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Intrepid Travel acquires majority stake in Haka Tours

Friday, 15 October 2021 01:22

Intrepid Travel has secured a majority share in Haka Tours and ANZ Nature Tours. The two brands offer a range of tourism experiences for both the local and international markets.

The acquisition bolsters Intrepid's operational capability in New Zealand and allows it to leverage its global distribution capability to scale rapidly as local travel, as well as international tourism, recovers.

Bonza outlines ultra low cost strategy

Friday, 15 October 2021 00:52

The key to Australia’s newest airline will be where it flies to – concentrating on domestic routes that are not currently operated.

Founder and CEO of Bonza, Tim Jordan, told CAPA Live this week that where there is a double up Bonza will be there to stimulate the low cost model without interfering with an existing carrier’s offering.

Kiwis need to book for 2022 as world starts to move again, says WJ

Friday, 15 October 2021 00:42

A leading wholesaler is warning trade that their main challenge next year, when New Zealand borders eventually open up, is likely to be finding availability for clients– especially for high end accommodation and niche activities.

World Journeys director Chris Lyons says there is now no question that Europeans and Americans are living with Covid as vaccination rates continue to rise and that they are on the move again.

FTG to trade: ‘Come and see what we offer’

Tuesday, 12 October 2021 05:34

First Travel Group is inviting travel agents and brokers to get a first hand demonstration of its new technology, saying its leading edge system will enable the trade to take full advantage of travel’s return.

‘We realise these are frustrating times for the sector,’ says First Travel Group’s (FTG’s) general manager retail, John Willson, ‘but we have been putting a lot of hard work into our offerings and we believe we are well positioned for the reboot of travel.

‘It’s a waiting game at the moment but we know it will come back strong – the experience in the US and UK, and soon Australia, show us that.’

Rako asks for fair go from ‘Lab Seizure Law’

Tuesday, 12 October 2021 04:41

Rako Science, which has a strong working relationship with many travel agents, has asked Parliament to protect the rights of all New Zealanders by amending the bill that gives coercive powers to seize laboratory supplies and requisition services from Covid-19 testing laboratories. 

Rako Science is New Zealand’s largest Covid-19 PCR saliva testing service and in the last four weeks has collected and processed 30,000 saliva tests.