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Mining national parks could put New Zealand’s tourism industry at risk

Opening up the conservation estate to mining interests could put New Zealand’s 20.1 billion NZ dollars (13.8 billion US dollars) tourism industry at risk, the Tourism Industry Association New Zealand (TIA) warned on Friday.

“New Zealand’s natural scenery and landscapes are the main reason international visitors come here. Our national parks and reserves are also important to domestic tourism and form the basis of thousands of tourism businesses,” TIA Chief Executive Tim Cossar said in a statement.

“Taking a long-term view, it may be that tourism is a more valuable and sustainable industry to New Zealand’s economy than mining. This is something we’ll be wanting to talk to Government about if this idea proceeds,” he said.

new zealand tourism“New Zealand is internationally recognized for the leadership it has shown in managing one-third of the country as conservation estate. Our 100 Percent Pure international brand is based on our intrinsic commitment to our unspoiled landscapes,” he aded.

The Tourism Industry Election Manifesto, released in the run-up to last year’s General Election, highlighted that improving New Zealand’s environmental performance was a priority for the tourism industry.

“We must protect and enhance our environment, so it can continue to be enjoyed by future generations of New Zealanders and future visitors. This is not optional – it is a necessity if tourism is going to continue to be one of New Zealand’s biggest export industries,” Cossar said.

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ZestAir was First to Order Brand New Airbus A320

Zest Airways (ZestAir) of the Philippines has placed a firm order with Airbus for its first brand new single aisle A320.

The aircraft will join an existing fleet of two A320s that the airline purchased in the open market in 2008.

Ambassador Alfredo M. Yao, President and CEO ZestAir said, “With our plans to expand our operation to the Southeast Asian region, it becomes necessary to grow our fleet size.

zest-airwaysOur A320s provide our passengers with added space, comfort and has proven to be reliable and operate at cost efficient levels.”

Philippines-based ZestAir currently serves a network of 18 destinations across the Philippines.

With the delivery of its newly ordered aircraft the airline will be able to extend its network to international destinations in Asia.

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Australia helps increase New Zealand Visitor Arrivals

Australia has again shown its importance to New Zealand’s tourism industry, with Australian arrivals helping to hold up declines from other markets.

Statistics from Tourism New Zealand show visitor arrivals dropped 4.2% in November 2008 compared with the same month last year. Arrivals from Australia rose 1.8% in November, offsetting sharp declines in arrivals from most major Asian markets. Overall, arrivals from Europe held reasonably steady, down 2.4%.

“The arrivals figures for November are very much in line with expectations and again show the importance of the Australian market in the current economic climate,” said Tourism New Zealand chief executive, George Hickton.

Tourism New Zealand is planning a burst of marketing activity in the New Year, with campaigns running in the US, China and the UK. Continue Reading

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Air New Zealand to Raise Airfares

Air New Zealand airfares across many routes will increase from 17 July in response to continued high jet fuel prices.

Airfares sold in New Zealand for Tasman and domestic flights will rise by an average 3% while fares to North America, Asia and United Kingdom will rise by an average 5%.

“Air New Zealand regrets having to lift fares,” said Air New Zealand Deputy CEO Norm Thompson. “However with jet fuel now above US$170 a barrel we cannot continue to absorb the significantly higher cost of fuel, of which this increase will only partially recover.”

The increases will apply for tickets purchased after 17 July, 2008.

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Top Tourism Operator appointed to Air New Zealand Board

Paul Bingham, one of New Zealand’s top tourism operators, has been appointed to the Air New Zealand Board as an additional non executive Director.

Mr Bingham, 39, is the Managing Director of Black Cat Cruises, the award-winning cruise operator based at Banks Peninsula, near Christchurch. He is also a Board member of Tourism New Zealand and Chair of Christchurch and Canterbury Tourism.

Air New Zealand Chairman, John Palmer, said the Air New Zealand Board recognised the critical importance of tourism to the national economy and the company. “We deliberately set out to find a hands-on operator who could bring some new and different perspectives to our Board. Paul’s record in growing his business, especially in the important environment area, was exactly what we were looking for,” he said.

Mr Bingham has received a number of awards for his business growth and innovation in environmental tourism.

Mr Bingham has been Managing Director of Black Cat Cruises since 1999. Prior to his current position, he held a number of senior marketing roles at Tourism Holdings Ltd and Air New Zealand.

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Intelligent Spas Publishes New Zealand Spa Benchmark Report

Intelligent Spas has released its New Zealand Spa Benchmark Report 2002-2010 which shows that total spa industry revenue in New Zealand has grown 72% over the last five years.

The New Zealand Spa Benchmark Report 2002-2010 includes updated financial benchmarks for revenue and employment plus valuable benchmark ratios such as daily revenue per spa, revenue per square metre and employees per treatment room. Current industry trends observed by spa owners and managers and new profile benchmarks detailing infrastructure, business models and treatments are also included in the report. Many of the benchmarks are available by both the New Zealand industry average and by spa type for day spas.

“This third survey of New Zealand spas found although the industry has grown overall in terms of spa numbers, employment and revenue, average annual revenue per spa has decreased over the last five years. The new financial benchmarks included in the report empower spas to accurately analyse the state of their business in comparison to the competitive marketplace and modify their operations to improve and maintain their performance” explained Julie Garrow, Managing Director of the independent research company, Intelligent Spas. Continue Reading

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Places To See On Your Holidays In New Zealand

New Zealand is known as the beautiful land of the Kiwis and Kangaroos. New Zealand is a beautiful country full of lush forests, stunning beaches and amazing mountain peaks. It also is full of wildlife and the pleasant climate makes it an ideal place to visit and unwind. It is growing in popularity with tourists and has some great holiday home accommodation to rent as holiday homes.

Due to the fabulous outdoor life style that New Zealand has to offer, you will find some of the most diverse range of holiday home accommodation to rent here. There are some luxurious holiday villas with swimming pools by the sea. In the more built up areas of New Zealand there are a good selection of self catering holiday apartments. Further inland you can rent a country holiday cottage and up in the mountains are some great ski chalets.

The history of New Zealand is a mix of European, Maori, Pacific and Asian cultures. The Maoris were the early settlers who are said to be Polynesians and have links with Hawaii culture. Later the European and Pacific settlers came to New Zealand. As a result New Zealand has a true cosmopolitan feel to it. Continue Reading

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