Travel Agents

Agent wrap: Helloworld conference photos, agent incentives, Entire Travel Group webinars + more!

If there is one thing we can guarantee for this week’s agent wrap, it’s that it has more photos than your mum’s wedding album. We’re serious.

Helloworld welcomes conference delegates in Vietnam

Helloworld Travel has kicked off its Owner Managers Conference and Business Summit in Vietnam with a welcome event on Thursday.

Held at the InterContinental, the event welcomed all delegates to the conference in style, and was sponsored by Singapore Airlines.

Check out some of the photos from the event below:

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The Library in Koh Samui offers 15 per cent agency commission and bar discount

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The Library in Koh Samui, Thailand is offering a 15 per cent discount on its Best Available Rates (BAR) on bookings received by 15 May 2019 for guest stays of two nights or more in a Smart Studio, Exotic Suite or Secret Pool Villa until 31 July 2019.

Discounted rates will commence at THB10,710 or THB12,713 Nett per night based on accommodation for two guests in a smart studio, including The Library’s daily signature breakfast culture on the beach.

Furthermore, a THB500 restaurant credit per each night will apply for guests staying in a Smart Studio or Exotic Suite and a THB1000 restaurant credit per each night for stays in a Secret Pool Villa.

Restaurant credits can be used at either The Library’s beachfront restaurant, The Page or the Drink Gallery along Chaweng Road. offers travel agents double rewards points opportunity in May, the hotel booking platform for agents, has just made booking hotels for the entire month of May more enticing than ever before by offering double rewards points for every dollar spent.

All bookings made this will garner double points, which translates to one Room-Res Rewards point for every dollar at the base Silver Tier, 1.2 points for Gold Tier agents and a massive 1.5 points for the top Platinum Tier.

Travel agents don’t need to do anything to take advantage of this golden opportunity. will automatically reward members the extra bonus points for every hotel booked until 11.59pm (AEDT) on Friday 31 May 2019.

The accrued points can then be redeemed for a partial or full discount on more than 400,000 hotels around the world.

To learn more about this special offer, click here.


Limited spots left for Sydney PR and travel writing workshops

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There are only a few spots left on travel writer Rob McFarland’s upcoming PR and travel writing workshops in Sydney.

The PR workshop (on Thursday 16 May from 8:30am to 12:30pm) covers press release writing and story pitching, and includes feedback from 30 of Australia’s leading travel editors.

The travel writing workshop (on Sunday 19 May from 10am to 5pm) covers a specialised toolkit of writing and pitching techniques, plus includes a detailed post-course review.

Both courses cost $399 per person and are limited to 12 participants.

For more information, click here or email


Entire Travel Group webinars open for registration

Entire Travel Group has three upcoming destination webinars open for registration. Here’s all you need to know:

Monaco, Glamour by the Sea on 8 May 2019 at 4pm AEST (register here)

Once in your life you have to go for a trip in Monaco. This mythic place, between the Alps and the Mediterranean sea will offer you dreams and reality. Alone, both or with your family, for romantic holidays, simple tourism or a business trip, the Principality of Monaco is a universe of many facets.

Learn more about this small but so iconic state and the prestigious luxury SBM hotels; from the Hôtel de Paris Monte-Carlo, Hôtel Hermitage Monte-Carlo, Monte-Carlo Beach and Monte-Carlo Bay Hotel & Resort.

Vancouver & Alaska Adventure Voyage on 9 May 2019 at 10am AEST (register here)

Sail to some of the most alluring, unexpected ports the North Pacific has to offer aboard Azamara Quest.  Adventure has a name, and it’s Alaska.

From the Misty Fjords of the Tongass National Rainforest to the windy shores of Unalaska – and everything in between – you’ll be sure to taste local, encounter rich culture, and admire pristine beauty with experiences that are unique to Azamara.

Join our webinar to find out more about our Vancouver & Alaska Adventure Voyage.

Châteaux & Champagne on 10 May 2019 at 10am AEST (register here)

Imagine exploring two of the most historical and charming region of France in one tour. The Loire Valley is the valley that’s stoked the world’s romantic imagination – a land of chateaux, fine wines and spectacular scenery.

And of course, it’s easy to come up with one great reason to visit the Champagne-Ardenne region. After all, the world’s most celebrated party drink is produced here.

It’s not just fizz that makes it such a great destination though. Join us on this informative webinar to learn more about both regions and how to combine them in a small escorted tour.


Air New Zealand CEO Christopher Luxon resigns

Christopher Luxon is stepping down from the top job at Air New Zealand amid reports he’s been called up to represent the All Blacks at the Rugby World Cup.




GET A MOVE ON: only a few tickets left for Women in Travel + UBER offer!

This is your final warning, folks: our Women in Travel Awards are on tomorrow night!




Boeing CEO admits “mistake” in handling of problematic 737 MAX aircraft

First an apology, now an admission. Boeing CEO Dennis Muilenburg has finally owned up to the manufacturer’s handling of the 737 MAX.



Midweek Interview

Midweek interview with Aurora Expeditions’ Vicky Primrose

This week, Travel Weekly tried to coax secrets out of Aurora Expeditions’ global head of marketing over a few wines, but we had a few too many ourselves and forgot them all.




INCENTIVE ALERT: Excite launches ultimate US shopping guide

The wholesaler has partnered up with Simon Shopping Destinations to bring you every shopaholic’s dream.




CATO chairman takes aim at “deceptive and misleading” advertising by industry disruptors

Did you happen to miss Dennis Bunnik’s venom-filled address at CATO’s recent AGM? Consider yourself caught up with this.




Aussie family shocked by whopping $30,000 holiday phone bill

Please excuse us while we scream internally for the rest of the day as we process the concept of a $30K phone bill.




“A kick to the tourism industry”: NSW government slammed over $35m budget cut

Just like the fireworks in the accompanying photo, two prominent industry bodies have gone off about the NSW government’s big funding cut to its tourism agency.




Cruise wrap: Aurora teams up with NASA scientist, P&O’s Big Laugh Comedy fest returns + MORE!

Tired of your colleagues outsmarting you when it comes to the latest cruise brochures and deals? Get the upper hand right here.




MH370: Report sheds new light on suicide theory and Malaysian cover-up

A detailed report by a veteran journalist has exposed new details about how passengers may have met their end at the hands of a lonely pilot.




How Air Canada is making its mark on gender equality, locally and globally

With the Women in Travel Awards 2019 just days away, we wanted to shine the light on a company that truly values female representation across the board.




Aviation wrap: Qantas grows US network, Emirates reduces single-use plastics, Air Vanuatu’s new service + more

This week’s aviation wrap comes free of any mentions of flaperons, altimeters or horizontal stabilisers.