ITC Industry News Bulletin #36Posted on 04/02/2016 by Jess O'Connor
From March 2, Emirates will offer a nonstop daily flight between Dubai and Auckland – a move Auckland Airport’s general manager Norris Carter believes will inject millions of dollars into the New Zealand economy.
“This new flight will help to significantly increase the number of people travelling between New Zealand and Europe, India and of course the Middle East. It will help to further stimulate travel, trade and tourism with these important and growing markets,” Mr Carter said in a press release.
He estimates the service will contribute “an additional $125 million every year to the New Zealand economy”.
The flight is expected to be one of the longest services on the market, taking approximately 17 hours and 15 minutes.
In 2015, the New Zealand tourism industry enjoyed 12 months of record growth, welcoming a total of 3.13 million international visitor arrivals.
Tourism New Zealand chief executive Kevin Bowler said this “is a really exciting time for the tourism industry with positive signals everywhere”.
Mr Bowler added that the increase in international visitor arrivals is expected to benefit many communities around New Zealand.
“The growth we are seeing now and predicting for the months ahead will provide significant benefit for many communities as tourism visitors and associated spend flows through local economies,” he said.
A new car parking building is currently under construction at Wellington Airport. The $70m project is expected to make parking at the airport easier and reduce the number of ‘freeloaders’ who park for free in neighbouring residential areas. Read more.
The world’s newest aircraft – the Airbus A350XWB – is set to touch down in New Zealand later this year. Cathay Pacific will use the aircraft on a Hong Kong to Auckland route. Read more.
On Friday 29 January, when many Aucklanders were preparing to celebrate the long anniversary weekend, Auckland Airport celebrated a special anniversary itself: 50 years since first opening. Read more.
Two long weekends in a row (Auckland Anniversary and Waitangi) have seen domestic tourists flock to Rotorua, which is enjoying a surge in visitor numbers. Local hotel owners told the Rotorua Daily Post that accommodation was already selling out for Waitangi weekend. Read more.
Cafes and restaurants in Christchurch will soon have the option to voluntarily make their outdoor dining areas smoke-free, as part of a six month campaign organised by ‘Smoke-free Christchurch’. Read more.
Tourism New Zealand has received a prestigious award for its 100% Middle-earth, 100% New Zealand campaign at the Asia Pacific Excellence Awards. Read more.Posted in News, Travel and Tourism News | Tagged Auckland Airport, Christchurch Tourism, Emirates, Rotorua Tourism, Tourism New Zealand, Wellington Airport |