New Caledonia launches specialist operator for Australia


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New Caledonia Tourism (NCTPS) together with Entire Travel Connection has launched a New Caledonia specialist operator – New Caledonia Travel Connection – further cementing the destinations prosperous future within the Australian market.

New Caledonia Travel Connection will join the likes of French Travel Connection; Spain & Portugal Travel Connection; and Tahiti Travel Connection, under the Entire Travel Connection banner.

The announcement was made during an event held in conjunction with the 2016 French Film Festival presented by the Alliance Francais last night, with over 80 agents in attendance. The evening also included a viewing of the French film The Brand New Testament.

NCTPS tourism director Jean-Michel Foutrein is absolutely thrilled that Entire Travel Connection has chosen New Caledonia for the next expansion of its business.

“We have no doubt that having a dedicated tour operator will be a huge win for the destination, and one with such a strong and established profile within the Australian market will be sure to enhance the destination’s appeal. We look forward to working together to showcase the beauty of New Caledonia and its islands,” Mr Foutrein said.

Entire Travel Connection Managing Director, Brad McDonnell said, “New Caledonia with its French sophistication yet culturally diverse and rich atmosphere, not to mention it being located less than three hours from Australia, makes a very compelling proposition for the Australian traveller. This expansion has been in the pipeline for some time and it is a proud moment to see it come to fruition at such an exciting time for the destination.

“We see huge potential with New Caledonia and we look forward to sharing our passion and invaluable tips to help agents create unique itineraries for their clients.”

New Caledonia has seen strong growth over the last 12 months with a 16 per cent increase in inbound Aussie visitors throughout 2015, compared to 2014, setting a new record for the destination and securing Australia in second position behind France for visitation.

“New Caledonia has never been in better shape for tourism growth. With increased connectivity via the national carrier Aircalin, global investment and product development. The year ahead is looking bigger than ever and ambitious targets have been set to ensure that tourism growth continues,” Mr Foutrein said.

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