With so many exotic famil destinations on offer, a three-day weekend in Auckland may not seem like the most appealing of options, especially when the focus is on corporate travel. But five of TravelManagers’ top performing personal travel managers (PTMs) spent their recent trans-Tasman jaunt being wined, dined and otherwise impressed.
A tasting visit to the Villa Maria Cellar door was a highlight for TravelManagers’ corporate PTMS on their recent Auckland famil. Left to right: Lea Burford, Rebecca Crosbie, Di Yates, Jade Tziavaras, Simon Alcaraz (NPO), Ric Pattaro
According to TravelManagers’ Executive General Manager, Michael Gazal, the famil was the result of an incentive that specifically targeted corporate PTMs and recognised increased trans-Tasman sales during a designated period.
“Some of our highest-performing PTMs are corporate agents – in fact, one of the five PTM participants on this famil was Ric Pattaro, who has won “Best Travel Consultant – Corporate” at the National Travel Industry Awards in both 2015 and 2014,” Gazal explains. “New Zealand is a growth destination for our corporate clients and we believe it’s essential that the National Partnership Office (NPO) provide the necessary support to ensure that our corporate PTMs’ knowledge of key destinations is up-to-date.”
The trip was sponsored and hosted by Langham Auckland Hotel, Jet Park Hotel & Conference Centre at Auckland Airport, Air New Zealand and Virgin Australia. The group flew to Auckland with Virgin Australia and returned with Air New Zealand, and were most impressed with the Air New Zealand lounges and the inflight service of both airlines.
The five PTMs were accompanied by TravelManagers’ Corporate Operations Executive, Simon Alcaraz, who says the hotel representatives in both properties were outstanding hosts.
“The whole group came away very impressed with quality of accommodation options, dining facilities and attentiveness of staff at both hotels,” Alcaraz says.
As an added bonus, the Jet Park Hotel arranged a VIP Villa Maria winery and cellar door tour and wine tasting event to highlight one of the many entertainment and sightseeing options available for those that chose to, or need to seek accommodation by the airport.
TravelManagers’ corporate PTMs enjoyed the atmosphere, service and dining at Auckland’s Jet Park Hotel. Left to right: Lea Burford, Simon Alcaraz (NPO), Di Yates, Ric Pattaro, Jade Tziavaras, Rebecca Crosbie
Rebecca Crosbie, representative for Cardigan, Victoria, says the restaurants at both the Jet Park Hotel and the Langham were highlights.
“The Langham’s signature restaurant, Eight, offers eight different styles of cuisine and is served in gourmet buffet style. I will definitely be recommending it to my clients.”
Despite the short duration of the trip, the group did manage to find a little spare time, with some sampling the spa facilities at the Langham and others taking advantage of that property’s courtesy shuttle to head down to Viaduct Harbour where they explored the Britomart shopping/café/farmers’ market precinct, before heading up the Sky Tower for a bird’s eye view of the city.
Di Yates, representative for Montrose in Victoria, says the time spent in Auckland was a great opportunity to refresh her knowledge of the city she last visited two years ago.
“We had a fantastic weekend of good food and great company, the weather was kind to us when we were out and about and we all went home with some great tips which are just so valuable – you can’t put a price on those little gems.”
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