Despite a feeling of ‘walking on eggshells’, the directors of Fuzion Travel and recently acquired New Zealand tour operator Travel Wise Holidays say they are committed to soldiering on and being ready as and when the market finally recovers.
‘We’re seeing some broker numbers drop,’ says Stuart Mckay, ‘but we also know there will be opportunities down the track once we get some certainty back.’
The travel trade and clients have responded with enthusiasm to the Cook Islands Government’s announcement that two-way quarantine-free travel between New Zealand and the Cook Islands will resume on 14 January 2022 (NZ time).
However, wholesalers and agents say they are now keenly waiting for more information on border openings in Q1 2022.
As it stands, the Cook Islands will be the only international destination that people in New Zealand can travel to and from for a holiday, without any quarantine or isolation.
After 28 years Andy and Suzanne Leighton are handing over the reins of tour company Travelwise Holidays Ltd to the team at Fuzion Travel.
The company has a tradition of boutique, fully escorted tours for mature travellers and the Leightons will be active in the business for some time while Andrew Parke and Stuart McKay get their feet ‘under the desk’ with the Travelwise crew over coming years.
Developments like allowing domestic cruising and travel to some Pacific destinations would provide a much needed ‘intravenous’ line for those travel companies hanging in through the current crisis, say the directors of Fuzion Travel.
Andrew Parke and Stuart McKay say that despite everything they retain optimism for the future and say their broker model is continuing to hold up well.