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  • The Panel with Anjum Rahman and Peter Dunne (Part 2)

    Radio NZ, 22 November 2022

    [00:14:25] We have Tourism Industry Aotearoa communications manager Ann-Marie Johnson. ... [00:14:47] ANN-MARIE JOHNSON Well, I do wonder where that person was camping. ... [00:18:24] TIA actually runs a website which is camping.org.nz and that provides loads of links through to the apps that I'm talking about.

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  • International visitor rips apart Aotearoa’s ‘prime freedom camping’ reputation

    NZ Herald, 19 November 2022

    An international traveller has hit out against Aotearoa’s reputation as ‘prime freedom camping country’ and claims the reality is far more challenging to navigate.

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  • Overseas visitor numbers growing; Queenstown Airport almost back to pre-Covid volumes

    NZ Herald, 16 November 2022

    The number of overseas visitors to New Zealand continues to grow but the recovery after years of closed borders has not been shared equally, with Queenstown bouncing back faster than other main regions, new data shows.

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  • Small business Kohutapu Lodge and Tribal Tours wins at NZ tourism awards

    Waikato Times, 10 November 2022

    A small Māori-owned tourism business based in the North Island town of Murupara was the big winner at the New Zealand Tourism Awards in Hamilton on Thursday night.

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  • Tourism leaders grapple with industry future amid climate change

    Radio NZ, 10 November 2022

    Tourism leaders are grappling with the future of their industry as the impacts and disruptions of climate change become more widely felt. They met in Hamilton today for the annual Tourism Summit Aotearoa, discussing climate change adaptation and innovation. Tourism reporter Tess Brunton is in Kirikiriroa

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  • New Zealand Tourism Award winners announced for 2022

    NZ Herald, 10 November 2022

    A small Māori-owned tourism business from Murupara has been awarded the most prestigious new tourism award in Aotearoa.

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  • RNZ News at 12pm, November 10

    Radio NZ, 10 November 2022

    [00:05:20] Speaking at tourism summit aotearoa in Hamilton this morning, stuart Nash said the return of international tourists is very welcome, but there are more hurdles ahead.

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  • Tourism operators looking forward at post-lockdown industry summit

    Radio NZ, 10 November 2022

    With international tourists back in the country and a promising summer on the horizon, the tourism industry has begun recovering and looking towards its future.

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  • The Panel with Heather Roy and David Cormack (Part 2)

    Radio NZ, 12 October 2022

    With us is Rebecca Ingram, the chief executive of the Tourism Industry [Aotearoa] - 8'53".

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  • Tourism minister's proposal to increase visitor levy postponed by Cabinet

    NZ Herald, 12 October 2022

    A proposal to charge international visitors $200 instead of $35 has been rejected by Cabinet.

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  • Visa delay warning: 'It is tantamount to telling potential tourists to go to Australia instead'

    Stuff, 7 October 2022

    National’s tourism spokesman Todd McClay is crying foul over a warning on Immigration NZ’s website telling tourists not to book flights to New Zealand until they have a visa.

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  • Backlog of 36,000 international tourists waiting for visitor visas

    NZ Herald, 7 October 2022

    A backlog in applications for visitor visas has meant thousands of tourists have had to defer travel.

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  • 35,000 tourists waiting on visas to enter New Zealand

    Stuff, 4 October 2022

    Over half of the more than 60,000 tourists who have applied for visitor visas since the full border reopening are still waiting for them to be processed, Immigration NZ figures reveal.

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  • New Zealand tourism needs to buff up its 'green glow', but only a third of operators are measuring their carbon footprint

    Stuff, 2 October 2022

    New Zealand tourism is preparing for a new breed of carbon-conscious travellers, and going “green” could be a lifesaver for Covid-battered businesses.

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  • 'The resilience kicked in': How a Murupara tourism venture survived Covid-19

    Stuff, 21 September 2022

    When the Covid pandemic slammed the door shut to 98 per cent of their customer base, the owners of the unique Murupara-based tourism venture Kohutapu Lodge & Tribal Tours Ltd were left with “nothing”.

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  • Bay of Plenty businesses attend Meta and Tourism Industry Aotearoa digital skills workshop

    Bay of Plenty Times Premium, 19 September 2022

    Tourism business owners from around the Bay of Plenty headed to a free Meta Boost digital skills programme aimed to empower small businesses with the tools they need to start and grow a business online.

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  • Full Show: 16/9/2022

    Today FM, 16 September 2022

    [00:01:57] Tourism industry aotearoa, as Rebecca Ingram says, it's being reflected on the ground. ... [01:01:59] As Rebecca Ingram says, it's great news.

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  • Pacific tourism recovery lags, experts expect slow visitor growth

    Stuff, 8 September 2022

    Travel in the Pacific is trailing the rest of the world – two years on from Covid-19 – and the region should expect a bumpy recovery, the United Nations says.

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  • Facebook launches new support for Q'town tourism operators

    CRUX, 7 September 2022

    More than 100 tourism businesses have taken part in a Queenstown seminar aimed at taking their online presence to the next level.

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  • Former PM to launch Sustainable Waihi Beach

    Newstalk ZB, 6 September 2022

    Former Prime Minister and Waihi Beach local Helen Clark will officially launch Sustainable Waihi Beach as its ambassador next month.

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  • Tourism down 90% for Asia-Pacific, slow visitor growth expected

    1news, 4 September 2022

    The travel industry is trying to recover post-pandemic, but data shows that while tourism is surging in Europe and America, the Asia Pacific region is struggling.

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  • Mount Maunganui mums launch new house cleaning up app

    Bay of Plenty Times Premium, 4 September 2022

    Meta, in partnership with Tourism Industry Aotearoa (TIA), is bringing its first in-person Meta Boost event to Rotorua next month.

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  • Auckland Airport only 60% open for business as it struggles with few passengers and staff

    Stuff, 28 August 2022

    New Zealand may be open once again but Auckland Airport’s shopping and dining precincts are only 61% there.

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  • Immigration doubles down on short-term workers

    Newsroom, 23 August 2022

    Changes to immigration settings to plug skills gaps may be at odds with the Productivity Commission’s advice to shift away from a reliance on short-term and low-skilled labour from overseas.

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  • New Zealand Working Holiday Visa changes are a win for the tourism industry

    NZ Herald, 22 August 2022

    The government announced several changes to the Working Holiday Visa which will benefit the tourism industry over summer and beyond.

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  • Govt to bring in thousands more overseas workers to plug labour shortages

    1news, 22 August 2022

    Immigration Minister Michael Wood has announced that an extra 12,000 working holiday makers will be able to enter the country as part of a raft of changes to address labour shortages.

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  • Govt to let more workers into country in face of mass shortages

    NBR, 21 August 2022

    The Government is making multiple changes to immigration settings in a bid to ease workforce shortages local businesses are grappling with.

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  • Employers struggling to fill jobs but are sector's poor pay and conditions to blame?

    Stuff, 14 August 2022

    Staffing shortages are throwing a pall over the influx of overseas visitors, as restaurants and hotels close rooms, cut menus and limit occupancy to cope.

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  • Adapting to the unfamiliar economic territory of living with COVID-19: Where are we at and is there any optimism out there?

    Newshub, 13 August 2022

    A bleak reality. That's how New Zealand's key industries are describing the long journey we are facing as the economy recovers from COVID-19.

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  • The Panel with Alan McElroy and Andrew Clay (Part 2) - Radio NZ, 12 August 2022

    Radio NZ, 12 August 2022

    [00:03:12] An industry wide survey conducted by Tourism Industry Aotearoa revealed that more than half of the 2600 tourism jobs being advertised by businesses have received less than five applicants. ... [00:03:43] With us is Tourism Industry Aotearoa chief executive, Rebecca Ingram.

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  • More than half of 2600 tourism jobs advertised attracted fewer than five applicants for each position as businesses struggle for staff

    Stuff, 11 August 2022

    The dire state of the tourism workforce has been highlighted in an industry survey that showed more than half of job advertisements received fewer than five applicants.

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  • WorkSafe reducing focus on adventure tourism activities

    Radio NZ, 9 August 2022

    [00:00:00] WorkSafe says a lack of funding is forcing it to reduce its monitoring of adventure tourism activities. ... [00:02:02] But Tourism Industry Aotearoa [ TIA] spokesperson Ann-Marie Johnson says operators work closely with WorkSafe to make sure New Zealand remains a world leader in adventure activity safety. ... [00:02:28] What matters to Tourism Industry Aotearoa is that the adventure sector has the support it needs to keep our safety standards high.

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  • Tauranga switching to greener tourism

    Sunlive, 5 August 2022

    Tourism Bay of Plenty strategy and insights head Stacey Linton says The Green Room aligns with the goals set in the New Zealand Tourism Sustainability Commitment and supports the Government target for New Zealand to be net carbon zero by 2050.

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  • Border Opening w/ Anne-Marie Johnson: August 2, 2022

    95bFM, 2 August 2022

    Tourism industry experts have welcomed the re-opening of New Zealand’s border, but are not expecting an largue immediate influx of visitors.

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  • Tourism Industry: Two or three years before we find a new normal

    Newstalk ZB, 1 August 2022

    A spring in the step of tourism businesses today, with New Zealand's border now fully open for the first time in more than two years.

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  • Staff shortages overtake Covid-19 as number one worry for Northland businesses

    NZ Herald Premium, 1 August 2022

    Staff shortages are putting Northland business owners under the pump, with the issue overtaking Covid-19 as the top reason they're losing sleep at night.

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  • Tourism Industry Aotearoa CEO ahead of border reopening

    Newstalk ZB, 31 July 2022

    It’s felt like a long time coming, but from tonight New Zealand will again open its door to the rest of the world.

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  • Full Show: 28/7/2022

    Today FM, 28 July 2022

    [01:36:33] Now, Rebecca Ingram, she's the chief executive of the tourism industry, although, and she joins us now. ... [01:41:22] That is the chief executive of the tourism industry, Alteator Rebecca Ingram.

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  • Rotorua businesses brace for New Zealand's borders to fully open

    Rotorua Daily Post Premium, 29 July 2022

    Rotorua businesses plagued by a staffing crisis are bracing themselves with excitement and apprehension as New Zealand's borders fully reopen for the first time in more than two years.

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  • Rebecca Ingram: Reopened tourism can cushion NZ from recession

    NZ Herald Premium, 28 July 2022

    New Zealand's economy might just be able to avoid a recession this year.

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  • Tourism Industry Aotearoa survey shows more than half of businesses not confident of finding staff

    NZ Herald Premium, 28 July 2022

    Tourism businesses are offering incentives from spa access to free speedway tickets to attract scarce recruits but nearly a third of those recently surveyed say they face capping capacity or reducing services because of staff shortages.

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  • The Green Desk: The Sustainability Tourism Commitment w/ Megan Williams: July 21, 2022

    95bFM, 21 July 2022

    This week Frances spoke with Megan Williams, a sustainability advocate from the TIA, about the Sustainability Tourism Commitment.

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  • Rebecca Ingram: Tourism Industry Aotearoa says Tasman tourism meeting about making sure leaders see NZ as place to invest

    Newstalk ZB, 6 July 2022

    The tourism bodies of New Zealand and Australia are collaborating for the first time today, as part of the Prime Minister's trip across the Tasman.

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  • Working holiday scheme changes needed sooner - Tourism industry

    Radio NZ, 4 July 2022

    The tourism industry wants the extension of a popular working holiday visa to kick in earlier to help with staff shortages.

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  • Tourism cautiously optimistic as bookings build, despite another summer without the Chinese visitors who once dominated overseas arrivals

    Stuff, 26 June 2022

    Richard Hanson’s post-pandemic souvenir range will take into account the likely absence of “super shopper” Chinese tourists who were big buyers of honey and health products.

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  • An eco-friendly holiday in the Nelson-Tasman

    Seven Sharp, 22 June 2022

    Curbing our carbon emissions has never been more important. So, if you’re rugged up at home booking summer trips, here’s a guilt-free option in the Nelson- Tasman.

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  • Is the golden age of the staycation coming to an end?

    Stuff, 22 June 2022

    While it’s nice to start to hear more foreign accents in hotels once more, tourism leaders are hoping Kiwis haven’t forgotten they’re still needed here at home.

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  • High living costs and desire to kickstart careers sees young Bay of Plenty residents head overseas

    NZ Herald Premium, 19 June 2022

    The attraction of cheaper living, well-paid jobs and career experience overseas is seeing young Bay of Plenty residents packing their bags and passports.

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  • 'These are homes people could be living in': Calls for beefed-up Airbnb rules

    17 June 2022

    A crackdown on unregulated Airbnb-style accommodation could free up hundreds of homes for Wellington's under-pressure rental market, advocates say.

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  • Govt scraps COVID-19 pre-departure tests for international arrivals

    16 Jun 2022

    The Government is scrapping COVID-19 pre-departure test requirements for international arrivals from June 20.

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  • Fair Pay Agreements a sensible answer to tourism sector woes

    NBR, 8 June 2022

    Even while she smiles broadly and welcomes tourists back to New Zealand on primetime US television, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and her government have more than one problem in reinvigorating the country’s slowly reviving tourism sector.

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  • Travel industry scrambles to gear up for return of more visitors

    Radio NZ, 7 June 2022

    A battered travel industry is scrambling to get the cars, buses, and workers to gear up for a return of increasing numbers of visitors but faces plenty of obstacles on the road to recovery.

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  • Tourism industry scrambling to rebuild

    Radio NZ, 7 June 2022

    [00:02:46] Tourism Industry Aotearoa chief executive, Rebecca Ingram says rising demand will test the industry but recovery is expected to be gradual, giving operators time to scale up.

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  • From the House: Prime Minister promotes trade and tourism on US trip

    Hawkes Bay Today, 27 May 2022

    It's no secret that we live in one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world.

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  • Attracting overseas visitors a challenge for tourism industry

    Radio NZ, 26 May 2022

    The tourism industry is preparing for a harder sell to attract overseas visitors. More than 450 tourism operators confronted the changes affecting their industry during the online TRENZ Hui on Wednesday afternoon. Tourism reporter Tess Brunton has more.

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  • Tourism industry expecting slow and steady return of visitors

    Radio NZ, 26 May 2022

    The tourism industry says it's ready to say 'Kia Ora' to the world even as it prepares for more hurdles ahead.

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  • New Zealand participation at World Expo crucial to build ‘soft power’ globally

    Stuff, 25 May 2022

    Shuttering international tourism, with a decrease of almost 20 per cent* in contributions to exports, the pandemic severely impacted New Zealand's economy. Expo 2020 represented a lifeline to join more than 30,000 businesses in promoting their brands on a global platform.

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  • Northland news in brief: Early Polynesian voyaging under the spotlight; and one death with Covid on Saturday

    Northern Advocate, 23 May 2022

    The Government is giving the tourism sector a $5 million boost, including $2.975 million for the i-SITE network, including those in Northland.

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  • Tourism package helps industry get back on feet

    Sunlive, 22 May 2022

    Tourism Industry Aotearoa says Government funding announced in the Budget, with more support today from Tourism Minister Stuart Nash, will help the transition towards the tourism industry’s new normal.

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  • Tourism Minister announces $5m funding package

    Radio NZ, 21 May 2022

    The country's i-SITE visitor centres will receive a funding boost as borders reopen and they gear up for more international tourist and business traveller arrivals.

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  • Horwath HTL finds New Zealand hotels recovering but face new challenges

    NZ Herald Premium, 19 May 2022

    The easing of alert level restrictions and opening the border for Kiwis and Australian residents has boosted recovery for hotels.

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  • Tourism Bay of Plenty launches The Green Room to boost zero carbon goals

    Bay of Plenty Times, 14 May 2022

    A new initiative to encourage the Coastal Bay of Plenty's visitor sector to work towards a zero carbon and regenerative future was launched in Bowentown on Monday.

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  • Border industries on 31 July reopening

    Radio NZ, 12 May 2022

    New Zealand's border will fully reopen from 31 July, bringing a new wave of tourists and migrant workers to our shores.

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  • Welcoming back visitors

    Al Jazeera, 2 May 2022

    New Zealand reopens boarders to visitors for first time in nearly two years since the pandemic started.

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  • New Zealand overtourism: Residents plead with tourists to 'tread lightly and leave no trace'

    Euronews, 9 May 2022

    After two years, the first international visitors are returning to New Zealand.

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  • Prince Harry's NZ Travalyst ad: Moana Maniapoto on why he approached Māori TV, what he sees in Māori tikanga

    NZ Herald, 10 May 2022

    We get lots of requests for interviews - but we were more than a little surprised when, out of the blue, we were contacted by representatives of Prince Harry. Yes, the Duke of Sussex.

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  • Is a Perfect Storm Brewing For Queenstown's Hospitality Sector?

    Newstalk ZB, 6 May 2022

    [00:09:32] TIA [Tourism Industry Aotearoa] is banging on the door of government.

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  • Air New Zealand releases new safety video as tourism resumes

    1News, 5 May 2022

    Air New Zealand has released its latest safety video, which encourages visitors to take care of the country.

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  • Two Sides - High Value vs Low Value tourists

    Today FM, 3 May 2022

    [00:03:42] We've had a forum we set up with TIA [Tourism Industry Aoteaora], which we were founding members of

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  • Travel to New Zealand Now and Have It Practically to Yourself

    Bloomberg, 29 April 2022

    New Zealand is preparing to throw open its borders after more than two years—and there may never be a better time to visit.

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  • First Light with Rachel Smalley -2/5/2022

    Today FM, 2 May 2022

    [00:00:28] Front of mind as international borders open, travellers from Visa Waiver countries are allowed to enter from today, but Tourism Industry Aotearoa CEO Rebecca Ingram says this does not mean locals are off the hook.

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  • Lloyd Burr Live: NZ tourism hopeful as border opens to visa waiver countries

    Today FM, 29 April 2022

    On Sunday at midnight - so essentially Monday, a whole load more people are allowed into New Zealand - with the border opening to people from visa waiver countries.

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  • Lloyd Burr Live: Rebecca Ingram

    Today FM, 29 April 2022

    It's a huge change for airlines and travel agents, but mainly for New Zealand's tourism industry which has battled for two years.

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  • Lloyd Burr Live --29/4/ 2022

    Today FM, 29 April 2022

    [00:33:24] She's the chief executive of Tourism Industry Aotearoa, thanks for coming on the show, Rebecca.

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  • Two-tier visitor levy suggested

    Otago Daily Times, 29 April 2022

    A two-tier visitor levy for Stewart Island — to encourage more visitors in winter — has been floated by a tourism heavyweight.

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  • Regenerative tourism: looking to the future

    Waikato Business News, 26 April 2022

    Many tourism businesses in the mighty Waikato are doing some amazing mahi as the region moves toward becoming a fully integrated sustainable and regenerative tourism destination.

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  • Sanctuary Mountain Maungatautari: the mighty maunga that improves wellbeing

    Waikato News, 21 April 2022

    Born out of the determination of the surrounding community and landowners to protect the maunga itself and the endangered species that make their home there, Sanctuary Mountain Maungataurari has moved on from the uncertainty created by the Covid-19 restrictions of the past two years.

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  • Helicopter company, gin maker joining forces to attract tourists

    1News, 17 April 2022

    With New Zealand’s borders starting to reopen, Kiwi businesses are having to be innovative to attract the lucrative tourist dollar.

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  • Great South chief executive Graham Budd dies of suspected heart attack

    Stuff, 17 April 2022

    Great South chief executive Graham Budd has died of a suspected heart attack.

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  • Bay of Plenty businesses are prepping for a busy Easter weekend

    Bay of Plenty Times Premium, 14 April 2022

    Bay of Plenty businesses are ready to welcome both domestic and international visitors with open arms this weekend with reports Australians are already holidaying in the region.

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  • ‘Couldn’t sleep last night’: joy at New Zealand airports as Covid travel ban on Australians lifts

    The Guardian, 13 April 2022

    “Hello & kia ora & g’day & welcome” a sign waved at Auckland’s international airport said on Wednesday morning as Australian travellers set foot on New Zealand soil for the first time since the short-lived travel bubble between the two countries abruptly ended in mid-2021.

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  • Australian TV host smitten with Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern's 'extended family' remarks

    Newshub, 13 April 2022

    An Australian TV host seemed smitten with Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern's description of our cousins across the Tasman ditch as "extended family".

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  • Lloyd Burr Live: Emotional scenes and thanks as border reopens to Australia

    Today FM, 13 April 2022

    Passengers embraced loved ones and greeted new family members as the border opened.

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  • Trans-Tasman welcome! Auckland Airport braces for over 3000 Australians as New Zealand border creaks open

    Newshub, 13 April 2022

    More than 3000 Aussies are tipped to arrive in Auckland as the border creaks open to Australia quarantine-free for the first time since the trans-Tasman bubble.

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  • Tourism industry predicts gradual return of overseas visitors

    Stuff, 4 April 2022

    Fewer incoming flights to New Zealand, increased fares because of rising fuel costs and long haul hesitancy are some of the hurdles tourism operators are likely to be facing this winter season.

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  • Hamilton & Waikato Tourism helping set the stage for the tourism sector 'new normal'

    Stuff, 1 April 2022

    How many and when remains something of an unknown, but key players in Waikato’s tourism sector agree on one thing. The international visitors will be back.

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  • Northland leaders say Government tourism funding is missing its target

    NZ Herald Premium, 28 March 2022

    Te Tai Tokerau Northland leaders are backing the push for a kick-start fund for tourism to be spread further around the country and want more direct help following a disastrous lead up to summer.

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  • Discharge without conviction on Covid gathering

    Otago Daily Times, 29 March 2022

    A former member of the Israeli military was yesterday discharged without conviction in the Queenstown District Court after being held responsible for a gathering at a backpackers during last year’s lockdown

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  • Riki Kinnaird: Duke of Marlborough owner says they are still waiting to hear from government on $49 million tourism fund

    Newstalk ZB, 29 March 2022

    [00:00:00] More angst and anger in the tourism sector as Northland cries out for help. ... [00:00:09] And tourism industry leader Riki Kinnaird met with [Minister of Tourism] Stuart Nash and [MP for Te Tai Tokerau] Kelvin Davis wanting a slice of this $49 million Kickstart programme. ... [00:03:37] So we're hoping like TIA [Tourism Industry Aotearoa] and the other industry advocates that maybe the consideration comes back full swing.

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  • Ann-Marie Johnson and David Perks: Talking to communities on what they need from tourism is required

    Newstalk ZB, 28 March 2022

    On Friday, Tourism Minister Stuart Nash reiterated calls for a new-look tourism industry, insisting we will not fall back into our old ways.

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  • Do we want tourists with 'budgets of $20 a day' back when the borders reopen?

    Stuff, 26 March 2022

    During the first Covid-19 lockdown, Peter and Justine Salter took a table and chairs and set up for a morning coffee in the middle of State Highway 6.

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  • Māori village nestled among hot springs reckoning with the return of foreign tourists

    The Guardian, 25 March 2022

    When New Zealand shut its border two years ago as the Covid pandemic hit, Whakarewarewa lost 96% of its visitors overnight.

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  • Air New Zealand Flights from Auckland to New York take off from September

    Today FM, 23 March 2022

    Air New Zealand announced on Wednesday morning new non-stop flights between Auckland and New York are set to take to the skies.

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  • Government's targeted tourism funding leaves North Island operators out in the cold

    NZ Herald Premium, 22 March 2022

    Anger is mounting at the Government's decision to target five South Island tourist regions with a $49 million kick-starter programme rather than help the industry across the country.

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  • The Return of the Tourism Industry w/ Ann Marie Johnson: Monday, March 21st

    95bFM, 21 March 2022

    Last week saw the announcement of Aotearoa’s re-opening to international tourists, after two years of closure due to the pandemic.

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  • Inflation Nation: The impact of price rises in travel and tourism

    NZ Herald Premium, 17 March 2022

    Just as tourism and travel was showing signs of recovery from a crushing pandemic, price shocks are now challenging businesses - and consumers.

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  • Tourism revival a task to be embraced

    The Press, 17 March 2022

    OPINION: The surge of relief throughout the tourism industry, and the entire country, following the announced dates for our borders to reopen to international tourists, is no sigh of relaxation - more a release of intense, pent-up tensions.

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  • Will the tourists flock back to NZ once borders open?

    Seven Sharp, 16 March 2022

    The industry is making a big push to make sure they do.

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  • Border reopening: Travel, tourism and business sectors celebrate

    Radio NZ, 16 March 2022

    Airports, hospitality, businesses, hotels, and tourism operators from across the country are welcoming the news that New Zealand will be allowing in Australian and visa-waiver visitors soon.

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  • Tourism Industry Aotearoa spokesperson on border reopening announcement

    Newstalk ZB, 16 March 2022

    Fully-vaccinated tourists will be allowed into the country sooner than expected.

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  • Jacinda Ardern announces re-opening of NZ borders to international travellers

    Today FM, 16 March 2022

    It's time for New Zealand to dust off the welcome mat - with the border re-opening being brought forward.

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  • Aussies welcome but won't provide immediate paddles to the heart of tourism

    NBR, 16 March 2022

    Some question if enough thought has been put to rebuilding the sector.

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  • Covid 19 Omicron: Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announces border reopening dates for tourists and other travellers

    NZ Herald, 16 March 2022

    Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says New Zealand is "ready to welcome the world back", announcing new dates to open up our borders.

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  • Breaking down the border: What the tourism and travel sectors say

    NZ Herald Premium, 16 March 2022

    Australian tourists who are vaccinated against Covid will be the first to be able to return to New Zealand without self-isolating under plans unveiled this morning.

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  • Ann-Marie Johnson: Tourism Industry Aotearoa spokesperson on border reopening announcement

    Newstalk ZB, 16 March 2022

    So, is it a lifeline for our struggling tourism industry and will it make a difference for the Easter holidays and the ski season?

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  • NZ to welcomes travelers from Australia from April 12 and those from 'visa waiver' countries and territories from May 1

    Interest.co.nz, 16 March 2022

    As for people who aren't from visa waiver countries, including travelers from China and India, they won't be able to come to New Zealand without booking a spot in MIQ until October.

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  • New Zealand to open borders to vaccinated travellers from next month

    The Guardian, 16 March 2022

    From 2 May vaccinated tourists from other visa-waiver countries, including the US, UK, Germany, Canada, Japan, Singapore and others, will be allowed entry.

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  • Grant Bradley: The tourists are coming - what they will find

    NZ Herald Premium, 16 March 2022

    New Zealand and the Government are lucky the tourism sector is populated by so many optimists.

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  • 'There’s a real buzz': Tourism leaders celebrate border opening but warn of gradual recovery

    Stuff, 16 March 2022

    Tourism leaders are celebrating an announcement New Zealand’s border reopening is being brought forward, but warn it will take time for visitor numbers to recover.

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  • Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern confirms border reopening dates for tourists, two COVID-19 tests required during trip

    Newshub, 16 March 2022

    Tourists will still need to be fully vaccinated, be required to submit a pre-departure test before their flight, and will be asked to self-isolate according to the Government's rules if they test positive for COVID-19 in New Zealand.

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  • The Panel with Anna Dean and Mark Knoff Thomas (Part 1)

    Radio NZ, 16 March 2022

    [00:08:24] Tourism Industry Aotearoa estimate we have lost about 33 percent of the pre Covid-19 workforce and that's not just the employees.

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  • International travellers can return to New Zealand from April

    NZ Herald, 16 March 2022

    New Zealand is finally ready to reconnect to the world.

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  • We are ready to welcome the world back' - PM's border re-opening announcement

    Newstalk ZB, 16 March 2022

    The PM said the Government wanted to clearly signal New Zealand was keen to supercharge its economic recovery.

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  • Coronavirus: Tourism operators hopeful border reopening dates will be brought forward

    Newshub, 16 March 2022

    Tourism operators are hoping the Government's border announcement on Wednesday will give greater clarity on when New Zealand can expect foreign visitors to return.

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  • Tourism industry eager for border announcement

    Radio NZ, 16 March 2022

    As we have been reporting this morning, The Prime Minister is expected to today announce when many Covid-19 restrictions will ease or stop altogether once we're past the peak of Omicron.

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  • Tourism industry eagerly anticipates border reopening update

    Radio NZ, 16 March 2022

    New Zealand's decimated tourism industry finds out in a couple of hours how soon the border will reopen to overseas visitors.

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  • Covid-19 Omicron outbreak: Chris Hipkins tests positive as major border announcement looms

    Bay of Plenty Times, 16 March 2022

    Covid Response Minister Chris Hipkins has been struck down by the virus.

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  • Covid 19 Omicron outbreak: Tourist border decision coming this week

    NZ Herald, 15 March 2022

    Fully vaccinated tourists will be allowed into the country sooner than expected, with Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern saying a final reopening date will be announced tomorrow.

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  • Government poised to open door to tourists sooner than planned

    NZ Herald Premium, 14 March 2022

    Under mounting pressure to open borders to tourists, the Government will this week announce plans for bringing forward dates from earlier plans.

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  • Tourism NZ boss: How to sell Aotearoa to the world during a pandemic

    NZ Herald Premium, 5 March 2022

    As the reopening of the border approaches, Tourism New Zealand faces a new set of problems as it tries to capture the hearts and minds of potential travellers.

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  • Covid-19: MIQ hotels refurbish before reopening

    Radio NZ, 2 March 2022

    Some managed isolation hotels are completely refurbishing their rooms after acting as virus containment zones for the last two years.

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  • Hotels planning full room refits as managed isolation and quarantine comes to an end

    Radio NZ, 2 March 2022

    Some managed isolation hotels are completely refurbishing their rooms after acting as virus containment zones for the last two years.

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  • Border reopening uncertainty making it 'nigh on impossible to operate', tourism players say

    Stuff, 1 March 2022

    Tourism operators are warning that a third summer without international visitors would be “terminal” for many businesses, as the Government hints at allowing them in earlier than October.

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  • Relief, excitement among tourism operators in Mackenzie

    Stuff, 1 March 2022

    Tourism operators in the Mackenzie District are celebrating the news isolation requirements will end for vaccinated New Zealanders, with efforts to target the Australian visitor market this winter already underway.

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  • Covid-19: Self-isolation at border dropped

    Radio NZ, 1 March 2022

    The government has scrapped the seven day self isolation requirement for vaccinated New Zealanders returning from overseas from later this week.

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  • Covid 19 Omicron: Borders to fully reopen to Kiwis this week, spelling beginning of end to MIQ

    NZ Herald, 1 March 2022

    After two years of closely-guarded borders marked by heartbreak and sacrifice, Kiwis will soon, once again, be able to freely return home from all over the world.

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  • Border fully reopens to New Zealanders from Saturday

    The Spinoff, 1 March 2022

    New Zealanders can travel home from anywhere in the world on Saturday without self-isolation on arrival.

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  • Tourism businesses 'thrilled' at end of isolation but want borders open to visitors sooner

    Stuff, 28 February 2022

    Tourism operators are welcoming the end of self-isolation for returning Kiwis but are urging the Government to bring forward the border reopening for non-New Zealanders.

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  • Covid-19: Kiwis can come home, self-isolation requirements removed

    Stuff, 28 February 2022

    Kiwis across the world can come home this week.

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  • Airlines, tourism industry celebrate border relaxations

    NZ Herald, 28 February 2022

    Airlines have plenty to celebrate with the arrival on Monday of 900 Kiwis from Australia and news that self-isolation is to be lifted later this week for vaccinated New Zealanders coming from the rest of the world.

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  • Tourism sector welcomes isolation move, calls for news on international arrivals

    Stuff, 28 February 2022

    New Zealand's tourism sector is welcoming news that the country’s border reopening will happen more quickly than expected.

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  • Newstalk ZB Auckland 5am

    Newstalk ZB, 26 February 2022

    [00:01:03] Tourism Industry Aotearoa's Ann-Marie Johnson says the sooner the border opens without the need for self isolation, the sooner tourism can start to get back on its feet.

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  • Hope for tourism as Government seeks urgent advice on COVID-19 self-isolation for arrivals

    Newshub, 26 February 2022

    The Government is seeking urgent advice on self-isolation requirements for international arrivals which will be music to the ears of tourism operators.

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  • Less is More

    New Zealand Geographic, 25 February 2022

    Nelson Tasman’s innovative zero carbon itinerary allows travellers to do good things while supporting good businesses.

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  • Covid-19: Families reunite as border rules soften, tourism industry pushes for more

    Stuff, 25 February 2022

    In a couple of weeks, Barbara Price-Ellingham will travel from Australia to New Zealand to meet her 65-year-old stepsister for the first time.

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  • Ex All Black Richie McCaw delivers award to Waiheke tourism business EcoZip Adventures

    NZ Herald, 25 February 2022

    Rugby World Cup winner Richie McCaw gave a Waiheke tourism business a massive surprise this week when he arrived to hand-deliver an award.

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  • New Zealand Government to review self-isolation for international arrivals

    NZ Herald, 25 February 2022

    The Government will review whether Kiwis returning to New Zealand will need to self-isolate upon arrival said Covid-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins.

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  • Covid 19 Omicron: Ashley Bloomfield says health risk is higher in community than from those coming through the border

    NZ Herald, 25 February 2022

    A disparity between the new phase 3 isolation rules and the border rules announced earlier this month has been flagged by the country's top health official.

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  • Covid 19 Omicron outbreak: Phase 3 as Omicron cases top 6000, over 200 in hospital

    NZ Herald, 25 February 2022

    The country has woken to a new era in its Covid-19 response, with a shift to personal testing and reporting as the virus runs rampant.

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  • Unvaccinated students can participate in school activities under phase 3

    Newstalk ZB, 25 February 2022

    School students, unvaccinated or not, can now participate in all school activities, Chris Hipkins has announced.

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  • Covid-19 NZ border rules: Government reviewing self-isolation for travellers as cases mount

    Stuff, 24 February 2022

    Covid-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins says the Government is reviewing whether returning Kiwis really need to self-isolate as they enter the country.

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  • Editorial: Air New Zealand's heavy loss reflects pain for tourism sector

    NZ Herald Premium, 25 February 2022

    Air New Zealand is a barometer of tourism in this country and its financial performance reflects the storm that continues to envelop the sector.

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  • Air NZ expects govt cargo support to continue

    NBR, 24 February 2022

    Airline saw $194m benefit from MIAC-supported flights as cargo revenue rises 29%.

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  • Tourism survey used to push government for more support

    NBR, 23 February 2022

    Most operators want borders reopened, more government help, and no self-isolation.

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  • Covid-19 Omicron outbreak: Tauranga tourism businesses suffer under red light

    Bay of Plenty Times, 23 February 2022

    A motel owner in Tauranga says life in red is like being in a "pseudo lockdown".

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  • Rotorua tourism faces low visitor numbers amid fears not all businesses will survive to October

    Rotorua Daily Post Premium, 23 February 2022

    A Rotorua tourism operator says waiting through winter for the October border opening will be the "making or breaking" of businesses.

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  • Northland tourism titan Jeroen Jongejans dies suddenly while paddleboarding

    Stuff, 22 February 2022

    A titan of Northland tourism, Jeroen Jongejans, has died unexpectedly while paddleboarding in Tūtūkākā Harbour.

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  • Once-successful tourism business now operating at just 1%

    1News, 21 February 2022

    With his tourism business booming year-round, David Gatward-Ferguson felt "bulletproof".

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  • Tourism Industry Aotearoa on Australia border reopening and what it means for us

    Newstalk ZB, 21 February 2022

    The first international tourists in two years have touched down in Sydney to be greeted by jubilant well-wishers waving Tim-Tams, jars of Vegemite and stuffed koalas.

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  • New six-week COVID-19 Support Payment available to Omicron-affected businesses from March

    Newshub, 21 February 2022

    A new six-week payment will be available to Omicron-affected businesses from March, Finance Minister Grant Robertson has announced.

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  • Weekend Life - Magic Talk - 2022-2-19

    Magic Talk, 19 February 2022

    [00:02:03] Tourism Industry Aotearoa are concerned operators are facing their toughest trading conditions since the beginning of the Pandemic. ... [00:57:28] Tourism Industry Aotearoa is hoping for government assistance to keep doors open for struggling operators.

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  • 667,000 workers eligible for free rapid antigen tests

    Stuff, 17 February 2022

    Just over 667,000 workers are covered by new self-isolation rules to prevent critical services from collapsing as Omicron cases escalate.

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  • The hotspots of Summer 2022

    Seven Sharp, 7 February 2022

    We knew our Summer duty: Do something new New Zealand. So where did we spend our cash?

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  • Coronavirus: Tourism operators welcome reopening plan

    Radio NZ, 4 February 2022

    Australians and other travellers who do not need a visa will be the first tourists allowed back in with a promise they would have bags on airport carousels no later than July, while other international travellers will need to wait until October.

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  • Border reopening: Tourism operators welcome positive step forward

    Radio NZ, 4 February 2022

    Tourism operators are keen to roll out the welcome mat for international visitors but say the current isolation rules will keep many away.

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  • Border opening: Rotorua people react to Government's plan to open country

    NZ Herald Premium, 4 February 2022

    A Rotorua business owner says the Government's plan to reopen borders "might be too late".

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  • Reopening New Zealand: Isolation rules a 'demand killer' for tourism

    NZ Herald Premium, 3 February 2022

    The Government is being warned that New Zealand risks falling off the radar for overseas tourists if it retains self-isolation requirements.

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  • Air New Zealand fares in demand, but tourism still dead

    NBR, 3 February 2022

    Airline association says govt's continued self-isolation requirement is 'market killer'.

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  • 'It’s a market killer': Self-isolation must go if NZ wants to retain air links, aviation groups say

    Stuff, 3 February 2022

    New Zealand will be off the radar of tourists, business travellers and airlines so long as isolation requirements remain in place, putting the country’s international air links at risk, aviation groups say.

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  • Tourism Industry Aotearoa: Tourism recovery won't begin until all holidaymakers can come here

    Newstalk ZB, 3 February 2022

    The tourism industry will be hoping for a clearer timeline on when New Zealand's border will fully reopen to everyone.

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  • Omicron: Tourism Industry Association calls for 'clear plan' on New Zealand border reopening date

    Newshub, 1 February 2022

    Tourism Industry Aotearoa (TIA) is urging the Government to update its plans for reopening New Zealand's borders after the Omicron variant of COVID-19 changed the game.

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  • Sustainable travel: What you need to know to be a better traveller

    NZ Herald, 27 January 2022

    As we wait with bated breath for the borders to reopen, our fingers hovering over the Book Now button, there's still time to rethink the way we travel – and make the urgent changes needed to make it genuinely sustainable.

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  • Outgoing Tourism Industry Aotearoa Chris Roberts on why industry needs more help

    NZ Herald Premium, 22 January 2022

    Chris Roberts headed the country's biggest tourism industry organisation during the time when the industry roared up a mountain — then fell off a cliff.

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  • Destinations that will charge tourists extra to visit in 2022

    NZ Herald, 20 January 2022

    A trip to Thailand is about to get more expensive for travellers, 300-Baht (NZ$13) more expensive, to be exact.

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  • Tourism Industry Aotearoa's outgoing chief executive Chris Roberts on what's next for the industry

    Radio NZ, 4 January 2022

    When it rains, it pours - that has been true for the tourism industry, whether it was the opening of the floodgates when international visitors numbers spiked earlier in the decade or when the borders closed in 2020, reducing visitors to a trickle.

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  • Domestic tourism: The biggest winners in the second year since the Covid-19 pandemic struck NZ

    Stuff, 4 January 2022

    In the second year without overseas visitors, New Zealand’s tourism sector has continued to struggle, but an uptick in domestic spending has provided some relief.

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  • How prepared are businesses for a potential Omicron outbreak?

    Stuff, 26 December 2021

    As the number of cases of the Omicron variant of Covid-19 in MIQ continues to rise, business owners are putting contingency plans in place in case an outbreak occurs

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  • Timber Trail Lodge: Going off-grid and ticking all the right boxes

    Stuff, 20 December 2021

    With the need for genuinely sustainable tourism more urgent than ever, it’s time to look harder at how our industry players measure up.

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  • Creating climate-friendly tourism in a post-Covid-19 world

    Stuff, 15 December 2021

    Queenstown’s TSS Earnslaw steamship is an internationally recognised symbol of New Zealand tourism.

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  • Rotorua ready to welcome Aucklanders back as border lifts

    1Newsnow, 14 December 2021

    Rotorua is ready to welcome Aucklanders back to the region as the borders open from 11:59pm on Tuesday night, and it couldn't come any sooner.

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  • ACT leader David Seymour accuses Government of 'torturing' Kiwis with uncertainty over international border

    Newshub, 14 December 2021

    The ACT Party is accusing the Government of torturing Kiwis with uncertainty after it drew a question mark over the January 17 date to creak open the border.

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  • Covid-19: After 18 months of silence, Fender Leathers' tour guide patter is back

    Stuff, 13 December 2021

    Fender Leathers said it had been a long time since he’d taken a group of visitors around Rotorua's Agrodome.

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  • Southern campgrounds prepare for influx of campers- and Covid

    NZ Herald, 13 December 2021

    Ahead of what is hoped to be a bumper summer season, camping grounds in the South are preparing for an influx of people - and Covid-19.

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  • Ardern will wait and see on NZ border

    AAP, 13 December 2021

    New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has walked back a commitment to reopening the border to Australian-based Kiwis on January 17 next year.

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  • Prospect of year with no tourists devastating

    Otago Daily Times, 11 December 2021

    A prediction that the return of international tourists without isolation could still be a year away would be "absolutely devastating" for the industry, local leaders have said.

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  • Merger nice to have, not necessary: Tourism Holdings head

    NBR, 10 December 2021

    No other M&A possibility had the same cost synergies, says Grant Webster.

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  • Covid 19 Delta outbreak: 72,000 tourism workers lose jobs in pandemic's first year

    NZ Herald Premium, 10 December 2021

    Latest figures show 72,000 tourism workers lost their jobs in the first year of the pandemic.

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  • Nash warns of year before borders fully open

    Otago Daily Times, 10 December 2021

    New Zealand could spend all of 2022 without an open border, prompting fears for the beleaguered tourism industry.

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  • Tourism industry loses 72,000 workers in first year of pandemic, industry association says

    Stuff, 10 December 2021

    The tourism industry’s headcount reduced by more than 72,000 workers, or about third, in the first year of the Covid-19 pandemic, Tourism Industry Aotearoa (TIA) says.

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  • COVID-19's impact on NZ Tourism

    Radio NZ, 10 December 2021

    Statistics NZ has today provided the first real measure of COVID-19's impact on Tourism.

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  • Tourism Industry Aotearoa: Tourism is caught between business and safety

    Newstalk ZB, 10 December 2021

    Tourism Industry Aotearoa Chief Executive Chris Roberts told Mike Hosking tourism operators want their communities to be safe, but they still need people to travel.

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  • Open air optimism at camp

    Otago Daily Times, 10 December 2021

    Ahead of what is hoped to be a bumper summer season, camping grounds in the South are preparing for an influx of people — and Covid-19.

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  • Ceillhe Sperath | Runs TIME Unlimited Tours

    Waatea News, 8 December 2021

    She currently runs TIME Unlimited Tours which has just won the Marsh Tourism Industry Champion Award.

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  • Holiday parks need advice on how to deal with Covid-positive visitors

    Radio NZ, 8 December 2021

    Holiday park and camping ground owners are worried about what to do if someone tests positive for Covid-19 during their stay, tourism chiefs say.

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  • Tourism Industry Aotearoa confident of National Party support despite tourism spokesperson Todd McClay dropping out of shadow cabinet

    Newshub, 6 December 2021

    Tourism Industry Aotearoa (TIA) Chief Executive Chris Roberts says he is confident National's new line-up will continue to engage with New Zealand's beleaguered tourism industry, despite its tourism spokesperson Todd McClay dropping 15 places down the party list to an "unranked" position of 22, outside of the shadow cabinet.

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  • Tourism reset plan to prioritise value over volume could hurt exporters, experts warn

    Stuff, 5 December 2021

    New Zealand’s closed border and a planned tourism reset could result in reduced air cargo capacity and higher freight costs for exporters as airlines redeploy aircraft to more profitable markets, experts say.

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  • The best boss

    Mountain Scene, 4 December 2021

    Queenstown’s iFLY’s officially New Zealand tourism’s ‘‘employer of choice’’.

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  • Rotorua attractions win at New Zealand Tourism Awards

    Rotorua Daily Post, 1 December 2021

    Two Rotorua attractions have won at the New Zealand Tourism Awards.

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  • Delayed Tourism Awards come at perfect time for travel businesses

    NZ Herald, 30 November 2021

    Eleven tourism businesses have been honoured at the prestigious New Zealand Tourism Awards ahead of a much anticipated summer.

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  • Waikato attractions just as sought after by domestic visitors as international guests

    Waikato News, 30 November 2021

    The Waikato region was one of two regions to record the largest market share increase for visitors during the past 12 months, according to the latest tourism industry figures.

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  • Air travel destined to be a pain in the butt for a while longer

    NBR, 1 December 2021

    OPINION: Travel agents may be the unlikely beneficiaries of post-Covid aviation.

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  • Covid-19: Omicron throws a spanner into the works for tourism

    Radio NZ, 30 November 2021

    The tourism industry is grappling with the prospect of its new normal being years away with billions of dollars lost by then and many more hurdles ahead - including its latest, the Omicron variant.

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  • New challenges for tourism industry as Omicron variant emerges

    Radio NZ, 30 November 2021

    Hundreds of industry leaders spent yesterday discussing their future during the virtual Tourism Summit Aotearoa.

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  • Covid 19 coronavirus: New challenges for tourism industry as Omicron variant emerges

    NZ Herald, 30 November 2021

    Tourism Minister Stuart Nash said the border reopening timeframe remained on track with no changes.

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  • Omicron variant poses new challenges for New Zealand tourism industry

    Newshub, 30 November 2021

    Tourism Minister Stuart Nash said the border reopening time frame remained on track with no changes.

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  • iFLY among award winners

    Otago Daily Times, 30 November 2021

    Queenstown's iFLY Indoor Skydiving was last night named winner of the Tourism Talent Employer of Choice Award at the Tourism Industry Association’s 2021 Tourism Awards.

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  • Air New Zealand bookings surge, outlines big expansion plans

    NZ Herald Premium, 29 November 2021

    Air New Zealand is taking a ''wait and see'' stance on the new Omicron Covid variant, which it says hasn't had any impact on international bookings.

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  • Carbon footprints in the spotlight at tourism industry summit

    Radio NZ, 29 November 2021

    The tourism industry is being challenged to lead the fight to reduce carbon emissions as part of a major new initiative.

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  • Tourism sector reboot just words, not yet actions, participants say

    NBR, 29 November 2021

    Needs of operators and drive for 'regenerative tourism' not an easy mix.

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  • The Monitor economy Q&A: Chris Roberts, Tourism Industry Aotearoa CEO

    Stuff, 29 November 2021

    Each week Stuff asks New Zealand’s business and community leaders how they think the economy is going, and what they believe are the biggest challenges.

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  • ‘New Zealand will be the loser’: travel sector bemoans slow reopening

    The Guardian, 27 November 2021

    Tourism and aviation figures say decision to only let fully vaccinated non-citizens enter in April will hold country back.

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  • Clarity for businesses with traffic light system guidance

    Clarity for businesses with traffic light system guidance

    The chief executive of Tourism Industry Aotearoa Chris Roberts tells Māni Dunlop the challenge was now ensuring the framework made sense to every operator.

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  • In New Zealand, deepening despair for ‘abandoned’ tourism sector

    AL JAZEERA, 26 November 2021

    The South Pacific country has reported fewer than 11,000 COVID-19 cases and just 41 deaths, one of the lowest tolls in the world.

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  • Covid-19 Delta outbreak: Tourism Industry Aotearoa says pandemic could cost $65 billion

    NZ Herald, 26 November 2021

    Tourism has lost $26 billion in earnings since the pandemic began and $39 billion more could be lost before the industry recovers to a ''new normal'' here.

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  • Chris Roberts: Tourism Industry Aotearoa Chief Executive says travel isolation period makes no sense

    Newstalk ZB, 24 November 2021

    Tourism Industry Aotearoa Chief Executive Chris Roberts told Heather du Plessis-Allan the isolation period makes no sense. ... [00:00:11] Now, there is a whole lot of pain for our tourism industry. ... [00:00:13] Chris Roberts is Tourism Industry Aotearoa chief executive.

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  • Covid-19 Delta outbreak: RIP MIQ - travel and tourism react to border plans

    NZ Herald Premium, 24 November 2021

    For Kiwi travellers its a happyish New Year - if not a Merry Christmas.

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  • New Zealand border opening: Seven-day isolation 'excessive', 'nonsense', tourism industry leaders say

    Stuff, 24 November 2021

    A seven-day self-isolate isolation requirement for arrivals to New Zealand when borders open next year has been labelled “nonsense” and “excessive” by tourism industry leaders.

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  • My Vaccine Pass verifier unable to scan overseas certificates when border reopens

    Stuff, 23 November 2021

    Businesses and events won’t be able to use the Government’s vaccination pass verifier app to scan the certificates of overseas tourists when international borders open.

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  • Domestic accommodation sector could have record-breaking summer

    Radio NZ, 19 November 2021

    [00:00:00] Tourism operators are relieved and excited at the prospect of Aucklanders and their wallets reopening just in time for Christmas. ... [00:01:40] The tourism and certainly the hospital and accommodation industry is crying out. ... [00:02:10] Chief Executive of Tourism Industry Aotearoa Chris Roberts estimates that Aucklanders will spend well over a billion dollars over the Christmas and New Year period as they visit different spots around the country.

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  • Covid-19: Aucklander or Australian, it is the same virus - time to open up the border, says Queenstown mayor

    Stuff, 19 November 2021

    Queenstown’s mayor is calling for the trans-Tasman border to open saying Aucklanders are of the same Covid-19 risk as Australian travellers - epidemiologists go one step further to suggest Aucklanders are more likely to carry the virus across the border.

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  • Will Auckland’s freedom help boost regional economies?

    TVNZ, 18 November 2021

    re: tourism sector, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, Covid-19, Delta outbreak, Covid-19 traffic light system, visitor economy ... interviewed: Tourism Industry Aotearoa chief executive Chris Roberts.

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  • 'We expect a record-breaking summer': Travel bookings surge ahead of Auckland reopening

    Stuff, 18 November 2021

    Travel companies, accommodation providers and Air New Zealand have seen a surge in bookings since the Government announced Auckland’s borders would reopen on December 15.

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  • Morning Glory with Denzel: Thursday November 18, 2021

    95bFM, 18 November 2021

    [00:57:44] Tourism in Auckland is expected to quiet and down once the border opens next month. ... [00:57:58] Tourism Industry Aotearoa Chief Executive Chris Roberts says Tours Auckland is expected to clear out over the Christmas period, which will provide a boost to the rest of the country.

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  • Aucklanders expected to leave city in droves in pre-Christmas exodus

    Radio NZ, 18 November 2021

    Aucklanders are expected to leave the city in droves in the week before Christmas, unleashed after four long months of lockdown.

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  • Covid-19: Exodus expected from Auckland in December

    Radio NZ, 18 November 2021

    Travel will be allowed both ways but tourism experts say an exodus is coming. ... [00:00:17] Travel will be allowed both ways, but tourism experts say an exodus is coming. ... [00:00:34] Tourism Industry Aotearoa Chief Executive Chris Roberts expects Auckland to become particularly quiet.

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  • Organisers of New Year's Eve festivals in lowest vaccinated regions confident events will go ahead

    Stuff, 17 November 2021

    Organisers of New Year's Eve festivals in New Zealand’s lowest vaccinated regions say they are confident their events will be able to go ahead under a new Covid-19 traffic light framework the country will soon move into.

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  • What vaccine requirements will mean for family travel this summer

    Stuff, 12 November 2021

    Vaccination is set to play a key role this summer.

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  • Court ruling on Auckland Council's 'reverse engineered' bed tax could cost millions

    NZ Herald Premium, 11 November 2021

    A tourism group says Auckland Council may have to pay back tens of millions of dollars to accommodation providers after the Court of Appeal ruled that a targeted rate on them was invalid.

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  • DOC to stop waiving concession fees for tourism operators

    Radio NZ, 10 November 2021

    Tourism leaders are warning businesses may fold or withdraw some activities after the Department of Conservation (DOC) announced it will stop waiving concession fees.

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  • New Zealand's one way Pacific travel bubble welcomed

    Radio NZ, 30 October 2021

    [00:01:20] Tourism Industry Aotearoa chief executive Chris Roberts says it's a crucial first step. ...

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  • Faster action, more detail needed on border reopening

    Stuff, 29 October 2021

    More detail around border reopening plans and settings is needed to ensure the travel and tourism industries can survive and thrive, industry groups say.

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  • PMN News 29 October 2021

    Pacific Media Network, 29 October 2021

    Arrivals from San Moore, Tonga, Wanomatu and Tokyo will be able to enter New Zealand without an MIQ stay tourism industry. ... [00:01:54] Although his chief executive, Chris Roberts, says he understands most will be here to visit friends and families.

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  • Covid-19 Delta outbreak: What MIQ changes mean for airlines and tourism

    NZ Herald Premium, 28 October 2021

    Tourism and aviation groups have welcomed the easing of MIQ rules as a positive first step - but they want the Government to do more and move faster.

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  • Government wants to plug gaps in safety rules for adventure tourism, after Whakaari eruption

    NZ Herald, 22 October 2021

    The Government wants to bring in tougher safety rules for adventure activity operators, in response to the deadly 2019 Whakaari/White Island eruption.

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  • Businesses want Government advice on whether they can ban customers unvaccinated against Covid-19

    Stuff, 21 October 2021

    Businesses want clear advice from the Government on whether they are within their rights to turn away unvaccinated customers, industry groups say.

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  • Covid-19 Delta outbreak: Auckland tourism employers 'worried senseless'

    NZ Herald Premium, 20 October 2021

    An Auckland tourism leader says the Government's drip feed of information is a "kick in the guts" for the mainly small employers whose mental health has reached a disturbing low.

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  • Head of tourism body steps down after bruising few years for sector

    NBR, 7 October 2021

    Chris Roberts had planned to leave in 2020 but stayed on through pandemic’s ravages.

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  • Covid-19: Tourism operators call for mandatory vaccine certificates

    Stuff, 6 October 2021

    Some major tourism operators are supporting a call for digital vaccine certificates to be made mandatory in the workplace.

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  • South Island needs to be in Covid-19 alert level 1, South Canterbury Chamber of Commerce says

    Timaru Herald, 4 October 2021

    Businesses will close and people will lose their jobs if the South Island does not go down to Covid-19 alert level 1, South Canterbury Chamber of Commerce chief executive Wendy Smith says.

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  • Tougher adventure tourism regs could give politicians power to shut down activities at risk from natural hazards -

    Stuff, 4 October 2021

    Adventure activity operators are wary of giving politicians the power to step in and shut them down when natural hazards make activities too risky, but agree some changes are needed in the wake of the Whakaari White Island disaster.

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  • Covid-19: Auckland tourism operators desperate for shift to alert level 2

    Stuff, 3 October 2021

    Auckland's tourism operators are preparing for a busy return to level 2, despite the regional boundary being set to remain in place when alert levels change.

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  • Hard up tourist operators want wage subsidy extended after Auckland decision

    Radio NZ, 1 October 2021

    The tourism sector is asking for a continuation of the wage subsidy, even if Auckland moves down to level 2.

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  • Businesses not the only ones affected by Auckland-less school holidays

    Newstalk ZB, 1 October 2021

    Tourism businesses around the country expect to be left in the cold without Aucklanders for these school holidays.

    Read more
  • REX Today Catch Up Podcast - Magic Talk - 1-10-2021

    Magic Talk, 1 October 2021

    [00:01:14] Tourism Industry Association CEO Chris Roberts says it's a lose lose situation. ...

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  • One-off migrant visa decision welcomed by leaders

    Otago Daily Times, 1 October 2021

    A one-off resident visa for migrants already in New Zealand will give Queenstown employers a much-needed dose of certainty, business and civic leaders say.

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  • Tourism industry 'dismayed' at NZ Government decision to increase border crossing levies

    Newshub, 29 September 2021

    Tourism Industry Aotearoa says tourism operators will be "dismayed" that the cost to cross the New Zealand border is going up from December 1.

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  • Covid-19: Tourism business offers free school holiday entry to vaccinated visitors

    Stuff, 28 September 2021

    A Central Otago tourism business is offering free entry to Covid-19 vaccinated people during the school holidays, but has been surprised by a social media backlash.

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  • Friendship between New Zealand and China is key to New Zealand's tourism industry recovery

    Phoenix Television, 21 September 2021

    Recently New Zealand is under the pressure of COVID-19 outbreak and tourism industry has a great lost during lockdown.

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  • The Monitor economy Q&A: Grant Webster, Tourism Holdings chief executive

    Stuff, 20 September 2021

    Each week Stuff asks New Zealand’s business and community leaders how they think the economy is going, and what they believe are the biggest challenges.

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  • Trans-Tasman bubble: It may reopen next year and it might not be the same as before

    Puna/Stuff, 11 Mahuru 2021

    The travel bubble has been popped, but is there any chance left that it could be reinflated?

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  • South Canterbury skifields reopen for final weeks of season at level 2

    Stuff, 9 September 2021

    With just a few weeks of the ski season left, South Canterbury skifield operators are relieved level 2 will enable them to make the most of their final chance to generate income for the year.

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  • Covid-19: Businesses advertising a fully vaccinated workforce to attract customers will need staff consent to publicise their jab status

    Stuff, 9 September 2021

    Businesses keen to advertise that all staff members are fully vaccinated will have to be careful not to breach privacy rules.

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  • Covid-19: Auckland could still come down alert levels, even with continued cases

    Stuff, 8 September 2021

    New Zealanders outside of Auckland may be revelling in newly-eased Covid restrictions, but those inside the city face at least seven days under the level 4 lockdown restrictions that have been in place since mid-August as the Delta outbreak infects entire households.

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  • Tourism operators anticipate slow growth without Auckland market

    Stuff, 7 September 2021

    Tourism businesses are excited to be opening this week, but many will struggle without the large Auckland market visiting.

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  • Relying on domestic tourism not sustainable, say top operators

    NBR, 7 September 2021

    Three Tourism Awards finalists explain how they're getting through the tough times.

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  • Covid 19 coronavirus Delta outbreak: Gavin Oliver - Tourism needs Government support to bounce back

    NZ Herald Premium, 6 September 2021

    Before the borders closed last year, a large part of the New Zealand tourism sector was already engaged in moving to a sustainable, and even regenerative, model of tourism.

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  • Covid 19 coronavirus Delta outbreak: Northland tourism operators struggle amid mental health survey findings

    NZ Herald Premium, 6 September 2021

    Repeated Covid-19 lockdowns, burst transtasman bubbles, Auckland at level 4, and "no end date" is all taking a toll on stressed out Northland tourism operators.

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  • 'Some days you just feel sad': Three quarters of tourism operators report mental health issues

    Stuff, 3 September 2021

    Jacqui Wilkinson is grieving the loss of the life she had worked hard for before the pandemic took hold.

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  • Tourism operators ‘struggling’

    Otago Daily Times, 2 September 2021

    The stress of riding the emotional rollercoaster of Covid-19 is being compounded by uncertainty about New Zealand’s recovery plan, Queenstown tourism operators say.

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  • Covid 19 Delta outbreak: Tourism Industry Aotearoa survey finds sector in a grim place - before latest lockdown

    NZ Herald Premium, 1 September 2021

    The mental health of tourism operators is under severe pressure, a new survey has found.

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  • Most tourism operators report mental health concerns

    Radio NZ, 1 September 2021

    Three quarters of tourism operators are concerned about their mental health and wellbeing.

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  • Investors warned as desolate hotels claim wage subsidies

    Newsroom, 1 September 2021

    One of NZ's biggest hotel groups has issued a notice to its investors, warning of trouble ahead.

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  • Covid-19: Domestic tourists not expected before Christmas, Queenstown mayor says

    Stuff, 30 August 2021

    It will likely be Christmas before tourism operators see the return of domestic travellers, industry leaders predict.

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  • New Zealand tourism operators welcome COVID-19 alert level change, but need Aucklanders

    Newshub, 30 August 2021

    Tourism operators around the motu are a step closer to getting back to business but most will not be able to open their doors until New Zealand reaches COVID-19 alert level 2, Tourism Industry Aotearoa (TIA) says.

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  • Sustainable tourism: business or experience?

    Otago Daily Times, 30 August 2021

    Droves of hikers, gas-guzzling campervans and littering freedom campers. New Zealand’s tourism industry became a victim of its own success.

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  • Covid-19: Businesses plead for Government help as lockdown draws on

    The Press, 28 August 2021

    Lockdown rules will be loosened up for most of New Zealand by Wednesday, but businesses still unable to reopen are pleading for more Government help to keep them afloat.

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  • 'Another gloomy week': Frustration over four-day wait for most of NZ to move to level 3

    Stuff, 27 August 2021

    Leaders south of Auckland have expressed frustration and disappointment over staying in full lockdown for another four days – despite having no community cases of Covid-19 for nearly 300 days.

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  • COVID-19 alert level 4 could put tourism operators out of business for good

    Newshub, 19 August 2021

    Just days into alert level 4 lockdown, tourism operators are fearful as the arrival of the Delta variant in Aotearoa has cut off the only market open to them - the domestic Kiwi traveller.

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  • Warning of big Covid-19 lockdown losses from some tourism operators

    Stuff, 18 August 2021

    Some of New Zealand's biggest tourism companies are looking at big losses during the sudden level 4 lockdown, and one Queenstown hotel says the timing is terrible.

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  • New Zealand set to reopen borders with quarantine-free travel in 2022

    Evening Standard, 17 August 2021

    New Zealand - which has completely stamped out the coronavirus - has hopes of reopening its borders in 2022.

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  • Tourism unsure of impact of losing second Amazon Lord of the Rings TV series

    Stuff, 14 August 2021

    The tourism industry is unsure what impact the loss of the Lord of the Rings TV series to the United Kingdom will have on potential visitor numbers, especially with Covid-19 in the mix.

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  • Coronavirus: Expert fears just 'one or two people' will ruin self-isolation plan for everyone

    Newshub, 13 August 2021

    The Government on Thursday morning revealed plans to test ways to slowly reopen the border, including letting some Kiwis self-isolate at home rather than taking up space in MIQ facilities. A trial will be held later this year, open to people returning from short overseas trips for work.

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  • Tourism and business leaders welcome clarity around when and how New Zealand reopens

    Stuff, 12 August 2021

    Tourism and business leaders have welcomed the Government’s plan to reconnect New Zealand with the world.

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  • Reconnecting NZ to the world: Tourism and travel pinpoint the secret to making it happen

    NZ Herald, 12 August 2021

    Tourism and travel leaders are encouraged by the Government's plans to reconnect with the world, but say the onus now goes on New Zealanders to get the Covid-19 jab.

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  • Tourism industry finally has a road map for borders reopening

    Newstalk ZB, 12 August 2021

    The tourism industry says entering New Zealand next year needs to be easy - because people are lining up to visit.

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  • Tourism industry welcomes roadmap to reopen Aotearoa

    Radio NZ, 12 August 2021

    [00:01:32] Tourism Industry Aotearoa Chief Executive Chris Roberts says the plan is no quick fix, but it could set the country up well, well, in the long term.

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  • NZ border reopening: 'We need to recover, rebuild and reconnect' - Tourism industry

    Radio NZ, 12 August 2021

    The tourism industry is welcoming a new roadmap to reopen Aotearoa's borders next year, while bracing for more months without international visitors.

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  • Q’town’s champions

    Mountain Scene, 10 August 2021

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  • DOC cracks down on Great Walk operators pre-booking huts

    Stuff, 10 August 2021

    The Department of Conservation is cracking down on tourism businesses which pre-book huts on Great Walks – something one affected operator says is “completely unreasonable”.

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  • Business digest: Bay investors jump at chance to own piece of shopping centre

    Bay of Plenty Times Premium, 8 August 2021

    More than 2000 new investors, including many Bay of Plenty residents, have jumped at the chance to own a share of Bethlehem Town Centre.

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  • Hopes for a less strict MIQ system as vaccine rolls out across NZ

    Radio NZ, 6 August 2021

    People in the tourism and infrastructure industries are hoping the government will soon change the way it assesses the risk travellers bring when they arrive in New Zealand.

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  • Tourism industry hoping low risk travellers could come soon

    Radio NZ, 6 August 2021

    [00:00:00] People in the tourism and infrastructure industries are hoping more low risk travellers will soon be allowed into New Zealand. ... [00:01:34] Chris Roberts, chief executive of Tourism Industry Aotearoa, says it would be a welcome move.

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  • Hopes for a less strict MIQ system as vaccine rolls out across NZ

    Radio NZ, 6 August 2021

    People in the tourism and infrastructure industries are hoping the government will soon change the way it assesses the risk travellers bring when they arrive in New Zealand.

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  • Māori tourism operators recognised in industry awards finals

    Te Ao Māori News, 5 August 2021

    Six leading individuals and 23 businesses are in the running for 11 of New Zealand’s most prestigious tourism awards, among them a number of Māori-owned, operated or managed providers.

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  • Bridget Legnavsky named an ‘outstanding performer’

    Wanaka App, 3 August 2021

    Cardrona Alpine Resort/Treble Cone Ski Area’s Bridget Legnavsky is a finalist for the Marsh Tourism Industry Champion Award at the upcoming New Zealand Tourism Awards.

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  • DOC gives Great Walk operators notice to stop pre-booking huts

    Stuff, 1 August 2021

    A change that could stop tourism businesses pre-booking huts on Great Walks has brought mixed reactions from operators.

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  • Proposed Milford Sound Airport closure a 'kick in the guts' to local operators

    NZ Herald, 28 July 2021

    A plan to close the Milford Sound airstrip has been met with outrage by local tourism operators who use the runway.

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  • Trans-Tasman bubble suspension hits tourism, hospitality hard again

    Radio NZ, 26 July 2021

    The tourism and hospitality sectors are disappointed but understanding of the decision to suspend the travel bubble.

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  • Coronavirus: Trans-Tasman bubble pause the 'right decision' but tourism operators still 'gutted'

    Newshub, 24 July 2021

    A leading epidemiologist says the move to suspend the trans-Tasman travel bubble for eight weeks is the "right decision" but the country's tourism industry is still reeling from the pause.

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  • Rush home for 20,000 Kiwis in Oz after Ardern pops travel bubble

    Newstalk ZB, 24 July 2021

    The rush home for up to 20,000-odd Kiwis in Australia is on following the suspension of the transtasman bubble and a seven-day deadline for getting back without the need for an MIQ voucher - which are all currently taken.

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  • Covid-19: Tourism industry's 'new normal' still three to five years away, but operators not prepared to 'roll over' and quit

    Stuff, 20 July 2021

    The trans-Tasman bubble provided a slither of hope for the tourism industry, but it might take up to five years for the sector to settle into what will be the “new normal”.

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  • Government extension of migrant workers visas welcomed by farmers, tourism, winegrowers, business

    NZ Herald Premium, 16 July 2021

    Federated Farmers and other business groups have welcomed the Government extension of Essential Skills visas.

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  • Trans-Tasman bubble reopens with mandatory $220 pre-departure test

    News.com.au, 7 July 2021

    A tourism industry expert has warned a pre-departure test for Australians flying to New Zealand could turn people off future travel.

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  • Pre-departure Covid-19 testing may be a step too far for trans-Tasman tourists, experts say

    Stuff, 6 July 2021

    The requirement for travellers flying from Australia to New Zealand to get a Covid-19 pre-departure test, costing up to A$220 (NZ$235), will put some people off trans-Tasman travel, industry experts say.

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  • Deputy PM unconcerned by plunging popularity for Labour in new poll

    Newstalk ZB, 5 July 2021

    Deputy Prime Minister Grant Robertson is unconcerned by a poll showing the Government's popularity plunging.

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  • Eliminate or learn to live with it - what's the Covid end-game?

    Stuff, 3 July 2021

    It’s early 2022 and a nurse jubilantly jabs a needle into a compliant arm. That’s it – every eligible Kiwi who wants to be vaccinated against Covid-19 has now received two shots of the Pfizer vaccine.

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  • Passenger entry fee set to increase 200 per cent in December, industry group says

    Stuff, 2 July 2021

    Cabinet plans to hike a border processing levy by 200 per cent to $63 for air passengers, a group representing the tourism industry says.

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  • Consultation on higher travel levy not genuine, industry says

    NBR, 2 July 2021

    The Cabinet has already reached a decision in principle to increase the border processing levy by more than 200% despite a proposal document still being out for consultation, Tourism Industry Aotearoa says.

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  • Migrant labour inquiry in fishing industry aims to boost Kiwi jobs

    Newstalk ZB, 2 July 2021

    1:10 I find this story quite incredible, sort of buried in a statement that was put out by Chris Roberts from the Tourism Industry Association. ... 1:53 Well, little did they know Chris Roberts did the official information act request. ... And that is increasing the levy on December the first 260 $3 Chris Roberts points out a 200% increase on people coming into the country.

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  • Taskforce recommends making tourism affordable, accessible

    Radio NZ, 2 July 2021

    Some of the country's biggest tourism minds have been tackling the issues around access to the sights and sounds of New Zealand.

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  • Mackenzie operators upbeat despite Aussie travel pause

    Stuff, 2 July 2021

    Lake Takapō/Tekapo tourism operators are relying on domestic visitors to help dodge a serious economic impact from the trans-Tasman bubble pause.

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