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Niche wholesaler Francis Travel Marketing is open to opportunities and not ruling out further expansion, says managing director Tony Smith.
FTM’s latest acquisition was Fathom Asia in February this year, following the purchase of Europe specialist Orton International last year.
FTM has long been a cruise GSA (general sales agent) and representative and in 2011 picked up AIM Holidays – which specialises in shows, events, sports and packages in Australia and the United States.
New Zealand agents will have their biggest opportunity yet to learn about the high end Aqua Expeditions journeys in Peru and on the Mekong when the company holds a trade information night early next month.
GSA (general sales agent) for Aqua Expeditions, Tony Smith of Francis Travel Marketing, says agents who don’t properly acquaint themselves with this sort of product are definitely missing opportunities.
Air New Zealand will host expo-style travel trade events for the first time in Christchurch, Wellington and Auckland this May.
Air New Zealand senior manager distribution Blair Catton says the events will give trade new insight into product and customer experience innovations – including the airline’s refreshed Boeing 777-300 cabins.
‘With the first of our refitted 777-300s now in service, the expos are an opportunity to bring our trade partners and internal teams together and showcase what’s new.
Ruapehu Alpine Lifts, Visit Ruapehu and Destination Great Lake Taupo have dipped their collective toes into the Australian self-drive market.
‘We’re suggesting our Tasman neighbours pick up a car in Auckland, visit the iconic sights such as Hobbiton and Waitomo during the weekend, and then come and ski Ruapehu mid-week,’ explains Michelle Caldwell, marketing representative for Ruapehu Alpine Lifts.