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Commercial Accommodation Monitor May 14

Tuesday, July 15th, 2014

The latest Commercial Accommodation Monitor (CAM) Figures for May 2014:

The Hamilton & Waikato region saw an increase in guest nights of 22.6% for the month of May 2014 compared to May 2013. International guest nights rose 9.5% and domestic guest nights rose 26.0%.

For the year ended May 2014 guest nights rose by 7.7%. International guest nights rose 5.2% and domestic guest nights rose 8.5%.

National figures saw an increase of 8.4% month on month with international guest nights increasing 3.2% and domestic guest nights increasing 11.5%.

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Strong rise in guest nights in May

Friday, July 11th, 2014

Guest night rose by 8.4% in May 2014 compared with May 2013.

All accommodation providers showed good gains – hotels +8.2%, motels +7.1%, backpackers +10.7% and holiday parks +9.9%. Read More.

Access to the countryside – funding available

Saturday, July 5th, 2014

If you’ve got a project that improves people’s ability to get into the outdoors you may qualify for funding from the NZ Walking Access Commission’s Enhanced Access Fund.

Applications are being invited for funding, with a total of $76,000 available for 2014-2015. Applications close 31 August. Read more.

Source: TIA Newsletter

Adventure safety update

Saturday, July 5th, 2014

Registration deadline looming

Operators covered by the adventure activities regulations have just under four months to get audited and registered in time to meet the 1 November deadline. WorkSafe NZ has contracted additional audit providers to help the process (four, up from one), and for a limited time is offering financial support to help pay for audits.

WorkSafe advised this week it will be an offence for unregistered operators to continue to provide adventure activities after 1 November 2014 and its inspectors “will be out in force ensuring the sector is complying with the law”. Fines could range up to $250,000 with operators who “flout the law” possibly refused registration in future.

Source: TIA Newsletter

Visitor arrivals surging towards 3m

Saturday, June 28th, 2014

There were 2.78 million international visitor arrivals in the year ending May 2014, up 6%.

The biggest annual increases were from the three main source countries, Australia, the USA and China. Germany and Singapore also continued to record increases. Read more

Source: TIA newsletter

New interactive regional tourism tool

Saturday, June 21st, 2014

Did you know that $13 million was spent on food and beverages by Australian visitors to Hamilton in the year ending March 2013 and 17.6% of the overall spend by Australian visitors in Hamilton is on food and beverages?

Get these and other useful facts to help with business decision-making from the Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment’s new regional tourism interactive tool.

Click here to find out more.

Insight is one of the five Tourism 2025 growth framework themes

Convention Activity Survey March 14

Friday, June 20th, 2014

The Latest Convention Activity Survey Results for the year end March 2014:

The Hamilton & Waikato region ranks 3rd highest in the country for market share of delegate days, for all business event activity, at 10% according to Convention Activity Survey statistics for the Year Ending March 2014. This is the same as the previous year (March 2013)

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New marketing agreement set to increase business events from Australia

Thursday, June 19th, 2014

Tourism New Zealand (TNZ) has today announced a marketing agreement with The Australasian Society of Association Executives (AuSAE), aimed at growing the number of Australian business events in New Zealand.

AuSAE represents over 10,000 individual leaders working in not-for-profit organisations throughout Australia and New Zealand.

The two year agreement formalises a commitment from AuSAE to promote New Zealand as a business events destination to their members and improve the capability of New Zealand associations to host an international conference.

Announced at a press conference at MEETINGS today, TNZ’s Director of Trade, PR and Major Events Justin Watson says the partnership is a great step toward growing the value of business events out of Australia.

“Australia is an important market for the business events sector in New Zealand and we are excited to be working collaboratively with AuSAE to promote the benefits of holding events in New Zealand,” says Justin.

AuSAE President, Mr Tony Steven says, “It is fantastic to have Tourism New Zealand as a business partner of AuSAE. This commitment further enables AuSAE to assist its related associations in New Zealand to have the best possible resources, information and training to help them increase net worth to their respective membership base.”

TNZ and AuSAE have committed to a programme of activity which will include New Zealand workshops and events in Australia, and educational visits for Australian AuSAE members to showcase the range of venues and facilities on offer.

A conference bidding programme will also be held in New Zealand to improve the quality of bids for international events.

Justin says, “This is a unique opportunity to reach a large number of senior executives from a range of associations who may be considering holding a business event.”

New research released today has further demonstrated the huge potential the Australian market holds.

“The research showed New Zealand as rating highly in both awareness and appeal in the Australian market, while also highlighting that there is significant scope to increase the knowledge of New Zealand’s business events offerings,” says Justin.

“This presents an opportunity for New Zealand to educate key decision makers on the functional detail about holding business events in NZ, and this partnership is an important step in achieving this.”

TNZ’s management of the Conference Assistance Programme has seen New Zealand bid for 39 events over the last financial year, securing nine international events to date.

For more details about Business Events in New Zealand and the Conference Assistance Programme visit www.businessevents.newzealand.com.

ENDS

Contact Georgina Maguire, Communications Advisor, Tourism New Zealand
georgina.maguire@tnz.govt.nz; phone +64 21 478 659

Regional Tourism Indicators for April 14

Monday, June 16th, 2014

The latest Regional Tourism Indicators for April 14

The latest Regional Tourism Indicators for April 14 show international expenditure in the region sits at an index of 114, an increase of 18 points on April 2013 and higher than the national average of 94.

Domestic expenditure in the region sits at an index of 94, a decrease of 6 points on April 2013 and lower than the national average of 113.

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Commercial Accommodation Monitor April 2014

Wednesday, June 11th, 2014

The latest Commercial Accommodation Monitor (CAM) Figures for April 2014:

The Hamilton & Waikato region saw an increase in guest nights of 16.8% for the month of April 2014 compared to April 2013. International guest nights fell 10.4% and domestic guest nights rose 27.9%.

For the year ended April 2014 guest nights rose by 5.5%. International guest nights rose 5.2% and domestic guest nights rose 5.6%.

National figures saw an increase of 14.9% month on month with international guest nights increasing 5.8% and domestic guest nights increasing 21.5%.

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