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
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.

Anaheim's Garden Party

Wednesday, 01 March 2017 22:15

The Brand USA Discover America roadshow is over for another year and the team from Anaheim wanted to personally say thanks to the trade for their unrelenting support. ‘We couldn’t be where we are now without you,’ were the sentiments echoed by Visit Anaheim representative, Pip Ashford. Ashford adapted a garden party theme at The Café at Cornwall Park and floral frocks swilled and the croquet mallets came out.

SQ celebrates with CHC trade

Friday, 03 February 2017 06:59

Singapore Airlines hosted an agent’s function in February to mark the airline’s 30th anniversary of flying to the Garden City.
The Chinese New Year function, held at the Sugarhorse on Tuesday, was attended by more than 100 agents, who where welcomed with premium economy class Champagne and Garage Project limited edition Singapore Airlines craft beer. Chinese lanterns were hung around the venue and, in a nod to the Year of the Rooster, agents were treated to chicken-inspired canapés.
At the end of the night the airline’s sales manager South Island, Jessica Cribbens, thanked agents for their support in Christchurch, and played a commemorative video detailing the past 30 years of operations.
Cribbens then welcomed Kate Mayo, manager Wellington and South Island, on stage to draw a business card for the night’s prize – two return economy class tickets from Christchurch to anywhere on the Singapore Airlines network. The winner was Amiee Ford from HoT On Victoria.