Big turnout for Fiji roadshow

Monday, 04 September 2023 03:01

Near record arrivals from New Zealand into Fiji have been mirrored by high attendances at the Tourism Fiji roadshow around the country earlier this month. The series kicked off in Wellington, with close to 50 agents then moved on to Christchurch (65), Hamilton (50) and Auckland (140).

Tourism Fiji reports that in July this year New Zealand made up 28% of arrivals into the country, hitting a figure of 25,980 – the second biggest month for Kiwi arrivals recorded.

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QF: On the treadmill for a cause

Thursday, 24 August 2023 22:43

Life in the travel industry can sometimes feel like a bit of a treadmill at the moment – but for those taking part in the Rebel Sport 24-Hour Challenge for Cure Kids last night going nowhere fast was all for a good cause.

Team Qantas included a number of the airline’s employees and travel agency partners, including Flight Centre, helloworld, House of Travel, First Travel Group, Global Travel Network and Corporate Travel Management.

The treadmill and bike relay challenge was held at Eden Park. When the Memo visited late yesterday afternoon, over $7,000 had been raised with more donations coming in. Donations can be made HERE.

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FC independents SOAR

Tuesday, 22 August 2023 21:56

That 70s show: Inbound icon celebrates 50 years

Tuesday, 15 August 2023 02:53

General Travel took guests on a ‘flight of a fabulous 50 years’ when the company marked its significant anniversary with a 70s themed party on Sunday.

Guests at the function, in The Grand Millennium Hotel Auckland, were invited to ‘dress with 1970s flair or flares’ and treated to food, drinks and ‘inflight entertainment’.

Nearby the SkyTower had been lit up for the night in General Travel’s colours.

Executive director Anna Black noted that the industry was operating in ‘a new tourism world’ now and both she and managing director John Sng welcomed guests and thanked industry partners and General Travel team members who had been with them over the years.

Founder Peter Black recalled that the company grew from a meeting he had with original partners John Copplestone and the late Ron Armstrong at a meeting in the Logan Park Hotel in Auckland.

‘We started as The Tour Company and moved on from there.’

Black says not everyone in the industry thought it was a smart move, with at least one associate predicting the venture would fail in a few months.

‘1973 was a difficult year, wth the oil crisis and French nuclear testing in the Pacific.’

Black noted milestones through following years, such as investment in Johnston’s in 1982, opening an office in 1983, and becoming General Travel New Zealand in 1988 among others.

‘I enjoyed the various ups and downs and I would not change anything if I had the time again.’

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GTN meets in the sunshine

Saturday, 05 August 2023 01:29