‘Obviously we’ve been back for a while and the trade is aware of that because we had really strong bookings last year,’ says managing director Tony Smith. ‘However, having a team back on premise makes it even easier to provide the service we are renowned for and means we can support each other within a busy team environment. We’re also getting the message out that if any agents are in the area they are welcome to pop in for a chat and a drink.’
The new office is at Suite 8, 10 Canaveral Drive, Rosedale.
Smith says the outlook is bright for FTM in 2024 and all the usual destinations are selling well.
‘If clients are thinking about Alaska or Europe this year or even into 2025 and 2026, I would advise that they don’t leave the booking much later. There is still some capacity but many of the cruises are filling up and customers may miss out on the category they want if they don’t act soon.’
He says Windstar in Tahiti is one of the products that is increasingly popular out of New Zealand.
‘Windstar is offering seven, 10 and 11-night itineraries. Luxury cruising is strong and Tahiti is a fantastic destination.’
He says other brands under the FTM umbrella – Aim Holidays, Ortons and Fathom Asia are also heading into a strong year. ‘We were all busy in 2023 and I really don’t expect 2024 to be any different.’