The Travel Agents’ Association of New Zealand (TAANZ) has proposed to the government that the next 12-week assistance package is paid to all travel agent business owners on a per owner, per employee and contractor basis at 80% of the living wage (equalling $676.8 a week).
Being called a dinosaur isn’t normally meant as a term of endearment, but for Frankton travel agent Tori Keating getting a bit prehistoric is a way to lighten up during these days of self isolation.
Helene Taylor, A Force for Good; presented the Driving Diversity Impact Award to Sarah Archer of Air New Zealand, at yesterday’s A Force for Good event.
A world famous collection of Surrealist art is heading to Te Papa in Wellington late this year. Dalí and the Surrealists: Masterpieces from Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen | Dalí me ngā Ringatoi Pohewa: He Toi Marupō Muhiama o Boijmans Van Beuningen, opens 5 December 2020 and runs until 26 April 2021 in Te Papa’s gallery, Toi Art.
The 180 pieces include major works by artists such as Salvador Dalí, Max Ernst, Leonora Carrington, René Magritte and Marcel Duchamp. Te Papa is the only venue in the Asia Pacific region to host the exhibition. CLICK HERE for details.
Diversity, security and the ability to easily combine Israel with neighbouring Middle Eastern countries were emphasised by Innovative Travel this week as it co-hosted road shows in Christchurch and Auckland with destination management company (DMC) Naftali Tours.
Michelle Downey, owner of Auckland based Bucket List Travel and a travel broker with Travel Managers Group, is expanding her business.
The official opening of Jet Park Hamilton Airport late last week signals part of an overall development that will support regional tourism, conferences and other business events and growth of the Waipa / Waikato region, attendees at the event heard.
The trend towards increasing numbers of people in the 55 plus age group and multigenerational groups travelling has reached the adventure travel sector, particularly with hiking itineraries.
The future travel agent will be even more flexible and agile, offer specialist knowledge and increasingly unclutter information from the internet, according to a panel of travel business owners at the TAANZ 2019 Summit last week.
Air Milford’s appearance at Luxperience last week generated plenty of interest from luxury agents keen to get their clients into relatively inaccessible parts of New Zealand, according to operations manager Antony Sproull.
Eclipse Travel is partnering with Belmond and Air New Zealand to bring agents and clients an exclusive Christchurch event at Riccarton House on Thursday 17 October – Africa and South America in Style.
A travel industry event in Auckland that emphasises diversity in the workplace and progressive change, with a selection of high-powered speakers, is close to a sell-out about six months in advance.
A well known Kiwi cruise expert has officially launched a new online travel agent / personal broker service and says the key to the new offering is flexibility and being able to offer an unlimited choice.
Best Agency Support: Air New Zealand
Best Industry Representative: Millie Amann, Contiki Travel
Best Technology Supplier: Amadeus
Best Hotel Group: SKYCITY Hotel Group
Best Car Rental Operator: Avis
Best Tour Operator: The Travel Corporation
Best River Cruise Operator: APT Travel Group
Best Cruise Operator: Carnival New Zealand, P&O, Princess Cruises & Cunard
Best International Airline – Offline: Etihad Airways
Best International Airline – Online: Air New Zealand
Best Niche Wholesaler: World Journeys
Best Wholesaler: GO Holidays
Best Broker: Jo Mayston - YOU Travel Bethlehem
Best Broker Brand: The Travel Brokers
Best Broker Team: KNLTravelTeam—NZ Travel Brokers
Best Travel Agency Group Campaign: House of Travel Christchurch City
Best Travel Agency Manager – Corporate: Justine Beguely, Gilpin Travel
Best Travel Agency Manager – Retail: Carla Schollum, helloworld Travel Featherston Street
Best Young Travel Agency Executive – Corporate: Larissa De Brouwer, APX Travel Management
Best Young Travel Agency Executive – Retail: Ragavendra Pobbathi, House of Travel
Rookie of the Year – Corporate: Leah De Luca – Orbit World Travel
Rookie of the Year – Retail: Lauren Wyllie, House of Travel Havelock North
Best Brand Corporate – Multi Location: Orbit World Travel
Best Brand Corporate – Single Location: Gilpin Travel
Best Brand Retail – Multi Location: Lakers House of Travel Invercargill & Gore
Best Brand Retail – Single Location: House of Travel Christchurch
Best Travel Agency Brand: House of Travel
Best Travel Consultant – Corporate: Maia Hiini, Orbit World Travel Christchurch
Best Travel Consultant – Retail: Belinda Fifield, House of Travel Christchurch
Lifetime Industry Achievement Award: Tony Laker
A focus on the well being of porters on the Inca Trail and Kilimanjaro are among the objectives of a responsible travel initiative (The Exodus Foundation) officially launched to New Zealand trade yesterday.
The opening of a new travel agency in Feilding, the third in the Manawatu town, is indicative of the confidence its owner has in ‘the industry, the brand, and the local community.’ Kim Dunwell has operated helloworld Travel Palmerston North for nine years and been in the travel sector for 15.
Travel and tourism educators see building relationships with the industry as a key objective for the just formed Tourism Teachers Association.
The association was officially launched at a professional development session in Auckland yesterday, an event that was backed by AJ Hackett, Haka Tours and SKYCITY.
A New Zealand based company that has built a strong reputation in the inbound market is about to make moves in the outbound sector here.
Active Adventures’ new chief executive officer Wendy van Lieshout says working with agency channels in New Zealand is a key focus for the business. She says the company will be offering full marketing support, training, conferences etc just as it
does in the existing inbound business.
A director of Helloworld Travel with agency operations including Helloworld Travel Rolleston, Blenheim, Wanganui, and Whitianga has been appointed brand ambassador for Mat McLachlan Battlefield Tours (MMBT) and McLachlan European Holidays in New Zealand.