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Trans-Tasman bounce back

Small and medium enterprise (SME) travel operator, Corporate Traveller (part of the Flight Centre Travel Group), says its latest figures show both Kiwi and Australian businesses can’t get enough of being face to face with each other.

Auckland is the number one international destination for Australian corporate travellers in 2022 and vice versa with Sydney topping New Zealand’s outbound business destination list.

New Zealand’s laregst city beat the likes of Singapore and London who finished second and third respectively. Several factors that can be attributed to the popularity of Auckland include less restrictions, increased flight capacity and convenience. The top business destinations for 2022 are now in line with what was seen pre-Covid.

Keeley Alton, FCTG general manager of corporate brands for New Zealand, says SME business is a backbone of the New Zealand economy, and the trans-Tasman relationship with our closest neighbour gives many a vital link to a new market.

‘Auckland taking out the top spot, supported by Kiwi businesses returning the favour with Sydney, shows a business bounce-back which is critical to both of our economies.

Business travel remains high on the list for 2023, and Corporate Traveller is seeing more reliance on our team (from clients) as we negotiate changes within travel, the latest announcements around China being a good example of this.’

‘With the loosening of restrictions and opening of borders across China, we will again see SMEs return to the region as they build on virtually maintained relationships over the last few years.  As routes open and more carriers return to market, I’m confident we’ll see some competition against the currently strong contingent of business travelers heading to the USA and UK.’

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