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17 Dec 2014

Virgin Atlantic sets up NZ base with eye on Rugby World Cup

Virgin Atlantic, which has a strategic partnership with Air New Zealand, has established a foothold in NZ with the appointment of a sales manager and a push to take more Kiwis to England, including Rugby World Cup fans.

Adrian Bird, new commercial manager at Virgin Atlantic, says “It’s really key for us to have a presence in the market if you think about the historic links between New Zealand and the UK. London is the number one destination in Europe – it’s about offering them choice.”

Adrian spoke to the NZ Herald.

16 Dec 2014

HRG predicts clients’ travel trends for 2015

Clients will focus on greater integration across their travel programmes in 2015, according to Hogg Robinson Group (HRG), the award-winning international corporate services company. Smarter data analysis will lead to increased understanding of traveller behaviour, driving policy change and delivering wider visibility of travel spend. Travel Risk Management will also feature at the top of the agenda in 2015.

Stewart Harvey, Group Commercial Director for HRG, comments: “2015 is going to be about clients demanding more from their commercial agreements with TMCs and improving their travel risk management procedures. The macro economic situation remains unchanged on the whole and clients are seeking to extract more from their spend without reducing the quality of their service.

“Meanwhile, geo-political instability and weather related incidents are becoming more frequent; both represent greater risk to travellers. Clients have a legal requirement to ensure the safety and well being of their workforce. Improving travel risk management programmes is a growing requirement that we expect to see continue into 2015.

“How are they going to achieve all of this? We are going to be seeing an increase in integration across client travel programmes so that we can utilise smart data to achieve the goals that will be set in 2015.”

Read more at Travel Weekly

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09 Dec 2014

Silversea’s 2015 brochures

Silversea has just released two new brochures detailing a diverse collection of more than 300 luxury cruises that will sail across the globe in 2015 and the first quarter of 2016. The new 180-page Silversea Cruises brochure is devoted to the elegant ocean-going journeys of Silver Cloud, Silver Wind, Silver Shadow, Silver Whisper, and Silver Spirit. It is complemented by a separate 140-page Silversea Expeditions guide, highlighting the extraordinary expedition cruises of Silver Explorer, Silver Galapagos, and Silver Discoverer, ships known for exploring some of the world’s most remote regions.

Karen Christensen, Silversea’s General Manager & Director Sales / Marketing, Australasia says,

“We’re very pleased to launch our two new brochures for 2015. Each has been carefully designed to reveal the all-inclusive lifestyle, uncompromising service and travel experiences that await our guests.”