Queensland takes the stage

Thursday, 08 June 2017 00:44

Tangalooma Island off the coast of Brisbane played host to this year’s Queensland on Stage trade show. Organised by Tourism Events Queensland, 48 suppliers and around 60 agents convened to network, learn and share their stories and knowledge about the region.


Kiwis make contacts at IPW

Monday, 05 June 2017 14:45

Buyers and sellers are midway through 110,000 appointments at IPW in Washington DC this week after a few days of pre-IPW famils, tours of Washington DC and networking functions. The opening function was held at the Smithsonian's Air and Space Museum with an outdoor concert on National Mall headlined by Aloe Blacc.

'We'll be back,' say Balinese

Tuesday, 30 May 2017 19:33

Balinese suppliers who attended a destination showcase in Auckland last night say the success of the event showed that it should become a regular fixture n the trade calendar here. 'We'd like to make it an annual event,' says Marten Hubbeling, of DMC Asia Plus.
Hubbeling says the event was timely this year as it coincided with the introduction of Air New Zealand's Dreamliner Boeing 767 on the Auckland - Bali route, a move that has increased capacity by 30% over a season that runs from now through October.
Air New Zealand has reported a strong uptake for the service, matching the growth in seat availability. And airline spokespeople say that while the season may extend further next year, no details are available at this point.

Travel Managers celebrates

Saturday, 27 May 2017 17:24

A record-breaking number of brokers attended the conference along with Travelsmart offices, unbranded agencies and suppliers when Travel Managers Group held its 16th annual conference in Nelson over the weekend.
Managing director Dave Wallace says some 200 delegates attended in all.
Highlights included an Air New Zealand sponsored Black Tie Awards Dinner. Among those receiving awards were the High Flyers, High Achievers, Broker of the Year, Top Travelsmart Shop, Top Division, Top Branch, Marketing Achievement Award, and Travelsmart Outstanding Achievement Award. It was also announced that The High Flyers and their partners would be hosted on a trip to Buenos Aires and the High Achievers would go to the Gold Coast later in the year.
The conference started on Thursday with optional business workshops and a niche supplier expo.
The official opening on Friday was themed ‘The Right Fit… Building the Perfect Jigsaw for You’ with MC Jackie Clarke and directors Kevin Weston, Dave Wallace and Nicola Jamieson painting the landscape for the next three years.
The large contingent got to enjoy Nelson and the surrounding area exploring the National WOW Museum and Nelson Classic Car Gallery, tasting the culinary delights at Jellyfish Mapua Wharf, and helping the local economy grow by shopping at the variety of creative art and designer stores. The Grand Monaco Marquee was the venue for a dinner hosted by Singapore Airlines on Friday night with entertainment provided by Jackie Clarke. A suppliers expo was held during the day on Saturday.