The tourism tidal wave - who does Auckland want?

The tourism tidal wave - who does Auckland want?

Too many international visitors fly or cruise into Auckland – then leave straight away for the world-famous destinations to the south like Rotorua and Queenstown. Now, tourism leaders are investigating how we can tell Auckland's story better.

In the long queue for taxis, Susie and Marcus Wright wait patiently with their 14-year-old son, Matthew. The French-English family have just disembarked a cruise liner and are heading straight to the rental car depot, to get the hell out of Dodge.

They'll be gone by lunchtime, halfway to Hobbiton. Auckland has nothing for them. "There's the tower – but we've looked at so many towers, Eiffel tower, CN Tower, Burj Khalifa," says Susie, wearily. "There gets a point you get panoramic view fatigue. Auckland didn't shout anything special; it offers what other cities a similar size offer."

Project Forever Waiheke invites you to read another installment from New Zealand Herald’s Tourism Tidal Wave series.

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Critique of Government's 'sustainable' tourism strategy

Critique of Government's 'sustainable' tourism strategy

Conservation Minister Eugenie Sage and Tourism Minister Kelvin Davis launched the New Zealand Aotearoa Government Tourism Strategy on Thursday, which they say delivers "exceptional visitor experiences" while not increasing pressure on the environment. However, environmentalists say it hasn't addressed a major issue.

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New Zealand tourism strategy addresses pressure of increased visitor numbers

New Zealand tourism strategy addresses pressure of increased visitor numbers

The Government's new tourism strategy aims to manage visitor growth better and make sure more New Zealanders share the benefits.

Tourism Minister Kelvin Davis and Conservation Minister Eugenie Sage launched the new strategy at the Trenz tourism trade show in Rotorua on Thursday, promising improved planning and more sustainable funding to tackle the pressure of increased visitor numbers.

Davis said the Government will take a more active role in tourism, so it continued to support national and regional economies, and create jobs.

"We must ensure that we're set up to continue enjoying these benefits, while better managing the challenges that growth can bring."

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From 2.6 to over 10 million international tourists per year: Is Auckland ready to talk overtourism?

From 2.6 to over 10 million international tourists per year: Is Auckland ready to talk overtourism?

The New Zealand Herald is investigating potential overtourism in Auckland, as destinations around the globe are reeling with massive numbers of people descending upon cities, beaches, historical sites, natural reserves, etc. Overtourism in Auckland would also affect Waiheke; PFW invites you to read the Herald’s exploration of this topic through its series of articles.

Forget 20/20 vision, Auckland needs to look ahead to 2021. In the first of a four-part series on the future of Auckland's tourism, The New Zealand Herald investigates how the city is working to get its infrastructure ready for APEC and the America's Cup.

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Tourism operators face overtourism dilemma: send customers to busy destinations or recommend alternatives?

Tourism operators face overtourism dilemma: send customers to busy destinations or recommend alternatives?

While everyone has heard horror stories of overcrowded destinations, hostile locals, and lining up for hours for a glimpse of a tourist attraction, travel advisors are still faced with requests to visit the world’s most popular places. They have a dilemma: Do they make the booking or risk losing the business by recommending alternatives?

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Tourism, Trade and the WTO: Affirming the importance of enhanced global cooperation on trade & tourism, and encouraging greater participation of the tourism sector in trade policy

Tourism, Trade and the WTO: Affirming the importance of enhanced global cooperation on trade & tourism, and encouraging greater participation of the tourism sector in trade policy

As the third-largest sector in international trade, accounting for 10.4% of global gross domestic product (GDP) and supporting 313 million jobs worldwide, the tourism sector is making strong contributions towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). 

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International spotlight on New Zealand tourism issues

International spotlight on New Zealand tourism issues

With the number of tourists to New Zealand expected to reach five million by 2024, how are New Zealand communities - and the Government - preparing to receive them? Growing pains and communication need to be addressed, says Simon Milne, professor of tourism at Auckland University of Technology and the director of the New Zealand Tourism Research Institute, in a recent New York Times article.

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Love of bees leads to wetlands restoration

Love of bees leads to wetlands restoration

Gavin Smith and Sophie Sterry unwittingly embarked on an adventure of habitat rehabilitation, when what they were looking for was just a place to home their bee-keeping business. Cutting back weeds and removing invasive species has become more than the work of land stewardship - it’s their passion. Their seven-hectare property in Onetangi is well on its way to transitioning back to its native state, exposing the raupo from under its previous thick layer of honeysuckle.

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Cruise ship stops at Matiatia, offering passengers Waiheke experience

Cruise ship stops at Matiatia, offering passengers Waiheke experience

Photo Courtesy Gulf News

It’s not often that a large cruise liner includes Waiheke Island in its list of port visits, but that’s just what happened during the first week of January, this year. Hundreds of visitors were shuttled between ship and shore by small boats, offering their passengers to experience Waiheke cuisine and adventure.

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