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Adventure registration – serious consequences

Saturday, August 2nd, 2014

All operators offering adventure tourism and outdoor activities which are covered by the adventure activities regulations must be audited and registered by 1 November 2014 or face serious consequences including WorkSafe fines of up to $250,000.

The Department of Conservation and Tourism New Zealand have advised that after 1 November they will not work with adventure operators who are not compliant with the law. WorkSafe says it is also in touch with a range of other agencies including booking agents and advertisers, Maritime NZ, the Ministry of Education, Ministry of Primary Industries, New Zealand Police and ACC to ensure unregistered operators can be identified by its inspectors. It is up to operators to determine whether or not they are covered by the regulations.

For more information, email WorkSafe aao@worksafe.govt.nz, contact TIA on 0800 TIA HELP (0800 842 4357), email rachael.moore@tianz.org.nz or visit the SupportAdventure website.

Practical safety audit workshops

TIA is running a series of practical workshops to help operators document their safety management systems (SMS) in preparation for their adventure safety audits. The workshops will be free. TIA will announce workshop dates and locations shortly.

Source: TIA Newsletter 1 August 2014

Adventure Activities Update

Saturday, August 2nd, 2014

The latest Worksafe New Zealand Adventure Activities Update Newsletter

The newsletter includes:
• Big response to Government’s offer of financial support
• Window for financial support now closed – but help still available
• Some operators still asking “Am I subject to the regulations?”
• TIA workshops planned
• Public and private sector partners helping to find unregistered operators.
• Helpful links.

View the full newsletter here

Record June for visitor arrivals

Saturday, July 26th, 2014

Visitor arrivals to New Zealand numbered 162,100 in June 2014, surpassing the previous June high of 159,500 in 2013, Statistics New Zealand said today.

“Visitor arrivals are the highest ever for a June month,” population statistics manager Vina Cullum said. “Growth was driven by visitors from Asia, especially Japan and China.”

In the June 2014 year, visitor arrivals numbered 2.79 million, up 6 percent from the June 2013 year. New Zealand’s top four sources of visitors were Australia, China, the United States, and the United Kingdom.

New Zealand residents departed on 206,500 overseas trips in June 2014, up 4 percent from June 2013. Over the June 2014 year, New Zealand residents took 2.24 million trips, up 4 percent from last year.

Read the full press release here.

Regional Tourism Indicators – June 2014

Friday, July 25th, 2014

The latest Regional Tourism Indicators for June 14

The latest Regional Tourism Indicators for June 14 show international expenditure in the region sits at an index of 80, an increase of 9 points on June 2013 and higher than the national average of 59.

Domestic expenditure in the region sits at an index of 91, a decrease of 3 points on June 2013 and lower than the national average of 94.

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The regional tourism indicators (RTI) measure the change in level of expenditure of both international and domestic travellers in New Zealand by region.

The data is based on electronic card transactions.

Download the latest Japan infographic

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014

Did you know that Japanese visitors generated 527,000 stay days in New Zealand for the year ending April?

Or that they contribute $214 million in total expenditure? TNZ’s latest infographic on the Japan market is now available to download, offering interesting insight into Japanese visitors’ behaviour and travel preferences. You can also read TNZ’s latest column, ‘Japan – one to watch in the coming year’ which featured in last week’s Inside Tourism.

Click here to download the infographic.

Streamlined cricket visas

Saturday, July 19th, 2014

Streamlined visa arrangements will assist Australia and New Zealand to capitalise on the tourism opportunities that will flow from co-hosting the 11th ICC Cricket World Cup in 2015, ministers have said.

The Australian and New Zealand Governments have agreed to allow international visitors attending the World Cup the convenience of applying for only one visa in order to be granted entry into both countries.

New Zealand’s Associate Tourism Minister Todd McClay participated in a meeting today of Australia’s tourism ministers in Melbourne, hosted by Federal Tourism Minister Andrew Robb. They discussed how both countries can work together to maximise the tourism opportunities stemming from the tournament.

Mr Robb said the streamlined visa arrangements would make it easier for visitors to attend World Cup matches on both sides of the Tasman.

“It provides the flexibility for tourists to freely move between Australia and New Zealand for the World Cup. This is a major international sporting event which will bring major benefits for our tourism and hospitality sectors,” Mr Robb says.

Fourteen cities across Australia and New Zealand will host 49 ICC Cricket World Cup matches over February and March of 2015 and all of these cities will benefit from a major influx of international visitors. The first semi-final will be played at Auckland’s Eden Park while the final will be played at Melbourne’s MCG on 29 March.

Mr McClay said both countries will share in the benefits of being host nations.

“Next year, seven New Zealand cities will host ICC World Cup games, and we welcome the opportunity to again showcase our wonderful country to the world and work with Australia to capitalise on the tourism and other economic benefits of staging this event.”

“The integrated visa process will make it easier for fans to follow their teams and catch all the action as well experience the many tourist offerings in both countries.”

“Australia and New Zealand look forward to welcoming the international cricketing community next year and showcasing our countries to the world,” Mr McClay says.

Read the full press release here.

Adventure operators – two weeks to go!

Saturday, July 19th, 2014

There are just two more weeks for members covered by the adventure activities regulations to take advantage of the WorkSafe NZ financial package worth up to $1500.

Operators who contract with a recognised audit provider by 31 July will qualify (including those who are already registered).

Free support

If you need help developing standard operating procedures, forms and checklists, templates have been developed and are available on the SupportAdventure website. Read more about the financial package and free support available in the latest SupportAdventure news.

The 2014 Great Adventure presentations online

Presentations from many of our excellent speakers are now online. Click here

Adventure Activities Update: Fact sheet & free advice

Friday, July 18th, 2014

Free Advice for Adventure Activity Providers

Free help is still available from our WorkSafe NZ safety advisers.

Worksafe New Zealand have heard that some operators have been reluctant to sign contracts with audit providers – or even notify Worksafe of their intent to provide adventure activities – believing that once they do this support will no longer be available. This is not the case.

The relationship you have with your Safety Adviser will eventually transition to your audit provider, but not until the audit formally starts. You can continue to seek advice from your Safety Adviser until then.

Email the Worksafe Safety Advisers at aao@worksafe.govt.nz if you have any questions.

A number of helpful templates have also been made available by the Tourism Industry Authority via supportadventure.co.nz. These include help with SMPs and SOPs, as well as a handy checklist.

Adventure Activities fact sheet available

To better help operators understand the regulatory regime and its audit and registration requirements, WorkSafe NZ has produced a fact sheet that includes guidance on:
• What the regulations require.
• Operator obligations.
• Rules for audit providers.
• Documentation review and other aspects of the audit process.
• What to do if you don’t agree with the outcome.

The fact sheet also includes a diagram that shows how the audit process should flow.

View the fact sheet here.

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%.

For more information click here.

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.