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ITC Industry News Bulletin #64

Posted on 25/08/2016 by
In this week's New Zealand tourism news, visitor numbers continue to soar, the Tourism Awards finalists have been announced, and much more.

In this week’s New Zealand tourism news, visitor numbers continue to soar, finalists for the New Zealand Tourism Awards have been announced, and much more.

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2016 New Zealand Tourism Awards finalists announced 

The finalists for this year’s New Zealand Tourism Awards have been chosen, with 28 different brands in the running for various honours across eight business categories and two individual categories.

With individuals and groups spanning the nation, and tourism operators varying from thermal pools and ski fields to hotels and theme parks, the awards represent some of the very best of the country’s offerings. Plus, the awards align with New Zealand’s goal of reaching a $41 billion tourism revenue target by 2025.

Finalists can look forward to September 29 when the winners will be announced during a dinner and ceremony in Auckland.

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ITC Industry News Bulletin #61

Posted on 04/08/2016 by
In this week's tourism news, Tourism New Zealand aims to attract more visitors in the off-season, visitor numbers to Gisborne may be even higher than expected, and more.

In this week’s tourism news, Tourism New Zealand aims to attract more visitors in the off-season, visitor numbers to Gisborne may be even higher than expected, and more.

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Adventure Awaits

Off-peak arrivals remain a target for Tourism NZ

Last year, Tourism New Zealand focused on attracting tourists during off-peak seasons between summer and winter. The organisation has announced that they are continuing this campaign.

The move is strategic on many levels, namely that it benefits all involved parties. For example, tourists benefit due to fewer crowds at popular attractions, vendors benefit from more stable incomes, and Kiwis enjoy a stronger economy for the greater revenues brought in by visitors.

With events, conferences, special-interest travel, and other strategies, Tourism NZ has improved international holiday visitor arrivals by 18.4 per cent for spring 2015 and autumn 2016. The group is also confident that they can continue to grow these numbers with further promotion and investment.

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ITC Industry News Bulletin #60

Posted on 28/07/2016 by
In this week's industry news, Tourism New Zealand takes out a top PR award, June visitor arrivals are strong, Air New Zealand launches a new safety video, and more.

In this week’s industry news, Tourism New Zealand takes out a top PR award, June visitor arrivals are strong, Air New Zealand launches a new safety video, and more.

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June arrival numbers show great start to winter season

The June visitor arrival numbers have just been released, and they’re showing a strong start to the winter season with an increase of 16.1 per cent for the year ending June.

Tourism New Zealand is celebrating this news as it follows the biggest summer for arrivals ever, as well as bumper shoulder seasons through spring and autumn.

To put the 16.1 per cent increase into perspective, Tourism New Zealand general manager for corporate affairs Deborah Gray explained just how many extra visitors that meant and how much they each spend on average.

“Putting this into actual numbers we welcomed 15,000 additional holiday visitors to the country in June which, at a current average spend of $3,500 per visitor equates to an incremental $53 million for the New Zealand economy in June.”

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ITC Industry News Bulletin #59

Posted on 21/07/2016 by
In New Zealand tourism news this week, Rotorua looks set to meet its tourism targets, and India may be the next big market for international visitors.

In New Zealand tourism news this week, Rotorua looks set to meet its tourism targets, and India may be the next big market for international visitors.

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Rotorua on track to meet tourism targets

Tourism Industry Aotearoa recently released a Local Government Manifesto calling on communities around the country to make the most of the endless tourism opportunities currently arising in New Zealand.

According to the Rotorua Lakes Council, the Rotorua district is on the right track. The region hosts major events such as the mountain biking mecca Crankworx and the Rotorua Half Ironman, as well as offering a number of natural attractions.

Jean-Paul Gaston, strategy and partnerships group manager for the council, said that investment in the industry was ongoing.

“Tourism is at the forefront of our thinking when it comes to future planning, economic strategies, improvements and new developments, events, assets and the planning and/or improvement of infrastructure,” he explained.

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ITC Industry News Bulletin #58

Posted on 14/07/2016 by
In this week's news, Tourism New Zealand's annual trade event in India is a hit, travel spending is soaring throughout the country, and much more.

In this week’s news, Tourism New Zealand’s annual trade event in India is a hit, travel spending is soaring throughout the country, and much more.

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Kiwi Link India strengthens tourism relations in Mumbai 

Kiwi Link India, an annual trade event organised by Tourism New Zealand, has just taken place in Mumbai (July 11-13). The purpose of the event is to create and strengthen tourism relationships between trade operators in New Zealand and overseas travel agents, planners and product managers.

Over 30 New Zealand tourism operators attended the event, and met with 80 Indian delegates over the weekend.

Tourism New Zealand chief executive, Kevin Bowler, explains why events such as this are so important.

“Having a well-informed travel trade is critical to converting interest into bookings. This event provides an ideal platform for us to strengthen relations with our stakeholders in the Indian travel trade, supporting their ability to sell travel to New Zealand, particularly during the shoulder seasons.”

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ITC Industry News Bulletin #57

Posted on 07/07/2016 by
In this week's airline, travel and tourism news, Air New Zealand wins big, Wellington prepares for a tourism boom, and much more.

In this week’s airline, travel and tourism news, Air New Zealand wins big, Wellington prepares for a tourism boom, and much more.

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Air New Zealand wins International Airline of the Year award

Air New Zealand won both International Airline of the Year and Domestic Airline of the Year at the Roy Morgan Customer Satisfaction Awards 2016.

More than 13,000 New Zealanders gave their opinion on brands and companies, which led to 21 businesses being awarded on the night. Air New Zealand was the only company to win two titles, continuing “its streak as the top domestic airline”.

Carrie Hurihanganui, the general manager for customer experience at Air New Zealand, says it’s great to see the airline’s efforts are being recognised by its customers.

“We have been very focused on enhancing our customers’ journeys, including making substantial investments in new aircraft, new and refreshed lounges, and innovative technology,” she explained.

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ITC Industry News Bulletin #56

Posted on 23/06/2016 by
It's been a bumper week for New Zealand tourism news. Tourism figures continue to rise, Britons love our country, Dunedin prepares for a chocolate festival, and much more.

It’s been a bumper week for New Zealand tourism news. Tourism figures continue to rise, Britons love our country, Dunedin prepares for a chocolate festival, and much more.

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New Zealand’s tourism boom continues

New Zealand’s growing tourism industry has been making headlines for months, and May managed to top the charts again – records for both short-term visits and migration have once more been broken.

According to Statistics New Zealand, the overall annual migration to New Zealand rose to 68,400 in May – up from 57,800 a year earlier. The number of short-term visitor arrivals from overseas shot up to 3.29 million, which is 11 per cent more than the same time last year.

Further to this, the Treasury is expecting migration levels will reach their peak in June – at 70,700 – before returning to normal levels again in another three years.

Historically, Australia has been the number one country of origin for visitors to New Zealand, but recent figures have shown that 22,200 people came from China through May, compared to 20,200 Australians. This is only the second time China has managed to supersede Australia’s figures.

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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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ITC Industry News Bulletin #53

Posted on 02/06/2016 by
NZ tourism news

This week’s airline, travel and tourism news includes a fallout over budget cuts, changes to regional flight routes, funding for new attractions, and more.

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Down the Path by Darryl Ward

TIA ‘dismayed’ by funding cuts

The latest New Zealand budget has just been announced, and it includes a cut to the funding for the Department of Conservation (DOC). In the last budget, just over $378 million was set aside for DOC expenditures, while the 2016/17 plan has dropped to almost $345 million.

The TIA is ‘dismayed’ by this move, which sees funding drop by almost 10 per cent. Chief Executive Chris Roberts is concerned about how these cuts might impact the tourism sector.

“DOC has two core functions. The first is protecting our natural heritage – our indigenous species and the habitats and ecosystems that support them. The second is facilitating recreation and tourism, so that New Zealanders and our visitors are enriched by outdoor experiences,” he explained.

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ITC Industry News Bulletin #51

Posted on 19/05/2016 by
This week in NZ travel news, a prediction shows just how much tourism could grow, an exhibition moves to Christchurch, and the TIA gets a new name.

This week in NZ travel news, a prediction shows just how much tourism could grow, an exhibition moves to Christchurch, and the TIA gets a new name.

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Tourism set to rise in NZ

Tourism figures have recently hit all time highs around New Zealand – and these statistics are only set to climb further, according to Associate Tourism Minister Paula Bennett.

She says that expenditure could increase by as much as 65 per cent by 2022, bringing the annual revenue to $16 billion. Bennett made these statements during the TRENZ national event in Rotorua last week, as part of the New Zealand Tourism Forecast 2016-2022 report.

At this stage, Australia is the largest source of income for the industry, but the forecast predicts that China will overtake our Tasman neighbours within the next two years.

“I encourage the sector to make use of this information which is aimed at helping the industry plan and invest strategically,” she said.

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