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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.

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  • 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

    Winning a Qualmark 100% Pure New Zealand Experience Award in Christchurch last late last month was the icing on the cake for Ziptrek Ecotours boss Trent Yeo.

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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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  • The Ryan Bridge Show Catchup Podcast - 16-July-2021

    The Ryan Bridge Show Catchup Podcast - 16-July-2021 - The Ryan Bridge Show, 16 July 2021

    [00:01:55] Tourism operators have been handed a win as they struggle under the pressure of international visitor losses. ... [00:02:09] Tourism Industry Aotearoa CEO Chris Roberts says the industry cannot go on without them. ... [00:02:23] Some of our migrant workers are very valuable staff, Chris Roberts says good staff are crucial to having a good experience here.

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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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