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Friday , March 31 2017


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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New Zealanders still have concerns about tourism

Location New Zealand. Red pin on the map.

New Zealanders generally feel positive about the fast-growing tourism industry, according to the latest research by Tourism Industry Aotearoa and Tourism New Zealand. More than a quarter of New Zealanders believe we receive too few visitors. However, almost one in five Kiwis are worried we may be attracting too many, the latest Mood of the Nation research has found. The research, …

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Prime minister key in raising tourism profile: Chris Roberts, TIA

Outgoing prime minster John Keys

Tourism Industry Aotearoa has paid tribute to Prime Minister John Key, saying he raised the profile of New Zealand’s biggest export sector across the Government. The tourism industry was delighted when Mr Key took over the tourism portfolio when he was elected as prime minister in 2008, TIA chief executive Chris Roberts says. “Mr Key has succeeded in ensuring the importance of the …

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Tourism leaders suggest way forward for tourism infrastructure


Four of New Zealand’s key tourism leaders have jointly released a report to the minister of tourism proposing the establishment of a $130m annual fund to address the infrastructure challenges that tourism brings, particularly for regional communities.  The report released last week is the result of work commissioned by the chief executives of Air New Zealand, Auckland Airport, Christchurch Airport …

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New Air NZ lounge for regional travellers

Air NZ Wellington regional lounge. November 21, 2016 (Photo/Ross Land)

Air New Zealand has today welcomed customers to the airline’s first lounge dedicated to regional travellers out of Wellington. Located on the first floor of the airport’s main terminal building ahead of the new centralised security screening point, the lounge offers seating for more than 100 customers. Air New Zealand Chief Marketing and Customer Officer Mike Tod says the new space is open to …

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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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