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Push to attract Asia pays off for South Island attraction

Megan Li is Hanmer Springs Thermal Pools and Spa’s new sales and marketing co-ordinator.

Hanmer Springs Thermal Pools and Spa is experiencing a surge in visitor numbers from Asia, after a concerted effort to attract tourists from the continent to the village. The complex drew 12,925 visitors from Asia in January and February 2016 compared to 7,514 visitors from Asia for January and February 2015. That’s an increase of 72 percent. General manager Graeme …

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Ted talks top teams at NZ Hotel Industry Conference

Sir Graham Henry, the man who coached the All Blacks

Sir Graham Henry, the man who coached the All Blacks to World Cup glory and who knows better than most how to create a winning team culture, is a keynote speaker at the 2016 New Zealand Hotel Industry Conference, Auckland, June 1-2. “Sir Graham is an expert in team development, motivation and leadership and his insights are as applicable to …

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Marriott wins Starwood bid with new offer

Marriott talks Starwood merger

After increasing its offer 10 percent to $13.6 billion, Marriott International will officially merge with Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide, undermining a surprise cash bid lodged byAnbang Insurance Group (and others) last week. The world’s largest hotel company is set to become a reality after all, according to statements released this week, and Starwood’s termination fee has been raised to $450 …

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Prestigious Earthcheck award looms for Langham Auckland

The Langham Auckland could receive the prestigious EarthCheck Platinum level of certification within the year, if it passes the next audit process. EarthCheck is the world’s leading environmental management and professional services group for the tourism and travel industry. The Langham Auckland began its sustainability journey with EarthCheck in 2006. Now, 10 years on, the hotel must prove it still …

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Growing domestic travel to support NZ economy

Mountain view across NZ paddock

AA Traveller has launched the Great Spot Specials campaign that offers attractive deals with leading TIA members. The Great Spot Specials website www.aa.co.nz/greatspot makes it simple for New Zealanders to select a place to visit, an activity to do, work out their travel arrangements and book accommodation. Tourism Industry Association New Zealand executives believe there has never been a better …

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A simple way to snatch a booking from the jaws of an OTA

More international tourists discover the uncrowded charms of the South Pacific

A famous Cornell study in 2009 found that when a hotel had a first-page listing with an OTA, it received a boost in direct bookings on its own website. This came to be known as “the billboard effect”. Recently, the effectiveness of the billboard effect has been questioned, because new studies show that although many customers still visit a hotel’s …

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Global travellers divided over robot use in tourism

Global travellers divided over robot use in tourism

According to a new study on the global acceptance of robots and artificial intelligence, Chinese and Brazilian consumers are the most optimistic about the benefits of robots featuring as part of their holiday experience, but British respondents were less convinced.

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Lions tour drawing UK visitors to NZ

Lions tour drawing UK visitors to NZ

Tickets for next year’s British and Irish Lions rugby tour are being snapped up, with one official agent reporting selling out their allocation of ticket packages within a week of tickets going on sale in the UK.

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