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Cheers Kiwis - from Anaheim

Friday, 26 February 2016 09:55

The Discover America roadshow is over for another year and the team from Anaheim wanted to personally say thanks to the trade for their unrelenting support. ‘We couldn’t be where we are now without you,’ were the sentiments echoed by Visit Anaheim representative, Pip Ashford.
The evening was held at Brothers Brewery in City Works Depot, Auckland CBD and Willie Simpson from Howard Johnson Hotel says the venue is in keeping with what the new developments look and feel like in Anaheim. ‘Our old warehouses are being converted into trendy shops, offices and boutique bars and eateries, which suits the urban feel and our LA outdoors lifestyle.’ See you all next next year.

NZ cruise award winners honoured

Sunday, 21 February 2016 17:25

House of Travel Orewa won the New Zealand Gold Agency of the Year award at the 15th Annual Cruise Industry Awards at The Star Event Centre in Sydney over the weekend. United Travel Bethlehem took out the Silver Award while Bon Voyage Cruises won Bronze for New Zealand. Cruise Republic received the Online Agency of the Year award, while The Travel Brokers’ Denise Fowler was recognised as New Zealand’s Broker of the Year.

Cruise consultant of the year – New Zealand was Kylie Gutierrez, Cruiseabout Pukekohe; rising star ward – NZ went to Rosie Scates, Cruiseabout Takapuna; agency promotion of the year – NZ was awarded to House of Travel Grabacruise, Art Deco Weekend.

More than 500 industry members from across Australia and New Zealand joined Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) Australasia in the celebrations.

Hello Chinese New Year

Wednesday, 17 February 2016 14:33

The helloworld Affiliate network (formerly the Independent Tretail Travel network) hosted Chinese agents to Grand Harbour Restaurant in Auckland to celebrate the Year of the Monkey.

‘It’s just about sayng thank-you and celebrating the Chinese New Year,’ says Brooke Jamieson, GM of helloworld Affiliate Network.

The event was in conjunction with Cathay Pacific and Air Tickets.

Changing of the chains

Wednesday, 17 February 2016 14:25

SKAL Auckland has started its 50th year of existence with a new president and a number of new faces on the executive committee.

Paul Leigh of EuroVista Holidays handed over the presidential chains to Gary Dickson of Let’s Travel magazine after yesterday’s annual general meeting and lunch at Quality Hotel Parnell.

The new vice-president of the club is Derek Batchelor-Cook, KiwiRail; while David Boyce, Seekers New Zealand; and Kevin Blackford, retired; retain the positions of treasurer and secretary respectively.

They are joined on the committee by Chris Jonas, Expedia; Wendy D’Arcy, Abercrombie & Kent; and Margaret Holden, Tandem Travel.

Both the new and outgoing president emphasised the need for the club to appeal me to younger people in the travel and tourism sectors and to attract new members.

World Travellers unmasks its cultural side

Wednesday, 17 February 2016 14:02

The curtains have been pulled back to reveal World Travellers has a special connection to Broadway musical The Phantom of the Opera as sponsor of the New Zealand production of the show at Auckland’s Civic Theatre.

Attending the opening, World Travellers chief executive officer Wendy van Lieshout says the company is proud to be involved with a show produced by Kiwis for Kiwis. The local production, directed by Grant Meese, showcases costumes and a set designed and built in collaboration with New Zealand Opera and the Royal New Zealand Ballet.

The Phantom marks its 30th anniversary since it opened in London, and it’s estimated to have been seen by more than 140 million people worldwide. Set in the Paris Opera House, it tells the story of a lonely disfigured musical genius who is captivated and driven to obsession by the voice of his protégée.

The Auckland production runs until 5 March.