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New Zealand: Billionaires' playground

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New Zealand is fast becoming a favourite spot for global billionaires. Global billionaires are increasingly drawn to New Zealand, pulled from the other side of the world by our pristine coastlines and easy lifestyle. American Facebook billionaire Peter Thiel and Russian steel billionaire Alexander Abramov are newcomers along with Tony Malkin, whose family interests own New York's Empire State Building. He bent Prime Minister John Key's ear over Christchurch and has bought a property near Queenstown. Little is written or known about these secretive billionaires' activities here - they clearly like it that way - and Murray Horton, secretary/organiser of the Campaign Against Foreign Control of Aotearoa, said the billionaires might slip under the radar. "If they're simply buying a house - albeit a far from simple house, as they're billionaires- that's not our issue. That's immigration. If it involves rural land, that is a different story," he said, telling how the Christchurch-headquartered organisation has for many years decried alien investors.

"Who owns and profits from our banks, supermarkets, media companies, telecommunications companies, airlines, transport companies, insurance companies, etc, etc, etc, is a matter of national significance which affects everyone in the country, one which is rapidly becoming a branch office economy dominated by transnational corporations," Mr Horton says. Precisely how much property Australia's richest person, multibillionaire mining magnate Gina Rinehart, has here is open to speculation but real estate experts say she owns the downtown ferry building in Quay St opposite QEII Square in Auckland's heart. Real estate sources said she bought the building via Don Harrington when he was at Jones Land LaSalle and the party who negotiated the purchase was a New Zealand lawyer. Her other jewels include the Blacketts building in Queen St whose ground-floor tenancy is closed temporarily for shoe retailer Florsheim's makeover.

"He purchased a number of properties for her - the shoe shop at the corner of Queen and Shortland, Zivo House corner of K Rd and Liverpool St. I always understood the owner is the second to richest female in Australia and based in Perth. Her money comes from iron ore and she owns substantial real estate in the States and keeps a very low profile," one agency expert said. Most certainly, a far richer person has a big stake in the city. The billionaire Sultan of Brunei has for many years owned what used to be called BNZ Tower, once Auckland's tallest, at 125 Queen St, although this building is now a ghostly incarnation of its former self, hollowed out by the Brookfield Multiplex and all the bank staff now gone to the firm's new national headquarters directly across the road at 80 Queen St.

Australian billionaires the Lowy family get millions of shopper visits annually and will soon double the floor area of St Lukes, their suburban Auckland flagship. American billionaire William Foley became the outright owner of Te Kairanga Wines in Martinborough in December after the Overseas Investment Office granted him approval. Land Information NZ documents showed Foley Family Wines bought the business last year for more than $11 million and Mr Foley and his wife, Carol, own several American wineries. They have been here for some time, owning more than half of the luxury Wharekauhau Lodge in South Wairarapa. Their interest here is not unlike Julian Robertson, the American hedge fund billionaire with a string of luxury New Zealand resorts.

Work on billionaire Graeme Hart's enormous new yacht at the Wynyard Quarter is under way in what could be New Zealand's largest marine refit. The country's richest man had the hulk of the Weta - or U77 - brought from Chile to Auckland and despite little apparent progress, insiders say the work is continuing apace. But it will take a long time so don't expect to see any progress, said one party with links to the work which has delighted a select number of Auckland marine engineers and specialist designers who say they are honoured to score the job during the financial downturn.

Chinese billionaires are drawn here too. Four years ago, the Overseas Investment Office said the purchase of Vector's Wellington network by Cheung Kong Infrastructure, run by Chinese billionaire Li Ka-shing, was the year's largest deal. Real estate business Savills, in its latest world cities review, found global billionaires "had weathered the latest economic uncertainty better than many with ultra high net worth individuals increasingly storing their wealth in bricks and mortar. "Safe-haven cities like New York performed particularly well. The value of billionaire property in New York increased by 17 per cent in the final half of 2011, fuelled by super-wealthy overseas buyers from Russia, China, Brazil and Argentina seeking condominium investments."

WHO THEY ARE

Billionaires with NZ links:

* Peter Thiel, United States
* Alexander Abramov, Russia
* Tony Malkin, United States
* Gina Rinehart, Australia
* Sultan of Brunei
* Julian Robertson, United States
* Lowy family, Sydney.
* Sir Richard Branson, Britain
* William Foley, United States
* Shmuel Meitar, Israel

NBR billionaires you may know:

*Graeme Hart, packager, our richest man: $6.5b
* Richard Chandler, Singapore-based investor: $4b
* Todd family, energy, investment sector: $2.7b
* Eamon Cleary, property owner: $2b
* Christopher Chandler, Richard's brother: $1.5b
* Lynne Erceg, liquor, property: $1.5b
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Further reading regarding the article above .....


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Auckland Airport welcomes new Immigration vision

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Auckland Airport has welcomed the Immigration New Zealand (INZ) launch of their vision for 2015. The vision outlines a blueprint for improving immigration policy and processes to deliver better outcomes for New Zealand. Auckland Airport general manager corporate affairs, Charles Spillane, congratulated the INZ team on their work, and said that the new vision continues their recent outstanding partnerships with tourism and with other export industries to serve New Zealand’s long-term interests. “In a global climate when immigration matters are often very sensitive, Immigration New Zealand is fast becoming a model for a progressive, smart immigration service that keeps the bigger goals in mind. This future vision will help them find the optimal balance between protecting the integrity of New Zealand, and promoting better social and economic outcomes by making it easier for the best qualified migrants and highest-value visitors to get here.”

Auckland Airport is particularly welcoming of the focus outlined in the vision on better service, better systems, and better outcomes. “The commitment made by the Government to a new high-tech online immigration system will, when fully implemented, make a huge difference to the ease of visa application for potential migrants and visitors. “New Zealand has some significant disadvantages in global tourism and trade terms. Basically we are small and we are a long way from anywhere. Because of this, New Zealand must have fewer barriers to visitation or doing business with than with our global competitors. Having a world-class immigration system and visa application process will make a real difference to that goal.” said Mr Spillane. The INZ vision also outlines an operating model that manages low risk and high risk better, that delivers consistent and transparent service, and can identify and target higher-value markets and higher value applicants.

“Immigration is but one part of a much bigger ‘NZ Incorporated’ jigsaw. By aligning the market priorities of INZ with those of the tourism and trade industries and New Zealand’s economic development interests, and by managing risk in a much more dynamic and targeted way, we believe there is a far greater likelihood of success for the country.” “We all have shared goals in seeing New Zealand succeed globally and in accelerating our economic prospects – our future living standards will depend on it. We look forward to working with INZ on turning their vision into more visitors, more trade opportunities, and more value for New Zealand.”, said Mr Spillane.
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January 2012 visitor numbers released by Statistics New Zealand yesterday (12 March) show Queenstown performed well for a third consecutive month with guest nights up 7.2 percent compared to January 2011. This is against a national average decrease of 4.2 percent. Double digit growth in domestic visitors to Queenstown continued with the Commercial Accommodation Monitor showing an increase of 29 percent compared to January 2011. This follows on from 25.3 percent and 36.6 percent rises in domestic guest nights in November and December 2011 respectively. Destination Queenstown CEO Tony Everitt said it was great to see more Kiwis enjoying summer holidays close to home.

“People have been coming from all over New Zealand to get outdoors and enjoy the sunshine with their loved ones and friends. We have also seen a significant increase of Wellingtonians this summer thanks to Jetstar’s new Wellington-Queenstown direct jet service which started just before Christmas.” Mr Everitt said Chinese New Year also contributed to the increase in guest nights in January. “The surge in Asian visitors we saw over Chinese New Year almost offset the falls from our traditional markets like the UK and Europe which are still experiencing challenging economic conditions. It was great to see our local businesses embrace Chinese New Year and look for opportunities to attract Asian visitors and make them feel welcome.”

However Mr Everitt noted that the change in the timing of Chinese New Year, which was in February last year, would impact on the Commercial Accommodation Monitor figures for February 2012. Queenstown’s NZ Hotel Council Chairperson Penny Clark said the wall to wall sunshine had been a great drawcard for visitors over the summer holiday break. “Many people were here on planned holidays but we also picked up short lead bookings with people from around the country escaping the unsettled weather and gravitating toward the sunshine. January was supported by some strong Conference and Incentive business around town as well.”
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Lake Wanaka records NZ’s highest visitor number increase

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Once again, Lake Wanaka has seen significant increase in its monthly visitor numbers with the South Island resort town recording the highest increase in visitor number in January out of any destination in New Zealand. Lake Wanaka recorded an extra 23,000 guests nights, an increase of 23% against a national trend of a 4% decrease. Lake Wanaka Tourism general manager, James Helmore attributed the increase to a number of factors, including stunning weather, increased marketing activity and events. “The Lake Wanaka region has certainly enjoyed the best summer weather in the country which has resulted in a marked increase in domestic visitors enjoying the traditional Kiwi holiday in the unspoiled and relaxed surroundings of Lake Wanaka,” he said. “Lake Wanaka Tourism was also part of the South Island Road Trips campaign in conjunction with Tourism New Zealand, Destination Queenstown, Tourism Dunedin and Christchurch & Canterbury Tourism.

This targeted the Australian market and if you look at our web site stats as an indicator, interest from the Australian and New Zealand markets, and indeed all of the top 10 countries all show a marked increase over the last four months. Events also have a positive impact on our visitor numbers. The Challenge Wanaka Triathlon Festival took place in January delivering over 20,000 bed nights to the accommodation sector. Leigh Stock, general manager of Edgewater, said, “A combination of great weather, Challenge Wanaka and a visiting Super 15 team assisted us to achieve a January occupancy level not seen since 2007, which in a year of difficult trading conditions is extremely pleasing.” Lake Wanaka i-SITE has also reported more Wanaka activities being booked compared to the same time last year.

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Auckland's former Westin Hotel on the edge of the Wynyard Quarter is to be rebranded Sofitel Auckland Viaduct Harbour. Accor, the world's largest hotel chain, yesterday announced it was changing the 173-room waterfront hotel to become a Sofitel, following last year's announcement that it would manage the property which was initially under its MGallery range, although it traded as Hotel Lighter Quay. The building at the intersection of Halsey St, Gaunt St and Viaduct Harbour Ave is Accor's 10th in Auckland and 33rd in New Zealand and for some years traded as the Westin, which launched with a high-profile anti-tobacco campaign.

The hotel has hosted stars such as Pamela Anderson, David Beckham and Kanye West and has served as the headquarters for New Zealand Fashion Week. Paul Richardson, Accor New Zealand vice-president, said yesterday the Sofitel was a luxury offering which Auckland needed. "The property is outstanding and with Accor management and Sofitel branding we believe we can develop it to its full potential. "This is an area of Auckland that truly reflects the most attractive attributes of the city and we will complement that with distinctive accommodation, backed by quality 5-star service.

"We expect the hotel to become as much a destination for New Zealand travellers as overseas visitors and over the next month we will launch a new restaurant and relaunch the spa centre, which will be one Auckland's most desirable urban spas," Richardson said. Wouter de Graaf, general manager of the Sofitel Queenstown Hotel & Spa, will move to Auckland to manage the property. Rooms will start at $299 a night. Accor previously had only the Queenstown hotel under the Sofitel brand.
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The Southern Hemisphere’s biggest Winter Festival

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Helping to spread Queenstown’s winter messages while joining the local community for the party that kicks off winter in the resort, Auckland Airport has signed up as the Community Partner to the American Express Queenstown Winter Festival 2012. As a minority shareholder in the Queenstown Airport Corporation, Auckland Airport wants to play its part in the local community and has much to offer in terms of marketing and promotion resources. Auckland Airport’s general manager corporate affairs, Charles Spillane, says the festival is a useful marketing tool for promoting Queenstown as a winter holiday destination in long haul markets.

“It’s a wonderful, fun event that is great for anyone that loves a real winter and there’s lots of ways we can help. We can promote the festival and Queenstown to Aucklanders and international visitors at our airports and on our billboards, spread the word throughout New Zealand and off-shore markets through our trade and marketing partners including airlines and connections we work with across the world. “We’re very keen to be useful and we’re also keen to get to Queenstown and join in the fun.”

Festival Director Simon Green welcomes the airport in a new sponsorship category. “For us the establishment of a community sponsorship allows us to acknowledge the spirit behind the partnership offered by Auckland Airport. This relationship has been squarely focused on helping us deliver the festival events such as the Family Fun Day and Mardi Gras that are really core to our community and as such, are very precious. It’s difficult to secure purely commercial sponsorships for these events, but they are integral to the community nature of festival. “We are delighted to welcome Auckland Airport to this role and sincerely thank them for their commitment on two levels - to help deliver our events and also to help us promote the festival in Auckland and around the world. We look forward to an ongoing partnership that delivers value and understanding to all parties,” he says.

This festival sponsorship is just one of a number of Queenstown Lakes District community activities that Auckland Airport has supported over the last year, including the Festival of Colour and the Winter Games. “We are looking forward to getting to know people around the town and working together to further raise Queenstown’s profile as an internationally renowned tourism destination that is attractive year round for visitors from New Zealand, Australia and around the globe,” says Mr Spillane.
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Domestic business travel surges in 2011

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There was a big jump in domestic travel last year, with an 11.3 per cent increase in overnight trips by local tourists. According to latest tourism survey run by the Ministry of Economic Development, New Zealand travellers made 17.7 million overnight trips last year, an 11.3 per cent increase from 15.9 million in 2010. One of the largest increases was in the number of business trips, up 31 per cent to 14.1 million. Simon Wallace of the Tourism Industry Association NZ said the increase in the figures could probably be attributed to a number of events. "The rugby world cup would have obviously had an effect on New Zealand travellers."

"In terms of the rise in business travellers, the Christchurch earthquake and Rena wreckage probably stimulated business travel, especially in terms of construction personnel." The number of travellers taking day trips was up 14.7 per cent from 28.2 million in 2010 to 32.4 million in 2011. Wallace believed the large increase showed New Zealander's were simply spending less on travel during the recession. "It is consistent with the fact that a lot more people are staying with family and friends, choosing not to spend money on accommodation" added Wallace.

The survey also showed a significant increase in the amount travellers spent on transport which totalled $3.4 billion in 2011, up 16.9 per cent from $2.9 billion. The next biggest increase in expenditure for travellers was food and beverages, increasing by 12.9 per cent from $2.3 billion to $2.6 billion. Wallace said the spending increases in the respective categories showed the importance of tourism for other industries. "Whilst the feed-back from our own operators about 2011 indicate it to have been a very mixed year in the domestic market, these figures show the flow on effects from tourism for other industries."
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Auckland Leaps 21% In Domestic Overnight Trips

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Kiwis visited Auckland in droves in 2011 with the city enjoying a 21 per cent increase in annual overnight trips – almost double the national increase of 11.3 per cent. According to the latest results from the Domestic Tourism Survey, Auckland secured over 2 million overnight trips in 2011 – an increase of more than 350,000 trips compared to 2010. New Zealand’s largest city saw holiday trips increase 27 per cent on last year and business trips jump 29 per cent. Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development Ltd (ATEED) Manager Tourism Jason Hill says this surge in visitation highlights the importance of domestic tourism.

“Domestic travel underpins the New Zealand tourism industry and to see healthy growth in the sector is great, especially during this tough economic climate,” says Mr Hill. “Rugby World Cup was an obvious driver for domestic visitation last year, but it’s heartening to see business travel also making such an impact,” he adds. The increase in domestic tourism aligns with ATEED’s new ten year Auckland Visitor Plan, which aims to significantly grow domestic tourism receipts over the next decade. Tourism is big business in Auckland, generating in excess of $3 billion of GDP per annum and supporting more than 50,000 full time jobs.
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World’s travel media to descend on Southern Lakes

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The eyes of the world’s travel media will be on the Southern Lakes in May, when around 30 international journalists fly into Queenstown for TRENZ, the tourism industry’s annual showcase event. “They will be joined by about 30 domestic media to report on TRENZ (7-10 May), an event that brings together several hundred of the country’s top tourism operators with 300 international Buyers looking to purchase New Zealand tourism products to sell to international consumers,” explains Ann-Marie Johnson, Tourism Industry Association New Zealand (TIA) Communications Manager. “Media attending this year’s TRENZ work for news outlets and publications that are very influential in terms of promoting travel experiences and destinations to international consumers and the travel trade, such as Lonely Planet, Japan’s Globe Trotter Guide, China’s official news agency Xinhua, and UK luxury travel magazine TTG Luxury.”

Tourism New Zealand’s General Manager Brand and International PR Catherine Bates says the team at Tourism New Zealand works hard, together with Air New Zealand and Qantas, to ensure a good international spread of media is present at TRENZ and that there is plenty of tourism news for them to cover. “This year we have representatives from all of our priority markets - Australia, China, the UK, Germany and the US. “TRENZ provides a fantastic opportunity for us to get international media down to the Southern Lakes region to experience New Zealand first hand and talk with the people who are at the heart of the industry. “As a result, we know that when media go home again, they will be well placed to sell the unique story of New Zealand to their readers.”

Southern Lakes Chairman Jeff Staniland says the region is gearing up for another great TRENZ with the significant opportunities hosting an event such as this brings. “We are particularly delighted to be welcoming a number of the world’s leading travel media along with a large number of domestic media. With representatives from Thailand, China, Taiwan, Australia, South Korea, Japan, UK, Germany, France, Canada and USA, this allows us to showcase the Southern Lakes' spectacular landscapes, varied activities and award-winning food and wine to the world. “Together with our world-class tourism operators we will be working hard to ensure they get the most out of their stay in this memorable part of the world."
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Lake Wanaka voted world's best new adventure hub

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Lake Wanaka in New Zealand’s South Island has been voted the world’s Best New Adventure Hub in leading US magazine, Outside’s 2012 Travel Awards. Outside is a highly influential magazine with a circulation of over 678,000 reaching throughout the United States and around the world. James Helmore, general manager of Lake Wanaka Tourism, said this kind of editorial exposure was invaluable to the resort town’s international profile. “Securing this accolade is a massive boost for Lake Wanaka’s profile in America,” he said. “Outside magazine is pretty much the bible for active outdoors travellers from North America and is hugely influential. The awards are billed as a definitive round up of the best new adventures which is not just a collection of unforgettable trips but also a road map to life-changing experiences. Lake Wanaka certainly delivers that with its spectacular scenery and freedom to enjoy the best the lakes, mountains, rivers and trails have to offer.”

Lake Wanaka, on the edge of the Te Wahipounamu World Heritage Area, has fast become one of New Zealand’s leading outdoor destinations with hundreds of tracks and trails for running and mountain biking. It is also the training venue of choice for some of the world’s leading elite triathletes with its high altitude centre at Snow Farm, open water swimming in the crystal clear lake and uncrowded roads. Home to New Zealand’s largest triathlon festival, Challenge Wanaka, plus the iconic Hawea Epic mountain bike race it attracts thousands of athletes every year looking to train and compete in spectacular surroundings. Lake Wanaka is also home to part of the 3,000km-long Te Araroa Walkway which features in Outside Magazine’s Hall of Fame. Running the length of New Zealand, Te Araroa (‘long walkway’ in Maori) goes along three of Wanaka’s most scenic tracks from Lake Hawea, along the Clutha River track and around the western edge of Lake Wanaka before heading into the surrounding mountains.

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Cruise passenger numbers to rise in 2013


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Cruise ship passenger numbers in New Zealand are expected to soar more than 20 per cent next year despite the negative publicity following the deadly capsizing of the Costa Concordia off the coast of Italy in January. Adam Armstrong, commercial manager for Royal Caribbean Cruises in Australia and New Zealand, said demand had dropped for cruises following the disaster, particularly in Europe, although he did not think there would be a lasting impact on business long-term. There had not been a huge impact in Australia and New Zealand, he said. "Australians and Kiwis seem to have been able to process it as a one-off, probably human error, incident."

He said all cruise lines were reviewing processes and procedures following the Costa Concordia disaster, in which 32 people were killed or are presumed dead. "We're looking across the board at things that we possibly could be doing better from a safety and procedures perspective," he said. "In this instance it appears to have been a human error ... so we're just going through and checking we have procedures and a culture in place that would prevent that from happening on one of our ships." Cruise New Zealand chairman Craig Harris said the cruise industry was the fastest growing part of the tourism sector.

Harris had visited 11 cruise lines as part of a roadshow and an exhibition in Miami "and everyone confirmed that New Zealand certainly was on the cruise map in terms of what we offer here". Royal Caribbean's business in New Zealand is growing quickly, with about 55,000 guests forecast for next season, compared to about 30,000 this year. The company will have five ships across two brands sailing here next summer, including the 122,000 tonne Celebrity Solstice, which will make three turnarounds in Auckland.

A cruise ship turnaround - during which passengers disembark and embark - can be worth US$1-2 million ($1.2-2.4 million) to a local economy, depending on the size of the ship, through re-stocking, hotels and tours, Armstrong said. The company sourced a large portion of its passengers from overseas, predominantly the US, Canada and Britain but also from Germany, South Africa, Singapore and the Middle East. Armstrong said cruise lines such as Royal Caribbean had modernised the industry through building bigger and more innovative ships, with features including rock climbing, ice skating, surfing simulators and large theatres.

The building of a new cruise terminal in Auckland has been part of a debate about the city's waterfront with $21 million provided in the council's draft long-term plan to 2022, for which submissions closed on Friday. Royal Caribbean's Adam Armstrong said the minimum the company needed was a box. "It needs to be under cover. We need to get people off quickly, get their luggage and there needs to be enough space for coaches [and] taxis to come in [and] get them out and then we'll need enough space to get lorries in to load food and supplies for the next cruise and then to check in the next group of passengers," he said.

"We don't need a fancy building costing hundreds of millions of dollars, we just need a box." Auckland had one terminal but would need a minimum of two, Armstrong said. " If it's congested then we have moveable assets so we will take the ships to where we can turn them around," he said. "And that's becoming an issue in Sydney, where there's one terminal that's incredibly congested. "Best case scenario is we fix Auckland now before it becomes an issue." Cruise New Zealand chairman Craig Harris said the industry needed a second cruise ship terminal to cater for growth in the sector.

" The original terminal at Princes Wharf was built when we had ships of 670 passengers. We've now got ships of over 3000 passengers and we're just really struggling to keep this growth story going with a very inadequate facility at Princes Wharf," Harris said. "We're just looking for a simple structure ... the proposed structure at Shed 10 will be adequate for the cruise ship industry and we appreciate it will be multi-functional use for the city." Auckland was a major beneficiary from the sector with half the gross domestic contribution.

"If we can't cater for growth and we can't handle the ships it seems illogical not to actual create the infrastructure and the facility to do so," Harris said.
Council controlled organisation Waterfront Auckland said the $21 million in the draft long-term plan was for an upgrade of the Shed 10 building on Queens Wharf so that it could function as a cruise passenger facility and an events space. The building would cater for cruise ships about 75 days a year.
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Sir Michael Hill reveals his grand golfing vision

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Arrowtown's NZPGA Pro-Am Championship could eventually be on par with famed international golfing tournaments and help net billions of dollars from well-heeled golfers, tournament backers say. Speaking at his renowned Arrowtown golf course yesterday, jewellery magnate Sir Michael Hill announced Prime Minister John Key, who is also tourism minister, would be playing a round against other well-known faces in a preliminary tournament at Jacks Point on Friday. He also revealed his eventual vision for the tournament, saying the natural beauty of the course, honed by careful design and nestled among the magnificence of the Wakatipu, was its biggest drawcard. "The vision is to make it one of the most significant golf events in the world, that is so unique and so well done that it attracts as much attention as the Dunhill Classic or the Masters in Augusta," Sir Michael said.

"Many players have already heard how beautiful this part of the world is, and we want to build this tournament for New Zealand, not just Queenstown and the Wakatipu basin. "How good is this going to be for everyone? It could be worth billions eventually, and we're only limited by the scope of our imaginations – so it's really exciting times." Tournament director Michael Glading said well-heeled, high-yield golf enthusiasts, even if attracted in relatively low numbers compared with skiers and snowboarders, could eventually bring as much money as the ski and snow industry. "Golf tourists are probably a lot less visible than skiers and snowboarders, but I have a lot of golfing mates that have usually gone to Queensland for golfing trips, that are now coming to Queenstown, and the profile of such a great tournament will only help grow the numbers of golf tourists," Mr Glading said.

Mr Key, in Korea for high-level security talks, will test his swing among invited amateurs and celebrities playing a preliminary tournament at the Jacks Point golf course on Friday – but concurred with tournament organisers on the huge potential of golf tourism. "This event will further cement New Zealand's reputation as a world-class events destination," Mr Key said. "It will attract players and supporters from key international markets and showcase Queenstown and New Zealand to global audiences," he said. Other well-known, non-golfing faces teeing off will include Ocean's Eleven star and self-professed "golf nut" Don Cheadle, as well as former All Blacks and New Zealand sports stars.
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Peppers Gets A Star Makeover In Queenstown

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Peppers Beacon Queenstown has unveiled a $1million makeover to boast the newest rooms in Queenstown just in time for a bumper ski season. So named for its proximity to the beacon guiding boats safely across Lake Wakatipu, Peppers Beacon is now leading the way in luxury apartment style accommodation in New Zealand’s premier leisure destination. All 84 apartments have received a complete makeover to offer luxury style and comfort complemented by uninterrupted views of The Remarkables mountain range and Lake Wakatipu. A breakfast room has also been added to cater for early morning ski enthusiasts, tour groups and conferences; and a newly refreshed reception area creates a welcoming first impression.

Queenstown has fast become a mecca for film makers and Peppers has often been a ‘beacon’ for celebrity star power having hosted the likes of Wolverine star Hugh Jackman, supermodel Jodie Kidd and New Zealand acting royalty, ‘Once Were Warriors’ star, Temuera Morrison. Exemplary service and the comfort and convenience of the self-contained apartment facilities have always been part of the attraction to Peppers Beacon Queenstown and with the additional upgrades the property has been lifted to another level worthy of its VIP clientele and valued Peppers guests.

To celebrate the new look, Peppers Beacon Queenstown is offering a special ‘Stay 4 Pay 3’ package for $259 per night in a Garden Suite (valid for sale and travel from 1/4/12 to 24/6/12) - the perfect opportunity to live like the stars for a week and hit the slopes! All the special Peppers’ touches such as freshly baked bread in your room daily to satisfy hungry skiers after a day on the slopes; and, a Kids’ Pack to entertain the kids is also included.

For bookings and enquiries visit www.peppers.co.nz/beacon or phone 03 441 0890.
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Air NZ and All Nippon Airways sign deal

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A new code sharing deal between Air New Zealand and Japanese carrier All Nippon Airways (ANA) has begun this week, with the first flight under the arrangement landing in Auckland this morning. Air New Zealand is hoping that the new deal with ANA will help rebuild the lucrative Japanese tourist trade to New Zealand. This was last year dealt a double blow by first the Christchurch earthquake then in quick succession by the devastating Japanese earthquake and tsunami.

Air NZ deputy chief executive Norm Thompson said Japanese tourist numbers had seen a dramatic fall over the past few years, but the earthquakes had meant what was once a 160,000 visitors per year market was now down to around 60,000. As part of the new code sharing deal, Air New Zealand last night moved its terminal operations at Narita airport to sit alongside facilities used by ANA and other Star Alliance airlines.

Such a close link with ANA should make it easier for New Zealand travellers to use Japan as another hub for catching connecting flights to Europe and other Asian cities. Another connection between the two airlines is the new Boeing 787 aircraft - the so-called 'Dreamliner'. ANA was the first airline in the world to fly the innovative carbon-fibre composite plane. Air New Zealand has ordered 10 of the larger capacity version of the planes and hopes to start flying them in 2014.
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Air New Zealand to go daily to Shanghai

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Air New Zealand plans to operate daily services to China within the coming 12 months. Following a review of current services into China – Air New Zealand has determined that this expansion will best be achieved by consolidating services into Shanghai and serving Beijing as a one-stop destination in conjunction with Star Alliance code-share partner Air China. The airline will add a fifth weekly service to Shanghai from July 4 as it focuses it efforts on continuing to build this natural gateway between New Zealand and China. Air New Zealand’s Group General Manager International Airline, Christopher Luxon, says, “We’re confident of the potential for long term growth from one of China’s most modern and populous cities.” Air New Zealand will suspend the twice weekly direct Auckland - Beijing service from 30 June 2012 as it concentrates on growing the Shanghai service.

Mr Luxon says Air New Zealand still considers Beijing to be an important and growing market and the Air China code share arrangement provides convenient connections between Shanghai and Beijing in both directions. “Air New Zealand has been operating to mainland China for more than five years and is highly committed to the potential of the market long term. We’ve just appointed the first ever head of our Asia operations, Sandeep Bahl, who is a highly experienced airline executive in the region. Sandeep took up his new role in our Shanghai office at the beginning of the month. “Under his guidance we will focus our marketing and sales resources on the Shanghai region of around 14 million people as we seek to provide customers a daily service to and from this important gateway in China.” Air New Zealand first began flying to Shanghai in 2006.
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New fishing tour experience in Marlborough, New Zealand

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Trout fishing in the Marlborough region rates as some of the world's best, and now visitors and local New Zealanders can discover some of the region's best secret spots with a personalised guide, thanks to the newly opened Maraqeta Fishing Tours. Experienced fisherman, Roger Brott, and his wife Angela, have launched their dream business, catering for all levels of fishing fans, from first timers and families right through to experienced fishermen and fisherwomen. What makes Maraqeta different is the flexibility of the tours, which mean every tour is personally moulded to suit the clients needs, and the access arrangements the hosts of the newly opened Maraqeta Lodge in Blenheim have negotiated, allowing them to access fishing spots not easily accessible to the general public.

Fishing tours are available for guests and non-guests of the lodge and each experience is unique. Guiding is tailored to the degree of ruggedness or luxury clients are seeking and the hosts have found that most people are looking for a mixture 'in touch with nature' feeling offered by the great wide open, serenely beautiful New Zealand river landscapes and luxurious creature comforts a private lodge can provide. "Most of the groups we have taken up into the high country love a bit of rugged hut living for a night or two," says Angela, "But they are pretty keen for their creature comforts, a hot shower and a home cooked meal back at the lodge by day three!"

The lodge opened this January and offers fishing tours and/or accommodation all year round, including half day starter packages. For more information please visit www.maraqetalodge.co.nz
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Hotels.com, TOP 10 of "more aquatic" hotels of the world
Hilton Hotel, Auckland, New Zealand

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By staying in this magnificent four star hotel in central Auckland, you might think of being on a cruise in the middle of the ocean. The Hilton Auckland is designed to look just a cruise ship and is completely surrounded by the waters of Waitemata Harbour. Sitting down at the pier to a hundred meters from the coast you have the feeling of being truly in the middle of the Hauraki Gulf, but without the inconvenience of seasickness! The rooms simulate modern cabins of ships, with curved walls and large French windows. True pride of the hotel is the pool, unique, with unique panoramic window overlooking the harbor.

Other hotel in top 10 by Hotels.com
Maldives Conrad Maldives Rangali Island Resort - Dubai, Atlantis The Palm - Singapore's Marina Bay Sands Hotel - South Africa, The Palace of the Lost City - Thailand, Banyan Tree Phuket - French Polynesia, Le Méridien Bora Bora - Las Vegas, Mandalay Bay Resort - Mexico, Grand Bay Hotel Isla Navidad - Bahamas, Atlantis Royal Towers
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