Market and SkyCity Update September
Our industry continues to remain optimistic while treading carefully and being realistic about the future with the recent lock downs across New Zealand. With vaccinations ramping up, we are all forever hopeful that there is light at the end of the tunnel and international travel will resume in the foreseeable future. Plans are underway as we prepare to re-open our Hotels and wider SkyCity precinct at Level 2.
We continue to work through short to mid-term strategies and plans to maximise the opportunities that are in our reach. With school holidays looming in NZ and Auckland’s potential drop to Level 2, there is some hope of local and domestic spend across our sector. But as with most, the best we can do is remain agile with plans and continue to adapt to the challenges we face with COVID-19.
We heard from the Minister of Tourism at the recent TECNZ conference about borders opening when we reach high vaccination rates. With vaccination rates increasing day by day, we are heading in the right direction which gives us some hope. The Government has also unveiled a phased re-opening approach in its Reconnecting New Zealanders plan expected to start in 2022 but a target date has not been set. Remain connected to our Tourism bodies to keep up to date with new information and key insights.
Latest Tech Gear
SkyCity Hotel and The Grand by SkyCity have installed the latest equipment in gym technology from leading supplier Technogym.
Guests can now enjoy:
- Live and on-demand training sessions if you're that way inclined
- Bikes and treadmills include 'Outdoor' settings where you can bike or run through a selection of natural and urban landscapes
- IPTV capability - watch your own content or listen to your own music...
- Best in market ergonomic designs
Market Update August
Our industry remains optimistic about the future - businesses across our regions are re-building and in recovery mode!
As you've heard domestic tourism and travel continues to be the focus as an industry, creating more reasons for kiwis to enjoy our own backyard and brand awareness campaigns remain in play so NZ is kept top of mind with our international markets when our borders finally open to the long haul markets. It will continue to be a year of 'interruptions' but we continue to be proactive with planning but also remaining responsive and reactive when necessary while continuing to provide a safe haven for our guests and staff.
Last week we attended Tourism Export Council New Zealand's Conference in wonderful New Plymouth, where we connected with ITO's and industry leaders. There was a real buzz over the week as we re-connected and got back into selling in person - something we are still so grateful for here in Aotearoa. We heard from the Minister of Tourism about the possibility of opening the border internationally when we have a 70% covid vaccinated population here in New Zealand which caused a stir in the audience. Furthermore the Trans Tasman bubble is not looking promising in the next few months due to our neighbors in Australia having more and more lock downs and scares with COVID outbreaks. Our industry remains optimistic with a local and domestic audience but what's your thoughts and projections? What would you like to see more of?
Mega Famil 2021
Pre-Covid our SkyCity Mega Famil was one of the most sought after events for the industry and thanks to everyone in Auckland playing their part we finally got back into it with our 2021 Mega Famil after missing 2020. A magnificent night with over 100 travel agents exploring and discovering more about what makes our properties, offering and teams extraordinary!
Glam themed, our guests were treated to a famil like no other, that was topped off with prizes and words from our GM in the All Blacks Experience.