We Do Love The Irish

At Eden Park Bed and Breakfast we strive to offer all travelers the best service we can. So i am pleased to hear that an intoxicated Irish man who walked away from an ATM machine in the centre of Queenstown on Monday night without the $800 he had withdrawn got a pleasant surprise when he visited Queenstown Police Station the next day. It seems that an honest young Otago man found the cash and card and handed it in to police.
Thats the the luck of the Irish.

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Where is this CHINA $$$$$

At Eden Park Bed and Breakfast we are always monitoring our arrivals and maintain our own meter as to New Zealand’s Inbound Tourism Industry so, when I read that China is now our third-largest tourist market and just shy of the $568 million spent by visitors from the UK, I have to wonder where are they?
The reports say that China has surged ahead of the United States and is on the verge of becoming New Zealand’s second-biggest tourist market, according to the latest International Visitor Survey.
The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment’s survey showed tourism spending was $5.6 billion for the year ending June 2012. This was flat on the previous year’s total spend of $5.5 billion, despite visitor numbers having risen 5 per cent to 2.6 million. However, expenditure from Chinese visitors increased by 27 per cent to $522 million.
China had already overtaken Germany and the United States and will soon become our second-largest visitor market, behind Australia. The number of Australian visitors to New Zealand increased 6 per cent to 1.17 million but spending stayed flat at $1.6 billion. Each tourist spent an average of 19.4 days in the country, down from 20.1 days in the year ended June 2011.
Wish I could some of this bonanza at Eden Park Bed and Breakfast !

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Where's the Snow in the South Island ?

At Eden Park Bed and Breakfast we don’t have snow, but when I hear about the lack of snow in the South Island and the fact that It has been a month since snow fell on Coronet Peak, while the Remarkables have had a barren fortnight; it does concern me that the snow industry that is centered in Queenstown is the largest contributor to the current Tourism figures for the South Island. So a downturn there is gonna hurt the rest of the economy for the entire region. Let’s hope there will be a good Winter Blast that whites out the whole zone. (Although I would rather be under a palm tree with a cooool drink in hand and enjoy some warm rays)
At Eden Park Bed and Breakfast we are winter steady and running about 48% occupancy. It gives us the opportunity to keep up with maintenance. There is new carpet down ;new Venetian blinds on all windows and all the white painting finished. Will need another holiday if this keeps up !

International Visitor Arrivals to 15th July 2012
Total visitor arrivals are up by 3% compared to the same four week period last year.

Ups: China 31%, Japan 27%, Germany 12%, Australia 6% .

Downs: Singapore -4%, UK -16%, Malaysia -43%, Canada -7%, USA -8%, Korea -13%

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A Birthday In The House

We had a Birthday at Eden Park Bed and Breakfast over the weekend. Happy Birthday Marlene.
We had a full house and lots of merry,merry was had by all. Lots of good food and a few drinks sealed the day. Had breakfast at the Depot Restaurant in Auckland City on Sunday Morning. That’s a very cool place. I understand why it won the best Restaurant in Auckland 2012. Highly recommend it to anyone. Be aware that they do NOT take reservations!
Our International Visitor Arrivals to New Zealand are still positive although following the Bus accident with Chinese tourists in the South Island ; I would not be surprised to see the Chinese wish to travel in the Summer weather when Ice is not present on the road……
Total visitor arrivals are up by 14% compared to the same four week period last year.
Ups: China 41%, Korea 11%, Canada 10%,
Australia 23%

Downs: Singapore -12%, UK -5%, Germany -4%,
Malaysia -46%, Japan -10%, USA -1%

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Tourism warning for Auckland's Queen Street

As if the Tourism Industry and Accommodation sector in New Zealand doesn’t have enough problems ……we now have the New Zealand Japanese Society warning Japanese citizens to avoid Auckland’s Queen St and its drunken denizens amid reports of sex attacks and violence against tourists.
Society president Masa Sekikawa said the decision to issue the warning followed reports about excessive drinking in the central city and attacks on students and tourists.”To a lot of Japanese people, New Zealand is just a country that’s green, blue skies and sheep where crime doesn’t happen, so they let their guard down.When they encounter trouble, many also choose not to report to the authorities because of language or cultural differences.”
Last month, visitors from Japan rose 20 per cent to 3000, which was still below the May 2010 level of 5300 visitors before the Japanese earthquake and tsunami in March last year.
Unsurprisingly ,Auckland Mayor Len Brown said alcohol consumption and its effect on community safety was an important issue for the city, but would not support a call for Queen St to be avoided.
Personally Mr Brown, I would suggest that when other countries issue warnings for their citizens to steer clear of Auckland’s main street; I would take their recommendations very seriously !

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Everyone trying to make a dollar

I guess you have to wonder why we trust any company these days….. The latest bombshell to rock business confidence is affecting airlines already suffering from declining patronage and excessive fuel costs. Japan Airlines has been ordered to to pay $2.275 million after admitting price fixing on its fuel and security surcharges for cargo flown to and from New Zealand.
Japan Airlines was one of 13 that colluded to impose fuel and security surcharges for cargo shipments into and out of New Zealand over a period of more than six years.
The Japanese company is the fourth airline to accept penalties, following agreements with British Airways, Cargolux International Airlines and Qantas.
Friday’s penalty brings the amount obtained in settlements from those airlines to $16.375 million.
Seven other carriers, including Air New Zealand, are due to defend charges in March 2013.
UNBELIEVABLE…….
And Air New Zealand is a state owned enterprise of the New Zealand Government.
At Eden Park Bed and Breakfast we are still running at a less percentage than normal, but we have continuity with regulars. We are seeing response from wotif deals and contacts made with Australian wholesalers. Pity we don’t have a Test at Eden Park every weekend……..

International Visitor Arrivals to 17 June 2012
Total visitor arrivals are up by 5.7% compared to the same four week period last year.

Ups: China 45%, Korea 10%, Canada 6%
Australia 10%, USA 2%

Downs: Singapore -14%, UK -7%, Germany -5%,
Malaysia -40%, Japan -19%

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Tourism Arrivals To June 2012

The 3rd Rugby Test between New Zealand and Ireland is played in Hamilton tonight. It will be cold but there is a sell out for attendance. GO BLACK
We are already taking reservations at Eden Park Bed and Breakfast for the International Cricket Test at Eden Park between New Zealand and England in March 2013. If you are reading this and are interested in being “close ” to the action, get in touch with us. The park is becoming a major player in conference facilities and sporting events. May it long continue …

International Visitor Arrivals to June 2012
Total visitor arrivals are up by 2.8% compared to the same four week period last year.
Ups: China 45%, Korea 8%, Japan 4%,
Australia 2%

Downs: Singapore -15%, UK -12%, Germany -3%,
USA -1%, Canada -4%, Malaysia -35%

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Slowdown In Christchurch Tourism

With the aftermath of the Christchurch Earthquake it is now apparent that one area of concern is the collapse of the Tourism Industry within the City. Before the destructive earthquake sequence began in September 2010, tourism contributed $2.3 billion a year to Canterbury’s economy. It has shrunk by at least 15 per cent. In the year ended February 2012, Christchurch lost over one million guest nights – a third of its visitors staying overnight in the city. International visitor guest nights fell by a whopping 73 per cent. Lack of accommodation, particularly in the hotel and backpacker sectors after many quake-damaged buildings had to be demolished, was also impeding the industry’s recovery.
The New Zealand Tourism Industry will be looking at ways to assist operators caught in the disaster zone. Evidence of assistance was shown last week with the NZRU hosting the second Rugby Test between New Zealand and Ireland in the city.

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Winter Blast in Auckland

Winter is definitely here at Eden Park Bed and Breakfast in Auckland. I got up this morning to a rare sight of frost on the lawn and an icy window on the Supercare4u.com van.
Bed nights are down in the Accommodation sector,so the slow down in Tourism is now in full swing for winter. This is the time where you do whatever maintenance can be done. There is still regularity with our business clients and from the Eden Park convention center .

International Visitor Arrivals to 3rd June 2012
Total visitor arrivals are up by 1.4% compared to the same four week period last year.

Ups: China 45%, Korea 24%, Japan 25%,

Downs: Singapore -19%, UK -15%, Germany -2%,
USA -6%, Canada -9%, Malaysia -27%,
Australia -1%

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Domestic Tourism Gains

Although we all would like to be in the warmth of the Pacific at this time of the year it seems Kiwis are spending their holidays close to home and have contributed to the highest domestic tourism figures in the last eight years.
Domestic travellers spent $9.95 billion in the year to March 2012. That’s an 11 percent increase on the previous 12 month period.
Even adjusted for inflation, the domestic tourism spend is the second highest ever, behind a mini-boom in 2002 and 2003. The main drivers behind the increase were business trips and visits to friends and relatives.
We personally have seen an increase with domestic travelers at Eden Park Bed and Breakfast in Auckland, New Zealand. The VFR segment has been noticeable with guests staying 3-4 days.
If only we could have a Rugby World Cup in New Zealand every year. Wouldn’t that be nice……..

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