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Expo Brings Growing Domestic Travel Benefits

9 November 2004

Expo Brings Growing Domestic Travel Benefits Among Popular Resources Are Expo and Travellers’ Network

Travel by Kiwis between the Bay of Islands and Bluff is projected to increase 10% by 2010.* With more trips but not more time, New Zealanders need to make the most of their holidays.

A special event in Auckland next week will give New Zealanders a chance to gather resources, review options and talk to the experts.

On 19-20 November, the city’s annual Adventure Travel Expo is a fun and educational place to start dreaming of new destinations –whether close to home or overseas.

“It’s inspiring,” says YHA New Zealand Marketing Manager Daniel Shields. “You might go in thinking ‘wine tours’ and leave planning windsurfing lessons. It’s a chance to think about those places in New Zealand – and the rest of the world – that you have always wanted to visit.”

In addition to the expo, another popular means of keeping up with the latest in unique destinations and special offers is membership in the world’s first and largest independent travellers’ network. Over 25,000 New Zealanders belong to YHA and receive the latest travel news, tips and exclusive discounts on everything from airfares to magazine subscriptions.

Admission to Auckland’s two-day showcase of New Zealand and international travel experiences is only $5. Or visit www.yha.co.nz and simply print out the FREE entry voucher.

Auckland Backpackers and Adventure Travel Expo – Sponsored by YHA New Zealand 19-20 November 2004 Aotea Centre, Auckland Central Friday, 19 (noon – 7pm) and Saturday 20 November 2004 (10am – 4pm)

*Tourism Research Council Forecast NZ Domestic Travel (2004-2010)

About YHA As a not-for-profit organisation, YHA New Zealand focuses on a commitment to education through travel and environmental conservation. Its mission is to provide overseas and New Zealand members with a wide range of experiences through Hostels, travel and activities, in order to enable them to increase their awareness of the world and its people, and contribute to their educational development.

YHA was founded in New Zealand in 1932, developing over seven decades into a unique network of 64 hostels nationwide with around 26,000 New Zealand members.

YHA has been built by the efforts of volunteers who raised funds, personally constructed and managed many of the facilities. In 2003/04 the network recorded 600,000 guest overnights, around 87 percent from international travellers.

YHA New Zealand is a full member of the International Youth Hostels Federation, which is represented by the Hostelling International (HI) brand. There are over 4,200 YHA/HI Hostels in 80 countries, which enable Members to connect with the natural environment, local culture and like-minded travellers.

www.yha.co.nz

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