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Trade celebrates in (French) style

Monday, 13 July 2020 23:22

Tourism New Caledonia invited a few trade partners to celebrate on Saturday night at Le Chef – in advance of today’s Bastille Day.

‘All of them are great supporters of the destination and we were happy to connect again a glass of wine (French of course),’ says Sally Pepermans, director New Zealand,Tourism New Caledonia.

Skal’s 4th of July

Monday, 06 July 2020 00:30

It was Southern States fare for the Skal Auckland club in July when members lunched at Miss Clawdy just ahead of the USA’s Independence Day.

Despite the challenging times, around 25 people attended with smiles to match the Auckland sunshine.

Celebrating 12 years

Friday, 26 June 2020 23:13

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.

Catching up in CHC

Friday, 26 June 2020 23:02

The Innovative Travel ‘catch ups’ started this week with two events in Christchurch and another two set for Auckland next Tuesday 30 June. 

Managing director Robyn Galloway says the catch ups start with an overview of the company’s key destinations and how each has responded to Covid-19.  ‘Key destinations such as Egypt, Jordan, Oman, Greece and Israel have managed the crises relatively well, with a planned opening of borders, in controlled stages.’

On the local front she says Innovative’s domestic programmes in conjunction with Inspired NZ coach tours have met with a positive response. ‘This is in terms of both FIT bookings and agents putting together their own group departures, utilising the travel agent FOC offer, for 14 plus paying passengers.’  Galloway says the tours were designed with New Zealanders in mind, so are reasonably priced, with a focus on regions, and varying from six to nine days.  

On the other side of the globe, CroisiEurope 2021 earlybird cruises are now available to book. Galloway says 2021 is already fairly heavily in demand with clients transferring to next year. CroisiEurope will commence sailing in Europe next month, with stricter hygiene measures in place.

SKAL AKL post-Covid catch up

Wednesday, 10 June 2020 05:44

It was less formal and possibly a bit more subdued than usual, but at least SKAL Auckland found a bit of normality with a catch up at The Good George bar at North Wharf late last week.

About 20 members of the travel fellowship and friendship organisation shared Covid lockdown stories and talked about what the future has to hold.

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