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  • Chinese patriotism fuels cruises to disputed isles + video
    On a cruise more about politics than pleasure, Zhang Jing watched the grey shells of the Paracel Islands emerge from the purple, pre-dawn South China Sea.Cheers erupted on board at the sight of the distant land, and Zhang and...
    Wed, 01 Oct 2014 09:12:59 +1200

  • NZ surfing the superyacht wave
    A study of the superyacht industry has found visiting vessels generated more than $40 million for New Zealand last summer - which could rocket if facilities were expanded.The report found that during the 2013/14 season, 37 superyachts...
    Wed, 01 Oct 2014 07:17:37 +1200

  • Hotel sector springs back to life
    There are increasing hotel sales and new hotel construction activity, with the industry showing signs of renewed optimism that is expected to continue into 2015, says Dean Humphries, national director of hotels at Colliers International."The...
    Wed, 01 Oct 2014 07:06:58 +1200

  • Cruise economy boom tipped to grow
    The cruise sector earned $365.3m last season and supported close to 7000 jobs around New Zealand, according to an industry report.Spending is forecast to grow to $421 million in the next two years.This coming summer will see more...
    Tue, 30 Sep 2014 11:44:18 +1200

  • Gaza war deals blow to Israel's tourism industry
    It was supposed to be a record-breaking year for tourist visits to Israel. But all that changed when the 50-day war between Israel and Hamas prompted jittery travelers to cancel trips en masse, leaving empty hotel rooms and barren...
    Mon, 29 Sep 2014 08:18:49 +1200

  • John Key tops tourism's wishlist
    Tourist industry leaders have a short wishlist for the next John Key Government and topping it is having the Prime Minister continue in the tourism portfolio.In its election manifesto National said Key would retain the portfolio...
    Wed, 24 Sep 2014 05:00:00 +1200

    
Destination New Zealand
  • Martinborough: A toast to Toast
    When you arrive at Martinborough for Toast weekend there's a buzz in the crisp Wairarapa air. The locals are full of chipper cheer, ready and raring to greet the hoards of
    Mon, 29 Sep 2014 12:00:00 +1200

  • Sunday drive: Tapapakanga Regional Park
    The scenery out here is so super, you'll want to make sure the designated driver keeps their eyes on the road while you bags the passenger position and marvel at every turn. Thirty minutes drive from Clevedon, or an hour from Auckland,...
    Sun, 28 Sep 2014 16:00:00 +1200

  • Auckland: City alive with history
    Look back at the past and you'll be surprised at what you might find. At least that's what the organisers of the 2014 Auckland Heritage Festival are saying, with more than 200 events -- many of them free -- across the region. This...
    Sun, 28 Sep 2014 09:00:00 +1200

  • School holiday ideas
    Five of the best holiday programmes 1. My Kitchen Rules At the YMCA Auckland CBD, October 2, for 5 to 13-year-olds: $28Bring your culinary genius and create a taste sensation. Best dish wins the grand prize. 2. Magici
    Sun, 28 Sep 2014 05:00:00 +1200

  • Auckland: Five of the best heritage streets
    1: Renall St, Ponsonby Renall St is one of the few intact pre-villa Victorian streets in Auckland. Most of its 20 or so tightly crammed houses were built from the late 1860s to the 1880s, when the street was occupied by lower-income...
    Sun, 28 Sep 2014 05:00:00 +1200

  • Auckland: Transport heaven for small boys
    Auckland has always been a port city, its waterfront busy day and night. There is always plenty going on -- ships berthing or departing, trains and trucks being loaded and unloaded, straddle carriers whizzing about at up to 30km an...
    Sat, 27 Sep 2014 12:00:00 +1200

  • Auckland: Popular mechanics
    Motat has been quietly undergoing a refresh and refurbishment. This week, in time for the school holidays, it unveiled its newest exhibit, Welcome to the Machine . Motat deserves fanfare for this because it is has created something...
    Sat, 27 Sep 2014 09:00:00 +1200

  • Kia ora: Whanganui
    Where is it? 200km north of Wellington, 75km northwest of Palmerston North. Origin of name: Whanganui means "big bay" or "big harbour". Population: 43,100 Town's heart: The awa (river)
    Fri, 26 Sep 2014 09:30:00 +1200

  • Northland: The boys are out of town
    The thought of a long weekend away in a campervan with old mates Mark, Mono and Jerry would normally repulse me. But the four of us headed to the Bay of Islands together for the sake of our health and happiness. No joke: studies show...
    Thu, 25 Sep 2014 12:00:00 +1200

  • Five great places to eat in Queenstown
    This list has been put together after much banter on my social media pages as I sought to "crowd source" the best places to satiate one's appetite in Queenstown. I've included some from my last visit and some that won hands down with...
    Wed, 24 Sep 2014 15:00:00 +1200

    
Business travel
  • Pilots' view of an A330 flypast
    Swiss International has released a video of one of its Airbus A330s flying in formation with aerobatic aircraft at an airshow in western Switzerland.The A330-300 was escorted by the six F-5E Tigers of the Swiss Air Force's Patrouille...
    Wed, 01 Oct 2014 08:34:54 +1200

  • Cruise economy boom tipped to grow
    The cruise sector earned $365.3m last season and supported close to 7000 jobs around New Zealand, according to an industry report.Spending is forecast to grow to $421 million in the next two years.This coming summer will see more...
    Tue, 30 Sep 2014 11:44:18 +1200

  • New jet market worth $4.6 trillion - Airbus
    Airbus Group predicted airlines will buy planes worth $4.6 trillion at list prices over the next 20 years, with Chinese domestic travel surpassing the US as the largest single aviation market within a decade.Airlines will need 31,400...
    Thu, 25 Sep 2014 16:30:00 +1200

    
NZI Business National Confrence Discussed
The prospect of a new government backed national convention centre is likely to be the key…
Tue, Jun 22 2010 07:30:00 +1200