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Mice Net : August 2009
new zealand Rotorua ready T RotoRua Is set and ready for the introduction of trans tasman air services. here’s never a dull moment in Rotorua, with the destination renowned for always offering something new. And news that extensions to the runway are now complete is great news. At the time of going to press the Rotorua Convention Bureau was eagerly waiting in anticipation for the first announcement of Trans Tasman air services from Australia. Having direct flights into Rotorua from Australia – New Zealand’s number one key international source market – is great news for the local convention and incentive travel market with ease of access always one of the most important requirements of today’s meeting and incentive travel planner. When any official word does come in about flights mice.net will be sure to include details in one of our upcoming e-newsletters, or via our new-look website at www.mice.net.au. In other Rotorua news, New Zealand Prime Minister John Key was recently at Skyline Skyrides in Rotorua to officially open the second chairlift at the popular attraction. The second chairlift doubles the capacity to get riders of the worldfamous luge back up to the top base to ride again. This takes capacity from 900 people per hour to 1800. The second chairlift opening completes a $20 million redevelopment of the Skyline property in Rotorua. Mr Key also found time to take a luge ride himself while he was at Skyline.To learn how Skyline caters for the meetings and incentive travel market visit www.skylineskyrides.co.nz. World Cup coup It sounds like a long way away but the Rugby World Cup 2011 will be here before we know it meaning if you want to be a part of the action you’re going to have to act fast. Rotorua will host three pool matches for Rugby World Cup 2011 - Fiji will play Africa 1 on September 10, Oceania 1 faces Africa 1 on September 14, and Ireland will be up against Europe 2 on September 25. Destination Rotorua Tourism Marketing GM, Don Gunn said the benefits to Rotorua will be all-encompassing for tourism, hospitality and retail “as we saw during the 2005 Lions Tour”. “Rotorua successfully hosted the welcome and opening match, proving it has the necessary infrastructure to cope with large numbers of visitors. Visitor numbers during the Rugby World Cup will be huge, and we’re looking forward to showcasing Rotorua’s extensive range of attractions and activities to the world”, he said. 108 mice.net