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
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
Nicole Naylor from Destination Asia accepts the runner up award for best individual stand from exhibition manager Ally Eastaugh
Nigel Collin, founder of Ingenious Oz Project; Greg Ward, MC
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
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 www.dhs.gov 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’
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
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.
Tourism Fiji held a hugely successful roadshow throughout New Zealand in September with 370 agents attendingevents in Christchurch, Wellington, Napier, Hamilton and Christchurch. Enthusiastic agents were keen to compete for two major prizes to the Mamanuca Islands and northern island of Vanua Levu.
<<At the Hamilton event, Cameron Taylor, Tourism Fiji helps out Jo Foster, Ultimate Flyaway and Shonnie Pool, Harvey World Travel Te Kuiti with the quiz questions>>In Auckland, Monique Chadwick-Cook, Farahan Ptael and Priscilla Keshaw, all GO Holidays.
In association with the Murray Chapman Lunch Club, the newly formed New Zealand Hawaii Association hosted a business lunch at Ellerslie Events Centre on Friday. Guest speaker was the entertaining Shane Jones, New Zealand’s ambassador for Pacific Economic Affairs and retired cabinet minister.
It was showtime for Royal Caribbean last night at the launch of the annual roadshow that kicked off at Auckland's Floating Pavilion. Themed around an actual cruise experience, the venue as turned into a live stage show - complete with Show Girls, food stations and cocktail bar.
It was all razzle dazzle for the RCI team and the announcing the deployment of three ships cruising from Sydney for the 2015/16 season.
Voyager of the Seas is about to undergo a $100 million renovation and will emerge with the latest innovations including 80 inside cabins that will feature a virtual window. The wall will project a real-time view of outside the ship, streaming from HD cameras mounted on the ship's exterior and the wall will even have curtains.
The roadshow continues around the country until September 11. Don't miss it.
Yes, they made a movie of the popular TV series, Mrs Brown's Boys.
Air New Zealand, Trafalgar and Tourism Ireland held a industry screening of the movie at Auckland's Lido Theatre last night. Darragh Walshe, Tourism Ireland, dressed as the Trevor Brown the priest and Mrs Brown's son, and Mary Galway, Tourism Ireland, almost unrecognisable as she donned Winnie McGoogans' curlers, set the mood for the evening.
Sponsors of the event included Tayto potato chips, that are made at Tayto Castle, county Armagh and Baileys Irish Cream.
The nationwide release date for theatres around NZ is August 4.
<<What great product placement for Tayto potato crisps. Over from Brisbane for the screening is Diane and Alan Graham, distributors of Tayto with Darragh Walshe, Tourism Ireland
>>Roann Roberts, Flight Centre and Jan Kynoch, Eco Deals
Flight Centre's annual awards and ball took place last week and the evening was by all accounts a 'roaring' success.
The top awards went to:
Top Retail - Amy LaurinTop Corporate - Lisa HooperTop Infinity - Jay SinghDirectors Award - Sue MatsonHall of Fame - Jay Singh
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