refurbishment and new hotels that will soon open to cater for the 1- in 10 year Lions Rugby tour later this year are faced with massive cost increases long-term because of Mayor Phil …

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Crowne Plaza Queenstown welcomes Anna Edie as new general manager

Crowne Plaza Queenstown this week welcomes internationally-experienced hotelier Anna Edie to the position of general manager. Australian-born Anna, 33, takes the helm at Queenstown’s award-winning lakefront hotel after eight years with the InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG), most recently as Executive Assistant Manager at Australia’s iconic Intercontinental Sydney Double Bay. Commenting on her appointment, Anna said she’s delighted to take the …

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Christchurch: new hotels for fresh 21st century city

The Christchurch Centre features the flowing Otakaro river. Photo CMG Studios

Christchurch is a city of ribbon-cutting, as New Zealand’s oldest city becomes its newest, five years into a NZD40 billion regeneration programme. Christchurch and Canterbury Convention Bureau (CCCB) manager Caroline Blanchfield says new venues, shops, restaurants, restored heritage and generous green spaces are opening every month to reveal a fascinating 21st century city. “We are unveiling an impressive new built environment …

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Inbound travel company registration now open

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Registrations are now open for the RTONZ-inbound trade event, to be held at Heritage Hotel Auckland on April 4 and 5, 2017. With 27 Regional Tourism Organisations signed up for this event, inbound tour company managers and staff are invited to register to attend one of the two days available. Please choose the most convenient day to attend.  Either Tuesday April 4 or …

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Queenstown Park Boutique Hotel makes luxury top 10 list

Queenstown Park Boutique Hotel

For the first time, Queenstown Park Boutique Hotel (QPBH) has been chosen as one of New Zealand’s Best Hotels by readers of DestinAsia – an award winning travel and lifestyle magazine. The boutique hotel, situated in the heart of Queenstown, is positioned as number six on a listing of New Zealand’s Top 10 properties.   The listing is the result of the annual …

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Crowne Plaza Queenstown gets fresh look for rooms, public areas

A smart new look and feel for award-winning threesixty restaurant

Award-winning hotel Crowne Plaza Queenstown has a fresh new look for guests to enjoy following upgrades to public areas, rooms and conference spaces. New furniture in the lobby, threesixty restaurant and The Atrium will add a modern twist to interiors. The majority of the hotel’s rooms have large balconies, so new balcony furniture ensures an extra level of comfort for …

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New Zealand culture, connection and new infrastructure on show

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New Zealand’s latest infrastructure and its special cultural approach to business events will be on show to the international industry in Melbourne this month. Conventions and Incentives New Zealand (CINZ) is exhibiting on a new, larger stand with Tourism New Zealand and 14 partners at the 25th Asia-Pacific Incentives and Meetings Expo (AIME) on February 21 and 22.  They will be …

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4 paradoxes driving guest decisions

In this environment, customers do not want either/or solutions: they want the best of both worlds where the best trade-off is no trade-off. IHG’s latest research has identified four paradoxes that are driving the decisions customers make in a landscape constantly changing through advances in technology. The hotel group launched its 2017 trends report – The Uncompromising Customer: Addressing the Paradoxes …

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Auckland to host CINZ Meetings 2017

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New Zealand’s only national tradeshow for the conference and business tourism industry is organised by Conventions and Incentives New Zealand (CINZ).  Now in its 21st year, CINZ Meetings 2017 is set for host city Auckland on May 31 and June 1, 2017. CINZ chief executive Sue Sullivan says exhibitors have been quick to secure their slots for New Zealand’s most …

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