Direct flights between Auckland and Hobart could be a reality by 2020, especially if the growth from New Zealand to Tasmania continues as it is, according to John Fitzgerald, chief executive officer of Tourism Tasmania. Fitzgerald’s comments came as he and other representatives from the tourism office welcomed about 120 Kiwi travel agents to a function at Sofitel Viaduct Harbour in Auckland last night. The roadshow heads on to Wellington and Christchurch today and tomorrow.
Stacey Leitch from House of Travel Kapiti Coast has been chosen as New Zealand’s first Aussie Specialist Ambassador by Tourism Australia, Australia’s states and territories and Qantas.
Leitch will join a tailor-made trip to Australia to share Aussie experiences with her fellow Kiwi agents.
Penny Hayes at House of Travel Lakers in Invercargill will take home a GoPro to capture any future personal trips, as the programme’s runner up.
More trade education around what clients can do in Newcastle, New South Wales is critical if agents are to maximise the opportunities of the new Virgin Australia flight between the city and Auckland, according to delegates at a major travel expo this week.
While the city is regarded as an ideal gateway to the tourism areas of Hunter Valley and Port Stephens, city representatives at the Pacific Area Incentives & Conferences Expo (PAICE 2018) on Tuesday emphasised that Newcastle itself has an array of attractions.
It may be in its fiftieth year but the Australian Open is still serving up opportunities for travel agents.
The open, and some of its silverware, was in Auckland this week and hosted the trade to a preview of what to expect at the event’s golden anniversary. Not only are there more seating options but the iconic Melbourne sports event has become more than tennis.
Williment Travel has released a new motor sport tour for 2019.
The WD-40 Phillip Island 500 (held 12-14 April) is staged on the famous Phillip Island Circuit and is arguably the most scenic racetrack on the supercars calendar.
Two hours from Melbourne Airport, Phillip Island is easily accessible and has beaches, wildlife and family activities to add to the motorsport action.
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The Greater Hunter Region was out and about in force in Auckland over the last few days, with a visit that included a travel trade event at Rydges Auckland’s Rooftop Bar.
Agent delegates and suppliers alike have lauded the second Global Travel Network Conference and say it lived up to its theme of Strength in Diversity.
Tourism in the Whitsunday Region has received a further boost with Whitsunday Regional Council boosting its investment in the tourism body to A$600,000.
Council handed down their 2018/19 budget on Monday and has increased its funding by $150,000 to support the regional tourism organisation’s marketing activities over the next financial year. Tourism Whitsundays general manager, Tash Wheeler, says the commitment from the Whitsunday Regional Council will help deliver increased marketing initiatives across the whole region.
Victoria’s High Country is promoting various gastronomic tourism opportunities this winter. On and off-mountain, the region’s locally grown produce, wine, craft beer and spirits are on the menu at Chef’s Hatted restaurants like The Provenance in Beechworth and The Terrace at All Saints.
Clients can also visit the High Country’s gastropubs like The Empire in Beechworth; in bright funky eateries like Tomahawks or gin distillery door Reed & Co. Visitors can hit the High Country Brewery Trail to sample dark winter ales at a range of craft breweries like the new King River Brewing, or explore the region’s many inviting cellar doors offering internationally awarded fortifieds and other delicious drops to ward off the winter chill. victoriashighcountry.com.au
Launceston’s new Peppers Silo Hotel has opened. Originally erected in 1960, the Kings Wharf grain silos were left unused for decades until two years ago when construction began to transform the silo barrels into a contemporary hotel.
A female traditional owner will be at the helm of one of Australia’s oldest Aboriginal tourism businesses following the appointment of Djabugay descendant Shirley Hollingsworth as Tjapukai general manager. Tjapukai board chair Michael Nemarich congratulated Ms Hollingsworth on becoming the first Djabugay person to be appointed to the Tropical North Queensland cultural park’s most senior role.
Agents who attended the Queensland on Tour event at Villa Maria Winery, Auckland late last week have come away with plenty of new ideas on how to sell the state. From brand new apartments in the form of The Ruby Collection at Surfer’s Paradise, to the Trolls Village opening at Dreamworld in June, refurbishments at Cairns Colonial Resort and sister property Palm Royale, and a splash of reptile colour at Hartley’s Crocodile Adventures there was plenty to be updated on.
The presence of SCG Behind the Scenes Tours at the Australian Tourism Exchange for the rst time signals the eorts of a long established product to get more trade friendly.
Louise Richmond, marketing consultant – tours and museum, at SCG says the tours cover both the Sydney Cricket Ground and the adjacent Allianz Stadium.