Tuesday, 02 July 2024 01:25

Viva launches ‘stand-outs’, trade positive

Viva will host a Luxury Rovos Safari in 2025 Viva will host a Luxury Rovos Safari in 2025

The success (as well as the fun factor) of Viva Expeditions’ charter to Antarctica late last year has led to the launch of three more special hosted journeys later this year and into 2025, says company founder Rachel Williams.

‘We had an amazing group of people in Antarctica and a lot of them have been asking where we are going next,’ says Williams. ‘So we have decided to run a couple of stand-out journeys each year with special guests aboard.’

She says the trips will also be fully escorted by a senior member of the Viva team. ‘Post Covid a lot of people are bit more anxious. They are keen to travel but like the security of being hosted from New Zealand.’

Viva is talking to media personalities, adventurers and other high profile New Zealanders about taking part in specific itineraries.

‘Having a special guest with us is a point of difference for our journeys.’

She says the tours, which had a soft launch recently, have already met with a positive reaction from the trade and are selling well.

‘The Rovos Rail journey has generated a lot of interest and I think the timing is great for that because we have the Rovos roadshow coming up in Wellington and Christchurch this month.’

Viva has an incentive around the hosted journeys launch – an agent who books a client on one of the itineraries will receive a complimentary office shout.

Africa by Rail: Hosted Luxury Rovos Safari 2025 is a 10-day trip running from 28 August to 6 September, journeying across South Africa and Zimbabwe.

Two other hosted journeys are also confirmed – an Antarctic Adventure from 5 to 22 November 2024 and Arctic Adventure from 1 June to 10 June 2025.