Travel Wires: More snow

Coronet Peak skifield in the South Island. Photo / Miles Holden
Coronet Peak skifield in the South Island. Photo / Miles Holden

The snowmakers kicked into gear on Coronet Peak last week and this year they're able to produce more snow. Owner NZ Ski has done a deal to get 20 per cent more electricity up the hill to the skifield. "So that's 20 per cent more snow out of the snowmakers," NZ Ski's general manager of sales and marketing Craig Douglas tells Travel Wires.

More people in the snow

Douglas reports that this season's pre-sales to the domestic market were up compared with the same point last year. "Aucklanders are the biggest domestic market in Queenstown," he says. Australians, naturally, are the biggest international market. About 45-50 per cent of customers at the Remarkables come from overseas, around 40 per cent of those at Coronet Peak and 15 per cent at Mt Hutt, in Canterbury.

Heritage trail

Heritage Hotels is peddling the cycle trail message after joining Nga Haerenga, the outfit promoting the New Zealand Cycle Trail. The hotel chain has properties near 50 per cent of New Zealand's Great Rides and has developed a range of bike services for lycra-clad guests.

Getting sick on holiday

Research from Southern Cross Travel Insurance (SCTI) has found that one in five Kiwis require medical assistance while holidaying overseas. The details of those afflicted make for grim reading: 27 per cent had diarrhoea and/or vomiting; 18 per cent got a viral infection; 13 per cent sprained a body part or broke a bone; 12 per cent were cut or wounded; 11 per cent were dehydrated. "Given our free public health system here in New Zealand, the vast majority of Kiwis don't have an understanding of what healthcare actually costs," says SCTI chief executive Craig Morrison. "The true figures are probably quite shocking to most people."

Hotel finalists

Auckland hotels have claimed 11 spots as finalists in the 2016 New Zealand Hotel Industry Awards. SkyCity Hotels Auckland and The Langham are finalists in four categories. "Both the calibre and high number of entries reflects the optimism and record results the hotel sector is achieving," says Sally Attfield of Tourism Industry Aotearoa. The winners will be announced on June 2.

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