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QR - Business is being booked

Friday, 21 April 2017 00:45

It was a site inspection of a different kind for seven agents as they reviewed Qatar Airways 777-200 LR aircraft earlier this week. While parked on the tarmac at Auckland International Airport, the 259 seat aircraft was given the once over by the agents. They not only played with all the buttons on the business class seats, including the massage and lie flat ones, but a lucky few sat in the cockpit as the plane taxied to its gate (from its parking spot).  
Geoff Hebditch from HoT Browns Bay says it was great to be able to look through the plane. ’The economy class seats have a reasonable distance from the seat in front and it’s a huge advantage to see the business class product.’ The unanimous decision from the agents was that the walk through was hugely beneficial as most have or have had bookings with Qatar Airways. ‘The price point is a big factor for many of our clients and as Qatar has extremely competitive fares to Europe, our bookings are growing,’ says Jenna Martin from HoT St Heliers. ‘Being able to see the product first hand means we can reassure our clients of the quality and also to be aware of the aircraft layout.’
Aishwarya Rangarajan, sales executive from Qatar Airways says they will have more plane walk throughs later on in the year as they want as many agents as to inspect the product. ‘We will also have some famils in the pipeline before the end of the year, with details of where and when being worked out.’

Skal Christchurch’s ANZAC luncheon

Friday, 21 April 2017 00:29

Christchurch Skal opened its arms to new members during a luncheon yesterday.
The fresh faces are Cathy Hemsworth from Luxury Touring Lake Tekapo and Avonmore Tertiary Academy’s Juliet Chilton. The lunch, hosted by Mantra’s Graeme Back at the BreakFree on Cashel, had an ANZAC Day theme. Vic Allen, CEO of Christchurch and Canterbury Tourism and Tom Hooper, CEO of Canterbury Development Corporation talk,
attended the event. They discussed the merger of the two organisations into a single entity called ChristchurchNZ Ltd.

SKAL eyes more members

Thursday, 13 April 2017 02:41

Boosting membership numbers around the country is the key objective of SKAL New Zealand in the year ahead, says national president Leighton Cameron. The organisation held its annual general meeting, cocktail function and dinner at The Langham Auckland to coincide with the Auckland Club’s 50th anniversary over the weekend. Cameron says that with the exception of Christchurch, most clubs around the country have shown a lack of growth in recent times. ‘We intend to turn that around. We have 240 members throughout the country and that’s not many when you think tourism and travel are going so well right now.’ On the positive news front, the Nelson – Marlborough region now has a ‘fledgling SKAL club’, which is likely to become established this year. Cameron says one message the club is keen to keep promoting is its network of international travel and tourism industry decision makers and that SKAL is worldwide. ‘In New Zealand we often don’t see the big picture, but SKAL is an organisation that can really open doors.’

Langham's Capital turnout

Tuesday, 14 March 2017 02:58

Strong, mutually-supportive relationships were key to the good turnout to The Langham Auckland’s annual soiree in Wellington last week, says hotel
management.
More than than 140 guests attended the function at the New Zealand Academy of Arts.
Michael Shah, The Langham’s director of marketing and sales, says Wellington clients seem to look forward to the event.
‘I think this year there has been added interest, because people really supported us when we were considerate of how things were a little stressed in the Capital last year, after the earthquake.
‘The nice thing about Wellington is how all the sectors and industries, whether they are corporate, travel, government or MICE, all mix together and support each other,’ he adds.

To Africa with love

Thursday, 09 March 2017 01:56

Exceptional demand for Africa has resulted in the largest ever Africa Collection of itineraries produced by Adventure World, says the company’s head of sales, Matt Endycott.
‘Africa for us is one of the fasting growing product lines. We have seen exceptional growth out of New Zealand and Australia and our 2017 Africa Collection, totalling 140 pages, is the largest collection in our 36 year history as a company.’
Speaking in Wellington as part of this week's nationwide Adventure World National Roadshow, Endycott says popular new African itineraries include the Pioneer Safari, which offers ‘exceptional wildlife viewing’ in the famous Masai Mara and Lewa Wildlife Conservancy in Kenya.
Adventure World’s USA Collection is also breaking new ground, says Endycott. 'Our new USA Collection offers new options such as self-drive itineraries in the southern states, stays on cowboy ranches in Texas, a big focus on national parks, and tailor-made itineraries, along the Pacific Northwest for example through three states along the Pacific Coast Highway.'
Agents came out in Auckland and Wellington for the roadshow.

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