The new LATAM livery will be seen in New Zealand early next year, the SKAL Auckland lunch heard yesterday.
Kath Mason, of the LATAM Group, says there is still some confusion around the LAN and TAM arrangement and where it is heading in the future. Being able to talk members through that was one reason the airline sponsored the Latin American Lunch at Besos Latinos Restaurant, Elliott Stables.
Mason revealed a new logo and also emphasised the group’s South America network of 115 destinations, and its services beyond, and gave SKAL members the ‘heads up’ that there will be an incentive in the market soon to help further stimulate travel to South America in the months ahead. (Watch this space for details).
Fiji Aiways recently hosted 40 members of the trade to the official opening of its new premises at 63 Albert Street Auckland. Back in Fiji, it was also the first day on the job for new managing director and chief executive officer Andre Viljoen.
Mohan Chandra, regional general manager for New Zealand Fiji Airways, says the event was about showcasing the new offices, which the team moved into exactly a month before (September 1).
‘We appreciate the support of everyone who has come and we wanted to show them our new office,’ he says.
Portland popped up and the trade popped in when Travel Oregon held a function at No 1 Queen Street, Auckland on Friday evening, in conjunction with radio station Coast FM and Hawaiian Airlines.
Agents, suppliers and consumers all had the chance to experience some local Portland beers and learn more about the destination.
Samoa Tourism’s Beautiful Samoa Roadshow has been travelling the country all week. It started on Monday with a breakfast in Dunedin for agents followed by an evening event in Christchurch the same night and in Wellington on Tuesday night. It then continued to Hamilton and concluded with a function at the Maritime Room in Auckland last night.
Agents had the opportunity to network with 15 suppliers from Samoa and learn more about hotels and sightseeing on offer.
There were prizes and giveaways to be won in between each of the networking sessions as well as some great Samoan entertainment.
Representatives from Samoa included Aga Reef Resort, Amoa Resort, Bayview Resort, Faimafili Village Resort, Faofao Beach Fales, Le Lagoto Resort & Spa, Le Manumea Resort, Le Vasa Resort, Return to Paradise Island Resort, Saletoga Sands Resort & Spa, Seabreeze Resort, Sheraton Aggie Greys Samoa Hotel & Resort, Sinalei Reef Resort & Spa, Tanoa Tusitala Hotel & Taumeasina Island Resort.
The Michael Flatley production, Lord of the Dance captivated Auckland travel wholesalers this week when Tourism Ireland hosted them to the performance at the Civic Theatre. Pre event was drinks and dinner was at Elliot Stables before being captivated by the troupe that included New Zealand dancer connection Siobhan Connolly.