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ITC Industry News Bulletin #54

Posted on 09/06/2016 by
In NZ tourism news this week, Wellington wins a bid for a major business conference and NZ golf wins big.

It’s winners all round in New Zealand tourism news this week: Wellington wins a bid for a major business conference and NZ golf wins big.

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Wellington by Rob Suisted

Wellington to host major business conference

More than 600 public management scholars will visit Wellington in 2019 as part of the XXII Annual Conference of the International Research Society for Public Management (IRSPM).

A conference of this size and importance is estimated to be worth $1.38 million for New Zealand’s economy.

Professor Brad Jackson is the Head of School of Government at Victoria University in Wellington, and is the man who made the bid for the city as the conference host. He said that “Tourism New Zealand and Business Events Wellington played a vital role in our successful bid to host in 2019”.

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Golf

New Zealand golfing gets major boost

The Royal Wellington Golf Club has just received word that it will be given $900,000 in funding to help host the Asia-Pacific Amateur Golf Championship in 2017. The announcement was made by Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce and Sport and Recreation Minister Jonathon Coleman.

“The Asia-Pacific Amateur Golf Championship is one of the leading amateur tournaments in the world and was established to promote the development of amateur golfers in the Asia-Pacific region,” Mr Joyce explained.

He went on to say that the tournament will be broadcast to at least 150 countries, bringing media and fans to New Zealand and showcasing the country and our fantastic courses.

As well as this, Tourism New Zealand has just launched its new online golf hub, which helps avid golfers plan their trip to and around the country.

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IN BRIEF

The countdown is on: One year until the Lions

The British and Irish Lions tour is coming back to New Zealand for a six-week series of rugby matches around the country, and it’s all happening one year from now. This tour only happens once every four years and rotates between Australia, South Africa, and New Zealand, and it’s expected that roughly 20,000 visitors from the UK will follow the team around the country. Read more

Long-haul competition may mean cheaper fights

Qatar Airways will begin flying the Auckland to Doha (Qatar) route in February 2017, which goes up against Emirates’ Auckland to Dubai route. In response, Emirates will soon use its super-jumbo A380 planes, which will offer more choice for flyers, and ultimately should create even better deals. Read more  

2016 Hotel Industry Awards a success

The annual Hotel Industry Awards were recently held to celebrate the best of the best in the industry throughout New Zealand. Seven awards were given to individuals for a variety of achievements, plus one award for ‘Environmental Initiative of the Year’ went to The Langham in Auckland as the only group prize. Read more  

Gisborne makes plans to boost business and tourism

An Urban Development Strategy that has already been adopted should see Gisborne become more social, active, and generally exciting. The design includes a ‘golden pathway’ that will feature the town’s history and heritage, and the overall strategy should encourage more visitors to consider Gisborne for a holiday destination. Read more  

Hotel chain opens upscale boutique offering in NZ

The Ascend Hotel Collection is an upscale accommodation brand that’s part of the Choice Hotels Asia-Pac family. The first Ascend Hotel has opened in New Zealand with Nugget Point Hotel in Queenstown at the base of Coronet Peak, where it offers 40 rooms rooms with beautiful views of the local mountains and the Shotover River. Read more  

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