'Pre Covid, over 36,000 Kiwis visited the island of Ireland annually and there is no reason why we can’t build back up to those numbers over the next couple of years,’ Walshe adds.
Getting away gives clients ‘confidence to re-enter long haul travel’
‘Breaking through the ‘travel glass ceiling’ is critical to lead the recovery in international tourism and travel, says Galloway.
Galloway says she realised that she had to travel to help inspire more New Zealand long haul consumers, to prove that it really is safe and possible to re-enter the world of long haul travel.
Flying on Qatar Airways with a stopover in Doha, Galloway says travelling is so much more hygienically safe.
‘Mask wearing in flight was actually a lot more comfortable than I imagined, and airports have a more stringent focus on safely travelling,’ Galloway says.
‘Now in Ireland, the contrast between Ireland and New Zealand is noticeable. People here are really focused on getting out and enjoying life; conscious that Covid is here, but not letting it destroy the social and business fabric of their society.
‘It is wonderful to see hospitality and local business being strongly supported in tourism growth. Posts on social media about my travel experiences have led to a strong following, it is apparent that potential travellers are seeking information about the new dawn of travel.
‘The drawbridge is down and it really is time to reconnect to the world,’ says Galloway.