While Otago hoteliers are set for a boost from the Rugby World Cup, a prediction that the local industry would be affected in the wake of Christchurch's earthquake is proving correct.
Unless our clean green image is reinforced by stronger conservation efforts, New Zealand risks being outcompeted by other attractive tourist destinations such as Norway, leading environmental scientist Emeritus Prof Sir Alan Mark warns.
The Christchurch earthquake is likely to have little effect on Rugby World Cup tourism but the games must be shifted from the shattered city, actor and travel writer Tim Bentinck says.
Arrowtown's historic Dudley's Cottage could be getting a makeover as a gold-mining and sightseeing base featuring guided mountain-bike and 4WD tours and interactive gold-panning.
Extra parental supervision is being encouraged in a campaign aimed at getting students' parents to visit Dunedin - and their children - more often.
Extra flights from China announced by Air New Zealand last week are a boost for the tourism industry, the Tourism Industry Association New Zealand says.
Queenstown members of the New Zealand Hotel Council say their occupancy last month was "slightly down" compared with January 2010.
Queenstown this week received global recognition as Best Incentive Destination at the micenet Australia conference and incentive industry awards in Melbourne.
Preparing for the emerging tourism market of China is the aim of a Destination Queenstown workshop for Wakatipu operators featuring a panel of guest speakers, on May 20.
One of the country's top tourist drives, the Southern Scenic Route, has been extended by 161km to include Queenstown.
The world's largest youth tour group operator is about to include Dunedin on its itinerary, bringing an extra 5000 tourists into the city each year.
Finishing the ambitious 90km-plus Queenstown trail is the main focus for the Wakatipu Trails Trust with completion due next year, chairman Terry Stevens says.
Big-spending Chinese tourists want "contrasting scenery and a warmth and depth of experience in a short space of time" and Queenstown operators should start now on cultural understanding and building trade relationships with the growing Chinese market.
The Canterbury earthquake has been blamed for a decline in the number of people checking into Otago accommodation providers.
Auckland has topped the 2010 list of New Zealand's top travel destinations followed by the capital city - which knocked quake-ravaged Christchurch out of second place.
The Routemaster double-decker bus now operated by Connectabus around Queenstown is a long way from home, having come all the way from Piccadilly in London. Photo by Joe Dodgshun. The towering, red double-decker bus that frequents the roads of Queenstown is likely a familiar sight to most locals, but the story of how it got here may not be as well known. The Routemaster 1660 was once just another bus in a fleet of two-storeyed giants on the streets of London - in this case, the Number 12 Piccadilly Line.
Heli Tours director Paul Mitchell says his new alpine tour company is "ahead of schedule" after getting certification on Christmas Eve and operating for less than three weeks.
North Island tourism officials agree Queenstown is much more than just the adventure capital of New Zealand, and say major cities benefit each other more on an international stage, rather than domestically.