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GTN: new shop in Whangarei

Shannell Christmas has joined Global Travel Network (GTN) with her new retail shop in Whangarei – Travel and Cruise HQ. It's a return to GTN for Christmas who previously operated Small World Travel and Cruise.

‘I knew I wanted to have a large cruise specialist presence here, because I love cruise and feel it is something consumers look for,’ explains Christmas. ‘I created a brand, found a fantastic location and got myself set-up

all without a hitch. But then Covid hit – so like the rest of us, I had to pack up and move to the home office!

‘The feedback I got from the community when I opened in mid-February was hugely supportive. I am still very excited to be in control of my own destiny and proud to be a part of a very special industry.

‘Being a boutique agency allows me to be flexible and I have reduced my overheads to the absolute minimum. I am hoping to open under Alert Level 2 with reduced hours and by appointment. In my time as an owner and travel agent I have been through some tough times, but nothing quite like this. Until a vaccine is established and administered worldwide, I believe consumers will be very cautious.'

Christmas believes longevity in the industry is all about attitude. ‘Keep positive, keep learning and take good advice. I also think its important to check-in with your industry colleagues…make sure they are ok.’




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