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First Travel Group has brought GOPASS Global’s pre-travel risk assessment technology to its national network of 47 shareholding members and across its independent network.
Through the partnership, First Travel agencies have access to accurate and up-to-date information about Covid travel impacts from 35 global data sources, in near real time, so they can plan travel safely for their customers.
World Travellers says that while long haul travel, in reality, is several months away, its new business model means the group will be ‘stronger, smarter and ready to go’ when the world opens up again.
‘Our group of stores has only had one closure since the beginning of Covid, with our King Country store going into full hibernation until borders re-open,’ says World Travellers general manager Dave Nicholson.
‘The Cook Islands and Australia bubbles are providing a small amount of business and thus the green shoots which we have been looking for are now a reality. There is a new positivity throughout the members as they get a taste for once again assisting clients with their travel bookings.’
A massive consumer turnout at the Cook Islands Travel Expo in Auckland on Sunday not only illustrated the high level of interest in the destination but also how important it is for agents and brokers to keep abreast of developments there, say participants at the event.
‘People were talking not only about the islands of Rarotonga and Aitutaki but also wanted to know about the outer islands and the differences between them,’ says Alana Eli, New Zealand / Australia represntative with Turama Pacific Travel group, the parent company of Island Hopper Vacations.
Getting clarity around what post-vaccination travel from New Zealand will look like is crucial for US destinations intending to allocate budget to this market, trade heard at a pre 4 July event.
Corey Marshall, of Canuckiwi, told a Skal Auckland lunch at Bald Eagle Diner that with other markets starting to open up it is a frustrating time for USA representatives in New Zealand and Australia.