By Ben Alcock 16 Oct 2019The Australian travel industry’s premier career accelerator has taken flight with plans to make a very big splash across The Ditch. Kiwis, are you ready to take your careers to another level?Travel Industry Mentor Experience (TIME) has made its first international splash by setting up shop in New Zealand. TIME’s Kiwi program is being managed by prominent local travel industry figure, Marg Spiro. At a launch event in Auckland recently, Marg introduced the renowned mentoring program to the Kiwi travel industry.“We’re thrilled to see TIME establish itself in New Zealand, and we look forward to welcoming the first intake of four participants soon,” said Marg.TIME NZ’s Margaret Spiro with Grant Bevin from ATPI at the launch event.TIME committee member Andrew Bowman, a driving force behind taking the program to New Zealand, said the arrival of TIME is long-overdue.“Perhaps we’ve been a little guilty in recent times of being profit-driven; short-term thinking,” said Andrew.The freshly-minted TIME New Zealand committee.“TIME is about a longer-term approach. It’s an on-going focus on professional development. It’s a passing of the baton from one generation to the next,”Andrew Bowman, TIME committee memberJust like in Australia, the not-for-profit program relies entirely on the generous support of sponsors to deliver its tailored, structured mentoring program to ambitious travel industry professionals.Andrew Gay, Amadeus; Gerard Murphy, Bon Voyage Travel; and Chris Jones from Discover the World at the TIME launch.“We’re so grateful for the support of our inaugural NZ program sponsors,” said Marg.Get to know them below.GOLD SPONSORS Air New Zealand, Amadeus, APT, and CoverMore.GOLD PARTNERS Grand Mercure Hotel, Tabs on Travel, and Travelinc.SILVER SPONSORS Avis, Francis Travel Marketing, and United AirlinesSILVER PARTNERS TA Accounting and Service IQAir New Zealand’s Leanne Geraghty with Bruce Morrison from CoverMore Insurance at TIME.Even though the program hasn’t even welcomed its first participant, it’s already looking beyond Auckland.“We’re incredibly proud to see the mentoring program that’s so well established in Australia, take its first international steps. We’re delighted that TIME NZ is in Marg’s very capable hands. Once the program is established in Auckland, we expect to quickly extend to Christchurch and beyond.”Penny Spencer, TIME FounderSo, the call has officially gone out for New Zealand’s first-ever intake of mentees. If you know someone across The Ditch who’s ambitious and ready to advance their career through personalised mentoring, point them to www.travelindustrymentor.co.nz or contact Marg Spiro at [email protected]Do you know any New Zealand travel and tourism industry pros whose careers would go to the next level with some formal mentoring? Other stories you may likeCELEBRATION TIME: Grads Galore At Cover-More!ADELAIDE’S TIME: Phil Hoffmann and good times at Journey BeyondTIME SCHOLARSHIP: Are You Looking for 2020 Career Clarity?