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  • New Zealand tourism operators stepping up to help the environment

    TVNZ, 13 June 2019

    In the fourth of a 1 NEWS series on being a more sustainable consumer, Katie Bradford looks at what Kiwi tourism operators are doing to protect the environment.

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  • Numbers game: Hawke's Bay Tourism disappointed at cut of valuable survey

    New Zealand Herald Premium, 9 June 2019

    Hawke's Bay Tourism is "disappointed" as Statistics New Zealand prepares to drop its monthly survey of bed nights in the region.

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  • Plea for NZTA, councils to make decisions on Queenstown's traffic woes

    Radio NZ, 8 June 2019

    Tourism Industry Aotearoa says sorting out Queenstown's roading issues would do more to alleviate pressure on the town than a bed tax would.

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  • Queenstown, Wanaka locals vote in favour of bed tax

    Radio NZ, 7 June 2019

    Provisional results of a non-binding referendum show more than 80 percent of Wanaka and Queenstown voters back a bed tax, which would be used to help fund infrastructure.

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  • After referendum "yes" vote Mayor considers visitor levy changes

    The Cux, 7 June 2019

    In the wake of a successful 81.3% referendum vote in favour of a new local visitor levy, Mayor Jim Boult has told Crux that he may suggest increasing the planned levy - but with a special sweetener for disgruntled hotel owners.

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  • Concerns a bed tax isn't a good solution to Queenstown's infrastructure woes

    NZ City, 7 June 2019

    More than 80 percent of local voters have said they'd support a visitor levy - in a non-binding referendum.

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  • Tourism sector unhappy Stats NZ scrapping accommodation survey

    Radio NZ, 6 June 2019

    The tourism sector is furious that Statistics NZ will stop producing its accommodation survey, because it can't afford to do it.

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  • Stats NZ relying on insurance cash for surveys

    Radio NZ, 6 June 2019

    Chief executive Chris Roberts said he had been pushing to improve the survey for about five years, and the move to scrap it comes as a shock.

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  • Who is staying in our beds? Tourism shocked at data loss

    Stuff, 5 June 2019

    TIA chief executive Chris Roberts said he understood Stats NZ wanted to charge MBIE more for carrying out the survey, but MBIE was not prepared to pay, and the spat had led to the premature canning of the data collection.

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  • Tourism groups 'devastated' as Stats NZ and MBIE pull crucial accommodation data

    New Zealand Herald Premium, 5 June 2019

    Tourism Industry Aotearoa says the sudden and unexpected removal of key information was hugely disappointing, and the decision needed to be reversed.

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  • Tourist industry backs new tax, despite warnings from National

    Newshub, 2 June 2019

    The Government has passed the new $35 visitor tax for help pay for infrastructure and protecting our conservation. Chris Roberts from Tourism Industry Aotearoa says it is the right amount.

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  • Bringing Gisborne to the world . . .

    Gisborne Herald, 23 May 2019

    Representatives from Activate Tairawhiti — Eastland Community Trust’s economic development arm — and four Gisborne tourism operators attended the three-day TRENZ expo in Rotorua to further promote a region already leading New Zealand in growth figures.

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  • 140 pests pulled out of Rotorua's Dansey Rd forest after Trenz delegates set traps

    New Zealand Herald , 21 May 2019

    Rotorua Canopy Tours, in conjunction with the Tourism Industry Association and Department of Conservation, initiated the programme for delegates attending last week's annual tourism conference, Trenz.

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  • Dancers showcase Rotorua's story to media at Trenz

    Rotorua Daily Post, 17 May 2019

    Kapa haka and contemporary dancers shared the stage this week to help tell Rotorua's story to media, Government officials and senior tourism representatives at Trenz.

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  • Bringing the world south: meet the teams taking part in the first-ever Lightning Lab Tourism in Christchurch

    idealog, 17 May 2019

    There seems to be more sector-specific start-up accelerators these days than there are flavours of ice cream. We’re not just talking about your run-of-the-mill tech programmes. We’re talking FinTech. GovTech. Energy. The list could go on for quite some time, if we’re being honest.

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  • Minister: bed tax for resort only

    Otago Daily Times, 17 May 2019

    Any bed tax for Queenstown would be for Queenstown alone, the Tourism Minister says.
    "I'm not going to have the Far North District Council saying we want one too," Kelvin Davis said at the Trenz tourism conference in Rotorua yesterday.

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  • Tourism industry urged to pitch jobs at school leavers

    Otago Daily Times, 16 May 2019

    Targeting schools in a bid to attract more young people to the tourism industry could help find some of the 40,000 extra jobs needed over the next five years.

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  • New tourism package hopes to attract more New Zealanders to the sector

    Rotorua Daily Post, 15 May 2019

    The package was designed to improve perceptions of the careers, make it easier for young people to experience tourism careers with placements and open days, and ensure a positive experience for those in tourism employment.

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  • Local Focus: Rotorua tourism shines at Trenz

    New Zealand Herald, 15 May 2019

    The annual event has been going for over 40 years and brings together international buyers of tourist products and packages to meet with New Zealand's leading operators.

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  • New Zealand tourism's big 'vacancy' sign - 40,000 new workers needed

    Stuff, 15 May 2019

    The tourism industry needs to recruit 40,000 new workers over the next five years to address acute labour shortages.

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  • Free tā moko tattoos done at Trenz in Rotorua

    Rotorua Daily Post, 15 May 2019

    Visitors to the city this week could be taking a slice of Rotorua home with them as Te Puia offers tā moko to delegates at Trenz.

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  • Tourism makes sustainability a top priority as negative feedback grows

    Stuff, 14 May 2019

    The tourism industry has promised to better manage future visitor growth in the face of Increasingly negative public feedback.

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  • New Zealand tourism has a big new hairy goal - $50 billion a year by 2025

    New Zealand Herald, 14 May 2019

    Tourism aims to be a $50 billion industry within the next six years following a period of growth a leader says was ''beyond all expectations.''

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  • Tourism campaign encourages exploration with artists' impressions of NZ

    Stuff, 14 May 2019

    Kris Waldin was astounded after finding out she was one of six Australasian artists chosen to front a new tourism campaign headed by car rental company Avis.

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  • Warm welcome for 1500 delegates swarming Rotorua for Trenz

    Rotorua Daily Post, 13 May 2019

    A warm Māori welcome on this chilly morning signalled the beginning of tourism's biggest event. Trenz, a tourism industry event that is expected to bring more than 1500 delegates to Rotorua, starts today.

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  • Queenstown, West Coast residents are the most fed up with tourists

    Stuff, 10 May 2019

    The latest Mood of the Nation research done for the tourism industry shows big regional differences in attitude.

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  • More Kiwis think there are too many tourists - report

    Otago Daily Times, 10 May 2019

    Queenstown residents also have more concerns around traffic congestion, accommodation prices, road accidents and staff shortages. Tourism Industry Aotearoa (TIA) chief executive Chris Roberts said this wasn't a surprise.

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  • Infrastructure in some regions fails to meet the need of the visitors and local community - tourism industry says

    One News, 10 May 2019

    TIA’s Chris Roberts told TVNZ1’s Breakfast, "We do not have a visitor problem we have an infrastructure problem, where the infrastructure in particular regions is not sufficient to meet the needs of all those visitors and the local community."

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  • New Zealanders positive about tourism- survey

    Newsroom, 10 May 2019

    New Zealanders remain mostly positive about international tourism in the country, despite concerns raised in the regions. The findings of the Mood of the Nation survey were released yesterday, which gauge the public's perceptions of international tourism.

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  • More New Zealanders fret about the number of tourists says survey

    NZ Herald, 9 May 2019

    The study done for Tourism New Zealand and Tourism Industry Aotearoa (TIA) found that after stabilising for the past year, the percentage of those surveyed who said the number of tourists had risen to an all time high - 26 per cent.

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  • Kiwis no longer worried by freedom campers - survey

    Newshub, 9 May 2019

    The latest Mood of the Nation research by Kantar TNS found freedom camping - which sees tourists avoid campsites to stay on the roadside - is less hated now than in previous years. Tourism Industry Aotearoa chief executive Chris Roberts says this is a good sign.

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  • Industry survey finds people mostly positive about international tourism

    RadioNZ, 9 May 2019

    The findings of the Mood of the Nation survey were released this afternoon, which gauge the public's perceptions of international tourism. The research is undertaken by Kantar TNS on behalf of Tourism Industry Aotearoa and Tourism New Zealand twice a year.

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  • Queenstown accommodation providers worry proposed levy will cripple tourism

    Christchurch Press - 19th Apr 2019

    Queenstown Lakes' mayor insists the district needs a visitor levy but accommodation providers believe the proposed bed tax will hurt their businesses and New Zealand tourism. Debbie Jamieson looks at the pros and cons.

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  • OPINION: Killing the adventure capital

    Mountain Scene - 19th Apr 2019

    Queenstown is no ordinary resort, it’s a special resort. You’ve heard it before, as actively marketed by Destination Queenstown, “Queenstown is known as the adventure capital of the world”.

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  • Battle over proposed Queenstown 'bed tax' looms

    Stuff, 15 April 2019

    It would be preferable that a percentage of the $437 million in GST generated in the district in the year to February was used for infrastructure. The idea was supported by Tourism Industry Aotearoa.

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  • Anti-bed tax lobby fills war chest

    ODT, 16 April 2019

    Mr Kiddle said the preferred option would be GST revenue from visitor expenditure being rebated, which would be ''very easy to do''. That was also the model preferred by Tourism Industry Aotearoa.

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  • High demand to attend Trenz 2019 in Rotorua

    Rotorua Daily Post, 8 April 2019.

    Tourism Industry Aotearoa chief executive Chris Roberts said the buyers would be looking to reconnect with established New Zealand tourism businesses and seeking out new and exciting visitor experiences they can promote to consumers in their home markets.

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  • Tourism puts hand out for 20 per cent of GST paid by overseas visitors

    Stuff, 8 April 2019

    Tourism Industry Aotearoa is recommending the Government gives local government 20 per cent of the GST paid by international visitors.

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  • 'Short-term pain' predicted for Queenstown hotel industry

    Stuff, 10 April 2019

    Tourism Industry Aotearoa chief executive Chris Roberts said hoteliers all over New Zealand were facing a period of uncertainty.

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  • Tourism New Zealand suspends promotion of country overseas; Facebook, YouTube strategy under review

    Nz Herald, 22 March 2019

    Tourism Industry Aotearoa chief executive Chris Roberts said it wasn't appropriate to assess the impact of the tragedy out of respect for those affected, saying the time for assessing any broader impacts would come later.

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  • New border security system will cost $14m to run and could cause travel chaos

    Stuff, 13 March 2019

    Tourism Industry Aotearoa chief executive Chris Roberts said it was good to finally get some detail about the ETA because overseas travel agents and tour operators needed the information as soon as possible.

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  • Tourism tax could see NZ businesses lose out on $50m

    NewstalkZB, 13 March 2019

    Tourists will be hit by an extra charge to enter the country after Cabinet approved a $35 per visitor levy. Tourism Industry Aotearoa chief executive, Chris Roberts, told Mike Hosking the tax could have been more.

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  • Workers needed for tourism sector

    4 March 2019 - RadioNZ

    It's an industry that earns $39 billion a year but the tourism industry is finding it hard employ workers. Tourism Industry Aotearoa Chief Executive Chris Roberts explains what the problem is.

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  • Staffing shortage in tourism sector projected by 2025; Bay affected

    2 March 2019 - Rotorua Daily Post

    ourism youth perceptions research conducted by the Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development and Tourism Industry Aotearoa found young people were reluctant to sign up to a career in the industry.

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  • Young Kiwis not wanting careers in tourism a concern

    NZ Herald, 24 February 2019

    TIA chief executive Chris Roberts said the research also showed that pay was not the major driver for those seeking tourism careers.

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  • The tourism industry is twitchy about continued political chatter about China

    Stuff, 15 February 2019

    Tourism industry Aotearoa chief executive Chris Roberts said a story on the Global Times website, the English language version of the People's Daily Chinese newspaper, was a case in point.

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  • Chinese tourism numbers 'could halve' if relations go sour

    RadioNZ, 15 February 2019

    Tourism Industry Aotearoa chief executive Chris Roberts said the Chinese visitor market was still strong.

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  • How to repair damage to 2019 China-New Zealand Year of Tourism

    NZ Herald, 15 February 2019

    Tourism Industry Aotearoa chief executive Chris Roberts said there were no signs the postponement of the 2019 China-New Zealand Year of Tourism function was in protest to the government's stance on China.

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  • Tourism Industry Aotearoa tries to quell fears of boycott of New Zealand by Chinese travellers

    One News, 15 February 2019

    The chief executive of Tourism Industry Aotearoa has slammed comments the tourism industry is facing backlash amid a purported break down in New Zealand's relationship with China.

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  • Unlucky holidays for dozens of Lucky Rentals customers

    Stuff, 10 February 2019

    Tourism Industry Aotearoa chief executive Chris Roberts said negative comments on TripAdvisor were a "warning signal" for customers who could also check whether a tourism company was a member of his organisation or Qualmark.

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  • 'Ain't no toilet in there': New Zealand flush with fake 'self-contained' bumper stickers

    Stuff - 10th February 2019

    Meanwhile the Tourism Industry Association urged more work was needed around the blue sticker, which "doesn't hold any legislative authority", advocacy manager Steve Hanrahan said.

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  • Tourism industry aiming to make good times last

    NZ Herald, 5 February 2019

    By any measure, New Zealand's tourism industry has experienced a remarkable period of growth.

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  • Tourism coming off the boil as spectacular growth slows

    Stuff, 31 January 2019

    Tourism Industry Association (TIA) chief executive Chris Roberts said the market was entering a new phase.

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  • Kiwi tourists continue to hop across the pond, rather than travel further afield

    Stuff, 30 January 2019

    The Tourism Industry Association (TIA) said Australia would always be a popular destination due to price and how close it was.

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  • $1 airfares may be a sign of things to come after Air NZ's forecast profit drops $100m

    Stuff, 30 January 2019

    Tourism Industry Aotearoa chief executive Chris Roberts agreed the industry was not experiencing the previous record international growth it had enjoyed over the previous five years.

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  • Surge in tourists leaves rural practices without GPs

    ODT, 30 January 2019

    In a statement, Tourism Industry Aotearoa chief executive Chris Roberts said GPs received more income if they were busier.

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  • 'Sacrilege, crass, stupid': Opponents slam Rangitoto zipline

    NZ Herald - 24 January 2019

    Chris Roberts, Tourism Industry Aotearoa chief executive, said he supported iwi in their aspirations but the provision of big tourism infrastructure needed to make sense financially.

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  • Bid for sustainable tourism gathers pace

    RadioNZ - 8 January 2019

    Sustainability has become a focus of both the industry and the government, which joined together to announce the Tiaki Promise late last year.

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  • Support for levy, but 'devil in detail'

    ODT - 8 January 2019

    Tourism operators are generally supportive of a new $35 tax on every international visitor, even in light of Government advice that it could mean 20,000 tourists spending up to $70 million elsewhere.

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  • Kelvin Davis supports PM's decision not to appoint associate tourism minister

    RadioNZ - 9 January 2019

    Tourism Industry Aotearoa recently approached Jacinda Ardern saying the country's largest export earner needs greater representation at the Cabinet table, but she turned down the request.

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  • New foreign tourist tax - vital funds for industry or unnecessary tax grab?

    NZ Herald - 7 January 2019

    Tourism operators are generally supportive of a new $35 tax on every international visitor, even in light of Government advice that it could see 20,000 tourists spending up to $70m elsewhere.

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  • Strong tourism season predicted to heat up recruitment

    Radio NZ - 4 January 2019

    Tourism Industry Aotearoa chief executive Chris Roberts said after a relatively quiet winter he expected a record summer with domestic tourism at its peak.

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  • Only a third of liable Airbnb hosts in Auckland paying bed tax

    NZ Herald - 3 January 2019

    Tourism Industry Association chief executive Chris Roberts said it was "quite astonishing" how few Airbnb hosts were now paying full rates.

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  • Dunedin visitor industry launch Wildlife Care Code

    Voxy -19 December 2018

    Dunedin’s visitor industry has launched a "Dunedin Wildlife Care Code" to help visitors care for the city’s unique and rare wildlife.

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  • Tourism industry eager for an associate minister

    RadioNZ - 17 December 2018

    The tourism industry remains hopeful an Associate Tourism Minister will be appointed despite their initial request being refused.

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  • Kiwis angst about tourism growth as summer influx ramps up

    Stuff - 17 December 2018

    The annual mood of the national survey of 1080 New Zealanders shows that while most agreed the tourism industry was good for the country, the forecast of 5 million visitors by 2024 has not gone down so well.

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  • Otago’s views on tourism mixed

    ODT - 18 December 2018

    Tourism Industry Aotearoa (TIA) and Tourism New Zealand yesterday released their Mood of the Nation research.

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  • Tourism: majority unaware it's NZ's biggest earner, survey finds

    Radio NZ - 17 December 2018

    A new survey shows more than half of New Zealanders don't know tourism is the country's biggest earner or how many tourists visit each year.

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  • Freedom camping campaign kicks off

    Radio NZ - 10 December 2018

    A new campaign has been launched today for tourists who freedom camp. It's a partnership with the government, Tourism Industry Aotearoa, information sites and some rental vehicle companies.

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  • Tourism spending hits new record

    RadioNZ - 7 December 2018

    Stats NZ released its tourism satellite figures for the year ending in March on Friday.

    It showed a 7.7 percent increase in tourism spending from the previous year.

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  • Ski field could become highest freedom camping site in New Zealand

    Stuff - 7 December 2018

    Tourism Industry Aotearoa communications manager Ann-Marie Johnson said visitors should check out their freedom camping website, www.freedomcamping.org/, for information about camping regulations, travel and driving, and how to respect the environment and community.

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  • Poor visitor data leaves regional tourism 'flying blind'

    Dominion Post - 2 December 2018

    Tourism Industry Association chief executive Chris Roberts says accurately predicting future trends is important "so we're not reacting to what's already happened, we're getting ready for what's going to happen."

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  • Tourist increase prompts warning

    Otago Daily Times - 12th Nov 2018

    High country farmer Randall Aspinall believes a national discussion is needed about where New Zealand is heading with tourism.

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  • DOC reject panel’s picks for next Great Walk

    Wilderness Magazine - 9th Nov 2018

    An independent panel tasked with picking the next Great Walk wanted new tracks up Mt Tarawera and through North Canterbury’s Molesworth Station to be in the running, but these options were abandoned by DOC.

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  • Real Journeys establishes ‘Wayfare’

    Southland Express - 9th Nov 2018

    Leading family-owned tourism company, Real Journeys, has announced the establishment of a new corporate identity called Wayfare to represent its tourism companies in the international market.

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  • Tourism worried about being seen as greedy

    Stuff - 8th Nov 2018

    The tourism industry is taking a more sustainable approach to future growth to avoid being seen as greedy.

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  • Tourism spending: Collaboration key to regional growth

    Radio New Zealand - 8th Nov 2018

    With more than half of the multi-billion tourist dollars staying in airport gateway cities, some regions are feeling short changed.

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  • Regions feeling short-changed after tourism funding boost

    RNZ - 8th Nov 2018

    Industry leaders were crunching the numbers at the Tourism Summit Aotearoa in Wellington today, to see how remote tourist attractions can get a better slice of the pie and entice visitors away from the main centres.

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  • Tourism industry faces up to pressure and challenges at summit

    RNZ - 8th Nov 2018

    Tourism industry leaders are converging on Te Papa for the Tourism Summit Aotearoa this morning.

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  • Opinion: Roaring great time in region as residents get out and enjoy events

    The Courier - 8 Nov 2018

    What a rowdy bunch we are in South Canterbury and the Waitaki!

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  • New Zealand is still hot for tourists, but that can change overnight

    Stuff - 6th Nov 2018

    OPINION: As the tourism industry gears up for another bumper summer season, the Government has just released a long awaited draft national tourism strategy for consultation.

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  • $40m of tourist tax to fund conservation efforts

    RNZ - 6th Nov 2018

    Half of the revenue gathered from the government's planned levy on international tourists, will be spent directly on conservation.

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  • Tourism Export Council says change in visitor strategy overdue

    New Zealand Herald - 6th Nov 2018

    A tourism leader says a change in visitor strategy outlined by the Government is long overdue.Tourism Export Council chief executive Judy Chen said the draft opened for consultation today...

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  • $40m of tourist tax to fund conservation efforts

    RNZ - 6th Nov 2018

    Half of the revenue gathered from the government's planned levy on international tourists, will be spent directly on conservation.

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  • New Zealand is still hot for tourists, but that can change overnight

    Stuff - 6th Nov 2018

    OPINION: As the tourism industry gears up for another bumper summer season, the Government has just released a long awaited draft national tourism strategy for consultation.

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  • $40m of tourist tax going to conservation

    Otago Daily Times - 6th Nov 2018

    The new $35 tourist levy was announced earlier this year. Half of the revenue gathered from the government's planned levy on international tourists, will be spent directly on conservation.

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  • More New Zealanders heading out on our Great Walks following hike in tourist fees

    NZ Herald - 4th Nov 2018

    Fewer tourists are snapping up bookings for our Great Walks after a hike in international fees.

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  • The week in good news: new royals, new homes, new values

    Stuff - 3rd Nov 2018

    Speaking of tourists, Tourism Industry Aotearoa and six other key players – including Air New Zealand, the Department of Conservation and Tourism New Zealand – have collaborated on an initiative called tiaki.

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  • Campaign calls for tourists to respect New Zealand

    Newshub - 2 Nov 2018

    Seven New Zealand organisations have joined forces to educate tourists on how to behave when visiting.

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  • Kelvin Davis explains the #tiakipromise

    RNZ Checkpoint - 1 Nov 2018

    A significant announcement promised by Tourism Minister Kelvin Davis today turned out to be a brochure and video encouraging visitors to protect New Zealand. He spoke with Lisa Owen.

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  • Come see forests and peaks, but clean up, New Zealand says

    NZ Herald - 1 Nov 2018

    Tourists flock to New Zealand to see its mossy forests, bubbling mud pools and imperious mountains.

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  • New Tiaki Promise teaches visitors travel etiquette

    Dominion Post - 2 Nov 2018

    A new tourism campaign gives visitors a lesson in how to behave properly while travelling here this summer.

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  • Push for travellers to act as 'guardians' of New Zealand when visiting

    Newshub - 1 Nov 2018

    A new campaign backed by seven major tourism organisations is asking visitors to New Zealand to respect the country's nature and culture.

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  • What do tourists think of New Zealand's Tiaki promise?

    RNZ Checkpoint - 1 Nov 2018

    Tiaki - Care for New Zealand encourages visitors to experience NZ in a way that keeps everyone safe, protects the environment and respects culture. Our reporter Alex Perrottet asks tourists what that actually means.

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  • 'It is our role and responsibility to lead the way'

    Radio New Zealand - 1st Nov 2018

    Travellers are being encouraged to act as guardians of New Zealand as part of a cross-sector initiative.

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  • Tourism bosses launch initiative for all visitors to act as guardians for this country

    New Zealand Herald - 1st Nov 2018

    Seven key tourism businesses and government agencies have launched an initiative, Tiaki - Care for New Zealand, to encourage international and domestic travellers to act as guardians of...

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  • Outdoor adventures are bigger than they look on social media

    RadioNZ, 23 October 2018

    Tourism Industry Aotearoa advocacy manager Steve Hanrahan said communities needed to play a strong role in visitor safety.

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  • Hotel industry bedding in new trainees to get people off benefits

    Stuff, 15 October 2018

    One of the recent graduates was 25-year-old Noam Wegner​, who minimised his time receiving a benefit after hearing about the programme – run in conjunction with Accor Hotels and Tourism Industry Aotearoa – in his first seminar for receiving an unemployment benefit.

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  • Milford Sound traffic cutback considered

    RadioNZ, 5 October 2018

    Cutting back on the number of cars allowed into Milford Sound is one of the changes being considered to cope with the increasing numbers of tourists driving to the popular destination. TIA Chief Executive Chris Roberts spoke with Morning Report.

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  • Wellington City Council likely to tackle 'commercial' Airbnb hosts

    Stuff, 30 September 2018

    Wellington Airbnb hosts running "commercial" enterprises are being put under the spotlight, with the prospect of targeted rates looming.

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  • Will slapping overseas visitors with a new tax hurt our tourism industry?

    TVNZ, 28 September

    Chris Roberts appeared on TVNZ 's Breakfast show to discuss the new international visitor levy announcment.

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  • Tourism levy gets green light but will it make a difference for regions?

    RadioNZ, 27 Seoptember 2018

    Kaikōura District Mayor is skeptical whether a national tourism levy will make a difference for regional communities.

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  • International tourists to pay new $35 visitor levy

    Stuff, 27 September

    Cabinet's approval of new $35 a visitor levy will raise an estimated $80 million a year to pay for tourism infrastructure and conservation projects, but the move is unlikely to satisfy demands for further funding.

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  • Infrastructure struggling with growing tourist demand

    NewstalkZB - 24 September

    There is growing concern that the country's tourism industry is falling down a hole that will be hard to climb back out of.

    It is being suggested that infrastructure hasn't kept up with tourist demand, and a national tourism strategy is needed.

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  • Big win for local fishing lodge

    Waimea Weekly - 20th Sept 2018

    Luxury fishing accommodation Owen River Lodge has scooped a major gong at the 2018 New Zealand Tourism Awards.

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  • Dirty drinking water could 'destroy New Zealand's tourism industry'

    Newshub - 19th Sept 2018

    An organisation that keeps an eye on the state of New Zealand's water says the quality of our drinking water is so bad in places, it could lead to mass death.

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  • Winter tourism both up and down

    Christchurch Press - 19th Sep 2018

    Queenstown's tourism industry leaders are scratching their heads as some businesses report a significant increase in winter visitor numbers, while others have fallen flat.

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  • Funding boost for Southland tourism projects

    Dominion Post - 11th Sep 2018

    The Southland District Council has been given a large injection of cash from the Government for tourism infrastructure, including $5 million for a new land-based wastewater disposal system...

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  • Toilets and parking get Govt cash

    Waikato Times - 11th Sep 2018

    The latest round of the government Tourism Infrastructure Fund has seen $19.3m dished out to groups around the country, with toilets, wastewater and parking projects among the biggest...

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  • Revealed: The top tourist operators in NZ

    New Zealand Herald - 7th Sep 2018

    Tourism Holdings has won the supreme honour at the New Zealand Tourism Awards.

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  • Outrage after shark cage diving ruled an offence

    Newstalk ZB - 5th Sept 18

    Operators argue that cage diving brings tourists to the South Island.

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  • Court finds shark diving illegal but says law could be changed

    The Southland Times - 5th Sept 2018

    After almost a decade of shark cage diving operations in the waters off Stewart Island the activity has been declared illegal under the Wildlife Act in a court ruling. However, shark cage diving may not be dead in the water yet

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  • Shark cage ban: Tourism Industry Aotearoa bares its teeth

    New Zealand Herald - 5th Sep 2018

    A tourism group says a court ruling to ban shark cage diving in New Zealand was disappointing and based on outdated law.

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  • Paua divers celebrate court decision outlawing shark cage diving in New Zealand

    TV News - 5th Sept 2018

    Tourism Industry Aotearoa's Chris Roberts said when done properly shark cage diving is perfectly safe

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  • Airbnb tax 'cruel', homeowners 'struggling to make ends meet' - Taxpayers' Union

    Newshub - 4 Sept 2018

    Auckland Council's bed tax has been labelled a "cruel" punishment on "people struggling to make ends meet".

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  • 'Strong industry wish' for year-round tourism in Queenstown

    RadioNZ - 3 September 2018

    Tourist operators are having to offer more bells and whistles in order to recruit enough staff for what's expected to be another booming summer season.

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  • Rotorua hospitality programme helping end unemployment

    NZ Herald - 1 September 2018

    Eight weeks ago, Carly Parkinson hit "rock bottom". But thanks to the AccorHotels Fast Track Partnership Programme, she graduated yesterday with 26 classmates at Novotel Rotorua, where she now has an employment contract. The Fast Track Programme is run in collaboration with MSD, Tourism Industry Aotearoa and partnering hotel companies such as Rydges and Millenium.

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  • Hospitality training scheme helping long-term unemployed get back to work

    TVNZ - 31 August 2018

    Today 27 people graduated from an innovative and collaborative hospitality training and education programme Fast Track Partnership Programme, designed to help people from disadvantaged backgrounds back into employment.

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  • Aviation, tourism and technology key focus at INZBC summit

    Stuff - 29 August 2018

    Aviation and tourism were the focus at a recent India New Zealand Business Council roadshow held in Wellington.

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  • How a Bay of Islands hotel attracts staff, and keeps them

    RadioLIVE - 28 August 2018

    If you are struggling to find work and fancy living in The Far North; otherwise known as heaven, then hotel owner Ricki Kinnaird may have the solution for you.

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  • Tendering in Auckland ‘our collective shame’

    Seatrade Cruise News - 26 August 2018

    The fact that Ovation of the Seas must tender in Auckland again this coming 2018/19 season is ‘our collective shame,’ New Zealand Cruise Association chairman Debbie Summers told delegates at Friday’s 2018 conference in Blenheim.

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  • Tourism industry's bid to attract new blood

    NZ Herald - 22 August 2018

    Tourism is booming but a report out today shows why the industry struggles to attract workers and calls for ''myth busting'' about conditions in the industry.

    Read more
  • Website gives freedom campers the do’s and don’ts of travelling New Zealand in a camper van

    TVNZ Breakfast - 22 August 2018

    Tourism Industry representative Chris Roberts says the site will be useful not only for tourists, but for Kiwis too.

    Read more
  • New Zealand aims to make freedom camping more sustainable

    Lonely Planet - 21 August 2018

    For New Zealand ‘overtourism’ isn’t about visitor numbers per se, but that lots of travellers go to New Zealand to experience the country’s amazing wilderness, but not everyone follows the 100% pure NZ ethos and camps responsibly.

    Read more
  • Freedom campers in need of education

    Newstalk ZB - 21 August 2018

    Travellers to New Zealand will be able to find resources on being responsible campers in one handy site, with the re-launch of Tourism Industry Aotearoa’s freedom camping website.
    Tourism Industry Aotearoa chief executive Chris Roberts spoke to Richard Green about the need for good information for campers.

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  • Site revamp proves a valuable tool to guide visitors on freedom camping

    RadioNZ - 21 August 2018

    Tourism Industry Aotearoa (TIA) has re-launched its 'one-stop-shop' freedom camping website in a bid to encourage responsible camping.

    Read more
  • Tourism industry moves to attract more young workers to stave off threat to NZ's biggest earner

    One News - 20 August 2018

    Moves are afoot to attract more young people into jobs in New Zealand's biggest earner, tourism, which could be under threat if more workers don't come into the industry.

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  • Tourism industry moves to attract more young workers to stave off threat to NZ's biggest earner

    One News - 20 August 2018

    Moves are afoot to attract more young people into jobs in New Zealand's biggest earner, tourism, which could be under threat if more workers don't come into the industry.

    Read more
  • Boom time: Visitor spending up by $880 million

    NZ Herald - 19 August 2018

    Spending by international visitors increased nine per cent or $879 million to $11.1 billion in the past year. The number of arrivals was up 4 per cent on the previous year to 3.78 million.

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  • Record Northland cruise ship season, but not all retailers reaping the rewards

    NZ Herald - 17 August 2018

    Northland saw a record cruise ship season, with passengers spending more than $14 million in the region - almost double the amount they spent the previous season.

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  • Record Northland cruise ship season, but not all retailers reaping the rewards

    NZ Herald - 17 August 2018

    Northland saw a record cruise ship season, with passengers spending more than $14 million in the region - almost double the amount they spent the previous season.

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  • West Coast rūnanga aims to make freedom camping user-pays

    Stuff - 17 August 2018

    Ngāi Tahu rūnanga Ngāti Waewae wants to build four user-pays freedom camping pods on the West Coast with ambitions of rolling out a chain of them on South Island tourist routes.

    Read more
  • Direction with NZ camping positive

    Gisbourne Herald - 16 August 2018

    The Government’s plans to manage responsible camping recognise there are no simple answers, and will build on work the industry has already undertaken.

    Read more
  • Local visitor levy backed

    ODT - 16 August 2018

    Queenstown businesses want tourists to pay for upgrades to the town.

    Read more
  • Councils getting government funding to deal with freedom campers

    TVNZ - 16 August 2018

    Urgent government funding is being given to councils to help them deal with problems created by freedom campers.

    Read more
  • $8.5 million for freedom camping fixes this summer

    Dominion Post - 15 August 2018

    The Government has agreed to put $8.5 million into fixing freedom camping problems that have plagued popular scenic spots over recent summers.

    Read more
  • Better facilities on the way for campers this summer

    RadioNZ - 15 August 2018

    The Government has announced an $8.5 million fund to better manage freedom camping.

    Read more
  • The Apec squeeze: World leaders to take over Auckland

    Herald - 12 August 2018

    A tourism leader is warning big events in 2021 will put strain on Auckland hotels and need to be promoted carefully to avoid damaging the sector.

    Read more
  • Visitor spending survey failures alarm tourism group

    Herald - 31 July 2018

    A tourism group says it is deeply concerned about shortcomings identified in a damning review of Government figures that monitor international visitor spending.

    Read more
  • International visitor survey in need of 'tune up'

    RadioNZ - 31 July 2018

    Crucial government statistics on international tourist spending have not been fit for purpose for some time, a tourism industry body says.

    Read more
  • Damning review of tourism spending data leads to change

    Stuff - 31 July 2018

    The tourism industry says a damning review of official visitor spending figures questions their credibility, particularly for the Chinese market.

    Read more
  • APEC 2021 needs 'every hotel bed' in Auckland

    RadioNZ - 24 July 2018

    The tourism sector is warning Auckland may run out of hotel rooms if big-name accommodation developments falter or fail.

    Read more
  • Tourism industry unhappy that Aussies will get off paying proposed visitor levy

    Stuff - 24 July 2018

    The tourism industry remains unimpressed that 1.5m Australian holidaymakers, by far our biggest market, will skip paying a proposed international visitor levy.

    Read more
  • Tourism Industry Aotearoa backs proposed border tax

    RadioNZ - 22 July 2018

    TIA says it will accept a new border levy for international travellers, as long as the money is used to benefit visitor experience in New Zealand.

    Read more
  • How does the tourism industry feel about the Govt's border tax?

    Newshub - 30 June 2018

    A new survey has shown that while most tourism businesses support the Government's tourism tax, a vocal minority are concerned it will damage New Zealand's reputation.

    Read more
  • DOC investigates giving Kiwis first dibs

    Wilderness Magazine - 20 June 2018

    New Zealanders could get first dibs on booking a bunk on the Great Walks, as DOC investigates a preferential booking system.

    Read more
  • The perils and possibilities of tourism in the south

    Stuff - 19 June 2018

    The Southland region has huge potential for tourism, but could bring about unforeseen problems if not managed effectively.

    Read more
  • Tourism plan’s hidden fish hooks

    Newsroom - 18 June 2018

    The Government has announced a levy for international tourists, but has also snuck in a proposal that would increase costs for New Zealand citizens as well.

    Read more
  • Managing tourism without killing the golden goose

    Stuff - 17 June 2018

    Increasing prices for activities such as the Great Walks is a small step towards getting tourists to pay their way, but some countries are going for much more draconian measures.

    Read more
  • Should some nations be exempt from the proposed border tax?

    RadioLive - 15 June 2018

    With New Zealand’s ever-increasing tourism industry, the Government has taken action by proposing a border tax for incoming visitors.

    Aussies, permanent residents, those with valid New Zealand visas and those from select Pacific Island nations would be exempt.

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  • Tourism sector didn't get say in tax talks, says Northland leader

    New Zealand Herald - 18 June 2018

    Northland tourism leader Jeroen Jongejans said there is no surprise in the plan to charge international tourists a border levy to help pay for conservation and tourism infrastructure.

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  • Tourism industry wants cut of proposed levy on international visitors

    New Zealand Herald - 15 June 2018

    Tourism industry bodies have responded to the government's proposed levy on international visitors positively - provided they benefit from the money raised.

    Read more
  • Tourism industry wants a say on how a new visitor levy will be spent

    Stuff - 15 June 2018

    The tourism industry says it's important money gathered through a new international visitor levy is wisely spent and it is still unclear how it will be allocated

    Read more
  • Most tourists to NZ to be charged up to $35

    RNZ - 15th Jun 2018

    Most international visitors entering New Zealand for less than 12 months will be charged between $25 and $35…

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  • Ministry says tourists pay 'fair share' to government as tax decision nears

    NZ Herald - 13 June 2018

    The tourism industry is on tenterhooks before an announcement on new ways of taxing international visitors as a Government-commissioned report says they already pay a ''fair share'' of costs.

    Read more
  • Tourism BOP gets Tauranga Council funding boost

    SunLive - 12 June 2018

    Tourism Bay of Plenty will become the first Regional Tourism Organisation in New Zealand outside Auckland to become a Destination Manager, after a 48 per cent boost in Council funding.

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  • Government pockets $2.6b a year from international tourists

    Dominion Post - 12th Jun 2018

    The tourism industry has been quick to leap on a new report showing the Government pockets more than $2.6 billion a year from international tourism.

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  • Tourist levy not needed - tourism industry

    RNZ - 12th Jun 2018

    The tourism sector says tourists are already more than paying their way and shouldn't pay a proposed new border levy.

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  • Tourist Tax will help improve our infrastructure

    Indian Newslink - 11th Jun 2018

    I’m no economist, but even I know that basic economic theory says that as the price for a product increases, the demand for that product will decrease.

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  • Air fares take off

    Dominion Post - 11th Jun 2018

    Air New Zealand has sent travel agencies notice that international air fares will increase between 3 and 5 per cent.

    Read more
  • Airbnb marches on as Auckland prepares for a 'bed tax' for hosts

    TV3/Newshub - 4 Jun 2018

    OPINION: If you think Airbnb is still small fry in New Zealand, then think again. According to a recently released report outlining the effects of Airbnb in New Zealand, visitors spent a massive 1.5 million nights at properties booked via the platform.

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  • Conservation Minister praised over Great Walks announcement

    Newstalk ZB - 3 Jun 2018

    Tourism groups around New Zealand continue to sing the praise for Conservation Minister Eugenie Sage's Great Walks announcement.

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  • Higher hut fees for tourists and parking charges in NZ scenic hot spots are coming

    Stuff - 2 Jun 2018

    Higher tramping hut fees for tourists are coming and car park charges could follow, to help pay for ballooning tourism on conservation land.

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  • Putting a price on tourism on conservation land

    Stuff - 2 Jun 2018

    A volcanic alpine landscape of dramatic contrasts – and queues 20-deep for the toilets

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  • Tourists to pay more than locals on most popular Great Walks

    TVNZ - 2 Jun 2018

    Tourists will soon have to pay double what locals do to stay in tramping huts on the country's four main Great Walks.

    Read more
  • Conference hosts go to market

    ODT - 30 May 2018

    Otago conference hosts will be selling their wares to international buyers in Auckland today and tomorrow as they try to get a piece of the multimillion-dollar industry.

    Read more
  • Adrian Littlewood: Auckland Airport critics ignoring growth pressure

    NZ Herald - 29 May 2018

    A couple of weeks back the New Zealand tourism industry held its annual trade show in Dunedin. The mood was positive, reflecting the dramatic change in tourism industry performance in only a few years.

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  • Hawke's Bay bed tax idea to fund tourism could hit Airbnb hosts

    NZ Herald - 30 May 2018

    Hawke's Bay people making money renting out rooms through online platforms like Airbnb could end up paying a "bed tax" to help fund tourism promotion in the region.

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  • Turbulence ahead: The Government move that could push up airfares

    NZ Herald - 26th May 2018

    Airlines fear a planned new tax on tourists will load costs on them, force up ticket prices for passengers and could lead to some carriers dropping certain routes, or no longer flying to New Zealand.

    Read more
  • Dansey Rd Scenic Reserve transformed from silence to birdsong

    Rotorua Daily Post - 19 May 2018

    Native bird species are flourishing once again in a 1000-year-old forest on Rotorua's doorstep after a "groundbreaking" partnership between Canopy Tours, the Department of Conservation and New Zealand pest trap manufacturer Goodnature.

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  • Influx tipped from Trenz exposure

    Oamaru Mail - 19 May 2018

    It is anticipated the exposure the Waitaki district gained at the recent TRENZ tourism trade event in Dunedin will be felt by next summer…

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  • No mention of oil and gas royalties return for Taranaki in Budget

    Stuff - 17 May 2018

    Taranaki has been snubbed in the Government's budget with no mention of returning oil and gas royalties to the region.

    Read more
  • Budget 2018: Minister says $6m better spent on social services than tourism marketing

    New Zealand Herald - 17 May 2018

    Tourism Minister Kelvin Davis has defended the $6 million cut to the country's visitor marketing agency, saying that New Zealanders would rather see the money spent on social services.

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  • New Maori tourism plan hopes to have visitors at sea

    Otago Daily Times - 14 May 2018

    A Karitane runaka has moved to fill a gap in Maori tourism in Dunedin, with plans for a tourism operation featuring waka rides and cultural experiences.

    Read more
  • Tourism infrastructure wishlist

    Otago Daily Times - 14 May 2018

    A tax on tourists to fund infrastructure seems to be in the bag. Tourism Minister Kelvin Davis, at Trenz in Dunedin last week, was reported saying the tax could be in place by early next year.

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  • Tourist levy might be least bad option

    Dominion Post - 14th May 2018

    EDITORIAL: Tourism Minister Kelvin Davis says the last thing we want is for international tourists to leave New Zealand with a bad experience.

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  • New Zealand can't afford to ease up on hotel development

    Dominion Post - 13th May 2018

    New Zealand cannot afford to ease up on new hotel builds, a real estate agent warns.Nick Thompson, director of hotel and tourism at Bayleys, said thousands of new hotel rooms were set to...

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  • Alison Mau: It's time to ditch the 100% Pure slogan once and for all

    Stuff - 13th May 2018

    The face we use to lure the world here on holiday - 100% Pure New Zealand - has proved one of the most reliable and enduring marketing strategies since the black jersey...

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  • An experience to cherish

    Otago Daily Times - 12th May 2018

    Dunedin has this week been the focal point of about 1500 tourism industry representatives, including hundreds of overseas visitors.

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  • May graduations worth more than $1m

    Otago Daily Times - 12th May 2018

    About 1260 people will graduate in person from the University of Otago this month on two graduation days that are likely to inject more than $1 million into the Dunedin economy.

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  • Dunedin family jewels classy source of pride

    Otago Daily Times - 12th May 2018

    There was a moment when media types from New Zealand and overseas were wandering slightly awe-struck past the Olympic-sized billiard room at Olveston.

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  • McCaw now a player in tourism

    Otago Daily Times - 12th May 2018

    Sitting in booth 1059 at this week's Trenz tourism extravaganza in Dunedin was a recent recruit to the industry - Richie McCaw.

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  • Dunedin tourism figures queried

    Otago Daily Times - 12th May 2018

    Dunedin tourism spending growth is lagging behind other New Zealand centres.

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  • Hawke's Bay tourism operators shine at international expo

    Hawkes Bay Today - 12th May 2018

    Some of Hawke's Bay's top tourism operators have recently been pitching the region's benefits to a host of international tourism buyers at the nation's biggest international travel expo.

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  • Marvellous Murupara

    RNZ - 11th May 2018

    Up to six times a week over summer a big orange bus with 'Stray' written on its side glides into Murupara. It's carrying about 30 young international travellers who've come for a New Zealand adventure off the beaten track.

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  • Tourist levy details coming soon as Kelvin Davis braces for inundation of visitors to NZ

    TVNZ - 11th May 2018

    A visitor levy will be introduced, with details to be announced within weeks, Tourism Minister Kelvin Davis says.

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  • Rousing end to TRENZ 2018

    tourismticker - 11th May 2018

    TRENZ 2018 came to a rousing end last night as hundreds of delegates helped bring down the house at the Dunedin Town Hall. Rotorua hosts next year’s TRENZ and, going by the constantly favourable feedback from delegates throughout the week, will have its work cut out matching this year’s gloriously sunny southern event.

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  • The Davis break down: What the minister said at TRENZ

    tourismticker - 11th May 2018

    The Ticker breaks down tourism minister Kelvin Davis’ views on the big issues in the sector. What follows includes excerpts from the minister’s official TRENZ speech and responses to questions from journalists following his address and we give our take in bold.

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  • TIA, TEC reaction to govt’s plan to implement border levy

    tourismticker - 11th May 2018

    Chris Roberts, chief executive of Tourism Industry Aotearoa:
    We’ve known for some time that officials have been working on possible border levies and taxes. We got an assurance from the government a little while ago that there would be nothing in this year’s budget and that there would be consultation starting in late May over the final design of that.

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  • Tourist levy details coming soon as Kelvin Davis braces for inundation of visitors to NZ

    TVNZ - 11th May 2018

    A visitor levy will be introduced, with details to be announced within weeks, Tourism Minister Kelvin Davis says.

    Read more
  • Seeking projects to benefit from suggested tourist tax

    Otago Daily Times - 11th May 2018

    So far, public toilets, walking tracks and car parks have been mentioned. But what else might the Government's proposed tourist tax pay for?

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  • Benefits will flow, tourism boss says

    Otago Daily Times - 11th May 2018

    The four-day Trenz event that brought 1500 tourism industry representatives from New Zealand and overseas ended yesterday, and Dunedin's regional tourism

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  • First-hand experience

    Otago Daily Times - 11th May 2018

    Dunedin's Trenz event has given 46 local students an early taste of the industry they are training for.

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  • Ngai Tahu group promotes Maori experiences

    Otago Daily Times - 11th May 2018

    A Ngai Tahu economic development project has already helped launch one tourism business in the Dunedin, and should soon help another in the Catlins.

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  • Tourist levy details coming - minister

    RNZ - 10th May 2018

    A visitor levy will be introduced, with details to be announced within weeks, Tourism Minister Kelvin Davis says.

    Read more
  • Tourism Minister: International visitor border levy is coming

    tourismticker - 10th May 2018

    A border levy on international visitors to New Zealand is set to be finalised within weeks with implementation expected in 2019.

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  • Christchurch gets Fliggy with forecast $3.1bn China market

    tourismticker - 10th May 2018

    Christchurch International Airport is deepening its push into the Chinese visitor market using a travel website linked to e-commerce giant Alibaba.

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  • Tourist levy in 2019

    Dominion Post - 10th May 2018

    An international levy could be in place by early next year, Tourism Minister Kelvin Davis has confirmed.

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  • Tourism Minister on 5.1m visitor surge: 'Bring it on

    Otago Daily Times - 10th May 2018

    ourism Minister Kelvin Davis told a Dunedin audience New Zealand needs to embrace the forecast influx of...

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  • Queenstown mayor, Tourism Aotearoa boss debate levy

    RNZ - 10th May 2018

    A levy on tourists visiting New Zealand will be in place by next year. Some think it's a great idea; some don't.

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  • Māori tourism leaders on TNZ’s evolution of 100% Pure NZ

    tourismticker - 10th May 2018

    Tourism New Zealand’s commitment to include more people and culture has been welcomed by Māori tourism leaders and operators but say issues around authenticity, cliché and balance means the process will need to be carefully managed.

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  • Environment tourism focus

    Otago Daily Times - 10th May 2018

    Looking after the environment and the people within the tourism industry is emerging as a new focus for operators as tourist numbers surge.

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  • Business speed-dating at the TRENZ Conference

    NZ Herald - 10th May 2018

    Tourism Industry Aotearoa CE Chris Roberts explains what the TRENZ conference is all about.

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  • Rising costs for Kiwis at holiday hot spots a 'concern', says Tourism Minister Kelvin Davis

    New Zealand Herald - 10th May 2018

    Perceptions that New Zealand is becoming expensive for visitors isn't putting them off...

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  • Doubts raised over proposed tourism tax

    Newstalk ZB - 10th May 2018

    Tourism Industry Aotearoa CEO Chris Roberts told Larry Williams there's still a lot they need to know about the tourism tax idea.

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  • Trenz promotes NZ tourism

    NZ Herald - 10th May 2018

    The TRENZ conference is about getting overseas buyers to see what the NZ experience is all about.

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  • Wanaka demands its fair share

    Wanaka Sun - 10th May 2018

    An overwhelming number of submissions received by the Queenstown Lakes District Council (QLDC) reflected what a lot of Wanaka residents have been saying for quite some time, “we want our fair share of rates spent in Wanaka.”

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  • '100% Pure NZ' brand to stay - Kelvin Davis

    RNZ - 10th May 2018


    Tourism Minister Kelvin Davis tells Guyon Espiner the '100% Pure NZ' marketing strategy has been successful, it is evolving, but essentially will remain as a branding for Tourism New Zealand

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  • Infrastructure “breaking point” fears as visitors top 5m by 2024

    tourismticker - 9th May 2018

    A predicted 37% increase in international visitors to New Zealand over the next six years has raised concerns that under-pressure infrastructure will be pushed to “breaking point”.

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  • Christchurch Airport teams with Chinese travel site to promote South Island

    Stuff - 9th May 2018

    Christchurch International Airport is making a major push to attract Chinese tourists into the South island using a travel website linked to online giant Alibaba.

    Read more
  • Successful second day of tourism conference

    Otago Daily Times - 9th May 2018

    By 2024, the number of international visitors coming to New Zealand each year will be about the same as the country's population.

    Read more
  • Airport teams up with Chinese site

    Christchurch Press - 9th May 2018

    Christchurch International Airport is making a major push to attract Chinese tourists into the South Island using a travel website linked to online giant Alibaba.

    Read more
  • Govt investigates how to redirect tourist growth to regions as pressure builds

    National Business Review - 9th May 2018

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  • AJ Hackett co-founder attempts heli-bungy to launch TRENZ tourism trade show

    Newshub - 8th May 2018

    It's about 20 years since AJ Hackett co-founder Henry van Asch last attempted a heli-bungy.

    Read more
  • TRENZ a boost for Southland tourism

    Dominion Post - 8th May 2018

    Southland tourism operators are looking to capitalise on New Zealand's biggest trade and travel event, being held on the region's doorstep.

    Read more
  • Video: Kiwi tourism pioneer takes chopper leap on 30th anniversary of AJ Hackett Bungy business

    TVNZ - 8th May

    A well known Kiwi pioneer has kicked off the country's biggest tourism event this morning by bungy jumping from a helicopter hovering above the Dunedin Harbour.

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  • Air NZ adds five new Auckland-Dunedin flights

    Newshub - 8th May 2018

    Air New Zealand has announced it will operate five additional A320 services between Auckland and Dunedin, adding 75,000 seats to the route.

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  • Dunner stunner for Dunedin delegates

    tourismticker - 8th May 2018

    Around 1500 industry professionals were welcomed to TRENZ at Dunedin’s Forsyth Barr stadium yesterday evening.

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  • Tourism minister tells TNZ chair Kerry Prendergast to move on

    tourismticker - 8th May 2018

    Tourism New Zealand chairperson Kerry Prendergast is leaving the board after tourism minister Kelvin Davis indicated that he wants a new leader at the organisation.

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  • Tourism operators question industry's sustainability

    RNZ - 7th May 2018

    Pressure from growing tourist numbers has made sustainability a priority for those attending the country's annual tourism conference.

  • Tourism industry summit heads to Dunedin

    RNZ - 7th May 2018

    Hundreds of tourist operators, buyers and agents are due to descend on Dunedin this week for TRENZ, the country's annual event for the tourism industry

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  • Budget 2018: Why tourism is hoping to avoid a May surprise

    New Zealand Herald - 6th May 2018

    Tourism businesses are hoping to avoid a ''May surprise'' in next week's budget at a time when the industry is consolidating record growth but still facing infrastructure pressure.

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  • TRENZ 2019 goes to…

    tourismticker - 6th May 2018

    TRENZ is to return to Rotorua next year, and will be held in Christchurch in 2020.

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  • TRENZ: 1,500 delegates rock in to Dunedin

    tourismticker - 6th May 2018

    In March there was Ed, this month there is TRENZ. NZ’s four-day tourism roadshow kicks-off tonight with host city Dunedin set to welcome more than 1,500 delegates for the annual event.

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  • Stephanie Holmes: Got the balance right

    NZ Herald - 2nd May 2018

    International tourist numbers have risen 1.2m in the last five years, but enthusiasm about the economic benefits they bring is tempered by concern about the negative impact of such rapid growth.

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  • Stephanie Holmes: Got the balance right

    NZ Herald - 2nd May 2018

    International tourist numbers have risen 1.2m in the last five years, but enthusiasm about the economic benefits they bring is tempered by concern about the negative impact of such rapid growth.

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  • Council working to mitigate negative attitude to tourists

    Otago Daily Times - 1st May 2018

    Negative perceptions of international tourists come as no surprise to Queenstown's mayor, who says freedom camping issues have skewed public opinion.

    Read more
  • Impact of visitor numbers a concern for tourist hotspots

    Radio New Zealand - 29th Apr 2018

    While most people are positive about the impact of tourism on New Zealand, concerns remain about growing numbers of tourists putting pressure on infrastructure, a new survey shows.

    Read more
  • Too many tourists? What Kiwis really think

    Otago Daily Times - 27th Apr 2018

    Research commissioned by tourist bodies has found that 56 percent of people surveyed "strongly agree" that international tourism is good for New Zealand.

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  • 3.8m tourists get mixed reception

    Dominion Post - 27th Apr 2018

    International tourist numbers have risen 1.2m in the last five years, but enthusiasm about the economic benefits they bring is tempered by concern about the negative impact of such rapid...

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  • Are there too many tourists here? What Kiwis really think

    New Zealand Herald - 27th Apr 2018

    New Zealanders remain positive about the impact of tourism on this country and there's been a slight drop in the percentage who say there are too many visitors.

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  • Tourism big-wigs raise concern

    Mountain Scene - 27th Apr 2018

    Tourism big-wigs raise concerns - Mountain Scene - 27th Apr
    A Queenstown tourism boss is worried about repercussions of proposed changes to the Employment Relations Act for local operators.

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  • Hotel, 'wellness retreat' plan

    Otago Daily Times - 24th Apr 2018

    Tourism Industry Aotearoa (TIA) hotel sector regional representative Brian Howie said the proposal was the latest addition to a list of hotel developments that had recently opened, were under construction or in the planning process.

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  • New hotel to support MICE market

    NZ Herald - 21st Apr 2018

    Tourism Industry Association statistics for the year ending December 2017 show that Auckland's three to five-star hotels recorded an average occupancy rate of 86 per cent, with a corresponding average yield of $210 per room night.

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  • Boulcott St tenants won't be allowed back for six months

    Radio New Zealand - 23rd Apr 2018

    Tenants in the earthquake prone building in central Wellington have been told they won't be allowed back for at least six months.

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  • Tourism industry joins opposition to Bill

    Otago Daily Times - 20 Apr 2018

    Tourism Industry Aotearoa (TIA) is joining other organisations in expressing its opposition to changes being proposed for workplaces by the Government.

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  • Tourists freedom camping doubled in two years

    RNZ - 19th Apr 2018

    New Zealand is perfect for this kind of touring, according to Steve Hanrahan from Tourism Industry Aotearoa, who was at today's Freedom Camping Symposium in Nelson, led by Local Government New Zealand.

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  • Rotorua mayor named on freedom camping working group

    Rotorua Daily Post - 18th Apr 2018

    Rotorua will have a seat at the table of a working group that will develop solutions to freedom camping issues.

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  • Freedom camping's chronic issues to be tackled by government working group

    TVNZ - 18th Apr 2018

    A nine-member group of mayors and tourism industry representatives has been appointed to sort out the problems around freedom camping.

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  • Training city workers for Trenz event

    Otago Daily Times, 18th Apr 2018

    From May 7 to 10, the city will host Trenz, the tourism industry event that will bring more than 1000 delegates to Dunedin. ... It will be the first time the event, run by Tourism Industry Aotearoa (TIA), has come to Dunedin.

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  • Ditching the 90 day law - Tourism Industry thinks it's a bad idea

    TVNZ Breakfast, 18 April (starts at 1 hour, 5 mins)

    If you're applying for jobs, a 90 day trial can seem pretty daunting but a proposed law change by the Government could see the practice ditched and not everyone's happy about it.

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  • Is New Zealand too expensive for tourists?

    Newstalk ZB News, 9 Apr 2018

    One industry executive warns New Zealand is not a cheap place to visit, and we shouldn't look to market ourselves to low budget tourists.

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  • Proposed Hawke's Bay tourism funding cuts criticised

    Hawke's Bay Today, 7 Apr 2018

    Hawke's Bay Regional Council's proposals to slash Hawke's Bay Tourism's funding in half has led to both the business world and the tourism industry questioning the thinking behind the council's decision-making and its lack of imagination.

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  • Tourism operators gear up for TRENZ 2018

    Rotorua Daily Post, 6 Apr 2018

    A Steampunk museum, an innovative camping option, an adventure business founded to grow the confidence of urbanites in the outdoors, and an all-in-one 3D Trick Art Gallery are among 49 new tourism products on show at TRENZ 2018.

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  • TRENZ big opportunity for tourism operators

    Otago Daily Times, 31 Mar 2018

    Local tourism operators will have a golden chance to increase their share of New Zealand’s $36 billion tourism industry when Dunedin hosts Trenz next month, Tourism Industry Aotearoa chief executive Chris Roberts says.

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  • Auckland City plans to exempt "room only" Airbnb from targeted rates labelled unfair

    DomPost, 29 Mar 2018

    The tourism industry says it is unfair for Auckland City to exempt "room only" Airbnb operators from a targeted rate paid by accommodation providers.

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  • Buller District council votes down West Coast tourism strategy

    RNZ, 29 Mar 2018

    The Buller District council has voted against a proposal to dissolve a local tourism promotion organisation.

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  • Hundreds of hectares of high country land could be privatised

    Stuff, 27 Mar 2018

    Environmentalists, trampers and tourism groups are up in arms about a proposal to freehold hundreds of hectares of prime Mackenzie Basin high country land.

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  • Jones told to face economic facts following broadside attacking Air NZ

    Stuff, 21 March 2018

    Regional Development Minister Shane Jones' furious criticisms of Air New Zealand's regional services have struck a chord with the business community.

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  • Abdul Karim leads delegation to NZ

    Borneo Post, 16 Mar 2018

    SIBU: Minister of Tourism, Arts, Culture, Youth and Sports Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah is leading a Sarawak delegation to visit Wellington and Auckland, New Zealand from March 13 till today.

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  • Golden Bay freight company Sollys faces $600,000 loss from Gita

    Stuff, 17 Mar 2018

    Golden Bay's largest freight company has been hit with a $600,000 loss in three weeks following severe damage to the only road out of the area.

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  • 6000 Chinese Amway visitor shoulder season boost

    Otago Daily Times, 10 Mar 2018

    Large groups of Chinese Amway sellers will be accommodated at one hotel complex in Queenstown’s Kawarau Falls from next month.

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  • National guidelines will help freedom camper issue

    Newstalk, 8 Mar 2018

    A new working group has been set up today to fight back against freedom campers.

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  • Kelvin Davis wary of killing 'golden goose' as mayors complain of freedom camping crisis

    Stuff, 8 Mar 2018

    Tourism Minister Kelvin Davis doesn't want to "kill the golden goose" as local authorities struggle to deal with the rapid rise in the numbers of freedom campers visiting our shores.

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  • Hospitality industry rails against Wgtn 'bed tax'

    RNZ, 3 Mar 2018

    The hospitality industry has accused the Wellington Council of "double-dipping" in its proposal to introduce an accommodation levy in the city.

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  • Wellington looking to introduce tourist 'bed tax'

    Stuff, 2 Mar 2018

    Wellington is looking at following Auckland's lead by introducing a controversial "bed tax" that could see the cost of hotels go up across the city.

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  • Queenstown hotel rooms the most expensive, Christchurch still struggling to lift rates

    Stuff, 22 Feb 2018

    With its latest revamped hotel just weeks away from re-opening, Christchurch is struggling to improve returns for investors.

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  • How the financial wobble will hit your back pocket

    NZ Herald, 11 Feb 2018

    While New Zealanders were relaxing on ­Waitangi Day the world was in a panic.

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  • Travellers win with plans to cut New Zealand Border Clearance Levy

    NZ Herald, 4 Feb 2018

    Travellers are in for a break with the planned reduction in the border travel tax, which has raised more money than expected.

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  • How tourists see New Zealand - beautiful, but expensive

    Stuff, 4 Feb 2018

    Tourism operators are walking a tightrope in trying to attract high end overseas visitors, while remaining affordable for Kiwis.

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  • Fast-growing tourism sector working to fill vacancies

    Hawke's Bay Today, 1 Feb 2018

    New Zealand's rapidly growing tourism industry looks set for further growth, with a new report predicting more growth over the next 12 months.

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  • Tourism spend exceeds $200 million mark for Timaru and Mackenzie districts

    Stuff, 31 Jan 2018

    Year-on-year growth in the Mackenzie District's tourism market hit 21 per cent in late 2017, with tourism providers raking in $258 million in the year to the end of November, newly released figures show.

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  • Tourism confidence is strong but lack of skilled staff a major issue

    Stuff, 30 Jan 2018

    A report on the state of New Zealand tourism says it is brimming with confidence, but there are mounting concerns about staff shortages and inadequate infrastructure.

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  • Tourism boom set to continue but worries about shortage of Kiwi workers

    NZ Herald, 30 Jan 2018

    A major study of the tourism industry shows businesses are confident the boom will continue but remain worried about infrastructure gaps and a shortage of Kiwis to work in the sector.

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  • Queenstown offers options as govt considers visitor levy

    RNZ, 27 Jan 2018

    Queenstown is arming itself with plans for funding its infrastructure, the mayor says, for when he and the council's head meet with senior government ministers next week.

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  • Queenstown to crack down on freedom camping

    RNZ, 23 Jan 2018

    Queenstown's planning a major crackdown on freedom campers after a petition from thousands of people from around the world unhappy at the mess they leave.

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  • Almost half of Kiwis surveyed worried about impact of tourism growth

    Stuff, 18 Jan 2018

    Almost half of Kiwis questioned about tourism are concerned growth in international visitors is putting too much pressure on New Zealand.

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  • Is it time to shift the school summer holidays to February?

    Stuff, 16 Jan 2018

    Climate change could come to the aid of campaigners wanting a shift in schools' summer holidays.

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  • Queenstown helicopter pilot hears about skydivers' crash, puts rescue plan into action

    Stuff, 11 Jan 2018

    A helicopter pilot and a farming couple have been credited with saving a jumpmaster's life after tandem skydivers plunged into a Queenstown lake.

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