The 12-year tenure of Jenny Aitken as NZ country manager of Tourism Australia was marked during an intimate function at Soul Bar and Grill in Auckland this week.
Aitken, who officially leaves the role early next week, noted that this is an ‘incredibly hard time for the industry’ but also summed up the general mood of the room.
‘This night is about celebrating with friends and colleagues.’
David Libeau, of helloworld, and Petrina Maxwell of Agent 86 Experiences Ltd paid tribute to Aitken and the work she had done over a dozen years.
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The departure of Tourism Australia’s New Zealand country manager Jenny Aitken will not in itself significantly change the relationship the organisation has had with the general travel trade here for the last five years.
Since 2015, Aitken’s official brief has been almost entirely business events focused (with some exceptions such as working with wholesalers on the Australian Tourism Exchange).
Aussie Specialist agents in New Zealand are invited to participate in Corroboree West 2019, taking place from 7 to 11 October in Perth, with applications to attend now open.
Aboriginal experiences have an increasing role to play in Australia’s luxury travel sector, delegates at Luxperience conference and exhibition in Sydney are hearing this week.
Tourism Australia’s focus on the New Zealand market will remain firmly on business events and incentives.
So remarked managing director John O’Sullivan at the Australian Tourism Exchange this week, saying the job of wooing Kiwi leisure travelers will remain with the eight states and territories in spite of increased competition in the wake of bolstered connectivity in the New Zealand market.