Shop My Town: Putting small businesses on the map

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  • July 6, 2016
  • Jenny Keown
Shop My Town: Putting small businesses on the map

Queensland start-up Shop My Town launched in April 2015 to put local retailers on the map, through social media, websites and training. Founder Melody Jarvis says she plans to launch the Shop My Town model in New Zealand in 2017. We asked her how it’s going to work.

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Wool, gold and pounamu lure tourists to Arrowtown

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  • June 8, 2016
  • Caitlin Salter
Wool, gold and pounamu lure tourists to Arrowtown

At the foothills of the Crown Range is the small alpine town, Arrowtown, home to about 2500 people. But Arrowtown is vastly different to most New Zealand towns of its size. Its retail stores are driven by tourists – many, many tourists.

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The tourist trap: How provincial retailers can encourage travellers to their towns

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  • May 17, 2016
  • Elly Strang
The tourist trap: How provincial retailers can encourage travellers to their towns

Retail sales make up over 40 percent of New Zealand's $18 billion domestic tourist spend and almost 30 percent of the $12 billion international visitor spend. As part of a feature on retailing in Heartland New Zealand, we spoke with Tourism Industry Association New Zealand (TIA) chief executive Chris Roberts about how to encourage travellers off the beaten track and into smaller towns.

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Tourist towns flout Easter trading laws

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  • March 29, 2016
  • Elly Strang
Tourist towns flout Easter trading laws

For retailers in New Zealand’s largest cities, the Easter break may be just another weekend, sales-wise. But for smaller towns around the country, the holiday is a goldmine in terms of tourism spending, yet many shops are forced to shut for two days out of four.

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