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Aussie agents explore regional Czech Republic

Australian group at Punkva Caves Czech Republic April 2019

AS part of a global marketing initiative incorporating 20 countries worldwide, the Czech Tourism Board are currently hosting a select group of Australian travel consultants to experience the regional areas The Czech Republic has to offer outside of the country’s hot spot, Prague.

The wine region of Southern Movarian is becoming increasing popular with domestic and international guests and currently produces 97 per cent of all Czech wines. The wine region covers 16,514 hectares and includes 306 winemakers- all creating a wide variety of red, white, rose, orange and dessert wines.

The group are pictured at the Punkva Caves in Moravian Kras which is located north from the country’s second largest city of Brno. This limestone cave system was discovered in 1909, with the ‘Dry Sector’ open for visitors to walk through. In 1920 the ‘wet sector; was opened where guests board electronic boats and cruise through the water system of the caves.

Major international industry recognition for MTA’s Ally Kilpin

MTA - Rosewood Hotels and Resorts President Radha Arora and Ally Kilpin April 2019

Pictured, MTA – Mobile Travel Agents’ Ally Kilpin with Rosewood Hotels & Resorts president, Radha Arora at the official opening of the Rosewood Hong Kong in Kowloon.

MTA’s longest serving Advisor, Ally’s attendance at the event was the culmination of six months of hard work as a member of the VIP team assembled by Virtuoso to form the hotel’s pre-opening advisory board.

MTA CEO, Don Beattie said Ally’s invitation to join the board represented major recognition both for her personally and also for MTA’s capacity to deliver quality travel experiences through its travel experts with luxury travel providers such as Virtuoso.

HLO Agents journey with Azamara Club Cruises

HLO AZA White Night

HLO Agents recently cruised onboard Azamara Quest from Sydney to Cairns with stops at Airlie Beach and Townsville.

The cruise started with dinner at Prime C, Azamara’s specialty dining steakhouse with an impressive gourmet offering for the group.The first sea day, the agents in attendance completed an Azamara training session, which concluded with a visit from the officers of Azamara Quest, including Captain Magnus Davidson!

In the evening everyone enjoyed the buffet feast, with lobster on the pool deck and danced up a storm at the White Night party. (see image above)The second sea day included a sneak-peek behind the scenes of the Galley Tour followed by an exciting Bridge Tour. Port time was enjoyed by all in Airlie Beach, Townsville and an overnight in Cairns.

They finished the week on a high with an incredible seven-course meal and wine pairing at Chef’s Table.

Avalon Waterways Celebrate New Tulip Time Cruises for 2020

Helloworld Winston Hills Lara Pritchard, Alexa Papoulias, Dallas Bendt, Yvette Claughton

To celebrate the launch of Avalon Waterways’ new 2020 Tulip Time itineraries, Avalon Waterways Sales Team Leader, Alexa Papoulias, was up bright and early this morning delivering bunches of tulips to Helloworld Winston Hills and Flight Centre in Epping.

Avalon’s three new Tulip Time tours have been crafted to showcase Holland’s picturesque spring season, when the tulips are in full bloom and the crowds are small. New itineraries include eight-day Tulip Time in Holland & Belgium, eight-day Tulip Time Highlights, and 15-day Grand Tulip Cruise of Holland & Belgium.

These new additions will add to existing eight-day tulip-focused itineraries, Tulip Time Cruise and Tulips of Northern Holland.

Adventure World Travel unveils new website 

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Award-winning tailor-made specialists, Adventure World Travel, is continuing its 40th-anniversary celebrations with the launch of a new website.

The website’s enhancements ensure it is now more user-friendly with simplified navigation, and with updated versions for mobile and tablet users, with quicker load times, making for overall smoother user experience.

The brand-new homepage video highlights the brand’s unique value proposition of providing bespoke, tailor-made experiences for over 40 years, giving travellers a taste of their future travels with UGC and curated content from past travellers including video content on South Africa by freelance Creative Director Sam Evans.

Adventure World’s key pillars are highlighted, showcasing the brand’s tailor-made touch, the breadth of experience of their destination experts, their commitment to responsible travel and legacy of over 40 years of experience creating exceptional journeys across the globe.

Claim a $50 Gift Card bonus for Europe Bookings* Deposited Before 31 May – Travel Agent Exclusive to Creative Cruising

Creative Cruising has launched an exclusive Travel Agent $50* gift card bonus for Europe bookings made before 31 May with Celebrity Cruises, Azamara Club Cruises, MSC Cruises and Norwegian Cruise Line. Along with the gift card offer Creative Cruising has secured exclusive rates and inclusions for your clients next European holiday.

Creative Cruising has tailor-made some spectacular packages with incredible savings and inclusions for their Travel Agency partners.

April and May are the months where travel agents can book their clients next European cruise with Creative Cruising and receive a bonus for themselves. This uncapped gift card incentive will reward agents with a $50* gift card on any European cruise departure booked with Celebrity Cruises, Azamara Club Cruises, MSC Cruises or Norwegian Cruise Line.

Creative Cruising’s flexible packages include reduced fares, early booking discounts as well as exclusive on-board credit. These specially curated packages also incorporate current in market offer including ‘Free at Sea’ with Norwegian Cruise Line and a supersaver fare with MSC Cruises.

*Terms and conditions apply.

Macao offers food for thought for Sydney agents

MGTO - Trade evening Parramatta April 9 (7)

Macao’s standing as an authentic City of Gastronomy couldn’t have been better illustrated when a group of Sydney travel consultants dined on a Chinese feast while learning about the Asian centre’s long-lasting love affair with food.

On hand in Parramatta to greet the agents was a cut-out version of Macao’s loveable mascot Mak Mak, a black-faced spoonbill native to Macao, her headwear inspired by the historic Guia Lighthouse, once the highest point of the former Portuguese enclave.

Sixteen Flight Centre travel experts from stores in Parramatta, North Rocks, Burwood and Macquarie were on hand at the special workshop dinner to grab the latest news from Macao which is celebrating its 20th anniversary as a Special Administrative Region of China.

Vanuatu Makes a Splash in Adelaide and Melbourne

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To celebrate the upcoming launch of Air Vanuatu’s direct Melbourne to Port Vila flights, The Vanuatu Tourism Office (VTO) and Air Vanuatu, joined by 11 hoteliers and tour operators, recently visited 66 travel agencies throughout suburban Adelaide and Melbourne.

The three day tour also included a wholesaler soirée and two interactive agent events, where guests were treated to Tanna Coffee espresso martinis on arrival, before a hotly-contested game of trivia. One lucky agent in each city walked away with a fantastic trip to Vanuatu, including flights and accommodation.

Agents become Instagrammers on dream Insta-California Road Trip Fam

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Twelve agents have returned from a very special 7-day Insta-California Road Trip joint trade fam with Visit California, Air New Zealand, Currency Pass and Flight Centre. The agent attendees earned their spot on this “Only-in California” dream fam through a sales incentive that ran with Flight Centre and Air New Zealand in January.

Flying into LA with Air New Zealand, the fam featured West Hollywood, Greater Palm Springs and San Diego, with itinerary highlights including a Lakers Game (Courtesy of Currency Pass), horseback riding through the desert in Palm Springs, and a speed boat tour of San Diego Harbour.  The agents stayed at three beautiful hotels: Mondrian Los Angeles, the brand new Kimpton Rowan Palm Springs, and the brand new Intercontinental San Diego.

But this was no ordinary trade fam! In addition to the amazing itinerary, agents were gifted $500 USD on a pre-loaded Currency Pass to shop until they dropped whilst in California. And to make the trip extra special, a professional photographer joined the group during some of the activities to capture amazing content that the agents were able to use on their own social media channels, sharing their brag-worthy trip on social media.

All agents were graduates of Visit California’s digital training platform, California STAR. If you want your chance to be included on the next epic fam trip, be sure get yourself graduated soon via the program: http://star.visitcalifornia.com/au.

Trip.com Australia hosts launch event

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Trip.com Australia yesterday hosted over 60 partners of the travel industry for an official launch event. Part of the Ctrip Group, the world’s largest Online Travel Agency (OTA) by TTV (Total Transaction Value), Trip.com is a one-stop travel shop for Australian travellers.

Trip.com offers flights, hotels, trains, car hire, airport transfers, day tours and attractions tickets across desktop, mobile and app. With an intention to increase product offerings within the year.

Still a young OTA, Trip.com has experienced three-digit year-on-year growth and has been expanding rapidly, having entered 5 new markets and added 6 new languages in the past 12 months.

Entire Travel Group showcase a ‘different side’ of Europe to Sydney agents

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On Wednesday night, over 100 travel agents and trade partners gathered at ‘View by Sydney’ to discover a different side of Europe. ‘See Europe Differently’ was the theme of the glamourous Soiree put together by Entire Travel Group in partnership with Atout France, Monaco Tourism Board, Switzerland Tourism, Le Boat and Rail Europe.

Agents were first invited to explore Entire Travel Group European brands via a market place where they were able to taste some Swiss cheese & wine, discover the famous Orange Liqueur from Monaco, or sip some Italian bubbles with a Prosecco tasting… This was followed by a delicious European dinner during which agents were able to learn about new and different ways to Explore Europe through Q&As sessions with partners as well as Entire Travel Group’s Destination specialists.

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