New Tourism Venture For Auckland

Great news in Auckland as the announcement that the ship Ipipiri, which has 30 cabins will be permanently based in the Viaduct Harbour.

The catamaran Ipipiri is New Zealand’s largest permanently-based cruise ship and the Auckland-based cruise business was launched today.

It will be able to cater cocktail events for up to 100 people and has restaurant seating for up to 80.

The vessel has offers 30 ocean view cabins, complete with en suites and will offer day and overnight cruises in the vicinity of Waiheke Island .

IPIPRI
• Length: 44.5m
• Width: 13m
• Height: 11m
• Hull depth: 1.4m
• Decks: 4
• Cabins: 30 ocean view rooms with en suites

I personally think this is brilliant for the Tourism Industry. At Eden Park Bed and Breakfast we are involved in the accommodation sector. We promote activities and tours to guests travelling within Auckland and New Zealand. To be able to offer another activity that keeps travellers within Auckland offers spin offs to other tourism operators . We may even have to go out for a trip ourselves when the time allows ……

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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Busy time at the Bed and Breakfast

Auckland has been full for the past3 weeks with very little available accommodation for any travellers. At Eden Park Bed and Breakfast we have had the unusual scenario of travellers (without reservations) turning up at the door wanting accommodation. Sorry but pre booked clients have first priority

Traveller arrivals to 9 February 2014
International Visitor Arrivals
Total visitor arrivals are up 12% compared to the same four week period last year.

Up: China 45%, Korea 20%, USA 14%, Germany 9%, UK 8%, Australia 7%, Singapore 5%, Canada 2%

Down: Japan -6%, India -3%

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Visitor Arrivals in New Zealand

International Visitor Arrivals to January 26th 2013
Total visitor arrivals are up 9% compared to the same four week period last year.

Up: China 39%, Singapore 39%, India 29%, Germany 23%, Australia 9%, UK 8%,Korea 7%

Down: USA -11%, Canada -9%

No change: Japan

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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Big Day Out at Western Springs

The Big Day Out Music Festival is to be hosted at Western Springs, Auckland on January 17 ,2014.

The event was canned for 2013 when it became financially unsustainable with increasing costs and decreasing profits.

Big Day Out NZ would host a multi-stage music, art and culture event created specifically for its New Zealand audience.

Early-bird tickets will go on sale from bigdayout.com and ticketmaster.co.nz at 9am on Monday August 12.

With Western Springs Stadium in close proximity to Eden Park Bed and Breakfast , I would urge interested patrons getting in early to reserve accommodation.

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Balloon Internet from Google

It seems NewZealand has an unusual Stratospheric wind pattern.
On Saturday Google Scientists from the technology giant released up to 30 helium-filled test balloons flying 20 kilometres (12.4 miles) above Christchurch in New Zealand Saturday, carrying antennae linked to ground base stations.
While still in the early stages, Project Loon hopes eventually to launch thousands of balloons to provide Internet to remote parts of the world, allowing the more than four billion people with no access to get online.
It could also be used to help after natural disasters, when existing communication infrastructure is affected.
“Project Loon is an experimental technology for balloon-powered Internet access,” the company said on its latest project from its clandestine Google (x), “where we work on radical, sci-fi-sounding technology solutions to solve really big world problems”.
“Balloons, carried by the wind at altitudes twice as high as commercial planes, can beam Internet access to the ground at speeds similar to today’s 3G networks or faster,” it added.
“It is very early days, but we think a ring of balloons, flying around the globe on the stratospheric winds, might be a way to provide affordable Internet access to rural, remote, and underserved areas down on earth below, or help after disasters, when existing communication infrastructure is affected.”
It works by ground stations connecting to the local Internet infrastructure and beaming signals to the balloons, which are self-powered by solar panels.
The balloons, which once in the stratosphere will be twice as high as commercial airliners and barely visible to the naked eye, are then able to communicate with each other, forming a mesh network in the sky.
Users below have an Internet antennae they attach the side of their house which can send and receive data signals from the balloons passing overhead.
Some 50 people were chosen to take part in the trial and were able to link to the Internet.
The first person to get Google Balloon Internet access was Charles Nimmo, a farmer and entrepreneur in the small town of Leeston who signed up for the experiment.
He told the New Zealand Herald he received Internet access for about 15 minutes before the transmitting balloon he was relying on floated out of range.
“It’s been weird,” he told the newspaper. “But it’s been exciting to be part of something new.”
Google’s ultimate goal is to have a ring of balloons — each the length of a small light aircraft when fully inflated — circling the Earth, ensuring there is no part of the globe that cannot access the web.
It did not say how much it was investing in the project.
“The idea may sound a bit crazy – and that’s part of the reason we’re calling it Project Loon – but there’s solid science behind it,” Google said, but added: “This is still highly experimental technology and we have a long way to go.”
Project leader Mike Cassidy told reporters that if successful, the technology might allow countries to leapfrog the expense of installing fibre-optic cable.
“It’s a huge moonshot, a really big goal to go after,” he said.
“The power of the Internet is probably one of the most transformative technologies of our time.”
Google said that over time it wanted to set up other pilot projects in countries at the same latitude as New Zealand, including Australia and Argentina, due to the stratospheric conditions.

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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