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Travel Bites – August 2017

GTI’s monthly takeouts from the Australia/New Zealand market

GTI-LOGO.pngMOBILE AGENCY GROUP TO EXPAND FLT’S AUSTRALIAN LEISURE NETWORK

12,350 Australians visited Canada in March 2017, a 15.5% increase YoY. Australian arrivals from January to March 2017 also show a strong increase, up 23.7%. Air Canada has also announced new seasonal nonstop services four times a week between Melbourne and Vancouver from 3 December, 2017 to 4 February, 2018.

MOST KIWIS BOOKING USA WITH TRAVEL AGENTS

Brand USA has released the New Zealand consumer survey which shows that the 75 % of Kiwi travelers are using a travel agent for at least part of their US travel bookings. Some 72% of Kiwi consumers surveyed also said they were looking for travel options beyond the main USA gateways.

HLO: HIGHEST CRUISE SALES ‘EVER’ IN NZ

Helloworld reported a 54% growth in cruise sales. Key trends to note are a surge in close to home, Asia Pacific bookings. It’s not just Asia Pacific that’s on the rise, river cruising in Europe is still really strong; and stores across New Zealand, in both key centres and small towns, are benefiting.

TRADE EYES NZ’S AGGRESSIVE HNL MOVE

Air New Zealand’s plans to increase its Honolulu capacity by 75% for next Apr-Oct. Hawaii has just registered the 12th consecutive month of year-over-year growth from the New Zealand market which looks set to exceed 65,000 visitor arrivals in 2017.

1 IN 5 TRAVELLERS HAVE USED VR TO SELECT A HOLIDAY

Tourism Australia and Cruiseabout (through Samsung stores), are using virtual reality as a selling point. According to new research by Tourism Australia, almost one in five of consumers have used VR to help select a holiday destination, with around 25 per cent planning to use VR in the future to help them choose a holiday destination.

QATAR DITCHES VISAS

Qatar has moved to waive visa requirements for citizens of 80 countries. Qatar-bound passengers will no longer need to apply or pay for a visa, with Australia and New Zealand nationals able to obtain a visa waiver upon arrival, valid for 30 days. There is also the possibility for the visas to be extended for a further 30 days.

ANAHEIM KEEN TO KEEP TOP SPOT EX NEW ZEALAND

Anaheim remains the number one US mainland destination for Kiwi travellers. The average length of stay for Kiwi travellers to Anaheim remains at around 8 to 10 nights.

INTREPID UPS CANADA

Intrepid Travel has launched new trips to Canada for 2018 in response to growing demand for the North American country. Sales on popular trips have increased by more than 150% in the past year. Three new itineraries have been added for 2018 including a new 12-day “US and Canada Discovery” winter departure.

AMERICAN SUSPENDS AKL

American airlines has confirmed it will suspend flights between Los Angeles and Auckland in March. American Airlines will move to seasonal service from Oct – Mar (northern winter) next year.

TRAVEL ADVERTISING TRENDS

Television continues to be a key promotional channel for travel providers in Australia.

During the first quarter of 2017, airlines spent $4.2m on TV ads, $2.8m on outdoor and $1.8m on newspaper advertising, along with $1.6m on radio. Overall $14.4m was spent on TV ads.

HELLOWORLD PROFITS SOAR

Helloworld Travel Limited revealed its financial results with a profit of $31m. Key technology initiatives in the last year have seen further alignment of the group’s franchise network distribution with on-line platforms.

APP ENHANCES TRAVELLER SAFETY

Troovo’s technology now integrates travel data into the Stabilitas platform giving business customers’ real-time traveller tracking information on staff. The technology enables companies to track staff members’ locations and importantly, advise them on potential threats before they touch down and during their stay.