In Auckland for the first time in over 10 years, exhibitors from Las Vegas mixed and mingled with agents last night at the Crowne Plaza Auckland. The news is that Vegas is ‘hot’, and Kiwis are heading there. Kelly Sawyer from the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority says the hotels and business partners asked to include Auckland in the annual Australia roadshow due to the growth they are registering from this market. ‘Once we decided to come, the 120 invites to the trade were snapped up – we have actually oversold. It shows that agents want to know about the destination and the state. Vegas is always evolving and while for the last couple of years we have been refurbishing and rebranding properties, we are now building. A 3,500 key Resorts World property is being built on the site of the old Stardust Casino, and there are more in the planning stage.’
Sawyer says the delegation will be back in force for Visit USA in 2016, ‘to keep the memento going.’
Pre book Cirque Du Soleil
‘Kiwis stay longer, spend more and list shows as a priority when in Las Vegas’, says Cirque Du Soleil director of tourism and international travel, Matthew Boone. ‘For this reason we are making available to the New Zealand trade (via the wholesaler) the ability to pre book any of Cirque Du Soleil’s eight Vegas live shows. This new facility allows visitors the ability to choose what show, date and seats they want before they depart NZ. The shows are extremely popular, with ‘O’ at 90% capacity every night, so it will be a great bonus all round.’
Food stations representing each Scenic hotel (including banana and berry crepes for the new Scenic Matavai Resort Niue) served with ‘martini coffees’ set guests up well for their day at the Scenic Hotel Group breakfast, held at the Green Man Pub in Wellington.
Scenic’s director of national sales, Leigh Lewis, thanked those in attendance for their loyal support of the Scenic group. Prizes for a ‘Scenic Hotel Group’ quiz included wine, Scenic Hotel’s signature bedding, and flights and accommodation for a holiday in Blenheim.
Travel industry friends and colleagues raised their glasses to retiring Air Vanuatu manager NZ, Richard Elliot at an event befitting a man with 49 years in the ‘field’. At Snatch Bar in Ponsonby, Auckland, invited guests delved into Richard’s illustrious life and applauded him on having a career to be proud of.
The sentiments flowed and mascara ran and Richard could tell a story about every person in the room. Enjoy your next chapter Mr Elliot.
The Ernest Rapeneau Champagne flowed at the Lunchroom in Auckland on Wednesday evening when Singapore Airlines held the official launch of its Premium Economy product which will debut out of Auckland on October 26.