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Travel industry tees off

Tuesday, 14 April 2015 11:43

Agents came together for a day on the greens at the 48th annual travel industry golf day which took place at North Shore Golf Club last Friday.
In the men’s division, John Willson, United Travel, came away with Best Stableford and winner of the ATC Cup, while Cullam Murchison, House of Travel, took out the Best Gross.
Margaret Holden, Tandem Travel, came out on top for the women, taking Best Stableford and the Japan Cup, and Jane Reese, Accor, won Best Gross.
The team from Travel Managers (Derek Sullivan, Dave Wallace, Gary Grut and Kim Hagan) won the team prize.
A variety of raffle prizes were given away as well as door prizes.
Stephen Thomas, Toll NZ, was the proud recipient of Emirates return tickets to Sydney, Melbourne or Brisbane.
Jane Reese from Accor won five nights at Edgewater Resort Rarotonga and Kevin Salmon from House of Travel Whangarei came away with three nights at Scenic Matavai Resort Niue.
Organiser of the event, Mike Hogan, says the annual fixture was a success
once again.
‘It was a great day – dire weather predicted didn’t eventuate, the course was in good condition and the scoring was very impressive.
‘I’d like to extend a thank you to the sponsors without whom the event wouldn’t be possible –Emirates, Scenic Hotels & Resorts, Heritage Hotels, Accor, Cathay Pacific, Holland America Line, Peter Stout, AAT Kings, Hawaiian Airlines, Walshes World,’ he says.


Fiji spreads happiness

Monday, 23 March 2015 09:59

International Happiness Day on 20 March was a good opportunity for Tourism Fiji’s ‘Where happiness finds you’ tag line to be put to good use. Cameron Taylor from Tourism Fiji’s Auckland office dropped into a few travel agencies to spread the happiness message with cupcakes.

Meantime, the Hits radio drive hosts Stacey and Flynny broadcasted their drive show live from Fiji when they celebrated International Happiness Day with the winners of the happiness promotion that aired over the last few weeks.

Their first day in Fiji, Thursday 19 March, was shared on their drive show live from Sofitel Fiji Resort & Spa before they headed to Lomani Island Resort and broadcast the show live on Friday afternoon.

Stacey and Flynny spent the weekend with the four winning couples at Lomani Island Resort before returning to New Zealand.

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.

JAWS hits Wellington

Friday, 20 March 2015 11:33

A strong Wellington turnout for the Joint Airline Workshops, currently on a nationwide tour was a boost for participating airlines, said event coordinator, the Walshe Group’s Gareth Williamson.

‘Wellington always supports this event. We’re half way through our 12 shows now and it’s all been really positive. I think the key is having two or three new presenters each year and that keeps it fresh, plus the regular presenters always have something new to tell.’

The roadshow was heading from Wellington to Palmerston North and New Plymouth, then to Hamilton and Tauranga. Williamson urged travel agents in those regions to come along and update themselves on airline news. There are also lots of great travel prizes up for grabs, which will be drawn after the final event, he says.

Up to 100 travel agents attended the Wellington event, held at the Amora Hotel Wellington on Tuesday 17th March.

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.