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Bowden is just one of the drawcards for
business event organisers seeking star-quality
inspiration at CINZ Meetings 2015 in June.
Conventions and Incentives New Zealand
(CINZ) Chief Executive, Sue Sullivan says
Meetings is the opportunity for event
organisers to plan their next year in a day, and
to meet all of New Zealand under one roof.
The two-day exhibition at ASB Showgrounds
showcases all aspects of the country’s business
events industry and is a one-stop shop for
people planning events.
PCOs wanting to attend CINZ Meetings 2015 can
register at www.meetings.co.nz
Scrapping passports for New Zea-
landers and Australians crossing the
Tasman would boost travel both ways
across the ditch, says the Tourism In-
dustry Association New Zealand (TIA).
“We support New Zealand Internal
Affairs Minister Peter Dunne’s call today
for passport-free travel between the
ANZAC partners,” says TIA Chief Execu-
tive Chris Roberts (pictured).
“Australia is currently New Zealand
tourism’s largest visitor market, with 1.27
million arrivals in the year ending March
2015, worth around $2.1 billion annually.
We know that reducing barriers to travel
would stimulate demand and encour-
age more Australians to view New Zea-
land as a domestic holiday destination
which they may visit multiple times.
“New Zealanders are also an impor-
tant visitor market for Australia, with 1.1
million Kiwis crossing the Tasman in the
year ending March.”
Roberts says scrapping passports
would strengthen the relationship
between New Zealand and Australia,
which is currently being hindered by the
lack of travel freedom.
Joint research released earlier this
year by TIA and the Australia Tourism
and Transport Forum showed more
sports fans would cross the ditch to
watch big fixtures if travel was made
cheaper and faster.
“Stepping off a trans-Tasman flight
should feel like stepping off a domes-
tic one. We are out of step with other
nations which consider themselves close
friends. The EU offers passport-free travel
for around 26 countries and there are nu-
merous other country blocs around the
world with passport free travel,” he says.
Roberts says a free travel zone was
in force from 1973 to the early 1980s,
allowing passport-free trans-Tasman
travel for New Zealanders, Australians
and Commonwealth citizens.
“In 1981 a requirement for passports
was introduced following some high
profile drug smuggling cases. However,
technology and risk profiling now provide
a sophisticated level of border protec-
tion that wasn’t available 30 years ago.
“In 2015, it is time to celebrate 100
years of ANZAC friendship, more than
30 years of free trade and encourage
greater freedom of travel between
Australia and New Zealand.”
Air New Zealand celebrating 75 years of flying on April 30, with
birthday festivities including a themed trans-Tasman flight and a
surprise for Sydney Harbour City Ferry passengers.
Air New Zealand’s first ever service, onboard the Short S30 flying
boat Aotearoa took nine hours to travel from Auckland to Sydney
with just nine passengers on board.
In stark contrast the airline, commemorated this first flight on the
newest member of its fleet on April 30, the Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner.
The themed Auckland to Sydney service featured a 1940s themed
menu, a mid-air fashion show of the airline’s uniforms through the
decades and a few other surprises for customers including, of course,
Sydney ferry passengers traveling to the city from Rose Bay on the
same day were also treated to a trip down memory lane with the
interior of Sydney’s iconic Lady Herron Ferry transformed to resemble
a 1940s flying boat.
Air New Zealand cabin crew invited passengers to take their
seats, complete with lap straps, while character actors recreate
the 1940s flight experience and ‘The Starr Sisters’ provide 1940s
Meetings NZ has
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travel on the
Air New Zealand’s
ferry to celebrate
Air New Zealand crew at Sydney’s
Rose Bay wearing 1940s uniforms
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