Tourism Growth for New Zealand

At Eden Park Bed and Breakfast we are involved in the accommodation industry in Auckland. Latest Tourism reports show total visitor spending in New Zealand grew by 11 per cent to $7.1 billion in the past year, driven by strong growth from the United States, Germany and China.

Financial figures for the year ending in June showed visitors increased their spending by $800 million.These figures are based on results from approximately 8900 visitors departing New Zealand airports.

The results showed there was a significant increase in total spending by visitors from the United States, up an estimated 53 per cent from the previous year to $773m, and Germany, up 63 per cent to $375m. Spending by visitors from China rose 26 per cent to $912m, as visitors moved from lower value short shopping trips to longer stays.

But how to tap the Chinese Market is still a challenge. At Eden Park Bed and Breakfast , we accommodate a percentage from that FIT market , but tapping into the Chinese Tour Market is still difficult ….or impossible !

Spending by Australians fell 4 per cent to $2.11b.
And business spending tumbled by 22 per cent from $585m to $459m.

Tourism is still strong tho. Although we found it to be quiet for accommodation in the month of July , August shows improvement . Next week we have the All Blacks playing Australia at Eden Park. Full House at Eden Park Bed and Breakfast.
Go Black !

More Cruise Ships to Arrive in Auckland

Auckland will be having a boost to its economy with more cruise ships to arrive in Auckland. Last year at Eden Park Bed and Breakfast we had numerous arrivals with travelers arriving for pre and post cruise accommodation .

Statistics show that each arrival delivers an estimated $1 Million to the local economy in accommodation, dining, transport and shopping, as well as crew expenditure, supplies and port charges.

The cruise industry contributed $310 million to New Zealand’s economy in 2013, with $115.5 million going to Auckland. The industry has gone from being worth $63 million to $115.5 million to Auckland in the past five years.

New Zealand’s cruise market has increased every year over the past 5 years and will further buoyed by another two operators increasing their visits. Last year, 89 cruise ships visited Auckland bringing in 162,000 passengers and crew.

P&O is doubling the number of cruises operating from Auckland over the next couple of years and extending its season.This year, during its May to June season, it offered eight cruises. It will add two extra cruises and the season will run from April to June next year.

This is further good news for the Tourism Industry in New Zealand.

 

New Zealand challenges for 35th America's Cup

As a Kiwi sailor and being part of Eden Park Bed and Breakfast in Auckland, I am a TRUE BLACK supporter of the announcement that Team New Zealand , backed by the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron , New Zealand challenges for 35th America’s Cup.

The Kiwi syndicate, became the first team to officially announce their challenge .

Scuttlebutt in the yachting circles says that Italian team Luna Rossa and Artemis submitted their entries before Emirates Team New Zealand, but have yet to officially announce their challenge. Others who have signaled they’ll be throwing their hat in the ring are Ben Ainslie Racing (GBR) and a French challenge led by Franck Cammas, bringing the suggested total of challengers for the 2017 event to five . But scuttlebutt also says that this is all supposition because some believe that the funding for these challengers it’s not guaranteed.

After the withdrawal of the Challenger of Record ( Australia) last month, Oracle have been desperately trying to salvage the public relations fiasco surrounding the race. It is expected that the role of (COR ) will go to the first challenger to submit their entry, rumored to be Luna Rossa.

Supposedly we are also led to believe that the Italian team led the way in rallying their fellow intended challengers to issue a joint accord statement to reiterate their support for the event following Team Australia’s withdrawal . (I note Team New Zealand’s non participation in this accord.)

After last years racing and our demoralizing defeat to the enemy( Oracle ) , I am still a firm believer that we have the technological  skill and the sailors to take this piece of silver from the Americans .

Go Kiwis!

Safer driving for Tourists in New Zealand

At Eden Park Bed and Breakfast we see numerous travellers arriving after picking up a car at the airport and driving into Auckland. We had one guest that had 3 incidents on the 18 km journey. So the issue of Safer driving for Tourists in New Zealand is something serious we should be aware of and get people informed.

The Police in Queenstown ,New Zealand have taken a bold step towards getting tourists driving in a safe manner. They are now working with rental car companies to take incompetent tourist drivers off the road.

When they come across a tourist driver they think is incompetent, they are phoning rental car companies and asking them to cancel a client’s contract.

It seems that they have legal issues if they use the Land Transport Act to prevent incompetent overseas visitors from driving. The only way for police to remove someone from the road is to arrest them for a driving offense or imposing bail conditions.

So to get around this they are working with rental companies to remove drivers they believe pose a threat to other road users

It was up to the rental company to cancel the contract.

It’s may seem not a lot ,but anything to have tourists practicing safe driving in New Zealand is always welcome.

The Crusaders Lost the Game

Sunday Morning watching the Crusaders at the Bed and Breakfast, and the results?  The Crusaders Lost the Game …

Stayed up late last night and watched the final of the Super Rugby from Australia.

The Crusaders Lost

The Crusaders lost by one point. Great Game tho.

International visitor arrivals for Four Weeks ended 20 July 2014
Total visitor arrivals are up 2% compared to the same four-week period last year.

UP: Japan 21%, India 18%, China 17%, Korea 5%, Singapore 4%, USA 1%, Australia 1%.
DOWN: Germany 1%, Canada 8%, UK 14%.

Source: Statistics New Zealand

The Volcano of Mount Eden Auckland , New Zealand

#MountEden – (Maungawhau- hill of the whau tree)
Starting 250,000 years ago, small basaltic volcanoes erupted across the Auckland Isthmus, creating the Volcano of Mount Eden Auckland, in New Zealand.

Some were violent eruptions where magma encountered water,but in the case of Mt Eden the magma rose without meeting water and produced a steep sided cone from localised scoria and ash, and fields from the quiet outpouring of lava flows.
The crater is circular, about 180m in diameter and 50m deep.

The southern side of the crater rim is the highest point on the scoria cone(196m above sea level), and is the highest point on the Auckland Isthmus.
The Isthmus of Auckland is one of the most remarkable volcanic districts on the earth.The volcanoes are unique in their number(50) , and the peculiar shape of their cones and craters.
Most of the volcanoes in Auckland are thought to have grown by eruptions lasting a few months or possibly a few years.
Maungawhau is named after the Whau tree, one of the world’s lightest woods it was used for fishing floats and utility rafts. New cultivation techniques brought from the Pacific saw massive production of Taro and Kumara. Huge gardens spread from the base of

Maungawhau through the modern day Mt Eden suburb with volcanic rocks used as passive solar heating for seed raising beds to help tropical crops adapt to the colder environment.
Te Tuahu o Hua Kai Waka on the slopes of Maungawhau is the ancient shrine where ceremonies were performed for significant events and battles. Maungawhau is also the repository of koiwi (human remains) with burials across the mountain and the Mt Eden suburb.

Tangata Whenua continue to observe customary practices on Maungawhau. Matariki or the Maori New Year is one such practice observed before dawn in June each year.

The road to the summit of Maungawhau is named for Puhihuia, a highborn daughter of Te Waiohua. Ponga of Ngati Kahukoka from Awhitu was visiting Maungawhau and although he was of lower social status they eloped to the anger of Puhihuia’s disapproving parents. They escaped across the Manukau Harbour to Awhitu followed by an avenging taua.

War between the Iwi was avoided when Puhihuia faced a series of duels. She defeated her opponents and the taua returned accepting Puhihuia’s choice of a husband.
The early Maori Tribes took advantage of the Volcanic cone to gain an advantage over their enemies by having advanced fortifications established . This Pa was an established village with sleeping huts and food storage.
Today the Volcanic cone is a major Tourist sightseeing destination.

For a guest to walk from Eden Park Bed and Breakfast is a 40 min walk. To catch a sunrise from this Volcanic point is a “MUST DO ” in Auckland City.

There are various organizations dedicated to the preservation of the Historical nature of this unique place.
The friends of Maungawhau are a non profit organisation that welcome any assistance that guests may have to offer. www.maungawhau.co.nz

 

New Police technology

Be aware travelers. New Zealand Police are expanding their use of Automatic Number Plate Technology .  This is the new police technology in New Zealand.

At Eden Park Bed and Breakfast we do advise all travelers to get the rental car the day after arrival. You get the chance to rest before taking on Auckland traffic and exploring New Zealand.   After a sleep at your accommodation and then getting a car ,is a better practice than from an airplane to driving a car.

This new Police technology tool uses cameras mounted on the roof of the patrol car car that scans the number plates of passing vehicles and feeds the information to a computer inside.

It checks the details against information held by police about vehicles of interest and if found, alerts the offer for follow up.

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 Harbor. A new tourism venture for Auckland.

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 traveling within Auckland and New Zealand.

To be able to offer another activity that keeps travelers 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. All these tourism gains in New Zealand 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 America’s Cup home ….)

Americas cup news ..... again!

Americas Cup News:  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 organizers its challenger of record.
Hamilton Island Yacht Club today advised America’s Cup organizers 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 emphasized 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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