House of Travel’s National Partnership Conference in Auckland early May brought together 56 business partners and members of its executive team for the two-day event – the first of its kind since the pandemic began.
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Petra Otte celebrated 30 years with House of Travel this month.
After first opening a shop in Duke’s Arcade Wellington in 1991, she’s been working with customers to help them see the world for three decades.
Global Travel Network (GTN) is marking six years of operation today and reports that despite the tough conditions now the company is looking towards strong and bouyant business in the near future.
Rob Beecher and Allen Bell decided to start a travel group in 2015 that would be dedicated to looking after independent travel agents in New Zealand. With that objective in mind, GTN was set up in partnership with House of Travel.
Packing her Havelock North travel store with art has generated not only increased foot traffic and interest but also led to bookings for House of Travel’s Jenny Nilsson.
That’s only one of the innovative solutions employed to keep things ticking over at Jenny Nilsson House of Travel stores in Hawke’s Bay (the other is in Hastings).
House of Travel Browns Bay was planning to mark 30 years of business on 25 May this year. But symptomatic of the year the industry is having, the date fell in the middle of two Auckland lockdowns and the celebratons didn’t happen at the time.
That didn’t stop owner/operator Kelda Cawood inviting clients and business partners to the store for a celebratory ‘cake and cuppa’ with her team last week. Nor has it dented her commitment
Catering for the needs of young professionals who are keen to travel in New Zealand and (as soon as they can) beyond has led to the establishment of a new ‘sub-brand’ for House of Travel Christchurch City.
Young Professionals Travel (Yo Pro Travel) started as an Instagram page and has evolved into a website targeting the sector.
After 12 years with the company and the past nine years as chief executive officer of House of Travel New Zealand, Mark O’Donnell (MOD) has announced he will be standing down from his CEO role in December. MOD is relocating with his wife to the Hawke's Bay and taking up a CEO role with a local company.
Embarkation on cruise ships is likely to be much quicker as cruise lines adopt more self check in technology and paperless documeyation post the Covid crisis, says one leading cruise practitioner in New Zealand.
Jeff Leckey, general manager cruise with House of Travel Group, says the tendency of many people to turn up early for their cruise check in has meant long waits at the cruise terminal and winding queues to get to check in desks.
Jeff Leckey, general manager cruise at House of Travel Group, is unlikely to mourn the probable passing (at least for a while) of cruise buffets.
‘When local cruise line P&O did away with the buffet a few years ago and replaced it with The Pantry, there was a sudden intake of breath from traditionalists,’ Leckey says in a Hoot Cruises Blog. ‘Could they seriously