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TIA in the News

TIA in the News

TIA works hard to raise public awareness about the value of tourism. We comment on a range of tourism issues in the media, to highlight matters of importance to our members, and to make sure tourism is better understood.

April 2014

Quality before quantity for tourism - Marlborough Express - 4th Apr 2014
Growing annual tourism revenues to NZ$41 Billion per annum is the aspirational goal of Tourism 2025 which was released last week by the Tourism Industry Association New Zealand (TIA).

$600m tourism splash for region - Northern Advocate, 3 Apr 2014
The gloves could come off in a battle of the bays contest after Tourism Bay of Plenty says it aims to knock Northland, and the Bay of Islands, off the list of New Zealand's top five destinations.

There'll be hotels - developer - Otago Daily Times - 1st Apr 2014
The private developer of Queenstown's second proposed convention centre, for Remarkables Park, in Frankton, says plenty of hotels and restaurants will surround the centre.

Hoteliers happy with bookings - Otago Daily Times - 1st Apr 2014
Queenstown hoteliers are ''fairly confident'' about bookings for winter 2014, after experiencing a record-breaking summer.

March 2014

Auckland Airport reveals 30 year plan - TVNZ - 29th Mar 2014
Auckland Airport's vision for the next 30 years features a single terminal, two runways and a railway station.

Chinese tourists key to target - Manawatu Standard - 24th Mar 2014
High-value Chinese tourists are central to the tourism industry's goal to reach $41 billion in revenue by 2025.

Hope Otago will benefit from boost - Otago Daily Times - 25th Mar 2014
A nationwide umbrella approach to boosting tourism will mean more money injected into Otago, industry leaders say.

Tourism industry sets out $41 billion goal – NZN, 24 Mar 2014
New Zealand's tourism industry will be focusing on quality over quantity as it attempts to grow by 70 per cent in the next decade.

New tourism strategy aims to add value in the sector – Radio NZ Morning Report, 24 Mar 2014
Today marks the beginning of a plan to try and almost double the amount of money the tourism industry contributes to the national economy by 2025.

Tourism chiefs hope for $41b revenue – NZ Herald, 22 Mar 2014
A decade ago tourism revenue was growing at around 6 per cent a year. Average spending per visitor was close to $3000 and international tourism topped dairy as our top export earner.

Growing the tourism dollar – TVNZ Q+A, 23 Mar 2014
Tourism Industry Association CEO Martin Snedden on how he intends to grow the tourism industry.

Hopes UK move will lift tourism - Otago Daily Times - 25th Mar 2014
The New Zealand tourism industry hopes the decision by the British Government to cut air passenger duty on long-haul flights will encourage more visitors from the United Kingdom.

Christchurch tourism declines $230m – The Press, 24 Mar 2014
Tourism expenditure in Christchurch in 2013 declined $230 million from where it was in 2010.

UK tax cut means cheaper flights to NZ - 3 News - 20th Mar 2014
A change in UK tax policy could mean cheaper flights from the UK to New Zealand.The UKcurrently has a tiered tax system on flights, with short-haul journeys taxed less than long-haul trips,...

Flights to the UK about to get cheaper – Radio NZ Morning Report, 21 Mar 2014
(audio link) The British government's decision to cut taxes on long-haul flights means it's going to get a little bit cheaper to fly from England to New Zealand.

Airport happy to discuss van fees - Manawatu Standard - 20th Mar 2014
Christchurch Airport is willing to talk with hotels over the hated high charges it places on visits by courtesy vehicles.

Adventure audit failure barely hitting resort - Otago Daily Times - 19th Mar 2014
A Queenstown tourism heavyweight says operators in the resort are unlikely to be widely affected by the stalling of Outdoors New Zealand (ONZ) audits.

Adventure tourism audit deadline may be extended – TV3, 18 Mar 2014
A deadline for adventure tourism operators to pass a safety audit may have to be extended, after the company doing the audits ran into financial difficulties.

Canterbury holiday parks 'most confident' - Christchurch Press - 10th Mar 2014
Canterbury has some of the country's most optimistic holiday parks with demand to stay a night or more from both international and domestic visitors.

Visa delays frustrate Queenstown bosses – Mountain Scene, 11 Mar 2014
Frustrated Queenstown hospitality and tourism bosses say work visa delays are crippling some businesses in the resort.

Adventure, outdoor tourism industry event - Otago Daily Times - 11th Mar 2014
Adventure and outdoor tourism operators are invited to attend the Great Adventure 2014 in Wellington on June 19 and 20.

Hotel demand, prices keep pace - Manawatu Standard - 5th Mar 2014
Christchurch now has some of the most expensive hotel rooms in the country. Tourists and visitors are paying a massive 67 per cent more for an overnight stay than they were before the...

Firmly on the map - Otago Daily Times - 1st Mar 2014
The Waitaki district is now firmly on the tourism map. Oamaru reporter Andrew Ashton asks Tourism Waitaki marketing manager Megan Howell why her staff no longer get asked ''Waitaki? Where's...

February 2014

From slush to plush again - Manawatu Standard - 22nd Feb 2014
Three years ago today Chateau on the Park general manager Rahul Rai watched as the liquefaction in his hotel office pushed out of the concrete floor.

Fake review offer spurs warning - Otago Daily Times - 18th Feb 2014
New Zealand tourism operators are being warned by the Tourism Industry Association (TIA) against a service offering to provide fake reviews to improve their TripAdvisor profiles.

Tourism recovers with gusto - Otago Daily Times - 18th Feb 2014
Queenstown tourism leaders have welcomed new official figures which show the total resort guest nights for year-end 2013 rose a significant 8.4% to 2,756,149.

Parking businesses around Chch Airport 'scared' - 3 News - 18th Feb 2014
Entry to the Christchurch Airport pick-up zone is crucial to Graeme Harris' business. He owns Airpark, a cheaper alternative to on-site airport parking.

Big weekend hailed a triumph for Auckland – NZ Herald, 17 Feb 2014
City leaders are breathing a sigh of relief after Auckland made it through what has been described as one of its "greatest weekends".

Waikato tourism slams scam as unethical - Waikato Times - 14th Feb 2014
Waikato tourism providers are shocked by the idea of buyable TripAdvisor reviews, slamming it as foolish and unethical.

Fake web review pitch riles owner – Marlborough Express, 14 Feb 2014
Businesses are being offered a fake Trip Advisor review service, where they can pay for positive ratings.

Tourism scam 'not worth the risk' – Sneddon – TV3, 14 Feb 2014
New Zealand's Tourism Industry Association (TIANZ) has a message for businesses that are offered fake tourism reviews for money: It's not worth the risk.

Scammers offer glowing Trip Advisor reviews for cash – TV3, 13 Feb 2014
The tourism industry is warning local operators against fake travel reviews that would improve their Trip Advisor profiles.

TripAdvisor reviews – RadioLive, 13 Feb 2014
(Audio link: click on Thursday, 7.30am; item starts at 13’30”) Concerns raised over fake TripAdvisor reviews.

Email offering fake TripAdvisor reviews circulates – NewstalkZB, 12 Feb 2014
Tourism operators are being warned against a service offering to provide fake reviews to improve their TripAdvisor profiles.

Tourism operators warned against buying fake reviews – NZ Herald, 13 Feb 2014
Tourism operators are being warned against buying fake reviews to improve their online profiles.

China flight 'timely' - Otago Daily Times - 11th Feb 2014
The inaugural charter flight by China Southern Airlines into Christchurch International Airport last week has been labelled a ''timely boost'' for South Island tourism and the wider economy...

Tourism chief to concentrate on cricket - Otago Daily Times - 11th Feb 2014
Tourism Industry Association chief executive Martin Snedden will step down from his role at the end of March and pick up the bat again for New Zealand Cricket.

Cricket World Cup visa move praised - Radio NZ, 8 Feb 2014
The tourism industry is praising the decision to allow overseas fans coming to next year's Cricket World Cup to travel between Australia and New Zealand on one visa.

Tourism groups: make trans-Tasman travel easier - 3 News, 8 Feb 2014
Tourism groups hope the Australian and New Zealand governments don't just have World Cup cricket fans on their mind when it comes to easing travel barriers.

Single visa needed for cricket fans to visit 2015 IOC World Cup - The Telegraph, 7 Feb 2014
AUSTRALIA stands to cash in from a flood of cricket World Cup tourists following a trans-Tasman agreement making it easier for visitors to attend the showpiece event, tourism figures say.

Visitor numbers rising – Southland Times, 5 Feb 2014
Resort business is a fickle beast but patchy weather has failed to dampen trade for hoteliers, pubs and many of Queenstown's core tourism activities.

Snedden leaving Tourism Assn – Radio NZ, 5 Feb 2014
Tourism Industry Association chief executive Martin Snedden is stepping down.

Snedden pulls stumps on Tourism Industry Association – Mountain Scene, 4 Feb 2014
High-profile Tourism Industry Association boss Martin Snedden is declaring his innings closed due to his renewed involvement in cricket circles.

Charter just 'first step' - Fairfax, 4 Feb 2014
A special China Southern Airlines charter flight into Christchurch yesterday came with Chinese representatives talking up the possibility of a permanent China-South Island service.

Direct flight from China part of plan - Otago Daily Times, 4 Feb 2014
Direct China to Christchurch flights will boost tourism in Otago, Tourism Dunedin chief executive Hamish Saxton says.

January 2014

Career 14: Cricket legend's brilliant career – NZ Herald, 31 Jan 2014
Most people offering career advice to young folk start off with platitudes such as 'work hard at school', 'focus on your studies', 'follow your heart'. Martin Snedden could only honestly say he lived by the final piece of advice in his early days.

More tourists but spending drops - New Zealand Herald - 31st Jan 2014
Tourists are arriving in record numbers but the high New Zealand dollar is crimping spending.Arrivals in December hit a monthly record of 364,200 and passed 2.

Local tourism shows regrowth - Christchurch Press - 28th Jan 2014
There are signs of green shoots in Canterbury's quake-hit tourism industry with smaller operators starting new businesses in and around Christchurch.

Strong NZ dollar having spin-off effect – Radio NZ, 27 Jan 2014
Two of the top earning sectors of the economy say the soaring New Zealand dollar will have some effect on business, but it should not be major.

Singapore-Auckland air expansion a boost for tourism - TVNZ - 17th Jan 2014
The tourism sector is welcoming the expansion of Singapore-Auckland air services.

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