Flight Centre New Zealand chooses Sunshine Coast for top industry
December 6, 2012
In a major coup for Sunshine Coast tourism, Flight Centre New Zealand has chosen the region as the location for one of its top industry events.
Thirty-four senior travel consultants touched down on the Sunshine Coast yesterday for the three-day Flight Centre New Zealand Travel Brokers Conference -–an annual event which was last year held onboard a P&O Cruise.
Conference organiser, Jude Russell, said it has been more than ten years since some of the consultants have been in the region.
“The Sunshine Coast is becoming more well-known and it feels like the perfect opportunity for our consultants to familiarise themselves with this part of the world. I think we’ve focused a lot of our attention on the Gold Coast in the past, but I think that’s going to change after this trip,” Ms Russell said.
The conference attendees spent most of today participating in marketing and industry workshops as part of the event, but over the weekend they’ll have the opportunity to explore the Sunshine Coast thanks to a tour organised by Sunshine Coast Destination Limited (SCDL).
“We’ve lined up a full day of activities including a stop at the Eumundi Markets, lunch in Montville and an afternoon of leisure at the beach,” said Steve Cooper CEO of SCDL.
The delegates will be staying at Centrepoint Apartments Caloundra – thanks to a kind invitation from owner Murray East.
“We are delighted to be providing accommodation for the 34 conference attendees. Some of these consultants have worked in the industry for more than 15 years and have a very large client base so I see this as an amazing opportunity to showcase my hotel, Caloundra and the rest of the Sunshine Coast region,” Mr East said.
Image one L-R: Tracy Gray (Wellington), Tina Arthur (Wellington), Lynaire Monnery (Wellington), Tracey Stephens (Dunedin).
Kim Hagan (Auckland), Wendy McDonald (Christchurch), Bridget Ryder (Auckland).