Karen Rainbow, business events and trade manager Destination Great Lake Taupo, says Love Taupo at the Grand Millennium Auckland on Wednesday attracted 170 people including inbounders, travel agents and brokers, plus meeting and events planners (most of the latter from the corporate sector). ‘This is all about presenting what we love about Taupo and what the trade and their clients will also love about Taupo,’ Rainbow says. ‘Anybody who sells Taupo should be here.’ Among the first time exhibitors at the showcase was Ted Webb, of Tread Routes, promoting cycling tours in the Central North Island – Timber Trail, Great Lake Trail and Mountain to Sea in particular.
The company provides flexible packages – guided, self-guided or a mixture of the two. Bike hire, accommodation, shuttles, and meals can all be included. Also with news at the event was the Kinloch Club, promoting its change of name to Kinloch Manor & Villas. ‘Obviously we still have the golf club and it is a big drawcard, but we wanted to get away from the club feel and give us more of an identity,’ says Sarah Officer, reservations/events manager. ‘We want people to realise that we have accommodation and you don’t have to play golf to enjoy staying with us.