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Regional tourism highlights: October

Posted on 30/10/2019 by

Te Puke – the heart of Kiwifruit country – is one of many regions to make headlines this month.

At the end of each month, we bring you regional tourism highlights so you can stay up-to-date with airline, travel, and tourism news from around New Zealand.

With just one month to go until the start of the summer season, New Zealand’s regional tourism industry is humming along nicely.

Here are some of the top headlines from October.

Air New Zealand ramps up regional services

Air New Zealand is adding additional capacity to some of its regional routes in December following Jetstar’s withdrawal of its regional services.

Kiwifruit a platform for Te Puke tourism

Graeme Crossman believes the global popularity of kiwifruit is a magnet that can draw tourists to the Te Puke area.

Bay of Plenty tourism operators awarded for work in sustainability

Two Bay of Plenty tourism operators have been nationally recognised for their hard work in tourism sustainability innovation.

Another record cruise season kicks off

Local businesses and tour operators can look forward to a boost over the coming months, courtesy of a strong cruise season for 2019/2020.

New Zealand towns that are about to arrive on the tourist radar

Tourists are increasingly in search of experiences off the beaten track. So here are some of the towns set to benefit.

Queenstown Airport records biggest increase in overseas arrivals in August

An increase in direct trans-Tasman flights led to a big jump in the number of Australian visitors arriving at Queenstown Airport in August.

Skydiving gets green light at Pukaki Airport

Skydive Mt Cook has been given the all clear by Mackenzie District Council’s (MDC) planning department to land parachutes at Pukaki Airport.

Stars align in Wairarapa for astro-tourism business

Star Field, located south of Martinborough, launched last weekend and was set to ride the crest of a wave of astro-tourism as the region bids to become an international dark sky reserve.

That’s all for this month. We’ll be back at the end of November with more updates. If you want to stay up-to-date in real time, please subscribe to our Industry News Bulletin.

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