Destinate NZ - Bringing NZ to the World

Destinate NZ - Bringing NZ to the World

The Destinate NZ Show is bringing New Zealand to the world. What started out as a podcast offering marketing tips for tourism businesses, it has now evolved into the hottest new podcast offering interviews with some of the smartest minds in the NZ Tourism Industry. We tell stories, have a few laughs and share some ideas and tips that you can implement in your business too. Hosted by industry experts, Michelle Caldwell and Lisa Chambers, you'll find new episodes each Wednesday morning. (NZT) www.destinatenz.com

Episodes

February 10, 2021 32 min

We were so close to having a domestic cruise bubble in NZ - the health official had approved it, the ship had been chartered, and it was on its way with the crew.  And then NZ Immigration turned down 61 essential visas for most of the crew because they thought those roles could be filled by kiwis - yet only 6 (yes SIX) people applied! 

It has been an incredibly heart-breaking and frustrating time for an industry that has gone for ...

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This week Robin Censure from the South Pacific Pocket Guide joins us on the show.  The NZ Pocket Guide started over 8yrs ago and has grown to be NZ's largest online travel guide.  They have now expanded into the South Pacific with guides for Fiji, Tonga, Nuie and more! 

Listen in to hear how they work with governments and tourism bodies off-shore to help solve challenges like over-tourism in peak times, and how businesses in t...

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What do you do when your business is made up of 96% international visitors and the borders close?  You innovate. 

Tune in to hear from Te Puia's GM Sales & Marketing Sean Marsh about how they've faired through lockdown and since and how a new product is helping to put them on the domestic visitor's map! 

www.tepuia.com

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The CEO of TECNZ (Tourism Export Council of NZ), Lynda Keene joins us on today's episode to discuss the Tourism Recovery Plan for 2021. 

Lynda has worked tirelessly as the voice for the inbound sector for the past 12 months during really demanding times, but has some great initiatives underway to advocate and lobby government on, on behalf of the TECNZ members. 

When will the borders reopen? How will the inbound operators sur...

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Jezza Williams from Makingtrax joins us on this week's episode. 

After a life changing canyoning accident in the Swiss Alps, Jezza looked into the adaptive adventure industry. Blown away at the lack of opportunities and infrastructure, Makingtrax was born.

Jezza talks to us about the difference between accessible and inclusive tourism and is creating a global movement to encourage more tourism operators to jump on board! 

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January 6, 2021 45 min

This week, Loren Aberhart joins us on the show.  Loren is GM Destination and Attraction at Christchurch NZ, and it's fair to say she has a huge job! 

Loren has been called 'The Trifecta' - female, under 40 and Maori, but she's taken that in her stride as she's carved out a very successful career in tourism at a young age.  She's one of our industry's brightest sparks and we're thrilled to have her s...

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December 23, 2020 33 min

We are joined this week by two of our great friends, Anna Black from General Travel and Adele Marsden from New Zealand Educational Tours. 

2020 has been a pretty tumultuous year for tourism, and we thought it would be nice for our final episode of the year to look back on some of the highs and obvious lows, but also to look ahead to 2021 with our hopes and plans for the year ahead. 

Anna and Adele both own inbound tour operations...

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It's been a crazy year for tourism operators, but there is one going further than many others - by opening a BRAND NEW attraction in 2020! 

Jake Downing, Weta's Head of Tourism joins us for a chat to launch Weta Unleashed, a brand new Fantastical Film FX experience opening in Auckland on 15th December. 

He reflects on some of the challenges of opening a business in 2020 (Covid aside) and looks ahead to how this Part Film ...

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This week we're joined by Keith Marsh - an absolute expert in selling NZ and Australia to the UK and EU markets. 

Keith shares all his tips on how to crack the market, what you should be doing NOW to prepare for the borders reopening - even if we don't know when they might - and we discuss his views on what he thinks might happen when they do. 

Is Flight Shaming a real thing? How does the UK market think NZ is handling Co...

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This week GM Sales & Marketing at Hobbiton, Shayne Forrest joins us for a chat. 

We learn a lot of new things about Shayne that had never come up in conversation before, but aside from being the 'best thing to come out of Central Otago', he is an absolute wealth of info and knowledge on our tourism industry and shares his journey and tips with our listeners. 

Tune in to hear what strategies Hobbiton has adopted throug...

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It has been a big week in the tourism industry.  We heard from our new Tourism Minister and it's fair to say he has ruffled a few feathers by saying we only need to focus on the wealthy travellers. 

In this episode, we break down the value of the youth market with YHA's GM Marketing & Sales, Brian Westwood. 

We cover why we shouldn't ignore this sector, the value they bring (aside from visitor spend) and some idea...

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We welcome Dylan Rushbrook to the show this week.   He's a super busy guy who shares his tips on time management with us,  he divulges a few secret spots in Central Otago and offers up some tips for tourism businesses from an RTO perspective. 

We talk about working in tourism, how to get work in tourism, and the importance of developing great content to help sell your experience. 

Dylan is the GM of Tourism Central Otago, Cov...

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November 11, 2020 30 min

This week, Chambers is back from her kiwi holiday around the top of the South Island, we check in on her #DoSomethingNewNZ activities along with how Good Vibes went in Abel Tasman.  Can you imagine 150 skydivers all having the time of their life in the sky high above us? 

We also cover off the changes in our central government and our new...... Tourism Minister!  Welcome Stuart Nash, we hope you enjoy the episode.

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In today's episode, Chambers is back and this time she has hijacked the me (Michelle Caldwell). 

We chat about all things tourism, how I found my way into this career - from selling pharmaceuticals to campervans - and some of the highlights I've had along the way. We discuss the importance of relationships and the wonderful people who work in tourism and even some of the incredible projects I've been involved in creati...

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In this episode, Michelle & Chambers have a chat with Garth Oakden, the owner of Tongariro River Rafting based in Turangi. 

Garth shares his unique insights into providing great customer service and how he manages to average an NPS score of 91 in his business. 

We chat about the Fish! Philosophy https://www.fishphilosophy.com/fish-philosophy-story/ along with the ex Wellington Mayor Mark Blumsky's book Slippers and Servic...

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This week, we are joined by RAL's Human Resources Manager, Sarah Webster to discuss Women in Leadership and the Dots Communication Method. 

In a mammoth week for NZ politics, we thought it was timely to have a discussion about women in leadership, and some of the challenges we've faced along with our hopes for the future.

We also discuss Dots!  Are you a blue, red, purple or yellow dot?  Check out https://amyscott.co.nz/ ...

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So since last week, I’ve been on a bit of a tiki tour around the country.  I’ve visited Wanaka, Aoraki Mt Cook, Tekapo, Twizel, Hazelburn, Darfield, Christchurch, Te Aroha and Ruapehu and of course I’m now back here in Taupo!  It has been a pretty hectic week!   But one thing has really stood out this week, and that’s the passion and determination shown by our tourism industry colleagues!  Despite everything that’s been thrown at t...

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In this episode, we welcome Lisa Chambers from the INFLITE Group to the Destinate NZ podcast.  We chat about how we found our way into the tourism industry, some advice for those starting out, and how Covid has affected us personally and professionally. 

Join us for a few laughs and hopefully some insights into what others have been doing throughout 2020. 

Thanks for listening.

www.destinatenz.com

 

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September 30, 2020 9 min

So here’s a little fun fact for you – on Sunday we only have 90 days left in the year!  Someone reminded me of this on LinkedIn the other day and when you see it written like that, it’s a bit scary!  Although to be fair, a lot of us are also pretty excited by the prospect of bidding farewell to 2020 too!   The person who shared this little fact was also talking about 90 day goals and how it would be a great opportunity to set yours...

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September 23, 2020 8 min

I’m not sure if you’re noticing the same thing I am at the moment, and that’s the fact that nearly every second post on my social media is someone offering me a magic silver bullet to make me a millionaire!  Promising 7 figure results in the matter of months.  If only it were that easy!

In this episode, I talk through the steps I take with my clients when we're developing their new marketing and sales plans.   We start with ST...

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