Air New Zealand offers ‘mystery breaks’ to lure travelers back

(CNN) – In the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic, every trip seems like a big question mark. So one airline argues, why not accept that question mark?

Air New Zealand is bringing back its Mystery Breaks program, where travelers pay a flat fee to book a complete vacation package with the airline and agree to only find out their destination two days before their departure.

With the packages starting at A $ 599 ($ ​​422), travelers can choose between three tiers: Great, Deluxe, or Luxury. They also choose the dates they want to travel and a place they are not interested in.

The airline flies to 20 destinations in New Zealand, including Art Deco Napier, the adventure capital of Queensland and historic Dunedin.

Accommodation will be in an Accor hotel and will be rented by Avis as both brands are partners with Air New Zealand.

New Zealand has managed to contain coronavirus within its borders, but residents cannot travel outside the country, except for a few Australian states, without quarantining or taking other security measures upon their return.

According to the New Zealand Ministry of Health, the country had 1,531 confirmed coronavirus cases within its borders and only 25 deaths.

Nationwide coronavirus restrictions were lifted in June. There are currently no limits on domestic travel.

While the country’s borders remain closed to almost all visitors, the most effective way to stimulate the tourism sector is to encourage locals to travel inland.

Tourism Industry Aotearoa (TIA), a national organization made up of many partners in the tourism industry, has asked for support from Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, whose government recently won re-election by a decisive majority.

One of TIA’s proposals was that the government should give every New Zealander a $ 200 “credit card” for tourism businesses such as hotels and attractions.

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