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ITC Industry News Bulletin #39

Posted on 25/02/2016 by
In this week's airline, travel and tourism news, Auckland Airport chief executive is confident about the future of NZ tourism, Air New Zealand reports profit increases and more.

In this week’s airline, travel and tourism news, Auckland Airport chief executive is confident about the future of NZ tourism, Air New Zealand reports profit increases and more.

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Auckland Airport boss confident NZ can sustain tourism growth

The chief executive of Auckland Airport, Andrew Littlewood, is full of optimism about the future of New Zealand tourism. He believes with the right approach, the country can achieve further growth – providing the country finds a way to adapt to the increasing number of visitors.

“There are plenty of opportunities for this country but we will have to be receptive,” Mr Littlewood said.

He compared New Zealand’s tourism industry to that of Ireland, a country similar in size but which welcomes a lot more visitors each year.

“Ireland, which is also a small country with 4.5 million people, has 8.6 million visitors a year and I don’t think the people of Ireland think those visitors are taking over the country,” he said.

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Air New Zealand profit soars

Does this headline look familiar? Air New Zealand’s profit is on the rise once again – a trend that looks to continue.

The airline has reported a 154 per cent increase in profit, bringing it to $338 million. Full-year pre-tax profit is expected to reach $800 million.

Chief executive Christopher Luxon said Air New Zealand customers will benefit from this growth.

“Looking forward, Air New Zealand’s growth strategy will continue to benefit customers, employees and shareholders,” Mr Luxon said.

“Our network will provide more frequency, more routes and competitive prices throughout New Zealand and the Pacific Rim, combined with modern aircraft offering better operating economics.”

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IN BRIEF

MBIE launches new tool for tourism data to help sector

The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) has launched a new tool called the New Zealand Tourism Dashboard. Described as a ‘one-stop shop for all information about tourism’, this interactive online tool is designed to provide people with relevant data about the sector. Read more.

New eco-business venture could be panacea for Kaikoura

Kaikoura is a town best known for whale watching and swimming with dolphins – which is fabulous, unless you suffer from seasickness. Now, EcoZip Adventures could be bringing a zipline to the area, something which would offer tourists a much-needed alternative to heading out on the water. Read more.

Canterbury tourism back to pre-earthquake levels, but city skipped

The Canterbury region is once again enjoying pre-earthquake visitor numbers, however many tourists seem to be skipping Christchurch city. Christchurch and Canterbury Tourism chief executive Tim Hunter is hopeful that a convention centre will boost numbers during the winter months. Read more.

Qantas to bring fast, free inflight wi-fi to Australian skies

From early next year Qantas flyers are set to enjoy wi-fi above the clouds, the airline reported earlier this week. “Bringing high-speed wi-fi to the domestic aviation market has been an ambition of ours for a long time and we now have access to the right technology to make it happen,” said Qantas CEO Alan Joyce. Read more.

Swelling numbers help lift Tourism Holdings profit

Campervan tourism in New Zealand seems to be booming, with Tourism Holdings reporting a 45 per cent first half profit increase. The company has also adjusted its profit forecast for the coming months. Read more.

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