American Invites Agents to Discover New Zealand

American Airlines (AA) is offering agents an exclusive fare on flights to New Zealand.

For a limited time, IATAN- or CLIA-registered agents are eligible to receive up to a 70% discount on New Zealand airfare and can more easily take a step toward becoming a certified Tourism New Zealand NZ Specialist.

The 100% Pure New Zealand Specialist Program is designed to help agents build knowledge of New Zealand and better sell the destination. The free program provides online training modules, webinars and informative videos about what New Zealand’s diverse regions have to offer. A trip to New Zealand is a requirement of the certification.

“We are dedicated to educating more travel agents across the US and Canada about New Zealand as a destination,” says Bjoern Spreitzer, general manager, Americas & Europe, for Tourism New Zealand. “This deal is a great opportunity for travel agents to experience the country first-hand and see how New Zealand’s breath-taking landscapes, unique Maori culture and award-winning food and wine make it the perfect destination for North American consumers.”

American Airlines, which launched a Los Angeles to Auckland route last year, will work with travel agents to book this deal until May 31. The travel period is March 21 to May 31. Up to three family members or one travelling companion may also purchase this fare while travelling on the same flight and itinerary as the agent.

Once in New Zealand, agents can receive further discounts on tourism products and activities by signing up to Tourism New Zealand’s Explore New Zealand Program. The program enables accredited international travel sellers travelling independently to enjoy a wide range of New Zealand products and experiences.

Discounts are offered for accommodation, attractions, activities, tours and transport. Typical discount offers are 50% off or two-for-one offers for the Explore pass holder and their partner. Offers are available throughout New Zealand, allowing agents to explore off-the-beaten track regions as well as New Zealand’s most popular destinations.

(photo credit/Destination Queenstown)