‘To get these numbers at a time when everyone is restarting their businesses and looking for staff shows there is genuine interest on both sides of the fence,’ says Cat Carey, head of industry and partners at Tourism Tasmania.
Carey says Tasmania represents real opportunities for the New Zealand trade, with a significant selection of export ready, commissionable product as illustrated by today’s workshops.
‘I think this is recognised by New Zealand agents – we have people attending from the broader North Island as well as from Christchurch.
Chief executive officer of Tourism Tasmania, John Fitzgerald also emphasises the opportunities on hand.
‘We want the New Zealand trade to be successful and Tasmania offers a high value proposition close to home.’
He says the event today gives the trade to chance to expand their knowledge and, in turn the depth of offerings in the state.
‘The perception we always have to overcome is that we are similar to New Zealand – we prefer the word familiar. Tasmania does offer some comfort factors for New Zealanders but there are also plenty of differences for them to discover.’
Fitzgerald says the twice-weekly Air New Zealand AKL-HBA service has got off to a strong start since 7 July, with 60% capacity over winter and forward bookings building for summer.
‘We are confident this can build to three services, which will mean we have connections on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays.
See later story and pics from the event here.