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Saturday , May 27 2017

Tourism

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?

bed and breakfast

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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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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