Sydney based Harding says all the indications are that the success will continue, with forward bookings another 60% ahead for 2019. ‘It’s easy to identify the opportunities out of this market and why it was important to get here quickly and meet our trade partners.’ Harding says the recent appointment of Zoe Gentle, whose BDM role incorporates New Zealand, is another indication of the attention Club Med is paying to the country. ‘Zoe has a heavy trade background and she understands what it takes to drive business.’
Harding says there has been a strong trend towards ski from New Zealand, including growing interest in Japan (where Club Med now operates in both Tomamu and Sahoro) as well as the popular traditional destinations. However a big percentage of New Zealand business is still heading to Bali, Bintan and Phuket, followed by Cherating in Malaysia and the Maldives. In the latter destination, Club Med operates both Kani and, 10 minutes away by speed boat, the Exclusive Collection Finolhu. ‘We are also seeing a lot more interest in Cancun, Mexico and I think that is probably because of the improved access through Houston,’ she adds.