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TMG brokers reconnect

Tuesday, 16 February 2021 02:45

Travel Managers Group (TMG) had a day (and evening) of reconnection at The Beekeeper’s Wife, north west of Auckland on Friday, with sessions that covered subjects like working in the domestic market and mental health. General manager, Cath Mcleod says the get-together was about reconnecting and ‘reminding people why we are still here, doing what we do.’

In an address to attendees, Mcleod pointed out that broker numbers in the group remained stable – with the number of new members roughly replacing those who had left. ‘We’ve got people here from as far away as Queenstown, Dunedin, Nelson, Bay of Plenty, Wellington and Northland amongst other places. It is amazing we can together like this at a time when there is little or no income.’

Mcleod acknowledges that many brokers have taken other jobs while still continuing to service their clients. ‘That’s testament to how much you value your clients and how much they value you. No other industry is sitting in the same position that we’re still in. In March (2020) we were wondering how we would make it through to June. But things will change – we’ll be back selling the travel that we love.’

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Suppliers gather at Travel Lab

Tuesday, 02 February 2021 19:42

Travel suppliers gathered at the Datacom premises in Auckland last week to hear more about new travel distribution company, Travel Lab. Chief executive officer Simon Mckearney told the audience that Travel Lab needs product for its front end distribution but ‘would rather do it as a collective. ‘And we can bring our friends in the tech world to this community.’

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Xmas industry bowls in CHC

Tuesday, 26 January 2021 21:47

The Skal Christchurch Club had the weather gods on side for its final event of 2020 – Christmas Bowls and BBQ. There were plenty of winners on the day, including the Christchurch City Mission who the club raised almost $1500 for in a club raffle. The Old Men team won best dressed and first prize in the competition, while the Young Ones came second and  The Bowled and the Beautiful third. Club president Caroline Blanchfield and vice president Victoria Wales took care of the BBQ…well until it caught fire. The club kicks off its 2021 season of events on Thursday 18 January at Craft Embassy on The Terrace.

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Famil to Ireland (well Waiheke)

Thursday, 21 January 2021 01:50

Waiheke Island became the island of Ireland, just for one day, late December. Tourism Ireland hosted a group of about 20 from the trade to the Hauraki Gulf destination on an itinerary that sought to replicate some of the experiences that clients would normally visit on the Emerald Isle. Tourism Ireland’s New Zealand representative, Darragh Walshe, encouraged participants to think of tasting freshly harvested Galway Bay oysters on the Wild Atlantic Way and experiencing the history, heritage and culture in Ireland’s Ancient East. There was a touch of Game of Thrones, much of which was filmed in Northern Ireland, and experiences which resonated of the flavours, music and characters in Ireland’s Hidden heartland.

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