Tourism Industry Update May

Tourism Industry Update May

It has been a big week for announcements as we prepare for the potential to move from COVID-19 Alert Level 3 into Alert Level 2.

Now with a little more clarity, we are able to better gauge what the operating levels will look like.
It is clear that  restarting our local tourism and hospitality industries will be possible.

However, challenging times still lie ahead as we adapt to the post COVID-19 world and into the new normal beyond. Tough decisions will still need to be made however there are positive signs for our potential recovery.

This week a report released by Deloitte shows a potential future where some regions in New Zealand will benefit from not having kiwis being able to travel as expected. They've mapped out all the spending that usually occurs in New Zealand alongside the spending of New Zealanders travelling overseas to provide a view of the total potential tourism expenditure.
To view the full article, click here.

In other good news, this evening Air New Zealand announced their intention to return to Gisborne in Alert Level 2 flying both the Wellington and Auckland routes. However as with most news these days, it comes with a new normal of less frequency, less seats and higher prices.

But still, it can’t be understated how important this key regional connection will be now and into the future.

 Also from Alert Level 2, the Trust Tairāwhiti Takitapuwae regional tourism team will be based back at the Gisborne i-SITE. So hopefully it won’t be long until you can pop back in to see us and grab a coffee.

However, you don’t have wait until we are physically back in the office, feel free to reach out via phone or email to discuss any of the trends you are seeing or the challenges you are facing.
Until next time, ngā mihi nui kai koutou,
Adam Hughes
General Manager Tourism
Trust Tairāwhiti Takitapuwae