Kate McMillan, NZ Travel Brokers Invercargill; Danica Rae, Harbour Town Outlet Shopping Centre Kate McMillan, NZ Travel Brokers Invercargill; Danica Rae, Harbour Town Outlet Shopping Centre

Queensland – Kiwi agents hear the latest

Agents who attended the Queensland on Tour event at Villa Maria Winery, Auckland late last week have come away with plenty of new ideas on how to sell the state. From brand new apartments in the form of The Ruby Collection at Surfer’s Paradise, to the Trolls Village opening at Dreamworld in June, refurbishments at Cairns Colonial Resort and sister property Palm Royale, and a splash of reptile colour at Hartley’s Crocodile Adventures there was plenty to be updated on.


Craig Undery, regional sales manager – western, with Dreamworld, says the Trolls Village, based on a family movie from Dreamworks Animation met with plenty of interest from Kiwi agents. It opens in time for the New Zealand school holidays. Later in the year, the theme park is introducing i-Ride, which has similar technology to Disney’s Soarin’ attraction (familiar to many agents here) but with a total emphasis on Australian landscapes and cities. Angie Helmreich, of con-X-ion, was promoting the company’s ‘flight guarantee’. If someone misses a flight due to the fault of con-X-ion they will be put on the next available flight by the transport provider – and they will be flying business class.

Helmreich also emphasised con-X-ion’s combo passes to the theme parks from Gold Coast hotels – three days return transport, door to door, for A$59. Venetia van Staveren, sales and marketing executive with Wildlife Tropical North Queensland was pushing the new Gallery of Living Art at Hartley’s. The massive collection of exotic and Australian reptiles includes some of the largest snakes in captivity in the country and is also adjacent to the relatively new Komodo Dragon enclosure.

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