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.


Industry catch up

Wednesday, 11 November 2020 20:26

Past and present (and hopefully future) members of the travel industry got together for an informal drink, lunch and catch up at the Sweat Shop Brew Bar in Auckland mid October. There were a few Covid ‘war stories’, laughs and shared memories – with a promise that such catch ups should happen again.

The event attracted about 40 people on a progressive basis. Organiser Mike Hogan says it is critical that people who want to meet travel friends and colleagues have the opportunity to do so from time to time. ‘It’s been a real pleasure to see so many people come along today,’ he adds.

Big turn-out for lunch with friends

Monday, 12 October 2020 21:59


Strong interest in the new Park Hyatt Auckland as a venue added to the strong turn out at yesterday ‘travel and tourism lunch with friends’, SKAL Auckland’s monthly function. But there was also an obvious desire for travel industry people to catch up again after a trying couple of months in the city.

President Michael Shah says the 50 available spots sold out in record time, with 21 guests joining the contingent of SKAL members. ‘We had a waiting list very early on,’ says Shah.

The occasion included the opportunity to look around the hotel, which opened with last month with views over the viaduct and back towards the CBD.