SPTO organises roadshows for the Kiwi travel agents

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A roadshow was held in New Zealand last week to acquaint travel specialists with the South Pacific Islands. The SPANTO, also known as the South Pacific Association of National Tourism Offices, coordinated the regional program taken place on July 11 and 12.

The SPANTO roadshow hosted approximately 41 travel agents to show them the prospects and possibilities of the South Island cities of Blenheim and Nelson. Previously, similar events took place in Tauranga, Timaru, and Christchurch this year.

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The programs this year highlighted some smaller island destinations including American Samoa, Marshall Islands, Nauru, Niue, Tonga, Kiribati, and more. The surge of New Zealanders to the Pacific region, especially to Cook Islands, Fiji, and Samoa, is the main reason behind organising these events.

Chris Cocker, the CEO of South Pacific Tourism Organisation (SPTO), said that these roadshows are great learning platforms for the New Zealand travel agents. They can take online training programs to know about the tourism products, services, and offerings of that region.

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According to Mr Cocker, agents were excited to know about these updates, many of which they were unaware of. The also loved the facts that the time zone of the Pacific Islands is almost similar to that of the New Zealand and the flight time is also shorter in comparison to other popular travel destinations.

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