Posted by Angela Moriarty
Wellington has yet again been named New Zealanders’ favourite destination in the latest Mood of the Traveller report, we’ve seen fantastic results over winter and things are pumping courtesy of Rugby World Cup 2011. So we can all take the summer off, right? Er, no. Positively Wellington Tourism’s job is not only to keep Wellington in good favour with, well, pretty much anyone – it’s also our job to ensure there are bodies in beds and cash in tills year-round to ensure economic sustainability for local businesses.
What is 3 for Two?
While December/January is peak period for many a New Zealand destination, it can be a pretty quiet time in Wellington as public servants and corporates head off to the beach and to visit family and friends. There’s plenty on offer this summer – including a blockbuster exhibition at Te Papa – so we will be doing our darndest to make sure the tourism and downtown spending cogs keep turning. One thing we’ll be doing is bringing back winter’s successful 3 Nights for Two campaign, which saw record bookings and hotel nights in the city.
What Local Businesses Can Take Part?
Accommodation-wise we work with our hotel partners on all this, and this time round we are also extending the offer to hospitality, retail and tourism attraction businesses. The lead message will be ”Stay 3 Nights but only pay for 2. Plus take advantage of all these other great Wellington 3 for 2 offers”.
How will the offers work?
- From a restaurant point of view you could for example offer 3 courses for the price of 2 (e.g. pay for entrée + main and get the dessert for free) or for a retailer it could be 3 items for the price of 2 (e.g. 3 books for the price of 2). The options are endless really as long as they involve a ”3 for 2” element.
- The deals must be available to both locals and visitors and will be redeemed via a customised voucher that people can download from WellingtonNZ.com.
- The deals must be available from 12 December – 31 January. However you can specify close out periods (eg: not available on New Year’s Eve)
How will it be promoted?
We will be running a national TV and digital campaign that will launch on October 24th. The campaign will have a marketing budget in excess of $150,000. We’ll also be promoting the campaign and deals to our travel and lifestyle media contacts.
Email our lovely NZ Marketing Manager Jamie Crump by Friday September 23rd with your deal offer if you’d like to be involved – jamie.crump@WellingtonNZ.com.
September 14, 2011 at 3:53 pm Angela
By Sarah Meikle
New Zealand has been actively promoted in the Indian market for over ten years. The Tourism New Zealand (TNZ) Mumbai Office has been in operation since 2003 and has three consumer marketing and trade staff.
India’s economy is growing strongly, consumer confidence is high and wealthy Indians are willing to spend. Demand for outbound travel is high. New Zealand is growing in popularity, partly thanks to the country’s recent starring role in Bollywood blockbuster I Hate Luv Storys, but lack of airline seats is restraining growth.
Visitor Arrivals June 2011
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India is New Zealand’s tenth largest tourism market in terms of visitor arrivals and has strong potential for future growth. High disposable incomes and a willingness to spend on luxury brands and big-ticket items like holidays, as well as a fast growing middle class and an increasingly global mindset, are driving outbound travel from this market. TNZ’s target market in India is the Active Considerer. Some recent product research findings about the Active Considerer in India can be found in Appendix 1.
New Zealand is a popular destination among honeymooners and those seeking self-drive itineraries. FIT travellers currently make up around 55% of New Zealand’s Indian visitors and this sector is increasing more rapidly than group travel.
Indians prefer to visit New Zealand during their summer – April to June – making this market an important source of visitors for New Zealand’s autumn shoulder season. Young couples travel to New Zealand throughout the year. Around 30% of Indian visitors are aged 25 to 34 years.
The Indian market has a strong VFR component (about 30% of total visitors), while holiday visitors account for almost 50% of arrivals. The vast majority of Indian holiday visitors will be visiting New Zealand for the first time. Just over half combine their trip to New Zealand with another destination; 30% visit Australia as well as New Zealand. (Source: International Visitor Survey, year ending March 2010).
Air capacity is the main factor limiting faster growth out of this market. There is currently no direct air service to New Zealand from India. Indian travellers must travel via Singapore, Hong Kong, Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur or Sydney.
Kiwi Link India 2011 – Background
Kiwi Link India 2011 was the largest Kiwi Link event to take place in the Indian market since activities began in the market.
The 2011 programme included two full days in both New Delhi and Mumbai, totalling four days of training. The intensive schedule included 30 appointments per day of 14-minutes each. “Team Wellington” (PWT, Te Papa and the InterIslander/TranzScenic) collaborated in order to promote a collective message around Wellington city and region’s key experiences and interests to potential Indian visitors.
TNZ identified the core objective of Kiwi Link India 2011 being to facilitate the development and enhancement of relationships between Indian and New Zealand Tourism Industry providers.
This was to be achieved by:
- Educating the outbound travel sellers about “Destination New Zealand” and providing them with the “tools” to sell the destination confidently
- By positioning and maintaining New Zealand in the “consideration set” of travel sellers when recommending holiday destinations
- By identifying the leading promoters and sellers of travel to New Zealand in the Indian marketplace and maintain communication with them
- By providing information and promotional collateral to travel sellers
In addition to these, PWT’s specific objectives were to:
- Train 350 travel agent representatives in India
- Represent the regional Wellington & Wairarapa International Marketing Alliance and CNZWT at Kiwi Link India
- Communicate the key message of “one night is not enough” in Wellington.
- Wellington’s tagline at Kiwi Link India 2011
Team Wellington leveraged the recent filming of a new Bollywood movie, The Players, to be released in India in December, as the common thread to our presentations. Significant chunks of the movie where filmed in Wellington earlier this year. Under the banner “I PLAYED IN WELLINGTON”, Kiwi Link attendees were introduced to the key messages of:
- Arts & Culture
- New Zealand’s City (urban experiences, events, nationhood, heritage – New Zealand’s stories)
- Food & Wine
- Urban Nature
A Wellington map was specifically designed highlighting key filming locations around Wellington city and the wider region, which also identified key attractions, activities and experiences.
September 6, 2011 at 4:15 pm Sarah