At the WSL Quiksilver and Roxy Pro surfing tournament in Coolangatta, South African surfer Jordy Smith was happy to meet Megan Hansen, HoT Christchurch; Teri Campbell, HoT Greymouth and Terry Wakefield, Virgin Australia At the WSL Quiksilver and Roxy Pro surfing tournament in Coolangatta, South African surfer Jordy Smith was happy to meet Megan Hansen, HoT Christchurch; Teri Campbell, HoT Greymouth and Terry Wakefield, Virgin Australia

Agents tour the Gold Coast

The eagerly awaited Gold Coast VIP famil took off last week, and 22 agents from around New Zealand experienced some of the Gold Coast’s popular attractions, sporting events and leisure activities.

Around half the group were first-time visitors to the region, including Michelle Sanders from Inspire Travel. ‘While our office is mainly corporate, we do have incentive business and the Gold Coast is on the cards for these clients. Coming on this trip is not only

beneficial for me, but my staff as I will relay all the things we did, the ease of getting around and the accommodation standards and locations. I was excited to hold the Koala at Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary, but also humbled to see first hand the amazing work these people do in rescuing and looking after the wildlife. I also enjoyed the Stand Up Paddle Boarding – took me out of my comfort zone, but in a good way.’

Another first timer, Bryce Read from Travel Managers, he has been selling the Gold Coast for years bu thought it was about time he experienced what his clients love about the place. ‘I enjoyed Movie World, being bit of a Wonder Woman fan, but also the rides are great fun and the park has an easy to navigate layout.’

The group also went behind the scenes at the Quicksilver and Roxy Pro surfing tournament; had VIP access to a Gold Coast Titans vs Eels NRL match; explored the new NightQuarter; got their teeth into a show at Dracula’s  and then leapt to great heights in the Treetop Challenge at Tambourine Mountain.

The five-day famil was organised by Gold Coast Tourism in conjunction with local accommodation providers and tourism partners; Air New Zealand and Virgin Australia.

 

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