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Saturday , April 29 2017

Tourism

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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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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Rachael Shadbolt: it’s time to have ‘the talk’ about targeted rates

Rachael Shadbolt on targets rates.

The Auckland Council’s proposed tax is a tax on visitors, right? Wrong. It won’t touch the visitors’ back pocket. It’s a targeted rate based on the capital value of a building. Rachael Shadbolt says this is why it’s time we all had the ‘facts of life talk’ about targeted rates, council funding and how to birth this NZ tourism baby. As …

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Is the B&B business worth getting out of bed for?

Bed & breakfast

I recently heard an interview on Radio New Zealand with Brent Thomas, Airbnb executive who was talking about the 19,000 odd Airbnb listings they have across New Zealand. While this may not be accurate, considering the number of multiple room listings on Airbnb, he confirmed that Airbnb hosts in New Zealand could expect to earn about $3,700 a year with …

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Sustainable connection powered by geothermal energy

For more than a century, people have been flocking to the natural mineral waters that now makes up Taupō DeBretts Hot Springs. These healing waters are sourced from the picturesque Onekeneke valley, a favourite bathing spot among early Maori inhabitants. This unique thermal valley was originally formed during the Taupo eruption of AD 186, and was later destroyed in the …

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Star Ratings Aus closing down: flow on for NZ Qualmark?

star ratings

 Star Ratings Australia is winding down. Internet has killed the hotel star in Australia? Is this the beginning of a trend, or will things be different for Qualmark in New Zealand? In light of our recent exploration into Qualmark accreditation in New Zealand, not to mention many operators’ enthusiasm for the scheme, the news that Star Ratings Australia would close down seemed …

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International tourists spend up big in New Zealand

New Zealand tourism is thriving with data released earlier this month confirming it is continuing to deliver significant economic benefits, says Tourism New Zealand release. Total international visitor spend reached a new high of $10.1 billion for the year ending December 2016, up 4 percent on last year. Holiday visitor spend is up 10 percent on last year to $6.4 billion …

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