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Register for Travel DAZE 2020 and you could win Wallabies v All Blacks tickets!

Calling all Brisbane rugby fans! Air New Zealand is giving you the chance to win two tickets to watch the All Blacks take on the Wallabies in the Tri Nations in Brisbane on Saturday 7 November.

To enter, simply register for Travel DAZE 2020 by clicking HERE (it’s free, of course). The winner will be drawn on Tuesday 3 November, and terms and conditions apply.

And, don’t forget to join Kathryn Robertson, Air New Zealand’s general manager for Australia; and René de Monchy, director of commercial at Tourism New Zealand, on Wednesday 4 November at 2pm AEST to hear all about their preparation plans for two-way travel between Australia and New Zealand.

It’s only a matter of time until Aussies are heading back across the ditch. This session will explore how Air New Zealand and Tourism New Zealand are getting ready for the travel rebound, and what you as agents can be doing to make the most of trans-Tasman opportunities.

You’ve gotta be in it to win it, so don’t delay! Register for Travel DAZE 2020 now!

The virtual event (which will be the only industry event of its scale in Australia this year) will bring together the best minds from within the travel sector, along with external experts, to foster its recovery.

The industry has battled its share of disruption from natural disasters, political upheaval and terrorism to internal battles with technology, direct selling and cost-cutting. But a global pandemic?

These unprecedented times have brought the industry to its knees, decimating travel and tourism globally. How do we rebuild and re-emerge stronger than ever? What will the recovery process look like? Will a holistic approach be the winning ticket?

Travel DAZE 2020 will explore what tangible steps business owners, travel agents, tour operators, marketers, and communication specialists can take toward rebuilding a sustainable and profitable future.

The industry is in shock, but success can be forged through adversity. Let’s evolve to recover.

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