Tourism Numbers still Up.

Winter is here in New Zealand. The drought has truly broken with more than enough rain falling. I have managed to get the house painted at Eden Park Bed and Breakfast. I made the mistake of replacing the Finnial Pole on top of the gable. What a nightmare that was with all the rain falling . Am trying to get the final bit done this weekend and remove the scaffold on Monday. OH JOY !

INBOUND travel
International Visitor Arrivals
Total visitor arrivals are up 14.7% compared to the same four week period last year.

Up: China 40%, Australia 20%, Germany 17%, USA 11%, Singapore 7%, UK 3%

Down: Malaysia -38%, Korea -4%, Canada -2%, Japan -2%

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Are the Blues on a Roll

The BLUES win again.
In-front of a bumper 31,014 home crowd, this 34-15 victory was a step up from last week’s upset of the Hurricanes in Wellington. While Auckland’s population are a bit slack in passion towards sports teams it is obvious that they want to believe in this rugby team. I remember the poor attendance last year to their games. Last night there was an atmosphere in the crowds walking past Eden Park Bed and Breakfast that I haven’t seen since the RWC 2011.
And 5 try’s to zip says it all….
While it’s too early to say these rejuvenated Blues are the real deal – there is no doubt Sir John Kirwan, Graham Henry and co have modelled a unified, passionate group.Long may it continue. I am a great believer that a strong Auckland Rugby presence offers great value to New Zealand Rugby.
International Visitor Arrivals to 17th Feb 2013
Total visitor arrivals are up 6.3% compared to the same four week period last year.

Ups: Japan 11%, China 63%, Singapore 35%, Australia 1%, USA 8%, Canada 1%

Downs: UK -6%, Malaysia -24%, Korea -32%

Unchanged: Germany

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Our New Boat NZL05

This is the NZL05. This is the second boat from Team New Zealand that will go to San Francisco to challenge for the right to sail against Oracle Racing for the Americas Cup.
Bring it home Kiwis…Tony at Eden Park Bed and Breakfast will follow you the whole way from his armchair….

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China Tourism

The Chinese Tourist Market keeps getting displayed under the microscope
Tourist organisations are still looking at ways to reform the tightly controlled Chinese visitor market that is failing to deliver the benefits it should to the wider tourism market
Just under 200,000 Chinese visited New Zealand last year but many are on short trips added on to visits to Australia. These tightly controlled “shopping trips” were not benefiting New Zealand tourism operators or the visitors themselves. Most of the revenue is siphoned off before the visitor gets to New Zealand.
The visitor is told where they’re going, where they’re going to stay, how they’re going to be transported and where they’re going to shop. The agents that organise this totally control the visit.
Allthough these arrivals are good for visitor numbers ,it does nothing to allow the Chinese to experience New Zealanders .
At Eden Park Bed and Breakfast we see a small percentage to Chinese travellers and these are normally FIT from Hong Kong.

International Visitor Arrivals to 3rd Feb 2013
Total visitor arrivals are down 4.5% compared to the same four week period last year.
Ups: Japan 11%, USA 3%, Korea 1%,

Downs: UK -11%, Malaysia -57%, Germany -7%, China -16%, Singapore -6%, Canada -5%

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Eden Park Sporting Events

Here’s what’s happening at Eden Park this year…..
With Eden Park Bed and Breakfast in such close proximity to the stadium, we urge all those interested in attending the games to make a reservation sooner than later.
We do not like saying, ‘sorry we are full’

Rugby Union 2013
International Rugby:

Saturday 8th June
All Blacks v France at Eden Park
Kickoff 1935 hrs

Saturday 14th September
All Blacks v South Africa
Kickoff 1935 hrs

Super Rugby:

Friday 1st March
Blues v Crusaders(NZ)
Kickoff 1935 hrs

Sunday 10th March
Blues v Bulls(SA)
Kickoff 1605 hrs

Friday 5th April
Blues v Highlanders(NZ)
Kickoff 1935 hrs

Saturday 13th April
Blues v Hurricanes(NZ)
Kickoff 1935 hrs

Saturday 11th May
Blues v Rebels (Aust)
Kickoff 1935 hrs

Saturday 25th May
Blues v Brumbies(Aust)
Kickoff 1935 hrs

Saturday 13th July
Blues v Chiefs(NZ)
Kickoff 1935 hrs

Rugby League 2013

Saturday 16th March
Vodafone Warriors v Sydney Roosters
Kickoff 1730 hrs

International Cricket 2013
New Zealand v England

Saturday 9th February 2013
First twenty20 at Eden Park
Start 1900 hrs

Saturday 23rd February 2013
Third ODI at Eden Park
Start 1400 hrs

Friday 22nd-26th March 2013
Third Test at Eden Park
Start 1030 hrs

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Auckland Vineyard Wins Award

Waiheke Island is one of the Islands in the Hauraki Gulf of Auckland. We send numerous guests from Eden Park Bed and Breakfast down to the ferry to visit it. I now have greater reason to send them there afternoon Stony-ridge Vineyard has received recognition for its red wine, which has topped the list for the best Cabernet Merlot in The Age/ Sydney Morning Herald Good Wine Guide 2013. The Stonyridge Larose 2010 scored 97 points to make it the highest equal scoring red wine in 2013 and finish ahead of all of Australia’s most iconic Cabernet Merlots.
This award is the latest in a long string of international accolades that Stonyridge Larose has achieved since the first vintage back in 1985, further cementing this wine as New Zealand’s greatest Bordeaux Blend, and indeed a wine that can stand proud on the world stage.
This latest recognition is remarkable because it blasts the old generalisation that Australia makes great reds and NZ great whites. This latest acknowledgement confirms Stonyridge as one of the world’s best red wine producers. Last year Australian wine magazine Winestate awarded Stonyridge Larose 2006 five stars, placing it first equal with the legendary Moss Wood Cabernet Sauvignon from Margaret River in its annual awards in 2011, ahead of Chateau Latour 2006 and Chateau Rothschild 2006.
Well done Stonyridge……..

A Chinese Rip-Off

21 Jan

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This story about the Chinese Tourists getting a FREE meal at the City Mission just won’t go away .
They now say a rogue tour operator in Auckland promised them visits to farms, geyser parks and buffet dinners – but instead took them to free public facilities and charitable events, including the City Mission’s annual Christmas dinner. Ming Xi, a visitor from Wuhan, said he and 10 other Chinese tourists were taken to the City Mission lunch by the tour leader, who told them the event was an annual “buffet treat” the New Zealand Government organised for citizens and visitors.
The tourists arrived last month as part of a tour group on a four-day North Island tour.
They decided to extend their visit to experience how Christmas was celebrated in a Western country. They were approached by the Mandarin-speaking tour leader as they left the i-Site Visitor Information Centre in Quay St, Auckland, the week before Christmas and offered a discounted daily rate of $88 a person for the tour, which included meals and all activities and entry charges.
The itinerary would include visits to a wildlife reserve, a farm park, gardens and a geyser park, and meals would include a Kiwi barbecue, a cultural dinner and a grand Christmas buffet.

Thinking they had real bargain, they decided to go with him was because it would be handy to have a local guide who spoke Mandarin.
The Kiwi barbecue was a sausage sizzle at a public barbecue pit, and the cultural dinner was a vegetarian meal at an “Indian” spiritual gathering where the group were asked to chant, sing and dance before eating.
The offer
*A grand Christmas buffet, cultural dinner and a great Kiwi barbecue

*Admission to a farm park with farm shows, shearing and milking

*Visit to a wildlife reserve with endangered native birds

*Geysers, mud pools and a soak in Rotorua hot mineral pool

What they got:

*Auckland City Mission charity Christmas lunch

*Vegetarian dinner by an “Indian” spiritual group, for which they had to chant, sing and dance

*A sausage sizzle on a public barbecue pit

*Council-funded Ambury Farm Park and Western Springs

*Rotorua’s public Kuirau Park and a soak at its free foot bath

Supposedly this operator is not one of the accredited Chinese Tourism Operators in New Zealand.
Personally, I have to admit its a great story…….

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Homeless Meal For Chinese Tour Group

Being in the Accommodation Industry at Eden Park Bed and Breakfast in Auckland ,I like to read the latest reports and keep up with the news pertaining to the Tourism Industry. So when I read about the Auckland City Mission Free Lunch and the Chinese Tour Operator, I have to laugh!
Every year the Auckland City Mission’s Christmas Free lunch is presented to the homeless. This year 2800 people attended.
TVNZ caught a Chinese Tour Operator at a table of 10 Chinese having a free meal. When it’s reporter attempted to speak to the woman the agent fell back on to the wise words of “no speak English”
I would love to know if the Chinese Agent on-charged its tour group for that meal….
With all the hoopla about the Chinese Tourism Market and how we should be learning the basics of conversation , maybe we should be teaching them the meaning of the
English Word ” CHEAP”.

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Christmas is coming...

It’s Saturday 22nd Dec at Eden Park Bed and Breakfast. Bit of a rush day here. guests for breakfast and then a dash to Pukekohe (south of Auckland) for the annual family gathering and lunch.
Been very busy at the BnB with guests in and out. Makes one envious of the places that we hear, about; although travel is like a job…. Move on and gotta go….
We just had Guy check out last night and he had just finished a 2 month cycling trip around NZ. He had a great sun tan to go back to Germany with but on Tuesday he was back at his job in the Bank.
Kinda feel sorry for him..
I have a painting plan this summer. I have erected scaffolding on the west side to make the high rise gable easier and safer. I remember the last time I did this and thought never again… And here I am again.

International Visitor Arrivals to 9th December 2012
Total visitor arrivals are down 1% compared to the same four week period last year.

Ups: China 16%, Japan 37%, Korea 8%, Germany 4%

Downs: Singapore -4%, USA -12% , UK -12%, Malaysia -21%, Australia -1%, Canada -10%

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