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Saturday , May 27 2017


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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Skills shortage to worsen for tourism sector

The government’s immigration changes have made it harder for hotels, restaurants and cafes around New Zealand to maintain a quality customer experience, warns the tourism industry. Tourism Industry Aotearoa (TIA) chief executive Chris Roberts says raising the points threshold for the skilled migrant category from 140 to 160 is making existing skills shortages worse. “It is disappointing the Government went ahead …

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News from Sofitel Hotels & Resorts French Polynesia

Three of AccorHotels’ luxurious Sofitel Resorts in French Polynesia have launched a tantalising array of new food and beverage offerings, in-room amenities and spa experiences for stays from 1 April 2017 (booking period open now), providing travellers to the Islands of Tahiti with even more value and luxury. Sofitel Moorea la Ora Beach Resort, Sofitel Bora Bora Private Island and …

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Air New Zealand Australasia’s leading airline again

Travel and tourism professionals around the world have voted Air New Zealand as Australasia’s Leading Airline for the eighth year in a row as part of the prestigious World Travel Awards presented in Danang, Vietnam. Air New Zealand chief executive officer Christopher Luxon said being consistently recognised by the industry as leading the way in Australasia is hugely gratifying, but …

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Online travel agent campaign a boon for shoulder season

Tourism New Zealand has tested new ground with a shoulder season online campaign in the North American market. In a bid to continue encouraging travellers to visit New Zealand in the shoulder seasons, Tourism New Zealand partnered with online travel sellers Expedia and Travelzoo to establish digital sales platforms for the New Zealand shoulder season. A series of travel deals …

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February guest nights rise

National guest nights for February 2016 were seven percent higher than in February 2015. Statistics New Zealand said the extra day for the leap year and warm weather contributed to the rise. “The rise for February follows a record high in January,” business indicators senior manager Neil Kelly said. “Guest nights have been rising for almost two years.” For February …

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