Exotic exclusive to Marigold Hotel

Exotic Holidays in conjunction with India Tourism Sydney hosted a premiere movie evening of the Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel at Hoyts Sylvia Park on February 26.

Agents were treated to pre movie drinks and nibbles in a private function space within the movie complex, before taking their seats armed with theatre favourites popcorn and ice-cream.

Exotic Holidays director, Rahul Sharma, thanked the trade for its support over the past five years and reiterated that as well as specialising in packages to India the company also arranges FIT, groups and incentives worldwide.

Looking forward to the second installment of the comings and goings at the Exotic Marigold Hotel is Merrill Holst, Ettie Shany-Robinson and Alison Sharp, Travel Managers

Sarah and Gary Grut, Travel Managers and David Boyce, Mondo Mt Eden

Team Exotic Holidays - Danille Caltaux, Rahul Sharma and Hemant Kaushik


Americans ‘discover’ Wellington

Over 100 agents attended the Discover America roadshow in Wellington on February 23. Wayne Mitcham, Visit USA chair says he has received an overwhelming response to the Wellington event and agents are quick to say thank you for bringing the roadshow back to the capital after a five-year hiatus.

The Travel Broker team of Rowena Brandels, Joanna Devereux and Charmaine Hawke check out what Corey Marshall from Travel Oregon has to say

Oliver Thomson and Alexandra Kent, both from Flight Centre The Terrace with Debbie Kearns, American Queen Steamboat Company

United Airlines' Leanne Cheesman (centre) outlines the latest news from UA to Rebecca Noble and Jo Buxton both from World Travellers Harbour City Travel


Queensland's finest on display at expo

About 100 members of the New Zealand travel trade converged on the Pullman Hotel Auckland to catch up with the latest product updates during the Queensland on Tour event last week.
TRAVELinc was there to catch the action, check out some photos from the event below.

Sally Holyer, Tourism & Events Queensland (TEQ) catching up with Julia Paley, House of Travel at Queensland on Tour, Pullman Auckland last week Doing business over social hour… Emma Wolstencroft, Quicksilver;Janette Bagley, House of Travel Wanaka Francine Walton and Vanessa Monteith, both House of Travel Takanini


Brand USA cause to celebrate

Brand USA had extra cause to celebrate in the lead up to Christmas, with the relatively young organisation’s existence being renewed by the United States Congress just a couple of weeks ago.
The destination is also recording strong visitation from New Zealand – heading over 220,000 mark for a calendar year.
Brand USA hosted business partners to The Oakroom in Auckland for an end of year thank you and catch up this week.

Wayne Mitcham, Brand USA; Pip Ashford, Anaheim & Orange County Convention and Visitors Bureau; Gaye Wood, Regency Tourism Marketing

Stephen Tanner, Walshe Group; Louise Sutton, Flight Centre


David Libeau, Stella Travel Services; Jerome Knott, Air New Zealand

James Donegan, American Consulate General; Leanne Cheesman, United Airlines


Julia Hindman, Flight Centre; Bridget Fogarty, House of Travel

Darragh Walshe, Hawaii Tourism Oceania; Thomas Gentz, Air New Zealand


Rich content, social Christmas

Travelport will be giving its new Rich Content and Branding, available through Smartpoint, extra profile in 2015.

The company held a Christmas ‘thank you’ function for travel industry clients and partners at Sub Rosa Café in Auckland this week.

It was primarily a casual chance to network with the New Zealand team, which includes relatively new commercial manager New Zealand and Pacific Islands Wendy Stanton, and meet (even newer) general manager Pacific, Kaylene Shuttlewood.

Shuttlewood says the Travelport’s new technology brings together the traditional airlines and low cost carriers and allows agents to sell all of the auxiliaries with increased efficiency.

‘Seats, meals, blankets, baggage etc – all the previously essay things are now combined, so it allows agents to book all of these in the one workflow process.

‘It gives agents increased productivity and efficiency and that’s the key – they can sell more and earn more.'

Mick Cottrell, Jetstar; Wendy Stanton, Travelport; Leith Sisson, North Shore Business Travel

Leanne Cheesman, United; Sonia Nel, Glenn Walker, both Flight Centre

Paul Smith, First Travel Group; Mark Reeder, World Aviation Systems


Snapped at PAICE 2014

The 11th annual Pacific Area Incentives and Conferences Expo (PAICE) 2014 was held on Wednesday at SKYCITY Auckland Convention Centre.

This year saw the first time Business Events Australia host a breakfast session with Nigel Collin, founder of Ingenious Oz Project.

Kelli Vettoretto, Marriott International; Shannon Thwaites, Gold Coast Business Events

Camilla Taylor and Jackie Coyne, S2N Events Ltd enjoying a massage from the Senikai Spas girls on the Tourism Fiji stand

Lesley Aldridge, Chimaera Group & Sales Incentive Travel; Jude Earles, Corporate Venues

Duncan Mckenzie, Singapore Airlines; Lynette Logan, NZ Travel Brokers

Katrina O'Donnell, Sofitel Gold Coast Broadbeach; Adam Leslie, Graffiti Events

Mary Houghton, NZ Travel Brokers; Jodie McKinnel, HOT Events Christchurch

Wayne Harris, GO Conference & Incentive Management; Nick Maynard, Maui Jim Sunglasses

Julie Alderson, Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts; Julie Ford, Hamilton Island; Nicole Naylor, Destination Asia

Krystal Bradnock, BCD Travel NZ; Hayley McIntyre, Orbit Group Travel Wellington

Lusiana Sinclair, Adrenalin Watersports Fiji; Munish Chetty, Orbitz Worldwide; Liza Walsh, Adrenalin Watersports Fiji Jacquie Carson, Vanuatu Tourism Office; Lynda Canning, Iririki Island Resort; Richard Elliot, Air Vanuatu Mark Ferguson, cievents; Randy Clark, The Kahala Hotel & Resort; Megan Hornblow, Hawaii Tourism Oceania; Guy King, Select Tours New Zealand Ltd
The Starwood Hotels and Resorts team took away best individual stand at the PAICE 2014 stand of the year awards

Nicole Naylor from Destination Asia accepts the runner up award for best individual stand from exhibition manager Ally Eastaugh

Wayne Deed from Tourism Fiji accepts the award for best regional stand from exhibition manager Ally Eastaugh
Simon Duffy, New Caledonia Tourism, accepts the runner up award for best regional stand from exhibition manager Ally Eastaugh Franck Hesse and Julie White, InterContinental Hotels Group

Nigel Collin, founder of Ingenious Oz Project; Greg Ward, MC


Qantas' new inflight dining launch

Qantas hosted a luncheon in Auckland’s Ponsonby Central this week to showcase its new inflight dining service for international economy customers.

A welcome drink of flavours exclusive to Qantas will be offered out to guests just 10 minutes after take off, increasing service interaction between passengers and crew.

The new inflight dining offers a wider choice of meals, 50% larger servings and faster service, as well as smaller geometric plates eliminating the use of trays and improving service time by up to 30%.

New dishes include a healthy option, a comfy option and a regionally inspired option, as well as an exclusive option for passengers who book and choose online.

The new service will be rolled out across the Tasman from 25 November.

Kelly Houliston, Tom Taylor, and Jo Lloyd, Qantas

Dan Cantin, Atlas Travel; Karen Stanbury, The Travel Brokers

Donna Hill, Quay Travel; Sandra Ivelja, Travel Broker

Vicki Boddington and Vicki Bull, United Travel Takapuna; Angelene Haslem, North Shore Business Travel

Jacqui Dickson and Mandy Veale, Mondo Travel; Jodie Burnard, Flight Centre Adrian Turner, Harvey World Travel; Igor Kwiatkowski, Qantas


Skal turns up roses

The last of Skal Auckland’s ‘Speaker Series’ for 2014 took place yesterday at Parnells on the Rose Garden with almost 50 members and invited guests keen to hear from Jim Donegan, US Consul General and the newly appointed consul, Tracy Brown.

Donegan gave a witty opinion of the US vs All Blacks game at the sold out Soldiers Field in Chicago over the weekend, but praised the touring rugby players for their efforts in getting out into the local community and mixing with the residents. ‘I do wonder if the All Blacks could have let the US score a try – but it’s ok. This game between the two countries goes towards awareness of each nation and encourages visitation and business interests between the two.’

Tracy Brown, whose postings prior to New Zealand included Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Iraq and Malta, says she wants to dispel the myth that applying to enter the US is scary and hard. ‘It really is easy. New Zealand is one of 37 countries that is part of the US Visa Waiver system. If agents and travellers go to and follow the ESTA link, they can pay the US$14 and then they have filled out the paper work. Some cases do require an interview – but these are scheduled in quickly and are painless. We want to encourage visitation between the two countries and so far we are seeing an average of 10% growth on visitors arrival numbers into America, which is all positive.’

Brown alluded to the number of ‘white sites’ that look exactly like the ESTA travel authorisation, and it is not until the end of the application that it becomes clear that the charge is more than US$14 – some as much as US$100. ‘These are companies that wrap around our site – it is out of our control, so always go in via the above site.’

The next Skal event is the annual Christmas lunch on 11 December at the rooftop terrace of the Rydges Hotel Auckland. RSVP here




On the door is Paul Leigh, Eurovista selling Rahul Sharma from Exotic Holidays raffle tickets – ‘Three for $5’





The Langham team of Michael Shah, Sarawan Singh and Frank Lu arrive for the Skal lunch Terry Holt, Spencer on Byron and Wendy D’Arcy, The Travel Brokers


Tracy Brown, consul, American Consulate General; Leighton Cameron, VP Skal NZ and president Christchurch Skal; Tony Smith, Frances Travel Marketing; Jim Donegan, US Consul General and Gaye Wood, Skal NZ President

Sponsors of the Skal lunch, the Expedia team, Stuart Udy, Ruth Dixon and Chris Jones, were on hand to discuss the TAAP Expedia programme.


The Travel Corporation’s roadshow

The Travel Corporation family of brands – AAT Kings, Adventure World, Contiki, Insight Vacations, Trafalgar and Uniworld – hit the road ;ate September to give agents the rundown on new 2015 Europe, Australia and global holiday options for 2015. The trade events took place in towns and cities across both the North and South Islands.

Reece Scott, AAT Kings and Sharon Hall, House of Travel on Victoria Melissa Bannister, Trafalgar and Natalie Jowett, Travel 2 U Dalwyn Sinclair, House of Travel Upper Riccarton and Greg Marett, Uniworld

Janelle Maloney, Samantha Low & Rachel Johnson all from IYC Travel Nicola McLaren, Michelle Habib, Lisa Roebuck, Boutique Mondo Travel New Plymouth Grant Carter and Nicole Collingwood, both from Air NZ Holidays New Plymouth
Sharyn Kerr, House of Travel Hamilton; Sam Morrah, Contiki and Judy Harkness, Calder & Lawson HOT Lynne Moore, Claire Gallagher, Kathleen Poole all from HWT Dinsdale Bruce Gentry, AAT Kings catches up with Andrew Haworth and David Thomas, United Hamilton


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