Employer Toolkit

Tourism business tips

Tips and resources to help tourism operators succeed and thrive, including information on starting a business.

  • Make the most of new opportunities

    Strategies for small tourism businesses to improve their comparative advantage

    Ideas to help tourism SMEs improve their productivity so they can make the most of new opportunities.

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  • Shaping your business environment

    4 rules of engagement for achieving successful advocacy outcomes

    Managing both the amount of change and the rate of change is now a critical skill set required by people in business, writes TIA Chief Operating Officer Chris McGeown.

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  • Tourism 2025 - 3 years on

    5 tips to help SMEs take it on!

    TIA Chief Operating Officer Chris McGeown has 5 tips to help SMEs make a contribution to the tourism industry’s Tourism 2025 vision.

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  • Five tips to improve productivity & profitability

    Work smarter, not harder

    Roll your sleeves up and get stuck in! That’s a rather outdated management principle from years gone by. Tackling issues of productivity and profitability today is much more about working smarter, not harder.

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  • Five tips for busy operators

    Managing through the summer season

    TIA Chief Operating Officer Chris McGeown has 5 tips to help busy tourism operators 'see the wood from the trees' during the peak season.

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  • Is your business name available?

    One check

    This business.govt.nz search tool lets you check if your business name is available as a company name, a domain name and a trade mark with one search.

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  • Break even calculator

    Do the maths

    Use this tool to analyse your figures and find out how much you need to sell to break-even and meet your overheads.

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  • 9 steps to start a business

    A guide to starting a business

    If you’re new to being in business or self-employed, this business.govt.nz visual guide on this page will give you the complete picture of what's involved, from testing your idea to registering a trade mark — plus useful stats on small businesses in New Zealand.

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  • Business plan template

    A start up business plan

    Customise this www.business.govt.nz template to suit your business.

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  • Business idea action plan

    Do you have a commercial idea?

    This business.govt.nz business idea tool poses a series of questions to help you work out how to turn your idea into a business.

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  • Feasibility & risk checker

    Test whether your business idea is feasible

    Use feasibility tests to measure the financial risks of your business ideas before you commit to them.

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  • Financial viability action plan

    A template tool

    Find out how much money you'll need to get started and to keep the business running.

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