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Newmans Coach Lines now Qualmark ‘Endorsed’

20 May 2005

Newmans Coach Lines now Qualmark ‘Endorsed’.

Newmans Coach Lines, the premium brand of The InterCity Group (NZ) Ltd is now Qualmark® ‘Endorsed’, the highest Qualmark classification for tourism transport businesses. Newmans Coach Lines provides premium sightseeing services between New Zealand’s main centres and key tourist regions and attractions.

Qualmark is New Zealand’s official tourism mark of quality. All transportation, accommodation and tourism businesses listed on the Qualmark website carry the Qualmark® logo which signifies their independent assessment as professional and trustworthy - and that the consumer can buy with confidence.

“It is important to overseas visitors that our service has the stamp of approval from an independent rating organisation, said Malcolm Johns, CEO for the InterCity Group. “We are proud that Qualmark has ‘Endorsed’ Newmans Coach Lines. This endorsement is Qualmarks highest rating for tourism transport products”, continued Johns.

“The international travel trade and consumer will look for independent assurance when booking a product or service. Our listing on the Qualmark® website www.qualmark.co.nz provides this! As thirty per cent of our passengers come from overseas, this highly credible endorsement is most important to our international and domestic business”, said Johns.

Qualmark is a government/private sector partnership between Tourism New Zealand and the New Zealand Automobile Association. Qualmark assessors are fully trained and qualified to undertake assessments. They have commercial experience in transportation, hospitality, accommodation management and assessing.

Newmans Coach Lines is New Zealand’s largest tourist focused transport network, operating daily, year round. They have been showing visitors around New Zealand since 1879, providing sightseeing excursions to major tourist destinations, as well as scheduled services linking main commercial and tourist centres.

Newmans operates between: Auckland – Wellington, Waitomo Caves, Rotorua - Auckland, Rotorua - Wellington, Tauranga - Napier, Christchurch - Mt Cook - Queenstown, Queenstown/Te Anau to Milford Sound and from 1 October 2005 Queenstown to Fox and Franz Josef Glaciers. http://www.newmanscoach.co.nz/

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