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Tourism bounce: When industry could be back to pre-Covid levels

Franz Josef Glacier on the West Coast. Photo/RoadyNZ Overseas tourists are coming back in greater numbers than a leading sector group forecast but New Zealand’s biggest foreign exchange earner will take three years to get close to full recovery. The Tourism Export Council forecasts the number of international arrivals will exceed 2.1 million in the …

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Rotorua tourism operator Volcanic Air Safaris Limited goes into liquidation following Covid-19 slump

Volcanic Air Safaris Limited director, shareholder and pilot Tim Barrow. Photo / Ben Fraser An iconic Rotorua tourism business has gone into liquidation after failing to claw itself back following the Covid-19 pandemic – but the company’s boss says there’s hope on the horizon. Volcanic Air Safaris Limited was put in liquidation on October 12, …

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Mainly optimistic outlook from Thames-Coromandel tourism operators

Hahei Explorers’ Jess Harnett said they have experienced an uptick in bookings when compared with last year’s October school holiday period. Photo / NZME A high New Zealand dollar and the school holiday period are usually a boon for the Coromandel area’s tourism operators, but after being approached for comment by the HC Post on …

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Palmerston North travel business Take Me 2 The World optimistic about post-pandemic operations

Nats Subramanian and Uma Natarajan in Picton. They say the best part of their job is the lifelong friendships they have forged with many of their clients. Photo / Supplied When New Zealand’s borders closed in 2020, Nats Subramanian went through a denial phase. He thought it wouldn’t be long until the travel business he …

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Beehive Diaries: A skeleton in Chris Penk’s closet, another Speaker’s junket and where is Christopher Luxon?

Act MP Keren Chhour and Cabinet Minister Kelvin Davis spoke to the media after Davis apologised for comments he made in the House yesterday. Video / Mark Mitchell The Honolulu Lesson: Christopher Luxon’s team clearly learned a lesson from the drama over his wee holiday in Hawaii in a Parliamentary recess – a holiday that …

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Kaikōura charter boat tragedy: First helicopter pilot on the scene ‘couldn’t see anyone in the water’

Five people have died after a boat with 11 people on board capsized off Goose Bay, near Kaikōura. Video / Supplied The pilot of the first rescue helicopter at the scene of the Kaikōura charter boat that capsized killing five people says he saw no one in the water when he arrived. “It’s a terrible …

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