Marian and Peter Cox, Travel Managers Group Marian and Peter Cox, Travel Managers Group

Domestic golf tours tee off in lieu of international trips

Packaging local attractions, activities and transport with clients’ sporting passion has allowed Golf Encounters to stay engaged with customers and add value to a domestic experience.

Director Peter Cox says tours coming up in March and April include a combination of the Tranz Alpine Express from Christchurch with golf in the West Coast. Last November, Golf Encounters hosted a group that combined the sport with the Otago Rail Trail. Bay of Islands, Taupo, Napier and Queenstown are among the other destinations being visited.

Cox says that pre-Covid, the company ran tours to Australia, USA, Asia, Europe and South America.

‘We are still hoping that Australia will feature again in 2021, but the travel bubble is looking more and more unlikely with each Covid outbreak.’

He says the domestic tours are attracting both return clients and new ones, with group sizes kept to a maximum of 12.

‘Clients have told us they wanted to go to our domestic destinations as they often hadn’t travelled to that part of New Zealand before.’

Cox adds that this means the tours are a great opportunity for people
to see the areas, as well as play golf
in them.

‘Having a no hassles trip that people can enjoy without any worries is a key factor (especially in today’s situation of Covid levels changing fast and re-arrangements having to happen).

‘We know that many of our clients have been happy to do tours and be part of a group when travelling overseas  – great friendships have been made when people have met and got to know each other on holiday.

‘So it’s a natural extension to offer
a similar package here in New Zealand when people can’t travel overseas – the same recipe works
as we gather people from around
the country.’

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