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Monday , April 24 2017

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Asia Pacific hotel pipeline for March 2017

  STR’s March 2017 Pipeline Report shows 583,054 rooms in 2,611 hotel projects Under Contract in the Asia Pacific region. The total represents a 1.6% decrease in rooms Under Contract compared with March 2016. Under Contract data includes projects in the In Construction, Final Planning and Planning stages but does not include projects in the Unconfirmed stage. The region reported …

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Tourism NZ says World Masters more than a game

The largest event New Zealand will host in the next decade kicks off this week when the World Masters Games opens in Auckland – and the event is about more than just sport. For Tourism New Zealand, the games are a major opportunity to encourage as many of the international participants, their family and friends, to stay longer and travel …

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Timaru tourism set to soar with new website

iconic Aoraki-Mt Cook scenes

Timaru District Council is aiming to put the district back firmly on the tourism map with the launch of Aoraki Tourism, the tourism development body for the district. Aoraki Tourism, which will be led and locally represented by Henrietta Hazlett, will coordinate and promote the Timaru District tourism industry. It aims to the increase Timaru’s share of regional consumer spending. …

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Sustainability key to holiday park’s Qualmark award

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Mark Hales went from being the caretaker to manager of the Mount Maunganui Beachside Holiday Park. From day one he knew the importance of sustainability. Mark has a long association with Qualmark and under the revised criteria recently gained a Gold Sustainable Tourism Business award, an achievement that is very difficult for a property to achieve. The Tauranga City Council-owned …

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Targeted rates would damage events sector: CINZ

CINZ Meetings 2017 web

Conventions and Incentives New Zealand (CINZ) is adding its voice in opposition to Auckland’s proposed targeted rate hike for commercial accommodation providers. CINZ Chief Executive Sue Sullivan says it is vital the business events sector of the visitor industry is represented in this discussion. “Auckland Council’s targeted rate proposal would create long-term damage to the city’s high-yield and growing business …

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Holiday Inn Express headed for Queenstown

Aerial view of Queenstown in South Island, New Zealand

InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) and Australian boutique hotel developer Pro-invest Group have unveiled plans to establish a $60 million Holiday Inn Express in the centre of Queenstown. The innovative 227-room select service hotel will be value rich and cater to self-sufficient travellers by providing a ‘little bit of nice’ when and where it’s needed most. That means frictionless service, faster …

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Oracle research: customers open to new tech if they control it

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Oracle has announced the findings of two research initiatives aimed at identifying consumer attitudes to new technologies and how their implementation will shape consumer behavior in the years to come. Insights from both the Oracle Hotel 2025 and Oracle Restaurant 2025 highlight that consumers are most willing to engage brands with new technology if they feel that they are in …

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What does Expedia’s new sentiment analysis tool actually do?

Expedia has announced Guest Review Insights, a new sentiment analysis tool it claims will help hotels manage and improve their online reputation, and as a result, attract more travellers while maximising guest experiences on property. Guest reviews are valuable to both hotels and potential guests, but extracting actionable insights from them can be time consuming and costly, leaving many hotels …

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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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