Tourism Gains in New Zealand

In the Bed and Breakfast industry in New Zealand there is widespread belief that the future bodes well due to Tourism New Zealand reporting significant gains in visitor numbers over the past year – with an estimated 150,000 extra people gracing our shores. And all these arrivals have need of the 4 vital components in Tourism;
1) accommodation
2) Food
3) leisure activities
4) transportation

The number of arrivals from Germany rose by 16.6%, while visitor numbers rose by 2.8% for the UK and 11.7% for the USA.

There was also strong growth in the Asian markets, with Singapore up 18.6% and Malaysia up 19.4%. An increase in the number of arrivals was also recorded in Indonesia, India and China.

The Australian market also continued to grow – up 4.4% for the year.

(if only Team New Zealand had bought the Americas Cup home ….)

Americas Cup Games .....again!

Although we are in the middle of Winter here in Auckland and although traffic flow into the Bed and Breakfast is slower ; I find great delight in seeing the Billionaires involved in the Americas Cup already starting to moan .
The lack of clarity from holders Oracle Team USA around the next America’s Cup looks to have cost organisers its challenger of record.
Hamilton Island Yacht Club today advised America’s Cup organisers of their intention to withdraw Team Australia from the 35th America’s Cup.
A statement from the syndicate said it was proving too difficult for a start-up commercial team to put a challenge together when no dates or venue have been confirmed for the event.
Russell Coutts, director of the America’s Cup Event Authority (ACEA) said he was very disappointed to receive the news.

“We were excited to have Australia as a challenger and we were also looking forward to the prospect of holding America’s Cup World Series events in Australia,” said Coutts.
But our focus going forward is with the teams that have already submitted challenges and the teams that have told us of their intent to do so before the entry deadline on August 8th.

In a competitors meeting held in Los Angeles last weekend, several teams expressed their reservations over the two remaining venue options – San Diego and Bermuda – and emphasised the a lack of certainly around dates and venue was hampering efforts to secure funding.

It appears Team Australia, who were responsible for negotiating the Protocol with the defenders, were finding the going particularly tough.

It is not yet known who the new challenger of record will be, but it is understood the ACEA have already received official entries from Italian team Luna Rossa and Swedish syndicate Artemis – the challenger of record for the 34th event.

Emirates Team New Zealand CEO Grant Dalton said he was disappointed to see the Australian syndicate pull out but said the Kiwi team were on track.

“We have the class rule and the design team is well into its programme; the sailing team continues to compete successfully overseas, with great recent results by Dean Barker and Glenn Ashby in the A class cats worlds and Peter Burling and Blair Tuke still dominating the 49er scene,” said Dalton.

“In addition, we have never been in better shape with potential

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Americas Cup Superstition

Sitting down after breakfast at Eden Park Bed and Breakfast I have just read about sailors superstitions. If you remember back to the first time Team New Zealand won the Americas Cup…..
In that series we won all the races except one. On that race Sir Peter Blake was not on the boat.
Yesterday we lost a race. This time Grant Dalton was not on the boat….
I wonder if we will see Grant on the boat for every race from here on……..
Personally I think we are doing an amazing job of bringing this cup home. But Americans hate to lose so we have to be brutal on the water. Go Team New Zealand.

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Time Out .

We have had the opportunity to avail ourselves to a small mini break in for the weekend. So due to a lull in the reservations at Eden Park Bed and Breakfast ….off we went. Lots of books and treats and generally just lazing around doing nothing. BLISS.
I am very interested to watch the progress of ETNZ in San Francisco with the Americas Cup. It’s still early and we are well versed in the adage of “it’s not over until the fat lady sings” but I think we have the real deal with this boat. Lets hope it remains upright until the last race……

International Visitor Arrivals up to July 14th 2013
Total visitor arrivals are up 6.7% compared to the same four week period last year.

Up: Singapore 27%, China 16%, UK 15%, USA 11%, Australia 9%, India 4%

Down: Germany -21%, Japan -20%, Korea -5%, Canada -3%

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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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Auckland needs rail Tunnel

At Eden Park Bed and Breakfast we are totally in favour for increased services to motorists in Auckland. A 700-page Government-ordered study says without the proposed $2.4 million central rail link the city will be crippled by serious congestion and growth of the downtown area will be stunted.
Mayor Len Brown told Radio New Zealand’s Morning Report programme that at some point everyone will have to agree that the work is critical.
“This is an all-agency report delivering the appropriate answers to the minister and to the Government saying that the city rail link … is the answer and is three or four times better than any of the other 45 options that were looked at.”
He said government officials need to realise that Auckland’s transport demands need to be solved if the city is to thrive.
The council has begun planning work for the tunnel even though funding is uncertain.
Lets hope that we will see common sense come to those we elect……..

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Kiwis Walk On Water...

I like sailing. Although with involvement at Eden Park Bed and Breakfast and pushing Supercare4u.com around the streets of Auckland, I don’t get to see too much of it these days.
This is why I have become the ultimate armchair warrior with respect to the Team New Zealand challenge to the Americas Cup in San Francisco next year.
I think the development that Team New Zealand have done is superior to the Oracle camp and I firmly believe that we have a good chance of lifting the cup again. I HOPE
You can find more info on the Team New Zealand Blog.
This latest photo shows the advance that the KIWIS have made. Not only do we fly….we also walk on water….

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