Sunday , May 27 2018


Auckland visitor levy unfair and ill-conceived: TIA

Woman enjoys spectacular morning views of Auckland city

A proposed new visitor levy for Auckland unfairly targets accommodation providers and fails to take account of the economic benefits tourism brings, Tourism Industry Aotearoa says. “It is inequitable to target commercial accommodation providers when the benefits of tourism are spread throughout Auckland’s economy,” TIA chief executive Chris Roberts says. Auckland mayor Phil Goff is proposing a targeted rate on …

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Power along Queenstown’s trails thanks to Crowne Plaza

Soak up the great outdoors!

Queenstown’s premier lakefront hotel, Crowne Plaza Queenstown, is inviting guests to soak up the great outdoors – with ease. The hotel is offering guests the perfect summer packages to enjoy some well-deserved time out exploring Queenstown’s exceptional bike trails and stunning landscapes. The Ride the Basin package includes two nights’ accommodation, full buffet breakfast daily in threesixty restaurant, half-day electric …

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Northland stars in Air New Zealand’s next safety video

bay of islands

A host of famous faces are converging on Northland over the next few days for the filming of Air New Zealand’s next safety video. The latest edition in the airline’s world famous safety video series will be shot at some of the region’s most recognisable locations featuring both local and international stars. Air New Zealand General Manager of Global Brand and Content Marketing …

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Special Report: Freedom Campers a continuing challenge

Summer lies just ahead and with it will come the benefits and problems created by thousands of freedom campers taking to the roads to enjoy the scenic beauties and wonders of New Zealand. Most communities will welcome such campers for the spending money and potential employment they bring. But to some, particularly in smaller communities on the tourist trail, they …

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Industry groups slam Trans-Tasman holiday tax hike

The peak tourism industry groups of Australia and New Zealand have united in slamming the Australian Government’s plan to increase the $1 billion holiday tax – the Passenger Movement Charge – to $60 per person and put the critical Trans-Tasman market at risk in a blatant cash grab. “New Zealand is Australia’s biggest visitor market with more than 1.3 million …

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New Zealand ski hotels celebrated at the ‘Oscars’

World Ski Hotel Awards

New Zealand ski resorts were celebrated at the 2016 World Ski Awards held in Kitzbühel, Austria. Known colloquially in the industry as the “Oscars” of the ski tourism industry, these prestigious industry awards were established four years ago and are ski tourism’s highest accolade, recognising excellence across a range of categories, from operators and departments to luxury ski properties worldwide. The …

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Destination Kaikōura not a write-off

Kaikoura, New Zealand

Holiday-makers and travellers are being urged to not write-off Kaikōura as a destination during the coming summer holidays. Destination Kaikōura General Manager Glenn Orsmby says while just a few businesses and tour operators are open for business at present, he is confident most will be open for customers in the coming weeks. “We hope to have the inland road from …

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Hospitality front and centre in fight against sex trafficking

sex trafficking

This is a global problem and you can be part of the solution. New app TraffickCam is just one initiative that promises to help catch sex traffickers who operate out of hotel rooms. Human trafficking is a hidden crime that can occur anywhere – sometimes right under your nose. It is a widespread and extremely profitable crime, with Unicef estimating that 21 …

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China’s Golden Week was gold for New Zealand

The tills were ringing and China’s state-backed China Travel Academy reported New Zealand experienced a 60% year-on-year increase of Chinese tourists during the first week of October, known in China as ‘Golden Week’. This month will end when a large group of affluent Chinese travel here for the inaugural New Zealand Tourism Investment Summit to be held 31 October in …

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