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TIA Media Releases

  • Report on responsible camping recommendations

    15 Aug 2018

    The Government’s plans to manage responsible camping recognise there are no simple answers, and will build on work the industry has already undertaken, Tourism Industry Aotearoa says.

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  • Adventure park and sailing school win their share of domestic tourism

    3 Aug 2018

    A Nelson adventure park and a yacht charter and sailing school in the Bay of Islands have been announced as the winners of TIA’s DGiT Do It marketing grants, giving them the tools to reach out to more New Zealand holiday makers.

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  • Damning review reveals failures of International Visitor Survey

    31 July 2018

    The credibility of official government visitor statistics has been called into question by a damning review of the International Visitor Survey, and Tourism Industry Aotearoa says the results are deeply concerning.

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  • NZ Tourism Awards finalists revealed

    27 July 2018

    Thirty-two leading tourism operators and stakeholders from 26 organisations have been announced today as finalists in the 2018 New Zealand Tourism Awards - the $36 billion tourism industry’s most prestigious awards.

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  • Tourism industry calls for improvements in immigration performance

    23 July 2018

    Major improvements are needed in Immigration New Zealand’s fiscal and operational management to avoid future cost blow-outs, Tourism Industry Aotearoa says.

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  • Border levy must benefit visitors, tourism industry says

    20 July 2018

    The tourism industry is prepared to accept a new charge to be paid by international visitors but is insisting that it is used in a carefully targeted way to enhance their experience of New Zealand.

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  • Council targets Airbnb and misses the mark

    10 July 2018

    Auckland Council’s new ‘Airbnb rate’ falls dismally short of the mark and
    fails to reduce unfairness for traditional accommodation providers, says
    Tourism Industry Aotearoa.

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  • Hotel Awards highlight regional hotel excellence

    6 July 2018

    Operating far from the main centres has been no barrier for several winners in the 2018 New Zealand Hotel Industry Awards, announced on Thursday evening (5 July) at a gala dinner in Auckland.

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  • Long term plans recognise benefits of tourism

    3 July 2018

    Most local authorities are recognising the opportunities and benefits of tourism when making long term plans for their communities, says Tourism Industry Aotearoa.

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  • Tourism businesses support a border tax - with conditions

    30 June 2018

    A majority of tourism businesses are prepared to support a new border tax on international visitors, as long as it is spent where there is the greatest need, says Tourism Industry Aotearoa.

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  • Win a domestic tourism marketing grant with DGiT

    27 June 2018

    Entries are now open for the ‘DGiT Do It’ grant programme, which gives tourism operators the chance to win one of two $3000 (+GST) grants for a customised digital marketing campaign aimed at expanding their domestic market.

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  • Freshwater action needed ASAP, tourism industry says

    26 June 2018

    Freshwater is essential to the continuing success of New Zealand’s tourism industry so the Government must act on the recommendations of the Land & Water Forum as soon as possible, Tourism Industry Aotearoa says.

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  • New visitor tax must be spent wisely

    15 June 2018

    Ensuring the extra tax revenue to be collected from some international visitors is spent wisely will be the focus of the tourism industry, Tourism Industry Aotearoa says.

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  • Government earning $2.6 billion a year from international visitors

    11 June 2018

    A new Government-commissioned report shows that the Government enjoys a net benefit of more than $2.6 billion a year from international tourism, confirming that international visitors are more than paying their way.

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  • NZ Hotel Industry Awards - finalists announced

    5 June 2018

    The finalists have been announced for the 2018 New Zealand Hotel Industry Awards, with a new focus on the regions bringing out some strong competition from previously un-nominated areas.

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  • Industry supports Kiwi first concept

    5 June 2018

    Tourism Industry Aotearoa says giving Kiwis first shot at booking on some of the country’s most popular Great Walks is an idea worth exploring.

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  • Tourism industry keen to discuss visitor tax

    31 May 2018

    How and where any new tax on our international visitors will be spent are critical to tourism industry acceptance of the Government’s plans, Tourism Industry Aotearoa says.

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  • Budget 2018 not positive for tourism

    17 May 2018

    Cutting Tourism New Zealand’s funding is short-sighted and will end up costing the economy through lost export earnings, Tourism Industry Aotearoa says.

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  • Entries open for NZ Tourism Awards 2018

    8 May 2018

    Entries are open for the prestigious New Zealand Tourism Awards, and the competition is expected to be fierce as innovation abounds in New Zealand’s booming tourism industry.

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  • Tourism needs to tackle concerns about impact, says TIA

    8 May 2018

    The New Zealand tourism industry needs to focus more on sustainability, infrastructure investment and high-value visitors, Tourism Industry Aotearoa Chief Executive Chris Roberts told an audience of 100 media and tourism industry leaders in Dunedin today.

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  • Biggest tourism event of the year starts today – TRENZ 2018

    7 May 2018

    Around 1500 international and New Zealand delegates have arrived in Dunedin to attend TRENZ 2018 (7-10 May), the tourism industry’s annual showcase which is worth tens of millions of dollars to the country.

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  • TRENZ returning to Rotorua and Christchurch

    4 May 2018

    Tourism Industry Aotearoa has today announced that New Zealand tourism’s biggest annual trade show will be back in Rotorua next year, and will be held in Christchurch in 2020.

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  • Tourism industry enthusiastic about Waitaki plan to seek UNESCO status

    3 May 2018

    Tourism Industry Aotearoa is enthusiastically supporting Waitaki District Council’s proposal to seek UNESCO recognition for its heritage buildings and unique geological treasures.

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  • More focus needed on tourism in transport policy statement

    3 May 2018

    The Government needs to ensure the movement of domestic and international visitors is properly considered in its transport planning, Tourism Industry Aotearoa says.

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  • Discussing Tourism around the country

    2 May 2018

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

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  • Luxury travel insights on the TRENZ lunch menu

    2 May 2018

    New Zealand tourism operators attending TRENZ 2018 (7-10 May, Dunedin) will get invaluable insider insight into the minds of luxury American travellers and how to attract these high-value visitors.

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  • Kiwis see benefits of international tourism for NZ

    27 April 2018

    Following a record summer for international visitor arrivals, the majority of New Zealanders remain positive about the impact of tourism and overall sentiment has slightly improved, according to the latest Mood of the Nation research released today.

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  • Dunedin to host biggest TRENZ activity afternoon ever

    20 April 2018

    Dunedin will host hundreds of influential international tourism marketers next month as they are treated to an afternoon of exciting activities, ranging from an off-road Otago Peninsula wildlife safari to a tour of the Speight’s Brewery and high tea at Larnach Castle.

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  • Tourism industry calls Rotorua plan proactive and progressive

    20 April 2018

    Tourism Industry Aotearoa is backing Rotorua Lakes Council’s plan for a multimillion dollar redevelopment of the Rotorua lakefront which aims to put it on a par with other internationally-renowned waterfronts.

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  • Ruapehu long-term plan clear-sighted and sensible says tourism industry

    20 April 2018

    Tourism Industry Aotearoa is commending the Ruapehu District Council for its clear-sighted recognition of the current and future value of tourism to the region and for preparing for the growth opportunities that tourism offers.

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  • Tourism industry backs Christchurch plan to woo events

    19 April 2018

    Tourism Industry Aotearoa is calling on Christchurch City Council to boost funding for events in its 2018-2028 Draft Long-Term Plan.

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  • Tourism industry solution focused on freedom camping

    18 April 2018

    A new body to consider freedom camping must create a broad consensus on the solutions that will address community concerns, says Tourism Industry Aotearoa.

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  • 90-day trial & rest break proposals concern tourism industry

    17 April 2018

    Abolishing the 90-day trial period and stipulating specific times for rest breaks is impractical for tourism employers, Tourism Industry Aotearoa says.

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  • Hotel conference focusing on regional growth

    16 Apr 2018

    How to better share the benefits of New Zealand’s tourism boom with the regions will be a big focus of this year’s New Zealand Hotel Industry Conference.

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  • From Glampers to Steampunk – new products on show at TRENZ 2018

    6 April 2018

    A Steampunk museum, an innovative camping option, an adventure business founded to grow the confidence of urbanites in the outdoors, and an all-in-one 3D Trick Art Gallery are among the 49 new tourism products that will be on show at TRENZ 2018.

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  • Hotel sector gears up for big July – conference and awards

    5 April 2018

    The hotel sector is gearing up for a big July, with the annual New Zealand Hotel Industry Conference on in Auckland 4-5 July, culminating with a gala Awards dinner.

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  • Tourism industry backs sustainable employment

    29 March 2018

    Tourism operators need to embrace the increase in the minimum wage and strive to be employers of choice, says Tourism Industry Aotearoa Chief Executive Chris Roberts.

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  • Extended Auckland accommodation rate still unfair

    29 March 2018

    The new version of the targeted rate on accommodation providers proposed in the Auckland Council’s draft Long-Term Plan is still inefficient and ill-conceived, says Tourism Industry Aotearoa.

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  • New Auckland-Chicago air service a milestone for New Zealand tourism

    28 March 2018

    The first-ever direct airplane route from Auckland to Chicago announced today by Air New Zealand is a milestone for New Zealand tourism, according to Tourism Industry Aotearoa.

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  • TIA urges West Coast councils to reject plan to scrap local tourism organisation

    27 March 2018

    Tourism Industry Aotearoa is urging district councils on the West Coast of the South Island to reject a plan to wind up Tourism West Coast, the local regional tourism organisation, and transfer its responsibilities to Development West Coast, the area’s economic development agency.

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  • TRENZ 2018 lures travel buyers from all over the world

    26 March 2018

    Booming international interest in New Zealand is attracting more overseas travel marketers to TRENZ, the premier annual business event for New Zealand’s $36 billion tourism industry.

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  • Golden Bay tourism businesses urged to apply for relief fund

    15 March 2018

    Golden Bay tourism businesses are being encouraged to apply to the Government’s new relief fund for those adversely affected by the damage to Takaka Hill Road caused by Cyclone Gita.

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  • Freedom camping group welcomed

    8 March 2018

    The tourism industry is looking forward to being involved in the working group on freedom camping being set up by Tourism Minister Kelvin Davis.

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  • Travel tax reduction welcome but more consultation wanted

    2 Feb 2018

    A planned reduction in the travel tax, known as the Border Clearance Levy, is the right response given the surplus it has raised, the tourism industry says. However, the lack of consultation is concerning.

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  • Tourism business confidence strong

    30 Jan 2018

    Tourism business confidence levels are strong, with most operators expecting their business to improve this year, according to the latest State of the New Zealand Tourism Industry report.

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  • Tourism viewed positively by most

    18 Jan 2018

    New Zealanders agree that international tourism is good for the country and are evenly split on whether New Zealand is attracting too few or too many international visitors.

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  • Councils encouraged to apply for tourism infrastructure funding

    15 Dec 2017

    Today’s announcement of a $14.9 million Government investment in tourism infrastructure will help regions benefit from the growth in tourism, Tourism Industry Aotearoa says.

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  • Tourism celebrates SH1 reopening

    15 Dec 2017

    New Zealand’s tourism industry is celebrating today’s reopening of State Highway 1 north of Kaikōura as an important step in the region’s recovery.

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  • Tourism making immense contribution to NZ

    13 Dec 2017

    The tourism industry’s immense contribution to New Zealand is reflected in new economic statistics, Tourism Industry Aotearoa says.

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  • Tourism students given financial boost

    14 Nov 2017

    Three Kiwi school-leavers planning a career in tourism each got a $2500 financial boost today as the recipients of the 2018 Tourism Industry New Zealand Trust (TINZT) Academic Scholarships.

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  • Tourism industry aims for sustainability

    14 Nov 2017

    Tourism Industry Aotearoa has today launched the New Zealand Tourism Sustainability Commitment, establishing eight Goals for the tourism industry to attain by 2025. Individual businesses are being invited to adopt 14 Commitments designed to support the industry to reach the Goals. A new website www.sustainabletourism.nz has also been launched today.

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  • Generating knowledge to support sustainable tourism

    13 Nov 2017

    A framework to lead and manage the insight available to New Zealand tourism operators and support sustainable growth of the $35 billion industry was launched by Tourism Industry Aotearoa today.

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  • Tourism’s benefits for NZ can grow: TIA Brief to the new Tourism Minister

    10 Nov 2017

    The tourism industry is delivering enormous benefits to New Zealand that can be maximised if the new Government works in partnership with the private sector, Tourism Industry Aotearoa says.

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