Regional tourism highlights: AprilPosted on 26/04/2018 by Jess O'Connor
At the end of each month, we bring you regional tourism highlights so you can stay updated with airline, travel and tourism news from around New Zealand.
April was a busy month for tourism, especially in tourist towns in the South Island.
The results of a study by accommodation provider Airbnb shows that the Waikato is New Zealand’s most hospitable centre. The winner was determined by the number of five-star reviews left on the accommodation website.
This year’s New Zealand Hotel Industry Conference will include a focus on how the current tourism boom can benefit the regions
Two major events created an $11 million boom for the Otago region. The annual Warbirds Over Wanaka event featured a dazzling display of air acrobatics, paired with a car show, trade stands, market stalls, rides and food on the ground. Meanwhile, international pop star Ed Sheeran performed two sold-out concerts in Dunedin, attracting fans from all over New Zealand.
Next month, Dunedin will host the largest ever TRENZ afternoon as more than 600 delegates will take breaks from business meetings to enjoy a range of activities in the area. This includes tours of the Speight’s Brewery, high tea at Larnach Castle, and an off-road wildlife tour of the Otago Peninsula.
Car rental brand Jucy has opened a 276-bed pod hotel in Queenstown, which is set to help with the shortage of tourism accommodation in the area.
A business leader has suggested installing a wine fountain in Marlborough to highlight the region’s vineyards.
Tourism Industry Aotearoa has backed the Christchurch City Council’s request for an extra $1.4 million annually to bid to host major events.
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