TIA Media

TIA Media Releases

  • TIA Chief Executive stepping down

    7 October 2021

    After more than seven years as chief executive of Tourism Industry Aotearoa, Chris Roberts will be stepping down effective from 31 January 2022.

    Download (126 KB)
  • Tourism accepted as NCEA subject, boosts industry

    1 October 2021

    The future of Aotearoa New Zealand’s tourism industry is looking brighter with confirmation that Tourism has been accepted as a new NCEA Achievement Standard subject from 2023.

    Download (127 KB)
  • Wage subsidies must continue at Level 2, TIA says

    1 October 2021

    Tourism Industry Aotearoa is calling for wage subsidies to continue if Auckland’s boundaries remain closed next week, even if the city moves to Alert Level 2.

    Download (127 KB)
  • New residence pathway a relief to tourism businesses and their staff

    30 September 2021

    Tourism employers and their valuable workers from overseas will be delighted by the announcement today of a simplified pathway to residence.

    Download (130 KB)
  • Border levy increase disappoints tourism industry

    29 Sept 2021

    Tourism Industry Aotearoa says tourism operators will be dismayed that the cost is to go up for all travellers crossing New Zealand’s borders from 1 December.

    Download (121 KB)
  • TRENZ Connect keeps NZ tourism on international radar

    23 Sept 2021

    TRENZ Connect, the exciting new digital marketplace for the international travel trade to connect with international market-ready New Zealand tourism operators, launches today at www.trenzconnect.co.nz

    Download (130 KB)
  • Future TRENZ plans revealed

    17 Sept 2021

    Plans to showcase New Zealand’s tourism industry to influential international travel buyers in 2022 and 2023 have been revealed today by Tourism Industry Aotearoa.

    Download (141 KB)
  • Wage subsidy continuation a relief to tourism businesses

    7 September 2021

    Tourism operators and their staff around the country will be relieved by today’s confirmation that the wage subsidy remains available to them, according to Tourism Industry Aotearoa.

    Download (129 KB)
  • Survey finds severe mental health challenges among tourism operators

    1 Sept 2021

    Eighteen months after New Zealand’s borders closed, the mental health of tourism operators is under severe pressure, a new survey has found.

    Download (134 KB)
  • Alert level change gives NZ tourism operators hope

    27 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 we reach Alert Level 2, Tourism Industry Aotearoa says.

    Download (129 KB)
  • Reconnection plan provides clarity for tourism businesses

    12 Aug 2021

    The tourism industry is welcoming the increased clarity around when and how New Zealand will reconnect with the world, Tourism Industry Aotearoa says.

    Download (132 KB)
  • New Zealand Tourism Awards 2021 finalists revealed

    2 August 2021

    Tourism businesses operating from the Bay of Islands to Rakiura Stewart Island have today been named as finalists in the New Zealand Tourism Awards 2021.

    Download (154 KB)
  • Bold ideas and a clear vision for Milford Sound Piopiotahi

    28 July 2021

    The Milford Opportunities Project’s masterplan has innovative, bold and challenging ideas that could radically change the way we look after one of the jewels in New Zealand’s tourism crown, Tourism Industry Aotearoa says.

    Download (133 KB)
  • Visa and infrastructure announcements welcome news

    16 July 2021

    Many tourism employers around New Zealand and their highly valued employees on work visas will be delighted and relieved by today’s announcement extending Essential Skills Visas.

    Download (122 KB)
  • Higher travel levy will slow tourism recovery

    2 July 2021

    A proposal to increase a levy by more than 200% for all air travellers crossing the New Zealand border will be another brake on the tourism industry’s recovery, Tourism Industry Aotearoa says.

    Download (124 KB)
  • Tourism industry moves forward as Summit makes Waikato debut

    22 June 2021

    Tourism Summit Aotearoa is heading to Kirikiriroa Hamilton for the first time, centred around a theme of “Kōkiri – Go forth!”

    Download (104 KB)
  • NZ Tourism Awards return for 2021

    14 June 2021

    Entries are open for the New Zealand Tourism Awards, returning for 2021 to showcase and celebrate the tourism industry’s individual and business successes.

    Download (170 KB)
  • Concern at extra charges on travellers

    8 June 2021

    New proposals which could see a massive hike in charges for all travellers crossing the New Zealand border are extremely troubling and should not go ahead, Tourism Industry Aotearoa says.

    Download (122 KB)
  • New Zealanders taking longer domestic holidays

    18 May 2021

    New Zealanders are spending more time on holiday in their own country and are really enjoying their experiences, new research shows.

    Download (129 KB)
  • Consistent national approach needed for freedom camping – TIA

    14 May 2021

    The Government’s review of freedom camping is an opportunity to create a nationally consistent approach to managing camping around the country, Tourism Industry Aotearoa says.

    Download (166 KB)
  • Tourism industry keen to partner with Govt on revitalisation

    6 May 2021

    The tourism industry is looking forward to working with the Government on its plan to build a bright future for tourism in New Zealand, peak association Tourism Industry Aotearoa says.

    Download (143 KB)
  • New digital platform to connect NZ with international travel trade

    6 May 2021

    A new way for New Zealand’s tourism industry to connect with the international travel trade, anytime and anywhere, has been announced today at TRENZ Hui 2021.

    Download (143 KB)
  • 4 out of every 10 tourism jobs lost in last year, survey shows

    5 May 2021

    New Zealand’s tourism businesses have on average seen their revenues cut almost in half and have shed 4 out of every 10 of their staff, according to a new survey by Tourism Industry Aotearoa.

    Download (149 KB)
  • Tourism operators gear up to revive and revitalise the industry

    3 May 2021

    New Zealand tourism operators are gearing up to collaborate on key challenges at TRENZ Hui 2021 in Ōtautahi Christchurch this week.

    Download (164 KB)
  • Trans-Tasman bubble benefits NZ 

    29 April 2021

    More people have entered New Zealand than have left since the opening of the trans-Tasman bubble.

    Download (192 KB)
  • Tourism industry prepares to futureproof its comeback

    21 April 2021

    An event to prepare the New Zealand tourism industry for the return of international visitors has reached capacity with more than 700 tourism operators registered to attend.

    Download (172 KB)
  • Tourism employers welcome back working holidaymakers

    16 Apr 2021

    Tourism businesses gearing up for the return of Australian visitors from next week will be relieved to learn that they will also have access to an offshore pool of much-needed job candidates, Tourism Industry Aotearoa says.

    Download (130 KB)
  • Tourism industry supports better freedom camping management

    9 April 2021

    Tourism Industry Aotearoa supports Government efforts to further improve the management of freedom camping in New Zealand but says the proposals must be fully tested and assessed.

    Download (124 KB)
  • Supporting local tourism helps neighbourhoods thrive

    8 April 2021

    Championing small tourism businesses is a great way to support regions and local communities, says Tourism Industry Aotearoa.

    Download (208 KB)
  • Warm welcome awaits Australian visitors to NZ

    6 April 2021

    Tourism operators around the country are breathing a sigh of relief at the opening of the trans-Tasman travel bubble on 19 April.

    Download (121 KB)
  • TIA urges Govt to continue Tourism Futures Taskforce mahi

    26 March 2021

    Tourism Industry Aotearoa is urging the Government to carry forward the work done by the Tourism Futures Taskforce so New Zealand can create a world-leading sustainable tourism future.

    Download (123 KB)
  • Tourism industry disappointed at delay in confirming Australian travel date

    22 March 2021

    Thousands of keen travellers and the tourism businesses ready to welcome them will be disappointed to learn they must wait another two weeks for guidance on when quarantine-free trans-Tasman travel might begin.

    Download (129 KB)
  • Tourism is ready to work with Govt on industry future

    19 March 2021

    New Zealand’s tourism industry is ready and willing to work with the Government on the revival of the industry but needs immediate action and a clear roadmap to recovery, Tourism Industry Aotearoa says.

    Download (123 KB)
  • TRENZ transforms for international tourism revival

    12 March 2021

    New Zealand’s biggest annual international tourism business event has a new name and a new format to support Kiwi tourism operators in preparing for the reopening of our borders.

    Download (140 KB)
  • TIA Chief Exec named AuSAE Association Influencer 2020

    1 March 2021

    TIA Chief Executive Chris Roberts has been selected as one of 13 New Zealand and Australian Association Influencers in 2020.

    Download (207 KB)
  • Pandemic changes NZ domestic travel habits, satisfaction high

    25 Feb 2021

    The pandemic has changed Kiwis’ domestic travel habits and we are loving holidaying at home, new research shows.

    Download (133 KB)
  • Environmental report a valuable contribution to tourism debate

    18 Feb 2021

    The Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment’s proposals to address environmental challenges facing tourism makes a valuable contribution to discussion on the industry’s future, Tourism Industry Aotearoa says.

    Download (133 KB)
  • Visitor strategy a positive step for DOC and the tourism industry

    17 Feb 2021

    It’s been a long time coming, but Tourism Industry Aotearoa is pleased that the Department of Conservation finally has a Heritage and Visitor Strategy.

    Download (116 KB)
  • Increase sick leave but support employers, TIA says

    29 January 2021

    Increasing sick leave entitlements will help protect the health of New Zealanders but employers need support to meet the extra costs, Tourism Industry Aotearoa says.

    Download (134 KB)
  • Hotel room incomes plummeted in 2020

    11 January 2020

    Data from New Zealand's largest and longest running hotel benchmarking programme shows the devastating impact of the pandemic on hotel revenues, with overall room income in 2020 falling by 40%.

    Download (172 KB)
  • New statistics show importance of tourism to NZ recovery

    22 December 2020

    The critical importance of the tourism industry to New Zealand’s economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic has been reinforced by the latest statistics.

    Download (135 KB)
  • TRENZ returning as hybrid event in 2021

    15 December 2020

    New Zealand's biggest annual international travel and trade event is set to return in 2021 – but not in its usual form.

    Download (126 KB)
  • Tourism students awarded $4500 scholarships

    19 November 2020

    Two tertiary students have each received a $4500 boost to help them complete their final year of study and prepare for their prospective careers in the tourism industry.

    Download (694 KB)
  • Lincoln University academic wins top tourism award

    18 Nov 2020

    Tourism’s most prestigious individual honour, the Sir Jack Newman Award, has been presented to a university academic for the first time.

    Download (135 KB)
  • Tourism operators struggling with staffing

    17 Nov 2020

    Staffing is one of the biggest headaches for New Zealand tourism operators at present, even though their businesses continue to be impacted by the closed borders.

    Download (163 KB)
  • Tourism industry reunites to revive and revitalise

    16 November 2020

    More than 300 tourism leaders and stakeholders will gather in Wellington tomorrow to focus on the revival and revitalisation of New Zealand’s tourism industry.

    Download (127 KB)
  • Small business needs recognised by reference group

    9 November 2020

    A new group has been established by Tourism Industry Aotearoa to explore the challenges and opportunities facing small tourism businesses.

    Download (123 KB)
  • TIA welcomes Nash to tourism portfolio

    2 November 2020

    Tourism Industry Aotearoa is welcoming the appointment of Stuart Nash as Minister of Tourism and looks forward to working with him on the industry’s recovery.

    Download (135 KB)
  • Govt’s first 100 days critical to tourism

    19 October 2020

    In its first 100 days, the new Government must make plans to reopen New Zealand’s borders and issue a $200 domestic Travel Card to every Kiwi, Tourism Industry Aotearoa says.

    Download (140 KB)
  • Tourism industry continues to need people

    12 Oct 2020

    While thousands of tourism jobs have been lost due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we must guard against future labour and skill shortages, Tourism Industry Aotearoa says.

    Download (135 KB)
  • Improved data & research needed for tourism industry revival

    7 Oct 2020

    The dearth of data and research available to New Zealand’s tourism industry must be addressed to support its revival, Tourism Industry Aotearoa says.

    Download (142 KB)
  • TIA offers helping hand to adventure tourism operators

    2 October 2020

    Cash-strapped adventure tourism operators are being offered a helping hand by Tourism Industry Aotearoa so they can complete safety audits.

    Download (114 KB)
  • Bold changes needed to grow conservation and tourism

    25 September 2020

    Tourism Industry Aotearoa is calling on the incoming Government to be bold in overhauling conservation legislation in the interests of both the natural environment and tourism.

    Download (143 KB)
  • Pandemic offers unique opportunity to shape NZ tourism industry

    15 September 2020

    The COVID-19 pandemic offers New Zealand a unique opportunity to shape a tourism industry that delivers real benefits for New Zealanders, Tourism Industry Aotearoa says.

    Download (189 KB)
  • Government support needed to create great places to live and visit

    14 September 2020

    The next Government must give a revitalised tourism industry a central role in the recovery of New Zealand’s regions, Tourism Industry Aotearoa says.

    Download (135 KB)
  • Flight restrictions causing school holiday uncertainty

    10 September 2020

    Tourism Industry Aotearoa is calling on the Government to loosen physical distancing requirements on domestic aircraft to give families the opportunity to make school holiday bookings.

    Download (124 KB)
  • True partnership needed for tourism recovery

    4 September 2020

    When the new Government is elected, tourism operators will be looking for a clear signal that it is willing to work in close partnership on rebuilding the industry, Tourism Industry Aotearoa says.

    Download (146 KB)
  • Tourism industry unites to revive and revitalise

    3 September 2020

    Air New Zealand’s Chief Executive Greg Foran is among notable speakers at this year’s Tourism Summit Aotearoa, a full-day event focusing on the revival and revitalisation of New Zealand’s tourism industry.

    Download (129 KB)
  • Tourism industry redoubles sustainability efforts

    27 August 2020

    Tourism Industry Aotearoa has today unveiled a refreshed version of the sustainability platform for the industry – the New Zealand Tourism Sustainability Commitment-He Kupu Taurangi Kia Toitū Ai Te Tāpoitanga.

    Download (134 KB)
  • Keeping New Zealand safe puts heavy burden on tourism operators

    24 August 2020

    While recognising that the extension of the COVID-19 Alert Levels is needed to protect the health of New Zealanders, it will put more pressure on tourism businesses around the country who are desperately trying to survive, says Tourism Industry Aotearoa.

    Download (113 KB)
  • New Govt must have the vision to revitalise tourism

    7 August 2020

    The incoming Government must have the vision to take bold decisions to fix issues that have long prevented tourism from delivering maximum benefit to New Zealanders, Tourism Industry Aotearoa says.

    Download (141 KB)
  • Government job not yet done for tourism

    1 August 2020

    The tourism industry is feeling underwhelmed by the Government’s latest allocation of funding to support devastated tourism businesses, Tourism Industry Aotearoa says.

    Download (134 KB)
  • Industry bodies unite to call for ongoing Govt assistance

    28 July 2020

    Industry organisations from across the tourism, travel, aviation, hospitality and event sectors have joined forces to plead for assurance about Government plans for ongoing support.

    Download (138 KB)
  • Action plan for incoming Govt to revive tourism industry

    23 July 2020

    Priority actions for the incoming Government to revive and revitalise the tourism industry have been unveiled today by Tourism Industry Aotearoa.

    Download (144 KB)
  • Staff retention top of mind for desperate tourism businesses

    17 July 2020

    Almost three quarters of tourism businesses want further wage support from government, according to a new survey by Tourism Industry Aotearoa.

    Download (108 KB)
  • NZ and Australian travellers vital to NZ hotel survival

    1 July 2020

    Stimulation of domestic travel and opening the borders to Australia are the top priorities for hotels to remain open for the next 12 months, according to a new survey.

    Download (89 KB)
  • Concession relief supports tourism survival

    26 June 2020

    The waiving of Department of Conservation concession fees for 15 months is a huge relief for hundreds of tourism businesses, and will support their survival and recovery, Tourism Industry Aotearoa says.

    Download (122 KB)
  • Drop Auckland accommodation rate, TIA says

    19 June 2020

    Tourism Industry Aotearoa is calling for Auckland Council to drop the Accommodation Provider Targeted Rate permanently.

    Download (110 KB)
  • Govt must focus on tourism at Level 1

    8 June 2020

    Government support must now focus on businesses still directly impacted by border restrictions at Alert Level 1, says Tourism Industry Aotearoa.

    Download (75 KB)
  • Govt tourism funding to help regional recovery

    4 June 2020

    Eligible tourism businesses need to act quickly to seek assistance from the Government’s Strategic Tourism Assets Protection Programme, Tourism Industry Aotearoa says.

    Download (116 KB)
  • Progression of trans-Tasman bubble offers lifeline to tourism industry

    27 May 2020

    New Zealand must move quickly to make the most of Australians’ enthusiasm for trans-Tasman travel, says Tourism Industry Aotearoa.

    Download (105 KB)
  • Monthly Hotel Benchmarking Programme now available to all hotels

    20 May 2020

    TIA is pleased to announce that the monthly Hotel Benchmarking Programme is now available to all hotels that want to participate.

    Download (138 KB)
  • Budget 2020 sending right signals for tourism recovery

    14 May 2020

    Budget 2020 support for New Zealand’s devastated tourism businesses sends good signals that the Government has recognised the industry’s needs and will be an active partner in its recovery, Tourism Industry Aotearoa says.

    Download (157 KB)
  • Tourism operators excited to host Kiwis again

    11 May 2020

    Tourism operators are excited that they can start hosting Kiwis again from Thursday.

    Download (143 KB)
  • Bleak outlook for NZ hotels

    11 May 2020

    Business confidence among New Zealand’s hard-hit hotel sector is much bleaker than business confidence in general, according to a new survey.

    Download (89 KB)
  • TIA appoints new independent chair

    8 May 2020

    Tourism Industry Aotearoa’s Board of Directors has appointed a new independent chair, Gráinne Troute.

    Download (133 KB)
  • Tourism operators relieved to get back to work

    7 May 2020

    Today’s announcement that travel within New Zealand will be allowed at COVID-19 Alert Level 2 is a huge relief to the tourism industry, Tourism Industry Aotearoa says.

    Download (143 KB)
  • No time to lose in allowing safe NZ travel

    6 May 2020

    A new Reserve Bank assessment of the economic impact of COVID-19 underlines the importance of getting New Zealanders moving again.

    Download (257 KB)
  • Alarming impact of COVID-19 on tourism industry revealed

    5 May 2020

    A survey by Tourism Industry Aotearoa has revealed the devastating impact of COVID-19 on New Zealand’s tourism industry and what individual businesses are doing to survive.

    Download (119 KB)
  • Domestic travel must be permitted at L2

    1 May 2020

    New Zealanders can travel safely within our own country at Level 2 and must be allowed to do so, Tourism Industry Aotearoa says.

    Download (136 KB)
  • Auckland hoteliers relieved by rates decision

    17 April 2020

    Auckland hotels and other commercial accommodation providers will be greatly relieved by the decision to suspend the city’s Accommodation Provider Targeted Rate (APTR) for a year, says Tourism Industry Aotearoa.

    Download (133 KB)
  • Tax relief will help but more support needed for tourism businesses

    15 April 2020

    The new business support measures announced by the Government today will come as a relief to thousands of struggling tourism businesses, Tourism Industry Aotearoa says.

    Download (126 KB)
  • Private sector ready to reimagine tourism

    8 April 2020

    The tourism industry is ready and willing to join the Government in planning the future of tourism for New Zealand, Tourism Industry Aotearoa says.

    Download (134 KB)
  • Tourism industry welcomes international visitor repatriation plan

    2 April 2020

    Tens of thousands of visitors to New Zealand will be relieved that they now have some chance of returning home before the lockdown ends, Tourism Industry Aotearoa says.

    Download (133 KB)
  • UK job furlough scheme should be copied in NZ

    21 March 2020

    Tourism Industry Aotearoa is urging the New Zealand Government to take a close look at the latest business and job support measures announced by the UK Government.

    Download (136 KB)
  • Tourism businesses closing, laying off thousands

    19 March 2020

    Medium and large tourism businesses around the country will be forced to lay staff off and close their doors if they do not receive immediate assistance from the Government.

    Download (164 KB)
  • TRENZ 2020 cancelled

    17 March 2020

    Tourism Industry Aotearoa (TIA) and the Tourism Industry New Zealand Trust (TINZT) are deeply disappointed to announce the cancellation of TRENZ 2020.

    Download (135 KB)
  • Govt support package is good start but tourism jobs still threatened

    17 March 2020

    The Government’s Business Continuity Package will come as immediate relief to tourism operators facing a devastating downturn, Tourism Industry Aotearoa says.

    Download (144 KB)
  • New event offers skills to help tourism businesses talk to communities

    10 February 2020

    Communications professionals will learn how to increase support for tourism through better storytelling at a new event coming to Auckland this March.

    Download (111 KB)
  • Rates decision disappoints tourism industry

    7 February 2020

    The tourism industry is disappointed that Auckland hotels and other commercial accommodation providers will be forced to pay the city’s targeted rate following a High Court decision.

    Download (124 KB)
  • Earlier media releases

    To see copies of earlier TIA media releases email TIA Communications Manager Ann-Marie Johnson, ann-marie.johnson@tia.org.nz