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Rotorua has won its bid to host the 18th International Congress on Photosynthesis Research in August 2020. The event will bring over 1,300 delegates to the city and contribute an estimated $3 million to the local economy.
The city was chosen over other potential locations in Europe and the USA, with the Rotorua Energy Events Centre’s lakefront location a major drawcard for the conference.
Destination Rotorua’s Craig Murray says that the hosts were also drawn to Rotorua’s reputation as a great conference city.
“Rotorua is a tourist destination in its own right and we presented a range of pre- and post-conference tours around New Zealand. This was another contributing factor in New Zealand’s selection as host nation,” he explained.News, Travel and Tourism News | Leave a reply
The finalists for this year’s New Zealand Tourism Awards have been chosen, with 28 different brands in the running for various honours across eight business categories and two individual categories.
With individuals and groups spanning the nation, and tourism operators varying from thermal pools and ski fields to hotels and theme parks, the awards represent some of the very best of the country’s offerings. Plus, the awards align with New Zealand’s goal of reaching a $41 billion tourism revenue target by 2025.
Finalists can look forward to September 29 when the winners will be announced during a dinner and ceremony in Auckland.Staff News, Travel and Tourism News | Tagged Air New Zealand, Tourism New Zealand | Leave a reply
The Conde Nast Traveler magazine has just released its annual list of the world’s friendliest cities, and New Zealand’s own Queenstown has come out in fourth place.
More than 128,000 people voted in this Readers’ Choice Award. Queenstown cracked the top five, while Auckland and Wellington also made it to the top 20, ranking 15th and 17th respectively. The three cities that beat Queenstown were (in order), Charleston in South Carolina in the USA, Sydney in Australia, and Dublin in Ireland.
Last year, Auckland managed to win sixth place, while no other New Zealand cities made the top 20.
Unfortunately for the United States, the entire top 10 of least friendly cities in the world were found there, with New Jersey’s Newark in the unwanted top spot.News, Travel and Tourism News | Tagged Queenstown | Leave a reply
‘The most reputable countries 2016’ report has ranked New Zealand in seventh place. The Reputation Institute takes 16 different factors into account when determining the placings, with the help of 48,000 voters.
Out of 55 countries ranked in the report, New Zealand took its spot in the top 10 for factors such as having friendly and welcoming citizens, being a safe place to visit, and having an appealing environment, amongst other things.
This marks the second year running that the country has held seventh place, after moving up from eighth place in 2014.
Sweden took the honour of the number one spot, and was followed by Canada, Switzerland, Australia, Norway, and Finland before New Zealand. Denmark, Ireland and The Netherlands rounded out the top 10.News, Travel and Tourism News | Tagged Tourism New Zealand | Leave a reply
Last year, Tourism New Zealand focused on attracting tourists during off-peak seasons between summer and winter. The organisation has announced that they are continuing this campaign.
The move is strategic on many levels, namely that it benefits all involved parties. For example, tourists benefit due to fewer crowds at popular attractions, vendors benefit from more stable incomes, and Kiwis enjoy a stronger economy for the greater revenues brought in by visitors.
With events, conferences, special-interest travel, and other strategies, Tourism NZ has improved international holiday visitor arrivals by 18.4 per cent for spring 2015 and autumn 2016. The group is also confident that they can continue to grow these numbers with further promotion and investment.News, Travel and Tourism News | Tagged Air New Zealand, Gisborne, Mt Cook, Nelson, Tourism New Zealand | Leave a reply
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The June visitor arrival numbers have just been released, and they’re showing a strong start to the winter season with an increase of 16.1 per cent for the year ending June.
Tourism New Zealand is celebrating this news as it follows the biggest summer for arrivals ever, as well as bumper shoulder seasons through spring and autumn.
To put the 16.1 per cent increase into perspective, Tourism New Zealand general manager for corporate affairs Deborah Gray explained just how many extra visitors that meant and how much they each spend on average.
“Putting this into actual numbers we welcomed 15,000 additional holiday visitors to the country in June which, at a current average spend of $3,500 per visitor equates to an incremental $53 million for the New Zealand economy in June.”News, Travel and Tourism News | Tagged Air New Zealand, Christchurch, India, Indonesia, Kaikoura, Otago, Tourism New Zealand | Leave a reply
Tourism Industry Aotearoa recently released a Local Government Manifesto calling on communities around the country to make the most of the endless tourism opportunities currently arising in New Zealand.
According to the Rotorua Lakes Council, the Rotorua district is on the right track. The region hosts major events such as the mountain biking mecca Crankworx and the Rotorua Half Ironman, as well as offering a number of natural attractions.
Jean-Paul Gaston, strategy and partnerships group manager for the council, said that investment in the industry was ongoing.
“Tourism is at the forefront of our thinking when it comes to future planning, economic strategies, improvements and new developments, events, assets and the planning and/or improvement of infrastructure,” he explained.News, Travel and Tourism News | Tagged Air New Zealand, India, Indonesia, Rotorua, Tourism New Zealand | Leave a reply
Kiwi Link India, an annual trade event organised by Tourism New Zealand, has just taken place in Mumbai (July 11-13). The purpose of the event is to create and strengthen tourism relationships between trade operators in New Zealand and overseas travel agents, planners and product managers.
Over 30 New Zealand tourism operators attended the event, and met with 80 Indian delegates over the weekend.
Tourism New Zealand chief executive, Kevin Bowler, explains why events such as this are so important.
“Having a well-informed travel trade is critical to converting interest into bookings. This event provides an ideal platform for us to strengthen relations with our stakeholders in the Indian travel trade, supporting their ability to sell travel to New Zealand, particularly during the shoulder seasons.”News, Travel and Tourism News | Tagged Air New Zealand, regional tourism, Tourism New Zealand, tourism spend | Leave a reply
Air New Zealand won both International Airline of the Year and Domestic Airline of the Year at the Roy Morgan Customer Satisfaction Awards 2016.
More than 13,000 New Zealanders gave their opinion on brands and companies, which led to 21 businesses being awarded on the night. Air New Zealand was the only company to win two titles, continuing “its streak as the top domestic airline”.
Carrie Hurihanganui, the general manager for customer experience at Air New Zealand, says it’s great to see the airline’s efforts are being recognised by its customers.
“We have been very focused on enhancing our customers’ journeys, including making substantial investments in new aircraft, new and refreshed lounges, and innovative technology,” she explained.News, Travel and Tourism News | Tagged Air New Zealand, Christchurch, Rotorua, Wellington | Leave a reply
New Zealand’s growing tourism industry has been making headlines for months, and May managed to top the charts again – records for both short-term visits and migration have once more been broken.
According to Statistics New Zealand, the overall annual migration to New Zealand rose to 68,400 in May – up from 57,800 a year earlier. The number of short-term visitor arrivals from overseas shot up to 3.29 million, which is 11 per cent more than the same time last year.
Further to this, the Treasury is expecting migration levels will reach their peak in June – at 70,700 – before returning to normal levels again in another three years.
Historically, Australia has been the number one country of origin for visitors to New Zealand, but recent figures have shown that 22,200 people came from China through May, compared to 20,200 Australians. This is only the second time China has managed to supersede Australia’s figures.News, Travel and Tourism News | Tagged Air New Zealand, New Zealand Tourism | Leave a reply