Published on : Sunday, May 1, 2016
A Thunderbirds Are Go interactive experience, the longest rail bike adventure in the world and cooking demonstrations with celebrity chefs are among the new tourism products.
More than 350 international travel and tourism buyers will attend this year’s event in Rotorua, 10-13 May 2016.
“These buyers are the most influential in terms of sending visitors to New Zealand. They are coming to TRENZ to meet with 300 of the country’s leading tourism operators and will be seeking new and exciting tourism products and experiences they can sell to consumers in their home markets,” says Chris Roberts, Chief Executive of the Tourism Industry Association New Zealand (TIA) which manages the event.
“We are very excited that this year’s TRENZ will showcase 74 incredibly diverse new products, ranging from private jet charters to craft beer tours around Wellington and a wilderness lodge located on a private peninsula in Golden Bay. Positively, many will encourage visitors to travel to communities beyond the tourist hotspots, and outside the peak summer season.”
Wellington’s Weta Workshop’s new Thunderbirds Are Go Behind-the-Scenes Experience has wide appeal for international visitors hungry for immersive filmmaking experience in Wellington, says Jake Downing, Weta’s Head of Tourism.
Bill Richardson Transport World in Invercargill is hoping the new attraction will bring more visitors to Southland and ease some of the seasonality issues the region faces, says Tourism Operations Manager Hannah Whyte.
The 15,000m² attraction opened in December 2015 and features over 250 cars, trucks, retro Kombi vans and other vehicles from throughout New Zealand and the world, plus a café, conference rooms and other facilities.
”This will be our first time at TRENZ and we want to establish relationships and introduce Transport World to the industry. We think we have something special and are really pleased to have welcomed over 15,000 visitors, many international.”
Taumarunui’s Forgotten World Adventures is using TRENZ to help put its products on the international map, says General Manager Paul Chaplow.
Auckland based Fine Art Tours NZ is bringing new bespoke shopping and foodie tour experiences featuring celebrity chefs and fashion brand to TRENZ, in addition to its established tours, says Director Jacqui Wilkinson.
Chris Roberts says the new products that will be on show at TRENZ 2016 highlight the innovation and investment being made in New Zealand’s $30 billion tourism industry, now the country’s largest export industry, supporting businesses and jobs in communities throughout the country.