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TIA News Releases

TIA News Releases

  • Growing value on Hotel Industry Conference agenda
    11 April 2014
    Delegates at the 2014 New Zealand Hotel Industry Conference will find out how the tourism industry’s new Tourism 2025 growth framework can help grow their business and how they can play their part.
  • Tourism industry leaders join TIA board
    2 April 2014
    Three of the tourism industry’s most senior executives are joining the board of the Tourism Industry Association New Zealand (TIA).
  • Better internet use improves tourism profitability
    31 March 2014
    Use of technology is a critical enabler to improve firm profitability and also enhance the visitor experience, according to Tourism Industry Association New Zealand (TIA) Policy and Research Manager Simon Wallace.
  • Tourism aims to earn $41 billion in 2025
    24 March 2014
    New Zealand’s tourism industry has today unveiled its goal to contribute $41 billion a year to the economy by 2025, up from $24 billion now.
  • UK Air Passenger Duty cut a boost for NZ tourism
    20 March 2014
    The tourism industry is welcoming the decision by the UK government to cut Air Passenger Duty (APD) on long-haul flights.
  • Come on a second Great Adventure
    6 March 2014
    Adventure and outdoor tourism operators are being invited to attend The Great Adventure 2014, taking place in Wellington on 19-20 June.
  • Warning against fake TripAdvisor reviews
    13 February 2014
    New Zealand tourism operators are being warned against a service offering to provide fake reviews to improve their TripAdvisor profiles.
  • Visitors The Winners With Single Cricket World Cup Visa
    7 February 2014
    Peak tourism industry groups in Australia and New Zealand have welcomed the news that cricket fans attending the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 will be granted entry into Australia and New Zealand with a single visa.
  • TIA CEO to step down at end March
    5 February 2014
    Tourism Industry Association New Zealand (TIA) CEO Martin Snedden will step down from the role at the end of March, Chairman Grant Lilly has announced.
  • New China air service boosts South Island tourism
    3 February 2014
    Today’s inaugural charter flight by China Southern Airlines into Christchurch Airport is a timely boost to South Island tourism and its value to the wider economy, the Tourism Industry Association New Zealand (TIA) says.
  • Air alliance signals tourism’s determination to grow value
    16 January 2014
    Today’s announcement that Singapore-Auckland air services are to be significantly expanded is another sign of the New Zealand’s tourism industry’s determination to grow its value to New Zealand’s economy, the Tourism Industry Association New Zealand says.
  • Date & venue announced for NZ Hotel Industry Conference 2014
    7 January 2014
    The only conference dedicated to New Zealand’s hotel sector will be held at the 5 star Pullman Auckland Hotel on Thursday 5 June 2014.
  • Tourism salutes two industry giants
    20 December 2013
    Two giants of the tourism industry are stepping down from their leading roles this month and will be missed, says the Tourism Industry Association New Zealand (TIA).
  • TIA welcomes the New Zealand Story
    6 November 2013
    The New Zealand Story is an exciting initiative that will help the country’s exporters tell a compelling, consistent story about New Zealand and help them gain a competitive advantage internationally, says the Tourism Industry Association New Zealand (TIA).
  • International showcase opportunity for NZ tourism operators
    29 October 2013
    Top New Zealand tourism operators are being invited to showcase their businesses at TRENZ 2014, New Zealand’s most important annual tourism business event.
  • Industry stalwart recognised with top tourism award
    2 October 2013
    A man who has consistently demonstrated leadership in New Zealand’s $23.4 billion tourism industry has been recognised for his significant contribution over more than 40 years.
  • Young event entrepreneur wins top tourism award
    2 October 2013
    Hamish Pinkham, the entrepreneur whose Gisborne Rhythm and Vines Festival was voted one of the best places in the world to celebrate New Year’s Eve, has won the 2013 PATA Young Tourism Leader Award.
  • Smart China deal for tourism businesses
    1 October 2013
    Chinese visitors will find it easier to spend their money in New Zealand as a result of a new partnership announced today between the Tourism Industry Association New Zealand (TIA) and Smartpay.
  • Tourism 2025 identifies opportunities for growth
    1 October 2013
    In a fast-changing global marketplace, New Zealand’s $23.4 billion tourism industry must be ready to evolve and adapt if it is to keep growing its value both to individual operators and to our economy, the Tourism Industry Association New Zealand says.
  • Wifi network a win for tourism
    27 September 2013
    The tourism industry will benefit from Telecom’s decision to rapidly expand and commercialise its national wifi network, the Tourism Industry Association New Zealand (TIA) says.
  • Great speaker line-up for 2013 TIA Summit
    12 September 2013
    A great line-up of stimulating speakers will share their vision for the future of New Zealand’s tourism industry at the 2013 TIA Summit.
  • Enter 2013 Tourism Industry Awards
    23 August 2013
    Do you know a rising star changing the future of New Zealand’s $23.4 billion tourism industry? Or a visionary leader who has made a significant contribution to the industry?
  • Tourism industry preparing for changing markets
    20 August 2013
    New forecasts show that tourism is on track to continue its position as one of New Zealand’s biggest export sectors, the Tourism Industry Association New Zealand (TIA) says.
  • Registrations open for landmark tourism event
    20 August 2013
    A bold plan to ignite growth and increase the economic returns from New Zealand’s $23.4 billion tourism industry will be launched at the 2013 TIA Summit, taking place in Wellington on 1 October.
  • Steady trading enjoyed by Central Park hoteliers
    16 July 2013
    Numerous events and a long hot summer meant Central Park hotels enjoyed increased occupancy and steady room rates compared to the same time last year.
  • Tourism industry innovation set to grow
    1 July 2013
    New Government investment in the tourism industry will help it seize international opportunities and grow its contribution to New Zealand’s economy, the Tourism Industry Association New Zealand (TIA) says.
  • Top senior hotel executive honoured
    31 May 2013
    For his efforts in undertaking a significant hotel rebrand and refurbishment in just under two years, Rydges Wellington General Manager Simon White has been named Lane Neave Lawyers Senior Hotel Executive of the Year 2013.
  • Outstanding young hotel executive named
    31 May 2013
    A rising star in New Zealand’s hotel industry has been named ServiceIQ Outstanding Young Hotel Executive of the Year.
  • Hotel’s environmental efforts win praise
    31 May 2013
    An independently owned and operated hotel that has gone to great lengths to improve its environmental performance has won the New Zealand hotel sector’s highest environmental accolade.
  • Rotorua hoteliers record strong first quarter
    23 May 2013
    Numerous events and a significant increase in Chinese visitors in the first quarter of 2013 meant Rotorua hotels enjoyed good gains in occupancy and room rate compared to the same time last year.
  • Steady trading enjoyed by Queenstown hoteliers
    16 May 2013
    Queenstown hotels enjoyed a year of steady trading in 2012 with domestic leisure, event and conference business returning to normal patterns following Rugby World Cup 2011 and the Christchurch earthquake which caused significant disruption to visitor flows around the South Island in 2011.
  • Steady trading enjoyed by Dunedin hoteliers
    15 May 2013
    Dunedin hotels enjoyed a year of steady trading in 2012 with domestic leisure, event and conference business returning to normal patterns following Rugby World Cup 2011.
  • Convention centre will benefit tourism & NZ economy
    13 May 2013
    The new international convention centre in Auckland will create substantial economic benefits for the whole country, the Tourism Industry Association New Zealand (TIA) says.
  • Christchurch hotels continue ‘new normal’ trade
    9 May 2013
    Christchurch hotels continued to trade steadily throughout 2012 in what has become the ‘new normal’ trading environment of high occupancy levels and solid rates driven by reduced room capacity.
  • West Coast tourism operators offered business insights
    7 May 2013
    About 40 West Coast tourism operators are gathering in Greymouth tomorrow to learn more about the trends impacting their businesses and New Zealand’s multi-billion dollar tourism industry.
  • Tourism industry improves adventure safety
    7 May 2013
    Significant advances have been made to improve safety in the adventure tourism sector since the tragic plane crash at Fox Glacier, according to the Tourism Industry Association New Zealand (TIA).
  • Business improvement a focus for The Great Adventure
    2 May 2013
    A one-day conference next week will offer adventure and outdoor tourism operators a rare opportunity to meet up and gather information to help them run successful businesses.
  • Tourism showcase to return to Auckland in 2014
    24 April 2013
    TRENZ, New Zealand’s biggest annual international tourism showcase, will return to Auckland in 2014, the Tourism Industry Association New Zealand (TIA) announced today.
  • Tourism industry applauds govt partnership plans
    21 April 2013
    New Government investment in the tourism industry will help it seize the international opportunities available to further grow one of New Zealand’s biggest export sectors, the Tourism Industry Association New Zealand (TIA) says.
  • Convention centres hot topic for NZ Hotel Industry Conference
    19 April 2013
    Convention centres and their importance as a key tourism driver will be a hot topic at the 2013 New Zealand Hotel Industry Conference.
  • Tourism showcase worth tens of millions of dollars to NZ
    18 April 2013
    Next week more than 1000 international and New Zealand delegates will jet into Auckland to attend TRENZ (21-24 April), the tourism industry’s annual showcase, worth tens of millions of dollars to the country and over $2.34m to the host region.
  • Tourism industry welcomes ‘Mondayisation’
    17 April 2013
    The passing of the Mondayisation legislation in Parliament tonight marks a successful outcome for tourism operators around the country, the Tourism Industry Association New Zealand (TIA) says.
  • Experts give insights into 'HOT' Asian markets
    12 April 2013
    New Zealand tourism operators attending TRENZ 2013 (21-24 April, Auckland) will have an opportunity to get insights from leading Chinese and South East Asian experts to help them win business in New Zealand’s 'HOT’(High Opportunity Target) markets.
  • Adventurous speaker line-up for conference
    11 April 2013
    Adventure tourism operators are an intrepid lot, but Jamie Fitzgerald’s CV is sure to impress even the biggest thrill-seekers.
  • Steady trading enjoyed by Nelson/Marlborough hoteliers
    11 April 2013
    Nelson and Marlborough hotels enjoyed a year of steady trading in 2012 with leisure and conference business returning to normal patterns after a difficult 2011.
  • China Market Review shows way forward for tourism
    10 April 2013
    The tourism industry wants to ensure Chinese visitors have a fantastic time in New Zealand and a new report provides a roadmap to support that aim, the Tourism Industry Association (TIA) says.
  • Auckland to host tourism activity extravaganza
    5 April 2013
    In the biggest event of its kind, Auckland is set to host more than 500 TRENZ delegates, including travel Buyers and media from New Zealand’s most important visitor markets, to an afternoon of Auckland activities.
  • Safety guidelines developed for adventure activities
    3 April 2013
    In a first for New Zealand, three popular adventure tourism activities – canyoning, caving and indoor rock-climbing – have comprehensive safety guidelines available for operators
  • Strong speaker line-up for NZ Hotel Industry Conference
    28 March 2013
    A great line-up of international and New Zealand keynote speakers will inform and entertain delegates at the 2013 New Zealand Hotel Industry Conference.
  • TRENZ – promoting ‘hot’ new tourism products to the world
    27 March 2013
    An illusion gallery, zipline tours high above the forest canopy and Christchurch hotels are amongst the new and innovative New Zealand tourism products that will be on show to the world’s travel and tourism Buyers at TRENZ 2013, Auckland 21-24 April.
  • Steady trading enjoyed by Auckland hoteliers
    26 March 2013
    Auckland hotels enjoyed a year of steady trading in 2012 with leisure, corporate and conference business returning to normal patterns following Rugby World Cup 2011.
  • Come on The Great Adventure
    25 March 2013
    The first-ever national conference for New Zealand’s adventure and outdoor tourism sector is being held in Wellington in May.
  • Steady trading enjoyed by Wellington hoteliers
    21 March 2013
    Wellington hotels enjoyed a year of steady trading in 2012 with corporate, government and conference business returning to normal patterns following Rugby World Cup 2011.
  • International media spotlight on destination NZ
    20 March 2013
    Around 26 of the world’s leading travel and tourism media will jet into Auckland next month to attend TRENZ 2013 (21-24 April), the $23.4 billion New Zealand tourism industry’s annual showcase event.
  • ‘Mondayise’ holidays to benefit New Zealand
    14 March 2013
    Providing a holiday on Monday when Waitangi Day and Anzac Day fall on a weekend will boost domestic tourism as more Kiwis take the opportunity to get away for a long weekend, says the Tourism Industry Association New Zealand (TIA).
  • Strong international interest in NZ tourism showcase
    7 March 2013
    Around 290 tourism and travel Buyers from 27 countries will attend TRENZ 2013, 21-24 April, between them generating hundreds of thousands of international visitors to New Zealand annually and tens of millions of dollars in new business.
  • Convention centre will bring economic benefits
    19 February 2013
    Development of a national convention centre will create substantial economic benefits, both for the tourism industry and the wider New Zealand economy, the Tourism Industry Association New Zealand (TIA) says.
  • Hotels enjoy strong January activity
    15 February 2013
    Fantastic summer weather has helped New Zealand’s hotel sector record some of the best results for five years, the Tourism Industry Association New Zealand (TIA) says.
  • China luxury award win a boon for NZ tourism industry
    30 January 2013
    New Zealand’s recognition as a luxury destination by Chinese travellers shows efforts to attract more affluent visitors from this market are starting to gain traction, says Martin Snedden, Tourism Industry Association New Zealand (TIA) Chief Executive.
  • Adventure tourism operators win ACC levy cuts
    24 January 2013
    A large number of adventure and outdoor tourism operators are looking forward to a reduction in their ACC levies following a review of their risk levels instigated by the Tourism Industry Association New Zealand (TIA).
  • Free WiFi helps promote NZ visitor experience
    21 December 2012
    Telecom’s trial of free WiFi at holiday hotspots around New Zealand is being welcomed by the Tourism Industry Association New Zealand (TIA).
  • Responsible camping work to continue over summer
    20 December 2012
    Tourism operators and communities around the country are being asked to help ensure freedom campers behave responsibly this summer.
  • New data shows tourism benefits to communities
    14 December 2012
    New information released yesterday will help highlight the value of the visitor industry to every community around the country, says TIA.
  • Kiwis ready to head away for summer break
    10 December 2012
    New Zealand’s holiday hotspots will be humming over the Christmas and New Year holiday period, according to the latest “AA Mood of the New Zealand Traveller” released by the Tourism Industry Association New Zealand (TIA) and conducted by Colmar Brunton.
  • New campervan research valuable to NZ
    7 December 2012
    New research into the contribution campervan tourism makes to New Zealand’s economy is a valuable addition to the industry’s knowledge base, Tourism Industry Association (TIA) Chief Executive Martin Snedden says.
  • Tourism operators welcome visitors back to Tongariro
    27 November 2012
    The Tongariro region has more to offer visitors than ever and local tourism operators are encouraging them to see what all the excitement is about.
  • 101 Must-Do’s boost vital domestic travel
    26 November 2012
    While New Zealand’s scenic wonders are winning international attention as the setting for The Hobbit, it’s great to see New Zealanders also appreciate their own country, Tourism Industry Association New Zealand (TIA) Chief Executive Martin Snedden says.
  • Forecasts predict solid growth but structural shift in tourism
    20 November 2012
    Tourism is set to recover from its current slowdown due to the continuing strength of Australia and a growing Chinese market, new forecasts released by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment predict.
  • China visa liberalisation important to growing tourism
    15 November 2012
    Progressive streamlining of Chinese visitor visa processes will be one important key to growing this increasingly significant visitor market, the Tourism Industry Association New Zealand (TIA) says.
  • Auckland set to dazzle international travel trade
    19 October 2012
    Influential international travel trade representatives and media are being invited to enjoy a new side of Auckland when they arrive to meet New Zealand’s top tourism operators next April.
  • Capital earthquake work vital for tourism
    17 October 2012
    Wellington will miss out on millions of dollars of convention and events business if the Shed 6 wharf isn’t earthquake strengthened so that the TSB Bank Arena and Shed 6 rebuild can proceed, says the Tourism Industry Association New Zealand (TIA).
  • Back to normal for hotels in September
    17 October 2012
    A year on from Rugby World Cup 2011, hoteliers are counting both gains and losses when they compare this September with the same period of 2011.
  • Adventure tourism forums highlight safety
    15 October 2012
    Adventure tourism and commercial outdoor operators are being offered support to ensure their visitor activities are as safe as possible before the peak season gets underway.
  • Film industry a valuable boost to tourism
    3 October 2012
    Films produced in New Zealand such as The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit are great for the country’s tourism industry, boost the entire economy and can leave a valuable legacy that lasts for years, says the Tourism Industry Association New Zealand (TIA).
  • Award recognises cruise leader’s contribution
    3 October 2012
    A man who has made a massive contribution to the growth of the cruise ship sector in New Zealand has been recognised by the tourism industry.
  • Young Canterbury entrepreneur wins Tourism Industry Award
    3 October 2012
    His refusal to be beaten by the Christchurch earthquakes and subsequent visitor downturn has contributed to a Canterbury tourism operator being awarded the 2012 PATA Young Tourism Entrepreneur Award.
  • Cruising to economic growth
    1 October 2012
    With the 2012-13 cruise season about to get underway, new figures reveal the sector is set to continue its run of very strong growth in New Zealand.
  • Mondayise holidays to boost tourism economy: TIA
    27 September 2012
    Providing a holiday on Monday when Waitangi Day and Anzac Day fall on a weekend will stimulate domestic tourism, the Tourism Industry Association New Zealand (TIA) says.
  • Airline announcement boost for tourism
    19 September 2012
    Travel by New Zealand’s two most important visitor markets – New Zealanders and Australians – will be boosted by today’s announcement that Jetstar is increasing its services, Tourism Industry Association New Zealand (TIA) Chief Executive Martin Snedden says.
  • Tourism’s rising stars named
    17 September 2012
    Three of the tourism industry’s rising stars have been named as finalists in the PATA Young Tourism Entrepreneur Award for 2012.
  • Events & festivals at risk under local govt bill
    14 September 2012
    Events and festivals enjoyed by thousands of residents and visitors could be at risk if proposed changes to local government law go ahead, the Tourism Industry Association New Zealand (TIA) is warning.
  • New ATEED tourism campaign shows leadership - Snedden
    3 September 2012
    A major new campaign to attract more Kiwi holidaymakers to Auckland and create more wealth for the city highlights the importance of domestic tourism to New Zealand, says Tourism Industry Association New Zealand (TIA) Chief Executive Martin Snedden.
  • Jet boat licences another boost for adventure tourism safety
    17 August 2012
    Today’s launch of the new mandatory driver licence for commercial jet boat drivers operating on rivers is a mark of the professionalism and maturity of the sector, says the Tourism Industry Association New Zealand Chief Executive Martin Snedden.
  • TRENZ 2012 grows NZ tourism industry
    14 August 2012
    Four intensive days of business interactions in May will earn as much as $149 million for New Zealand’s economy, the Tourism Industry Association New Zealand (TIA) says.
  • Tourism must ‘think different’, Snedden says
    9 August 2012
    New tourism chief Martin Snedden is encouraging industry players to “Think Different” and come up with new ways to grow the visitor economy and address long-standing challenges.
  • Cycle Trail, festivals at risk under local govt bill
    26 July 2012
    The Government’s flagship New Zealand Cycle Trail project is at risk if proposed changes to local government law go ahead, the Tourism Industry Association New Zealand (TIA) is warning.
  • Mondayise holidays to boost tourism economy: TIA
    24 July 2012
    The Tourism Industry Association New Zealand (TIA) is calling for cross-party support for Mondayising Waitangi Day and Anzac Day when they fall on weekends.
  • Tourism seeks new partnership with local govt
    16 July 2012
    It’s time for New Zealand’s multi-billion dollar visitor industry to “get its house in order” to achieve its potential, new Tourism Industry Association New Zealand (TIA) Chief Executive Martin Snedden says.
  • Changes needed to grow Asian tourism markets
    13 July 2012
    The greatest opportunities to grow New Zealand’s tourism industry lie in Asia but operators must adapt quickly to take full advantage, the Tourism Industry Association New Zealand (TIA) says.
  • TIA welcomes jet boat licence decision
    10 July 2012
    A new mandatory driver licence for commercial jet boat drivers operating on rivers has been welcomed by the Tourism Industry Association New Zealand (TIA), which says it will further strengthen the country’s world class adventure tourism sector.
  • Seeking inspirational tourism leaders
    5 July 2012
    One rising star and one leader who has made his or her mark on New Zealand’s multi-billion dollar tourism industry are being sought for two prestigious individual Tourism Industry Awards.
  • Experts move to stop rogue Tongariro visitors
    4 July 2012
    Efforts by local tourism operators to keep visitors undertaking the Tongariro Alpine Crossing safe are being undermined by a small number of individuals who ignore expert advice and potentially put their lives at risk.
  • Improving air links vital for tourism growth
    28 June 2012
    The Government’s new international air transport policy should focus on improving air links with Asia and the Pacific Rim as these are priority regions for both tourism and trade, says the Tourism Industry Association (TIA) New Zealand.
  • Tourism operators doing it for themselves
    21 June 2012
    Private sector tourism operators are taking increased responsibility for improving their business outlooks in the face of continuing challenges, a major new report by the Tourism Industry Association New Zealand (TIA) and Lincoln University shows.
  • Visitors vital to Christchurch recovery
    19 June 2012
    A vibrant tourism industry is vital to rebuilding Christchurch’s economy, the Tourism Industry Association New Zealand (TIA) says.
  • Proposed bed tax on visitors discriminatory
    13 June 2012
    The bed tax on visitors being proposed by Napier and Hastings mayors is a ‘lazy tax’ that will unfairly penalise travellers who stay in commercial accommodation such as hotels and motels, says the Tourism Industry Association New Zealand (TIA).
  • Tourism making huge contribution to NZ – Snedden
    12 June 2012
    Tourism is a strong, vibrant industry that will meet and overcome the short-term challenges it is currently facing, new Tourism Industry Association New Zealand (TIA) Chief Executive Martin Snedden says.
  • Hotel awards recognise exceptional earthquake efforts
    1 June 2012
    Outstanding efforts to care for distressed visitors to Christchurch in the aftermath of the city’s earthquakes have earned special acknowledgement for two hotel executives.
  • Outstanding contributions to hotel sector recognised
    1 June 2012
    Three leading New Zealand hotel executives have been honoured and the environmental efforts of a new Auckland hotel have been recognised at the New Zealand Hotel Industry Awards.
  • Tongariro Alpine Crossing safety enhanced
    30 May 2012
    The safety of people undertaking the Tongariro Alpine Crossing has been further strengthened following a meeting of local tourism operators and interested organisations.

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