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Flight Centre Barrington Celebrate

Published: Fri 11 Sep 2015 10:26 AM
Flight Centre Barrington Celebrate After Being Named a Top NZ Retailer
• Flight Centre NZ are celebrating after Flight Centre Barrington in Christchurch received top accolades at the esteemed Retail NZ Top Shop (upper South Island) awards
• Flight Centre Barrington report travel is booming in Christchurch, coinciding with recent news from Christchurch Airport who have announced they have more than doubled their profits as passenger numbers recover to near pre-earthquake levels and airlines add more services
The best shops from the upper South Island were named at the Retail NZ Top Shop Awards ceremony at the Air Force Museum of New Zealand in Christchurch, with Flight Centre Barrington taking out the title of national/multi-store Top Shop.
“To win this award is just surreal, it’s an amazing feeling and there’s a real buzz in the office,” says Flight Centre Barrington team leader Debbie Moore.
Cruiseabout Nelson was also awarded top honours, taking home the runners up title in the national/multi-store store category.
Flight Centre NZ general manager retail, Sue Matson, said it was a fantastic achievement for both of the stores and a real credit to the teams.
“We are really proud of our teams at Flight Centre Barrington - Debbie Moore, Claire Thomas, Claire Townsend, Terri Gledhill, Tonya Bristow, Jason Ward, Lauren Kenny, Kayte John, Nicole Dann, Rebecca West and Drew Evamy - and Cruiseabout Nelson – Amanda Cuff, Louise Wise, Lauren Phillips - winning these awards is a real testament to their hard work and commitment to their clients.”
Ms Moore says that travel is really booming at the moment, particularly in the South.
“We are in a real ‘golden era of travel’ at the moment, with many destinations much more accessible and more competitively priced than ever before, Southerners are really making the most of this and we’ve had a very busy few months,” she says.
This coincides with recent news from Christchurch Airport who have announced they have more than doubled their profits as passenger numbers recover to near pre-earthquake levels and airlines add more services.
The airport says that with airlines adding services the airport expects 6.1 million passengers a year to pass through its domestic and international terminals in the 2016 financial year, up from 5.93m in the year to June 30, 2015.
Ms Moore says that current top destinations for locals in Christchurch include Australia, the South Pacific and Asia.
“Whilst the South is very busy at this time of the year with tourists coming to explore destinations like Queenstown and Wanaka, Southerners instead are keen to escape the cold and destinations like Rarotonga, the Gold Coast and Bali are proving really popular,” Ms Moore says.
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