Tak­ing Trav­el­port to the next level

Travel Digest - - INTERVIEW -

will be worth $ 66 bil­lion this year.” Another growth area is ho­tels. “The num­ber of ho­tels aligned with Trav­el­port has been grow­ing by dou­ble dig­its each year. We have also in­vested in a com­pany called Hotel­zon in Europe. That has al­lowed us to add in 600,000 prop­er­ties world­wide.” In New Zealand Trav­el­port has been ex­pand­ing its Auck­land of­fice, ap­point­ing Wendy Stan­ton as com­mer­cial man­ager eight months ago to head up its team of 14 staff. Travel groups in New Zealand signed up to Trav­el­port in­clude Flight Cen­tre, World Trav­ellers and NZ Travel Bro­kers. “We have also just signed a pre­mium pre­ferred GDS with Stella Travel Ser­vices and that in­cludes United Travel and Har­vey World Travel.” Although the re­gional of­fice is in Syd­ney and the head of­fice is in Lon­don, Trav­el­port [pre­vi­ously called Galileo] last year listed on the New York Stock Ex­change. In clos­ing this in­ter­view, Kay­lene says she is see­ing a lot of pos­i­tive sen­ti­ment com­ing out of New Zealand. “There is a sta­ble pop­u­lar gov­ern­ment; peo­ple know where they are at; the dol­lar is strong – and Ki­wis love to travel.”

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