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ITC Industry News Bulletin #6

Posted on 25/06/2015 by
In this week's Industry News Bulletin, autumn arrivals continue to drive positive growth, Rotorua tourism industry sees unusually busy winter and Qatar Airlines is once again named Airline of the Year

In this week’s Industry News Bulletin, autumn arrivals continue to drive positive growth, Rotorua tourism industry sees unusually busy winter and Qatar Airlines is once again named Airline of the Year

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 Autumn arrivals continue to drive positive growth

2015 is shaping up to be an amazing year for the tourism industry, with Tourism New Zealand reporting ‘record-setting’ holiday arrivals in autumn. In May alone total holiday arrivals were up by 16.5 per cent. Tourism New Zealand chief executive Kevin Bowler said the latest data “brings us even closer to an annual arrivals figure of three million”. 

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Optimism dispels winter tourism chill

Off-peak season? What off-peak season? Many Rotorua tourism operators are experiencing an unusually busy winter period thanks to a number of events in the region, including the Blues Festival and Tough Guy and Gal Challenge. Skyline Rotorua Manager Bruce Thomasen told the Rotorua Daily Post that he is expecting a “good, solid winter”.

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IN BRIEF

 Reality star’s visit attracts massive following in China

Chinese celebrity Huang Lei’s upcoming visit to New Zealand has created a huge buzz on social media. Mr Lei posted an update on Weibo, a Chinese social media platform, which attracted nearly 600,000 likes. Read more.

Queenstown Airport international terminal’s $17 million expansion

 The countdown is on until the official opening of Queenstown Airport’s new international terminal (scheduled for Wednesday 1 July). The new facility is expected to help the airport keep up with its “huge year-on-year passenger growth”. Read more.

More Kiwis using Airbnb

 An increasing number of New Zealanders are using the popular crowdsourced accommodation platform, Airbnb – so much so that Airbnb is setting up an office in Auckland. Read more.

Qatar Airways voted world’s best airline

Qatar Airways has been voted the World’s Best Airline in a worldwide survey that polled approximately 18 million visitors. Read more.

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