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Huge demand for 2023 events

A niche wholesaler dealing in the events sector is expecting ‘phenomenal demand’ for sporting and cultural occasions next year – both far afield and close to home.

Just as pent up demand has seen Kiwis booking ‘once-in a-lifetime’ destinations such as Galapagos, the Poles and Alaska, they are also registering interest for high profile motorsports, tennis, golf and US sporting events such as basketball, baseball, NFL (American Football), and ice hockey, says Jay Soysa, AIM Holidays’ product/reservations manager.

At the same time, Broadway and UK shows, and Las Vegas blockbusters (and the demand for them) are coming back and will probably return to pre-Covid levels over the coming weeks.

Soysa says the key message to trade, especially for annual events, is to register clients’ interests now so that agents ensure they are the first to hear when packages become available.

‘The F1 calendar has just been finalised and details are starting to come through now. We are already experiencing massive interest in the Australian Formula I that will be in Melbourne in April and agents will need to be quick to secure packages when they are released, which we expect to be in the next two or three weeks.’

Soysa says that by the time borders started opening up this year it was too late for many New Zealanders to get to the Melbourne event.

‘People have missed out on a year, so there is real pent up demand for events like this.’

He says Motor GP races around the world are also exceedingly popular.

‘The Isle of Man TT Race is selling like hot cakes, so much so that we are looking at adding an extra property to our packages to satisfy the demand.’

He says agents with clients keen to head to events such as the Singapore Grand Prix on 17 September and the new Las Vegas Grand Prix on 18 November 2023 should not hesitate to register their interest now.

Monaco FI packages

AIM Holidays has released three-night packages to the 2023 Monaco F1 Grand Prix.

Jay Soysa, product / reservations manager, says that this is always one of the most popular races in the F1 calendar.

‘Due to a high level of enquiries already for this event, we brought forward our release date. My advice to all agents is to get clients to book early to avoid any disappointment.’

He says in the past, packages with accommodation in Nice have been the most popular.

’So for the 2023 F1, we have increased the number of properties we are offering there. As well as this, we offer a three-night package with a property in Cannes and for those clients who like the convenience of staying in Monte Carlo itself, we are offering the Le Meridien Beach Plaza, Monte Carlo,’ adds Soysa.

AIM’s lead in three-night package is based at the three-star Ibis Styles Nice Vieux Port in Nice priced at $2,349 per person twin share. Included in the package are three nights in a standard room with daily breakfast at the ibis Styles Nice Vieux, Saturday and Sunday Secteur Rocher general admission tickets, Informal social drinks with like-minded F1 fans, return coach circuit transfers from the hotel on Saturday and Sunday and tour merchandise.

The option to upgrade to a different category of ticket for the races on Saturday and Sunday is available. 

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