The credibility of official government visitor statistics has been called into question by a damning review of the International Visitor Survey (IVS), and Tourism Industry Aotearoa (TIA) says the results are deeply concerning.
Thirty-two tourism operators and stakeholders from 26 organisations have been announced as finalists in the 2018 New Zealand Tourism Awards - the $36 billion tourism industry’s most prestigious awards.
The tourism industry is prepared to accept a new charge to be paid by international visitors but is insisting that it is used in a carefully targeted way to enhance their experience of New Zealand.
The annual New Zealand Hotel Industry Conference will be held at The Langham, Auckland on 19-20 July. The conference has been sold out for the past two years and co-hosts Tourism Industry Aotearoa and Horwath HTL expect demand to be high again this year.
‘We have an exciting programme that will discuss and debate the big issues affecting this sector currently, including investment in infrastructure, the modern hotel and the trend towards lifestyle brands, and disruptor innovation, which can either be a threat or an opportunity,’ explains TIA hotel sector manager Sally Attfield.
Now in its 11th year, the conference is attended by managers and stakeholders in the New Zealand hotel sector. Last year’s conference attracted over 320 delegates, including hotel managers, investors, developers, hotel chains, government agencies, hotel industry consultants, sponsors and exhibitors.
Deloitte recently released results for the National Tourism Infrastructure Assessment conducted on behalf of Tourism Industry Aotearoa (TIA) and with help from a number of industry partners.
The study has revealed that if New Zealand’s tourism industry is going to really flourish, then more accommodation for visitors should be our highest priority.
And, it can’t be done alone. The industry will need to work closely with central and local government to achieve the required development and to close any current or potential infrastructure gaps.
Auckland Council’s proposed $28 million targeted rate on commercial accommodation is being met with some mighty opposition from some powerful industry players.
Tourism Industry Aotearoa says the move will have massive consequences for the city and must be dropped. CINZ says it would create long-term damage to the city’s high-yield and growing business events industry.
‘This targeted rate would be a disaster for Auckland and must be withdrawn,’ says TIA chief executive Chris Roberts.