In-demand jobs for Brits looking to move overseas… with a few surprises

Brits looking to move overseas may benefit from the list of the most in-demand jobs in some of the most popular global destinations, which brings a few surprises along the way.

International relocation specialist Robinsons Relocation has released a list of the most ‘in-demand’ vocations for Brits wanting to start a new life overseas.

Based on data gathered from Robinsons’ 15,000 international relocations in the last year, the most popular emigration destinations include Australia, America, Canada, New Zealand and Spain. Robinsons has also mapped the most in-demand jobs, including some of the more unusual roles these destinations are looking out for.

While medics, engineers and professional services are in high demand across the board, some of the most unusual jobs in demand include bee keeping, wine making and cartography.

In Australia, the most in-demand sectors are currently medical (including doctors, sonographers, nurses, dentists) the professional services (accountants, lawyers), engineering & construction (architects, project managers, surveyors), as well as teaching, telecoms & IT, and skilled-trades. However, also in demand are roles such as cartographer, locksmith, shipwrights, lift mechanic, forester and stallion master. The average Australian wage currently is reportedly around AUD72,000 (£42,700), significantly above that at home.

Meanwhile, in America, the currently most sought after roles are for pharmacists, with software engineers, physical therapy and speech language pathology also in demand. And Canada is looking out for workers in the restaurant and food service industries, along with medical professionals and construction workers.

New Zealand is seeking agricultural roles, as well as construction, nursing, engineering and beef and chicken farmers. Among its perhaps more surprising roles required are bee-keeping, tree surgeons, and wine makers.

Spain, another popular destination for UK emigrants, is currently seeking professionals with engineering, customer service, IT, finance, online marketing, skilled trades, and language teaching experience.

Ian Brown, Head of International Moving at Robinsons Relocation, said: ‘Last year, more than 153,000 people emigrated from the UK, many of whom were pursuing careers overseas. Whatever you’re planning on doing for work, it’s worth checking out the latest Government guidelines for the most ‘in-demand’ skills and of course, going through the correct Visa procedures. And whether you’re a bee keeper, boat builder or bio engineer, Robinsons can help you move all your stuff and make the whole process simple for you.’

New Zealand drug rules come into effect on Saturday

New Zealand’s new drug rules are to come into effect on Saturday.

Especially meant for the adventure-tourism sector, the new rules are expected to prevent accidents that in recent times have claimed the lives of tourists as well as tourist operators. The need for a new rule was envisaged after a number of tourism workers involved in recent accidents were later found to have had cannabis in their systems. Tourism agencies said that adventure tourism operators have to strengthen the way they manage drug and alcohol-related safety risks under the new rules.

The rules are strict in nature and contain harsh requirements that operators would have to comply with. They empower officials to periodically check adventure tours’ drug and alcohol management programmes. The new rules are expected to reduce risk and maintain the reputation of New Zealand as a safe tourism destination, said acting labour minister, Chris Finlayson.

Finlayson said, ‘This is a strong message to adventure tourism businesses that risks associated with drug or alcohol impairment must be taken seriously. The crucial thing is every operator will have to demonstrate why their procedures are appropriate.’

Many recent accidents in adventure tourism programmes in the nation were related to drugs and banned substances. In January the Transport Accident Investigation Commission (TAIC) found that the pilot of a balloon that crashed in Wairarapa killing 11 people had used cannabis. There are a number of similar cases where operator negligence is believed to have led to the loss of lives.

Volcano eruptions in New Zealand expected to help tourism

A recent volcano eruption in New Zealand is expected to help tourism in the nation.

After an eruption warning was issued for Mt Tongariro, scientists are now looking to reassess the threat after a drop in volcanic activity. The tourism department is however hopeful that the ‘significant probability’ that Mt Tongariro would erupt again in the next week would turn out to be good for tourism in general.

Initial signs look promising, because Tongariro’s Te Maari crater erupted for about five minutes on Wednesday afternoon, emitting a plume of ash and gas up to four kilometres into the air. Trekkers on the popular Tongariro Alpine Crossing were asked to evacuate, and Air New Zealand flights to regional airports at Taupo, Rotorua and Gisborne were cancelled or re-directed.

Tourism authorities feel that the attention that the nation receives because of the eruption will be converted into tourism revenues. The area is known for its volcanic activity, and international tourists have already been visiting the nation to see its volcanoes.

Visit Ruapehu general manager, Mike Smith, said, ‘For now we’re in the spotlight, and sometimes that can turn out to be a positive. If it’s short term, which we all hope it is, then these things have a funny way of working out in a positive way. If it’s longer term, and particularly over a number of weeks, then it’s more challenging.’

The volcano, which had been inactive for 115 years, burst to life in August.

Civil Defence authorities have said that the threat of an eruption is no longer valid and a national advisory has been cancelled.


Air New Zealand Cancels London to Hong Kong Service from March 2013

Air New Zealand, a New Zealand-based airline company, has announced the withdrawal of services between Hong Kong and London Heathrow Airport in the UK.

The services will be terminated, effective from March 4, 2013. The airline has confirmed that there will be no changes to its daily London Heathrow to Auckland service, via Los Angeles, in the US.

The airline, which has conducted a comprehensive review of the Hong Kong to London service, has reported that the route has become unprofitable to operate. The termination of the service will lead to job losses for around 70 of the airline’s London-based cabin crew.

Around 8,000 customers that have bought tickets to travel between Hong Kong and London from March 4, 2012, will be booked on to other flights on the same route, mostly with Cathay Pacific, a Hong Kong based airline operator.

In another decision, the airline has entered into a strategic agreement with Cathay Pacific, for the Auckland to Hong Kong route, effective from December 12, 2012. The agreement includes code sharing between the two carriers on existing Auckland and Hong Kong services, which will also provide the airline’s passengers with connections to Mainland China and beyond.

Rob Fyfe, the airline chief executive officer, said, ‘The agreement will see both carriers continue to operate the same frequency between Auckland and Hong Kong while introducing code share on each other’s flights as well as opening up excellent connections between New Zealand and Mainland China.

At the same time, we wanted to strengthen our presence in Hong Kong, which is an important market and vital gateway into mainland China for Air New Zealand. In line with this we have received approval from the New Zealand Ministry of Transport to form a strategic agreement with Cathay Pacific effective from December 12, 2012.’

Auckland airport says Chinese visitor spending needs to increase

Auckland International Airport Ltd’s (AIA.NZ) chairwoman, Joan Withers, has said that Chinese visitors to New Zealand should be encouraged to spend more.

Acknowledging that the China tourism market was one of the few growth areas in New Zealand, Withers said that more avenues should be made available that would encourage Chinese tourists to spend more in the nation. She said that spending by Chinese tourists in Australia was higher than that in New Zealand, and therefore visitors need to be encouraged to spend more to bring Chinese tourist spending in the two countries on a par.

Withers said, ‘Global markets are now increasingly Asia-centric and likely to become more so. A global race is now on to capture value from the massive rise in the Asian middle-class that is projected.’

The tourism industry in New Zealand has been facing up to many challenges. It accounts for approximately 3.3 percent of the country’s gross domestic product, and in recent years, the strong New Zealand dollar and weak economies in the US, the UK and Europe have been acting as deterrents to tourism in the nation. Auckland Airport said that routes between Auckland and China continued to perform strongly, with the number of Chinese visitors passing through the airport increasing by 74.2 percent in September.

Chinese tourists are now the second largest tourist group coming through Auckland International Airport. For the average Chinese traveller, Auckland, the city of Rotorua, known for its natural wonders, and Waitomo, are the three most preferred destinations.

Skyline enters into partnership with Volcanic Hills to make Rotorua a wine destination

Rotorua in New Zealand is preparing to offer a new reason for tourists to visit the lakeside city, the chance to sample wine in the area where it is produced.

A new partnership between Skyline Rotorua and Volcanic Hills wines is expected to attract wine aficionados to the area, which is already home to a range of other tourist destinations. The plan is to create a winery at the base of the Skyline Rotorua site. Once the winery commences operation, it will offer customers an opportunity to see how the wine is made. If they are interested in exploring further, they can embark on a romantic tour to taste the wine, by taking a gondola to a tasting room within the mountaintop complex.

Organisers are confident that offering wine tasting will certainly enhance tourist inflows into the city, which already draws a steady stream of visitors with its picturesque mountains and placid lakes.

If plans proceed as planned, the tasting room in the old gondola terminal will be open to the public in December, though the winery could take longer to complete. Organisers are working towards having the first vintage made on site by March next year.

Skyline Rotorua’s general manager, Bruce Thomasen, said, ‘Rotorua’s heritage of hosting visitors is first-class, while New Zealand is internationally renowned for making good wine, so this venture is complementary to everything we offer. No-where else in New Zealand – and perhaps the world – can you take a gondola to a wine tasting experience with a 180-degree view of our stunning city and lake. The development is also a nice local story. We want people to be proud of what we have to offer in Rotorua and this new partnership combines two of the most iconic experiences in New Zealand – stunning views and great wine in a complete package.’

Werner Naude and Darryl Church of Darryl Church Architecture in Rotorua have designed the winery, and Kathryn Taylor from The Ivory Studio in Auckland has designed the interiors. Volcanic Hills was launched in 2009 and it sells wines to restaurants around the North Island.


Hobbits to be New Zealand mascots

The tourism department in New Zealand is banking on Hobbits to promote the country as a tourist destination.

The department of tourism in New Zealand is zealously promoting the nation alongside the popularity of the forthcoming film versions of JRR Tolkien’s The Hobbit, which were shot on location in the country. It has already entered into an official marketing campaign with Warner Bros and has established tourist destinations at sites where the film was shot. Now, recent comments from the head of Tourism New Zealand indicate that the nation is planning to go one step further, and promote hobbits as its tourism mascots.

The chief executive of Tourism New Zealand, Kevin Bowler, said, ‘One of our most exciting milestones will be reached in late August when the new 100 percent Pure New Zealand campaign will get its first public airing, drawing together the themes ‘100 percent Pure’ and ‘100 percent Middle Earth.’ International media attention surrounding the films has been growing over the past few months and we have already hosted a number of journalists who are writing specifically about New Zealand as the location for the films.’

The department has Hobbit-specific pages on its corporate website to satisfy Hobbit-related queries. Bowler also said that interested parties who visit would find a section called ‘Home of Middle-earth’ that offers various experiences and products that are based on the filming of The Lord of the Rings.

The government agency is now looking to promote the new films, ‘The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey’ and ‘The Hobbit: There and Back again.’

Bowler said that his department wanted to connect the landscapes of Middle-earth with the experiences of New Zealand. He said that the website, along with other of his department’s activities, would highlight how easy it was to come to New Zealand and see Middle-earth first-hand, while also enjoying other new experiences.

The new tourism programme is to be officially launched later on this month.


Auckland drenched by rain with more to come

Travellers to Auckland in New Zealand have been advised to prepare for the heavy rains that have been lashing the city.

The weather in Auckland has been unseasonably wet, and even more rain is forecast to be on the way. Canterbury and Otago are however likely to earn a temporary reprieve from the downpour that has been raging over those cities for several days, but they too have been warned to expect a return to the wet weather soon.

Weather watchers have said that there is a possibility of spotting a funnel cloud over Auckland. Funnel clouds have the capacity to become a tornado if they touch the ground, but such an eventuality is not expected in this case. The extremely high levels of rain that the city has been experiencing have fostered apprehensions that there could be serious flooding risk unless the downpours end soon.

An analyst with said, ‘There’s a lot of instability around Auckland today. Huge cloud build ups, big showers and some of the ingredients needed to create funnel clouds.’

It has been reported that the main area of showers is moving over South Auckland now, and conditions could improve soon. Weather analysts expect the rain to remain heavy for a few more days, after which sunny spells are predicted to offer a break in the weather.

North Otago rural residents were asked by authorities not to embark on any non-essential travel after flooding closed 43 roads in the region. The same applies to tourists bound for, or passing through the region. Rivers have swollen, with several of those in the region having reached their peak last night. It was also possible that temperatures could touch 20 degrees in some isolated pockets.


Mount Tongariro effects tourist’s plans

Mount Tongariro, a volcano in New Zealand, has affected the travel plans of some tourists.

The volcano, which had remained dormant for close to 115 years, erupted on the North Island of New Zealand early this week. The eruption was spectacular and powerful, with ash thrown four miles into the sky causing minor disruption to air and terrestrial travel for a short period.

Not only has the volcano effected the travel plans of tourists that were intending to travel through New Zealand, but the eruption has also affected local tourism, with the mountain being located in a national park. The location is a popular haunt of hikers, and large numbers of visitors trek through the Tongariro Alpine Crossing. With the volcano being considered a threat, huts and hiking tracks around the mountain have been closed until further notice. Hikers who were already trapped have been evacuated.

A spokesperson for the Conservation Department said that Ketetahi hut was damaged by falling debris, as it is located closer to the Te Maari craters, and there were concerns that that some tourists may have been killed, although that appears not to have been the case.

The ash had led to the closure of some roads, but traffic resumed by the middle of the week.

It is expected that the 21-kilometre Tongariro Alpine Crossing and the Northern Circuit could remain closed for a while. Business owners feel that a glut of cancellations for next summer could severely affect the tourism industry in the region.  However, like in Iceland, it could be possible that a major and high profile eruption actually benefits tourism long-term.

Mount Tongariro sits near the popular winter ski resorts at Mt Ruapehu, which have reported no effect from the eruption.

Hobbit Air from Air New Zealand

To promote two Hobbit-themed films, Air New Zealand has announced a plan to offer Hobbit-themed flights for passengers to New Zealand from the UK and the US.

The air carrier said that it would convert two of its Boeing 777 aircraft into special Hobbit-themed planes. The idea has been put into action as part of a promotional deal for Peter Jackson’s upcoming film adaptations, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, and The Hobbit: There and Back Again. The two-year deal, which has been agreed between the airline, New Line Cinema and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, is intended to offer light-hearted fun for the airline’s passengers.

The promotional offer will see a Boeing 777-300 transformed into a flying billboard for the first movie. A Boeing 777-200 will perform the same duties for the second movie.

Air New Zealand’s general manager of marketing and communications, Mike Tod, said that he was excited that a large number of international visitors were planning to travel to Wellington for the world premiere of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, on November 28. He said that the film would also market New Zealand across the globe. He added that the films would be supported with social-media initiatives.

Sue Kroll, president of worldwide marketing for Warner Bros, the parent company of New line and MGM, said, ‘The promotions planned by Air New Zealand in support of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, and The Hobbit: There and Back Again are both eye-catching and innovative, and we look forward to collaborating with them on the campaigns for both films.’