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Thursday , March 23 2017

Tourism

New Zealand culture, connection and new infrastructure on show

traditional hongi greeting

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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Every cloud has a silver lining…

Cloud Computing - Virtual Machine Motion

The ‘cloud’ is a household term for the majority of New Zealanders in 2017 but does everyone actually know how it works? The reality, as with so many other things, is probably that we know just about enough to see the benefits and not quite enough to prevent catastrophe. The ‘cloud’ essentially refers to a wireless storage system where an external, …

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Ramada Reia Taipa Beach: Northland oasis

Aerial shot of Ramada Resort Reia Taipa Beach

One of the few beach-front resorts in New Zealand, The Ramada Resort Reia Taipa Beach offers guests a relaxing getaway in either beachfront or poolside rooms. Located in the exquisite Doubtless Bay Northland, the resort enjoys a climate that “is about as tropical as New Zealand can get”. General manager Jackie Thompson told AMG that the location is ideal for …

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Kaikoura operators adjust to their ‘next new normal’

The Town of Kaikoura, South Island New Zealand.

No power, no water, no wifi and no idea when things would get back to normal. It’s hard to imagine how recently Kaikoura accommodation providers were facing that reality, and how quickly the local tourism industry has successfully picked itself up and adjusted to a new normal. The quick turnaround in getting Kaikoura on its feet again hasn’t been easy. …

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The role of health and wellbeing in hospitality

wellness tourism, a spa treatment

Yes, wellness as we know it in the hospitality business is dead. And we MUST embrace the new incarnation of wellness.  Gone are the days when wellness was an isolated occurrence within the four walls of the spa and fitness area. Our guests are demanding wellness in F&B outlets, guest rooms, public spaces. Even the back of house requires a …

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Is calendar integration the next step for accom?

Another day, another sharing economy innovation: Uber has launched a new app service that allows it to sync up with users’ personal event calendars. How might this apply to the accom sector? The idea is that the app interprets data in the user’s calendar to recommend destinations for upcoming meetings, etc. It’s an interesting concept that relies on users agreeing …

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Is this really the future of hotels?

Neuro-dreaming: the future of hotels

Robobutlers, morphing hotels, choosing dreams and longevity spas, 3D printers to dial up a pair of slippers, or an iPhone? Is this really what’s in store for the the future? Futurist James Canton says so. When travellers check into a hotel in 2060 they can expect it to be on Mars, to feature augmented reality, artificial intelligence, morphing beds, robotics, touchscreen …

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Auckland to host CINZ Meetings 2017

CINZ Meetings 2017 web

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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Social media targeting young free campers 

Motorhome camper at Lake Pearson / Moana Rua Wildlife Refuge, Canterbury.

Young international visitors who like to free camp on their travels around New Zealand are being targeted with an informative social media campaign this summer to encourage them to behave responsibly. Launched on December 20, 2016, just ahead of the busy Christmas and New Year period, the campaign was mounted by the Responsible Camping Forum with funding from a dozen …

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Fiscal update, tourism and new PM

A chain of events that has been called ‘perfect timing’ has culminated in former New Zealand finance minister Bill English landing the country’s top job, in the wake of John Key’s resignation, but what does it mean for tourism? In an article published in the Financial Review (AFR) on December 8, four days before the race had clearly been won, then minister …

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