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  • New Zealand no longer flavour of the month with Chinese tourists

    Stuff, 13 November 2019

    Aussie visitors are helping make up for the continued slide in many Asian markets, particularly China.

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  • American Airlines to fly Christchurch to Los Angeles direct

    Radio NZ, 29 October 2019

    American Airlines will fly direct from Los Angeles to Christchurch three times a week from next year.

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  • Infrastructure the biggest issue for tourism

    NBR, 26 October 2019

    Tourism businesses say slowing growth from overseas visitors is not the biggest issue – outdated infrastructure is.

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  • Tourist numbers perk up in August as Aussies more than offset declining Asian demand

    ShareChat, 15 October 2019

    A growing number of Australian tourists more than offset declining Asian and European visitor numbers as the pace of growth across the sector continues to moderate.

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  • New electronic travel authority hasn't worked for two weeks

    NewstalkZB, 15 October 2019

    New Zealand's new electronic travel authorities hasn't worked in its first two weeks - and the Immigration Minister has kept quiet about it.

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  • Thousands allowed in without new travel authorities to avoid passenger chaos

    Stuff, 15 October 2019

    Thousands of passengers have been allowed to enter New Zealand without getting a new electronic travel authority or paying a new visitor levy.

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  • Immigration NZ criticised for confusion around Electronic Travel Authority rules

    Radio NZ, 16 October 2019

    About 15 percent of visitors are still entering the country without the Electronic Travel Authority that became "obligatory" on 1 October.

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  • Disability advocate says tourism industry needs to lift its game

    Radio NZ, 2 October 2019

    About a quarter of New Zealanders have a disability, yet there are no figures that properly capture what that means for the tourism industry.

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  • Tourists to learn about tikanga Māori to avoid causing offense

    TeAo Māori News, 1 October 2019

    New Zealand tourism agencies are working on ways to educate tourists about tikanga Māori, so that visitors avoid causing offense to iwi when visiting significant Māori sites.

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  • Trepidation as new tourism levy and Electronic Travel Authority becomes mandatory

    Newshub, 1 October 2019

    There's some nervousness in the tourism industry as New Zealand's new visa system rolls out on Tuesday.

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  • Electronic visitor visas kick in today -

    Radio NZ, 1 October 2019

    Visitors will be unable to travel to New Zealand without a new electronic travel authority or visa from today.

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  • Changes to NZ border rules kick in today: What you need to know

    Radio NZ, 1 October 2019

    Visitors will be unable to travel to New Zealand without a new Electronic Travel Authority as tougher border rules go live today.

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  • Tourism NZ welcomes chance to share data on Kiwi tourists

    Radio NZ, 30 September 2019

    Tourism New Zealand could branch out into the domestic visitor market following an independent review.

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  • Stats NZ to tout $2m start-up unit

    Newsroom, 19 September 2019

    In February last year, as access codes were being sent out for the looming census, Statistics Minister James Shaw was briefed on the emergence of Stats NZ’s commercial arm, Data Ventures.

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  • David Seymour slams any Government Lord of the Rings subsidy for Jeff Bezos

    Newshub, 18 September 2019

    ACT Party leader David Seymour is slamming the Government for potentially subsidising the world's richest man.

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  • Tentative welcome for visa changes

    Otago Daily Times, 18 September 2019

    Changes to temporary work visas are being cautiously welcomed by industry leaders and employers across the South.

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  • Government announces new employer-assisted temporary work visa

    Stuff, 17 September 2019

    A shake-up to temporary work visas looks set to make the process of hiring foreign workers easier.

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  • No flying movement for Climate Change

    Q + A, 17 September 2019

    Whena Owen with this report as the number of people flying only continues to grow with aviation responsible for about five percent of carbon emissions.

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  • Growing movement urges passengers to ditch air travel to tackle climate change

    1Newsnow, 17 September 2019

    A growing movement is urging people to boycott air travel to combat worsening climate change.

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  • Mount holiday park reducing waste

    SunLive, 4 September 2019

    Cosy Corner Holiday Park in Mount Maunganui are doing their bit to reduce plastic waste and have been rewarded for their efforts.

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  • Security screening at regional airports 'inevitable'

    Radio NZ, 4 September 2019

    Security screening at regional airports is inevitable, tourism industry leaders say.

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  • Sky-High Export Earner

    NZBusiness, 27 August 2019

    New Zealand’s international tourism market might not be growing at the same breakneck speed it has over the past five years, but the industry is still New Zealand’s largest export earner with total annual tourism expenditure of $39.1 billion and annual international tourism expenditure of $16.2 billion.

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  • Conference push brings in millions

    Mountain Scene, 24 August 2019

    The tourism boom may be “over”, but millions of dollars are still being poured into Queenstown’s economy via conferences.

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  • Too many tourists: Should we limit visitor numbers to NZ?

    Stuff, 23 August 2019

    Queenstown. Beautiful place. But becoming a bit of a bugger of a place, they say.

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  • Bumper cruise ship season nears as other tourist sectors slow

    New Zealand Herald, 15 August 2019

    This summer's cruise season promises to be a bright spot for New Zealand tourism, amid sagging overall international tourist growth.

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  • Visitor levy to fund kākāpō support plans

    Radio NZ, 14 August 2019

    Tourism Minister Kelvin Davis said the projects had been chosen for quick runs on the board that meet tourism priorities.

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  • NZ international visitor levy money funds tourism projects

    Radio NZ, 14 August 2019

    The initial investment plan of about $18 million was announced by Tourism Minister Kelvin Davis and Conservation Minister Eugenie Sage on Wednesday afternoon.

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  • New Zealand tourism levy to help kākāpō recovery, other projects

    The Press, 14 August 2019

    Ten tourism and conservation ventures will initially receive $18 million, with a total investment of $42m over the next five years.

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  • Government announces how international visitor levies will be spent on NZ's tourism industry

    Newshub, 14 August 2019

    The Government says its visitor levy has collected $2 million since it was introduced six weeks ago - and on Wednesday it was announced just where that money will be spent.

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  • Tighter border screening may turn away more than 2000 travellers a year

    Stuff, 9 August 2019

    Immigration NZ says a new app to help vet travellers is working well just days after going live, despite misgivings from the tourism industry.

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  • Tourism boom over: Bright light of 'Rock Star Economy' dims

    New Zealand Herald, 9 August 2019

    New Zealand's tourism boom is over, with warnings that growth could fall to zero over the next year and have a wide impact on the economy.

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  • Long haul from here to zero carbon

    Otago Daily Times, 3 August 2019

    The Queenstown Lakes District Council has launched public consultation on its draft climate action plan 2019-22. Paul Taylor looks at how the district is taking its first steps towards reducing its net greenhouse gas emissions from more than 663,000 tonnes per year to zero.

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  • The tourism boom is over, prepare for visitor numbers to flatline

    Stuff, 31 July 2019

    "The boom is over." Tourism Industry Aotearoa chief executive Chris Roberts is blunt about the outlook ahead as arrivals from key markets like China continue to fall.

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  • Boom over for tourism, CEO warns

    Otago Daily Times, 31 July 2019

    The tourism boom is over. That was Tourism Industry Aotearoa chief executive Chris Roberts' blunt message to more than 100 industry players at an association event in Queenstown this week.

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  • Airport expansion opponents raise case with Government and others

    Otago Daily Times, 27 July 2019

    A campaign against expanding Wanaka Airport has been taken to the Government. Wanaka Stakeholders Group chairman Michael Ross said the group believed the issue was "bigger than local government and Queenstown Airport Corporation" and had this week written to Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones.

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  • Tauranga tourism gets support from national body

    Bay of Plenty Times, 25 July 2019

    The national tourism body has thrown support behind Tauranga sector leaders. The first Discussing Tourism event by Tourism Industry Aotearoa was held in Tauranga on Monday.

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  • Plastic pollution is putting NZ's 'clean green' image at risk

    Stuff, 23 July 2019

    Tourists are drawn to New Zealand as one of the cleanest nations in the world - but plastic could taint that image.

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  • Walking the walk on sustainability

    TTG Asia, 19 July 2019

    Sustainability is becoming a bigger priority in New Zealand’s tourism sector, with both the public and private sectors eager to uphold indigenous cultural values and preserve the destination for generations to come.

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  • Tourism operators discussing their future

    SunLive, 23 July 2019

    Tourism operators from across the central North Island are today Discussing Tourism in Tauranga at the first of the 2019 series of regional forums organised by Tourism Industry Aotearoa.

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  • Sustainability moves taking root

    Otago Daily Times, 20 July 2019

    A year ago Tourism Industry Aotearoa appointed two advocates to encourage tourism operators to sign up to the New Zealand Tourism Sustainability Commitment.

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  • There are hopes a multi-million dollar Super Fund investment, will help the tourism industry fill demand for visitor beds

    NZCity, 16 July 2019

    Tourism Industry Aotearoa CEO Chris Roberts says New Zealand needs more than four and a half thousand extra beds by 2025.

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  • Statistics New Zealand money troubles led to talk of up to 200 job losses

    Stuff, 9 July 2019

    Tourism Industry Aotearoa Chris Roberts said it was vital that the SNZ continued measure the value of the tourism sector and TIA would push hard to ensure it did so.

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  • The disadvantages of tourism

    Wānaka Sun, 11 July 2019

    “As tourism is such an essential part of our economy and community, we need to change the yardstick. Instead of continually striving for greater numbers, we need to look at different metrics…”

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  • Controversial $200m Queenstown hotel approved without public hearing

    Stuff, 3 July 2019

    Tourism Industry Aotearoa chief executive Chris Roberts said in April hoteliers all over New Zealand were facing a period of uncertainty, with increases in the minimum wage, the growing number of Airbnb properties and slowing tourism growth.

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  • Councils can't cope: Productivity Commission

    RNZ Audio, 4 July 2019

    Local councils dealing with climate change, and struggling with overloaded infrastructure and high visitor numbers need better financial support - according to a new report from the Productivity Commission. Lynn talks with Chris Roberts, Chief Executive of Tourism Industry Aotearoa.

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  • Productivity Commission supports accommodation levy call, tourism industry disappointed

    Stuff, 4 July 2019

    Tourism Industry Aotearoa (TIA) has been opposed to the proposal and chief executive Chris Roberts said it was disappointed the commission had supported it.

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  • Q'town bed tax: 'NZ doesn't need new taxes'

    ODT, 4 July 2019

    A new report has backed Queenstown's bed tax bid, but the tourism industry has hit back saying "New Zealand doesn't need new taxes" and that Kiwi travellers will be caught out by the levy.

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  • Mixed reaction to future of local government funding

    NBR, 4 July 2019

    New Zealand Productivity Commission suggests a bed tax, among other solutions.

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  • Visa delays blamed for a slow down in Indian visitors

    Stuff, 2 July 2019

    Delays in processing holiday visas for Indian visitors are blighting an otherwise promising tourist market.

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  • Lessons from Europe in New Zealand's food-farming-tourism future

    NZ Herald Country Life, 1 July 2019

    Tourism Industry Aotearoa chief executive Chris Roberts outlined priority areas that include embedding greater sustainability into the sector, managing destinations and engaging with communities in a bid for the sector to improve the quality rather than just the quantity of visitors to New Zealand.

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  • Most international visitors to New Zealand will have to pay levy from today

    Radio New Zealand, 1 July 2019

    Tourism Industry Aotearoa chief executive Chris Roberts said people who need a visa to enter New Zealand were unlikely to notice a difference.

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  • Henare focuses on challenges facing regional tourism sector

    Radio New Zealand, 29 June 2019

    Tourism Industry Aotearoa chief executive Chris Roberts said the industry was pleased Mr Henare would be able to offer additional support.

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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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  • 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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