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The New Zealand Government has reneged on a promise that it would reopen borders and reconnect to the world in the first quarter of 2022 on the condition that the country’s population was 90% fully vaccinated, says the chair of the Tourism Export Council of New Zealand (TECNZ).
Scott Mehrtens who is also managing director of Leisure Time Travel, says this week’s announcement around borders was really just a tinkering of the MIQ situation for returning New Zealanders.
Travel Agents' Association of New Zealand (TAANZ) president Brent Thomas says that with surety around dates for non-quarantine travel in 2022 the trade has a definite light at the end of the tunnel. 'Agents need to start engaging with customers and start booking their travel arrangements now.'
Heritage Expeditions is confident its new flagship, Heritage Adventurer, will be sailing New Zealand waters late next year.
Heritage Expeditions commercial director and expedition leader, Aaron Russ has been in Europe this month checking on progress with the ship and is now back in Christchurch self isolating.
Global business travel spending is likely to surge in 2022 with full recovery expected in 2024 – ending the year on pace with the 2019 pre-pandemic spend of $1.4 trillion, and a year sooner than previously forecast, according to just released research findings.
This is despite business travel recovery in 2021 proceeding slower than expected.
Longer itineraries with travel at a more relaxed pace will be the order of the day when Australia welcomes international visitors again, according to a panel of the country’s inbound tour operators at the Tourism Australia Global Summit this week.
Other trends they identify are increasing indigenous content in itineraries, more focus on nature and wildlife, plus an uptake in boutique and luxury accommodation and experiences.