ITC Industry News Bulletin #2Posted on 27/05/2015 by Jess O'Connor
Data released late last week shows yet another increase in visitor arrivals. Tourism New Zealand Chief Executive Kevin Bowler said these figures are encouraging and suggest that New Zealand’s peak season “is slowly extending later into the shoulder months”.
Last week the Government announced plans to introduce a border clearance levy. This will see travellers charged upon arrival into New Zealand, as well as upon departure. The TIA will submit formal feedback on the levy, as many tourism leaders have expressed concern.
New national tourism forecasts have been released, looking forward to the year 2021. Unsurprisingly, the forecasts are positive and the industry is poised for growth. International visitor expenditure alone is expected to increase 48.5% to 11.1 billion by 2021.
The Government will be investing in two major tourism ventures: the development of a new spa complex in Rotorua and a new aviation exhibition in Blenheim. Read more.
So many visitors come to NZ over summer that Tourism New Zealand’s marketing will now focus on the off-peak months. Read more.
The tourism industry is pleased that the updated plans for the SkyCity Convention Centre have been approved by the Government. Read more.
Internal Affairs Minister Peter Dunne has confirmed New Zealand passports will be valid for 10 years by the end of this year. Read more.
More people are choosing to travel by train in Auckland, with rail trips up 22 per cent from last year. All trains are expected to be electric by July. Read more.
New Zealand vineyards are being encouraged to market their products to Chinese customers. Read more.Posted in News | Tagged Auckland, Border Tax, New Zealand, News, SkyCity, Tourism, Travel | Leave a reply