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Tourism is NZ’s second largest export – and more incredible facts!

Posted on 17/04/2024 by

 

Get the latest exciting news about travel and tourism.

After the pandemic saw a global slowdown in travel and tourism, we’re now watching an incredible shift back to regular travel around the world.

Here are just some of the latest facts and statistics showcasing just how rapidly the market is growing, and therefore how many employees it will need to sustain the demand

Tourism is our second-largest export

For example, tourism is now New Zealand’s second largest export, which is especially important as Aotearoa faces other challenges, such as the recovery after Cyclone Gabrielle.

In the Hawke’s Bay, tourism operators are seeing huge visitor numbers, with the visitor economy recording its highest ever contribution to the regional GDP in the year to September 2023. Plus, some accommodation providers in the area recorded their busiest Januaries ever.

Visitor arrivals in New Zealand increased more than 800% in 2023

New figures from Tourism Satellite Account show that overseas visitor arrivals to New Zealand increased by a massive 858.7% in the year to March 2023. That equates to more than 2.1 million people visiting our country and exploring everything there is to see and do here.

It’s no wonder so many local tourism and travel companies are seeking qualified staff to help cater to those visitors.

Tourism directly employs almost 200,000 people in New Zealand

The same Tourism Satellite Account data found that there were 189,432 people employed in New Zealand directly by the tourism industry. That’s an increase on the year before of more than 60,000 people – or 48%!

Overall, that means that a massive 6.7% of all people employed in Aotearoa are working in tourism.

International travel is set to hit $11 trillion in 2024

In 2024, the global travel market is expected to see $11 trillion spent on tourism.

This boom is said to signal a golden era of travel, and according to World Travel and Tourism Council President and CEO Julia Simpson, it’s no longer about a recovery.

“This is a story of the sector back at its best after a difficult few years, providing a significant economic boost to countries around the world and supporting millions of jobs,” she explained.

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What the experts are saying is next for travel and tourism

Posted on 13/07/2022 by

What’s next in travel and tourism, according to experts.

We’ve spent months talking about why now is the time to study travel and tourism, and how the industry is on the cusp of a massive boom.

But why take it from us when there are experts around the world talking about what’s next for travel and tourism (hint: it’s booming!).

Here’s a little more about what to expect for the sector according to a recent World Economic Forum chat with leading experts Sandra Carvao, Chief of Market Intelligence and Competitiveness at the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), and Liz Ortiguera, CEO of the Pacific Asia Travel Association in Thailand (PATA).

Many people are focused on reconnecting

 When asked about the biggest travel trends right now, CEO Liz Ortiguera said that it was reconnecting. After two years of being separated from loves ones around the world, many people are taking trips to see friends and family again.

This feels especially true for Kiwis, who have quite literally been unable to travel to see loved ones overseas.

Travellers are looking for more sustainable travel options

Ever since the first lockdowns, sustainability has been a big talking point for the industry. How can we ensure we’re looking after the planet while we’re exploring it?

Sandra Carvao of the UNWTO states that this movement has been very welcome, saying: “Consumers, particularly the younger generation, are much more aware of the impact they have, not only on the environment but also socially and on the communities they live in.”

Community-based tourism is on the rise

“One of the positive impacts of the pandemic is that people are looking for local experiences and are spending more time with communities,” explains Sandra Carvao.

Liz Ortiguera backs this sentiment up by explaining that one of the key themes at a destination-marketing forum for the Pacific Asia Travel Association this month is community-based tourism.

The goal of the forum, she says, is to “put the community and authenticity-in-culture activities at the heart of the travel experience.”

This way, travellers get to enjoy a more authentic experience, the destinations are less crowded, and the community itself benefits.

The problem of labour shortages in travel and tourism

Both here in New Zealand and around the world, travel and tourism businesses are struggling to keep up with demand. With everyone suddenly travelling and exploring again, travel companies are desperately searching for qualified staff to help make those experiences happen.

Sandra Carvao put it bluntly, saying “labour shortages are a priority for the sector in countries around the world.”

Liz Ortigeura explained how the shortages in North America and Europe right now are having a real effect on the industry everywhere.

“If, for example, their air carriers are limited by staff and they have to cancel flights, which we’re very much seeing out of Europe, seating capacity then becomes a limiting factor in the recovery of Asia Pacific,” she said.

Be part of the boom

With labour shortages across travel and tourism right now, the time is right to earn a qualification and dive into almost any role of your choice. There are so many companies seeking qualified staff, that we’re seeing our graduates not just get employed straight out of college, but also get a range of roles to choose from!

If you’d like to kick off your career and be part of the recovery – all while studying from the comfort of your own home – explore our Study From Home distance learning options, and get in touch if you have any questions at all.

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It’s time to get involved in travel & tourism!

Posted on 23/02/2022 by

Travel and tourism is recovering here and around the world.

We’ve been saying it for a while now, and the time is finally here – tourism and travel are making a big comeback as New Zealand begins reopening the border and the world returns to some normality.

We’re keeping a close eye on what’s happening here and around the world and seeing countless businesses searching for skilled employees. We even have more job openings coming through than we have graduates right now, making it the perfect time for passionate people to get qualified and make a start in the tourism industry.

Here are just some of the news stories we’ve seen about the comeback recently.

Air NZ goes on cabin crew recruitment drive to gear up for border reopening

We’ve seen several of our graduates sign employment contracts with Air New Zealand recently as the airline has been massively ramping up its recruitment as the country prepares to open its borders for the first time since early 2020.

Almost 200 cabin crew that were on temporary agreements have just switched to permanent contracts with the company, and it continues to seek out more cabin crew staff for some of its regional routes.

That’s great news for anyone looking to get into a career as a flight attendant or airline worker.

Employers lure talent with flexible hours in tourism job boom

 The Australian tourism market was impacted much like New Zealand’s and is now seeing a similar boom as the borders have reopened, the bubble is about to get off the ground again with New Zealand, and people start to travel again.

That’s why employers are seeking new staff – and trying all sorts of things to find skilled workers.

Hotel and hospitality group Accor has estimated that it needs to add 15% more personnel to its workforce based on early bookings for 2022, meaning that it will be looking to hire approximately 1,200 new staff. They’re offering on-the-job training, career development, and more flexibility to help fill those roles.

With so many businesses looking for new staff, we won’t be surprised to see more of them offering similar additional perks for employees.

Get ready for a major travel and tourism recovery this year, new study says

New modelling from the World Travel & Tourism Council has projected that travel and tourism in the United States will outpace pre-pandemic levels this year.

If the estimates prove to be correct, the industry is expected to generate 6% more income than it did in 2019, signalling a huge return to normalcy – and growth – in the international tourism market.

The report also added that globally, travel and tourism is expected to contribute $8.6 trillion of economic activity this year. That’s still a little down from 2019, but getting much closer to growth overall as the whole world gets back on track.

Time to get studying

Whether you look at the travel, tourism, and aviation market here in New Zealand, over in Australia, or around the world, the industry is once again starting to boom.

As it continues to grow, businesses are going to need skilled staff to fill roles all over Aotearoa and the world.

Does that sound like you?

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Get in touch if you have any questions at all about our distance learning courses or what kind of jobs they could get you.  Need to know more before you decide? Don’t forget to check out our ‘Whanau Portal’ for more up to date tourism news.

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10 resources to help you stay up to date on the latest travel and tourism news

Posted on 08/04/2021 by

Stay up to date on the latest travel and tourism news with these great resources.

The travel and tourism industry is incredibly fast moving and always evolving, especially in recent times. From new trends to new travel opportunities, there’s always something happening within the industry.

For those looking to work in travel and tourism, staying on top of the latest will help you keep informed about what’s going on around you. It might help you discover where you’d like your career to go next, or simply help you stay up to date for your current role.

Here are 10 fantastic resources you can bookmark to stay up to date with all things travel, tourism, and aviation.

  1. Tourism New Zealand News

Tourism New Zealand is one of the biggest and most well-known industry authorities in the country, and their news section is updated regularly with surveys, research announcements, updates, and more.

  1. Tourism Industry Association News and Updates

The Tourism Industry Association (TIA) is a large independent group that represents all sectors of the industry in New Zealand. Their news section is split into three categories: Spotlight, for updates about members; TIA Media, for updates from TIA; and Industry News, for updates about the industry at large.

  1. Air New Zealand Media Releases

As Aotearoa’s main airline, Air New Zealand offers an important insight into travel trends. Their regular Media Releases offer interesting updates about all things air travel, as well as industry news.

  1. Stuff’s Travel Section

Stuff is one of New Zealand’s major online news sources, and their Travel Section offers a good mix of industry updates, as well as fun travel and tourism news, photos, and inspiration.

  1. The NZ Herald Travel Section

Another of the country’s top online news sources, the NZ Herald offers a dedicated Travel Section. This source offers a range of travel news and updates as well as travel inspiration and lighter stories.

  1. The ITC Tourism Update

Did you know that ITC offers our own tourism update webpage? We regularly update this page with recent news covering the tourism, travel, and aviation industries here in New Zealand.

  1. World Tourism Organisation News

For international insights, the World Tourism Organisation offers a News section that’s updated almost every day with news, surveys, research, and stories from all over the world. This is a fantastic resource to get an overview of the industry at large, which isn’t always the same as New Zealand’s travel news.

  1. Skift News

Skift is one of the largest and most trustworthy websites dedicated to travel and tourism news in the world. It is updated multiple times per day with research, studies, and news from around the world.

  1. Phocuswire

Phocuswire is a dedicated travel and tourism news website, with the interesting angle of largely focussing on technology’s role in the sector. This can help you stay up to date with the latest technology changes and how they will impact the industry in the coming years.

  1. Travel Memo

 Travel Memo is a New Zealand-based weekly digital publication that’s targeted at travel agents. It offers updates, commentary, and tips for those working in the industry, making for an insightful read whether you’re already working in travel and tourism or on your way there.

Spending a little time keeping yourself up to date on what’s happening in the industry will set you apart from other potential hires. Even better, a qualification in tourism and travel will give you a foot in the door at countless businesses around New Zealand and the world.

Take a look at our course options to see what you can learn with us by studying from home.

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