Rio de Janeiro was the destination for the Carters Advantage ninth annual Barefoot trip, where more than 300 lucky Advantage members used their rewards points to visit Brazil for a week of sightseeing and relaxing.
The welcome event was held on top of Sugar Loaf Mountain where everyone enjoyed taking in their first views of the amazing city. However, even on holiday there was work to be done. Edmund Lawler of Lawler and Associates and Andrew Gawith from Infometrics gave an informative presentation on current changes to building legislations and an insight into the future direction of New Zealand.
Then it was off to the regional dinners at traditional Brazilian restaurants to sample some of the local cuisine. Entertainment was abundant in Rio, with customers trying a variety of daily activities — hang-gliding over the city, scuba diving, tours of the ancient city of Petropolis and Favela trips to visit the slums.
Of course a trip to Rio would not be complete without a visit to Corcovado and the welcoming arms of Christ the Redeemer where 360° panoramic views awaited the group. Learning the samba In Rio you need to learn to do the Samba, and the Happy Hour saw many of the customers learning a few new steps.
The famous Brazilian Caiparinha cocktail helped to ensure that all embarrassment of treading on toes was soon forgotten! Rio conjures up images of Mardi Gras and that was the theme for the fi nale night held at the Copacabana Palace.
Customers designed their own costumes but everyone enjoyed dancing the night away to an authentic Brazilian band complete with Mardi Gras dancers in splendid costumes. But like all good things, the week had to end, and the farewell drinks held at Rio Scenarium provided an opportunity to refl ect on another great Barefoot.
Carters would like to thank their customers for their loyalty to the company and to the Advantage programme and, of course, to the suppliers who help to make Barefoot bigger and better each year and without whom the trip would not be possible — Carter Holt Harvey, Tasman Insulation, Marley, Holcim, Sika/Fosroc, MSL, Makita, James Hardie, Winstone Wallboards, Clearlite, Mitek, Electrolux, Firth, Paslode and Hurricane.
Anything’s Possible with Advantage, and in 2007 Carters looks forward to its customers joining them as they say “Aloha” Barefoot style in Hawaii!