Hawaiian Airlines celebrated Thanksgiving and Mele Kalikimaka in Auckland recently, hosting a number of industry at North Wharf's Marvel Bar & Grill.
Over 200 strong players in the offshore incentives, conferences and events market flocked to SKYCITY Auckland Convention Centre on Wednesday to meet with over 100 suppliers spanning all areas of the industry at the Pacific Area Incentives & Conferences Expo (PAICE).
Feedback from the event was positive, with Richard Froggatt, Macau Tourism NZ, saying ‘the buyers we saw were of good quality and assisted in the positioning process of Macau’.
Sally Pepermans, New Caledonia Tourism, adds that the event went well for her; ‘we got some good leads that we now have to materialise.’
New Caledonia Tourism was named runner up in the 2015 Stand of the Year Awards, with the Hamilton Island stand taking away first place for its integration of virtual reality technology.
Another highlight of the show was the appearance of celebrity chef Sean Conolly both for the Business Events Australia breakfast and on stand throughout the day with the Australia team.
Allyssa Eastaugh, PAICE event manager, says the success of the event is a testament to the power of face-to-face meetings.
‘The amount of business that was written on the day is an example of how fostered relationships can be turned into return on investment.’
Exotic Holidays’ roadshow is well underway with stop offs in Hamilton, Auckland, New Plymouth and Christchurch successfully taking place this week.
Agents can discover what’s new throughout Exotic Holidays’ range of brochures as well as receiving product and destination updates.
Last night the roadshow called in to Christchurch, tonight it will be in Dunedin and next week in Napier, Hastings and finishing in Tauranga on the 25 November.
The Ibis Wellington was the venue for yesterday’s convivial lunch time catch up and meeting of the city’s SKAL membership. The meeting included a moment’s silence to mark the passing of Wellington industry’s Rex Collins.
It was a busy weekend for Auckland travel agents exhibiting at The New Zealand Travel, Holiday & Adventure Expo at The Cloud, as well as Harvey World Travel / United Travel’s Cruise Expo at SKYCITY Convention Centre where potential cruise goers were queuing to book.