Articles: Tourism Industry News

Tourism NZ Listings Updates

Tourism New Zealand recently introduced a new requirement that your business must meet your obligations under the revised Health & Safety at Work Act (HWSA) for your listing to remain active on their site, newzealand.com. All businesses with listings are required to login and accept or decline this requirement prior to 30th September 2016. Only a few days away. TNZ should have contacted you about this change.

So just a reminder, if you haven’t done this already, you should do so ASAP.

If you do not do this before 30th September, your business listing(s) will become inactive.

If you have any questions about this, please contact TNZ’s support person, Elisabeth O’Connor at email register@tnz.govt.nz
Ph DD 04 462 8000 or 021 416 027

We can also assist if need be.

Air BNB & Uber snippets

AirBNB

How about an Air BnB property for around $17,000 a night?

Villa Napoleon on the shores of Lake Como in Italy is available to you!  8 bedrooms so that is just a little over $2000 per night per bedroom.

Probably self-catering, so you can even stay in and cook your own beans on toast!

Maria Carey stayed there recently, for whatever that info is worth!.

Uber

Uber NZ is apparently changing its’ model to minimise the entry barriers for new drivers – less cost and red tape. Apparently this means fares may be around 20% lower. Fares have already dropped in both Auckland and Wellington.

http://www.stuff.co.nz/business/79200616/uber-drops-prices-and-eases-driver-restrictions

Easter Trading

It is good to see NZTIA calling for a National approach to Easter trading hours. It is stupid when some regions are able to be open but in popular areas like Wanaka, shops must stay closed even though there is a huge event like Warbirds over Wanaka running. And in other areas shops can remain open regardless.

Let get some consistency everywhere at last.

http://www.accomnews.co.nz/2016/01/27/tourism-industry-calls-for-national-approach-to-easter-trading/

Airbnb / Expedia

Airbnb’s room night numbers have doubled in their 3rd quarter of the financial year to 23.8 million nights!
see http://www.traveltrends.biz/ttn555-airbnbs-room-nights-double-during-third-quarter/

Airbnb has made a huge impact on the accommodation sector over recent time.

Expedia seems to have decided that they need to take them on and have recently bought rival organisation, HomeAway.

The international HomeAway portfolio includes Bookabach in NZ.

It also includes HomeAway.com, VRBO.com and VacationRentals.com in the United States; HomeAway.co.uk and OwnersDirect.co.uk in the United Kingdom; HomeAway.de in Germany; Abritel.fr and Homelidays.com in France; HomeAway.es and Toprural.es in Spain; AlugueTemporada.com.br in Brazil; HomeAway.com.au and Stayz.com.au in Australia; Bookabach.co.nz in New Zealand, and Asia Pacific short-term rental site, travelmob.com.

http://www.traveltrends.biz/ttn555-expedia-buys-homeaway-to-take-on-airbnb/

With the impact of Airbnb and Google entering the OTA market, the way Accommodation providers do business is likely to keep constantly changing. Expedia could be taking the Airbnb model even more to the masses although apparently there are significant technological challenges for them to overcome first.

NZ Visitor Stats

Annual visitor numbers for the country increased by 8.5% in financial year 2015 compared with 2014

from http://www.stats.govt.nz/~/media/Statistics/Browse for stats/InternationalVisitorArrivalsToNewZealand/October 2015/IVA October 2015.pdf

For the year Nov 2014 – Oct 2015

Chinese visitor numbers are up by 34.8%, most in February. More flights being added
South Korea up by 14.2% most in January
US up by 10.2% most in February
India up by 22.1% most in Dec – May

from http://www.tourismnewzealand.com/markets-stats/
(click on more info for the monthly data)

A 10% per annum increase means numbers double in 7 years and quadruple in 14

Google becoming an OTA

Google are about to take on OTA’s with their own commission based ad programme (instead of just pay per click like Adwords.)

While this has been predicted for some time, it will most likely change the OTA market significantly. Google have trialed this option and apparently found that it generates more revenue for them than Adwords.

To date the other OTA’s have relied on dominating Google results. Google taking them on directly is likely to cause a pretty big shake-up for organisations like booking.com and Expedia.

Read the article at http://www.traveltrends.biz/ttn555-google-takes-on-otas-with-new-commission-model/