Expo showcases island destinations to corporate sector


<p style="text-align: justify;">The one-day Pacific Area Incentives &amp; Conference Expo 2013 (PAICE) attracted a full house of exhibitors – including several from Pacific Island countries – at Auckland’s Sky City Convention Centre. PAICE is a showcase of offshore destinations, products and services aimed at New Zealand business events and corporate travel sectors. This year’s was its 10<sup>th</sup> anniversary event, having begun in 2004.<!--more--></p>

[caption id="attachment_5577" align="aligncenter" width="300"]<a href="https://pacifictradeinvest.com/PTI/wp-content/uploads/2013/12/SamoaTourism.jpg"><img class="size-full wp-image-5577" alt="Photo Caption: (Left-right) Celebrity Chet Robert Oliver, Mark Summerville, Heather Lee of Zoomslide, Fasitau Ula Samoa Tourism." src="https://pacifictradeinvest.com/PTI/wp-content/uploads/2013/12/SamoaTourism.jpg" width="300" height="220" /></a> Photo Caption:<br />(Left-right) Celebrity Chet Robert Oliver, Mark Summerville, Heather Lee of Zoomslide, Fasitau Ula Samoa Tourism.[/caption]
<p style="text-align: justify;">Pacific Islands were well represented with exhibitors from the Cook Islands, Tonga, Samoa, Fiji, Tahiti and Vanuatu besides others. Tourism Australia had a 30-strong exhibitor line up at the event this year. Several exhibitors from Asia also participated.</p>
<p style="text-align: justify;">Organisers changed the format after the first free flow event to include a business pre-appointment schedule and introduced a hosted buyer programme. In addition, it also added a business travel forum with speakers. This year Andy Jack, General Manager Flight Centre Corporate and Peter Baines of Hands Across the Water made presentations.</p>
<p style="text-align: justify;">Nicole Harrison of Dive Fish Snow based in Auckland said they were a little quieter on the day than expected but had received some good interest. They won the Best Booth award at the Expo attracting attention with an interactive game.</p>
<p style="text-align: justify;">Natalie Wichman of Radisson Plaza, Tahiti said they had noticed a drop in visitor numbers to the islands following the launch of Hawaiian Airlines. Although Tahiti is perceived as being at the higher end of the tourism market, it was possible to create holiday packages to suit making more affordable holidays.</p>
<p style="text-align: justify;">Celebrity Chef Robert Oliver also popped in for a visit and stopped in for a photo with the Samoa Tourism Office.  Mr Oliver recently launched his latest Pacific cookbook – Mea’ai Samoa: Recipes and Stories from the Heart of Polynesia.</p>