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.
It's been a busy pre-FTE schedule with delegates being cruised, helicoptered and driven to site inspectioins, resort openings and hosted functions. We've managed to capture some of the action.
Cathay Pacific officially opened its new Parnell office on Friday 29 May, inviting the trade to join in the cutting of ribbons
Relocating from Auckland’s CBD to Parnell, the Cathay team shared drinks with attendees and took part in a traditional Chinese pig cutting ceremony, meant to bring luck to the new premises.
Speaking at the function, country manager Australia, Nelson Chan, says the new office represents Cathay’s new direction.
‘Cathay has traditionally been quite a conservative company, but it’s clear from this office that we are now thinking differently – this has to be the funkiest office I’ve seen in all of Cathay.
‘Last year we made some slight changes to our logo and mission statement, and moving forward we will continue to reflect this in everything we do.’
The launch of Chimu Adventures in New Zealand was held (fittingly) at Besos Latinos Restaurant in Elliot Stables Auckland last night.
The Fiesta Latina themed event was the opportunity to promote Chimu’s programmes and attributes. Director Greg Carter says the company prides itself on its local knowledge. ‘We operate on the ground – we contract our own hotels, our own drivers, our own guides etc.’
New Zealand based director Rachel Williams emphasises that Chimu operates only in South America and Antarctica.
The company highlighted four catalogues at the event in May, focusing on Antarctica, luxury, and tailor made and group tours.