The Travel Concierge has a nine-night Sri Lankan famil for eight agents who will be immersed in culture and hospitality versus being stuck on an itinerary doing multiple property inspections.
Resplendent Ceylon, which currently runs three Relais & Chateaux properties in Sri Lanka, will be opening an elevated resort (including a swimming pool on its roof at tree top height) at Dambulla in 2022.
When Active Asia principals Valentina Mould-Morelli and Lance Mould headed to Sri Lanka to research programmes on the destination they envisaged coming up with ideas for a six page add-on to an existing brochure.
Fathom Asia has launched a range of self famils in conjunction with ground operator Asia DMC, giving agents the opportunity to have an indepth experience of several destinations at discounted rates.
Singapore Tourism Board, together with Hyatt Hotels & Resorts, Destination Asia (Singapore) and Air New Zealand, recently hosted a group of Kiwi incentive and events organisers on a famil to Singapore.
Despite India being a hot topic of discussion at this week’s TRENZ 2019, New Zealand’s major annual tourism showcase, direct flights between the two countries still appear to be some way off.
Adrian Littlewood, chief executive of Auckland International Airport, says the company has a team working with the outbound industry in India but direct flights into the airport are ‘not imminent’.
Though Chongqing may not be a top of mind name for New Zealand travel agents it is actually one of the most visited (though often briefly) destinations in China.
The ‘small port of only 30 million people’, as described by John McGough, Auckland-based national sales manager with CTS, is the place of boarding or disembarkation for popular Yangtze River Cruises through the Three Gorges area.
Six product managers from New Zealand and Australian travel wholesale agencies were invited by the Macao Government Tourism Office to view all the latest product of the Asian region at the 7th annual Macao International Travel (Industry) Expo (MITE) at The Venetian Macao – this year extended to celebrate Macao’s 20th anniversary as a Special Administrative Region.
Japan has plenty of life in it yet as a travel destination out of New Zealand and agents should get familiar with the opportunities it provides for their clients, says the founder of Wendy Wu Tours.
New Zealand travel agents need to be knowledgeable on Indonesia beyond Bali – to add value and variety for their clients and also potentially generate repeat business and increased expenditure.
The trade is being urged to help get 1000 Kiwis to Xi’an in September next year around a key event in the China New Zealand Year of Tourism 2019 programme.
CTS Tours, along with co-hosts Air China and Air New Zealand, welcomed nearly 200 agents to a launch of its 2019 brochure and promotion around the 10 September 2019 extravaganza in Xi’an. The agents also had dinner at Spice Alley and watched the City of 100 Lovers musical comedy at SkyCity Theatre.
New properties, brands and renovations are giving agents more to sell when it comes to Centara Hotels & Resorts, a select trade group heard this week.
The company hosted about a dozen agents to lunch at Cable Bay Vineyards on Waiheke. The annual thank you to trade partners comes at a time when Centara is looking to double its portfolio over the next five years, dramatically expand its millennial-targeted Cosi collection and introduce a new luxury brand.
Excite Holidays has launched its latest campaign and brand new video series in conjunction with Singapore Tourism Board, plus a supporting agent incentive.
The series explores the best of Singapore launching with three videos showcasing the top spots for nightlife, shopping and dining, in an eventual six-part series. The series includes interviews with key tastemakers in Singapore, including designers and Michelin-starred chefs, who give insight into their experience and what they believe makes this city-state incredible. The videos will be housed on Excite Holidays’ agent hub,
A Japanese destination promoted at a function in Auckland late last week has received the thumbs up from Joanne Hooper, of Active Asia.
The prefecture of Ishikawa, and particularly its capital Kanazawa, was represented by a trade delegation who promoted culture, accommodation, food and beverage (saki anyone?) and craft. Hooper, who attended the event, says she was recently in the region and recommends it for clients seeking a different side to Japan. ‘It is beautiful. It has one of the best gardens in Japan and a great castle. It is also easy to get to by
New Zealanders should embrace opportunities to explore the regions beyond Tokyo, as they follow the All Blacks in their Rugby World Cup pool games in Japan next year.
Some 50 travel agents attended a function at Stamford Auckland yesterday to hear about a relatively undiscovered part of Japan.
Williment Travel has added some star quality to the Cathay Pacific/HSBC Hong Kong Sevens next April with former All Blacks captain, Wayne ‘Buck’ Shelford, hosting its Hong Kong Highlights tour.
Nobody is pretending high end clients are forgoing the comforts of life, but the general feeling at this week’s Luxperience event in Sydney was that authentic personal experiences trump opulence for many modern luxury travellers.
Sri Lanka has introduced a new system enabling tourists to obtain refunds of 15% Value Added Tax (VAT) payments for goods they purchase from shops in the country.