Travel agents feeling a need for New Zealand can now organize their own independent fam trip through Tourism New Zealand’s new Explore Plus Program, which provides agents with more than 500 air, land, accommodation and attraction discounts, plus the resources to design a personally curated New Zealand itinerary.
Special discounted fares include:
• Air New Zealand – Fares from Vancouver, San Francisco, Los Angeles and Houston starting at $200*. The first 100 agents to book receive an additional $200 off the discounted price.
• American Airlines – 50 per cent off return fares from Los Angeles.
• Air Tahiti Nui – $550 return fare from Los Angeles.
• Fiji Airways – Fly from either Los Angeles or San Francisco for $599 or from Honolulu for $559. The first 25 agents to book receive an additional $200 off the discounted fare.
(*All prices US dollars)
Tourism New Zealand says the exclusive program for IATA and CLIA agents in the U.S. and Canada, is designed to better equip agents with knowledge and first-hand experiences to help grow their New Zealand sales.
“Educating travel agents about New Zealand continues to be top priority in North America,” says Michelle Rosenberg, Senior Trade Manager, North America for Tourism New Zealand. “We saw great interest and demand in the pilot agent fare program run earlier this year and we hope this flexible, DIY extension incentivizes even more agents to participate and visit New Zealand.”
A journey to New Zealand is a check box to achieving Gold status in the 100% Pure New Zealand Specialist Program. To be eligible for the PLUS Program, agents must hold Bronze certification.
“We hope the ability to bring a partner or friend in addition to planning the trip at your own schedule and pace resonates with travel agents. This program offers heaps of discounts and amazing experiences, especially in the shoulder season, which is a wonderful time of year to visit,” says Rosenberg.
Credit: Tourism New Zealand
Lake Hawea, New Zealand