SepticSceptic: Well, when someone posted a question a few weeks ago about what additional channels would be useful, I did suggest a Tourism channel - useful stuff for tourists whilst sitting in their hotel units deciding on what to go and do.
I'd be quite interesting in checking out places I haven't seen before - as long as they don't promote these weekly stays for thousands of dollars. Day trips on the cheap :-)
Stuff like promoting the Waitaks ( in Auckland) - the new Sir Ed Track for example, or the Watercare pipeline tram, etc. Wine trails are useful. As are ferry trips to the Hauraki gulf islands. Doesn't have to be much, just some nice vids, times, approx costs, etc

It would be great if this new channel turned out as you suggest SS.  But, I fear it is just another import.

Here is some of the blurb from Sky's website:

Travel Channel, on SKY Digital channel 77, will provide viewers with quality programming on all aspects of the travel experience, from luxury getaways to backpacking adventures. The new channel will not only provide practical advice in selecting and planning real holidays but will also allow viewers to just sit back and enjoy experiencing fascinating places in the company of engaging presenters from all across the world. It is a ‘must see’ for those with a desire to venture beyond their front door.
Since its launch in London in 1994, Travel Channel has grown to serve cable and satellite audiences across Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia-Pacific, transmitting on 20 satellites in 18 languages. The deal with SKY Television makes the channel’s entertaining and inspirational mix of programmes available in New Zealand for the first time.

Nothing there gives any mention of locally-produced content.  If it were so, you can guarantee that Sky wouldn't be "giving it away" to subscribers of the basic package.  They would be charging extra for it, as they do with the Arts Channel, and the Country Channel, both of which carry local content.

Damn, another good idea flushed down the gurgler. Then I will have to agree with the rest - just another waste of bandwidth.

Ahh well, back to the AA's 101 things do see and do ....