Viva – a catch up and a reflection

Monday, 27 July 2020 23:36


Viva Expeditions recently hosted North Shore, Auckland travel agents at its office for drinks and to celebrate a new beginning. The invitation noted that agents just needed to bring a smile and a hug.

Meantime, managing director Rachel Williams has revealed Viva Expeditions’ Covid story in an honest and open reflection on her blog. 

‘I think everyone in travel is really hurting by what has happened, I thought by being open and honest about how it feels from the wholesaler perspective others may relate.  At the end of the day we are all in this together and there is some solace in that,’ says Williams

Skal CHC get-together

Monday, 20 July 2020 23:28

Skal Christchurch is continuing to meet with its July event taking place at Marty Fuller’s Elmwood Trading Co last week.

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.