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The Tourism Export Council of New Zealand (TECNZ) says it is clear from international feedback that vaccinated travellers will not come to this country if they have to spend time in MIQ.
Chief executive Lynda Keene says the organisation is regularly hearing of countries around the world reopening their borders to welcome back visitors with a range of settings. Common requirements include proof of full vaccination, use of a digital or paper passport to verify travel arrangements, PCR tests, rapid antigen tests, and adherence to contract tracing.
Tourism Fiji is advising the New Zealand trade that key resorts and hotels will be ready for their clients when they return, with many having refurbished, renovated and even added to their offerings while international visitors have been away.
The Sheraton Fiji Resort has renovated its guests’ rooms and revitalised the lobby space. The resort has three new dining experiences designed by CHADA; Tatavi Grill & Bar Restaurant, Island 619 and 28g (Grams). Additionally, the meeting spaces have been given a new look.
Spokespeople in the travel and tourism sectors say the recent Talbot Mills Research on lifting borders and on vaccination intentions contained definite positives for the industry.
Although media coverage emphasised that one in two New Zealanders do not want to see the borders open until 90% plus Kiwis were fully vaccinated, there were more encouraging details in the full picture.
The first stage of TripFactory NZ’s business is live and open for registrations.
The TF Hub is available for any broker or agent to join and requires a simple sign-up process before they are able to create fully integrated itineraries utilising a wide range of direct supplier connections.
One of the founders, Simon Mckearney, says the New Zealand travel industry needed efficient technology to get some of the people who have left the industry back into the game.
French Polynesia is repositioning its cruise industry in favour of ships with small and medium capacity.
A release from Tahiti Tourisme says the destination will ‘reposition around four axis’, applicable from 1 January 2022.
Firstly it will favour year-round turnaround ships based in French Polynesia, of small and medium capacities (700 passengers).