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Know India

Friday, 20 March 2015 14:29

Health and wellness, adventure tourism and medical tourism are three of the main reasons visitors are heading to India. At The Langham Auckland last night, India Tourism, in conjunction with 22 local Indian suppliers, met with travel industry members in a get to know India roadshow and update the trade on what India has to offer.

Green night for St Patrick's Day

Wednesday, 18 March 2015 15:19

St Patrick’s Day 2015 saw 150 buildings and icons around the world lit up green and it started in New Zealand – in more ways than one.

The Sky Tower in Auckland was first lit up six years ago, and other cities and countries have followed suit since then. And New Zealand’s place in the world means that we are first to have the sunset – ready for the green light.

Ireland’s Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources, Alex White was at the St Patrick’s Day function in SKYCITY Grand, Auckland and pointed out that the country straddles traditional features that people like on a holiday while being a modern and successful nation again.

‘We had a serious financial crisis, like other parts of the world, but now we are seeing an economic recovery and with that comes a recovery in self confidence. People are confident again about that the future and they have reason to be, because Ireland has the fastest growing economy in Europe right now.’

White says Ireland’s traditions are maintained in the language, literature and poetry of the country.

Darragh Walshe of Tourism Ireland reiterated that last year was a record for visitors from New Zealand to the country – somewhere between 23,000 and 35,000. He says the Irish performance at the Cricket World Cup has helped raise the country’s profile further. ‘They didn’t quite make the quarter-finals but they were great ambassadors for the sport and great ambassadors for the country.’

Switching codes, Walshe says there are major opportunities around the Rugby World Cup in England later this year – ‘pre, post and during.’

He also emphasised yet another way to reach the Emerald Isle – with KLM commencing flights between Amsterdam and Belfast on May 18.

Action from JAWS AKL

Thursday, 12 March 2015 13:02

Half way into a 12 centre round country roadshow, JAWS Plus 2015 is on track to be the biggest to date.

Gareth Williamson, JAWS secretary says the South Island circuit last week had increased attendance on last year, with all brands well represented. ‘We even had ‘go shows’ and it was great to see so many home based brokers attend. To have them come to the shows is a win all round.’

Auckland is on the JAWS schedule every two years, and Wednesday night's turn out saw around 90 agents meet with 14 airlines and tourism offices in eight-minute group sessions.

There are some major prizes up for grabs for all agents who attend JAWS, including two return tickets to Vila on Air Vanuatu; two return economy class tickets on Air France to Europe; tickets on CI from AKL to SYD or BNE or CHC to SYD, plus hotel stays, travel vouchers and more flights. JAWS Plus continues to the Central North Island and registrations are still open. Email

SKAL bowled over

Sunday, 08 March 2015 18:27

A little bit of rain didn’t dampen the spirit fun when the annual SKAL Auckland bowls tournament took place at Westend Bowling Club in Herne Bay last Friday. Nine teams turned out for the event, which doubled as the SKAL Auckland March lunch. Richard Froggatt was master of ceremonies and co-organiser, while well known industry stalwart Maggie Hunt handled the catering.

Air Vanuatu was again the major sponsor and gave away two tickets to Vanuatu for the bowler who could get closest to the jack in a ‘corner to corner’ bowl off – won by AAT King Pins captain Gordon Gillan. Other sponsors of the event included Francis Travel Marketing and Eurovista.


Accor hosts inbounders to Skin of Fire

Sunday, 08 March 2015 18:13

Auckland inbound operators enjoyed an evening of pyrotechnics and acrobatics last Thursday when Accor and Sofitel hosted them to 'Skin of Fire', a Groupe F production that was part of Auckland Arts Festival's AK15 programme.