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  • Tourism industry cries foul over the $311m Covid aid package

    Stuff, 4 August

    The tourism industry is “underwhelmed” by the Government’s latest aid package and some operators are demanding to know why they missed out.

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  • Government details remaining money for tourism recovery package

    Newstalk ZB, 2 August 2020

    Another round of funding for struggling tourism operators.

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  • The $311m splurge on tourism - Govt says 3000 jobs protected

    New Zealand Herald, 1 August 2020

    The Government is spending more than $230 million on ''strategic'' tourism businesses in a move it says will protect up to 3000 jobs in the sector hammered by the pandemic.

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  • Government announce $320 million package tourism operators and events

    1Newsnow, 1 August 2020

    With the wage subsidy set to end next month, this targeted funding is a sign of what's to come.

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  • Rural Tourism

    BBC, 1 August 2020

    As lockdown continues to lift, join Mark Stephen and Euan McIlwraith as they ask if rural tourism in parts of Scotland is getting out of hand.... [21:30] Chris Roberts, TIA

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  • Rotorua mayor Steve Chadwick to co-chair tourism taskforce

    Stuff, 1 August 2020

    A taskforce aiming to resurrect New Zealand’s tourism industry following lockdown will be co-chaired by Rotorua mayor Steve Chadwick.

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  • Auckland CBD struggling to attract visitors

    Newstalk ZB, 31 July 2020

    Auckland businesses want more done to attract people into the city to prop-up the local economy.

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  • Auckland struggling to attract local visitors with boost needed to stop stores closing

    Radio NZ, 31 July 2020

    Vacancy signs are common along the city's main street and some store owners fear it could become a ghost town.

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  • Long-term harm feared if tourism training cuts go ahead

    Radio NZ, 31 July 2020

    The Tertiary Education Commission wants to slash government spending on tourism and retail courses by as much as 30 percent next year.

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  • Auckland struggling to attract local visitors with boost needed to stop stores closing

    Radio NZ, 31 July 2020

    Auckland businesses want more done to attract people into the city to prop-up the local economy.

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  • TEC considers $6m cut to tourism and retail courses

    Radio NZ, 31 July 2020

    The Tertiary Education Commission wants to cut government subsidies for certificate and diploma courses in tourism and retail by as much as 30 percent next year.

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  • Covid-19: Questions raised about Auckland recovery

    Radio NZ, 31 July 2020

    As vacancy signs sprinkle shop windows along Auckland's main street questions are being asked about the city's recovery and what's being done to attract domestic tourists. [00:00:49] Chris Roberts from Tourism Industry Aotearoa says the city has an open invite to the regions that's not being taken up.

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  • 17 tourism groups put the acid on for more Government support

    Stuff, 28 July 2020

    The Government is under increasing pressure to front up with long term help for tourism-related businesses affected by border closures.

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  • Grant Bradley: The roll call of travel heavyweights the Government will struggle to ignore

    New Zealand Herald Premium, 28 July 2020

    A group from across the tourism, travel, aviation, hospitality and event sectors which went to Government today seeking certainty about any further financial support is too powerful to ignore.

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  • 'Drowning' tourism industry presents election wish list

    Stuff, 23 July 2020

    With an election looming, politicians are being urged look after tourism businesses devastated by the border closures.

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  • Holiday hotspots under-prepared for influx of restless Kiwis

    NBR, 22 July 2020

    This writer was reduced to having to spend an hour at the cat café.

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  • Tourism New Zealand entices Kiwis to spend more on domestic travel as businesses seek Government help

    Stuff, 21 July 2020

    While tourism businesses have called for more Government help, Tourism New Zealand is counting on Kiwis spending more on their domestic travels to help the sector recover from the Covid-19 pandemic.

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  • TIA survey: Operators worried about wage subsidy ending

    Radio NZ, 21 July 2020

    Worried tourism operators are calling for a further extension of wage subsidy support from the government. The Panel is joined by Tourism Industry Aotearoa chief executive Chris Roberts.

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  • COVID-19: Campaign launched to sustain interest in New Zealand amid pandemic

    Newshub, 20 July 2020

    A new multi-agency campaign is being launched to promote New Zealand overseas amid border closures and the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

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  • Campaign launches to sustain interest in New Zealand amid pandemic

    Radio NZ, 19 July 2020

    A new multi-agency campaign is being launched to promote New Zealand overseas amid border closures and the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.

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  • Three-quarters of tourism businesses want another wage extension - survey

    Newshub, 18 July 2020

    Almost three-quarters of tourism businesses claim they need a wage subsidy extension to stay afloat.

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  • End of wage subsidy guarantees more tourism job losses

    Stuff, 18 July 2020

    Almost three quarters of tourism businesses want further Government help with wages and a third are warning of more lay-offs it they don't get it.

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  • Tourism rescue package upped from $100m to $400m

    Stuff, 17 July 2020

    Treasury documents show the Government’s tourism rescue package quadrupled in size as discussions progressed on how to help the sector survive Covid-19.

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  • Where business travel is bouncing back fastest

    New Zealand Herald Premium, 17 July 2020

    The business travel market is showing signs of life, with a global study revealing that nearly half of those surveyed had already begun to travel or would in the next one to three months.

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  • Tourism school enrolments rise despite Covid-19 effects on industry

    Radio NZ, 16 July 2020

    Tertiary students have faith in the tourism industry's future, despite the blow dealt to the sector by Covid-19.

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  • New Zealand's horror road toll continues after Covid-19 but tourists not to blame for the carnage

    New Zealand Herald, 14 July 2020

    Tourist drivers are not to blame for New Zealand's horror road toll after lockdown, according to Ministry of Transport fatal crash figures.

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  • Rent relief delays leave businesses pleading with Government

    New Zealand Herald, 13 July 2020

    One in eight retail businesses are struggling to negotiate rent relief and want Government-assisted arbitration to help them resolve their plight, the Retail New Zealand survey shows.

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  • Retailers urge govt to help more with rent relief

    Radio NZ, 13 July 2020

    One in six retail businesses are struggling to negotiate rent relief, and want government-assisted arbitration to help them resolve their plight.
    [00:03:05] ...The Chief Executive of Tourism Industry Aotearoa Chris Roberts says...

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  • Airbnb pushes for national framework on short-term rentals

    NBR, 9 July 2020

    Providers hope national rules will solve their local council woes.

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  • Domestic tourism: Small towns still leading the charge in terms of recovery, research suggests

    Stuff, 9 July 2020

    Towns and islands close to New Zealand’s biggest cities appear to be the most popular destinations for Kiwis over the first week of the school holidays so far, with the cities themselves – and traditional hot spot Queenstown – experiencing a drop in consumer spending.

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  • Christchurch Airport says the post-Covid travel world could reset in its favour

    The Press, 4 July 2020

    The departure screens are full again at Christchurch Airport. A busy day of flights scheduled.

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  • Government’s handling of tourism’s woes under question

    NBR, 2 July 2020

    Tourism operators are calling Minister Kelvin Davis ‘Casper’ over a perceived lack of engagement.

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  • Tourism industry wants answers over visitor levy spending

    Radio NZ, 2 July 2020

    The tourism industry remains in the dark about where millions of dollars collected through the international visitor levy will go.

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  • The need for a trans-Tasman bubble has been underlined in a new survey of hotelier

    NZ City, 2 July 2020

    The New Zealand Hotel Market Sentiment Survey found 85 per cent want to see more stimulation of domestic travel.

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  • Could adding a new public holiday boost the economy?

    BBC, 29 June 2020

    In an effort to get gears turning in the global economy, a new proposal could help with spending – and give us some time off.

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  • Package deals needed tempt domestic travellers to overseas tourist hotspots

    Stuff, 1 July 2020

    The tourism sector is being urged to target Kiwis by offering package deals to help fill the void left by overseas visitors – who may not return to New Zealand for another two years.

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  • Physical APEC cancellation 'a blow' to Auckland and NZ - business chamber

    Radio NZ, 30 June 2020

    It will be difficult to leverage any real economic gains from a virtual APEC, Auckland's Business Chamber says.

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  • New Zealand to host virtual APEC in 2021

    Radio NZ, 30 June 2020

    New Zealand has abandoned plans to physically host APEC in 2021 - opting to 'go virtual' in the face of the global pandemic.
    [00:02:37] But Tourism [Industry] Aotearoa [ TIA] chief executive, Chris Roberts says this is now all come to nothing.

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  • Tourism Industry Aotearoa on trans-Tasman bubble

    Radio NZ, 30 June 2020

    A trans-Tasman bubble is still a ways off, as infections in the Australian state of Victoria continue to climb. One of the sectors with the biggest investment in a trans-Tasman bubble is tourism. Chris Roberts is the chief executive of Tourism Industry Aotearoa.

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  • Winston Peters on EU travel: 'We're not going to compromise our country's health

    Radio NZ, 30 June 2020

    Foreign Minister Winston Peters says New Zealanders who head to Europe on holiday should pay for their two weeks' hotel quarantine when they return.

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  • Northland tourism industry calls for more workers

    1Newsnow, 28 June 2020

    Northland has one of the highest unemployment rates in the country, yet the region’s tourism industry is concerned they won’t have enough workers for its peak season.

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  • Praise for the Government's latest investment in the tourism sector

    NZCity, 27 June 2020

    Twenty-five million dollars will go to the Department of Conservation, so it can waive concession fees for tourism operators.

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  • Tourism job losses predicted to peak at 92,000 this year

    Stuff, 27 June 2020

    A newly released Government paper paints a bleak outlook for tourism with job losses predicted to peak at 92,000 this year.

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  • $85m ‘shot in the arm’ for Queenstown

    Otago Daily Times, 27 June 2020

    An $85 million Government injection for Queenstown infrastructure projects is a "major shot in the arm", Queenstown Lakes Mayor Jim Boult says.

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  • Confirmed Covid-19 case in Rotorua Ibis Hotel - How do people feel?

    New Zealand Herald Premium, 25 June 2020

    Rotorua's official positive coronavirus case is a woman in her 30s who arrived on Saturday after flying to New Zealand from Peru and officials concede there could be more positive cases isolating in the city.

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  • Picking winners? Govt has to decide which tourism operators 'important'

    Stuff, 20 June 2020

    More than 300 businesses have applied for money from a special fund to protect key tourism attractions.

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  • Auckland hoteliers call for permanent scrapping of council targeted rate

    NBR, 19 June 2020

    Auckland hotels claim to have lost $75m in revenue in just three months.

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  • Despite set-back, tourism industry body still wants Aus-NZ border open by September

    Radio NZ, 19 June 2020

    The tourism industry wants more clarity on a trans-Tasman bubble after receiving a potential set-back from the Australian Government.

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  • Struggling hotel industry urges consumers to skip online booking sites to get best deal

    1Newsnow, 18 June 2020

    The struggling accommodation industry is urging consumers to book with them directly to stop millions of dollars in commission fees going to offshore booking websites.

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  • Trans-Tasman bubble may be off the table

    Radio NZ, 18 June 2020

    The proposed trans-tasman bubble may have recieved a set-back, after the Australian Government revealed borders could remain closed until next year. Chris Roberts is the Tourism Industry Aotearoa Chief Executive.

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  • Struggling hotel industry urges consumers to skip online booking sites to get best dea

    1Newsnow, 17 June 2020

    The struggling accommodation industry is urging consumers to book with them directly to stop millions of dollars in commission fees going to offshore booking websites.

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  • Coronavirus: Star tourism attractions queue up for rescue money

    Stuff, 18 June 2020

    More than 60 tourism business have put their hands up for Government funding to help save some of the country's star visitor attractions.

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  • Direct booking drive aims to save jobs and pump money into economy

    Stuff, 17 June 2020

    During tight times for tourism, punters are being urged to book accommodation directly to boost local operator margins.

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  • Why isn't DOC coming to the party?

    Stuff, 16 June 2020

    OPINION: What’s up DOC? Why has the Department of Conservation failed to come to the party and reduce the fees it charges more than 4600 concessionaires in the conservation estate?

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  • 60 positions expected to go at hotels

    Otago Daily Times, 15 June 2020

    Job losses continue to mount in Queenstown’s accommodation sector, as 60 workers are expected to be made redundant at the Scenic Hotel Group’s two resort properties.

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  • Diaries revealed: Who were the Govt's top Covid-19 Ministers speaking to during lockdown?

    New Zealand Herald Premium, 14 June 2020

    As New Zealand prepared to enter an unprecedented four-week period in its modern history, the Covid-19 lockdown, the country's top ministers appeared to be busy briefing the private sector on details of their plans.

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  • Online travel agency Aoliday liquidated over $3 million debt

    Stuff, 11 June 2020

    Tourism businesses owed $3m by online travel agency Aoliday NZ Ltd have forced the company into liquidation.

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  • Minister pressures DOC officials to cut fees for struggling tourism operators

    Stuff, 11 June 2020

    Conservation officials have been given until Friday to say how they could stop charging struggling tourism businesses fees.

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  • Covid 19 coronavirus: Hello level 1 - Dining, clubbing, weddings, funerals and flying without restrictions

    New Zealand Herald, 9 June 2020

    he hospitality and event sectors are breathing a collective sigh of relief with the move to level 1 allowing them to operate their businesses without the crippling restrictions.

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  • COVID-19: Normality returns for most, long road ahead for some as New Zealand officially enters alert level 1

    Newshub, 9 June 2020

    The move was made at midnight, ending nearly three months of domestic restrictions.

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  • Events, festivals return at level 1, tourism sector calls out for continued help

    New Zealand Herald, 8 June 2020

    Events, festivals return at level 1, tourism sector calls out for continued help.

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  • Businesses cautiously optimistic about level 1

    Radio NZ, 2 June 2020

    Talk of returning the country to a "new normal" has been welcomed with cautious optimism, but those who are eagerly awaiting a change warn the devil is in the detail.

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  • Businesses cautiously optimistic about returning to 'new normal' of Level 1

    Radio NZ, 2 June 2020

    Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern this morning signalled Cabinet would look at moving to alert level 1 next Monday, two weeks sooner than expected.

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  • Covid-19: What will level 1 mean for New Zealand?

    Radio NZ, 2 June 2020

    [00:00:58] Chris Roberts, the chief executive of the Tourism Industry of Association says the earlier guidance suggested mass gatherings of over 500 people wouldn't be allowed.

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  • Coronavirus: Mental health fears for jobless tourism workers

    Stuff, 31 May 2020

    Auckland travel agent Claire Jones clocked up more than 20 years in the industry, and cried her eyes out for days after learning she would lose her job.

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  • The tourist attractions offering deals to domestic travellers

    Newshub, 29 May 2020

    Tourism operators are offering experiences at hugely discounted prices to get more Kiwis interested in travelling domestically.

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  • Coronavirus: Are people actually travelling domestically at Covid-19 Alert Level 2?

    Stuff, 29 May 2020

    The allowance of domestic travel in Covid-19 Alert Level 2 was music to the tourism industry's ears. But are many people taking advantage of this aspect of the eased restrictions?

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  • No ‘health passport’ likely for trans-Tasman travel bubble, Ak Airport chief says

    NBR, 27 May 2020

    The group looking at the issue is aiming for no 14-day quarantine.

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  • Covid 19 coronavirus: Auckland Council, universities want Government to loosen border to 'reopen Auckland'

    New Zealand Herald, 27 May 2020

    Auckland's mayor is calling on the Government to loosen border restrictions and allow the city's economy to welcome billions in spending from the likes of international students.

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  • Millenium & Copthorne axes 70% of staff

    NBR, 26 May 2020

    Listed hotelier said it should survive for up to two years before rebuilding tourist numbers.

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  • Jeremy appeals to the Minister who can make GOOT Day happen!

    The Project, 25 May 2020

    Jeremy is going to see his idea for a new public holiday through to the very end... and that means a high-stakes presentation made for our Tourism Minister!

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  • Accommodation booking out fast as Kiwis holiday at home

    Radio NZ, 22 May 2020

    CEO of the Tourism Industry Aotearoa Chris Roberts is holidaying this weekend himself and joins us now. Chris where are you headed?

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  • Four-day working week idea met with mixed reactions

    Radio NZ, 21 May 2020

    The Prime Minister's comments encouraging employers to explore a four day working week are being met with a flurry of mixed reactions from the business and tourism sectors. [00:00:49] Chris Roberts the chief executive of Tourism Industry Aotearoa says this would help...

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  • Two-pronged approach needed for coronavirus recovery

    Stuff, 21 May 2020

    OPINION: In this post-Covid-19 period of rebuilding our economy and reconsidering our social norms, we have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to build the future we want: one that prioritises the health of our land and our people, values the contributions of all workers, reduces our destructive rates of inequality and takes impactful action to reach New Zealand’s zero carbon goals.

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  • National leadership coup: Simon Bridges confident ahead of new poll, Todd Muller challenge

    New Zealand Herald, 21 May 2020

    National Party MPs have started arriving in the capital ahead of tomorrow's showdown for the leadership between challenger Todd Muller and defender Simon Bridges.

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  • Winston Peters pours cold water on one-off public holiday idea

    1Newsnow, 20 May 2020

    NZ First and its leader, Winston Peters, are pushing back against calls for an additional public holiday.

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  • Coronavirus: Will New Zealand's most expensive attractions be forced to cut prices?

    Stuff, 18 May 2020

    Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern will travel to Rotorua tomorrow for a series of discussions on how the region is recovering following the alert level lockdowns.

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  • Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern to meet tourism leaders in Rotorua tomorrow

    Rotorua Daily Post, 18 May 2020

    Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern will travel to Rotorua tomorrow for a series of discussions on how the region is recovering following the alert level lockdowns.

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  • Covid 19 coronavirus: Are travel 'bubbles' the future for holidays?

    New Zealand Herald, 18 May 2020

    Coronavirus brought the travel industry to a standstill with breakneck speed. But as Australians and New Zealanders have been warned time and time again, the recovery will be the opposite — painfully slow.

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  • Tourism Minister's blunt warning: Govt won't 'pay people to exist'

    Otago Daily Times, 15 May 2020

    The Government will not "pay people to exist" for the next two years, the Tourism Minister has warned.

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  • We want you to Get Out Of Town!

    The Project NZ, 15 May 2020

    'Get Out Of Town' Day is a push to get tourism back on its feet, and a chance to get out of town and see what our beautiful country has to offer.

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  • Budget 2020: Grant Bradley - What Tourism's $400m special fund, wage subsidy extension means

    New Zealand Herald Premium, 15 May 2020

    For tourist operators and the industry nothing the Government could deliver was ever going to be enough.

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  • Tourism, retail will continue to struggle

    NBR, 15 May 2020

    Open chequebook for the next 24 months needed, but not realistic, says analyst.

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  • The forgotten sector?

    NBR, 15 May 2020

    Subsidy welcomed but bills mount up; hotels warn Budget could be an “industry breaker”.

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  • Tourism says many jobs will go despite $400m Budget rescue package

    Stuff, 14 May 2020

    The Budget's $400m tourism rescue package has received a mixed response with industry leaders warning a wave of job losses is on the way.

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  • Budget 2020: Pass or fail: Tourist, hotel and aviation groups rate the budget

    New Zealand Herald, 14 May 2020

    The Budget delivered a $400 million targeted tourism recovery fund, an eight-week extension of the wage subsidy among other measures for one of the sectors hardest hit by the coronavirus pandemic. More support is likely to follow. Here's how some sector groups rated the budget.

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  • Tourism industry glad wage subsidy scheme extended

    NBR, 14 May 2020

    There are good signals for the tourism industry from the Budget.

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  • Budget 2020 reactions: Simon Bridges tells Kiwis to prepare for 'greatest burden of debt in our history'

    Newshub 14 May 2020

    Simon Bridges is telling Kiwis to prepare for the "greatest burden of debt" in New Zealand's history as Budget 2020 revealed a $50 billion fund to help the country through the COVID-19 pandemic.

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  • Coronavirus: Level 2 brings more freedom but limits still as Covid-19 threat remains

    Stuff, 14 May 2020

    After seven weeks in which life in New Zealand was pared back to the essentials to head off the Covid-19 threat, the country is taking a big step back toward the way things used to be.

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  • Our national airline - up in the air?

    Radio NZ, 13 May 2020

    As domestic travel takes off in alert level two, as of Thursday, what confidence can customers have in our national airline and what is the likely cascade effect on the wider tourism industry of uncertainty with air travel? Chief Executive of Tourism Industry Aotearoa Chris Roberts ... [15:40], [23.50] ...

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  • Coronavirus: Tourism companies facing millions in bad debts

    Stuff, 13 May 2020

    Tourism operators hard hit by the coronavirus pandemic are chasing millions in debts from travel wholesalers.

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  • Business events without booze an option to increase meeting sizes

    Stuff, 13 May 2020

    The business events industry is prepared to go "dry" and not serve alcohol so it can host meetings of more than 10 people.

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  • Watch live: Epidemic Response Committee discusses tourism after move to level 2 announced

    Radio NZ, 12 May 2020

    Tourism industry leaders will be discussing alert level 2 and the government's Covid-19 response at today's Epidemic Response Committee meeting.

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  • Coronavirus: Move to Alert Level 2 receives mixed reactions from experts

    Stuff, 12 May 2020

    New Zealand will be moving to level 2 from Thursday.

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  • Covid 19 coronavirus: Level 2 can't come soon enough for hotels

    New Zealand Herald Premium, 12 May 2020

    The move to level 2 on Thursday will come too late for some in tourism and travel with the hotel sector badly hit by months of plummeting or no business at all.

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  • Covid 19 coronavirus: The winners and losers of level 2 revealed; Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern talks of 'hardest' part of crisis

    New Zealand Herald, 12 May 2020

    There will be winners and losers when Kiwis wake up on Thursday morning in alert level 2 - as the Prime Minister reveals the "hardest" aspect of the Government's Covid response.

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  • Hotel business confidence plummets, survey shows

    NBR, 11 May 2020

    When the wage subsidy runs dry, hoteliers expect to reduce employees by an average of 56%.

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  • Hotels expect to lay off more than half their workers

    Stuff, 11 May 2020

    Widespread redundancies are expected in the hotel sector if the wage subsidy is not extended.

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  • Coronavirus: What's weighing on Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern's mind as the Covid-19 level 2 decision looms

    Stuff, 11 May 2020

    EXPLAINER: The spread of the coronavirus appears to have all but halted in New Zealand, and whether the country will now ease severe restrictions comes down to a political decision.

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  • Coronavirus: The arguments for and against moving to alert level 2 this week

    Newshub, 11 May 2020

    Today Cabinet will announce whether the country will shortly move to COVID-19 alert level 2.

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  • Coronavirus: Tourism happy about shift down to level 2

    Stuff, 11 May 2020

    The tourism industry is very pleased with the opening up of domestic travel, but disappointed at limits on some events.

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  • Covid 19 coronavirus: Hospitality industry ready to open, even with challenging restrictions

    New Zealand Herald, 11 May 2020

    The hospitality sector is in shock over surprise rules limiting gatherings to only 10 people and delaying when bars can open when the country moves to level 2 later this week and fears it will have a further negative impact on the economy.

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  • Northland tourism operators call for targeted Govt assistance

    Northern Advocate, 11 May 2020

    Northland tourism operators have sharply reduced the size of their businesses during the coronavirus epidemic and want the wage subsidy extended so they can keep their enterprises afloat, a new survey shows.

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  • Coronvirus: Beehive scrambled to contain email telling ministers to 'dismiss' questions about Covid-19 response

    Stuff, 11 May 2020

    The Beehive scrambled to retract a leaked email in which an advisor to the prime minister told colleagues to "dismiss" questions about its coronavirus response.

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  • Coronavirus: Arguments for and against moving to alert level 2 next week

    Stuff, 9 May 2020

    New Zealand might be headed in a new direction.

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  • Coronavirus: Tourism minister warns high prices could dampen domestic travel

    Stuff, 9 May 2020

    A Tourism New Zealand marketing campaign will try to persuade Kiwis to spend up large on domestic travel, the way they did on overseas trips.

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  • Here's the data that shows Covid-19's impact in New Zealand

    Stuff, 9 May 2020

    These are just some statistics that reflect the consequences of the coronavirus pandemic, which has so far infected more than 1400 people in New Zealand and left 21 dead.

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  • Coronavirus: A new level of freedom and confusion

    Stuff, 9 May 2020

    EDITORIAL: We went from lockdown level to takeaway level and we're about to reach haircut level. As we head back towards normality, descending from alert level 4 to, eventually, level 1 or even zero, the choices increase and the rules become murkier.

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  • Level two, a path to recovery?

    Radio NZ, 8 May 2020

    Domestic travel could begin as soon as mid-May. What will it mean for our crippled tourism industry, and regions facing soaring unemployment? And what will air travel look like once it resumes?
    Chief executive of Tourism Industry Aotearoa Chris Roberts ....[07:15]

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  • Coronavirus: Tourism bosses 'jumping for joy'

    Stuff, 8 May 2020

    While the impact of the Covid-19 lockdown has been devastating for the tourism operators, domestic travel could alleviate some stress and allow for a reimagining of the industry.

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  • Coronavirus: Domestic travel allowed under Alert Level 2 -

    Radio NZ, 8 May 2020

    The impact of the Covid-19 lockdown has been devastating for the tourism industry, with job losses and closures throughout the country.

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  • Travel allowed under alert level 2 will save thousands of jobs

    Stuff, 8 May 2020

    The tourism industry is hugely relieved that travel between regions will be permitted at alert level 2.

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  • Tourism operators 'jumping for joy' at level 2 announcements

    Radio NZ, 8 May 2020

    While the impact of the Covid-19 lockdown has been devastating for the tourism operators, domestic travel could alleviate some stress and allow for a reimagining of the industry.

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  • Covid 19 coronavirus: PM warns level 2 freedom might not all come at once

    New Zealand Herald, 8 May 2020

    New Zealanders will be able to return to friends, the shops, restaurants and hairdressers under level 2 of the Covid-19 alert system – but the Prime Minister has warned it might happen in stages rather than all at once.

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  • Thousands made redundant as tourism businesses enter hibernation

    Radio NZ, 7 May 2020

    Thousands of tourism workers have been made redundant as businesses scramble for capital and cut their size. Tourism Industry Aotearoa... [03:40]

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  • Tourism industry ready to restart under alert level 2

    Newstalk ZB, 7 May 2020

    The tourism industry is waiting for Monday's announcement on level 2 for what it will mean for them.

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  • Covid 19 coronavirus: What new level 2 rules mean for crippled tourism industry

    New Zealand Herald Premium, 7 May 2020

    Moves to relax rules on domestic leisure travel will be lapped up by the industry and while too late for some businesses are a beacon for many operators.

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  • Coronavirus: Can we travel in Alert Level 2?

    Stuff, 7 May 2020

    Kiwis will be able to travel domestically again in Alert Level 2.

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  • COVID-19: Return of domestic travel under level 2 welcomed by tourism industry, but concerns remain

    Newshub, 7 May 2020

    Thursday's announcement from Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern that domestic travel can resume under COVID-19 alert level 2 has come as a "huge relief" to the tourism industry.

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  • Coronavirus: Level 2? We're going back to work

    Stuff, 7 May 2020

    New Zealand could be almost completely back to work next week - only 5 per cent of the workforce won't be able to operate at level 2, it has been estimated.

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  • Coronavirus: More information on Alert Level 2 coming today

    Radio NZ, 7 May 2020

    Today we'll find out what life will look like if Cabinet agrees to loosen lockdown restrictions next week, and move to Alert Level 2. The Tourism Industry has been the hardest hit, and Chris Roberts from Tourism Industry Aotearoa [ TIA] says only allowing essential travel ....[02.05]

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  • Covid-19: What will alert level 2 look like? NZ will find out more today

    Radio NZ, 7 May 2020

    Today New Zealanders will find out what life will look like if Cabinet agrees to loosen lockdown restrictions next week, and move into alert level 2.

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  • 98 per cent of Queenstown hotel rooms empty in April

    Stuff, 7 May 2020

    Queenstown has borne the brunt of coronavirus with hotel occupancy rates in April close to zero.

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  • Covid 19 coronavirus: How much freedom will we have at level 2?

    New Zealand Herald, 6 May 2020

    New Zealand could be moving down to level 2 as early as next Wednesday.

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  • Trans-Tasman bubble: Winston Peters says direct Hobart flight idea 'exciting'

    1Newsnow, 6 May 2020

    As Jacinda Ardern and Scott Morrison try to manage expectations of a trans-Tasman travel bubble, Tasmania's Premier and New Zealand's deputy prime minister are already planning new direct flights.

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  • New Zealand's immediate focus should be on domestic tourism before we look at a trans-Tasman bubble

    Stuff, 6 May 2020

    OPINION: It’s our patriotic duty to back local businesses right now, so why are our leaders prioritising the “trans-Tasman bubble”?

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  • Hanmer Springs Thermal Pools and Spa "reshaping" but confident of recovery

    Stuff, 6 May 2020

    Hanmer Springs could face a further blow as its hot pools complex grapples with the effects of Covid-19, on the heels of the town's Heritage Hotel closure.

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  • Trans-Tasman travel bubble could open up dream 'ANZAC summer'

    9News, 6 May 2020

    Australians will be "bombarded" with slick New Zealand tourism campaigns over the coming months, as Kiwis try to woo us over the ditch.

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  • Coronavirus: 200,000 tourism workers could lose jobs

    Radio NZ, 6 May 2020

    Tourism Industry Aotearoa has been surveying tourism businesses about how they are being affected by the drop in business since the borders closed and the lockdown began.

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  • Tourism Industry Aotearoa calls for special intervention for the sector

    Radio NZ, 5 May 2020

    The number of people employed by tourism could halve without targeted intervention, Tourism Industry Aotearoa says.

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  • Coronavirus: Tourism industry warns of 'three to five-year pathway' to recovery

    Newshub, 5 May 2020

    The tourism industry is warning it could take up to five years for the sector to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic.

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  • 'We do have a heart'; Ashley Bloomfield defends Ministry of Health

    Newstalk ZB, 5 May 2020

    Health boss Ashley Bloomfield has defended himself and officials from accusations they have "no heart", following their refusals to grant New Zealanders access to dying family members on compassionate grounds during the Covid crisis.

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  • Tourism will take 3-5 years to recover, industry head says

    1Newsnow, 5 May 2020

    Tourism Industry Aotearoa Chief Executive Chris Roberts talks about the immediate challenges facing the industry.

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  • Coronavirus: Tourism, hospitality, and retail to quit thousands of staff without more Government support

    Stuff, 5 May 2020

    Cafes, tourism operators, and retail stores are readying to lay off thousands of employees as the Government wage subsidy dries up, according to industry chiefs.

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  • Major tourism operator to slash half its workforce

    1Newsnow, 5 May 2020

    Three hundred jobs are going at Skyline Enterprises in Queenstown.

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  • With virus under control, Australia and New Zealand may form a travel ‘bubble’

    Washington Post, 5 May 2020

    HAVELOCK NORTH, New Zealand — With their novel coronavirus outbreaks under control, New Zealand and Australia are discussing forming a "travel bubble" that would allow people to resume international journeys across the Tasman Sea without quarantine restrictions.

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  • ZERO!

    Radio NZ, 5 May 2020

    For the first time in a long time we had 24 hours with ZERO new cases! But we can't celebrate just yet...
    The latest on plans to shift to level two and the proposed trans-tasman travel bubble, plus we interview Chris Roberts of Tourism Industry Aotearoa,....[00:07:00]

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  • Can tourism really avoid past pitfalls?

    Newsroom, 5 May 2020

    In late 2017, soon after the Labour Party formed a ruling coalition, Tourism Minister Kelvin Davis spoke to the industry.

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  • Covid 19 coronavirus: Jacinda Ardern's warning despite zero cases, Ashley Bloomfield defends Ministry of Health on Mike Hosking show - 'we do have a heart'

    New Zealand Herald, 5 May 2020

    Health boss Ashley Bloomfield has defended himself and officials from accusations they have "no heart", following their refusals to grant New Zealanders access to dying family members on compassionate grounds during the Covid crisis.

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  • Coronavirus: What travel could look like under alert level two

    Stuff, 5 May 2020

    While it remains unclear just how much travel will be allowed under Covid-19 alert level two, Kiwis can expect to be able to roam wider and get stuck into a greater range of activities.

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  • A 'travel bubble' between New Zealand and Australia could be a model for the future

    CNN travel, 4 May 2020

    It may be some time before tourists are traveling the globe again. But what if you could travel through designated, approved parts of it?

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  • Hotel sector job cuts fast approaching

    NBR, 4 May 2020

    We’re going to be paying for this for the next three generations,’ says Mark Rose.

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  • Coronavirus lockdown the nail in the coffin for iconic Canterbury hotel

    Newshub, 4 May 2020

    A struggling Canterbury hotel will not reopen when the COVID-19 lockdown lifts after Airbnb decimated the market.

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  • Where is our tourism minister when we need him the most?

    Stuff, 4 May 2020

    OPINION: Could somebody please send out a search party and locate Tourism Minister Kelvin Davis?

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  • The future of travel? How a trans-Tasman travel bubble could work

    NewstalkZB, 4 May 2020

    It may be some time before tourists are travelling the globe again. But what if you could travel through designated, approved parts of it?

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  • Covid-19 coronavirus: the rules around level 2 to be decided today

    – New Zealand Herald, 4 May 2020

    What will and won't be allowed at alert level 2 will be decided today but Kiwis won't be told the specifics until later in the week.

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  • Covid-19 coronavirus: Tourism New Zealand boss Stephen England-Hall's seeing the great Kiwi holiday

    New Zealand Herald Premium, 2 May 2020

    The tourism boss heading the push to sell New Zealand to Kiwis has glimpsed the future and likes what he sees.

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  • Covid 19 coronavirus: Tourism Industry Aotearoa's plea for easing of travel bans

    New Zealand Herald, 1 May 2020

    Frustration is boiling over among tourism operators who want to be able to open for business at alert level 2.

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  • Covid 19: Should we be allowed to go on holiday during level 2?

    New Zealand Herald, 1 May 2020

    The prospect of Level 2 and its increased movement are still a distant prospect, but Tourism Industry Aotearoa is insisting any new freedoms proposed must include tourism and leisure activities.

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  • Domestic travel must return under COVID-19 alert level 2, says Tourism Industry Aotearoa

    Newshub, 1 May 2020

    Tourism Industry Aotearoa is asking for domestic travel restrictions to be dropped when New Zealand enters COVID-19 alert level 2, arguing it would be entirely safe to do so and would save thousands of jobs.

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  • Coronavirus: No guarantee domestic tourism will be allowed under COVID-19 alert level 2 - Grant Robertson

    Newshub, 1 May 2020

    The pleas for domestic tourism to return under alert level 2 could be falling on deaf ears with Finance Minister Grant Robertson remaining tight-lipped on the subject.

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  • Tourism operators call for industry to be able to resume at Alert Level 2

    1Newsnow, 1 May 2020

    They say that prolonging current restrictions for weeks if not months could cost.

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  • Coronavirus: Tourism sector wants domestic travel rules changed

    Radio NZ, 1 May 2020

    The tourism industry is warning thousands more jobs are at risk if there's no change to travel rules under Alert Level 2.

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  • Coronavirus: Tourism industry wants travel allowed at Level 2

    Radio NZ, 1 May 2020

    The tourism industry is warning that if travel rules under Alert Level 2 aren't changed, thousands more jobs will be lost.

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  • Covid-19: More tourism businesses will fold if alert level 2 limits travel - industry

    Radio NZ, 1 May 2020

    The tourism industry is warning that if travel rules under alert level 2 aren't changed, thousands more jobs will be lost.

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  • Jacinda Ardern and Scott Morrison want to axe border restrictions between New Zealand and Australia

    Newshub, 27 April 2020

    New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison want to create a trans-Tasman bubble by axing border restrictions between New Zealand and Australia and such a move could save thousands of jobs.

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  • Should tourism extend to our mates across the ditch?

    The Project, 27 April 2020

    Aussies and Kiwis working together for the good of our economies... Could it work? Interviewed: Simon Westaway, executive director, Australian Tourism Industry Council; Nadine Toetoe, Kohutapu Lodge and Tribal Tours; Chris Roberts, Tourism Industry Aotearoa [2.40] ... re tourism sector, border screening, contact tracing, Covid-19.

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  • Covid 19 coronavirus: What you need to know about Saturday's big Anzac Day developments

    New Zealand Herald, 25 April 2020

    New Zealanders did not let the Covid-19 pandemic stop them from acknowledging Anzac Day, with Kiwis taking part in a unique dawn service as the end of the level 4 lockdown nears. Get all the important news and read the full stories in the links below.

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  • Coronavirus: Tourism companies plan to lay off more than 13,000 workers

    Stuff, 24 April 2020

    A survey of tourism companies found they plan to lay off more than 13,000 workers and desperately wanted longer wage subsidies.

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  • Tourism job cuts a 'horror story' for Queenstown - mayor

    Radio NZ, 23 April 2020

    The mayor of Queenstown Lakes has described plans to cut hundreds of tourism jobs as a horror show.

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  • Coronavirus: Banks accused of refusing to lend money to tourism businesses desperate for finance

    Newshub, 23 April 2020

    Banks are being accused of refusing to lend money to tourism businesses which are desperate for finance.

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  • Coronavirus: Further calls to rethink national approach to tourism

    Stuff, 22 April 2020

    Tourism industry leaders and conservationists have added weight to calls for a change to the way the tourism industry operates - but there is less appetite for a proposed visitor cap.

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  • Coronavirus: Call for jobless, income-less migrant workers to get jobseeker benefits

    Stuff, 22 April 2020

    A mounting refugee crisis is brewing in New Zealand's premier tourist town with thousands of migrant workers trapped in Queenstown with no money for food or rent.

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  • Covid 19: What happened in New Zealand on 22 April

    Radio NZ, 22 April 2020

    Six new cases of Covid-19 and a further death were revealed today, data showed most New Zealanders continue to abide by level 4 restrictions, and a district health board says damp and unchanged PPE was likely to blame for staff outbreak.

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  • Covid-19: Zero international arrivals marks low point for tourism

    Radio NZ, 22 April 2020

    No international passengers will arrive in New Zealand today for the first time in decades.

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  • Coronavirus: Up to 160,000 overseas visitors still here, welfare concerns grow

    Stuff, 22 April 2020

    Despite repatriation flights, up to 160,000 overseas visitors remain in New Zealand and there are calls to extend welfare payments to migrant workers left jobless by the pandemic.

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  • TIA’s Steve Hanrahan on lockdown whirlwinds, opportunities and meditation

    Tourism Ticker, 21 April 2020

    Tourism Industry Aotearoa advocacy manager Steve Hanrahan on the whirlwind of heading into lockdown, the importance of communicating with members, and looking at lockdown as an opportunity.

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  • ‘Rationalisation’ needed as glacier towns especially hard hit

    Otago Daily Times, 21 April 2020

    The glacier towns are preparing for job losses and closures as major businesses, including Scenic Hotel Group, look at rationalisation.

    Ream more
  • Covid 19 coronavirus: Jobs losses and years to recover - Rotorua hotels take big hit

    New Zealand Herald Premium, 20 April 2020

    Rotorua's biggest employer and ratepayer is bracing itself for job losses as occupancies in hotels take a giant nosedive while others have closed, in the wake of Covid-19.

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  • Don’t leave home - but then go see your country

    Newsroom, 19 April 2020

    Covid-19’s impact on New Zealand tourism is significant, with our national carrier, Air New Zealand, grounded, international arrivals coming to a halt and the country in lockdown.

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  • Coronavirus: Auckland Mayor Phil Goff open on lower rate rise

    Stuff, 18 April 2020

    Auckland's mayor will leave it to residents to decide whether to stick with a proposed 3.5 per cent rate rise, or opt for a lower 2.5 per cent in an emergency round of consultation on the council's budget.

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  • Auckland Council suspends hotel rates, considers lower rate hike

    NBR, 17 April 2020

    The pandemic is set to hurt the council's books as the struggling hotel sector gets some relief.

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  • Coronavirus: Trans-Tasman 'bubble' could ease travel restrictions

    Stuff, 16 April 2020

    Some Kiwis are even hoping to be able to welcome Australians across the ditch in time for this year's ski season.

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  • Domestic tourism won't resume until COVID-19 alert level 1

    Newshub, 16 April 2020

    There will be no allowance for domestic tourism for some time, it was revealed in details around the COVID-19 alert system by the New Zealand Government on Thursday.

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  • Coronavirus: Rescue package fails to deliver for tourism and hospo businesses

    Stuff, 15 April 2020

    The Government's latest rescue package does not go far enough for businesses starved of tourists and fearing the end of wage subsidies.

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  • Covid 19 coronavirus: 'A positive step' - Business groups welcome tax relief, say more needed

    New Zealand Herald Premium, 15 April 2020

    New business support measures, including a $3.1 billion tax relief package, are a welcome first step but more will be needed, says Employers and Manufacturers Association head of advocacy & strategy Alan McDonald.

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  • Tourism in the Bay grapples with scale of slowdown

    Bay of Plenty Business News, 14 April 2020

    As is clearly evident, Tourism in New Zealand is hurting and the Bay of Plenty is no exception. As Tourism Bay of Plenty chief executive Kristin Dunne notes, many tourism businesses are small or solo enterprises operating on very small margins.

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  • How opening the border to Australians could save thousands of jobs

    Newstalk ZB, 14 April 2020

    The tourism industry boss says a trans-Tasman bubble would have the potential to save thousands of jobs in the sector.

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  • Covid 19 coronavirus: Sir Bill English warns that if markets shake off Covid-19, the public will respond

    New Zealand Herald Premium, 11 April 2020

    Former Prime Minister Sir Bill English appeared to deliver a warning to financial markets: if the stockmarket doesn't fall further the public will realise something is amiss and wealth or capital gains taxes could follow.

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  • Chris Roberts says tourism industry in a 'deep slumber'

    New Zealand Herald, 9 April 2020

    Tourism Industry Association chief executive Chris Roberts says the industry is currently in a "deep slumber" and had been forced to go into "hibernation".

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  • Covid 19 coronavirus: Why Tourism NZ's doing a 180-degree turn with 100% Pure

    New Zealand Herald Premium, 9 April 2020

    Tourism New Zealand must turn the clock back by more than 30 years and lead what could be an industry-saving push for Kiwis to see their own country.

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  • Coronavirus: NZ tourism operators getting creative

    Radio NZ, 9 April 2020

    As the tourism industry takes a massive hit from the Covid-19 crisis, some high-end lodges are now looking to target more of the domestic market in order to keep the doors open. [00:01:03] Chris Roberts who head industry organisation Tourism Industry Aotearoa (TIA) says it has spent....

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  • Govt pledges NZ tourism reboot after Covid-19

    Radio NZ, 8 April 2020

    [00:30] Chris Roberts Tourism Industry Aotearoa chief executive says...

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  • Covid-19: Domestic travellers eyed to keep tourism sector viable after lockdown

    Radio NZ, 9 April 2020

    New Zealand's largest export industry has taken a massive hit from the Covid-19 crisis, but some high-end tourism companies are now looking at a market closer to home in order to keep the doors open.

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  • Epidemic Response Committee hears from industry leaders

    Radio NZ, 8 April 2020

    The Epidemic Response Committee is holding its fifth meeting today. Today it heard from business, transport, farming and tourism sector leaders.

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  • Coronavirus: Government announces planning for 'future of tourism'

    Newshub, 8 April 2020

    The Government says plans are actively being formulated to resuscitate Aotearoa's tourism industry, which has been decimated by the COVID-19 pandemic.

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  • Tourism's 'deep slumber' - 100,000 jobs on the line

    Otago Daily Times, 8 April 2020

    New Zealand's tourism sector is not dead - but it is in a "deep slumber", MPs have been told.

    Read more
  • Tourism boss taking massive upheaval ‘one bite at a time’

    NBR, 8 April 2020

    Tourism New Zealand chief executive Stephen England-Hall is taking the huge financial hit his industry is swallowing, “one bite at a time”.

    Read more
  • Government plans major shake up for the tourism industry post-Covid-19

    Stuff, 8 April 2020

    The tourism industry is in for a major shake up as the Government plans how it will operate post-Covid-19.

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  • One-third of New Zealand businesses don't expect to survive COVID-19 pandemic - survey

    Newshub, 8 April 2020

    The economic impact of COVID-19 is starting to rear its head with about one-third of New Zealand businesses saying they don't expect to survive the crisis, according to a new survey by the Auckland Business Chamber.

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  • Tourism industry welcomes sector reboot plans amid Covid-19 disruptions

    Radio NZ, 8 April 2020

    The tourism industry is preparing for a shake-up after the government announced a reboot in the wake of Covid-19.

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  • Ardern optimistic as New Zealand records lowest number of Covid-19 cases for two weeks

    The Guardian, 8 April 2020

    New Zealand has recorded its lowest number of new coronavirus cases in a fortnight, one day after testing a record number of people.

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  • Coronavirus: Businesses lack confidence about leaving Covid-19 lockdown, prime minister warns many doors will stay shut

    Stuff, 8 April 2020

    Businesses crying out for cashflow support may be forced to shutter, as the prime minister warns many doors will stay closed when New Zealand leaves a coronavirus lockdown.

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  • Watch live: Epidemic Response Committee hears from industry leaders

    - Radio NZ, 8 April 2020

    The Epidemic Response Committee is holding its fifth meeting today.
    Today it is hearing from business, transport, farming and tourism sector leaders.

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  • Covid-19 coronavirus: Lockdown's impact on farming, tourism and business sector

    New Zealand Herald, 8 April 2020

    Thousands of business have been damaged - "many of them mortally" - by the Covid-19 pandemic and nationwide lockdown, MPs have been told.

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  • From hero to zero – what's the future for tourism?

    Stuff, 5 April 2020

    Having a flightless bird as our national symbol is proving particularly appropriate in a global pandemic.

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  • American Airlines confirms seasonal flights to Chch later this year

    Star News, 5 April 2020

    The largest airline in the world says it will continue with its planned seasonal services from Los Angeles to Christchurch later this year.

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  • Coronavirus: Ministry of Social Development swamped, as job losses mount -

    Stuff, 5 April 2020

    Dire warnings are being made by a range of employment leaders and economists from across the country, as the Government gears up to deal with an unemployment shock triggered by the coronavirus response.

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  • Covid-19 lockdown: Air NZ slashes domestic flights

    Radio NZ, 2 April 2020

    Air New Zealand has today slashed its domestic services in response to a 99 percent decline in demand due to the Covid-19 outbreak. [00:02:44] Tourism Industry Aotearoa's chief executive, Chris Roberts says domestic travel will pick up.

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  • Domestic visitors 'the only way' tourism industry can survive Covid-19

    Newstalk ZB, 31 March 2020

    The Government is currently grappling with how to kick-start the country's economy - including the tourism sector - once the lockdown is no longer needed.

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  • Covid 19 coronavirus: What will New Zealand life look like post-lockdown?

    New Zealand Herald, 31 March 2020

    A post-lockdown New Zealand may have to grapple with strict border controls for another year or more, while local communities will have to be prepared to retreat to their households if new cases of Covid-19 arose

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  • Extended border closure could devastate NZ's tourism industry

    Radio NZ, 30 March 2020

    Tourism Industry Aotearoa is already working on how operators can survive an extended shutdown.

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  • Covid-19: Extended border closures to hit NZ tourism hard

    Radio NZ, 30 March 2020

    The government is not ruling out keeping up borders restrictions until a vaccine for Covid-19 is available - which scientists say could be 12 to 18 months away.

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  • Tourism eyes post lockdown rebound

    Radio NZ, 30 March 2020

    The tourism industry is in survival mode as it braces for extended border closures.

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  • Covid 19 coronavirus: quarter of Kiwi hotelier Gavin Faull's global properties shut

    New Zealand Herald Premium, 30 March 2020

    Around a quarter of the 120-property Swiss-Belhotel International chain, founded by a Kiwi entrepreneur, are shut and that could double later this week.

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  • 'Left in limbo': Fears for foreign hospitality workers who lose jobs

    Radio NZ, 25 March 2020

    Thousands of migrant workers in Queenstown may struggle to have food or shelter after losing their jobs and becoming stranded.

    Read more
  • Fears thousands of 'homeless' and 'ignorant' tourists will break lockdown rules

    Stuff, 25 March 2020

    The Government has been urged to step up assistance stranded travellers as the true scale of those stranded becomes apparent.

    Read more
  • Coronavirus: Queenstown's mayor fears for migrant workers

    Radio NZ, 25 March 2020

    Queenstown's mayor fears thousands of migrant workers in Queenstown may struggle to have food or shelter after losing their jobs and becoming stranded. [00:01:54] Tourism Industry Aotearoa chief executive Chris Roberts says many visitors and workers from overseas will be in a similar boat, stuck in limbo.

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  • Coronavirus: Potentially more than 100,000 tourists still here

    Stuff, 24 March 2020

    There are potentially more than 100,000 overseas visitors still in New Zealand as the country enters a level 4 lock down to combat coronavirus.

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  • Tourists in New Zealand urged to 'get home as soon as you can'

    Radio NZ, 24 March 2020

    Tens of thousands of people may be left stranded in New Zealand as popular transit airports start to close their doors.

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  • Chris Roberts Tourism Industry Aotearoa

    Radio NZ, 23 March 2020

    Comments on the latest covid-19 measures from Chris Roberts of Tourism Industry Aotearoa.

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  • Relief over more wage help, confusion over whether hotels are "essential"

    Stuff, 23 March 2020

    Before the latest Government relief package was released, the tourism industry had warned of economic carnage if further assistance to larger businesses was not provided within 48 hours.

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  • Help us within 48 hours or there will be "carnage" warn tourism leaders

    Stuff, 23 March 2020

    As major tourist attractions close their doors, the industry warns there will be economic "carnage" unless the Government provides more help in the next 48 hours.

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  • Coronavirus: Pandemic could see 100,000 tourism jobs lost - industry boss

    Newshub, 23 March 2020

    The tourism industry is bracing for potentially 100,000 job losses in the coming months, as the economic impact of the border shutdown and advice not to travel starts to bite.

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  • Business braced for mass layoffs

    Radio NZ, 23 March 2020

    Business leaders say they're bracing for mass layoffs this week and hope Cabinet will today sign off on a further package of support. Chris Roberts, Chief Executive of Tourism Industry Aotearoa.

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  • Bigger wages bailout needed as firms ‘hibernate’

    Newsroom, 22 March 2020

    A UK-style bailout is needed to prevent tens of thousands of people losing their jobs over the next three months, business advocates say.

    Read more
  • Coronavirus: Hospitality industry hurting as travel and pub restrictions kick in

    Stuff, 21 March 2020

    One of the jewels in New Zealand's tourism crown is hurting off the back of border closures and Saturday's new restrictions on pubs and restaurants.

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  • Coronavirus: Tourism industry 'moving towards complete devastation' after border closure

    Newshub, 20 March 2020

    New Zealand's $40 billion tourism industry is on the brink of collapse as the spread of coronavirus continues to send shockwaves around the world.

    Read more
  • Coronavirus-affected tourist businesses closing their doors

    NBR, 19 March 2020

    Operators are shutting down and laying off staff as they plead with the government for support.

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  • Coronavirus: Tourism operators face 'daunting' future with no bookings or income

    Stuff, 19 March 2020

    Businesses in Queenstown have started shutting up shop as tourist numbers plummet and revenues dry up.

    Read more
  • 1 NEWS Coronavirus Relief Package Special

    TVNZ, 17 March 2020

    We join Jack Tame in Wellington as the Government reveals details of its COVID-19 financial rescue package. TIA, Chris Roberts [From 45’48”].

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  • Tourism Industry Aotearoa reacts to economic package

    Radio NZ, 17 March 2020

    Chief Executive of Tourism Industry Aotearoa, Chris Roberts joins the discussion on the impact the economic package will have on the ailing tourism industry.

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  • Tourism Industry Aotearoa: What's missing in the Govt financial package

    New Zealand Herald, 17 March 2020

    The Government's relief package for business will come as immediate relief to tourism operators facing a devastating downturn but could go further, Tourism Industry Aotearoa says.

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  • COVID-19: Job losses in tourism and related sectors could reach 100,000 - Tourism Industry Aotearoa

    Newshub, 17 March 2020

    Most of the business community has welcomed the Government's COVID-19 package, but Tourism Industry Aotearoa says it will not save our big operators and job losses in the industry could reach 100,000.

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  • $8.7b business package ‘the beginning, not the end’

    Newsroom, 17 March 2020

    Business leaders are pleased with the $8.7 billion package announced by the Government today, but the boost may come too late for some.

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  • Tourism boss pleads for mental health support as industry buckles under coronavirus outbreak

    1Newsnow, 16 March 2020

    As the tourism industry buckles under the pressures of the coronavirus outbreak, one of the industry's leaders is pleading for the Government to include mental health in its upcoming support package.

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  • Covid-19: Tens of thousands of tourism jobs on the line

    Radio NZ, 16 March 2020

    The tourism industry is warning tens of thousands of jobs could be on the line over Covid-19. Tourism Industry Aotearoa's chief executive Chris Roberts speaks to Philippa Tolley.

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  • Grant Robertson on Covid-19 crisis and new border measures

    Radio NZ, 15 March 2020

    [00:05:05] ... tens of thousands of jobs on the line says Tourism [Industry] Aotearoa, $700m its operators won't see...

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  • Reality of coronavirus pandemic hits tourism sector

    NBR, 13 March 2020

    Auckland Airport and THL both revise their outlooks.

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  • Tourism industry urges govt to lift China travel ban

    Radio NZ, 12 March 2020

    US President Donald Trump has announced a 30-day ban on travel from Europe to the United States.

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  • Coronavirus: Ardern signals more travel limits into NZ

    Radio NZ, 12 March, 2020

    Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern is expecting the government will announce new border restrictions for people coming into New Zealand tomorrow, to counter the escalating global spread of Covid-19.

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  • Coronavirus: Jitters over long haul flights hit all major travel markets

    Stuff, 11 March 2020

    Travellers' jitters over contracting coronavirus​ are feeding cancellations from all New Zealand's major international visitor markets.

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  • NZ tourism industry feeling pain of Covid-19

    Radio NZ, 9 March 2020

    Some tourism businesses in New Zealand say they are losing tens of thousands of dollars due to cancellations.

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  • Coronavirus: Tourism Industry Aotearoa says hundreds of sector jobs have gone

    New Zealand Herald Premium, 8 March 2020

    Hundreds of part-time and casual tourism workers have been laid off and businesses are looking to cut permanent staff as the coronavirus hits, an industry group says.

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  • Coronavirus: tourism industry pushes for more NZ holidays

    New Zealand Herald, 2 March 2020

    As fears of coronavirus stymie international tourism, New Zealanders are being urged to take a 'staycation' to support our own tourism industry.

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  • New Zealand businesses, tourism market suffering from coronavirus outbreak

    Newshub, 25 February 2020

    The coronavirus outbreak in Asia is having a harsh effect on Kiwi businesses.

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  • Covid-19: Tourism industry wants travel ban lifted as soon as possible

    Radio NZ, 24 February 2020

    The tourism industry has held back from calling for an end to the ban on foreign travellers arriving from mainland China, saying it understands that people's safety must come first.

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  • Coronavirus travel ban to be reviewed today

    Radio NZ, 24 February 2020

    Cabinet ministers will decide this morning whether to extend the ban on foreign travellers arriving from mainland China - which is due to expire tonight.

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  • 'The Chinese have almost disappeared from Queenstown'

    Otago Daily Times, 21 February 2020

    A Queenstown businessman says he started the year believing the summer of 2020 would be the best ever for his business.

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  • 'Tinder for tourism' platform expanding to help build workforce

    Radio NZ, 19 February 2020

    It's been described as 'Tinder for tourism' - and Go with Tourism is already reporting hundreds of successful matches less than a year since its soft launch.

    Read more
  • Coronavirus: Tourism minister rejects Chinese ambassador's criticism of border closures

    Stuff, 18 February 2020

    Tourism Minister Kelvin Davis says China may be feeling "hurt", but border closures are necessary to protect the health of New Zealanders.

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  • Fears some small businesses could 'disappear' if coronavirus ban on Chinese tourists drags on

    1Newsnow, 18 February 2020

    Small businesses that service the tourism industry around the country are being hit hard in the pocket as the ban on Chinese nationals travelling here continues amid the coronavirus outbreak.

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  • Airbnb offers councils help in return for bed tax

    NBR, 17 February 2020

    The platform is proposing new rules for the peer-to-peer accommodation sector including a visitor levy.

    Read more
  • Coronavirus: Hundreds of tourism jobs lost and fears more at risk

    Stuff, 17 February 2020

    New Zealand border closures to halt the spread of the coronavirus have already led to hundreds of tourism job losses and more are feared.

    Read more
  • Coronavirus: NZ tourism reels from border closure and Chinese visitor drought

    Stuff, 16 February 2020

    New Zealand may be coronavirus-free but the tourism industry is feeling more than a little sick.

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  • Chief executive and top manager leave Queenstown tourism company Wayfare

    Stuff, 13 February 2020

    The chief executive of tourism heavyweight Wayfare is leaving the company shortly after a high-profile manager jumped ship.

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  • Accommodation providers in Auckland claim they are footing the city's tourism bill

    Newstalk ZB, 8 February 2020

    The High Court has allowed the council to proceed with its controversial bed tax, meaning it can now apply a tax to hotels, motels, serviced apartments and other accommodation providers like Airbnb if they are rented for more than 28 nights a year.

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  • Auckland hotel rate: Mayor Phil Goff's 'levy' survives High Court challenge

    Stuff, 7 February 2020

    Auckland Mayor Phil Goff has survived a legal challenge with the High Court rejecting a case claiming an additional $14 million rate on city hotels was unlawful.

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  • Help our local tourism operators get through the Coronavirus outbreak

    The Project, 5 February 2020

    #LocalsWeekend A side issue to Coronavirus is that our tourist sites could struggle with a drop in Chinese visitors.

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  • What impact will coronavirus have on New Zealand’s economy?

    The Spinoff, 4 February 2020

    As the world’s second-largest economy rushes to contain the deadly coronavirus which has killed more than 360 people, what effects will it have on some of New Zealand’s key industries?

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  • Virus effect no puzzle for business

    Otago Daily Times, 4 February 2020

    While Queenstown and Wanaka tourist organisations puzzle over the likely impact of the Government’s ban on Chinese tourists, Puzzling World, in Wanaka, is providing some strong clues.

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  • The impact of banning tourists from China

    Radio NZ, 3 February 2020

    Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced yesterday that MFAT has raised its travel advice to all New Zealanders for all of mainland China to the highest level - 'do not travel'. Chris Roberts, Chief Executive of the Tourism Industry Aotearoa discusses the implications of the ban.

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  • Close to $100 million hole in tourism earnings from Chinese travel ban

    Stuff, 3 February 2020

    Halting all Chinese visitors for two weeks to prevent spread of the coronavirus is calculated to leave a $940 million hole in our tourism earnings.

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  • Military base will house NZers evacuated from Wuhan

    Radio NZ, 3 February 2020

    A military training base in north Auckland is being turned into a quarantine centre for New Zealanders returning from Wuhan which is in lockdown because the Novel Coronavirus.
    [00:03:09] Tourism Industry Aotearoa [ TIA] Chief Executive Chris Roberts.

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  • Customs closes eGates as coronavirus travel ban kicks in

    NewstalkZB, 3 February 2020

    All travellers entering New Zealand will now be manually processed as eGates are closed by Customs.

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  • Coronavirus: NZ blocks China travellers today

    New Zealand Herald, 3 February 2020

    A military training base in north Auckland is being turned into a quarantine centre for New Zealanders returning from Wuhan, the epicentre of the novel coronavirus outbreak.

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