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Cheers Kiwis - from Anaheim

Friday, 26 February 2016 09:55

The Discover America roadshow is over for another year and the team from Anaheim wanted to personally say thanks to the trade for their unrelenting support. ‘We couldn’t be where we are now without you,’ were the sentiments echoed by Visit Anaheim representative, Pip Ashford.
The evening was held at Brothers Brewery in City Works Depot, Auckland CBD and Willie Simpson from Howard Johnson Hotel says the venue is in keeping with what the new developments look and feel like in Anaheim. ‘Our old warehouses are being converted into trendy shops, offices and boutique bars and eateries, which suits the urban feel and our LA outdoors lifestyle.’ See you all next next year.

Starwood Christmas cheer

Friday, 11 December 2015 10:50

'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.


Lords dance in Auckland

Thursday, 20 August 2015 08:49

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.

It’s showtime in Vegas

Friday, 07 August 2015 10:32

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.’

Winning at WOAH

Friday, 07 August 2015 09:03
More than 600 people attended the World of AccorHotels function at Pullman Auckland Hotel, with MCs Jesse Mulligan and Samantha Hayes keeping the proceedings rolling. As well as the Peugeot Scooters, a number of major travel prizes with Emirates as well as hotel only prizes were given away on the night.

Travel agents, professional conference and incentive organisers, corporate travel and meeting planners and media were among the guests who mixed and mingled with AccorHotels representatives from Germany, the Americas, Vietnam, Thailand, Australia, New Zealand and Fiji.
The night also included a surprise celebrity visit from My Kitchen Rules Australia winners Will Stewart and Steve Flood.