Au revoir

Travel Digest - - EDITORIAL -

For those of you who have been read­ing Travel Di­gest over the past 20 years, you will know of my pen­chant to latch on to my dis­tant French her­itage and to use the oc­ca­sional French phrase. Au revoir is the French way of say­ing good­bye and yes, I am say­ing good­bye. It is 20 years ago I set up Meth­ode Me­dia and for most of that time I have been edit­ing Travel Di­gest, among other mag­a­zines. Edit­ing Travel Di­gest has taken me on writ­ing ex­pe­di­tions to all con­ti­nents of the world – Africa, Asia, Ocea­nia, Europe, North Amer­ica, South Amer­ica and Antarc­tica [well ac­tu­ally it was the sub-Antarc­tic is­lands]. This has in­cluded places as di­verse as the Mal­dives, Tahiti, In­done­sia, the United States, South Africa, Ger­many, Eng­land, China, Aus­tralia, France, Hong Kong, Sin­ga­pore, Dubai, Samoa, In­dia, Fiji, Monaco, Sarawak and the An­tipodes Is­lands – to name just a few. Many of the trips have been to at­tend travel mar­kets – the most mem­o­rable be­ing ITB Ber­lin, the World Travel Mar­ket in Lon­don and the Ara­bian Travel Mar­ket in Dubai. To de­scribe a travel mar­ket to some­one who does not work in the in­dus­try is al­ways a chal­lenge – well it is where travel buy­ers, meet travel sell­ers to or­ches­trate busi­ness trans­ac­tions be­tween both – is one de­scrip­tion. It has been a fas­ci­nat­ing ride, to work in such a vi­brant in­dus­try and one that is rapidly be­com­ing one of the fastest grow­ing eco­nomic drivers in the world. In our own coun­try, I have been qui­etly watch­ing the rise and rise of both tourism and travel and the in­flux of new air­craft fly­ing to our shores – the likes of Philip­pine Air­lines, China South­ern, Air China, United Air­lines, Amer­i­can Air­lines, Air Asia X, Qatar Air­ways and Hong Kong Air­lines. Then of course, the record num­bers of cruise ships ar­riv­ing here each year. The travel and the mag­a­zine dead­lines have some­times meant a back seat for my fam­ily and so by the time you are read­ing this, I will be giv­ing back a lit­tle to a fam­ily mem­ber who needs a lot of care and love at this time. The new pub­lisher, I am de­lighted to ad­vise, is Tatyana Pikhtina, who has been in a man­age­ment role at Meth­ode Me­dia for the past eight years. And the new edi­tor is Court­ney Dev­ereux, who has been writ­ing stu­diously over re­cent months for both Travel Di­gest and our sis­ter mag­a­zine New Zealand Fit­ness. Au revoir pour le mo­ment.

Lor­raine Thom­son Pub­lisher / Edi­tor

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