The New Zealand Government has reneged on a promise that it would reopen borders and reconnect to the world in the first quarter of 2022 on the condition that the country’s population was 90% fully vaccinated, says the chair of the Tourism Export Council of New Zealand (TECNZ).
Scott Mehrtens who is also managing director of Leisure Time Travel, says this week’s announcement around borders was really just a tinkering of the MIQ situation for returning New Zealanders.
Leisure Time Travel has launched its latest travel brochure featuring the largest touring programme in the company’s 30 plus year history.
The new brochure covers the travel period 1 October 2021 to 30 September 2022 and features tours specifically designed for New Zealand travellers from short breaks to a wide range of special interest tours throughout both the North and South Islands. Leisure Time Travel also introduces some overseas escorted group tours in the new brochure – a way for senior travellers to restart their international travels when the time comes.
Many of the travel agents who have embraced selling New Zealand tours and holidays throughout the Covid pandemic are saying they will never ignore the domestic market again, according to a leading tour operator.
Scott Mehrtens, managing director of Leisure Time Travel, says that while agents are tending to go back to the ‘default mode’ of selling offshore destinations as bubbles open they are still asking about new product and opportunities in their own country.
‘The proactive agents, the ones that got into it straight away, have been hugely successful. They won’t neglect New Zealand again – it’s a form of de-risk.’