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Friday , September 22 2017

Industry

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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Cosy entertainment at alpine lodge, The Whistler

The Whistler, Queenstown

The Whistler, Queenstown offers apartment accommodation in an outdoor sportsperson’s paradise. Nestled between the Queenstown Hill Recreation Reserve and Ben Lomond Scenic Reserve, the complex is also conveniently located to amenities, including a short four-minute walk to the local supermarket for supplies. For those who prefer to kick back and let others do the cooking on holidays, the nearest restaurant …

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Climate and cost key for pool heating solutions

The commercial swimming pool is up there with the most important features for many travellers, and for many it’s a deal-breaker. For some travellers these days, chemical solutions are less preferred, and many hotels are moving away from chlorine to gentler salt water solutions to maintain a clean bathing experience. As technology advances, the industry is finding ways to use …

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How can you impress with good public washroom facilities?

hotel washroom

Never make the mistake of underestimating the power of your public washroom facility! Often overlooked, under-appreciated and ill-equipped, let’s face it they are usually the last facility that gets a face-lift and the least thought-through. Ironically though, they are often the first and last facility guests will use in your accommodation and yes, they can make or break a guest …

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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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Sustainability key to holiday park’s Qualmark award

mount maunganui

Mark Hales went from being the caretaker to manager of the Mount Maunganui Beachside Holiday Park. From day one he knew the importance of sustainability. Mark has a long association with Qualmark and under the revised criteria recently gained a Gold Sustainable Tourism Business award, an achievement that is very difficult for a property to achieve. The Tauranga City Council-owned …

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New Zealand losing business due to lack of hotel rooms

No Vacancy

Tourism Export Council (TEC) members, including inbound tour operators (ITO), hoteliers and revenue managers, met recently to discuss the lack of hotel inventory and pricing in the key destinations of Auckland, Rotorua and Queenstown. The meeting was called by ITOs as they struggle to gain access to rooms with New Zealand estimated to be losing up to 20 percent of …

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Artificial Intelligence: Coming to a hotel room near you

Artificial intelligence (AI)

In recent years, the potential of artificial intelligence (AI) has become a major point of intrigue in the travel sector. Right now, travel brands are using AI to power a new generation of chatbots that can communicate with customers and handle requests through text-based “conversations”. But chatbots represent a stepping stone towards something much bigger. In the future, hotels will …

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‘Generating revenue’ ranked the top spend area for hoteliers

A new report published by SiteMinder has revealed the budget priorities for thousands of hoteliers all over the world. Chapter two inside SiteMinder’s Global Hotel Business Index 2017: A visual look at financial plans, focus points, and future predictions asked hoteliers to outline the areas they’re planning to distribute their budgets over the next 12 months. Hoteliers could choose from a matrix …

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Drinking water a boost for hotel branding

Water is a fundamental requirement for life: it feeds our cells, rejuvenates our skin, hair, and cleanses our system. Possibly due to its life-fundamental status, it goes somewhat unnoticed…unless it’s bad. Gulping down poor tasting tepid water is not how guests like to begin their day after a rich holiday meal with a few glasses of celebratory accompaniment. The business …

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