Media Releases


Queenstown Tourism Legend Named Industry Life Member

Thursday, December 7th, 2017

Proud South lslander, Queenstown resident and tourism legend Tony McQuilkin, has been made a Life Member of the Tourism Export Council New Zealand (TECNZ), an accolade […]

Future of tourism industry requires attitude change

Thursday, December 7th, 2017

The future of New Zealand’s tourism industry depends on the country valuing it more as a rewarding and professional career, says the Tourism Export Council of […]

Ziptrek Ecotours ‘Locals day’ a roaring success for Wakatipu High School Branches Camp

Monday, October 30th, 2017

Queenstown tourism company Ziptrek Ecotours is celebrating another successful ‘Locals Day’ as over 200 locals ‘took to the trees’ yesterday (Sunday October 29) to raise money […]

Tourism Export Council Xmas Symposium and Young TEC Summit Open for Registrations

Tuesday, October 17th, 2017

The Tourism Export Council (TEC) is delighted to announce that this year the famed Xmas Symposium and Young TEC Summit will take place at the Skycity […]

Crowne Plaza Christchurch wins silver in national award

Wednesday, October 11th, 2017

October 11 2017 Crowne Plaza Christchurch wins silver in national award The design team behind the stunning new Crowne Plaza Christchurch has won a silver award […]

New Zealand is Worth Loving

Wednesday, September 13th, 2017

James Cook Hotel supports New Zealand’s Worth Loving Wellington Pollution Awareness Mural Clean Up Day

Tourism Export Council NZ CEO Resigns

Monday, May 1st, 2017

Tourism Export Council NZ (TECNZ) Chairman Martin Horgan has today confirmed the resignation of CEO Lesley Immink after six years leading the organisation. “Lesley has been […]

International Tour Escort Work Visa Exemption Approved

Monday, May 1st, 2017

Immigration New Zealand has announced a range of changes to the Immigration New Zealand Operational Manual and among them a work visa exemption for international tour […]

Tourism Industry Cautions Government To Ignore Freshwater Concerns At Own Peril!

Monday, May 1st, 2017

TOURISM INDUSTRY CAUTIONS GOVERNMENT TO IGNORE FRESHWATER CONCERNS AT OWN PERIL! Tourism Export Council NZ (TECNZ) has submitted to the Clean Water consultation document and is concerned […]

TEC Sceptical About Freshwater Announcement

Friday, February 24th, 2017

TOURISM EXPORT COUNCIL NZ SCEPTICAL OF GOVERNMENT’S FRESHWATER ANNOUNCEMENT:  On the surface the Government’s Freshwater announcement yesterday looks and sounds good, but the Tourism Export Council […]

Church of Good Shepherd – TEC continues to support

Tuesday, February 14th, 2017

Lake Tekapo – Upkeep of the Church of the Good Shepherd The Church of the Good Shepherd has seen increasing impacts from the influx of tourists […]

TEC 2016 – end of year update

Thursday, December 15th, 2016

If tourism operators want to employ skilled migrant workers they may have to start paying more. That’s the message from the government, TEC CEO Lesley Immink […]

Te Anau Hosts 2017 TEC Conference

Monday, November 7th, 2016

Tourism Export Council Conference 2017 to be held in Te Anau! Big benefits are set to come to the Fiordland region after it was announced that […]

Tourism Industry support stronger Freshwater regulations

Friday, October 14th, 2016

Clear vision for improving freshwater needed say tourism leaders Tourism industry leaders say New Zealand needs a clear vision and a long-term strategy for management of […]

Water is the new ‘ global gold’

Thursday, October 6th, 2016

Water is the new gold! The Tourism Export Council (TEC), which earlier in the year led the freshwater discussion on behalf of the tourism industry by […]

New “how to work with an inbound tour operator video”

Tuesday, August 23rd, 2016

The Tourism Export Council has produced a new “how to work with an inbound tour operator” video and power-point presentation to assist product suppliers, RTOs, TNZ and […]

Young TEC wins PATA Award!

Thursday, July 21st, 2016

Young TEC Wins PATA Gold Education & Training Award 2016! Disbelief then excitement was how Lesley Immink, CEO Tourism Export Council describes Young TEC winning the […]

Season review & accommodation concerns

Tuesday, April 19th, 2016

Its been a stellar season for the tourism industry and the shoulder season months are stacked with incentives and group travel which is just what the […]

TEC Supports Choose Clean Water Petition to Parliament

Tuesday, March 29th, 2016

Tourism Industry Supports Petition for Freshwater Policy to Parliament The Tourism Export Council was delighted to be with the Choose Clean Water team and continue the […]

Thanks for supporting Choose Clean Water Tour

Thursday, February 18th, 2016

The Tourism Export Council would like to thank all those tourism, travel and hospitality operators who have signed the “Choose Clean Water Petition”. The team were […]

Hotel shortage Queenstown loses business from New Zealand

Friday, February 12th, 2016

Queenstown’s hotel shortage might be tarnishing New Zealand’s reputation as a tourist destination. A senior manager at an inbound tour company said large groups unable to […]

Tourism industry wants stronger protection for Lake Taylor

Thursday, January 28th, 2016

Tourism Industry wants strong protection for Lake Taylor New Zealand waterways are again suffering abuse at the hands of weak legislation. Over the past week, several […]

Choose Clean Water Tour

Thursday, December 10th, 2015

Tourism Export Council Supports “Choose Clean Water Tour” The Tourism Export Council New Zealand (TECNZ) is pleased to confirm both political and financial support to the […]

TEC Inbound Operator Report 2015

Thursday, December 10th, 2015

The TEC Inbound Tour Operator Report in partnership with ATEED is now available for members. Please respect that the data collected in report should not be […]

Immigration NZ – Visa fact sheet

Wednesday, December 2nd, 2015

Immigration NZ has a new Immigration visa fact sheet – Nov 2015

Church of Good Shepherd Tekapo needs help!

Wednesday, November 18th, 2015

New Zealand’s most photographed Church needs industry help! Visitor numbers to the Church of the Good Shepherd have reached 300,000 per annum and there are issues […]

Up to 55% of international visitors still using inbound tour operators

Thursday, October 29th, 2015

Half of international visitors still using inbound tour operators for travel Research conducted by Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development and the Tourism Export Council New […]

Visiting International Driver Project initiatives at a glance

Thursday, October 22nd, 2015

INTERNATIONAL DRIVERS INFORMATION The Tourism Export Council (TEC) with the Rental Vehicle Association (RVA) two years ago started the process of looking at visiting international driving […]

Learning Mandarin important to tourism future

Sunday, October 18th, 2015

WHY LEARNING MANDARIN AND OTHER LANGUAGES ARE IMPORTANT TO NEW ZEALAND   China is the largest outbound international visitor market with more than 100 million per […]

2015 TEC Conference – Presidents speech

Thursday, August 27th, 2015

PRESIDENT MARTIN HORGAN – TOURISM EXPORT COUNCIL CONFERENCE SPEECH 2015 Firstly I want to congratulate you all on what has been an excellent year of success […]