Happy 4th of July!

Wednesday, 21 July 2021 04:35

While most of the USA 4 July trade presentation was virtual this week there was also a small live audience to add some atmosphere at the Hawaiian Airlines Auckland offices on Tuesday.

The webinar included pre-recorded messages plus ‘on-the-spot’ updates from airlines, destinations, accommodation providers, cruise lines and more.

Packed house for Viking VOR

Tuesday, 11 May 2021 19:55

Viking’s VOR event at Auckland’s Tamaki Yacht Club on Wednesday night was action packed with 120 agents enjoying education along with a quiz and some prizes.

Managing director ANZ of Viking, Michelle Black and national sales manager, Keira Smith were able to cross the ditch for the event along with MC Andrew Gill.

‘Thank goodness for bubbles,’ said Black, who told the agents that although cruising may have stopped in 2020, Viking had been busy. The company launched Viking TV so that clients could cruise virtually from home, and continued to actively market to both the consumer and trade. It’s taken a scientific approach to health and safety protocols, including installing full PCR labs on ocean ships and implementing daily saliva PCR tests onboard all of its ships.

The main focus of the training evening was on polar expedition cruising (with a wrap up of river and ocean product) with regional sales manager NZ, Steve Parker also encouraging agents ‘to use us for your benefit,’ including hosting client events.

Industry golf day achieves its goal

Thursday, 08 April 2021 04:35


This year’s Travel Industry Golf Tournament in Auckland was as much about getting past and present representatives of the sector together as it was about the sport itself.

The goal was achieved with 59 (of a possible 60) players turning up and a mix of retired, active and ‘hibernating’ had a day of sport and catching up at Akarana Golf Club.

 As usual, the day was heavily weighted towards being a social occasion but there were several noteworthy results. The best gross score of the day (72) was achieved by Cullam Murchison, House of Travel Product.

Best stableford division one was won by Al Yesberg, House of Travel Broadway, who also won the spot prize of a bottle of Jamieson, courtesy of TRAVELinc Memo,

Best stableford division two winner was Alastair Calder, Calder and Lawson.

Spot Prize Queenstown weekend, courtesy Air New Zealand, Novotel Queenstown, Southern Discoveries and Kiss my Putt was Paul Otway, House of Travel Product

Anyone keen to join in next year note their diaries for last Friday in March.


Skal CHC holds AGM

Tuesday, 16 March 2021 01:48

Skal Christchurch held its AGM at the Pavilions Hotel recently and Rebecca Rosie from The South Island Office was elected in as treasurer to join the existing executive officers – Catherine Blanchfield GCH Aviation, president; Victoria Wales, HOT Events, vice president and Nikki Rogers, Service IQ, secretary. Kate Blundell from Collective Concept was voted on as a committee member, joining existing members – Todd Schmidt, Bruce Garrett, Cathy Hemsworth and Kim Chan.

This month’s event will be in conjunction with the New Zealand AGM taking place at The Canterbury Club on Thursday 25 March. Members from throughout New Zealand are welcome, and can contact the club on for registration details.