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Michael Baines

Education the key to safer tourist driving – MANZ

May 12, 2014 • Accommodation, FeaturedComments (0)

Greater education not greater restriction is the key to making our roads safer for tourists and kiwis alike, the Motel Association of New Zealand (MANZ) says. Knee-jerk calls to limit the ability of tourists from some countries to be able to drive in New Zealand is not the answer to incidents of visitors driving dangerously, ...

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Queenstown Resort College students join Global Hotel Competition

May 2, 2014 • Accommodation, FeaturedComments (0)

Three students from hospitality institute Queenstown Resort College (QRC) are currently competing in the global competition ‘Accor Takeoff!’ created by renowned Hotel Group Accor. After two successful editions of the competition in Europe and Asia, Accor...


Hotel Industry Awards – call for entries

April 28, 2014 • Accommodation, FeaturedComments (0)

New Zealand’s valuable hotel sector is looking to recognise individual and environmental excellence as it calls for entries for the 2014 Hotel Industry Awards. Entries are being sought for three awards: Hotel Industry Senior Executive of the Year – an...

Michael Baines

Local government funding review need to focus on equality – MANZ

April 14, 2014 • Accommodation, FeaturedComments (0)

It’s encouraging to see that the way local government is funded is being reviewed, however it is crucial that any potential changes aim to create a fairer system of revenue gathering, the Motel Association of New Zealand (MANZ) says. The review announced by...

Michael Baines

Living wage puts bill on those who cannot afford it – MANZ

April 1, 2014 • AccommodationComments (2)

The calls for a so-called living wage ignores economic reality and puts the cost on to mostly small businesses that cannot afford it, says the Motel Association of New Zealand (MANZ). New Zealand economic growth is still fragile and many small businesses such...


Holiday parks look forward to Tourism 2025 boost

March 24, 2014 • Accommodation, TourismComments (0)

All of New Zealand’s holiday parks are being encouraged to support the tourism industry’s new growth framework, Tourism 2025 – Growing Value Together/Whakatipu Uara Ngatahi. Released today, Tourism 2025 sets a strong direction for the next decade, which...

UK Air Passenger Duty cut a boost for NZ tourism

UK Air Passenger Duty cut a boost for NZ tourism

March 21, 2014 • Accommodation, FeaturedComments (0)

The tourism industry is welcoming the decision by the UK government to cut Air Passenger Duty (APD) on long-haul flights. In the UK Budget last night, Chancellor George Osborne announced that tax on long-haul flights to New Zealand would be cut with effect...

Christchurch TOP 10 Holiday Park

Confidence High In Canterbury

March 10, 2014 • Accommodation, FeaturedComments (0)

Canterbury is the country’s most optimistic region, annual results from the Holiday Parks Association of New Zealand (HAPNZ) Business Confidence Monitor show. The monitor reveals that Canterbury holiday parks were the most confident overall during 2013,...

Ohope Beach TOP 10 Holiday Park

Happy times for holiday parks

March 4, 2014 • Accommodation, FeaturedComments (0)

These are happy times for holiday parks around New Zealand, judging by the optimism being felt by park owners. The Holiday Parks Business Confidence Monitor for January/February 2014 shows business confidence is well ahead of the same time last year....

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Queenstown hits record guest nights for year end 2013

February 26, 2014 • Accommodation, FeaturedComments (0)

Statistics New Zealand’s Commercial Accommodation Monitor (CAM) figures for December 2013 show total Queenstown guest nights for year-end 2013 rose 8.4% to 2,756,149. From January 2013 every month recorded an increase over the prior year, resulting in the...