Soaring Kiwi visitor numbers into Argentina delivered an industry delegation from the South American destination to Auckland last night. Around 120 people attended The National Institute of Tourism Promotion of Argentina (INPROTUR) roadshow held at SkyCity, which had also called in on Sydney and Melbourne. Argentina recorded a 204% increase in travellers from New Zealand during the first quarter of 2016, while Australian figures rose by 31.8%. The Kiwi visitor growth can be largely attributed to last December’s launch of Air New Zealand’s thrice weekly direct flight connecting Auckland to Buenos Aires. The roadshow was designed to inspire and educate travel agents, giving them the chance to meet face-to-face with industry partners from Argentina. Meanwhile, wholesalers were invited to attend specially created workshops. Industry partners including cruise operator Antarpply Expeditions, boutique travel agency Across AR, wholesaler and tour operator Eurotur and all-round tourism operator Gador Viajes were among the Argentinean operators who took part in the roadshow.
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A group of around 30 trade and media hit Monday morning running mid July when they attended the East Coast USA workshop. Attendees met with 29 representatives from New England, New York City, New York State, Philadelphia, Washington DC and New England in a fast-track run of five-minute interviews at the Maritime Room in Auckland.
East Coast USA delegates then wooed around 100 trade representatives at a function at The Maritime Room last night. The event, bolstered this year by increased airline options to America from New Zealand, has grown from last year when it pulled 20 exhibitors to the city.
Last nght’s Funds for Fiji event in Auckland illustrated just how much the trade in New Zealand gets behind and supports the nation’s tourism sector, says Tourism Fiji chairman Truman Bradley. He says tourism receipts in total increased by 11% in 2015 from F$1.4 billion to F$1.55b.
‘Tourism is the backbone of the Fijian economy and (visitors from) New Zealand increased in value by 16%.’ Bradley was at the event last night, held at Pullman Auckland.
He says that after the ‘devastating event’ of Cyclone Winston there is devastation in one aspect of Fiji and ‘bula as usual’ in another – the after including most of the resorts and other tourism plant. ‘The New Zealand Government and the New Zealand people have joined together to support the rebuild of Fiji.’
'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.
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.