Three-city NZ tour for GC

Tuesday, 28 June 2022 01:02

The Gold Coast held a successful three-city New Zealand this week. The GC’s message revolved around its reinvigoration the over the past two years, with new attractions and experiences that Kiwi clients have not seen before.

Product and destination updates designed to equip agents with the latest information to sell the Gold Coast came from 11 suppliers: Dreamworld & SkyPoint; The Breakers Absolute Beachfront Apartments; The Star Gold Coast; Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary; Dorsett Gold Coast; Village Roadshow Theme Parks; Gold Coast Watersports; Dreamtime Resorts; Tours & Attractions Group, Aquaduck & Southern Cross Tours; Harbour Town Premium Outlets Gold Coast; Accor; along with hosts Destination Gold Coast.

Each event included a major prize draw for a trip to Gold Coast, with two return airfares provided by airline partner Air New Zealand. The Christchurch winner was Flight Centre broker Ellie van der Leij. Man Nghi Luong of Aspire Travel Group won in Auckland and Kylie Wright of Travel Associates was the winner at the Wellington event.

We'll meet again...

Friday, 17 June 2022 03:14

Close to 1,000 members of the incentive, conference and corporate meetings community have been mixing, mingling and doing business at the new Te Pae Christchurch Convention Centre this week.

Attendees at MEETINGS 2022 (organised by Business Events Industry Aotearoa) included about 100 delegates from Australia as well as conference and event organisers, suppliers and media from all over New Zealand.

Tourism New Zealand chief executive René de Monchy notes that business events will play a crucial role in tourism’s future. ‘Both conference and incentive delegates are among the highest quality visitors New Zealand can attract.'

This year is the first time in 14 years that the event has been held in Christchurch.

Kiwis welcomed at ATE

Thursday, 26 May 2022 05:04

Rooftop get-together for cruise

Tuesday, 24 May 2022 04:46

The ‘Great Cruise Comeback’ was front of mind when Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL) hosted an intimate trade function on the Rooftop of Brew on Quay in Auckland this month. (It also coincided with the subsequent green light for the NZ cruise sector from 31 July).

With Norwegian Spirit cruising from7 May and Norwegian Sun resuming two days later, NCL’s 17 ships are now back delivering holidays at sea.

Jacinta Baker, business development manager Western Australia and New Zealand for NCL, says the 10 May function was an opportunity to show appreciation to the Kiwi trade and mark the important development.

‘Spirit is coming to Australia and New Zealand at the end of the year andwe are building positive momentum around that.’

Baker was joined on the New Zealand visit by Damian Borg, director of sales Australia/NZ; and Angela Middleton, senior sales manager Australia/NZ.

At the Auckland function were joined by Darragh Walshe, Hawai’I Tourism Oceania and Russell Williss, Hawaii Airlines – a nod towards to popularity of Pride of America, which is sailing again around Hawaii.

(HA will resume its Auckland to Honolulu flights early July.)