Texas gateway spreads message to NZ trade – highlights connectivity

Texas gateway spreads message to NZ trade – highlights connectivity

The opportunities presented to the trade by the American Airlines flight into DFW starting on 1 November and the logic of recommending Grapevine as a base for clients have been highlighted this week by Heather Egan, director of leisure and international sales for the Grapevine Convention and Visitors Bureau.

‘Downtown Grapevine is just 10 minutes drive from the airport and 25 minutes from either Dallas or Fort Worth. So we are a perfect gateway to Texas and a base for exploring the whole Dallas Fort Worth area,’ says Egan, who hosted a lunchtime trade event in Auckland yesterday.

She notes that people arriving at DFW (which is actually located in Grapevine) and preferring not to drive can jump on TEXRail for the short train journey. The line also connects Grapevine to downtown Fort Worth.

‘We’re also a great option for a stopover if clients are heading to Europe, South America, the Caribbean or other points in the United States. DFW is the second busiest airport (in terms of passenger traffic) in the world but it’s well spread out and doesn’t feel crowded. That demonstrates to connectivity.’

Grapevine has been represented by Canuckiwi in this market for about three years but due to the pandemic this is the first time Egan has been able to get to Auckland.

‘Finally I am able to meet personally with some of the people I have got to know over zoom.’

She is also visiting Australia, including Barossa in South Australia, which is likely to become Grapevine’s sister city in the near future.

Egan says once in Grapevine, clients will find almost all of the key attractions within walking distance. Among the drawcards are the Historic Main Street District, Grapevine Vintage Railroad, urban wine and craft brew trail, guided food and wine trails, a vibrant art community and more.

For self driving clients, Grapevine promotes a number of multi-state tour itineraries, including Cowboys, Indians and All That Jazz (Grapevine, Oklahoma and Louisiana).

‘That’s a popular option for people wanting to combine their road trip with a cruise out of Oklahoma.’


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