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Monday , July 24 2017

Tourism

Clear support among public for tourism in NZ

Tourism New Zealand and Tourism Industry Aotearoa have released the results of the latest ‘Mood of the Nation’ survey, which found that 96% of people believe international tourism is good for New Zealand. The research, which was initiated in 2015, measures New Zealanders’ perceptions of tourism and results found the following: 96% of respondents agreed or strongly agreed that international tourism is good …

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Malaysia Largest NZ Visitor Increase for March 2017

According to the latest stats from StatsNZ, the largest increase in visitor arrivals to New Zealand were from Malaysia, with a recorded 33.9 percent more visitors in 2017, than March 2016. While the country is a smaller contributor to visitor arrivals than the likes of Australia, China and the USA, the 2016 launch of Kuala Lumpur-Auckland routes with Air Asia …

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Recovery plan for Kaikōura

The Kaikōura District Council has adopted Reimagine Kaikōura, a District Recovery Plan that is a significant step in the recovery process for restoring and enhancing the Kaikōura District after the November 2016 earthquake. The Recovery Plan lays out a community led roadmap that includes five key themes: Economy – Developing a sustainable economy; Rebuild – Rebuilding quality facilities and infrastructure; …

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Asia Pacific hotel pipeline for March 2017

  STR’s March 2017 Pipeline Report shows 583,054 rooms in 2,611 hotel projects Under Contract in the Asia Pacific region. The total represents a 1.6% decrease in rooms Under Contract compared with March 2016. Under Contract data includes projects in the In Construction, Final Planning and Planning stages but does not include projects in the Unconfirmed stage. The region reported …

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Tourism NZ says World Masters more than a game

The largest event New Zealand will host in the next decade kicks off this week when the World Masters Games opens in Auckland – and the event is about more than just sport. For Tourism New Zealand, the games are a major opportunity to encourage as many of the international participants, their family and friends, to stay longer and travel …

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Timaru tourism set to soar with new website

iconic Aoraki-Mt Cook scenes

Timaru District Council is aiming to put the district back firmly on the tourism map with the launch of Aoraki Tourism, the tourism development body for the district. Aoraki Tourism, which will be led and locally represented by Henrietta Hazlett, will coordinate and promote the Timaru District tourism industry. It aims to the increase Timaru’s share of regional consumer spending. …

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Holiday Inn Express headed for Queenstown

Aerial view of Queenstown in South Island, New Zealand

InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) and Australian boutique hotel developer Pro-invest Group have unveiled plans to establish a $60 million Holiday Inn Express in the centre of Queenstown. The innovative 227-room select service hotel will be value rich and cater to self-sufficient travellers by providing a ‘little bit of nice’ when and where it’s needed most. That means frictionless service, faster …

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Rachael Shadbolt: it’s time to have ‘the talk’ about targeted rates

Rachael Shadbolt on targets rates.

The Auckland Council’s proposed tax is a tax on visitors, right? Wrong. It won’t touch the visitors’ back pocket. It’s a targeted rate based on the capital value of a building. Rachael Shadbolt says this is why it’s time we all had the ‘facts of life talk’ about targeted rates, council funding and how to birth this NZ tourism baby. As …

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Is the B&B business worth getting out of bed for?

Bed & breakfast

I recently heard an interview on Radio New Zealand with Brent Thomas, Airbnb executive who was talking about the 19,000 odd Airbnb listings they have across New Zealand. While this may not be accurate, considering the number of multiple room listings on Airbnb, he confirmed that Airbnb hosts in New Zealand could expect to earn about $3,700 a year with …

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