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Saturday , May 27 2017


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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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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