Tag: Tourism

Hot pools to hobbits – Tourism Awards finalists named

Press Release – Tourism Industry Aotearoa From hot pools to hobbits and hotels, the finalists in the 2016 New Zealand Tourism Awards are a shining example of why this industry is enjoying record growth.Hot pools to hobbits – Tourism Awards finalists named From hot pools to hobbits and hotels, the finalists in the 2016 New Zealand Tourism Awards are a shining example of why this industry is enjoying record growth. The 28 finalists will compete for awards in two individual categories and eight business categories, says Chris Roberts, Chief Executive of Tourism Industry Aotearoa which runs the annual awards programme. “New Zealand’s tourism industry is enjoying rampant growth – it’s the country’s most valuable export industry and in total generates $30 billion in annual visitor spend. “These prestigious awards celebrate the industry’s success and recognise the individuals and businesses doing an outstanding job, generating economic wealth and supporting jobs in communities throughout the country.” Mr Roberts says the finalists showcase the industry’s diversity. “They come from Paihia to Queenstown, range from big corporates to small, locally-based businesses and cover the many sectors that make up this exciting industry – from ski fields to campervan rentals to a tour company specialising in Chinese independent travellers. “We have several finalists who have been in business for decades and others who have established themselves as industry leaders in a matter of years.”...

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Processed timber a big winner under TPP

Press Release – New Zealand Government Trade Minister Todd McClay says forestry and tourism are just two of the big winners once the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) comes into force.Hon Todd McClay Minister of Trade 23 February 2016 Processed timber a big winner under TPP Trade Minister Todd McClay says forestry and tourism are just two of the big winners once the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) comes into force. Speaking at the Rotorua Chamber of Commerce today, Mr McClay said regional New Zealand will reap the benefits of TPP with economic growth and jobs. “New Zealand exported $1.5 billion in forestry products to TPP countries in 2015, 32 per cent of total forestry product exports. “Once TPP is fully implemented, all tariffs will be eliminated across the 12 Parties, saving the forestry sector $11 million every year in tariffs. “And that is mostly on value-added timber,” says Mr McClay. In Canada, all tariffs will disappear immediately once TPP enters into force. In the United States, 98 per cent of tariffs paid will be eliminated immediately and the remainder over 8 years, and in Vietnam, paper and paperboard products will become tariff free in four years or less – something not previously achieved in the ASEAN-Australia-New Zealand FTA (AANZFTA). “Japan is New Zealand’s fourth-largest export market for forestry products. With TPP, almost 80 per cent of tariffs will be eliminated on entry...

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Joyce marks first Air NZ flight to Houston

Press Release – New Zealand Government Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce leaves for the United States tomorrow on the inaugural Air New Zealand flight to Houston, Texas.HON STEVEN JOYCE Minister for Economic Development 14 December 2015 MEDIA STATEMENT Joyce marks first Air NZ flight to Houston Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce leaves for the United States tomorrow on the inaugural Air New Zealand flight to Houston, Texas. “Houston is the fourth largest city in the US and a major airline hub for the southern and eastern United States,” says Mr Joyce. “It is hugely exciting to see our national carrier flying there and reaching into the middle of the continental US for the first time. “This new route will assist New Zealanders heading to the United States and provide a more direct link for millions of US citizens to visit New Zealand. “It will also open up more convenient air links to Central and South America as well as through to Europe, and will help to foster New Zealand’s connections globally. “New Zealand’s future economic success relies on us becoming ever-connected in a global world. This new service and others to Argentina and Vietnam help to strengthen the reach of New Zealand businesses right across the Asia-Pacific region.” While in Houston, Mr Joyce will attend portfolio-related meetings including a visit to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and...

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Gordon Campbell on the view from Shibuya Crossing, Tokyo

Column – Gordon Campbell Sorry for being out of radio contact overseas for much of this week, even as the Cunliffe/Mahuta duo were being deep-sixed by that feisty Labour leader Andrew Little. (Actually, Ill believe feisty when Little says goodnight and goodbye … Gordon Campbell on the view from Shibuya Crossing, Tokyo Sorry for being out of radio contact overseas for much of this week, even as the Cunliffe/Mahuta duo were being deep-sixed by that feisty Labour leader Andrew Little. (Actually, I’ll believe “feisty” when Little says “goodnight and goodbye” to Annette King, as good as she may be in her role as Queen Mother of the Labour caucus.) A small step of utu for Cunliffe is not exactly a giant step for mankind, or for Labour’s prospects in 2017, when it will need all the talent it can muster. For the next two fortnight or so, this will be a combined travel & politics column, since I happen to be in Tokyo right now, as a first time traveller to Japan. Some things don’t change, though. After dining last night at a restaurant called Gonpachi in the Rippongi area of the city, I glanced up at the array of pictures of the restaurant owner in various poses with a raft of his celebrity guest diners down the years – Sylvester Stallone, Steven Tyler etc- Right under the Stevie...

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Prime Minister to attend UN Leaders’ Week

Press Release – New Zealand Government Prime Minister John Key will join an expected 160 other leaders from around the world at the United Nations General Assembly in New York next week. Rt Hon John Key Prime Minister 21 September 2015 Media Statement Prime Minister to attend UN Leaders’ Week Prime Minister John Key will join an expected 160 other leaders from around the world at the United Nations General Assembly in New York next week. Participation by world leaders and heads of state during Leaders’ Week is expected to be higher this year than usual due to the adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals and the fact it marks the 70th anniversary of the UN. “This will be my first trip to the UN since New Zealand’s election to the UN Security Council and the presence of so many world leaders will provide an opportunity to discuss with them New Zealand’s Security Council priorities as well as other issues including the TPP negotiations,” Mr Key says. The Prime Minister will attend the opening of the 70th General Assembly on September 28th and deliver New Zealand’s statement in the general debate on 1 October. He will also attend President Obama’s leaders’ summit on countering ISIL and violent extremism. “ISIL is a global threat and requires an international response,” Mr Key says. “New Zealand is already playing its part in...

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