Gregory, Gregoire and Stephane managed an online travel company together in Auckland.
It was a successful company, helping international travellers to visit New Zealand.
The Covid-19 pandemic stopped all bookings overnight and we quickly noticed that the domestic market wasn’t going to generate enough bookings for us to survive, and even worse, it was the same for most of the tourism industry.
We wanted to help local NZ travel operators find customers and also keep revenue in New Zealand so we created Auction Bay - a website where they can offer accommodation, activities, vehicles to New Zealanders via an auction or book now system. If customers are wanting to travel on weekdays or off peak periods or add an extra night to their booking, the travel operators will offer their products via auction at a very competitive price.
It's a win-win situation for everyone involved. This is a new concept in New Zealand. We want tourism operators and domestic travellers to embrace this way of offering and organising their travel. We created a fair and honest platform for operators to reach customers, a place for tourist boards to promote their region and a place for Kiwis to look after their tourism community.