Friday 22 July 2016


YTEC (Young Tourism Export Council) won the PATA International Award for Education and Training 2016. The category was judged on benefit to the tourism and travel industry, commitment to the industry, informational value and effectiveness of the programme. This year's PATA awards attracted 212 entries from 71 organisations and individuals worldwide. Congratulations, YTEC!  Read more here.

Māori Tourism Quarterly

For the past couple of years we have surveyed the Maori tourism whanau and one of the most consistent messages is the need to interpret the tourism and economic data so businesses can better plan, look for opportunities, and identify future markets. We have been particularly fortunate to partner with BERL to help us do exactly that. Whilst our focus is on Māori tourism it is also important to look more broadly across the sector and economy to provide context. Read the July 2016 edition here.

'James Bonds' might save our tourism bacon

The New Zealand tourism industry has entered one of the most interesting periods in its history.

For most of the last 50 years of the country's modern tourism era, if you were Paihia, Marlborough or Queenstown, all you wanted was more tourists.

Now we're not sure if we have too many tourists, or not enough beds, roads and toilets to accommodate them. Read more here.

NZ Māori Tourism's website

As a Māori tourism experience, we want to ensure you are exposed to thousands of visitors to New Zealand via our website - it is free to list and the site has lots of other valuable information for both visitors and Māori tourism experiences. Email Amy to list your experience.


Regional tourism fund criticised by council

The most urgent tourism infrastructure projects may be excluded from a new $12 million government fund, it has been claimed.

The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) has confirmed the Regional Mid-Sized Tourism Facilities Grant Fund will not cover projects already approved and funded.

That caveat could encompass a project to build two sets of public toilets in Tekapo. The move has prompted concern from the Mackenzie District Council, with chief executive Wayne Barnett saying projects that needed to be actioned quickly could miss out. Read more here.

Draft Tourism Plan released

Tourism Eastland releases plan identifying $122.3m in investment opportunities and Tourism Industry Aotearoa launches local government manifesto.

A portfolio of nearly 60 new commercial ventures has been put together to pitch the region to investors keen on cashing in on the popularity of tourism here.

In the same week that Tourism Industry Aotearoa launched its local government manifesto, urging local authorities to invest in tourism, Tourism Eastland released a draft destination development plan (DDP), identifying a total of $122.3m worth of investment opportunities, including a new $2m visitor experience centre on Kaiti Hill. Read more here.

TINZT Tourism Academic Scholarships 2016

Entries are now open for the TINZT Tourism Academic Scholarships 2016.

We award up to three $2500 tourism scholarships each year to go towards the recipient’s first year of tertiary education fees.

The scholarships are open to all young New Zealanders who have completed NCEA Level 2 and are planning to start tourism relating tertiary study in 2017. These scholarships provide financial support and help open doors to a future fantastic career in tourism. Applications close 3 October 2016. Read more and apply here.

Exchanging ideas on tourism

These one-day events by TIA provide an important forum to discuss the issues, challenges and opportunities facing tourism businesses as well as connecting local businesses with industry leaders. These discussions are focused on business learning, with practical tools and tips to take away and implement in your organisation. Read more and register here.


Register now for CIBTM 2016

This year CIBTM, a key business and incentives trade show, will be held in Beijing, China, 7-8 September. In 2015 the event brought together over 5000 business professionals, buyers and trade visitors, including 368 senior buyers from over 31 countries and regions. Find out more and register here

Ibiza concerned about influx of tourists amid water shortage

In a bid to control tourist numbers, Ibiza introduced a "sustainable tourism tax" on July 1 that charges visitors extra for staying on the island.

It includes a $3.15 fee per night for luxury hotels and up-market apartments and about 80 cents a night for camping and hostel stays.

With the tax, Ibiza and the rest of the Balearic Islands join other popular holiday destinations such as Paris, Rome, Prague, Dubrovnik and Barcelona that charge tourists extra for their stay.

Money raised from Ibiza's tax went towards recovering areas that were unattended or spoiled by tourism, among other projects, Mr Torres said. Read more here.


Listing on

A presence on can help grow your business by connecting you with consumers considering a visit to New Zealand. A key role of the website is to drive qualified traffic to you. There is no charge for listing on - update your details, or list here.

Māori Tourism Quarterly

One of the most consistent messages we receive from the Māori tourism whānau is the need to interpret the tourism and economic data so businesses can better plan, look for opportunities, and identify future markets - so we've partnered with Berl to produce the Māori Tourism Quarterly newsletter. Read it here.

Get figures for your business collect data from all over New Zealand. Discover the information that can help your business make smarter decisions and succeed.

Planning for Inbound Success

Together with the Tourism Export Council, this is a guide to working with New Zealand Inbound Operators. Read it here, or email us to request a hard copy.

The New Zealand Tourism Dashboard is a one-stop shop for all information about tourism. It brings together a range of tourism datasets produced by MBIE and Statistics New Zealand into one easy-to-use tool.

Regional Economic Activity Report

Explore your region - look at international visits,  visitor spend, economic performance, and more.


NZ Māori Tourism
PO Box 5038, Lambton Quay,
Wellington 6145 |  P +64 4 474 4682 
Mezzanine Floor, Seabridge House,
110 Featherston St, Wellington 6011


The NZ Māori Tourism team: Hoki-mai Chong, Alyse Lynch, Lee Beazley, Amy Hodgkinson, Simon Phillips, and Pania Tyson-Nathan.