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.

TMG brokers reconnect

Tuesday, 16 February 2021 02:45

Travel Managers Group (TMG) had a day (and evening) of reconnection at The Beekeeper’s Wife, north west of Auckland on Friday, with sessions that covered subjects like working in the domestic market and mental health. General manager, Cath Mcleod says the get-together was about reconnecting and ‘reminding people why we are still here, doing what we do.’

In an address to attendees, Mcleod pointed out that broker numbers in the group remained stable – with the number of new members roughly replacing those who had left. ‘We’ve got people here from as far away as Queenstown, Dunedin, Nelson, Bay of Plenty, Wellington and Northland amongst other places. It is amazing we can together like this at a time when there is little or no income.’

Mcleod acknowledges that many brokers have taken other jobs while still continuing to service their clients. ‘That’s testament to how much you value your clients and how much they value you. No other industry is sitting in the same position that we’re still in. In March (2020) we were wondering how we would make it through to June. But things will change – we’ll be back selling the travel that we love.’


Suppliers gather at Travel Lab

Tuesday, 02 February 2021 19:42

Travel suppliers gathered at the Datacom premises in Auckland last week to hear more about new travel distribution company, Travel Lab. Chief executive officer Simon Mckearney told the audience that Travel Lab needs product for its front end distribution but ‘would rather do it as a collective. ‘And we can bring our friends in the tech world to this community.’