A message from Aotearoa New Zealand

Kia ora to our international travel family - a message from Stephen England-Hall, Chief Executive of Tourism New Zealand / Manaakitanga Aotearoa.

Stephen England-Hall, Chief Executive, Tourism New Zealand
It’s hard to know what to say in the current circumstances.

We hope of course that you and your loved ones are safe and well at home but as these are exceptional days, we realise that many of you in our travel community will be dealing with dramatic and sad events, both personally and professionally.

While we may seem far away from you right now, we’re here to reassure you that whatever happens, each of you remains a valued part of our whānau (or family). We could not do what we do without the support of the loyal travel sellers who advocate and promote Aotearoa New Zealand to your clients - our visitors. We know many of you personally and many others by reputation.

Like many of us, you may be wondering where the future of travel is going. We don’t have any answers for now, but we are confident that we’ll get through this together.

In New Zealand we have a saying He waka eke noa, which means “we are all in this together”.

As a nation, we are doing our best to minimise the effect of the Covid-19 virus by staying at home, self-isolating and caring for each other. We’re staying home now so that in the near future we’ll be able to get out again to enjoy the wonders of the world around us.

When you are ready for us, we’ll be ready for you. Please don’t hesitate when that time comes to reach out and let us know how we can best help you. And we’ll look forward to welcoming you and your clients back to our place. 

In the meantime, take care of each other and let’s keep in touch.

He waka eke noa.

Nga mihi nui / with warm greetings,

Stephen England-Hall
Chief Executive
Tourism New Zealand / Manaakitanga Aotearoa