The Tourism Industry Association New Zealand (TIA), the peak industry organisation for New Zealand’s tourism sector, has formally sealed its new Premier Business partnership arrangement with two of the world’s largest insurance organisations, AIG and JLT. JLT is a global insurance, risk consultancy and employee benefits specialist.
TIA Chief Executive Chris Roberts, JLT New Zealand Chief Executive Matthew Riddle and AIG New Zealand Chief Executive Mike Raines signed the agreement at an exclusive dinner for New Zealand tourism leaders ahead of yesterday’s sold-out 2015 TIA National Tourism Summit in Wellington.
The new partnership establishes JLT and AIG as the preferred insurance and risk partners for TIA for the next three years. It will be key to supporting and shaping the tourism industry to remain competitive and responsive to global marketplace changes, Mr Roberts says.
Since the partnership took effect on 1 August 2015, TIA members are already benefiting from the in-depth expertise and knowledge of the tourism industry that JLT and AIG can offer, with comprehensive insurance and risk services and solutions.
“Tourism is enjoying a boom and the industry is committed to reaching our Tourism 2025 $41 billion growth target. Now more than ever, we need smart insurance solutions tailored for our tourism industry,” TIA Chief Executive Chris Roberts said.
JLT is in a position to leverage its in-depth knowledge of the tourism landscape and has invested in a dedicated tourism team to support TIA members, Chief Executive Matthew Riddle says.
“We are focussed on building on our excellent relationship with TIA and we are thrilled AIG has joined us to support New Zealand’s tourism industry,” Mr Riddle said.
AIG New Zealand Chief Executive Mike Raines says the company is partnering with TIA because it is keen for a deeper involvement with New Zealand’s fast-growing tourism industry.
“AIG offers a comprehensive range of corporate and commercial insurance and risk management products and services. We want to help New Zealand tourism businesses capture today’s opportunities and look to the future with confidence,” Mr Raines said.
Jeff Rutledge, CEO of AIG Travel, has recently been named Vice Chairman of the World Travel and Tourism Council, adding to AIG’s depth of knowledge of the tourism industry.