Kia ora orange followers,
Jono here over in Straylia! I’ve just come off the back of a two week intense roadshow down the East Coast, starting up in tropical Cairns (bit hot and sweaty for this little Kiwi) and making my way, along with fifteen to twenty other backpacker suppliers, down to sunny Melbourne!
While it was pretty flat out with travel, presenting, lots of drinking (“networking”) and living like our customers, out of a backpack and sleeping in dorm rooms, it is these sorts of events that really make you thankful to work in such a wicked industry. The other operators were representing awesome products such as; Great Barrier Reef diving, Whitsunday sailing, Fiji islands, Mojo surf tours, skydiving, backpacker hostels and our great mates Spaceship campervans!
It was like a roadtrip with a bunch of mates but at the same time we had access to over 120 travel consultants and got to showcase our products in such a way that the agents went away with a lot more product knowledge and hopefully the desire to now promote New Zealand to each and every customer that walks in their door!
Back in Sydney now and it really is the most exciting time of year as backpackers and other tourists alike flock to the city to be a part of one of the best Christmas / New Years celebrations I’ve ever experienced! Haha in saying that, I can’t wait to escape back to NZ next week for Christmas and then hit up the beautiful and relaxing Coromandel for New Years! Chur!
Merry Christmas everyone and have a fantastic New Year!