2011 Press Releases
Air New Zealand Selects Viator, Inc. as its Preferred Destination Activities Provider
October 26, 2011
SAN FRANCISCO, California (October 26, 2011) - Air New Zealand (www.airnewzealand.com), a Star Alliance member, has selected Viator, Inc., parent company of Viator.com - the leading resource for researching and booking trip activities and experiences at the best prices - as its preferred partner for global destination activities.
Air New Zealand, the world's leading airline for direct flights to the South Pacific, is enhancing its customer offering with a direct and seamless link to Viator's more than 9,000 tours and activities in hundreds of destinations around the world. Through the "Holidays" tab on the airline's newly revamped website and via special email offers, Air New Zealand customers are able to research and book amazing experiences in destinations on the airline's network including New Zealand, Australia, Fiji, Japan, and cities throughout Europe and the United States. Travelers can uncover and experience activities like:
- Heli Hiking the Fox Glacier in Franz Josef
- A Day of Adventure in Queenstown with a jet boat ride, helicopter flight and white water rafting
- Skydiving in Rotorua
- Wine tasting with a Winery Tour in the Yarra Valley near Melbourne
- A full-day snorkeling cruise through the Fijian Islands
- The Original London Hop-on Hop-off Sightseeing Tour
"We are excited to be partnering with Viator to provide our customers with direct access to the best experiences in the destinations we fly to," said Bruce Parton, Air New Zealand Group General Manager Australasia. "All Viator activities are reviewed to insure quality and great service as well as the best prices so our customers can feel confident they will have a great experience in line with what they've come to expect from Air New Zealand."
Air New Zealand is the first affiliate partner to be linked into the new Viator dynamic API system with a direct connection to the company's reservation system. The new technology enables Viator affiliate partners to provide their customers with enhanced search capabilities - as well as real-time pricing and access to the latest deals and special offers.
"As another company with its origins in the South Pacific, Viator is excited to have Air New Zealand as its first partner to take advantage of our upgraded API system," said Ken Frohling, Vice President, Business Development for Viator. "The newly launched system will allow Air New Zealand to present the best selection of activities to each individual customer based on their personal preferences and itinerary."
Viator® is the world's leading online resource for travel experiences, providing access to nearly 9,000 tours, attractions and activities in 750-plus destinations in more than 150 countries. Viator - the Latin word for traveler - offers a one-stop shop to plan, research and book trip activities via its Web and mobile platforms with resources such as 260,000 traveler reviews, ratings and photos, suggested itineraries and the Viator Travel Blog. Viator's in-house travel experts hand pick trusted local operators to ensure quality, value and service, all backed by a low price guarantee. Viator sells its products through Viator.com, the Viator Tours and Activities App for iPhone, the Viator Ultimate Experience Guide for iPad, eight local language sites for the European and Japanese markets and more than 2,000 affiliated sites that include major hotel chains and airlines, online travel agencies, city-specific sites and more. Viator is a privately held company, with lead investment from The Carlyle Group, one of the world's largest private equity firms. Founded in 1995, Viator is headquartered in San Francisco with regional offices in Sydney, London and Las Vegas. Visit the Viator Travel Blog for more inspiration or follow the company on Facebook and Twitter for the latest deals, promotions, contests and Viator news.
About Air New Zealand: Air New Zealand is recognised as one of the world?s leading airlines and has won more than two dozen international awards in 2011 alone including being named the World?s Best Premium Economy Class Airline and the Best Airline Australia /Pacific in the recent Skytrax World Airline Awards. Air New Zealand delivers uniquely Kiwi journeys to more than 12 million passengers who fly to, from and within New Zealand each year. The airline operates more than 4000 flights each week, connecting customers to 26 destinations within New Zealand and to Australia, the Pacific Islands, China, Japan, Canada, USA and the United Kingdom.
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