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TIA Media Releases

  • Tourism industry shocked by loss of key data source

    5 June 2019

    The sudden and unexpected removal of a key information source for the tourism industry is hugely disappointing, and the decision must be reversed, says Tourism Industry Aotearoa.

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  • Finalists announced for 2019 NZ Hotel Industry Awards

    4 June 2019

    Outstanding hotel personnel from Arrowtown to Auckland have been named as finalists in the 2019 New Zealand Hotel Industry Awards.

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  • Paparoa National Park values must be protected, TIA says

    24 May 2019

    The quiet and solitude of Paparoa National Park must be protected, even as the park is opened up to more visitors, Tourism Industry Aotearoa says.

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  • New awards and new focus: 2019 New Zealand Tourism Awards open for entries

    16 May 2019

    Entries are now open for the 2019 New Zealand Tourism Awards, and with three new
    awards and a spotlight on sustainability, it’s expected there will be some very impressive
    entries to choose from.

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  • Dates announced for TRENZ 2020 in Christchurch

    16 May 2019

    As New Zealand’s biggest tourism trade show for 2019 enters its final day, Tourism Industry Aotearoa has revealed that TRENZ 2020 will be held at Horncastle Arena, Christchurch, 18-21 May 2020.

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  • Govt tourism strategy supports sustainable development

    16 May 2019

    The new Government tourism strategy will enable a closer working relationship between government and the tourism industry, to the benefit of New Zealand and New Zealanders, says Tourism Industry Aotearoa.

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  • Planting the seed of sustainability at TRENZ with Trees That Count

    15 May 2019

    Delegates at TRENZ 2019 are leaving a legacy of over 1200 native trees to benefit the New Zealand environment, as the result of a partnership with Trees That Count. A tree is being planted in each delegate’s name to commemorate their attendance at New Zealand’s biggest annual tourism and trade event.

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  • Tourism industry launches package to attract jobseekers

    15 May 2019

    A three-year package of initiatives designed to attract New Zealanders to tourism careers
    has been launched today at TRENZ 2019.

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  • NZ tourism industry increases focus on sustainable growth

    14 May 2019

    Sustainability – of our communities, our environment, our economy and our visitors – has been placed firmly at the heart of the New Zealand tourism industry’s updated growth framework, released today at TRENZ 2019.

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  • More buyers, more markets, more TRENZ impact

    13 May 2019

    TRENZ 2019 will begin on a high note in New Zealand’s original ‘birthplace of tourism,’ with a formal Pōwhiri at Ohinemutu and an opening function hosted at Te Puia.

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  • Big regional differences in how Kiwis view tourism

    9 May 2019

    New Zealanders’ attitudes towards tourism depend enormously on where they live, according to the latest Mood of the Nation research.

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  • Recycle, reduce, reuse & rats - focus on sustainability at TRENZ 2019

    7 May 2019

    From trapping rats and possums to delegate bags made from recyclable and washable paper and donating left-over food to local charities, this year’s TRENZ in Rotorua will be the greenest ever.

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  • Equal parts exhilarating and emotive – Rotorua’s authenticity on offer for TRENZ 2019 activity afternoon

    2 May 2019

    TRENZ 2019 host destination Rotorua has set out a sample platter of its best tourism offerings for over 600 delegates who are taking part in the TRENZ Activity Afternoon, where they can take a boat tour of the site of the lost eighth Natural Wonder of the World, white water raft the highest commercially rafted waterfall, or experience the spiritual atmosphere of a living Māori village.

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  • From Aotearoa’s sacred island to world-first daredevil catapult - new products at TRENZ 2019

    24 April 2019

    Touring a sacred island, stargazing in the world’s darkest skies, taking on the exhilarating Nevis catapult, and controlled indoor freefalling – travel and tourism buyers arriving from around the globe can be assured that whatever kind of experience they’re after, they will be impressed by the range of new products on offer at TRENZ this year.

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  • Tourism’s sustainability journey gets industry backing


    The vision for New Zealand to have the world’s most sustainable tourism industry has reached a significant milestone. The Tourism Sustainability Commitment challenges individual businesses to operate more sustainably, and now over 1000 tourism businesses have made the pledge.

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  • Use GST to fund local government tourism activities - TIA

    8 April 2019

    Tourism Industry Aotearoa is recommending the Government provides local government with a 20% share of the GST paid by international visitors to help fund regional tourism activities and infrastructure.

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  • TRENZ 2019 attracts world’s travel and tourism buyers

    8 April 2019

    New Zealand’s continuing popularity as a visitor destination is fuelling demand from overseas travel and tourism marketers wanting to come to TRENZ 2019, our $39.1 billion tourism industry’s most important annual business event.

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  • Opportunities and threats in major shake-up of vocational training

    5 April 2019

    Asking Institutes of Technology and Polytechnics to be responsible for training in the workplace is doomed to fail, says Tourism Industry Aotearoa.

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  • Entries open for 2019 NZ Hotel Industry Awards

    21 March 2019

    Entries are open for prestigious awards that celebrate the achievements of the
    outstanding individuals who work in New Zealand hotels.

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  • TRENZ bonanza for host regions

    19 March 2019

    As New Zealand’s $39.1 billion tourism industry gears up for TRENZ 2019, its
    biggest and most influential annual showcase, host region Rotorua looks set to
    reap the rewards if it emulates the success of last year’s event.

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  • Tourism industry becoming more sustainable

    25 February 2019

    New Zealand’s $39 billion tourism industry became slightly more sustainable in 2018 compared to the previous year, according to a Performance Dashboard produced by Tourism Industry Aotearoa. TIA says it is a positive start but there is still a lot to be achieved.

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  • Tourism still growing but more slowly

    15 February 2019

    New international visitor arrival statistics confirm the growth in New Zealand’s tourism economy is slowing after four years of exceptional growth, Tourism Industry Aotearoa says.

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  • Domestic visitors well satisfied - survey

    13 February 2019

    New Zealanders rank a tourism experience in their own country very highly, as according to new research commissioned by Tourism Industry Aotearoa.

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  • More mountains to climb on development of new National Park plans

    5 February 2019

    New management tools and catering for the different needs and aspirations of all stakeholder groups are essential for managing our National Parks, says Tourism Industry Aotearoa (TIA).

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  • Proposed immigration visa changes heading in the right direction to support tourism

    18 December, 2018

    Proposed changes to temporary work visas and better workforce planning should assist employers and regions facing staff shortages, Tourism Industry Aotearoa says.

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  • More Kiwis see community benefits of tourism

    17 December 2018

    Around 95 percent of New Zealanders agree international tourism is good for New Zealand, according to the latest Mood of the Nation research released today – up three points on last year’s results.

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  • Official figures show tourism spend has reached $39.1 billion

    7 December 2018

    The tourism industry’s tremendous contribution to New Zealand’s social and economic wellbeing has been reinforced by official industry measurements, says Tourism Industry Aotearoa.

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  • TRENZ named as finalist for Best Business Event in the New Zealand Event Awards 2018

    4 November 2018

    Tourism Industry Aotearoa is thrilled to announce that the flagship travel and trade event TRENZ that it manages on behalf of the Tourism Industry New Zealand Trust has been named as a finalist for Best Business Event in the 2018 New Zealand Event Awards.

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  • Tourism students given $4000 boost

    8 Nov 2018

    Two Kiwi university students have each received a $4000 boost to help them complete their final year of study and prepare for a fantastic career in the tourism industry.

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  • Tourism industry focusing on sustainable growth

    8 Nov 2018

    A revised framework to guide the sustainable development of New Zealand’s tourism industry has been released today by Tourism Industry Aotearoa.

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  • New Govt strategy confirms support for tourism

    6 October 2018

    The Government’s draft Tourism Strategy, released today, is closely aligned with the industry’s own vision and framework, Tourism Industry Aotearoa says.

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  • New visitor tax must be spent wisely

    27 September 2018

    The tourism industry wants to work with the Government to ensure its new tax on most of New Zealand’s international visitors is used to enhance their experience of our country.

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  • Scholarships to support final year tourism students

    20 Sept 2018

    Tourism students planning their final year of study in 2019 are invited to apply for two $4000 scholarships.

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  • TIA makes a formal commitment to Māori tikanga

    14 September 2018

    Tourism Industry Aotearoa’s staff and board have made a formal commitment to establishing cultural competency in Māori tikanga, embarking on a journey to weave Te Ao Māori into the way it goes about its business and engages with the tourism industry.

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  • Tourism funding will benefit regions

    11 Sept 2018

    Today’s announcement of a $19.6 million Government investment in tourism infrastructure will help regions benefit from the growth in tourism, Tourism Industry Aotearoa says.

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  • Supreme Tourism Award winner amazing multinational success story

    6 Sept 2018

    Dynamic and visionary with annual global revenue of $426 million, multinational recreational vehicle business Tourism Holdings Ltd has won the tourism industry’s highest accolade, the Air New Zealand Supreme Tourism Award.

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  • Call for law change to permit shark diving

    5 September 2018

    The ruling to ban shark cage diving in New Zealand is a disappointing outcome based on outdated legislation, and Tourism Industry Aotearoa is calling on the Government to amend the Wildlife Protection Act to recognise modern activities.

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  • It's never been a better time to enter tourism - so what's stopping young people?

    22 August 2018

    New research delving into the minds of New Zealand’s young people has uncovered some fascinating insights into what they think about working in tourism and who influences that thinking.

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  • Freedom camping website re-launched

    21 August 2018

    Travellers to New Zealand can find resources on being responsible
    campers in one handy site, with the re-launch of Tourism Industry
    Aotearoa’s freedom camping website.

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  • Report on responsible camping recommendations

    15 Aug 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, Tourism Industry Aotearoa says.

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  • Adventure park and sailing school win their share of domestic tourism

    3 Aug 2018

    A Nelson adventure park and a yacht charter and sailing school in the Bay of Islands have been announced as the winners of TIA’s DGiT Do It marketing grants, giving them the tools to reach out to more New Zealand holiday makers.

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  • Damning review reveals failures of International Visitor Survey

    31 July 2018

    The credibility of official government visitor statistics has been called into question by a damning review of the International Visitor Survey, and Tourism Industry Aotearoa says the results are deeply concerning.

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  • NZ Tourism Awards finalists revealed

    27 July 2018

    Thirty-two leading tourism operators and stakeholders from 26 organisations have been announced today as finalists in the 2018 New Zealand Tourism Awards - the $36 billion tourism industry’s most prestigious awards.

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  • Tourism industry calls for improvements in immigration performance

    23 July 2018

    Major improvements are needed in Immigration New Zealand’s fiscal and operational management to avoid future cost blow-outs, Tourism Industry Aotearoa says.

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  • Border levy must benefit visitors, tourism industry says

    20 July 2018

    The tourism industry is prepared to accept a new charge to be paid by international visitors but is insisting that it is used in a carefully targeted way to enhance their experience of New Zealand.

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  • Council targets Airbnb and misses the mark

    10 July 2018

    Auckland Council’s new ‘Airbnb rate’ falls dismally short of the mark and
    fails to reduce unfairness for traditional accommodation providers, says
    Tourism Industry Aotearoa.

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  • Hotel Awards highlight regional hotel excellence

    6 July 2018

    Operating far from the main centres has been no barrier for several winners in the 2018 New Zealand Hotel Industry Awards, announced on Thursday evening (5 July) at a gala dinner in Auckland.

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  • Long term plans recognise benefits of tourism

    3 July 2018

    Most local authorities are recognising the opportunities and benefits of tourism when making long term plans for their communities, says Tourism Industry Aotearoa.

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  • Tourism businesses support a border tax - with conditions

    30 June 2018

    A majority of tourism businesses are prepared to support a new border tax on international visitors, as long as it is spent where there is the greatest need, says Tourism Industry Aotearoa.

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  • Win a domestic tourism marketing grant with DGiT

    27 June 2018

    Entries are now open for the ‘DGiT Do It’ grant programme, which gives tourism operators the chance to win one of two $3000 (+GST) grants for a customised digital marketing campaign aimed at expanding their domestic market.

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  • Freshwater action needed ASAP, tourism industry says

    26 June 2018

    Freshwater is essential to the continuing success of New Zealand’s tourism industry so the Government must act on the recommendations of the Land & Water Forum as soon as possible, Tourism Industry Aotearoa says.

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  • New visitor tax must be spent wisely

    15 June 2018

    Ensuring the extra tax revenue to be collected from some international visitors is spent wisely will be the focus of the tourism industry, Tourism Industry Aotearoa says.

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  • Government earning $2.6 billion a year from international visitors

    11 June 2018

    A new Government-commissioned report shows that the Government enjoys a net benefit of more than $2.6 billion a year from international tourism, confirming that international visitors are more than paying their way.

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  • NZ Hotel Industry Awards - finalists announced

    5 June 2018

    The finalists have been announced for the 2018 New Zealand Hotel Industry Awards, with a new focus on the regions bringing out some strong competition from previously un-nominated areas.

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  • Industry supports Kiwi first concept

    5 June 2018

    Tourism Industry Aotearoa says giving Kiwis first shot at booking on some of the country’s most popular Great Walks is an idea worth exploring.

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  • Tourism industry keen to discuss visitor tax

    31 May 2018

    How and where any new tax on our international visitors will be spent are critical to tourism industry acceptance of the Government’s plans, Tourism Industry Aotearoa says.

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  • Budget 2018 not positive for tourism

    17 May 2018

    Cutting Tourism New Zealand’s funding is short-sighted and will end up costing the economy through lost export earnings, Tourism Industry Aotearoa says.

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  • Entries open for NZ Tourism Awards 2018

    8 May 2018

    Entries are open for the prestigious New Zealand Tourism Awards, and the competition is expected to be fierce as innovation abounds in New Zealand’s booming tourism industry.

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  • Tourism needs to tackle concerns about impact, says TIA

    8 May 2018

    The New Zealand tourism industry needs to focus more on sustainability, infrastructure investment and high-value visitors, Tourism Industry Aotearoa Chief Executive Chris Roberts told an audience of 100 media and tourism industry leaders in Dunedin today.

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  • Biggest tourism event of the year starts today – TRENZ 2018

    7 May 2018

    Around 1500 international and New Zealand delegates have arrived in Dunedin to attend TRENZ 2018 (7-10 May), the tourism industry’s annual showcase which is worth tens of millions of dollars to the country.

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  • TRENZ returning to Rotorua and Christchurch

    4 May 2018

    Tourism Industry Aotearoa has today announced that New Zealand tourism’s biggest annual trade show will be back in Rotorua next year, and will be held in Christchurch in 2020.

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  • Tourism industry enthusiastic about Waitaki plan to seek UNESCO status

    3 May 2018

    Tourism Industry Aotearoa is enthusiastically supporting Waitaki District Council’s proposal to seek UNESCO recognition for its heritage buildings and unique geological treasures.

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  • More focus needed on tourism in transport policy statement

    3 May 2018

    The Government needs to ensure the movement of domestic and international visitors is properly considered in its transport planning, Tourism Industry Aotearoa says.

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  • Discussing Tourism around the country

    2 May 2018

    Tourism businesses around New Zealand are being invited to discuss the big challenges and opportunities facing them and their regions at a series of events organised by Tourism Industry Aotearoa.

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  • Luxury travel insights on the TRENZ lunch menu

    2 May 2018

    New Zealand tourism operators attending TRENZ 2018 (7-10 May, Dunedin) will get invaluable insider insight into the minds of luxury American travellers and how to attract these high-value visitors.

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  • Kiwis see benefits of international tourism for NZ

    27 April 2018

    Following a record summer for international visitor arrivals, the majority of New Zealanders remain positive about the impact of tourism and overall sentiment has slightly improved, according to the latest Mood of the Nation research released today.

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  • Dunedin to host biggest TRENZ activity afternoon ever

    20 April 2018

    Dunedin will host hundreds of influential international tourism marketers next month as they are treated to an afternoon of exciting activities, ranging from an off-road Otago Peninsula wildlife safari to a tour of the Speight’s Brewery and high tea at Larnach Castle.

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  • Tourism industry calls Rotorua plan proactive and progressive

    20 April 2018

    Tourism Industry Aotearoa is backing Rotorua Lakes Council’s plan for a multimillion dollar redevelopment of the Rotorua lakefront which aims to put it on a par with other internationally-renowned waterfronts.

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  • Ruapehu long-term plan clear-sighted and sensible says tourism industry

    20 April 2018

    Tourism Industry Aotearoa is commending the Ruapehu District Council for its clear-sighted recognition of the current and future value of tourism to the region and for preparing for the growth opportunities that tourism offers.

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  • Tourism industry backs Christchurch plan to woo events

    19 April 2018

    Tourism Industry Aotearoa is calling on Christchurch City Council to boost funding for events in its 2018-2028 Draft Long-Term Plan.

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  • Tourism industry solution focused on freedom camping

    18 April 2018

    A new body to consider freedom camping must create a broad consensus on the solutions that will address community concerns, says Tourism Industry Aotearoa.

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  • 90-day trial & rest break proposals concern tourism industry

    17 April 2018

    Abolishing the 90-day trial period and stipulating specific times for rest breaks is impractical for tourism employers, Tourism Industry Aotearoa says.

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  • Hotel conference focusing on regional growth

    16 Apr 2018

    How to better share the benefits of New Zealand’s tourism boom with the regions will be a big focus of this year’s New Zealand Hotel Industry Conference.

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  • From Glampers to Steampunk – new products on show at TRENZ 2018

    6 April 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 the 49 new tourism products that will be on show at TRENZ 2018.

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  • Hotel sector gears up for big July – conference and awards

    5 April 2018

    The hotel sector is gearing up for a big July, with the annual New Zealand Hotel Industry Conference on in Auckland 4-5 July, culminating with a gala Awards dinner.

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  • Tourism industry backs sustainable employment

    29 March 2018

    Tourism operators need to embrace the increase in the minimum wage and strive to be employers of choice, says Tourism Industry Aotearoa Chief Executive Chris Roberts.

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  • Extended Auckland accommodation rate still unfair

    29 March 2018

    The new version of the targeted rate on accommodation providers proposed in the Auckland Council’s draft Long-Term Plan is still inefficient and ill-conceived, says Tourism Industry Aotearoa.

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  • New Auckland-Chicago air service a milestone for New Zealand tourism

    28 March 2018

    The first-ever direct airplane route from Auckland to Chicago announced today by Air New Zealand is a milestone for New Zealand tourism, according to Tourism Industry Aotearoa.

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  • TIA urges West Coast councils to reject plan to scrap local tourism organisation

    27 March 2018

    Tourism Industry Aotearoa is urging district councils on the West Coast of the South Island to reject a plan to wind up Tourism West Coast, the local regional tourism organisation, and transfer its responsibilities to Development West Coast, the area’s economic development agency.

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  • TRENZ 2018 lures travel buyers from all over the world

    26 March 2018

    Booming international interest in New Zealand is attracting more overseas travel marketers to TRENZ, the premier annual business event for New Zealand’s $36 billion tourism industry.

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  • Golden Bay tourism businesses urged to apply for relief fund

    15 March 2018

    Golden Bay tourism businesses are being encouraged to apply to the Government’s new relief fund for those adversely affected by the damage to Takaka Hill Road caused by Cyclone Gita.

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  • Freedom camping group welcomed

    8 March 2018

    The tourism industry is looking forward to being involved in the working group on freedom camping being set up by Tourism Minister Kelvin Davis.

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  • Travel tax reduction welcome but more consultation wanted

    2 Feb 2018

    A planned reduction in the travel tax, known as the Border Clearance Levy, is the right response given the surplus it has raised, the tourism industry says. However, the lack of consultation is concerning.

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  • Tourism business confidence strong

    30 Jan 2018

    Tourism business confidence levels are strong, with most operators expecting their business to improve this year, according to the latest State of the New Zealand Tourism Industry report.

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  • Tourism viewed positively by most

    18 Jan 2018

    New Zealanders agree that international tourism is good for the country and are evenly split on whether New Zealand is attracting too few or too many international visitors.

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  • Earlier media releases

    To see copies of earlier TIA media releases email TIA Communications Manager Ann-Marie Johnson, ann-marie.johnson@tia.org.nz