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Thursday , March 23 2017

Tourism

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?

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 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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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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Coastal chic glamping at Hahei Holiday Resort

Aerial shot of Hahei Beach

Grant Kilby is the general manager of The Hahei Holiday Resort and he defines their latest project as an exercise in delivering experience-based holiday accommodation characterised by a “coastal chic” feel. The recent refurbishments undertaken at Hahei have been in response to a relationship with Stray New Zealand’s wish for a glamping accommodation option at Hahei Beach. Stray provides structured …

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To be or not to be, a star-rated B&B?

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To be or not to be…self rated? For an overview from the perspective of a B&B operator, Bed & Breakfast Association’s president Kathryn Officer dedicated her column to it…and here it is! Last week, we shared our article about the comparative benefits of a Qualmark rating versus self-rating or relying or consumer rating.  We heard from industry bodies and accommodation providers. …

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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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How you can use your hotel restaurant to increase bookings?

A study by Leonardo looked at what images travel shoppers viewed the most. Obviously, the number one result was guest rooms but the second most viewed was restaurant photos. This indicates that travel boils down to two primary needs; people want a nice place to sleep and they want a nice place to eat. Most of the time the hotel restaurant is …

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