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.
Flight Centre’s Travel Expo hit Auckland recently, with another strong turnout from exhibitors and the public.
In Auckland for the first time in over 10 years, exhibitors from Las Vegas mixed and mingled with agents last night at the Crowne Plaza Auckland. The news is that Vegas is ‘hot’, and Kiwis are heading there. Kelly Sawyer from the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority says the hotels and business partners asked to include Auckland in the annual Australia roadshow due to the growth they are registering from this market. ‘Once we decided to come, the 120 invites to the trade were snapped up – we have actually oversold. It shows that agents want to know about the destination and the state. Vegas is always evolving and while for the last couple of years we have been refurbishing and rebranding properties, we are now building. A 3,500 key Resorts World property is being built on the site of the old Stardust Casino, and there are more in the planning stage.’
Sawyer says the delegation will be back in force for Visit USA in 2016, ‘to keep the memento going.’
Pre book Cirque Du Soleil
‘Kiwis stay longer, spend more and list shows as a priority when in Las Vegas’, says Cirque Du Soleil director of tourism and international travel, Matthew Boone. ‘For this reason we are making available to the New Zealand trade (via the wholesaler) the ability to pre book any of Cirque Du Soleil’s eight Vegas live shows. This new facility allows visitors the ability to choose what show, date and seats they want before they depart NZ. The shows are extremely popular, with ‘O’ at 90% capacity every night, so it will be a great bonus all round.’
Tourism Fiji is hitting the road this week, touring around the country showing what Viti Levu has to offer.