Thursday, 11 July 2024 21:25

Cancún for Club Med famil

Club Med teamed up with House of Travel to welcome seven top performing travel agents to its Cancún resort.

Wednesday, 10 July 2024 23:26

'Sell Your Way to the USA' returns

New Zealand travel agents are again being given the opportunity to win a place on a USA famil selling American Airlines, with a number of ways to earn extra points.

Saturday, 06 July 2024 23:54

The insiders’ take-out at Disney Days

The return of Disney Wonder to New Zealand’s shores this October, plus the recent announcement of a third season in 2025-26 were highlighted during this week’s Disney Days event in Auckland.

Tuesday, 02 July 2024 00:47

Demand for Mexico prompts hosted journey

World Journeys has launched a new small group hosted journey to Mexico in response to growing demand. 

Tuesday, 02 July 2024 00:44

Trade sessions focus on USA options

DriveAway’s USA road trip planner will be on its agent portal in the resources tab and under ‘brochures’ from early this month.

Friday, 28 June 2024 20:39

Utah reappoints Canuckiwi

Utah Office of Tourism (UOT) has re-appointed destination representation firm Canuckiwi Consulting, in the Oceania region.

New York State took the opportunity to reinforce its key messages to New Zealand trade at an agent training event and a dinner function in Auckland this week. State representatives included I LOVE NEW YORK, Discover Long Island and Beyond the Big Apple.

Thursday, 06 June 2024 22:51

Travelmarvel: 2025 Canada, Alaska

Travelmarvel has launched its Canada and Alaska tours for 2025, offering a range of coach, rail and cruise journeys.

Washington, DC has reiterated its commitment to the New Zealand market as the destination continues to invest in boosting international visitation.

Wednesday, 29 May 2024 23:17

LA farmers market to celebrate 90 years

The Original Farmers Market will celebrate 90 years of operation with a 90 Days of Summer programme running through June, July and August this year.

Tuesday, 28 May 2024 23:23

Milestones in San Diego

Numerous San Diego institutions, attractions, and events are commemorating major milestones in 2024, ranging from five years to 150 years.

The New Zealand trade has been encouraged to sell Maui with confidence, but also to pass on advice to clients in terms of protocols and behaviour – particularly around the town of Lahaina which was devastated by fire last year.

Tuesday, 21 May 2024 05:34

Culture and craft beer

Asheville, best known for its culinary scene and craft beer, has introduced a new cultural heritage trail that tells the stories of the city’s black communities and history.

Sunday, 19 May 2024 05:32

Deeper into Illinois

Illinois is ideal for New Zealanders who want to get on the road and explore a US state in depth, says deputy director of the Illinois Office of Tourism, Daniel Thomas.

Sunday, 19 May 2024 05:30

Grand Old Opry – 100 years in 2025

Nashville’s Grand Old Opry, the world’s longest running live radio show, will celebrate 100 years in 2025 with extra shows. It will also be taken overseas for the first time.

Saturday, 18 May 2024 05:26

Embracing Yosemite’s southern gateway

The southern gateway to Yosemite National Park has a number of other attractions that can add to a client’s visit to the region, says Kate  Holden, director public relations of Visit Yosemite Madera County.

Friday, 17 May 2024 05:23

New Orlando drawcards

The opening of Tiana’s Bayou at Disney’s Magic Kingdom Park and Dreamworld Land at Universal Studios Florida are among the new developments coming up in Orlando this northern summer.

Friday, 10 May 2024 02:42

Berkeley basecamp

Travel agents have a number of good reasons to recommend Berkely as a base for clients visiting San Francisco and beyond, says Dan Merengo, director of marketing and communication at Visit Berkeley.

Friday, 10 May 2024 02:39

Art and science collide at event

A multi-venue event from September 2024 to February 2025 will highlight LA and wider Southern California’s position as a major arts destination.

Massachusetts and its capital Boston are encouraging international trade to take advantage of a big year for the state in 2026.

IPW 2024, the major USA travel trade expo and conference, is underway in Los Angeles amidst confidence that the New Zealand and Australian markets will continue their pre-pandemic recovery this year and through 2025.

Saturday, 20 April 2024 07:20

New GSA for Travel Manitoba

Sydney-based Global Tourism Solutions (GTS) has been appointed by Travel Manitoba in central Canada as its new general sales agent (GSA) for Australia and New Zealand.

Monday, 15 April 2024 23:57

New in Chattanooga, TN

Chattanooga has a number new experiences, restaurants and accommodation choices.

Friday, 29 March 2024 02:29

travel&co's BC famil

Eight agents have returned from travel&co’s SKI BC, Canada Agent Famil, a nine-day adventure in collaboration with Air New Zealand and Destination BC.

Tuesday, 26 March 2024 21:21

APT’s Canada, Alaska 2025

APT Luxury Travel has a 2025 pre-release collection of Canada and Alaska holidays.

Friday, 15 March 2024 23:36

SFO: Bright light on the bay

One of the most recent additions to the San Francisco hotel scene is also set in one of the city’s newest neighbourhoods.

Friday, 08 March 2024 02:29

Super local in San Francisco

The Jay, an Autograph by Marriott hotel, opened in San Francisco late last year, placing an emphasis on local influences, art and produce.

A series of road trip itineraries focusing on ‘iconic routes and places’ can be used by agents to get people off the beaten track in British Columbia.

Thursday, 29 February 2024 04:23

San Francisco hotel preserves past for future

A slice of historical luxury is also a sign of San Francisco’s new life after Covid.

Wednesday, 28 February 2024 04:28

Familiar story, new touches from Anaheim

Fresh from a visit to New Zealand for the Brand USA expos, Visit Anaheim’s manager tourism development, Michael Young says key take-aways from the destination are nicely entrenched with the Kiwi trade.

Trade and media famils are high priorities for San Francisco Travel right now as it works on changing perceptions that have built up over the past two or three years.

Monday, 22 January 2024 23:51

Viva's $2K LATAM incentive

Viva Expeditions has launched a new incentive for agents, offering the chance to win a $2,000 LATAM flight credit.

Friday, 15 December 2023 23:00

Brand USA February expos

The Brand USA New Zealand Trade Expos will showcase 55 exhibitors when it is held in February 2024.

Staged in partnership with Air New Zealand and joint business partner United Airlines, the event will include a free flow marketplace with exhibitors, followed by on-stage presentations.

Friday, 15 December 2023 22:15

Winning agents in Utah

Three winners of the Sell Your Way to the USA 2023 incentive programme – Melanie Mitchell from Flight Centre Silverdale, Lara Mann from Infinity Holidays and Becs O’Neale from xtravel – have returned after a week of exploration in Utah.

They were hosted by the Utah Office of Tourism in partnership with American Airlines.

Encouraging Kiwi clients to ‘get off the ship’ and add a land package to cruise is a major objective for a visiting delegation from Alaska this week.

Tia Froehle, from Visit Anchorage, says another key message is just how accessible wilderness and adventure activities are for visitors.

Tuesday, 22 August 2023 22:23

Bob Dylan expo in Tulsa, AZ

The latest exhibition at the Bob Dylan Center in Tulsa is  ‘Becoming Bob Dylan: Photographs by Ted Russell 1961 – 1964.’

With rare images capturing Bob Dylan’s early years in New York City, Russell’s photographs offer a glimpse into Dylan’s formative period as he emerged as a songwriter and performer in the vibrant folk music scene of New York’s Greenwich Village.

New sales ‘hooks’ from pro-wrestling festivals and innovation trails to riverside dining precincts and important historical anniversaries were highlighted during the East Coast USA mission in Auckland yesterday.

Monday, 07 August 2023 02:21

Aus slant to Texas wine festival

The largest wine festival in the USA’s Southwest, which brings together more than 200,000 people, is happening on 14-17 September 2023.

While the 37th Annual GrapeFest® – A Texas Wine Experience presented by Bank of the West celebrates all things wine, the event will also be the backdrop in which Grapevine and the Barossa Valley Council solidify their Sister City relationship.

Wednesday, 19 July 2023 23:07

LA Metro's Regional Connector

Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) has officially opened the Regional Connector transit project.

This offers two new routes from Azusa to Long Beach, and from East Los Angeles to Santa Monica. The Regional Connector provides a seamless journey across LA County and adds three new underground stations.

Saturday, 15 July 2023 00:54

Agents check out Washington DC

Destination DC and United Airlines recently hosted  six winners on a trip to America’s capital.

The group embarked on a VIP tour of Washington DC, visiting landmarks such as the Lincoln Memorial, Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial, Thomas Jefferson Memorial, Vietnam Veterans Memorial and the Washington Monument.

Tuesday, 11 July 2023 20:25

WJ's Castro’s Cuba 2024 tour

World Journeys has just launched its small group Castro’s Cuba hosted journey for next year.  The niche wholesaler says the 2023 departure was a sold-out success, so agents are urged to secure their clients’ bookings early.

Saturday, 01 July 2023 05:03

Free and affordable NYC

New York City Tourism + Conventions is spotlighting a selection of free and affordable experiences for visitors this summer.

Fred Dixon, president and CEO of New York City Tourism + Conventions says that during the summer months, NYC is buzzing with street festivals, outdoor dining and cultural offerings, in addition to parks, beaches and green space.

Friday, 23 June 2023 22:16

Rail Online expands to North America

Rail Online has officially launched its North American operation, a month after entering the United Kingdom’s domestic rail market.

Rail Online’s platform can now be used to book fares across European, UK and North American rail networks, with all tickets and passes priced in local currencies, no booking fees and instant refunds on e-tickets.

Tuesday, 20 June 2023 23:18

Where the crawdad has a festival

Louisiana stages ‘safe, family-friendly’ Mardi Gras around the state in February and that in turn kick-starts the fair and festival season, says Louisiana Lieutenant Governor Billy Nungesser.

‘Then the season lasts all year. If you can eat it, shoot it, dance to it, hunt it, throw it, catch it, play we’ve got a festival for it.’

Tuesday, 13 June 2023 03:18

DC promises plenty of updates

Giving Washington DC an image refresh and presenting a myriad of new attractions and developments to the trade will be on the agenda when the city visits New Zealand early August.

Tuesday, 13 June 2023 00:07

History, space museums and Rocky Bilbao

Philadelphia is promoting its considerable historical importance in the lead up to it being part of a three city roadshow (along with Boston and Washington DC) to New Zealand in August. Robin Bloom, director of content at Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau points out that the destination was where the US Declaration of Independence was signed and where the constitution was written.’

Tuesday, 06 June 2023 03:12

Remembering the battlefields

Anyone keen to visit some of the most significant sites in US history as the nation prepares to celebrate the 250th anniversary of its founding in 2026 is likely to have a small Pennsylvania town of 7,000 people on its list.

Thursday, 01 June 2023 03:10

Events in Chicago region

Major arts and sporting events over the next 12 months and beyond in Chicago region, particularly the county of DuPage can give clients reasons to explore beyond the big city.

Andy Warhol Portfolios: A Life in Pop starts at the Cleve Carney Museum of Art on 3 June and runs through to 10 September.

Thursday, 01 June 2023 03:07

San Antonio – city on a mission

Host city of last week’s IPW US travel expo, San Antonio, Texas, boasts a rich history and a mix of of cultures that are intrinsically linked and prides itself in the preservation of both.

This is illustrated dramatically at San Antonio Missions National Historical Park, a national park with a difference in that it showcases five Spanish Missions dating back to the early 1700s.

The latest iteration of Road Trip Republic, a campaign encouraging responsible travel and a focus on Native American communities were all highlighted by Visit California at the recent IPW event in San Antonio, Texas.

Caroline Beteta, president and CEO of the organisation says the state is building on progress already made since the pandemic in 2019.

Washington DC, Boston and Philadelphia will combine for a major promotion in New Zealand and Australia early August.

The East Coast USA roadshow will begin in Auckland on 8 August with a morning media marketplace, followed by a VIP lunch session for trade, tour operators, media and airline representatives.

Kiwi agents will be hearing a lot more from New York State with the recent appointment of Linkd Tourism as the state’s representative down under.

Expect to see the state hosting trade events, participating in Visit USA and Brand USA roadshows, and hosting webinars and product development activity.

Clients who are fans of Hamilton, the musical stage show that started its two-week season in Auckland over the weekend, can follow the US founding father’s footsteps during a trip to New York State.

Tuesday, 30 May 2023 18:12

100 years of Route 66

Preparations for the 100th year anniversary of Route 66 in 2026 are already adding new attractions to the route in Illinois and beyond, says Cory Jobe of Great Rivers & Routes, southwest Illinois.

Jobe points to the Historic Cannonball Jail Tour in Carlinville, which begins in July this year. The building was constructed using surplus cannonballs after the Civil War.

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