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ITC Industry News Bulletin #55

Posted on 16/06/2016 by
In a busy week for New Zealand tourism, Air NZ is commended for environmental sustainability and Rotorua nabs its biggest ever international conference.

In a busy week for New Zealand tourism, Air NZ is commended for environmental sustainability and Rotorua nabs its biggest ever international conference.


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Air New Zealand wins top spot in Green Ribbon Awards

The Green Ribbon Awards are an annual event recognising efforts around New Zealand made to protect and enhance the country’s environment. Awards are given to communities, businesses, organisations and individuals alike, and this week Air New Zealand has been recognised as part of the Business Leadership category, winning the top place.

Judged on a range of factors including innovation, awareness, education, environmental benefits delivered, and results achieved, the company says that sustainability is a big part of how they do business.

“I am really proud of the work we are doing in this space and of the collective effort our people have made to embrace the programme and it’s fantastic to have these efforts recognised externally,” explained Christopher Luxon, Air New Zealand CEO.

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Rotorua wins bid for international conference

Just weeks after successfully hosting TRENZ, Rotorua has won another major conference bid. This time, the city will welcome roughly 2,000 international delegates for a world health promotion conference.

The International Union for Health Promotion and Education (IUHPE) has chosen Rotorua for the 2019 conference, which will add an estimated $4 million to the country’s economy, and will be the largest event the city has ever hosted. Additionally, the event will take place in the off-season in April, which supports Tourism New Zealand’s recent strategy of promoting visitor numbers throughout this time.

Craig Murray, Business Events Manager for Destination Rotorua said that the win is “testament to the quality convention infrastructure that Rotorua already has in place… This coupled with the region’s rich Maori culture, natural beauty and unique geothermal landscape makes for an extraordinary proposition for world-class business events.”

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New Disney movie films in New Zealand

Disney has just released a new trailer for one of its latest films, ‘Pete’s Dragon’, and it features New Zealand locations. Both Deer Park Heights (Queenstown) and Mt Victoria (Wellington) were used in the upcoming flick, further showcasing the country’s beauty and charm. Read more

New tourism scholarship available for Ngai Tahu students

Ngai Tahu Tourism has just announced that Ngai Tahu students working on a tourism qualification will soon be able to apply for a scholarship for their studies. The scholarship will cover study fees, and will include the chance for paid holiday work, according to Ngai Tahu Tourism Chief Executive Quinton Hall. Read more

Is Tekapo NZ’s most romantic location?

Tourism New Zealand has recently announced that the wild South Island location of Tekapo is the country’s top spot to fall in love. The small town beat out other beautiful spots including Rotorua and Milford Sound thanks to its remoteness, night sky and picturesque scenery. Read more

Whakaipo Lodge win’s top B&B award

In a country where B&Bs are world-class, it’s extremely hard to be the best, but Whakaipo Lodge in Lake Taupo has just won this prestigious title in the 2016 awards by Tourism Industry Aotearoa. Riverview Terrace, a five-star B&B in Wanaka, took out the spot for runner up. Read more

Tourism spending helps country’s deficit

For the first time in 12 years, the balance sheet for the service sector in New Zealand (which includes tourism) has surpassed the $1 billion mark, according to Statistics New Zealand. At $1.4 billion, it’s the largest surplus of all time and was driven by a $91 million increase in travel services. Read more

How long will NZ tourism benefit from the LoTR series?

The Lord of the Rings trilogy and Hobbit films have been a boon for New Zealand tourism, with 18 per cent of visitors stating that the Hobbit trilogy was a point of interest for their visit in 2015. Tourism New Zealand is confident that those numbers will only rise, as they have done for the past several years. Read more  

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