ITC Industry News Bulletin #13Posted on 13/08/2015 by Jess O'Connor
New Zealand Rugby is building an interactive All Blacks attraction in Wynyard Quarter. Called ‘The All Blacks Experience’, this attraction will offer rugby-loving tourists the chance to learn more about how the sport is played in New Zealand, and is scheduled to open in 2017.
According to Steve Tew, New Zealand Rugby chief executive, this attraction fills a gap in the market and will draw substantial interest.
“Our research shows there is a real demand for an all-weather attraction like this on Auckland’s waterfront serving international and domestic visitors as well as Auckland locals,” Steve said.
“With tourism numbers growing rapidly, the business case stacks up strongly.”
The number of international students coming to study in New Zealand is growing steadily, according to new data released by Education New Zealand. The majority of students are coming from India and China (approximately 62% of students in 2014), however other markets are also growing.
“There has been significant growth from a number of emerging markets. Colombia, France, Chile and the Philippines are a few of the emerging markets that have experienced record level enrolments,” says Education New Zealand.
ICEF has published an in-depth analysis of the report – follow the link below to learn more.
The International Air Transport Association (IATA) continues to report international passenger growth. “June was another healthy month for air connectivity,” said IATA Director General and CEO Tony Tyler in a press release. Demand has increased by 5.7% from June 2014. Mr Tyler hopes these positive statistics will encourage governments to invest more in aviation and decrease high travel taxes and fees.
“Tourism is the lifeblood of many economies and much of it arrives by air,” My Tyler said.
He continued: “The peak travel season should serve as a reminder to all governments of the importance of aviation policies focused on enabling aviation to catalyze economic growth.”
“Here come the Men in Black…” This catchy tune is at the heart of Air New Zealand’s new safety video, featuring All Blacks Richie McCaw, Dan Carter, Kieran Read, Keven Mealamu, Sam Whitelock and Israel Dagg. The new video is catchy, clever and well worth a watch! Read more.
SKYCITY Auckland is set to receive approximately $24 million worth of improvements, including new chandeliers, bathrooms and a gourmet burger bar. Read more.
Tourism New Zealand picked up two prestigious awards at a Virtuoso Travel Week event in Las Vegas on Tuesday. They were voted as ‘Tourism Board of the Year 2015’ and ‘Most Engaged Tourism Board globally’. Congratulations Tourism New Zealand! Read more.
This is a feel-good story celebrating the revival of Christchurch’s cafes, bars and restaurants following the quakes. “It’s an exciting time to be in Christchurch,” writes The Press. Read more.
The NZ Herald has published an interview with Paul Anderson, the chief executive of NZSki, the company that owns the ski fields at Coronet Peak, the Remarkables and Mt Hutt. A great read if you’re interested in learning more about ski tourism. Read more.
Qantas has increased services between Brisbane and Christchurch and Brisbane and Wellington from December 3 to February 22. This move is hoped to increase tourism to the South Island over the busy summer period. Read more.Posted in News | Tagged Air New Zealand, All Blacks, Aviation, IATA, International Students, New Zealand, Qantas, SkyCity, Tourism News | Leave a reply