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 firstname.lastname@example.org Ph DD 04 462 8000 or 021 416 027
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 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.
Millennial Travellers (Generation Y, 16-35 year olds) are considered by some to be the next growth segment for tourism. Currently they make up about 20% of international travellers but this is expected to rise to 50% by 2020.
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.
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.
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.
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.