Memphis mix for Christmas

Wednesday, 20 January 2021 00:36

A destination specific quiz and cocktail making demonstration (Tennessee Old Fashioned anyone?) were features of an intimate Memphis Tourism function for travel trade and media at The Long Room in Auckland in December.

GTN waves 2020 goodbye

Tuesday, 19 January 2021 03:54

True to the theme of Christmas get togethers in 2020, the Global Travel Network (GTN) rooftop catch up in Shortland Street was more about marking resilience and survival than celebrating the last 12 months. But it also had a note of optimism for a better year ahead. As director Rob Beecher said, ‘Let’s face it, it’s been a sh.. of a year.’ He thanked agents and suppliers for sticking 2020 out and noted that more than ever it showed the importance of strong relationships. The casual event included a few drinks and nibbles, plus pizza. ‘Next year we might be able to afford garlic bread and chips to go with the pizza,’ added director Allen Bell.

'Good riddance to 2020' party

Thursday, 17 December 2020 01:48

Inbound tour operators, hoteliers and other tourism folk enthusiastically kicked 2020 in to touch in Auckland early December when they gathered at the ‘Good Ridance 2020 Pot Luck BBQ’. The barbeque capped off a week that had seen many in the tourism industry meet in Auckland for TEC NZ’s Christmas symposium and the BE Reconnected event organised Business Events Industry Aotearoa (formerly CINZ). Held at the idyllic Vineyard Cottages in Kumeu, the barbeque was organised by Vineyard Cottages owner Elle Armon-Jones and Debbie Summers from ID New Zealand.

Christmas bowls roll-up

Wednesday, 09 December 2020 00:05

The Auckland weather came to the party after a damp morning for yesterday afternoon’s Travel Industry Bowls, with 12 teams competing in 30-minute bursts and some individual prizes going too. The first winner of the day was the Broken Mash team, who took out a $50 bar tab for being best dressed.

Organised and sponsored by Skal Auckland, the tournament included lunch and prize giving. The event was held at West End Bowling Club. Major prizes included stays at Park Hyatt and a trip with KiwiRail.

HA gets industry together

Tuesday, 08 December 2020 23:54

It may have been a ‘slimmed down’ version of Xmas celebrations (with a cash bar at happy hour prices) but the Hawaiian Airlines Mele Kalikimaka and Thanksgiving Drinks pulled a big crowd of present and past travel industry peeps eager to catch up. There were pizzas on the tables at Wynyard Pavilion Bar’s garden bar and plenty of conversation around bubbles (not the liquid kind), borders and bringing on a New Year.