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  • America's Cup: The tricky question of what happens next if Team NZ wins

    Stuff, 28 February 2021

    Team New Zealand victories in the America’s Cup trigger a wave of national euphoria with street parades and gatherings, and if it secures a fourth win in March that’s unlikely to change.

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  • More people are travelling locally but not enough to the West Coast

    Stuff, 26 February 2021

    More people are travelling around New Zealand, a new survey shows, but not nearly enough to the glacier towns of the West Coast pleading for Government help to save them.

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  • Kiwis more satisfied with domestic tourism following COVID-19 lockdowns - report

    Newshub, 25 February 2021

    Tourism Industry Aotearoa's (TIA) latest survey found that in the second half of 2020, half of New Zealanders who travelled domestically for a holiday enjoyed their time off.

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  • Department of Conservation reveals new visitor strategy

    Radio NZ, 18 February 2021

    The Department of Conservation's new visitor strategy acknowledges more work needs to be done to manage iconic sites under pressure, but does not spell out what it will implement.

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  • Calls to recycle $15.7 million in aid declined by tourism operators

    Stuff, 12 February 2021

    The Government is under pressure to redistribute close to $16 million in aid refused by tourism operators.

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  • Tourism Industry unhappy after Minister's warning over 'hard conversations' -

    Newstalk ZB, 11 February 2021

    A slap in the face for tourism operators hoping for a Government lifeline.

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  • Tourism Minister: There's only so much taxpayer money for the industry

    Newstalk ZB, 11 February 2021

    The Tourism Minister says he recognises that tourism businesses need support, but there is only so much money that can go around.

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  • Francesca Rudkin: No end in sight for tourism industry woes

    Newstalk ZB, 7 February 2021

    I think we’ve all been patient and understanding about the complexities of the border, and that we need to be fluid to adapt to the global situation, but this isn’t a good sign for the tourism industry.

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  • Tourism industry seeks visa extensions for visitors spending $1m a day

    Stuff, 6 February 2021

    TIA chief executive Chris Roberts said previous data suggested that international visitors who stayed longer than three months typically spent $120 to $150 per day.

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  • Industry welcomes inquiry into Covid-19 tourism recovery fund

    Radio NZ, 5 February 2021

    Tourism Industry Aotearoa is welcoming an inquiry by the Auditor-General into a controversial tourism fund

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  • Auditor-general to carry out inquiry into controversial tourism funding

    Stuff, 5 February 2021

    The auditor-general has announced an inquiry into a controversial Government funding scheme to save “strategic” tourism businesses.

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  • April will be crunch time for the tourism industry

    Stuff, 29 January 2021

    April is predicted to be crunch time for increasingly desperate tourism businesses deprived of international visitors.

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  • COVID-19: How the world's media is reacting to New Zealand's new community cases

    Newshub, 28 January 2021

    New Zealand has detected two new cases of COVID-19 in the community - recent returnees who, as indicated by preliminary genomic sequencing, appear to have contracted the virus from a managed isolation facility.

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  • NZ tourism frets over Tasman bubble delays

    Australian Associated Press

    27 January 2021

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  • Potentially popped Australian bubble worries tourism industry

    Radio NZ, 28 January 2021

    The worst fears of tourism operators were confirmed when Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern pronounced New Zealand will remain closed off from most of the world for most of 2021.

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  • Agency ambitions spark tourism turf war

    Newsroom, 27 January 2021

    The tourism industry is chewing its fingernails over the hope of an Australian travel bubble.

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  • Long wait for trans-Tasman bubble just got even longer

    Newsroom, 27 January 2021

    The tourism industry isn't holding its breath for a trans-Tasman travel bubble being in place after Australia temporarily closed its borders to New Zealand.

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  • Covid-19: Government downplays suggestions of Australia bubble by March

    Radio NZ, 27 January 2021

    While the politicians squabble, the tourism industry is preparing for tough times. ... [00:01:59] Tourism Industry Aotearoa chief executive Chris Roberts says he fears a long term impact.

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  • Hotel invests in quest for 5 stars

    Otago Daily Times, 24 January 2021

    Dunedin’s oldest hotel continues to get a $10 million face-lift in a bid to get a 5-star rating as hotel room occupancy rates fall across the nation.

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  • Three struggling New Zealand towns to add to your to-visit list

    Stuff, 23 January 2021

    Kiwis have certainly been doing their duty since the nationwide lockdown ended in backing tourism operators in their backyard, but some regions are still doing it tough.

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  • Hotel invests in quest for 5 stars

    The Star, 21 January 2021

    Dunedin’s oldest hotel continues to get a $10million face-lift in a bid to get a 5-star rating as hotel room occupancy rates fall across the nation.

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  • NZ tourists can't make up for closed borders

    Radio NZ, 21 January 2021

    [00:00:00] WALLACE ... the 'Do Something New Zealand' campaign encouraged people to support the tourism sector. ... Despite a campaign encouraging New Zealanders to travel the country, they can't make up for a $6 billion dollar hole caused by the absence of international tourists this summer. ... [00:00:20] The Panel speaks to Tourism Industry Aotearoa chief executive Chris Roberts.

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  • The Panel with Tayyaba Khan and Gary Moore (Part 2)

    Radio NZ, 21 January 2021

    Despite a campaign encouraging New Zealanders to travel the country, they can't make up for a $6 billion dollar hole caused by the absence of international tourists this summer. ... The Panel speaks to Tourism Industry Aotearoa chief executive Chris Roberts [15:30].

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  • $6 billion hole left by international tourists this summer

    Radio NZ, 20 January 2021

    New Zealanders have heeded the message to get out and see their backyard, with holiday hotspots even busier than usual. But the tourism industry is still struggling to fill the six-billion-dollar hole left by international tourists... [00:00:31] Tourism New Zealand's video campaign asked New Zealanders to get out and do something new to support the country's struggling tourism industry... [00:01:45], [00:03:00] But Chris Roberts from Tourism Industry Aotearoa says not all regions are feeling the love.

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  • Plan B required as domestic tourism fails to soar

    National Business Review, 20 January 2021

    More work needed to prepare travel and tourism for its eventual rebirth.

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  • Week On Demand

    NewstalkZB, 19 January 2021

    Mike Hosking interview, Tuesday 7.15am..Tourism Industry Aotearoa boss Chris Roberts [0:30]

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  • Tourism businesses are shaking in their boots ahead of February and March

    NZCity, 19 January 2021

    With the holiday season coming to a close kiwi tourism businesses are preparing for a quiet season unlike any other.

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  • Resort hoteliers feel the pain

    Mountain Scene, 16 January 2021

    Queenstown hotel owners took a bath last year, with occupancy and revenue plunging as the closed borders ravaged the sector.

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  • Editorial: Older and richer? Now's the time to shine - and have a remarkable holiday

    New Zealand Herald Premium, 14 January 2021

    February and March are traditionally when overseas visitors turbo-charge the New Zealand tourism industry.

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  • Nightly News

    7 Tasmania, 12 January 2021

    The Tasmanian Government remains confident that flights will begin between Hobart and New Zealand in March and NZ’s peak tourism body is keen to see it happen. TIA Chief Executive, Chris Roberts … [1:35]

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  • Covid-19 coronavirus: Hotel revenue plunges by 40 per cent

    New Zealand Herald Premium, 12 January 2021

    Hotel room revenue has plunged by more than 40 per cent as room occupancy is half of what it was last year.

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  • Pandemic pain sees hotel room income fall 40 per cent

    Stuff, 11 January 2021

    Providing isolation services softened the pandemic's blow for some hotels but room income nationally still fell 40 per cent last year.

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  • Hotels nationwide still struggling in the wake of a disastrous 2020

    1Newsnow, 11 January 2021

    The hotel industry has suffered during the pandemic, with new figures released today revealing how dire Covid-19 has been on the industry - many fearing they won't survive.

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  • COVID-19: Hotel Data New Zealand study shows room income fell by 40 percent in 2020

    Newshub, 11 January 2021

    TIA Chief Executive Chris Roberts says the research includes data from hotels providing border isolation services, but the income from those services has only "softened" the impact of COVID-19.

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  • Loss of overseas visitors leaves tourism operators trying to fill multi-billion dollar hole

    Radio NZ, 22 December 2020

    Tourism operators are preparing for their first summer without international visitors in decades as borders remain closed.

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  • Tourism prepares for summer without international tourists

    Radio NZ, 22 December 2020

    Tourism operators are preparing for their first summer without international visitors in decades as borders remain closed. [03:40] Chris Roberts says….

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  • WorkSafe steps up checks on adventure tourism post-Whakaari

    Stuff, 19 December 2020

    WorkSafe hurriedly ramped up monitoring of adventure activities following last year’s Whakaari White Island disaster, but safety experts say there is still room for improvement.

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  • First review into adventure tourism sector released

    Radio NZ, 18 December 2020

    A tourism leader says WorkSafe has taken its eye off the ball by not providing enough oversight of the adventure activities sector.

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  • Tourism operators voice concern about bureaucracy post-industry review

    Radio NZ, 18 December 2020

    Tourism operators are worried they will be bogged down by bureaucracy following a review of adventure activities near natural hazards.

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  • Staggered school holidays proposal debated

    Radio NZ, 18 December 2020

    Tourism Industry Aotearoa chief executive Chris Roberts discusses a proposal to stagger school holidays, which has been rejected by the government as too disruptive for students' learning.

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  • ‘No vacancy’ at the inn (or motel, or holiday park, or backpackers’) this Christmas

    Newsroom, 16 December 2020

    Government agencies have booked out nearly all the country's motels to accommodate homeless families, paroled prison inmates, and to manage the isolation of returning Kiwis.

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  • Christmas holiday accommodation hard to find outside main cities

    Stuff, 16 December 2020

    You want somewhere to stay near the beach this summer? Buy a tent.

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  • Government officials 'don't understand' the importance of tourism to NZ

    Stuff, 16 December 2020

    A briefing paper recommending further direct funding to ailing tourism businesses be ruled out shows the industry's importance is not recognised, a tourism industry spokesman said.

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  • MBIE advises against continued broad stimulus for tourism sector

    NBR, 15 December 2020

    Officials warn hand-outs could "lessen or distort" tourism operator's incentive to change for the better.

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  • NZ agrees in principle to travel bubble with Australia

    ABc TV, 15 December 2020

    NZ agrees in principle to travel bubble with Australia. [48’15” until 58’30”] Chris Roberts ....

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  • Tourism industry hopeful after plans for trans-Tasman travel bubble announced

    Newshub, 15 December 2020

    There's been a boost in confidence for tourism operators, as Cabinet agrees in principle to establish a bubble with Australia in the first quarter of 2021.

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  • Tourism operators' confidence up with bubble news

    Radio NZ, 15 December 2020

    There's been a boost in confidence for tourism operators - with the Government announcing its support 'in principle' for a trans-Tasman travel bubble early next year. [02.20] Tourism Industry Aotearoa, Chris Roberts.....

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  • Travel bubble planned for next March

    Radio NZ, 14 December 2020

    The border between New Zealand and Australia and the Cook Islands is scheduled to re-open for travel in March next year.

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  • Government has no plans to issue vouchers for domestic travel, tourism minister says

    Stuff, 14 December 2020

    An international airline lobby group, which includes Air New Zealand as a member, is calling on governments to give their citizens vouchers to spend on travel as a way to boost domestic tourism.

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  • Let’s take this opportunity to reinvent tourism

    Newsroom, 13 December 2020

    Tourism is one of humankind’s great achievements in modern times. Yet the benefits it brings us often come with negative consequences. Profits for hosts and fulfilment for tourists, for example, can strain communities and degrade ecosystems.

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  • Adventure tourism regs under review again, what about WorkSafe's role?

    Stuff, 2 December 2020

    Adventure activity regulations may be tightened if a review prompted by the Whakaari White Island disaster finds any weaknesses.

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  • Whakaari: Tourism industry keeping close eye on govt review

    Radio NZ, 1 December 2020

    The tourism industry is warning that tightening rules around how to manage risks could hit the sector hard in the wake of the Whakaari/White Island eruption.

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  • Twelve-billion-dollar hole left in tourism industry after year without international travellers

    1Newsnow, 24 November 2020

    New numbers released today show locals can only prop things up for so long.

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  • Severe skills shortage threatens Northland's hospitality industry

    Northern Advocate Premium, 21 November 2020

    Northland restaurateurs fear their businesses won't survive without access to skilled workers as they struggle to recruit well-trained chefs and other hospitality staff.

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  • $500m travel voucher system could boost Covid-19 tracer app use

    Stuff, 20 November 2020

    Giving every Kiwi a $100 e-voucher to spend via the Covid-19 contact tracer app is being touted as a way to revive tourism and help prevent further lockdowns.

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  • Tackling freedom camping and toilets

    Radio NZ, 19 November 2020

    Chris Roberts from Tourism Industry Aotearoa is part of a Ministerial Group for Responsible Camping which has been working on solutions to the freedom camping problem.

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  • Disagreement over plan to attract high-value tourists

    Radio NZ, 19 November 2020

    RNZ's text line lit up yesterday after new Tourism Minister Stuart Nash told Morning Report that he wanted to ban tourists hiring vans without toilets. ... A 35 dollar international visitor conservation and tourism levy... ... [00:02:55] The head of the tourism industry body [ Tourism Industry Aotearoa] Chris Roberts says backpackers are also important because they actually fill critical roles...

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  • Proposed ban on non-self-contained vans continues to drive mixed response

    Radio NZ, 19 November 2020

    Some New Zealanders want tighter regulations on freedom camping, while others point to the benefits backpackers bring after the Minister of Tourism touted a ban on tourists hiring vans without toilets.

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  • Hospitality industry desperate for staff despite rising unemployment, particularly among women

    Newshub, 18 November 2020

    The hospitality industry is in dire need of skilled workers despite rising job losses due to COVID-19 - especially among women.

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  • Tourism minister to ban tourist vans that are not self-contained

    Radio NZ, 18 November 2020

    Tourism Minister Stuart Nash says he will ban hiring vans that are not self-contained to tourists, as he urges a focus on attracting high-spending visitors.

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  • Rotorua tourism operator says 'high-value' focus should mean more than just prioritising wealthy visitors

    1Newsnow, 18 November 2020

    The tourism industry is welcoming the newly appointed minister's vision for the sector, which focuses on attracting "high-value" tourists, but one Rotorua tourism operator says it should mean more than prioritising wealthy visitors.

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  • Government looks to minimise costs of tourism to New Zealanders

    Radio NZ, 17 November 2020

    The new Tourism Minister has announced New Zealanders will no longer subsidise international visitors to the extent they have in the past.

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  • Covid 19 coronavirus: Tourism Minister Stuart Nash's blunt message to tourism sector: target rich tourists

    New Zealand Herald, 17 November 2020

    New Tourism Minister Stuart Nash has delivered a blunt message to tourism operators, saying there will be no return to a pre-Covid "business as usual" - and proposing a "reset" targeting wealthy tourists rather than freedom campers and backpackers.

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  • Tourism industry in talks on rebuilding from Covid impact

    Radio NZ, 17 November 2020

    The tourism industry is facing a multi-billion dollar loss of revenue after borders closed and international travel screeched to a halt.

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  • Tourism industry meets to discuss rebuild

    Radio NZ, 17 November 2020

    The tourism industry is facing a multi-billion dollar loss of revenue after borders closed and international travel screeched to a halt. ... Tourism reporter Tess Brunton has more. ... [00:02:57] Last year Tourism Industry Aotearoa's chief executive Chris Roberts was facing vastly different challenges.

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  • COVID-19: Travel Card proposal to be floated at Tourism Summit Aotearoa - TIA

    Newshub, 17 November 2020

    Every Kiwi should be issued a $200 domestic Travel Card to give a welcome boost to New Zealand's decimated tourism industry, Tourism Industry Aotearoa (TIA) has argued, as the sector continues to struggle with the impacts of the ongoing pandemic.

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  • Tourism minister says low-spending international visitors are out

    Stuff, 17 November 2020

    New Tourism Minister Stuart Nash says the industry tourism will never return to how it was before the dramatic impact of Covid-19.

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  • Tourism Industry Aotearoa survey finds labour shortage a problem, reopening border a priority

    New Zealand Herald Premium, 17 November 2020

    Tourism businesses shed thousands of staff when Covid-19 hit but now face a new problem - not enough workers.

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  • New Tourism Minister, same script

    NBR, 17 November 2020

    Sector has seen $6b in year-on-year losses and is on track for that to reach $10b by year end.

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  • Tourism industry hails new minister Nash's stance

    Radio NZ, 17 November 2020

    The tourism industry is welcoming its new minister's plans to ensure ratepayers and taxpayers are not footing the bill left behind by international visitors.

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  • Tourism Minister Stuart Nash tells Tourism Industry Aotearoa summit industry can't go back to pre-Covid

    New Zealand Herald, 17 November 2020

    New Tourism Minister Stuart Nash says there is no going back to how the industry was pre-Covid.

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  • Tourism Minister's blunt message to tourism sector: target rich tourists

    Newstalk ZB, 17 November 2020

    New Tourism Minister Stuart Nash has delivered a blunt message to tourism operators, saying there will be no return to a pre-Covid "business as usual" - and proposing a "reset" targeting wealthy tourists rather than freedom campers and backpackers.

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  • Tourism Minister calls for high value tourism in NZ post-Covid

    Radio NZ, 17 November 2020

    [00:00:00] The new Tourism Minister has told the industry to attract wealthy, high value tourists as soon as the borders reopen. ... Stuart Nash told the Tourism Industry Summit he wants to drive a transition away from low spending, high cost tourists. Tourism reporter Tess Brunton is at the summit and filed this report. ... [00:01:32] TESS [New Zealand] Tourism Futures Taskforce co-chair Steve Chadiwck started her speech with congratulations...

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  • Fears tourism training cuts will worsen staffing shortages

    Stuff, 7 November 2020

    Proposals to cut spending on tourism training by up to 30 per cent could worsen a growing staff shortage as the industry ramps back up.

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  • Business Insider: Look in the mirror for wage subsidy guidance, Robertson say

    New Zealand Herald Premium, 7 November 2020

    Finance Minister Grant Robertson to date hasn't exactly been hard-nosed on the issue of companies paying back the wage subsidy should their financial position warrant it.

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  • High expectations and big challenges for Labour's newly-named Cabinet

    1Newsnow, 3 November 2020

    The newly-named Labour ministers have barely had time to get their feet under their desk, and they won't be sworn in until Friday, but there’s already high expectations riding on their performance.

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  • Tourism industry welcomes new Tourism Minister Stuart Nash

    Stuff, 2 November 2020

    The tourism industry has welcomed Stuart Nash’s appointment as Tourism Minister, but he will have his work cut out for him as the sector struggles with prolonged border closures.

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  • Tourism industry welcomes new minister to the role

    Radio NZ, 2 November 2020

    Incoming Tourism Minister Stuart Nash has a huge opportunity to do something 'very special' with the sector, Tourism Industry Aotearoa says.

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  • Not just Queenstown, Auckland tourism operators hurting from closed borders too

    New Zealand Herald Premium, 28 October 2020

    A small Auckland tour operator that is trading at just 5 per cent of what it normally would says tourism in the country's most populous city is "decimated".

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  • $200 domestic travel card proposed to boost tourism industry

    Newstalk ZB, 20 October 2020

    A $200 travel card for every Kiwi would help activities and amenities.

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  • Tourism wants $200 travel card and long-term plan from the Government

    Stuff, 19 October 2020

    The tourism industry is calling on the Government to come up with a plan to reopen the borders and to issue every New Zealander with a $200 domestic travel card.

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  • Thousands of jobs go begging because unemployed Kiwis won't take them

    Stuff, 17 October 2020

    Employers are desperate to fill 8000 summer jobs in Otago – and they’re finding it nearly impossible to attract Kiwi applicants.

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  • Election 2020: Tourism industry's lifeline hopes from next government

    New Zealand Herald Premium, 16 October 2020

    If there is one industry really looking to the next government for a lifeline, it is tourism.

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  • Polytech offered no guarantees on staffing

    Otago Daily Times, 16 October 2020

    Te Pukenga — New Zealand Institute of Skills and Technology (NZIST) is taking over 16 of the country’s technology institutes and polytechnics and the inaugural chief executive, Stephen Town, told Dunedin’s polytechnic staff yesterday they could expect to see the operating "shape" of the institute in July.

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  • Jacinda Ardern, feted as ‘the anti-Trump,’ is poised to win New Zealand election

    The Washington Post, 12 October 2020

    CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand — No leader of New Zealand has possessed a profile like Jacinda Ardern's. Her image has been projected onto the world's tallest building, made the cover of Time magazine and reached an audience that far exceeds her country's modest population.

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  • National's money-go-round to save 'every tourism job' will take five years

    Stuff, 10 October 2020

    ANALYSIS: National’s tourism spokesman Todd McClay has admitted his bold target of saving “every tourism job” could well take five years.

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  • Slight easing of Covid-19 restrictions good news for churches, events and struggling tourism industry

    1Newsnow, 21 September 2020

    Auckland will move to Alert Level 2 just before midnight on Wednesday, September 23.

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  • Tourism industry, churches among those celebrating slight easing of Auckland's Covid-19 restrictions

    1Newsnow, 21 September 2020

    As Aucklanders eye a move to Covid-19 Alert Level 2 on Wednesday evening, those impacted by Level 2.5 restrictions have cause for celebration, including the region’s local businesses and churches.

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  • Major hotel chains ditch Tourism Industry Aotearoa, set up own council

    Bay of Plenty Times Premium, 19 September 2020

    Five of the country's largest hotel chains have rescinded their membership with Tourism Industry Aotearoa in favour of a new hotel council dedicated solely to servicing the industry's needs.

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  • Coronavirus: Tourism operators keep heads above water through second Covid-19 wave, but hope of trans-Tasman bubble fades

    Stuff, 19 September 2020

    While the future of the international tourism market remains shrouded in uncertainties amid the Covid-19 pandemic, the domestic market is still ticking along.

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  • Impact of strict border controls 'indefinitely' considered by Treasury

    Stuff, 18 September 2020

    In its pre-election opening of the Government books, Treasury’s main forecast is based on the assumption border restrictions will be gone by the start of 2022, but it also considered a much gloomier scenario.

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  • Furious tourism operators demand change over unfair funding shambles

    Puna/Stuff, 17 Mahuru 2020

    Tourism operators say it's not too late to right the wrongs of a poorly thought out rescue package that was patently unfair.

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  • Tourism operators who missed out on funding call for review

    Radio NZ, 16 Mahuru 2020

    Tourism operators want a review of a controversial government fund that new papers show was nearly scrapped before it got off the ground.

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  • Documents reveal problems with tourism 'strategic asset' funding

    Radio NZ, 16 Mahuru 2020

    Tourism operators are demanding a review into the controversial government fund that new papers show was nearly scrapped before it got off the ground. TIA [03.20] Tourism Industry Aotearoa chief executive Chris Roberts....

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  • Lifeline or lottery? Questions of fairness over $400m tourism rescue scheme

    Puna/Stuff, 13 Mahuru 2020

    A small family tourism venture in the tiny Central Otago town of Makarora is celebrating $1 million of Government grants to help see it through the Covid-19 pandemic.

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  • Physical distancing: Air New Zealand says 50,000 fewer seats during school holidays

    New Zealand Herald, 11 September 2020

    Desperate tourism hotspots are calling on the Government to relax physical distancing rules on airlines as the school holidays approach.

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  • Issue of testing overseas drivers reignited

    Otago Daily Times, 11 September 2020

    Using technology may be a solution for testing overseas drivers’ skills when renting vehicles.

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  • Call to drop distancing on planes

    Otago Daily Times, 11 September 2020

    Queenstown Lakes Mayor Jim Boult is calling for social distancing on aircraft to be scrapped to help alleviate the resort’s "economically desperate" situation.

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  • Auckland and Northland take lion’s share of $50 million regional events fund

    Stuff, 10 September 2020

    Auckland and Northland will take the lion’s share of the Government’s $50 million Regional Events Fund, getting $19 million, Tourism Minister Kelvin Davis said on Thursday.

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  • Airlines need chance for full flights during school holidays - tourism boss

    Radio NZ, 10 September 2020

    The government is being urged to loosen physical distancing rules on flights so families can make school holiday bookings.

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  • Tourism industry rejects Corner's call to check overseas drivers harder

    Radio NZ, 10 September 2020

    The tourism industry is rejecting a call from the coroner for rental car companies to carry out more stringent checks of overseas drivers.

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  • Matariki should be a public holiday

    Stuff, 9 September 2020

    EDITORIAL: It was certain that Jacinda Ardern’s announcement on Monday that, if re-elected, Labour would make Matariki a public holiday from 2022, would elicit some instant negative responses.

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  • Why isn't New Zealand among the countries offering serious travel incentives?

    Stuff, 8 September 2020

    Would you be more likely to go away on holiday in New Zealand – or take a longer break – if the Government picked up part of the bill for your accommodation or gave you vouchers to spend on meals and activities?

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  • Tourism sector supports Matariki becoming a public holiday

    Newstalk ZB, 8 September 2020

    Another public holiday could do good things for the tourism sector.

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  • Labour wants to make Matariki a public holiday - in 2022

    NBR, 7 September 2020

    Previous Treasury modelling showed an additional public holiday could cost between $64m and $96m.

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  • Why the #NZHellhole movement is exactly what New Zealand needs right now

    Stuff, 7 September 2020

    OPINION: Donald Trump has inadvertently instigated what could just be the best unofficial marketing campaign New Zealand has ever had.

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  • Kelvin Davis: Two sides to making Matariki a public holiday

    Newstalk ZB, 7 September 2020

    [00:01:19] KELVIN DAVIS Tourism business and Tourism Industry Aotearoa have said that public holidays...

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  • Business owner: Why wasn't Matariki already a holiday?

    Stuff, 7 September 2020

    One Māori business owner says “it’s ridiculous” that the Māori New Year Matariki is not already a public holiday.

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  • Election 2020: Matariki holiday costly but likely to be popular

    New Zealand Herald, 7 September 2020

    A public holiday for Matariki will cost employers about $200 million a year - but the signs are that the Labour Party proposal will be broadly popular.

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  • Tourism Industry Aotearoa reveals plans to redouble sustainability efforts

    Radio NZ, 27 August 2020

    The tourism industry has unveiled plans to redouble its sustainability efforts in a refreshed commitment.

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  • New tourism data programme to help track recovery of sector

    Radio NZ, 26 August 2020

    The government has unveiled a new tourism data programme after Stats NZ scrapped its accommodation survey late last year.

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  • Tourism sector calls for more targeted relief as Auckland lockdown tanks spending

    NBR, 25 August 2020

    Covid containment measures again disproportionately affect tourism.

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  • Impact of Auckland's COVID-19 alert level extension being felt by tourism operators across the country

    Newshub, 25 August 2020

    The impact of Auckland's alert level 3 lockdown restrictions is being felt right across the country as struggling tourism operators prepare for a longer fight.

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  • Covid 19 coronavirus: Auckland restrictions hurting Bay of Plenty hospitality, tourism

    Bay of Plenty Times, 24 August 2020

    Covid-19 alert level 2 restrictions will remain in force in the Bay of Plenty, a decision which local hospitality and tourism leaders say has "huge" implications for the region.

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  • Boom for New Zealand's Great Walks, but Auckland hotels begging for help

    22 August 2020

    Many Kiwis are choosing to go bush for their holidays with the Great Walks swamped by booking requests.

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  • Aoraki/Mt Cook tourism industry decimated by Covid-19

    Stuff, 20 August 2020

    Aoraki/Mt Cook National Park may have set another record for visitor numbers but Covid-19 is on track to decimate next year’s result.

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  • Coronavirus: Fiordland tourism operators fear they missed out on funding

    Stuff, 20 August 2020

    Fiordland tourism operators may have missed out on millions of dollars for Covid-19 support, because they didn’t think they were important enough to qualify for the Government’s tourism protection fund.

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  • ALTERNATIVE VIEW: Unconvinced by NZ tourism crisis

    Farmers Weekly, 19 August 2020

    I've driven through the rural haven that is Eketahuna for many years and it is, in a word, quiet.

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  • Plea to fix DOC concessions system

    Newsroom, 19 August 2020

    In 2010, Conservation Minister Kate Wilkinson announced a revamp of her department’s concessions system.

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  • Coronavirus: No change to allocation of $311 million tourism fund

    Stuff, 16 August 2020

    Tourism Minister Kelvin Davis is refusing to reconsider the allocation of a $311 million tourism rescue package, despite industry criticism labelling it a rushed “lolly scramble”.

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  • Coronavirus: Covid level change "kick in the guts" for struggling tourism operators

    Stuff, 12 August 2020

    Auckland’s move to alert level 3 has come as a “kick in the guts” to New Zealand's embattled tourism industry.

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  • Call for new government to show vision for tourism industry's rebuild

    Radio NZ, 8 August 2020

    Tourism Industry Aotearoa has released its election action plan that's identified specific areas needed after the election.

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  • Rocky times ahead for tourism despite more flights, school holiday spike, industry head says

    1Newsnow, 8 August 2020

    Despite some promising signs for tourism, including a spike over the school holiday period and increased domestic travel, the industry association's chief executive says the sector will continue to struggle in the coming months.

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  • Tourism industry cries foul over the $311m Covid aid package

    Stuff, 4 August

    The tourism industry is “underwhelmed” by the Government’s latest aid package and some operators are demanding to know why they missed out.

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  • Government details remaining money for tourism recovery package

    Newstalk ZB, 2 August 2020

    Another round of funding for struggling tourism operators.

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  • The $311m splurge on tourism - Govt says 3000 jobs protected

    New Zealand Herald, 1 August 2020

    The Government is spending more than $230 million on ''strategic'' tourism businesses in a move it says will protect up to 3000 jobs in the sector hammered by the pandemic.

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  • Government announce $320 million package tourism operators and events

    1Newsnow, 1 August 2020

    With the wage subsidy set to end next month, this targeted funding is a sign of what's to come.

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  • Rural Tourism

    BBC, 1 August 2020

    As lockdown continues to lift, join Mark Stephen and Euan McIlwraith as they ask if rural tourism in parts of Scotland is getting out of hand.... [21:30] Chris Roberts, TIA

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  • Rotorua mayor Steve Chadwick to co-chair tourism taskforce

    Stuff, 1 August 2020

    A taskforce aiming to resurrect New Zealand’s tourism industry following lockdown will be co-chaired by Rotorua mayor Steve Chadwick.

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  • Auckland CBD struggling to attract visitors

    Newstalk ZB, 31 July 2020

    Auckland businesses want more done to attract people into the city to prop-up the local economy.

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  • Auckland struggling to attract local visitors with boost needed to stop stores closing

    Radio NZ, 31 July 2020

    Vacancy signs are common along the city's main street and some store owners fear it could become a ghost town.

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  • Long-term harm feared if tourism training cuts go ahead

    Radio NZ, 31 July 2020

    The Tertiary Education Commission wants to slash government spending on tourism and retail courses by as much as 30 percent next year.

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  • Auckland struggling to attract local visitors with boost needed to stop stores closing

    Radio NZ, 31 July 2020

    Auckland businesses want more done to attract people into the city to prop-up the local economy.

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  • TEC considers $6m cut to tourism and retail courses

    Radio NZ, 31 July 2020

    The Tertiary Education Commission wants to cut government subsidies for certificate and diploma courses in tourism and retail by as much as 30 percent next year.

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  • Covid-19: Questions raised about Auckland recovery

    Radio NZ, 31 July 2020

    As vacancy signs sprinkle shop windows along Auckland's main street questions are being asked about the city's recovery and what's being done to attract domestic tourists. [00:00:49] Chris Roberts from Tourism Industry Aotearoa says the city has an open invite to the regions that's not being taken up.

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  • 17 tourism groups put the acid on for more Government support

    Stuff, 28 July 2020

    The Government is under increasing pressure to front up with long term help for tourism-related businesses affected by border closures.

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  • Grant Bradley: The roll call of travel heavyweights the Government will struggle to ignore

    New Zealand Herald Premium, 28 July 2020

    A group from across the tourism, travel, aviation, hospitality and event sectors which went to Government today seeking certainty about any further financial support is too powerful to ignore.

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  • 'Drowning' tourism industry presents election wish list

    Stuff, 23 July 2020

    With an election looming, politicians are being urged look after tourism businesses devastated by the border closures.

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  • Holiday hotspots under-prepared for influx of restless Kiwis

    NBR, 22 July 2020

    This writer was reduced to having to spend an hour at the cat café.

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  • Tourism New Zealand entices Kiwis to spend more on domestic travel as businesses seek Government help

    Stuff, 21 July 2020

    While tourism businesses have called for more Government help, Tourism New Zealand is counting on Kiwis spending more on their domestic travels to help the sector recover from the Covid-19 pandemic.

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  • TIA survey: Operators worried about wage subsidy ending

    Radio NZ, 21 July 2020

    Worried tourism operators are calling for a further extension of wage subsidy support from the government. The Panel is joined by Tourism Industry Aotearoa chief executive Chris Roberts.

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  • COVID-19: Campaign launched to sustain interest in New Zealand amid pandemic

    Newshub, 20 July 2020

    A new multi-agency campaign is being launched to promote New Zealand overseas amid border closures and the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

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  • Campaign launches to sustain interest in New Zealand amid pandemic

    Radio NZ, 19 July 2020

    A new multi-agency campaign is being launched to promote New Zealand overseas amid border closures and the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.

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  • Three-quarters of tourism businesses want another wage extension - survey

    Newshub, 18 July 2020

    Almost three-quarters of tourism businesses claim they need a wage subsidy extension to stay afloat.

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  • End of wage subsidy guarantees more tourism job losses

    Stuff, 18 July 2020

    Almost three quarters of tourism businesses want further Government help with wages and a third are warning of more lay-offs it they don't get it.

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  • Tourism rescue package upped from $100m to $400m

    Stuff, 17 July 2020

    Treasury documents show the Government’s tourism rescue package quadrupled in size as discussions progressed on how to help the sector survive Covid-19.

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  • Where business travel is bouncing back fastest

    New Zealand Herald Premium, 17 July 2020

    The business travel market is showing signs of life, with a global study revealing that nearly half of those surveyed had already begun to travel or would in the next one to three months.

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  • Tourism school enrolments rise despite Covid-19 effects on industry

    Radio NZ, 16 July 2020

    Tertiary students have faith in the tourism industry's future, despite the blow dealt to the sector by Covid-19.

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  • New Zealand's horror road toll continues after Covid-19 but tourists not to blame for the carnage

    New Zealand Herald, 14 July 2020

    Tourist drivers are not to blame for New Zealand's horror road toll after lockdown, according to Ministry of Transport fatal crash figures.

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  • Rent relief delays leave businesses pleading with Government

    New Zealand Herald, 13 July 2020

    One in eight retail businesses are struggling to negotiate rent relief and want Government-assisted arbitration to help them resolve their plight, the Retail New Zealand survey shows.

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  • Retailers urge govt to help more with rent relief

    Radio NZ, 13 July 2020

    One in six retail businesses are struggling to negotiate rent relief, and want government-assisted arbitration to help them resolve their plight.
    [00:03:05] ...The Chief Executive of Tourism Industry Aotearoa Chris Roberts says...

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  • Airbnb pushes for national framework on short-term rentals

    NBR, 9 July 2020

    Providers hope national rules will solve their local council woes.

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  • Domestic tourism: Small towns still leading the charge in terms of recovery, research suggests

    Stuff, 9 July 2020

    Towns and islands close to New Zealand’s biggest cities appear to be the most popular destinations for Kiwis over the first week of the school holidays so far, with the cities themselves – and traditional hot spot Queenstown – experiencing a drop in consumer spending.

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  • Christchurch Airport says the post-Covid travel world could reset in its favour

    The Press, 4 July 2020

    The departure screens are full again at Christchurch Airport. A busy day of flights scheduled.

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  • Government’s handling of tourism’s woes under question

    NBR, 2 July 2020

    Tourism operators are calling Minister Kelvin Davis ‘Casper’ over a perceived lack of engagement.

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  • Tourism industry wants answers over visitor levy spending

    Radio NZ, 2 July 2020

    The tourism industry remains in the dark about where millions of dollars collected through the international visitor levy will go.

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  • The need for a trans-Tasman bubble has been underlined in a new survey of hotelier

    NZ City, 2 July 2020

    The New Zealand Hotel Market Sentiment Survey found 85 per cent want to see more stimulation of domestic travel.

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  • Could adding a new public holiday boost the economy?

    BBC, 29 June 2020

    In an effort to get gears turning in the global economy, a new proposal could help with spending – and give us some time off.

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  • Package deals needed tempt domestic travellers to overseas tourist hotspots

    Stuff, 1 July 2020

    The tourism sector is being urged to target Kiwis by offering package deals to help fill the void left by overseas visitors – who may not return to New Zealand for another two years.

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  • Physical APEC cancellation 'a blow' to Auckland and NZ - business chamber

    Radio NZ, 30 June 2020

    It will be difficult to leverage any real economic gains from a virtual APEC, Auckland's Business Chamber says.

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  • New Zealand to host virtual APEC in 2021

    Radio NZ, 30 June 2020

    New Zealand has abandoned plans to physically host APEC in 2021 - opting to 'go virtual' in the face of the global pandemic.
    [00:02:37] But Tourism [Industry] Aotearoa [ TIA] chief executive, Chris Roberts says this is now all come to nothing.

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  • Tourism Industry Aotearoa on trans-Tasman bubble

    Radio NZ, 30 June 2020

    A trans-Tasman bubble is still a ways off, as infections in the Australian state of Victoria continue to climb. One of the sectors with the biggest investment in a trans-Tasman bubble is tourism. Chris Roberts is the chief executive of Tourism Industry Aotearoa.

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  • Winston Peters on EU travel: 'We're not going to compromise our country's health

    Radio NZ, 30 June 2020

    Foreign Minister Winston Peters says New Zealanders who head to Europe on holiday should pay for their two weeks' hotel quarantine when they return.

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  • Northland tourism industry calls for more workers

    1Newsnow, 28 June 2020

    Northland has one of the highest unemployment rates in the country, yet the region’s tourism industry is concerned they won’t have enough workers for its peak season.

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  • Praise for the Government's latest investment in the tourism sector

    NZCity, 27 June 2020

    Twenty-five million dollars will go to the Department of Conservation, so it can waive concession fees for tourism operators.

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  • Tourism job losses predicted to peak at 92,000 this year

    Stuff, 27 June 2020

    A newly released Government paper paints a bleak outlook for tourism with job losses predicted to peak at 92,000 this year.

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  • $85m ‘shot in the arm’ for Queenstown

    Otago Daily Times, 27 June 2020

    An $85 million Government injection for Queenstown infrastructure projects is a "major shot in the arm", Queenstown Lakes Mayor Jim Boult says.

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  • Confirmed Covid-19 case in Rotorua Ibis Hotel - How do people feel?

    New Zealand Herald Premium, 25 June 2020

    Rotorua's official positive coronavirus case is a woman in her 30s who arrived on Saturday after flying to New Zealand from Peru and officials concede there could be more positive cases isolating in the city.

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  • Picking winners? Govt has to decide which tourism operators 'important'

    Stuff, 20 June 2020

    More than 300 businesses have applied for money from a special fund to protect key tourism attractions.

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  • Auckland hoteliers call for permanent scrapping of council targeted rate

    NBR, 19 June 2020

    Auckland hotels claim to have lost $75m in revenue in just three months.

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  • Despite set-back, tourism industry body still wants Aus-NZ border open by September

    Radio NZ, 19 June 2020

    The tourism industry wants more clarity on a trans-Tasman bubble after receiving a potential set-back from the Australian Government.

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  • Struggling hotel industry urges consumers to skip online booking sites to get best deal

    1Newsnow, 18 June 2020

    The struggling accommodation industry is urging consumers to book with them directly to stop millions of dollars in commission fees going to offshore booking websites.

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  • Trans-Tasman bubble may be off the table

    Radio NZ, 18 June 2020

    The proposed trans-tasman bubble may have recieved a set-back, after the Australian Government revealed borders could remain closed until next year. Chris Roberts is the Tourism Industry Aotearoa Chief Executive.

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  • Struggling hotel industry urges consumers to skip online booking sites to get best dea

    1Newsnow, 17 June 2020

    The struggling accommodation industry is urging consumers to book with them directly to stop millions of dollars in commission fees going to offshore booking websites.

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  • Coronavirus: Star tourism attractions queue up for rescue money

    Stuff, 18 June 2020

    More than 60 tourism business have put their hands up for Government funding to help save some of the country's star visitor attractions.

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  • Direct booking drive aims to save jobs and pump money into economy

    Stuff, 17 June 2020

    During tight times for tourism, punters are being urged to book accommodation directly to boost local operator margins.

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  • Why isn't DOC coming to the party?

    Stuff, 16 June 2020

    OPINION: What’s up DOC? Why has the Department of Conservation failed to come to the party and reduce the fees it charges more than 4600 concessionaires in the conservation estate?

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  • 60 positions expected to go at hotels

    Otago Daily Times, 15 June 2020

    Job losses continue to mount in Queenstown’s accommodation sector, as 60 workers are expected to be made redundant at the Scenic Hotel Group’s two resort properties.

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  • Diaries revealed: Who were the Govt's top Covid-19 Ministers speaking to during lockdown?

    New Zealand Herald Premium, 14 June 2020

    As New Zealand prepared to enter an unprecedented four-week period in its modern history, the Covid-19 lockdown, the country's top ministers appeared to be busy briefing the private sector on details of their plans.

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  • Online travel agency Aoliday liquidated over $3 million debt

    Stuff, 11 June 2020

    Tourism businesses owed $3m by online travel agency Aoliday NZ Ltd have forced the company into liquidation.

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  • Minister pressures DOC officials to cut fees for struggling tourism operators

    Stuff, 11 June 2020

    Conservation officials have been given until Friday to say how they could stop charging struggling tourism businesses fees.

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  • Covid 19 coronavirus: Hello level 1 - Dining, clubbing, weddings, funerals and flying without restrictions

    New Zealand Herald, 9 June 2020

    he hospitality and event sectors are breathing a collective sigh of relief with the move to level 1 allowing them to operate their businesses without the crippling restrictions.

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  • COVID-19: Normality returns for most, long road ahead for some as New Zealand officially enters alert level 1

    Newshub, 9 June 2020

    The move was made at midnight, ending nearly three months of domestic restrictions.

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  • Events, festivals return at level 1, tourism sector calls out for continued help

    New Zealand Herald, 8 June 2020

    Events, festivals return at level 1, tourism sector calls out for continued help.

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  • Businesses cautiously optimistic about level 1

    Radio NZ, 2 June 2020

    Talk of returning the country to a "new normal" has been welcomed with cautious optimism, but those who are eagerly awaiting a change warn the devil is in the detail.

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  • Businesses cautiously optimistic about returning to 'new normal' of Level 1

    Radio NZ, 2 June 2020

    Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern this morning signalled Cabinet would look at moving to alert level 1 next Monday, two weeks sooner than expected.

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  • Covid-19: What will level 1 mean for New Zealand?

    Radio NZ, 2 June 2020

    [00:00:58] Chris Roberts, the chief executive of the Tourism Industry of Association says the earlier guidance suggested mass gatherings of over 500 people wouldn't be allowed.

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