Tuesday, 02 August 2022 00:56

Inbound still has a way to go

The Tourism Export Council (TECNZ) is seeing promising signs for inbound operators but is also emphasising that there are considerable challenges still ahead.

‘The school holidays were busy from tourism operators, particularly Queenstown, with plenty of Australian visitors and domestic winter travellers / skiers. We’re also hearing of some US travellers who have arrived and are travelling around,’ says TEC chief executive Lynda Keene. ‘The main flow of international visitors won’t happen until October but it is encouraging to see a small return.’

Published in New Zealand
Friday, 18 March 2022 15:42

Inbound trade: 'sigh of relief’

New Zealand’s inbound travel trade says it can finally plan to reconnect with the world following this week’s announcement bringing forward the border opening to international visitors.

The Tourism Export Council of New Zealand (TECNZ) says there will be ‘an enormous sigh of relief’ around the tourism industry and particularly for those businesses that pre-Covid had a high orientation of international visitors.

Published in New Zealand
Thursday, 03 February 2022 18:48

End of line for many businesses?

Tourism Export Council (TECNZ) chair, Scott Mehrtens says he is concerned this latest setback for tourism will be a ‘body blow’ to many in the sector.

‘Right now our industry needs urgent support – this could be the end of the line for so many businesses.’

Published in New Zealand
Thursday, 03 February 2022 15:29

Self isolation still major sticking point

The Board of Airline Representatives (BARNZ) says self-isolation requirements need to go as soon as possible, or some airlines will cut New Zealand from their routes for a third summer in a row.

‘The airlines have told me they want to fly here, but they need to know New Zealand is open to business. Leisure and business travellers will not come if they have to self-isolate for days – it’s a market killer,’ says Justin Tighe-Umbers, executive director of BARNZ.

Published in Hot Topics
Thursday, 25 November 2021 22:37

'Q1 promise comes to nought'

The New Zealand Government has reneged on a promise that it would reopen borders and reconnect to the world in the first quarter of 2022 on the condition that the country’s population was 90% fully vaccinated, says the chair of the Tourism Export Council of New Zealand (TECNZ).

Scott Mehrtens who is also managing director of Leisure Time Travel, says this week’s announcement around borders was really just a tinkering of the MIQ situation for returning New Zealanders.

Published in New Zealand

The Tourism Export Council of New Zealand says offshore wholesalers and agents continually question why NZ hasn’t announced a date for when international visitors can return.

‘They are perplexed. Visitors can now book travel to Australia (and most places around the world) and yet New Zealand remains closed,’ says TECNZ chief executive Lynda Keene.

Published in New Zealand
Wednesday, 27 October 2021 23:08

TAANZ: MIQ statement totally underwhelming

Travel Agents’ Association of New Zealand (TAANZ) president Brent Thomas says the changes announced to MIQ yesterday now mean that instead of 90% of people who apply for a spot in the system being disappointed, now 80% will be.

‘It defies logic that fully vaccinated people who test negative before they come here still have to spend seven days in MIQ before being able to self isolate,’ says Thomas.

‘It is still a lolly scramble without enough lollies – business travellers still won’t be able to travel and people still won’t have the ability to reconnect with  their loved ones.

Published in Hot Topics

The Tourism Export Council of New Zealand (TECNZ) says it is clear from international feedback that vaccinated travellers will not come to this country if they have to spend time in MIQ.

Chief executive Lynda Keene says the organisation is regularly hearing of countries around the world reopening their borders to welcome back visitors with a range of settings. Common requirements include proof of full vaccination, use of a digital or paper passport to verify travel arrangements, PCR tests, rapid antigen tests, and adherence to contract tracing.

Published in New Zealand
Friday, 20 August 2021 00:01

TAANZ: ‘Bookings may heat up’

Brent Thomas, president of the Travel Agents Association of New Zealand (TAANZ), says the Government's Reconnecting New Zealanders to the World Forum, including announcements from Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, had plenty of positives for travel agents.

‘We are definitely seeing a shift in terms of self isolation when retuning from low risk countries.’

Thomas says it was encouraging to hear Sir David Skegg, chair of the Strategic Covid-19 Public Health Advisory Group, talking about borders opening when all New Zealanders have had the opportunity to be vaccinated as opposed to actually being vaccinated.

Published in Hot Topics
Thursday, 19 August 2021 23:58

Room to work more with agents, say ITOs

Inbound tour operators have expressed a desire to collaborate more with outbound travel agents when it comes to issues around the borders.

The subject was raised during the Tourism Export Council (TEC) NZ conference in New Plymouth recently and chair Scott Mehrtens, of Leisure Time Travel, says it is clear the two sectors can work together and learn from each other.

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