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Summer Accommodation Guest Nights Reach New Heights in Christchurch

Christchurch has had a stellar summer, with accommodation guest nights in the city breaking records.
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Experts Suggest Christchurch Accommodation Rates Need to Increase in Attract Investment

Hotel and tourism consultant Stephen Hamilton has suggested that average room prices in Christchurch's busy summer accommodation season need to be two or three times higher in order to help offset lower returns in the off season.
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Multi-Million Dollar Campaign to Increase Visitor Numbers into Christchurch

A new $6 million tourism campaign will soon be boosting the South Island's image overseas. Tourism New Zealand (TNZ) and Christchurch Airport have agreed to share the costs of the promotion.
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Kathmandu Coast to Coast to Boost Christchurch Motel Bookings

The Coast to Coast race is a world-leading multi-sport event and it will be helping to put Christchurch and Canterbury in the spotlight. 
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Christchurch City Council Bans Freedom Camping

Christchurch City Council has banned freedom camping just three months after setting aside five specific locations for campers without toilets in their vehicles. 
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200 Room Hotel on Cards for Christchurch Airport

Christchurch airport will be improving short-stay accommodation options in Christchurch with plans to build a 200 room hotel.
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Qantas Increases Christchurch to Brisbane Direct Flights 

Qantas is increasing the number of direct flights between Christchurch and Brisbane from June this year. That means a four-fold increase to 60,000-plus seats annually and for the first time in more than a decade Qantas will be providing Christchurch-Brisbane flights all year round.
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New Chief Recruited by Christchurch and Canterbury Tourism

Christchurch and Canterbury Tourism (CCT) has appointed a new interim chief executive, Vic Allen. An experienced tourism professional, Allen will join CCT later this month though his tenure is expected to be brief.  
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New Little River Cycleways to Benefit Our Motel Guests

A Major Cycleway programme is planned in Christchurch to provide an extensive and connected cycleway network through the city. This will be of great value to guests of Westside Motor Lodge, being that it's just one street away.
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New China Southern Airlines Flights into Christchurch a Welcome Boost for Motel Owners

The introduction of new China Southern Airlines Flights between Guangzhou and Christchurch has proved a welcomed boost for Christchurch motel owners and other tourism businesses.
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New 300 Bed Central Christchurch Accommodation Opens

Christchurch’s largest budget accommodation provider opened recently with a new 300 bed central city budget hotel. With bookings through to April next year, the $8 million All Stars Inn is viewed as a key development for the Canterbury region, both for the accommodation industry and the wider economy. 
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Christchurch City Council Considers Merge to Increase Visitor Numbers

While there have been signs over the last year or two of a few more tourists visiting Christchurch, visitor statistics remain low. A new Christchurch tourism strategy is looking to increase these numbers.
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New Christchurch Airport Hotel on Cards as Passenger Numbers Grow

The Christchurch Airport is investigating the development of additional airport accommodation to complement their newly upgraded Sudima Hotel. Record growth in international airline seats, increasing passenger numbers and a strong outlook for tourism growth are all signalling the need for a second hotel.
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Christchurch Airport Sells Antarctic Centre to Queenstown Company

Christchurch's International Antarctic Centre has been sold by Christchurch Airport to Queenstown-based company Real Journeys. 
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Earthquake Insurance Money to Fund New Christchurch Art Museum

A new $13 million art museum is planned for central Christchurch. Canterbury Museum and the Ravenscar Trust have released a proposal for New Zealand's first contemporary house museum to display one of the country's most prestigious art collections. 
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Much Needed Convention Centre on Cards for Christchurch

Residents of Christchurch are welcoming a proposed convention centre in the city to replace the old one damaged and then demolished following the 2011 earthquakes.
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Trotting Cup & Show Week Boost for Christchurch Motel Owners

Owners of motels and other accommodation businesses in Christchurch received a welcomed boost in guest bookings courtesy of the 2014 New Zealand Trotting Cup & Show Week.
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Christchurch Hosts New Zealand's First Professional Bull Riding

Just 10 minutes from Westside Motor Lodge is Horncastle Arena, the venue for NZ's first ever professional bull riding event. It is being held here during Cup & Show Week in 2014 and annually for the next five years.
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Growth in Christchurch Accommodation in 2014

New research shows that the supply of accommodation in Christchurch grew significantly in 2014. The survey, undertaken by the Tourism Industry Association New Zealand (TIA) showed TIA hotels in the city now have 1600 rooms available, an extra 700 new rooms since 2013 with further hotel room openings continuing. 
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Christchurch's Newest and Biggest Hotel Opens Doors

Accommodation in Christchurch has been boosted with the city's newest and largest hotel opening its doors to guests. Designed by Christchurch based Dalman Architecture, the 264-room Breakfree on Cashel makes a bold statement in the heart of the city.
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