- Long Island Tours, Hawke's Bay
Jan Willoughby mentored Long Island Tours to look at creating new product which
was being taken to Trenz 2009. With her expert guidance, professionalism and
ability to pick up on nuances and ideas we created three extraordinary
experiential tours. I was absolutely delighted with the result of Jan's
mentoring and creative guidance. She has immense tourism knowledge, she is
extremely thorough and hardworking and what is rare is she is particularly
intuitive. Jan has an extraordinary ability to quickly understand what will
work and to pull ideas together.
Brigid Ormond, Director
- Tasting Australia
Jan Willoughby has been a shining light in the food & wine tourism industry relationship between New Zealand and Australia. With the ever increasing competition for the tourism dollar, the building of strong ongoing international relationships has never been more important. Jan has made this a focus of her work over the last few years with great commitment, the already successful New Zealand - Australia relationship will grow further through Jan's continuing efforts. Jan has been a valued member of the international jury for the Le Cordon Bleu World Food Media Awards including the 2010 awards.
David Evans, Board of Management, Tasting Australia
- Stonyridge Vineyard, Waiheke Island
The NZFWTN Mentor Programme has been a thoroughly worthwhile experience for the development of food & wine tourism at Stonyridge Vineyard on Waiheke Island. Jan provided the forum to 'brain storm' ideas and brought fantastic input with her years of international wine tourism experience. We look forward to implementing the initiatives created and highly recommend this programme to anyone looking for a point of difference in their respective business.
David Jackson, General Manager
- NZ Wine Centre, Hawke's Bay
The mentoring process has been fundamental in pushing our business in the right direction as we attempt to establish ourselves within the local market and enhance our current products. It was extremely beneficial in getting someone within our industry, with such a wide range of knowledge to not only encourage us, but to provide assistance and feedback. We also found it important to have someone from outside of our business, with a fresh, new outlook, who could advise us on some of our ideas and products that may or may not work within the industry. We now feel that we are better equipped to move forward and extend our business locally, nationally and internationally.
Angela Barons, Owner
- Tauranga Tasting Tours & Charters
You have made us think 'beyond the square' as far as whom we should target for our clientele, and aim and provide a better range of tours. We have been reacquainted with other operators with whom we are now presenting a more up-market product, and have established a basis for ongoing dialogue and interaction. We hadn't realised how little our website reflected our local area, especially in relation to images, and it has been great to get something far more regionally relevant. Your ability to fit our needs into your and our busy schedules has been really appreciated.
Lyn & Paul Marston, Owners