Matthew Smith, Destination Asia Singapore; Josie Hough, Destination Asia, Australia and NZ; Paul Dymond, Wendy Wu Tours Matthew Smith, Destination Asia Singapore; Josie Hough, Destination Asia, Australia and NZ; Paul Dymond, Wendy Wu Tours

Asia travel – it’s in the DNA

Group travel to Asia is continuing to be strong out of New Zealand, driven particularly by Indonesia / Bali programmes, according to a leisure and incentive destination management company that held a trade function at White and Wongs, Auckland last week.

 

About 30 Kiwi attendees were able to talk with Destination Asia’s ‘in-country’ operations people. Suzanne Hart, of Destination Asia Indonesia, says Bali continues to get strong pick up from groups, encouraged by the direct services operated by both Emirates and Air New Zealand. ‘In June and July, Emirates will be back to seven days a week so we expect things to keep bubbling. But as soon as Air New Zealand started direct services we saw an increase in incentive business.’ Hart says the Emirates service is perfect for groups who can arrive at the destination by 5.30pm for their welcome cocktail party and have a full last day in Bali to handle last minute things before their evening flight. Josie Hough, from the Destination Asia international sales office Australia and New Zealand, says the DNAsia event was a casual lunch format designed to let the trade know more about the company and its destinations. It included two prize draws – with Joelle Talbot, Global Sports and Events winning a trip for two to Bali with Emirates, and Adam Leslie, Event Travel Management, heading to Singapore with Air New Zealand. Both prizes included accommodation in the destination.

 

 

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