Thursday 19 May 2016 Issue 3311
I n c o r p o r a t i n g Ta b s o n Tr a v e l
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News................................p1, p2, p5, p6
Cruising Today................................. p3
News from ATE ................................ p4
Business Travel Today ..................p7-8
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Brazil Scam Warning
Kiwi travellers are being warned
about rental scams in Brazil, includ-
ing Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo, as
fake advertisements are appearing
on commonly-used accommodation
sites, says the Ministry of Foreign Af-
fairs and Trade.
Agents with clients looking for a
rental property in Brazil, particu-
larly in the build-up to the Olympics,
should advise them to do appropri-
ate checks to make sure it’s genuine
before handing over any money or
personal information, says MFAT.
This includes searching for their
name and email address.
If the rental rates seem too good to
be true or the person claims to be an
English speaker but there are spell-
ing and grammatical errors, these
are good signs, says MFAT. Travel-
lers should avoid handing over any
money via money transfer without
viewing the property or meeting the
rental property owner.
HoT Boss Gives Back
House of Travel agents have been out
in force collecting for Hospice Aware-
ness Week. Those on the collection
duty included House of Travel chief
executive Mark O’Donnell (pictured)
who took to the streets in Auckland
today for the charity—which last
year provided care and support for
more than 18,000 people and their
families.Hospice supports one in
every three people who die in New
Zealand each year—and that care is
offered for free.
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EgyptAir Plane Missing
A Cairo-bound Eg yptAir plane
carrying 59 passengers and 10 crew
ex Paris, has disappeared, says the air-
line. Flight MS804 was at 37,000 ft and
disappeared 80 miles before entering
Egyptian airspace. The flight time is
normally three hours and 45 minutes,
yet the plane departed around six
hours ago, say reports. Search and res-
cue teams are now being assembled.
Hong Kong Airlines (HX) says it is
set to grow outbound Kiwi travel
with some ‘very competitive’ fares
and product when it launches daily
A330 flights between Auckland and
Hong Kong in Nov.
Auckland is HX’s second long-haul
service and assistant director com-
mercial Michael Burke says it’s a des-
tination that has been on the carrier’s
radar for two to three years.
Inbound travel from China is fuelling
the high demand on the AKL-HKG
route, but Burke says HX is confident
it will be able to work with the trade to
grow the outbound market from New
Zealand to Hong Kong and beyond to
the 30 destinations in its Asia network.
“We’re very excited about the Auck-
land services we’re offering a qual-
ity product with very competitive
pricing,” says Burke. The aircraft is
configured with 24 regional business
class seats (160 degree recline) and
259 economy seats in a 2-4-2 configu-
ration. Burke says its economy offer-
ing is a ‘good product’ and adds that
HX’s initial business class product
‘makes sense’ for this market. How-
ever, he did hint at plans of moving
to an A350 aircraft on the route ‘in the
next 18-months or so’.
The HX services will feature full on
board IFE, and a mix of Western
and Hong Kong catering across both
classes. “We are undoubtedly an Asian
airline,” adds Burke.
HX is talking to key Kiwi trade part-
ners and Burke says the carrier is
keen to get Kiwi agents on board to
experience the product first hand.
. . . J Class Appeal
Industry sources say going head to
head with Cathay Pacific and Air
New Zealand is a bold move, but have
welcomed more competition on the
route. Business class seems where
there may be the most opportu-
nity—with HX’s filed business class
levels said to be priced ‘considerably
less’ than what’s currently available
on the route.
HX launch fares ex AKL to HKG are
from $1124 economy, or from $2204
in business class.
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Salisbury Moves On
After 25 years with The Travel
C o r p o r a t i o n
brands (15 years
with Contiki and
y e a r s w i t h I n -
I n s i g h t ’s N e w
Zealand manager Dave Salisbury
(pictured) leaves 10 Jun to join
Abecco, the family business.
SQ CHC Upgrades
Singapore Airlines has released a new
upgrade offer from economy to busi-
ness class, priced from $999 per per-
son, one-way between Christchurch
and Singapore. The deal is valid for
clients travelling on Singapore Air-
lines beyond Singapore.
The offer is permitted in one direc-
tion only and is valid for new and ex-
isiting bookings, for sales 18 May-31
Jul and travel 01 Jun-31 Jul. For more
details, see krisport.co.nz for details.
Infinity Sports and Events, a Flight
Centre business, is now offering
selected commissionable packages
to the wider travel industry—
starting with deals for the Fast 5
Netball World Series in Melbourne
later this year.
The events division has been op-
erating for 10 months after the
company identified a gap in the
m a r k e t a n d m a n a g e r Me r e -
dy th Morgan says its sales to
date have exceeded expectations.
Given Flight Centre’s growth-focused
business model, Morgan says the
chain is now looking to ‘dip its toes in
the water’ in terms of selling selected
event packages to non-Flight Centre
Calling the move a win:win for the
company and agents, Morgan says
the division is looking to build a
mutually-beneficial relationship with
agents outside of the Flight Centre
The Fast 5 land deals are billed as the
most competitively priced packages
to the Fast 5 Netball competition (29-
30 Oct) as well as having the exclu-
sive inclusion of a behind the scenes
tour. Morgan stresses that Infinity
Sports and Events is strictly a whole-
saler, and is only interested in whole-
Flighties Events On Sale To Trade
saling the product via agents—who
will earn a 10% commission.
If sales to the wider trade are suc-
cessful for the Fast 5 packages, Mor-
gan says the company will look to
make more of its packages available
to all agents.
. . . Fast 5 Deals
Basic Bib land packages are from
$549pp share twin and include a
silver match pass with access to all
18 matches, the closing ceremony
and medal presentation, an official
behind the scenes tour and an event
supporter’s pack. The Sure Shot deal
is from $995pp share twin and in-
cludes the aforementioned as well as
three nights’ accommodation. Add-
ons (such as a ball delivery and coin
toss experience) and ticket upgrades
are also available.
USA Megafam Kicks Off
Agents are heading off on the Brand USA and Air New Zealand Taste USA
megafam today, with six states on the menu for 60 agents from across new
Zealand and Australia. For updates from the trip keep an eye on Travel Today
and Facebook.com/traveltodaynz. Pictured at Auckland Airport is Brand
USA’S Wayne Mitcham and Air NZ’s Dani Schildenfeld, Thomas Gentz, Paige
Haeata, Gracia Locke and John Stewart.
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