TIA Media

TIA Media Releases

  • Clear support among public for tourism

    21 Apr 2017

    The public is right behind the tourism industry with almost all New Zealanders agreeing that international tourism is good for the country, as shown by the latest research from Tourism New Zealand and Tourism Industry Aotearoa.

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  • New products set to wow at TRENZ 2017

    20 Apr 2017

    A world first extreme adventure activity, operators taking visitors off the beaten track and an upscale hotel returning to Christchurch are amongst the new tourism products that will be on show at TRENZ 2017.

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  • Social media connects with freedom campers

    19 Apr 2017

    A social media campaign targeting young freedom campers has been an outstanding success, attracting 2.4 million views over the summer.

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  • Major study identifies tourism infrastructure priorities

    12 Apr 2017

    More visitor accommodation is the highest priority infrastructure needed to support the future growth of New Zealand’s booming tourism industry, new research has found.

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  • Government right to rule out tourist tax

    3 April 2017

    The Government is right to rule out another ‘tourist tax’ charged at the border, recognising the billions of dollars international visitors already inject into the New Zealand economy, says Tourism Industry Aotearoa Chief Executive Chris Roberts.

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  • International tourism Buyers eager for TRENZ 2017

    30 March 2017

    New Zealand’s continuing popularity as a visitor destination is fuelling demand for international travel and tourism Buyers wanting to come to TRENZ 2017, our $35 billion tourism industry’s most important international business event.

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  • Auckland Council needs to accept facts and drop targeted rate proposal

    27 March 2017

    Auckland Council’s proposed $28 million targeted rate on commercial accommodation would have massive unintended consequences for the city and must be dropped, Tourism Industry Aotearoa says.

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  • Goal to grow high value China tourism

    27 Mar 2017

    The package of measures announced today to support tourism from China recognises the importance of this market for New Zealand’s tourism industry, and the need to keep evolving in order to get the best value from it, according to Tourism Industry Aotearoa.

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  • New trade focus to benefit tourism

    24 March 2017

    The Government’s new focus on services exports will benefit tourism – New Zealand’s largest export sector, Tourism Industry Aotearoa says.

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  • Fresh water vital to tourism industry growth

    23 Feb 2017

    The tourism industry is pleased that the Government has recognised fresh water’s value to the visitor economy, and is hopeful that this can be realised via its new water quality targets.

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  • Tourism industry aims to maintain record growth

    31 January 2017

    New Zealand was just 61 visitors away from reaching the milestone of 3.5 million international visitors for 2016, with those visitors making a vital contribution to New Zealand’s economy.

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  • Social media campaign reaches freedom campers

    20 Jan 2017

    A social media campaign targeting young freedom campers is proving highly successful in its first month.

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  • Social media targets young campers

    20 Dec 2016

    Young international visitors who like to free camp on their travels around New Zealand are being targeted with an informative social media campaign this summer to encourage them to behave responsibly.

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  • Big issues facing new Tourism Minister

    18 Dec 2016

    Tourism Industry Aotearoa looks forward to working with new Tourism Minister Paula Bennett and Associate Minister Nicky Wagner on some of the big issues facing the tourism industry.

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  • Support for tourism but some concerns

    9 Dec 2016

    New Zealanders generally feel positive about the fast-growing tourism industry, according to the latest research by Tourism Industry Aotearoa and Tourism New Zealand.

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  • PM raised profile of tourism in Govt

    5 Dec 2016

    Tourism Industry Aotearoa has paid tribute to Prime Minister John Key, saying he raised the profile of New Zealand’s biggest export sector across the Government.

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  • Convoy of rental vehicles to leave Kaikoura

    4 Dec 2016

    Efforts to remove well over 300 rental vehicles and tourist coaches from Kaikoura are due to begin tomorrow with a first convoy of 80 vehicles leaving the quake-hit town.

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  • Investment in tourism infrastructure crucial

    2 Dec 2016

    Ongoing investment in tourism infrastructure is crucial to the long-term sustainability of the industry and a coordinated national approach is needed, TIA says.

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  • Auckland visitor levy unfair & ill-conceived

    28 Nov 2016

    A proposed new visitor levy for Auckland unfairly targets accommodation providers and fails to take account of the economic benefits tourism brings, Tourism Industry Aotearoa says.

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  • New tool to grow domestic tourism

    22 Nov 2016

    An exciting new online tool and website to accelerate growth in New Zealand’s $20 billion domestic tourism sector, and encourage Kiwis travellers to visit more regions year round, went live today.

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  • Australian and New Zealand Tourism Industry Unite in Call to Scrap Holiday Tax Hike

    17 Nov 2016

    The peak tourism industry groups of Australia and New Zealand have united in slamming the Australian Government’s plan to increase the $1 billion holiday tax – the Passenger Movement Charge – to $60 per person and put the critical Trans-Tasman market at risk in a blatant cash grab.

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  • Business as usual for most of the country – post quake

    TIA & Hospitality New Zealand, 15 Nov 2016

    While some travellers have had their travel plans disrupted, most of the country is largely unaffected by yesterday’s earthquake and it’s important this message gets out, say the associations representing the tourism and hospitality industries.

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  • Tourism industry needs more investment

    9 Nov 2016

    Lincoln University Professor David Simmons wants more investment in strategic support for tourism as the industry continues to grow.

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  • South Island sweeps tourism academic scholarships

    9 Nov 2016

    Three young Kiwi students planning a career in tourism each got a $2500 financial boost today as the recipients of the 2017 Tourism Industry New Zealand Trust (TINZT) Academic Scholarships.

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  • Tourism turns spotlight on infrastructure needs

    9 Nov 2016

    From public toilets to port facilities, the infrastructure required to support New Zealand’s booming tourism industry was in the spotlight at today’s Tourism Summit Aotearoa.

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  • New tool to activate domestic tourism

    9 Nov 2016

    A new and innovative online tool has been developed to help New Zealand’s tourism industry maximise the value it gets out of domestic tourism and encourage Kiwi travellers to visit more regions year round.

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  • New Seller packages for TRENZ 2017

    28 Oct 2016

    New Zealand tourism operators wanting to sell their product internationally are invited to apply for TRENZ 2017, taking place in Auckland, 9-12 May.

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  • Massive tourism GST increase must be reinvested

    26 Oct 2016

    Tourism Industry Aotearoa is calling on the Government to reinvest some of the massive tax windfall it has received from the tourism boom to ensure the long-term sustainability of the industry.

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  • Who’s going to cook & serve your meal?

    18 Oct 2016

    The Government’s immigration changes have made it harder for hotels, restaurants and cafes around New Zealand to maintain a quality customer experience, warns the tourism industry.

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  • Unity on freedom camping approach

    18 Oct 2016

    The tourism industry, local government and other stakeholders have agreed a united approach to managing freedom camping this summer.

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  • Tourism Summit pushes the boundaries

    17 Oct 2016

    New Zealand’s tourism industry can learn from the successes and failures of Australia’s mining industry when it comes to retaining public support, according to a keynote speaker at next month’s annual TIA Tourism Summit Aotearoa.

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  • Clear vision for improving freshwater needed say tourism leaders

    13 Oct 2016

    Tourism industry leaders say New Zealand needs a clear vision and a long-term strategy for management of freshwater that reflects the values of New Zealanders.

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  • TIA welcomes pro-tourism mayors

    11 Oct 2016

    Tourism was a winner in Saturday’s local government elections, with two of the country’s top destinations voting in Mayors who intimately understand the value visitors offer their communities, says Tourism Industry Aotearoa Chief Executive Chris Roberts.

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  • Supreme Tourism Award winner rockets to success

    29 Sept 2016

    Rotorua Canopy Tours, a business that in just four years has visitors raving and nature flourishing, has beaten off stiff competition to win the tourism industry’s highest accolade, the Air New Zealand Supreme Tourism Award.

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  • Wellington winners at NZ Tourism Awards

    29 Sept 2016

    The tourism industry honoured George Hickton at its annual awards presentation this evening, recognising the man who drove the development of the globally successful and enduring 100% Pure New Zealand international marketing brand.

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  • Upper North Island winners at NZ Tourism Awards

    29 Sept 2016

    Businesses featuring ziplining, hobbit holes and the birthplace of the nation are amongst the upper North Island winners in this year’s New Zealand Tourism Awards, announced tonight.

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  • Tourism industry calls for debate on user charges to fund DOC

    22 Sept 2016

    It’s time for a national debate on charging for access to attractions on the conservation estate, according to Tourism Industry Aotearoa.

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  • Canterbury winners at NZ Tourism Awards

    29 Sept 2016

    A man who has helped transform Hanmer into a ‘spa town’ and an eco-tourism pioneer are the two Canterbury winners in this year’s New Zealand Tourism Awards, announced tonight.

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  • TIA elects new Chair

    9 Sept 2016

    Grant Webster, the Chief Executive of Tourism Holdings Ltd (thl), has been elected as the new Chair of Tourism Industry Aotearoa.

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  • Tourism growth under the spotlight

    8 Sept 2016

    With the visitor economy still enjoying double digit growth, industry leaders and stakeholders will discuss opportunities and challenges at the Tourism Summit Aotearoa in Wellington on 9 November.

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  • New tourism award – Kiwis can vote and win!

    6 Sept 2016

    An exciting new ‘People’s Choice Award’ gives Kiwis the opportunity to vote for their favourite New Zealand tourism experience and go in the draw to win a fantastic holiday prize.

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  • Easter trading law change boost for tourism

    26 Aug 2016

    The new Easter Sunday trading law will benefit both the tourism industry and local economies, Tourism Industry Aotearoa says.

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  • Hot pools to hobbits – Tourism Awards finalists named

    19 August 2016

    From hot pools to hobbits and hotels, the finalists in the 2016 New Zealand Tourism Awards are a shining example of why this industry is enjoying record growth.

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  • Tourism infrastructure fund to help communities

    18 Aug 2016

    Tourism Industry Aotearoa is encouraging communities to apply for a new Government tourism infrastructure fund.

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  • Tourism industry thanks TNZ Chief Executive

    9 August 2016

    Departing Tourism New Zealand Chief Executive Kevin Bowler has played a key role in the strong growth of New Zealand’s tourism industry, Tourism Industry Aotearoa says.

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  • Activating domestic tourism

    5 August 2016

    New Zealand tourism businesses and promotional agencies will soon have a new and innovative online tool to help them activate domestic tourism.

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  • TIA manifesto urges councils to grasp tourism opportunity

    11 July 2016

    TIA's Local Government Manifesto 2016 says communities across the country can reap even greater economic and social rewards from international and domestic visitors if councils grasp the opportunity.

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  • Tourism boom pays off for NZ hotels

    16 June 2016

    2015 was an exceptional year for New Zealand hotels which collectively recorded their best results in five years, according to new Tourism Industry Aotearoa research.

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  • Entries open for NZ Tourism Awards 2016

    15 June 2016

    Entries open today for the prestigious New Zealand Tourism Awards 2016, with competition expected to be fierce given the record results the industry is achieving.

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  • Discussing Tourism in the regions

    8 June 2016

    Tourism businesses around New Zealand are being invited to discuss the big challenges and opportunities facing them and their region at a series of events organised by Tourism Industry Aotearoa.

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  • Hotel Award winners outstanding performers

    3 June 2016

    Individuals working in hotels across the country were winners in the 2016 New Zealand Hotel Industry Awards, announced at a gala dinner in Auckland last evening (Thursday 2 June).

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  • NZ Hotel Conference – sold out!

    30 May 2016

    The 2016 New Zealand Hotel Industry Conference is sold out with almost 350 delegates signed up to attend the 2 June event at The Langham, Auckland.

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  • TIA dismayed at DOC funding cuts

    27 May 2016

    TIA is dismayed by a significant cut in Department of Conservation funding in yesterday’s Budget.

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  • RMA changes would support tourism boom

    26 May 2016

    Changes to the Resource Management Act must balance care for the environment with the pressing need for new infrastructure to cope with New Zealand’s tourism boom, TIA says.

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  • Hotel report highlights investment opportunities

    24 May 2016

    Tourism Industry Aotearoa (TIA) says a new regional hotel analysis released today by New Zealand Trade & Enterprise (NZTE) should help attract investment in the hotel sector.

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  • NZ Hotel Awards – finalists announced

    20 May 2016

    Top performing individuals in hotels around the country have been announced as finalists in the 2016 New Zealand Hotel Industry Awards.

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  • Tourism Infrastructure Fund a good start

    13 May 2016

    Tourism Industry Aotearoa (TIA), the peak body for the tourism industry is welcoming the government’s new commitment to support infrastructure development.

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  • Auckland to host tourism extravaganza in 2017

    13 May 2016

    TRENZ, New Zealand’s biggest annual international tourism showcase, will return to Auckland in 2017, Tourism Industry Aotearoa (TIA) announced today.

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  • TIA refreshes its identity

    13 May 2016

    Tourism Industry Aotearoa (TIA) has today been launched as the new identity for New Zealand’s peak tourism industry organisation.

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  • Building on tourism industry success sees growth framework update

    11 May 2016

    With New Zealand’s tourism industry enjoying record-breaking success, the industry-led growth framework has been reviewed and new priority actions identified.

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  • Earlier media releases

    To see copies of earlier TIA media releases email TIA Communications Manager Ann-Marie Johnson, ann-marie.johnson@tia.org.nz