Out & About
A group of around 30 trade and media hit Monday morning running mid July when they attended the East Coast USA workshop. Attendees met with 29 representatives from New England, New York City, New York State, Philadelphia, Washington DC and New England in a fast-track run of five-minute interviews at the Maritime Room in Auckland.
East Coast USA delegates then wooed around 100 trade representatives at a function at The Maritime Room last night. The event, bolstered this year by increased airline options to America from New Zealand, has grown from last year when it pulled 20 exhibitors to the city.
Travel agents and other key industry partners joined United Airlines and Air New Zealand to celebrate American Independence Day last night.
The occasion, at the Auckland Art Gallery, also marked the weekend’s start of United’s service from Auckland to San Francisco with alliance partner Air New Zealand.
The event was hosted by Dave Hilfman, senior vice president global sales and Marcel Fuchs, vice president Atlantic and Pacific sales.
- Daniel Bloomfield, Target Travel; Tony Smith, Francis Travel Marketing, and Rob Beecher, GTN Daniel Bloomfield, Target Travel; Tony Smith, Francis Travel Marketing, and Rob Beecher, GTN
- Mark Kennedy, Air New Zealand; Andrew Harrison, helloworld, and Nigel Taylor, Sabre Mark Kennedy, Air New Zealand; Andrew Harrison, helloworld, and Nigel Taylor, Sabre
- Emily Armitage, branch public affairs officer, United States Consulate General, and Debbie Ware and Margy Twigden, both travelsmart Emily Armitage, branch public affairs officer, United States Consulate General, and Debbie Ware and Margy Twigden, both travelsmart
- Louise Sutton, Kristy Goodhew, Jono Norton, all Flight Centre Louise Sutton, Kristy Goodhew, Jono Norton, all Flight Centre
- Mirella Merlo,Steve Wright and Jennifer Staples, all Flight Centre Mirella Merlo,Steve Wright and Jennifer Staples, all Flight Centre
With new openings in Australia and other arts of the world, Starwood Hotels and Resorts had plenty to communicate with the trade during the group’s roadshow yesterday afternoon and last night.
Marieke Mendez, director of global sales New Zealand with Starwood, says about 200 members of the trade attended over the two sessions yesterday. ‘We’ve got product managers, wholesale and retail consultants, travel management companies (TMCs) and professional conference organisers (PCOs) s we are really happy with the turn-out.’
Travel agents attending the Korea Tourism Roadshow late last week were given five key reasons why their clients should visit the destination in Visit Korea Year (which actually extends from now through 2018 in the lead up to the Winter Olympics in Peongchang).
Jang Seonyeong, assistant manager PR team with Visit Korea Year, says Korea Grand Sale is one of the major planks of the promotion. Scheduled for October this year the shopping and tourist festival provides discounts and gifts covering shopping centres, duty free shops an department stores but also special events, accommodation, transportation, food and beverage.
Other features of Visit Korea year include a K-Smile campaign (encouraging a friendly ad welcoming environment among locals), K-Travel Bus with inexpensive one night and two day tours, a K-Tour card for local transport offers, and hands free service that stores and delivers items between hotels, airports and shopping centres for travellers.
Incheon Airport also attended the roadshow and assistant manager airline marketing team Jae-Sin Park highlighted a free Korea Transit Tour programme, with trips aging from one to five hours. He says while the tours have been operating for a few years there are always new additions to the itineraries – including a recently added visit to a local fishing village.
'Great wine, great food and great mates' was the theme of Starwood's Christmas gig in Auckland this year. Wholesale partners were hosted by Starwoods's #teamsamoa and #teamfiji at uber cool Ponsonby venue, Mr Toms.