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Chinese drivers screened video

Deng says on-road driver training for Chinese tourists helps them feel more confident.

"You can have a driving licence for years and hardly drive at all in China. We ask 'do you drive every day?'"

Less Fawlty, more flawless

Hotel St Moritz in Queenstown is undertaking a scheduled $3 million redecoration of its 134 rooms.

Hotels have been warned to smarten up their decor while tourism is growing.

GoRetail runs free retail workshops

First Retail Group managing director Chris Wilkinson talks to Gore retailers about enhancing their customer's experiences.

Gore retailers told they can set the standard for customer experiences.

$630m surplus from visitor GST take

Franz Josef Glacier is an example of a small community struggling to pay for tourism infrastructure.

The government's contribution to tourism has been described as "pitiful" given the $929m it received last year from GST on international visitor spending.

Tiwai smelter drops $2m in earnings

NZAS made an underlying profit after tax of $54 million in the year to December 31, which was a $2 million drop from 2014.

NZAS remains exposed to external economic factors and will struggle in 2016.

Tim Porter takes over helm of Boating New Zealand magazine

Tim Porter is the publisher of Boating New Zealand.

Former Fairfax executive returns to first love of boating.

NZ lamb faces offshore competition

The Lamb Company (North America) president Tony Ruffo speaks at the Alliance Group Pure South conference in Queenstown ...

Potential constraints on the future supply of New Zealand lamb are a concern for an American company.

The 'Viagra' of carpet video

Dying for something different? NZ Yarn can oblige with "out there" colours like this bright orange.

NZ company targets high fliers with a carpet that doesn't lose its oomph.

Tourism industry hot over DOC funding cuts

The Tourism Export Council said stricter enforcement of concession fees for visiting scenic spots such as the pancake ...

Tourism industry leaders are worried that lack of funding will continue to severely handicap the Department of Conservation.

Wanaka developer can't wait to prepare Scurr Heights for subdivision

Universal Developments director Lane Hocking, left, and general manager Dan Curley, both of Wanaka.

Wanaka developer secures tender to buy a ratepayer-owned land bank.

Architectural awards for south

The New Remarkables Base Amenities Building by Michael Wyatt Architect  was a winner in the commercial architecture ...

Winning projects respond to brief and landscape considerations with consideration, composure and rigour – while allowing poetry to unfold.

Queenstown property growth to continue

Property market analysts anticipate a "stronger for longer" peak in Queenstown.

Prices continue to skyrocket and demand exceeds supply across the board; with some areas, such as rental accommodation and visitor beds, reaching crisis point.

These emojis are ka pai

Emotiki, the first Maori emoji keyboard, will be available free in mid July.

150 icons from piupiu, to hangi, poi to taiaha are represented in a distinctly Kiwi keyboard.

Campervan parking ban in Queenstown

Parking changes to ease up the traffic during winter season  were made by Queenstown Lakes District council on Thursday.

Campervans will not be allowed to park on Queenstown streets as the council battles congestion in the tourist town.

Hilton welcomes students

Queenstown Hilton hotel bartender Lloyd Gray was teaching over 80 students his cocktail-making skills during a five day ...

Queenstown students took part in a worldwide career event at Hilton resort where they made pizzas, cocktails, coffees and did site inspections.

Plans for new hotel and housing at Frankton

The Ramada Hotel and Suites in Remarkables Park is due to open in Queenstown in June 2016.

We'll never cope with these numbers if we don't provide another two centre that can cater for tourists, developer says.

Ski town's Aspen fate?

A lot of Queenstown's problems are the same as those in Aspen.

Queenstown could become a town of unoccupied billionaire holiday homes, where workers face a two-hour commute, councillor says.

Tourism workshop highlights need for collaboration

Venture Southland Joint committee chairman Trevor Johnstone , Real Journeys sales manager Geraldine McMillian, Venture ...

Collaboration is a key to developing tourism in Southland, tourism operator says.

Wanaka tree survives sheep, selfies

Splendid in Infrared. Photographer Tony Bridge used a modified Nikon D80 to capture Wanaka's famous willow tree in a ...

Humble fence post sprouts into most photographed tree in New Zealand.

Southland farmers quiz Fonterra changes

Fonterra chairman John Wilson was in Invercargill to meet with farmer shareholders to discuss the proposed changes to ...

Fonterra bosses met with Southland farmers on Monday to discuss changes to the co-op's governance.

Taking on the ticketing industry

Area360’s Ticketure will enable organisations to sell tickets on their own website, which will reduce fees for consumers.

A Wellington software development company wants to turn the ticketing industry on its head.

NZ needs more hotels

Research shows most guests prefer hotels that are 4 star and above, and we need a lot more of them.

Our main tourist centres will be short thousands of rooms in 10 years if more hotels aren't built.

Queenstown's 9,500 vacant properties

Five large blocks zoned for residential development in urban Queenstown by March 2015, the majority of which remain unbuilt.

Despite immense pressure for new and affordable homes in Queenstown, thousands of properties are zoned for residential houses and apartments but sitting vacant.

4000 Queenstown residences ready to go

Aerial view of Frankton Flats, Queenstown, with Remarkables Park in the foreground.

"We want to speed up residential development here but we need infrastructure"

Next NASA launch scheduled for Wanaka in March 2017

Nasa balloon flightpath as at 10am Tuesday.

International Space Station science project for Wanaka.

First night flight hits hurdle

The first night flight carrying commercial passengers arrived in Queenstown on Monday night.

Bad weather and a fire alarm delay Queenstown's inaugural night flight by two hours.

Big snow blankets ski fields gallery video

Snow blankets picnic tables on the deck at Coronet Peak.

With the ski season just weeks away from opening, a heavy snow dump has blanketed South Island fields.

Mining social media gold gallery video

This image of a Chinese visitor doing Skydive Auckland will feature in an Auckland Airport campaign on Chinese social media.

Camera happy Chinese tourists are a social media bonanza for savvy NZ tourism operators.

Two potential buyers for Kingston Flyer

The Kingston Flyer sits unused in Kingston.

The Kingston Flyer is back on the market with a $2 million price tag.

South Island air: 21 cents a whiff video

Breathe Ezy director Phillip Duval is confident visiting Chinese tourists will snap up canned New Zealand air.

A Christchurch company selling cans of fresh air will target Chinese tourists as well as exporting to China.

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