It's been a busy pre-FTE schedule with delegates being cruised, helicoptered and driven to site inspectioins, resort openings and hosted functions. We've managed to capture some of the action.
Cathay Pacific officially opened its new Parnell office on Friday 29 May, inviting the trade to join in the cutting of ribbons
Relocating from Auckland’s CBD to Parnell, the Cathay team shared drinks with attendees and took part in a traditional Chinese pig cutting ceremony, meant to bring luck to the new premises.
Speaking at the function, country manager Australia, Nelson Chan, says the new office represents Cathay’s new direction.
‘Cathay has traditionally been quite a conservative company, but it’s clear from this office that we are now thinking differently – this has to be the funkiest office I’ve seen in all of Cathay.
‘Last year we made some slight changes to our logo and mission statement, and moving forward we will continue to reflect this in everything we do.’
The launch of Chimu Adventures in New Zealand was held (fittingly) at Besos Latinos Restaurant in Elliot Stables Auckland last night.
The Fiesta Latina themed event was the opportunity to promote Chimu’s programmes and attributes. Director Greg Carter says the company prides itself on its local knowledge. ‘We operate on the ground – we contract our own hotels, our own drivers, our own guides etc.’
New Zealand based director Rachel Williams emphasises that Chimu operates only in South America and Antarctica.
The company highlighted four catalogues at the event in May, focusing on Antarctica, luxury, and tailor made and group tours.
Health and wellness, adventure tourism and medical tourism are three of the main reasons visitors are heading to India. At The Langham Auckland last night, India Tourism, in conjunction with 22 local Indian suppliers, met with travel industry members in a get to know India roadshow and update the trade on what India has to offer.
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A strong Wellington turnout for the Joint Airline Workshops, currently on a nationwide tour was a boost for participating airlines, said event coordinator, the Walshe Group’s Gareth Williamson.
‘Wellington always supports this event. We’re half way through our 12 shows now and it’s all been really positive. I think the key is having two or three new presenters each year and that keeps it fresh, plus the regular presenters always have something new to tell.’
The roadshow was heading from Wellington to Palmerston North and New Plymouth, then to Hamilton and Tauranga. Williamson urged travel agents in those regions to come along and update themselves on airline news. There are also lots of great travel prizes up for grabs, which will be drawn after the final event, he says.
Up to 100 travel agents attended the Wellington event, held at the Amora Hotel Wellington on Tuesday 17th March.