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New Zealand’s Explore PLUS has discounts for travel agent DIY trips

New Zealand’s Explore PLUS has discounts for travel agent DIY trips

Posted on August 10, 2017

SANTA MONICA — Travel agents in Canada and the U.S. can now plan and book their own independent fam trips to New Zealand with the new Explore PLUS program from Tourism New Zealand.

The program supplies agents with more than 500 air, land, accommodation and attraction discounts and resources to design a personally curated New Zealand itinerary.

The goal of the program is to better equip agents with knowledge and first-hand experiences to help grow their New Zealand sales, says Michelle Rosenberg, Senior Trade Manager, North America for Tourism New Zealand.

“Educating travel agents about New Zealand continues to be top priority in North America,” says Rosenberg. “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, she adds. To be eligible for the PLUS Program, agents must hold Bronze certification.

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“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.”

Special discounted fares participating agents can take advantage of include:

  • Air New Zealand – Fares from Vancouver, San Francisco, L.A. and Houston start at US$200. The first 100 agents to book receive an additional $200 off the discounted price.
  • American Airlines – 50% off return fares from L.A.
  • Air Tahiti Nui – $550 return fare from L.A.
  • 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.
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