Networking, canapés and BBQ economics

Tuesday, 09 April 2024 22:10

Auckland Skal members, guests and others in the industry gained insights into business journalist Liam Dann’s career, learn a bit about BBQ Economics (the title of his new book) and had a chance to ask a few questions at the club’s April meeting recently.

Along with what Dann says is one of the most frequent questions he is asked around the barbecue (what’s happening with interest rates / when and how far will they fall)\?) he was quizzed on subjects ranging from how to combat tourism and travel’s workforce challenges and what is the future of traditional media in New Zealand.

The event at Hotel Britomart included the usual opportunities for networking over a couple of drinks and nibbles.

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A Force for Good in Auckland

Tuesday, 12 March 2024 22:43

Close to 250 delegates took part in a packed programme for A Force for Good at Crowne Plaza Auckland mid March. The event followed on from International Women’s Day last Friday and was the first time it has been back in Auckland since the pandemic.

Speakers included a strong line-up from both overseas and New Zealand, including Bruce Poon Tip, founder of G Adventures; Victoria Courtney, New Zealand MD of Flight Centre; Lesa Bain, vice-president sales northern America – Lindblad Expeditions and many others.

Organiser Helene Taylor says this year’s conference has an increased emphasis on sustainability, environment and wildlife preservation as well as the themes of equality, diversity, inclusion and female leadership in the industry.

In her opening address, Taylor encouraged women to negotiate for themselves and value themselves.

‘It’s incredible to be back.’

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Spice to Ice events provide confidence

Friday, 08 March 2024 01:47

World Journeys’ From Spice to Ice events wrapped up after a strong attendance in Auckland, Tauranga and Christchurch last week.

Marketing manager Caroline Clegg says the events were well received, with an engaged audience at each location.

‘A lot of agents have said it was a timely refresher that has given them the confidence again to sell Mexico, South America and Antarctica. World Journeys being a New Zealand owned and operated company with a wealth of personal experience in the destinations is a massive advantage,’ Cleggs adds. 

‘Others commented that they’d never fully considered how the destinations could be combined, but thought the idea fitted well with the trend towards longer journeys. All agents now have the chance to win $5,000 worth of LATAM Airlines flights to enable them to experience these destinations themselves, which again is the best way to build confidence in selling these experiences.’

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Queensland is Calling – that’s a wrap

Tuesday, 05 March 2024 02:34

Multiple meetings and functions were held in New Zealand last week when Queensland’s largest delegation yet visited. More than 100 agents, media and other partners attended the events from Tuesday to Thursday.

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Positive vibes at HLO gig

Monday, 29 January 2024 02:57

Helloworld Travel is looking forward to another big year in New Zealand, with new blue stores planned for the near future and strong demand already being experienced across the independent, broker and bricks and mortar networks this year.

During a Preferred Partner New Year Celebration at the Sudima Auckland on Wednesday, GM New Zealand Chris Hunter noted that new stores are on the way and that divisions such as GO Holidays, GO Cruise and Williment Travel are all going from ‘strength to strength’ and the Ready Rooms B2B online platform is expanding its footprint.

‘All indications are that we will see continued solid demand in 2024. Consumers are more planned and structured when it comes to travel now but they still value the professional services that our member network provides.’

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