in fn
Sunday , July 23 2017

Industry

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, …

Read More »

Are entry level jobs at risk with Airbnb?

hotel employees

Raising the argument that Airbnb’s business model does not directly support the local economy is not anything new for the hospitality industry, and even more so for real estate. However, there appears to be an additional impact on hotels, one that requires a bit of explaining. (Before we get underway, know this Airbnb is simply the largest of these alternate …

Read More »

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 …

Read More »

Early birds are angry when they don’t get their worm

hotel guests need coffee

A wedding in the family served a worthy excuse for a Saturday night sojourn to a resort hotel in a small city two hours away from my hometown of Toronto. The venue was immaculate, the bride was stunning, the speeches were uproarious, the food was great and the whole shebang went off without a hitch. But an issue arose when …

Read More »

What’s your point of difference?

hotel wine room service

AccommodationNZ general manager, Rachael Shadbolt encourages accom operators to focus on their unique offerings this summer, and forget about Airbnb comparisons. As we head into another strong summer season I hear a lot of sage comments like, ‘if you can’t make money in this environment you are doing something wrong’ or ‘make hay while the sun shines, for it will surely end soon’. …

Read More »

Tourism leaders suggest way forward for tourism infrastructure

tourism-infrastructure-document-presentation-to-pm

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 …

Read More »

So you’re thinking about upgrading your mattresses…

old mattresses

Why can’t mattresses just last forever? There are few bigger nuisances than cramming a king-size bed through a normal-size bedroom door. Except perhaps listening to someone groan about how badly they slept over the weekend. Sorry John, nobody cares. Unless you’re an accommodation manager, in which case it’s your job to care. At least about how well your guests are sleeping …

Read More »