New Zealand

Sustainability key topic

Monday, 26 November 2018 21:51

Walking the walk and not just talking when it comes to sustainability and limiting any negative impact on environments and communities is one of the big focus points for NZ Travel Brokers after the group’s conference this year.


Domestic sales in sights

Saturday, 24 November 2018 01:47

An event designed to battle the misconception that there is not much money to be made by selling domestic travel generated keen interest from agents in Auckland this week.
Some 100 rsvps were received for the event, hosted by Real Journeys and its partners, and the main (but not entire) emphasis was on selling Queenstown’s many activities and opportunities.
‘There is so much more to sell clients heading to Queenstown than a ticket,’ says Luke Ingram, sales executive of Real Journeys.

Park and ride for Franz Josef?

Tuesday, 20 November 2018 01:03

by Kathy Ombler

Park and ride, the shuttle transport system used to manage popular areas in national parks worldwide, is being investigated for Franz Josef Glacier.
Speaking at the Tourism Aotearoa Summit last week, Conservation Minister Eugenie Sage said with increasing numbers of visitors seeking out iconic areas DOC rangers have, in many places, become full time car park attendants. ‘DOC has to explore new ways of dealing with traffic congestion. Simply building more and more car parks isn’t sustainable.’

Building iwi connnections

Tuesday, 20 November 2018 00:16

Building connections with local iwi is the right thing to do, says Michael Shah, director of sales and marketing, Cordis, Auckland.
A visit to Wellington last week confirmed for him that Cordis is ‘on the right track’ in its efforts to pursue stronger connections with tangata whenua, Ngāti Whātua.
Shah attended the Tourism Summit Aotearoa, then a Cordis-hosted function for the hotel’s Wellington-based clientele. Shah says he was impressed that so many speakers at the Tourism Summit were fluent in te reo, and expressed a hope that in the future his own team could be similarly

YOU with Taste of Auckland

Monday, 05 November 2018 21:03

YOU Travel kicked off its partnership with Taste of Auckland on the waterfront over the weekend at the event’s 10th anniversary.


Wellington’s turn to Love Taupo

Tuesday, 23 October 2018 22:38

Travel agents and brokers in the greater Wellington region have the opportunity to ‘love Taupo’ early next month.

Real Journeys' 'Wayfare'

Thursday, 18 October 2018 20:53

Real Journeys has established a new corporate identity called Wayfare to represent its tourism companies in the international market.


‘Forget the boundaries’

Thursday, 18 October 2018 20:50

A plea to reduce the number of regional tourism offices (RTOs) protecting borders that nobody else cares about was made at the CAPA – Centre for Aviation Summit in Hilton Auckland this week.

Brokers in sight for expo

Monday, 15 October 2018 23:00

A rare opportunity for travel brokers and independent travel agents to catch up with 80 plus suppliers under one roof in Auckland will be provided by an annual exhibition late next month.


NZ gets another SKAL Club

Monday, 15 October 2018 22:22

A new SKAL International Club has been created in New Zealand, the first new club in at least 10 years.


New terminal ‘in five years’

Thursday, 11 October 2018 21:52

Auckland Airport is likely to have a new domestic terminal, integrated with the international terminal, by 2023.


Motorhome holidays on rise

Thursday, 11 October 2018 21:15

The burgeoning popularity of motorhome holidays with clients makes them the ‘new cruise’ when it comes to potential earnings for travel agents, according to rental specialist DriveAway Holidays.

Eclipse’s NZ traction

Friday, 05 October 2018 01:55

Eclipse Travel reports a strong response to its annual spring sale, with a surge in enquiries particularly for Iceland and Scandinavia, Patagonia and the Arctic.


Airfare for North Americans

Tuesday, 02 October 2018 00:34

Regional New Zealand is set to benefit from an Air New Zealand and Tourism New Zealand joint venture campaign offering North American visitors a free domestic flight from Auckland to anywhere on the airline’s network.


On the crater rim

Friday, 28 September 2018 01:57

Crater Rim Walks, which concentrates on half and full day walks around the Port Hills of Christchurch, is heading into its first full summer.


FTG Awards – the winners

Monday, 24 September 2018 20:25

First Travel Group presented its six supreme awards and nearly 30 supplier awards at its gala black tie dinner in Auckland on Saturday night.


Jucy Snooze, Jucy Share

Saturday, 22 September 2018 02:52

A new pod hotel capable of accommodating more than 466 visitors per night is set to open in Auckland’s CBD.


Club Med: Growth in NZ

Friday, 21 September 2018 02:23

Double and triple digit growth from New Zealand into summer and winter resorts respectively underlined an early visit to this market by new Club Med general manager Australia and New Zealand Rachael Harding this week.


Treading right on Welly beach

Monday, 17 September 2018 22:02

Cleaning rubbish from a Wellington beach; it’s what you do on a Saturday morning if you’re in town on ‘World Cleanup Day’ and you’re Trafalgar Tours CEO, Gavin Tollman.


Race to Survive to Cure Kids

Thursday, 13 September 2018 22:43

House of Travel and Flight Centre have entered teams into the AccorHotels Race to Survive to Cure Kids for the first time this year.


Bubble & Speak invite

Monday, 10 September 2018 23:26

Active Asia is launching its Bubble & Speak 2018 Inspiration Series, with the first breakfast event on 5 October at the company’s Auckland office on Level One, 206 Jervois Road.

Bubble & Speak invite

Monday, 10 September 2018 23:26

Active Asia is launching its Bubble & Speak 2018 Inspiration Series, with the first breakfast event on 5 October at the company’s Auckland office on Level One, 206 Jervois Road.

Award winners spread their thanks after big industry night

Monday, 10 September 2018 22:28

Winners from the National Travel Industry Awards (NTIA) have been quick to thank others involved in their success – including teams, award sponsors and the Travel Agents Association of New Zealand (TAANZ) which organises the massive event.

Across the Ditch for Princess

Tuesday, 04 September 2018 23:26

Princess Cruises is broadening its Kiwi itineraries out of Australia as New Zealand continues to be the company’s most popular destination for this market.

Local connections in NZ

Friday, 31 August 2018 02:50

Princess Cruises has launched its Local Connections in New Zealand for the first time this season.

FJ’s 737 MAX creates Capital buzz at roadshow

Friday, 31 August 2018 02:04

There was a buzz among Wellington travel agents attending the Tourism Fiji roadshow this week, as they were briefed on Fiji Airways’ new Boeing 737 MAX that will soon be landing in the Capital.

20 years on: 100% Pure to evolve

Tuesday, 28 August 2018 18:03

With next year being the 20th anniversary of the 100% Pure NZ strategy, Tourism NZ is evolving it to make sure the country is ready for sustainable growth.

Tell better cruise stories

Tuesday, 28 August 2018 00:58

The call to better enlighten New Zealanders about why cruise growth is a good thing was a recurring plea from speakers at the NZ Cruise Association conference in Blenheim last week.

travel&co agent roadshow

Monday, 27 August 2018 21:46

travel&co is inviting travel agents around the country to its 2018 agent roadshows in September.

Philippines to hit NZ

Monday, 20 August 2018 22:25

Dates and venues for the Philippine Tourism Sales Mission 2018 in New Zealand have been released.

Taupo on the road for trade

Monday, 20 August 2018 19:57

LOVETAUPO, Taupo Showcase will be held for the trade in Auckland on 12 September starting 4.30pm.

New face at The Rees

Friday, 17 August 2018 00:20

Queenstown property, The Rees Hotel, Luxury Apartments & Lakeside Residences has appointed Katharina Graf as human resources manager.

Register for TAANZ-Air New Zealand summit

Thursday, 16 August 2018 22:13

TAANZ and Air New Zealand have announced the launch of the TAANZ Summit which will be held on 10 October 2018 at Air New Zealand’s Customer Collaboration and Innovation Centre in Auckland.

Helloworld celebrates success

Monday, 13 August 2018 21:54

The annual Helloworld branded network gala awards dinner was held at Wellington’s Te Papa on Saturday night.

Fast Track named finalist

Thursday, 09 August 2018 22:51

AccorHotels New Zealand has been named as a finalist in the New Zealand Tourism Awards for its training and education programme Fast Track Partnership Programme.

Win a pass to fashion event

Monday, 06 August 2018 22:28

Travel agents can win tickets for the Edmund Hillary Collection launch at New Zealand Fashion Week.

TRAVLR launches in NZ

Thursday, 02 August 2018 23:08

Australian travel-tech startup TRAVLR has launched its platform in New Zealand after successful Beta testing throughout early 2018, with launches in Indonesia, Fiji, other Pacic Islands, Sri Lanka and Dubai to follow later this year.

Young SKAL gains traction in NZ

Thursday, 02 August 2018 22:20

Young SKAL ocially launched in Auckland this week with a meeting at the International Travel College, that included launch members Anmole Gulati of Cordis Auckland and Zac Watson of Haka Tours.

NZ Tourism Awards finalists

Monday, 30 July 2018 22:13

Thirty two tourism operators and stakeholders from 26 organisations have been announced as finalists in the 2018 New Zealand Tourism Awards.

NTIA – the judging begins

Monday, 30 July 2018 20:38

Judges of the TAANZ National Travel Industry Awards say the judging week got off to a good start yesterday, with a high calibre of presentations.

Himatangi park voted NZ’s best

Thursday, 26 July 2018 22:28

AA Travel and Tourism general manager Greig Leighton, presented Himatangi Beach Holiday Park in the Manawatu the supreme award of New Zealand’s Best Holiday Park.

Holiday parks key to tourism

Monday, 23 July 2018 21:45

New insight shows holiday parks are key to growing tourism sustainably in the regions, says Holiday Parks Association chief executive Fergus Brown.

New build Hotel Indigo set for Auckland CBD

Monday, 23 July 2018 20:28

New Zealand’s first Hotel Indigo is set to open in Auckland in 2021.

Contiki kiwis

Thursday, 19 July 2018 21:14

As part of a partnership with Ngai Tahu Tourism, all Contiki NZ trips that pass through Rotorua visit Rainbow Springs’ Kiwi Encounter as a No Regrets Inclusion.

‘Smooth transition’ for brokers

Thursday, 19 July 2018 20:15

The Air New Zealand Holidays Travel Broker brand is ‘very much alive and active’ in the industry after 17 brokers moved to NZ Travel Brokers under the new partnership with Air New Zealand, say NZTB directors Steve Lee and Guy Flynn in a joint statement.

Council 'misses mark' on Airbnb

Thursday, 12 July 2018 21:30

Auckland Council’s new ‘Airbnb rate’ falls dismally short of the mark and fails to reduce unfairness for traditional accommodation providers, says Tourism Industry Aotearoa.

Talking Queenstown

Monday, 09 July 2018 22:50

The need to keep the visitor experience authentic and welcoming plus a desire to continue the focus on building shoulder seasons were among the discussion points at Skal International Queenstown panel session last week.

Toast Martinborough on sale

Tuesday, 03 July 2018 01:52

Group tickets are on sale for Toast Martinborough 2018 – the wine, food and music celebration held in the village of Martinborough.

Cordis AKL team charity ride

Thursday, 28 June 2018 23:13

It was a keen bunch of cyclists that hit the slopes of One Tree Hill in Auckland early last Saturday morning when Team Cordis Orange had their first training ride together in preparation for this year’s Lake Taupo Cycle Challenge in November.

TAANZ awards tables: Going, going nearly gone

Monday, 25 June 2018 23:10

Anyone in the industry who wants to attend the TAANZ National Travel Industry Awards (NTIA) needs to be in quick or miss out.

No substitute for hard work

Monday, 25 June 2018 21:52

There is no substitute for hard work when it comes to achieving in the travel industry, says Rahul Sharma, managing director of Exotic Holidays.

TAANZ Awards: ‘Can do’ approach pays off

Thursday, 21 June 2018 21:57

Have a bright ‘can do’ personality and attitude and be eager to strive for the best in the things that you do.

Wide net for Auckland Airport

Tuesday, 19 June 2018 00:11

Auckland Airport continues to look at multiple route development opportunities, market development manager Michelle Noordermeer, told an Expedia Partner Summit in Auckland late last week.

TAANZ Awards: Opportunities plentiful as corporate travel evolves

Monday, 18 June 2018 21:19

The push to an increasing desire for traveller self booking, using an array of tools, greater knowledge and awareness of risk for at risk destinations are among the trends being seen by Orbit World of Travel Christchurch.