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Friday , March 31 2017

Industry

Christchurch hotelier among award winners

BRUCE GARRETT

Bruce Garrett, (pictured) managing director of The George, Christchurch was named the Senior Hotel Executive of the Year in the 2016 New Zealand Hotel Industry Awards, presented in Auckland on the evening of June 2. The judges said Mr Garrett has displayed outstanding leadership, both at The George and in the city’s wider hotel sector during what has been a …

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Police warn industry of online security breach risk

Police have issued the following warning to the New Zealand accommodation industry: ‘The New Zealand Police would like to bring this online security breach to your attention as it relates to hotels, and other accommodation providers that utilise online booking facilities. ‘The purpose of this is email is to alert you all to this type of scam and to encourage …

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Air New Zealand inaugural flight touches down in Vietnam

Air New Zealand’s inaugural flight between Auckland and Ho Chi Minh City touched down overnight on Sunday June 5. Flight NZ269 departed Auckland International Airport and arrived into Ho Chi Minh City’s Tan Son Nhat International Airport at around 8pm on Saturday local time. Passengers, including Minister of Economic Development Hon. Steven Joyce and Vietnamese Ambassador to New Zealand HE Mr …

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France and Italy pursue Booking.com for unpaid tax

According to a May 4 filing issued by Priceline Group to the US Securities and Exchange Program, French authorities “recently concluded an audit of Booking.com that started in 2013 of the years 2003 through 2012”. “In December 2015, the French tax authorities issued Booking.com assessments for approximately 356 million Euros, the majority of which would represent penalties and interest.” Priceline …

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Excellence award for Taupo bed & breakfast

Whakaipo Lodge, Taupo, has been awarded the 2016 Excellence Award by the Bed & Breakfast Association New Zealand. The awards celebrate excellence in hospitality in the bed and breakfast and hosted accommodation sector. They provide a benchmark of excellence and inspiration to other bed and breakfast hosts, along with showcasing the best of New Zealand hospitality within the accommodation sector. …

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Castaway Island, Fiji Resort reopens after cyclone

June 1 was a day of celebration on Castaway Island, Fiji as this private island resort reopened and welcomed guests back after a three-month island clean-up and property renovation following February’s tropical Cyclone Winston. Resort general manager Steven Andrews said: “Winston may have been classified as the strongest tropical cyclone to make landfall in Fiji in recorded history, but the …

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Another new hotel and residential units for Remarkables Park Queenstown

Queenstown’s Remarkables Park has announced the next new hotel for its growing master-planned development. Work on the multi-million dollar hotel, another addition to the Wyndham portfolio in New Zealand, is expected to start in March 2017 with opening scheduled for early to mid-2018. The property is Queenstown’s second new hotel in five years and will be located on Market Street …

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Brand shift for Queenstown’s Hotel St Moritz

One of Queenstown’s finest boutique hotels, Hotel St Moritz, has announced a major brand shift within the luxury accommodation market in Queenstown, by joining the Sofitel brand universe. This property is now positioned within the newly badged MGallery by Sofitel collection by parent company AccorHotels. As a result, Hotel St Moritz will commence a $3 million investment in its room …

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Hotel report highlights investment opportunities

Tourism Industry Aotearoa (TIA) says a new regional hotel analysis released by New Zealand Trade & Enterprise (NZTE) should help attract investment in the hotel sector. TIA was an important contributing partner to the work, providing data from its long-running survey of hotel members. The analysis focuses on New Zealand’s five main visitor destinations – Auckland, Rotorua, Wellington, Christchurch and …

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Substantial increase in international visitor spend

The International Visitor Survey (IVS) for the year ending March 2016 has been released by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE). It shows that total estimated visitor spend in New Zealand continues to grow, reaching $10.2 billion for the year ending March 2016, up 25 percent on the previous year. Spend of all major markets and by all …

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