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TAANZ appoints new CEO

Tuesday, 25 January 2022 18:53

The Travel Agents’ Association of New Zealand (TAANZ) has appointed Greg Hamilton as chief executive officer.

Hamilton brings to the organisation 35 years of experience in leadership positions across the travel, not-for profit, membership and political sectors, and comes to his new role having spent the past 11 years as general manager and general secretary of the National Party.

Diversification at fore as Pacific ponders opening

Thursday, 20 January 2022 16:37

With Pacific nations at widely differing stages of re-opening for tourism, the region’s destinations are being urged to focus on a change of messaging for the long-term future of the sector.

Chris Cocker, chief executive officer of the South Pacific Tourism Organisation (SPTO) gave an update to interested parties in New Zealand yesterday. The hybrid event was held in conjunction with the New Zealand Foreign Affairs & Trade Aid Programme and the Pacific Cooperation Foundation, with about 20 attendees at the live presentation in the MFAT Auckland office, joined by an audience on Zoom.

Fuzion Travel: ‘Soldiering on in times of uncertainty’

Thursday, 20 January 2022 15:14

Despite a feeling of ‘walking on eggshells’, the directors of Fuzion Travel and recently acquired New Zealand tour operator Travel Wise Holidays say they are committed to soldiering on and being ready as and when the market finally recovers.

‘We’re seeing some broker numbers drop,’ says Stuart Mckay, ‘but we also know there will be opportunities down the track once we get some certainty back.’

Niche domestic product opportunity still there as border wait continues

Thursday, 20 January 2022 14:56

Though the borders look set to remain shut longer than many in the industry were hoping after some promising signs late last year, agents are being reminded that the domestic market still provides some opportunities for short term revenue generation.

Rachel Williams, managing director of Viva Expeditions, says the company’s attention has turned back to New Zealand for the Kiwi market.

Cook Island specials, new brochure

Monday, 17 January 2022 17:04

Cook Islands tour operator and destination management company Turama Pacific Travel Group is offering five and seven-night special packages staying at a range of resorts for travel in January and February. They include free airport transfers, an Island Discovery tour and Island Night show and dinner with transfers, and daily breakfasts (unless noted).
 Click here for the specials.

Turama is expecting increased demand out of New Zealand for small group tours now that quarantine-free travel has resumed between the two countries.

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