The Green Spot
Almost 25 year ago a first visit to New Zealand created the name of our company, The Green Spot. Tucked away in the southwestern Pacific Ocean, the three main islands appeared out of the blue as a beautiful green dot.
Kevin Roberts Chairman of Saatchi & Saatchi described New Zealand as “an adventurous, innovative, creative nation because it exists on the extreme edge of Western Civilization”
New Zealand has grown over those years as a destination that offers innovative, natural experiences. Giving its visitors a sense of discovery and adventure.
New Zealand invented the jet boat taking nature lovers or thrill seekers to inaccessible places
Helicopters drop off people on top of glaciers, at remote glamping (luxury tenting) sites or Hobbit movie locations for those adventurous, romantic or movie mad travellers.
The first inhabitants of New Zealand, Maori called their land Aotearoa, Land of the long white cloud.
Their contribution to tourism is significant and based on sharing it stories and their land they want to keep New Zealand green and prosperous for many generations to enjoy.
New Zealand people are friendly, open, resourceful and fresh thinkers. Being bi-cultural, they are young, energetic and creative. Surrounded by water the islands covered in native forest and dotted with snow covered mountains. Just over 4 million people live here, your clients never feel crowded.
New Zealand is not isolated or unsophisticated, and the locals, called kiwis genuinely make you feel welcome.
The Green Spot believes that whatever we do to promote New Zealand and the wider South Pacific Islands, it is all about people.
Our clients, our suppliers but above all your travellers are important to us. A dedicated team will introduce them to amazing places and people. We want them to talk about New Zealand when they leave and recommend you.
Our multilingual Dutch, German and New Zealand Team is specialised in tailor made self-drives, have great ideas for your groups , they know how to find the best places for your MICE, and cater in a fast and creative way for all your request.
Please feel free to experience New Zealand’s uniqueness through us your local DMC and we say: “Kia Ora, hello and thank you for coming”.
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Please find below feedback from people that travelled with us:
CEO The Green Spot
Name: Jan Gerritsen
1. How did you end up working in the tourism industry?
Traveling from my teenage years, backpacking across the Greek Island to seeing the world from behind a camera and microphone as a journalist brought me to the country I now call home: Aotearoa New Zealand.
2. What inspired you to start this company?
The relaxed attitude of the Kiwi’s gave me the space to explore new horizons. Tourism from Europe was relatively small and especially travellers from the Netherland came down under mainly to visit family and friends. A gap in the market was there for the holiday market and the company was founded
3. Describe your first sale/customer.
From the start , our way of working has been to gain the respect and trust from our overseas partners and to build up a reputation to match. The first self-drive was based on the hope that the car, the accommodations and excursions would deliver on their promise. It all went right and after 23 years most of our wholesale clients are still with us!
4. What was your first tour like – and what has changed compared to your most recent?
Not a lot has changed in the way people see our country, we have got more to offer and are working a lot on tailor made itineraries selling New Zealand in a sustainable, sexy, smart and surprising way.
5. What part of the company are you most proud of and why?
Making me proud is the fact that I employ people that are happy sharing the country with travellers that appreciate the delicate destinations we promote.
6. What do you feel sets your company apart from other DMC’s?
We are not for the masses, we choose our partners on the basis of selling New Zealand as a boutique destination, not a supermarket!
7. What does a standard working day look like for you?
I like the creative side of my work, the way the industry is changing and how my company fits in to this. I like to talk about these things and exchange ideas. This and looking after my staff and creating a financial sound business is part of my 4 day work week.
8. What gets you out of bed in the morning?
I am a good sleeper and like to make the most of the day. Getting up is not too difficult, feeling rested. The sun pouring in, my two 17 year old sons getting ready for college are helping too.
9. What keeps you up at night?
A worldcup football Match featuring the Netherlands national team.
10. What other CEO’s do you look up to and why?
I admire people for taking leaps in being different and or accountable. Elon Musk for making electric cars sexy , the NZ CEO for the eco store Malcome Rands, who made plant-based household cleaning, body care and baby care products that are healthier for people and the environment with no nasty chemicals a great sustainable business and CEO’s that put people before profit.
11. where do you see the company in 5 years?
Still in the beautiful Central Plateau of the North Island overlooking New Zealand’s largest(crater) lake with the same people I work with now .