Friday, March 6, 2009

Remarkables Lodge offer

Off-season rates brought forward to 1st April 2009

The trend this year seems to be for more people to travel later, having put off their travel plans while the world economy wobbled or waiting for the US elections.

Remember that for those clients who travel after the end of April we have great value off-season and winter rates, so to try and help you close that April business this year we are bringing those rates forward to 1st April.

These are two-thirds of our normal tarrif so are the equivalent of a free night for 3-night stays.

50% discount for 4th night stays
There is so much to do and see in Queenstown many guests wished they had stayed longer and, those who do, love the fact that they have time to relax and not have to unpack and repack every other day.

To encourage guests to enjoy a minimum of 3 full days in Queenstown we are offering a 4th nights accommodation at 50 percent off our normal tarrif.

The offer is valid until our off-season rates start i.e. until 31st March 09 as follows:.
- Nights 1,2 and 3 at normal tariff
- Night 4 at 50% normal tariff

Chauffers UK

Chauffeurs UK Limited has been merged with that of Luxury Vacations UK Limited. A new company, Howard Stevens Limited, has been formed to own all the shares previously owned by Howard Cohen and Andrew Stevens respectively.

Chauffeurs UK and Luxury Vacations UK will continue to be used as trading names .

Chauffeurs UK is a private hire vehicle operator that has also offered private sightseeing tours throughout the UK and Ireland. Luxury Vacations UK is an inbound tour operator that has also offered private chauffeur-driven services. The two companies have traded together closely during the past six years.

Howard Stevens Limited will continue to offer its chauffeured transportation, luxury private sightseeing tours and destination management services to high-end travellers, to the travel agents who take care of their travel arrangements and to the hotels at which they stay.

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Border plan for Tasman

Concept backed by tourism groups and airlines

Trans-Tasman flights could be classified as domestic services within 12 months after Australia and New Zealand agreed to pursue a common border policy.

Prime Ministers Kevin Rudd and John Key yesterday said they would push ahead with the
concept, first floated 17 years ago. The proposal has received the backing of tourism groups and airlines. The Tourism and Transport Forum said the proposal would stimulate demand and generate savings.

“It means flights between the two countries would effectively become domestic services, leading to significant cost savings for passengers in terms of government taxes and charges, as well as saving them time at either end,” executive director Olivia Wirth said.

Air New Zealand general manager Australia, John Harrison, said the airline supported the proposal. “It would be good for tourism between the two countries,” Harrison said, adding that the expected passenger growth from Sydney airport would likely see
narrowbodied aircraft “squeezed out” of the international terminal and over to the domestic terminal. He admitted biosecurity and immigration would be the biggest
hurdles. “But it shouldn’t be that tough a nut to crack,” Harrison said.


For a cruisey midweek getaway in the blue water paradise of Port Stephens, Peppers Anchorage has launched the ultimate deal, combining the magical wildlife of the Myall River System and a luxury retreat experience.

Nestled between rugged bush and the sparkling ocean where it enjoys an absolute waterfront location, Peppers Anchorage exudes a distinctive nautical feel.

Offering 80 elegantly furnished rooms and suites with private balconies – most peering over sparkling water or the quiet marina - the retreat features a host of leisure options to satisfy the senses such as an inviting guest lounge, billiard room, sauna, pool and day spa with pampering massage and beauty treatments.

A gourmet’s paradise, the resort is home to Merretts Restaurant, regarded as one of the region’s finest.

Escape to this beautiful NSW coastal destination on the Myall River Cruise package priced from $717 for two people. Valid to 31 August 2009, the package includes two nights midweek accommodation (twin share) in an Anchorage Room, buffet breakfast daily, four hour Myall River cruise for two with complimentary tea and coffee on board plus high tea for two on return in Peppers Anchorage’s verandah tea room enjoying beautiful marina views.

Offering an ideal opportunity to drift away with somebody special, the Myall River cruise travels past the wonderful sites of Hawks Nest and the Tea Gardens providing an up close and personal encounter with such wildlife as royal spoonbills, sea eagles, grebes, dolphins and the rare jabiru.

For bookings please contact Peppers Anchorage on +61 2 4984 2555, or by emailing Additional information on Peppers properties can also be found by visiting

Qantas lowers fuel surcharge

Qantas will lower its international fuel surcharge by up to $65 per ticket from tomorrow.

The new levy for one-way flights from Australia to the UK and Europe will be $95, down from $160. For flights to the US, Canada it will be reduced from $130 to $85, while for flights to Asia, the Pacific and Honolulu the surcharge will fall from $95 to $55.

The surcharge on flights to New Zealand will fall from $55 to $30.

Long haul visitor numbers decline for New Zealand

The New Zealand tourism industry is suffering from the downward trend in travel, with a decline in long-haul visitors this January.

Statistics New Zealand revealed a 3.7 percent loss in visitors, compared to January 2008. This is indicative of a loss of 10,000 visitors, following record visits in December 2008.

Tourism New Zealand Chief Executive George Hickton was not surprised by these figures.

“The industry has been reporting for some time that there are fewer numbers of visitors booking from our key long haul markets such as the United Kingdom (-10.4%) and the US (-19.5%).”

Hickton continued, “But I am delighted to see that our summer campaign in Australia has helped fill the country during the industry’s peak season, with almost 2,000 extra Australians this January and a 4.5% increase in holiday arrivals.”

The annual Chinese New Year did buoy numbers slightly, with approximately 4,000 extra visitors choosing to holiday during their festivities. China is the fourth largest market for New Zealand tourism.

Campaigns in key summer markets will be necessary for growth, according to Hickton.

“We’ve run a summer campaign in Australia for the first time in years, we’ve had a second wave of campaigns in the UK and China and we are launching a new campaign in the US through Discovery Channel,” he explained.

A slow winter is expected, Hickton admitted, but noted that Tourism New Zealand plans to focus on numbers for the next peak season.
The expected overall decline in visitors between January and March could be held to only 5 – 10 percent, due to the small rise in Australian visitors. However, long-haul markets are still expected to fall between 10 and 15 percent in that period.