Oklahoma Tourism has debuted in the Australia and New Zealand market with the appointment of Linkd Tourism to handle trade, PR and marketing activity.
Michael Cassis will lead the trade development and marketing programme positioning Oklahoma as the heart of Route 66.
Memphis Tourism’s first recovery training webinar is back on.
The webinar was rescheduled in a sign of respect for the global civil rights movements unfolding in recent weeks. The significance of the global anti-racism movement is particularly poignant for Memphis, a city that has played an integral role in the US Civil Rights Movement.
In light of current events across the USA, Memphis Tourism has announced the postponement of its recovery training webinar, originally planned to take place tomorrow, 4 June.
‘A city with civil rights at its core, and the home of the National Civil Rights Museum, Memphis has been rocked by the recent tragedy of George Floyd’s death. Proceeding with the training would not be appropriate at this time,’ says Australian and NZ director Chris Ingram.
Memphis Tourism has announced its first recovery training webinar, giving agents fresh insight into the city that remains ready to rock when the world is again ready to roll.
Kiwi agents have been punching above their weight when it comes to demonstrating a willingness to keep learning in these tough times, say the organisers of a recent USA focused series of webinars.
Corey Marshall, founder and co-director of Canukiwi says the New Zealand trade made up considerably more than half of strong turnouts for Australia-NZ focused webinars on Utah, Nevada, Anchorage and Washington DC recently.
A LATAM aircraft chartered by Viva Expeditions and the New Zealand Government set off from Lima in Peru towards Santiago in Chile this week, making a stop in the popular tourist destination of Cusco (the base for visiting Machu Picchu) to pick up more stranded tourists.
Canuckiwi is running destination webinars at http://www.canuckiwi.com/sell-yourway-to-the-usa-2020/ to help agents upskill from home.
Agents are being encouraged to still look at opportunities to continue earning points towards Sell Your Way to the USA, despite the incentive being put on hold through to mid-April at this stage.
The growth of New Zealand numbers into western Canada, much of it driven by bookings through trade, has prompted a number of operators to plan increased efforts in this market.
The New Zealand trade is being told this is the year to see New York’s icons ‘renewed and reinvigorated’ – a timely message for both new and repeat visitors as Air New Zealand gears up for direct services to the city from AKL.
Wendy Wu Tours has launched into South America with four tours – including a 28-day Ultimate South America itinerary. Wendy Wu Tours New Zealand managing director, Paul Dymond says the programme was a couple of years in the making, starting when company founder Wendy Wu had a holiday in the continent and ‘fell in love’ with it. ‘She saw a gap in the market for the type of tour we do, so she employed a team with South American experience who have created a programme that includes all airfares, most meals and sightseeing.’ Dymond says the brochure has been brought forward a few months to compensate for what is happening in China, but it was always going to be released this year. ‘We’ve got a selection of Classic and Go Beyond tours, plus FIT add-ons and we have intro offers with savings of up to $600 per person.’
The brochures will be available early March from Brochurenet and digitally. Other itineraries include a 12-day Essence of Argentina and Brazil, 14-day Chile top to toe (including Patagonia), and 15-day Panoramic Peru. Meantime Dymond says the company continues to get enquiries about Asia and is still seeing sales into Japan, Vietnam and India. ‘There is definitely still interest in Asia,’ Dymond said at Flight Centre’s Travel Expo in Auckland over the weekend. ‘A lot of people are not willing to book right now but they know what they want to do and as the climate changes they will start confirming.
Premium economy flights on American Airlines and famils packed with interesting land content are features of the 2020 Sell Your Way to the USA incentive programme launched recently.
Highlighting value propositions in the city (despite the NZ to US dollar exchange rate) and updating the trade on major changes at LAX were objectives of the Los Angeles Tourism and Convention Board when it held a lunch at The Grove in Auckland this week.
A long term relationship with the New Zealand and Australian markets and the trade here continues to pay off for the US state of Oregon, says Todd Davidson, chief executive officer of the Oregon Tourism Commission. Davidson says Australasia is now the fifth largest overseas market for Oregon, spending US$42 million dollars a year there. Traffic from the combined markets grew by 53% from 2013 to 2018.
The opportunity for more yield by utilising increased connectivity to and beyond Vancouver was highlighted at the Canada Eh! event in Auckland this week.
Jared Jamison, sales account manager for Air New Zealand, says a move to the 787-900 (rather than the 777-200) in December also puts more Business Premier and premium economy on the AKL-YVR route. Both cabins are in demand with New Zealanders heading to Canada, he says. ‘We’ve got 29 connections within domestic Canada working with Air Canada, United Airlines and WestJet Airlines that can be accessed via our North American gateways and there will be connections from New York into Canada as well.’
The New York Botanical Garden (NYBG) will feature the work of internationally celebrated Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama as its major exhibition in 2020.
Running from 2 May through to 1 November, the works will cover the spectrum of Kusama’s multifaceted practice and introduce major new works, including immersive experiences created specifically for this exhibition.
California has just launched a major global campaign focused on road trips and urges travel agents and brokers to swot up on the opportunities the programme provides.
New festival experiences are available in Peru through Viva Expeditions. Inti Raymi and Qoyllur Rit’I are two annual religious festivals in Inca/Andean tradition that take place during the winter solstice in Cusco.
Clients looking to gain insight into the day-to-day lives of local Andean people, and make a difference to their lives, can include a visit to Misminay community in Peru.
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Rain didn’t diminish the aloha spirit on Friday when an Hawaiian contingent hosted groups agents to Auckland’s Soul Bar.
by Aleisha Moore
Auckland agents joined Choose Chicago, Chicago Airport and Air New Zealand mid-November to celebrate the launch of Air New Zealand’s direct Auckland to Chicago service.
Fiona Love from The Travel Corporation won the major prize of the night, which included return flights on Air New Zealand to Chicago, five nights’ accommodation, sight-seeing excursions and more.
The evening was a chance for Chicago promoters to share insider tips, allowing agents to better sell the destination.
Adventure World’s destination expert Jorja Stone has just returned from hosting an agent educational trip to Argentina with Andy Stock, where seven kiwi agents experienced the cultural, artistic and architectural heritage on offer in the region.
Having witnessed the detrimental effects of overtourism around the world, priorities are shifting towards offering a more beneficial, sustainable and less-invasive form of tourism.
Viva Expeditions, Chimu Adventures (flights courtesy of Air New Zealand) took six Orbit Travel Agents plus an Air New Zealand representative on an in-depth tour of Bueno Aires.