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Cruise platform grows agents’ revenues

Monday, 30 November 2020 21:29

Digital platform Creative Cruising New Zealand, offered exclusively by First Travel Group (FTG), is giving individual travel retailers the ability to grow more cruise revenue.

Creative Cruising New Zealand has been picking up users this year who have white-labelled the platform. FTG is working with group members to add Creative Cruising New Zealand’s platform  to their websites so travel agents and customers can literally be on the same page.

Connecting with trade key priority for new hotel management group

Monday, 30 November 2020 21:18

The opening of a hotel in Queenstown next month, followed by a Newmarket property next year, as well as the appointment of hospitality stalwart Richard Crouch as sales and marketing director, are among the developments heralding the arrival of Safari Hotels in New Zealand.

Crouch says he regards touching base with travel management companies (TMCs) and the New Zealand travel trade as a priority. This includes inbouders who may be currently focusing in the

Scenic reinforces trade opportunities from NZ, Aus programmes

Tuesday, 24 November 2020 05:52

Scenic is ramping up the promotion of its just released New Zealand programme and has a number of touch points planned for agents and their clients over the next couple
of months.

The company is also reminding travel advisors about some of its tours’ special attributes – such as Scenic Freechoice and Scenic Enrich – and emphasising that the Kiwi and (when the borders

Critical matters: Boosting cities’ appeal, biz travel and trans Tasman bubble

Tuesday, 24 November 2020 05:46

The desire of Australians to open up the trans Tasman travel bubble was reiterated at the recent Tourism Industry Aotearoa (TIA) summit in Wellington.

Margy Osmond, chief executive of the Tourism and Transport Forum Australia, also emphasised the need to stimulate visitor interest in cities while sustaining the attraction of the great outdoors.

Flexibility, responsiveness key to survival for agents

Sunday, 22 November 2020 18:40

Kiwi travel businesses are doing a good job of adjusting to the ‘new normal’ of Covid-19, says Paul Davies, who founded Travel Accounting and a is now a partner at OneTeam Chartered Accountants.

Davies, a travel accounting specialist, says while Covid-19 has brought sudden and unanticipated challenges at a level never before experienced by the industry, businesses are drawing on