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voco Auckland City treads lightly with sustainability trifecta –
the voco brand made its New Zealand debut with the opening of voco Auckland City Centre, and this May the hotel is celebrating its first year of sky-high stays, accolades and sustainable milestones centered on its ‘tread light’ philosophy. Last week, the dual-branded tower development voco Auckland City Center that also includes the Holiday Inn Express City Center was awarded a trifecta of Master Builders Commercial Project awards and were crowned winners of the Commercial Project Award Over $25m, Built Tourism and Leisure Project Category, and the Master Builders Supreme Award for 2023. Pro-invest Hotels, Area General Manager, New Zealand,…
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Tourism & hospitality Expo roadshow starts May 11 –
Next week, from 11 – 13 May in Christchurch, Go with Tourism will kickstart New Zealand’s only free, dedicated careers expo for the tourism and hospitality industry, hoping to inspire a new generation of tourism and hospitality workers. The expo, in partnership with New Zealand Careers Expo, will then move on to six more cities around the country: Palmerston North, Napier, Hamilton, Auckland, Wellington and Dunedin. With industry professionals, employers and educators on site, students and job seekers will discover a wide range of opportunities available, such as work experience, mentorships, job vacancies and tertiary studies. As well as showing…
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Looming $160m excise tax hard to absorb says NZABC –
The year has just got more challenging for producers, hospitality businesses and consumers of beer, wines and spirits with the announcement that the Consumer Price Index (CPI) is 6.7%. “The 6.7% rise in the CPI is used as a benchmark to increase the excise tax on beer, wines and spirits. The excise tax was $1.24 billion in June 2022 and is forecast to be $1.4 billion the following year[1]. This will mean an extra $160 million in new taxes which are paid by producers and ultimately consumers. In this time of rapid inflation and a cost of living crisis, extra…
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Visa launches $30,000 hospitality scholarship –
Visa, supported by Visa Wellington on a Plate, has launched a new hospitality industry scholarship open to candidates across New Zealand, valued at NZD $30,000. The Visa NZ Hospitality Scholarship aims to attract and retain more young people into the industry and support them to take up hospitality as a fully-fledged career. It includes a five-day placement at a top international hospitality venue, professional development, a one-year mentorship, business training and future participation in Visa Wellington On a Plate. Visa’s Head of Marketing for Australia, New Zealand and South Pacific Natalie Lockwood said, “As a proud partner of Visa Wellington…
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$1.00 meals this weekend in Christchurch & Wellington –
A selection of popular food hotspots in Wellington and Christchurch have joined forces with DoorDash to provide a menu of items for just $1.00 each – this weekend only. “We’re excited to launch $1 meals this weekend and urge Kiwis to get behind their favorite hospitality outlets,” says Rebecca Burrows, DoorDash General Manager New Zealand, Australia and Canada. “We’ve got some amazing local eateries behind us and together we’re hoping to get their delicious food out to more Kiwis this weekend for only $1.” From Friday 14thth to Sunday April 16, there will be a rotating roster of restaurants and…
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NCAA Women’s Basketball Championship tickets: Cheapest tickets for LSU vs. Iowa in Dallas
The 2023 NCAA Women’s Basketball Tournament Championship will feature the No. 3 LSU Tigers vs. the No. 2 Iowa Hawkeyes at American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas on Sunday, April 2 (4/2/2023) at 3:30 pm ET. Fans can buy cheap tickets to the March Madness women’s championship at resellers like StubHub, VividSeats, MEGASeats and SeatGeek. If you’re traveling for the game, get the best deals on flights from Expediaand find discounted Hotels with Hotels.com. At publishing time, VividSeats had the cheapest tickets at $376, but prices are subject to change and availability. Both these teams cleared through a No. 1…
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Southern Discoveries announce leadership changes –
One of New Zealand’s most experienced tourism professionals is retiring and a well known industry stalker is stepping into the role in July. Queenstown’s Southern Discoveries owner, Skeggs Group has announced the retirement of CEO Tim Hunter and is delighted to confirm the appointment of former GM Sales and Marketing, Kerry Walker to the role of CEO. Kerry has 25 years of tourism experience, the last four-and-a-half of which have been spent at Southern Discoveries. In the previous 15 years, she worked in a range of senior sales and marketing roles for Ngāi Tahu Tourism. During her time with Southern…
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SkyCity welcomes Cassia –
Auckland’s award-winning Indian restaurant Cassia, led by Chef Sid Sahrawat, is moving to SkyCity. The renowned restaurant in Auckland’s Fort Street was closed in January after severe weather events and flooding left the business inoperable, temporarily opening as a ‘Cassia Kitchen’ pop up in the private dining room at the Sahrawat’s restaurant, Sid at The French Café. Owners, husband and wife duo Sid and Chand Sahrawat have now found a new permanent home for the much-loved restaurant and its 20-plus team members. Cassia is scheduled to open in early May at the site formerly housed by The Grills and will…