Two fly cheaper than one

December 8, 2017 by  
Filed under Thailand, Travel Deals

BANGKOK, 8 December 2017: Thai Airways International celebrated the 30th anniversary of direct flight to Auckland, New Zealand, by offering special fares.

The “Auckland 2gether” economy class promotional fares, took effect Thursday and are valid through to 31 December.

THAI is also celebrating the launch of  its new route to Vienna, Austria, with a promotional fare, effective  through to 31 January 2018. Read more

Rugby boosts NZ tourism

September 22, 2017 by  
Filed under News, PACIFIC

WELLINGTON, 22 September 2017: New Zealand’s economy grew 0.8% in the April-June quarter partly due to a tourism boost from the British and Irish Lions rugby tour, official data showed Thursday.

Statistics New Zealand said the quarterly figure, which was in line with market expectations and released just days ahead of national elections on Saturday, took annual growth to 2.7%.

It said exports rose 5.2%, the best quarterly performance in almost 20 years, amid high demand for New Zealand dairy and forestry products. Read more

New Zealand: No longer 100% pure

March 24, 2017 by  
Filed under News, PACIFIC

CHRISTCHURCH, 24 March 2017: New Zealand’s strong economic growth is placing strains on the environment that threaten to undermine its “clean, green” reputation, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) warned Tuesday.

The South Pacific nation has long marketed itself internationally as “100% pure” and is undergoing a tourism boom as visitors flock to see the spectacular scenery featured in films such as “The Hobbit” trilogy.

But an OECD report said the environment was paying the price for growth in the farm-reliant economy, which is currently among the strongest in the developed world at more than 3%. Read more

Air NZ sees profit topple

February 24, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, News, PACIFIC

WELLINGTON, 24 February 2017: Air New Zealand reported a 24% fall in interim net profit, Thursday, amid increased competition in the domestic aviation market.

New Zealand’s flag carrier said net profit for the six months to 31 December was NZD256 million (USD184 million), compared to a record NZD338 million for the corresponding period a year previously.

“The last six months saw unprecedented levels of international carriers adding new services to New Zealand,” it said. Read more

New Zealand evacuates tourists

November 16, 2016 by  
Filed under News, PACIFIC

CHRISTCHURCH, 16 November 2016: Rescuers in New Zealand on Tuesday began airlifting tourists stranded by a 7.8 earthquake that devastated parts of the South Island coast and caused more than 100,000 landslides.

Military helicopters started ferrying the first of 1,200 holidaymakers trapped in the seaside town of Kaikoura, which bore the brunt of a quake that claimed two lives when it struck early Monday.

Officials said US and Japanese military would also join the relief effort. Read more

Quake shakes Christchurch

November 14, 2016 by  
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CHRISTCHURCH, 14 November 2016: A powerful 7.8-magnitude earthquake killed two people and caused massive infrastructure damage in New Zealand on Monday, but officials said they were optimistic the death toll would not rise.

The tremor, one of the most powerful ever recorded in the quake-prone South Pacific nation, hit just after midnight near the South Island coastal town of Kaikoura.

It triggered a tsunami alert that sent thousands of people fleeing for higher ground across large parts of the country’s rugged coastline before the threat abated. Read more

Singaporeans flock of New Zealand

October 2, 2015 by  
Filed under News, PACIFIC

SINGAPORE, 2 October 2015: Singaporeans flocked to New Zealand in record numbers over the last 12 months with over 47,500 travelling to the country in the year to August 2015.

It represents New Zealand’s highest ever number of Singaporean visitors for a 12 month period.

Figures were released by Tourism New Zealand ahead of Kiwi Link Southeast Asia 2015 – an annual trade event which will see 40 New Zealand tourism companies travel to Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand and Indonesia from 2 to 12 October 2015. Kiwi Link will be taking place in Singapore 5 and 6 October.

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Tighter measures for hot air balloons

April 24, 2015 by  
Filed under News, PACIFIC

AUCKLAND, 24 April 2015: Adventure aviation operators should face random drug tests, a New Zealand coroner said Thursday, after finding the pilot of a balloon that crashed killing 11 people was a “chronic cannabis user”.

Coroner Peter Ryan said pilot Lance Hopping’s judgement was probably impaired by cannabis when the balloon hit power lines in January 2012 before plunging to the ground in a flaming wreck.

Hot air balloons are a popular sightseeing option for tourists in New Zealand and Australia. They are also becoming more popular in Southeast Asia especially in Bagan, Myanmar, where they offer panoramic views of the centuries old temples and chedis.

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