Skal to Shakespeare

Tuesday, 10 May 2022 19:56

After a ‘double whammy’ caused by the construction of Auckland’s City Rail Link and the Covid pandemic, Shakespeare Tavern owner Sunny Kaushal sees this week as the ‘new beginning’ for the iconic pub.

Hosting the Skal Auckland Club lunch yesterday was a portent of better things to come for the tavern, which celebrates its 125th anniversary this year.

‘This week is really the start of a revival after going into Orange because the last two weeks have seen people leave town for Easter and Anzac weekend,’ says Kaushal. ‘Then next week we are kicking off our formal anniversary celebrations.’

Kaushal gave fellow Skaleagues an update on the last few difficult years but is focused now on a positive recovery – especially with new hotels soon opening in the vicinity.

‘We’re still here and we’re getting back slowly,’ he adds.

Skal Auckland's February lunch

Monday, 07 February 2022 15:27

The New Zealand Government's recent border announcement, and what’s ahead for the industry in 2022, were hot topics among attendees at last week’s February Skal Auckland industry lunch held at Annabelle’s Restaurant in St Heliers.

Olympic connection with Rako

Thursday, 19 August 2021 23:28

A familiar face from the pre-pandemic travel industry reconnected with the trade yesterday when Rako Science hosted a function at Olympic HQ at The Cloud in Auckland.

After working for most of this year as a team leader at Covid testing stations, Tracey Brennan is now travel trade manager at Rako Science.

Travel agents will soon have their own trade portal on the Rako website where they will be able book pre-departure PCR tests for clients (and earn commission).

The client then receives confirmation of the time and location for the test,’ explains Brennan. ‘The result and certification is emailed to the client and we can provide a physical certificate if required.’

The company provides a seven-day service, results are provided within 12 hours, and an urgent service (six hours) is available.

Rako Science executive director, Leon Grice says travel agents are an important part of the travel industry. ‘We wanted to make sure that agents are part of the solution.’