Newcastle Airport, in partnership with City of Newcastle, Destination Port Stephens and Hunter Valley Wine & Tourism Association, Newcastle Tourism Industry Group and Destination Sydney Surrounds North, hosted travel agents to a function at the Rydges Rooftop Bar. They are also taking other opportunities to meet with key tourism industry partners and travel agents. The new international route will be operated by Virgin Australia three times a week between 22 November 2018 and 17 February 2019. Newcastle Airport chief executive officer, Dr Peter Cock says the collaborative spirit of the region has ensured continued and unified representation of the Greater Hunter Region on an international stage.
‘Whether for new global business connections, couples seeking a leisurely long weekend, or friends and family visiting loved ones, travellers can be enjoying the best of both countries in a little over three hours,’ he adds. ‘Our region has a strong passion for international travel and support of the new route has been extremely strong. New Zealand is our number one unserved market, so it is fitting that the first flight through our new international facilities will service Auckland.’ In addition to several official meetings and last night’s function, the trade mission will exhibit at the Flight Centre Travel Expo in Auckland on Saturday 29 September over the weekend.