Travel Agents

Agent wrap: Helloworld says thanks, agents explore Egypt, Dubai incentive winner + more!

Do you experience a bad case of FOMO when you see fellow agents living it up on famils? You might want to skip this one.

Excite announces Dubai incentive winner


Excite Holidays recently announced the grand prize winner of their major incentive, offering agents a chance to win a luxury trip to Dubai.

The lucky grand prize winner was Mary Anthony from Costa Travel in Surry Hills, NSW! Mary is off to Dubai on a luxury trip which includes return airfares, accommodation at One&Only Royal Mirage and Atlantis, The Palm, transfers, tours and spending money!

Congratulations to Mary, and thanks to all the agents who entered – stay tuned for more incentives to come from Excite Holidays.

Helloworld Travel Says Thanks


Helloworld Travel hosted an exclusive thank-you event to celebrate and appreciate their Preferred Supplier Partners in Sydney this week.  Guests gathered at Doltone House, Darling Island where they were welcomed and thanked by Helloworld Travel CEO and Managing Director Andrew Burnes who spoke of the tremendous value that the Preferred Supplier Partners brought to the Helloworld business.

Guests in attendance also heard from John Constable, Group GM Retail & Commercial, Nick Sutherland, Group GM Corporate and Cinzia Burnes, Executive Director and had the chance to also network with the wider HLO Executive Management Team who were all in attendance.

It was a night of celebration and thanks that was thoroughly enjoyed by all.

ATTN AGENTS: Last chance to join Rock 2019


Time is running out to secure your seat on Contiki’s 2019 ROCK Around The World incentive trip! Don’t miss your chance to be one of the all-star agents heading to the ultimate ROCK experience – a trip through the USA’s deep south, plus Bonnaroo music & arts festival in Tennessee! For your chance to be one of the agents joining us for Australia’s number one famil keep selling Contiki trips and score a spot on the leader board.

To experience the industry’s number one famil, all agents have to do is sell a minimum of 10 trips to go into the draw. #EveryBookingCounts, any trip length, any destination, departing in 2019.

Ponant hosts BluePlanet II VIP Brisbane2019

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A group of lucky Brisbane Travel Agents were treated to a spectacular night out with PONANT Yacht Cruises and Expeditions.
Equipped with VIP Access to meet Joanna Lumley as she hosted and narrated Blue Planet II Live in Concert.
This is Joanna’s first time on stage in Australia. She is one of the most recognisable and loved British personalities, best known as Patsy in the hit comedy series, ‘Absolutely Fabulous’. She is also known for her humanitarian and charity work across the world.
This unique concert experience follows the success of the BBC Studios Natural History Series by Sir David Attenborough.
The live incarnation brought the wonders and mysteries of the planet’s oceans and its characterful inhabitants to the stage, beautifully accompanied by the Queensland Symphony Orchestra.
With a love of the ocean and a Spirit of Discovery, this was the perfect synergy for PONANT Yacht Cruises and Expeditions.

Key Club Med Travel Agents Recognised in Maldivian Paradise


Club Med, along with their top Australian travel agents have celebrated their sales successes last week in the Maldives for the 2019 Top Achievers trip. The four day long VIP event saw the lucky agents enjoy the turquoise playground and lap up the vibrancy of Club Med Kani and indulge in the opulent exclusivity of Club Med Finolhu Villas.

Club Med recap all of the upcoming resort openings and renovations including the much anticipated Five Trident Exclusive Collection resort Club Med Miches Playa Esmerelda opening in December 2019, as well as the company direction and goals.

Five top agencies were also recognised and awarded for their extraordinary and ongoing support of Club Med.

COMO Hotels and Resorts with Thai Airways and Bangkok Airways Agent Famil

Agents at COMO Maalifushi

COMO Hotels and Resorts partnered with Thai Airways and Bangkok Airways to host a luxury agents famil to visit COMO Maalifushi and COMO Cocoa Island this week.

Pictured at COMO Maalifushi from L to R:

Cate Cave, Executive Edge
Kirilly Plum, Destination HQ
Jonica Paramor, Unique Tourism Collection
Pietro Addis, CMF
Anika Hiransi, Thai airways
Lisa Connelly, Connelly and Turner Travel Associates
Jacqui Keating, Smartflyer
Heidi Italia, Travel Managers
Rico Haus, CMF
Josefine Norrman, CMF

Snow falls and hearts melt on part one of the snow’n’ski mega famil in Canada

Lake Louise Group Image SnonSki Mega Famil 2019

30 Australian travel agents have now reached the mid-way point of their Sno’n’Ski Mega Famil through some of Canada’s finest ski resorts.

The group started their sojourn in Jasper, where they stayed the iconic Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge, with its cedar chalets, luxury cabins, grand Great Hall and breathtakingly beautiful Lac Beauvert views, and played on the peaks of nearby Marmot Basin.

The powder-perfect peaks of Marmot Basin, Jasper National Park’s only ski area, boasts a wide variety of runs. While there’s plenty here for beginners, the group found there’s even more to light the eyes of the experienced skier or snowboarder.

Pierce Dolahenty Travel Partners Ocean Shores Travel Consultant, Russell Pierce, said the scene at Jasper couldn’t be more perfect.

Travellers Choice agents explore the land of the pharaohs 

TC members at Abu Simbel

Interacting with locals is one of the most attractive features of any Peregrine Adventures tour, but – as a group of Travellers Choice members recently discovered on an exclusive Egypt Adventure educational – sometimes the most memorable moments happen when you’re alone.

As part of their eight-day educational the agents were looking forward to a mid-afternoon visit to Abu Simbel, but thanks to a serendipitous delay, they arrived later than anticipated.

“The crowds had just completely disappeared,” says Lucinda Metcalfe from Maria Slater Travel. “It was ridiculous because it was just us, on the banks of the Nile, standing beneath these four enormous carved statues of Ramses guarding the Great Temple.”

There were, however, still plenty of opportunities for interactive experiences during the tour, including a boat ride to a Nubian village for dinner with a local family.

“It was nice because it didn’t feel too contrived,” says Metcalfe. “It was like we were Nubian friends who had just turned up for lunch. Everybody we met was lovely and trusting, and one shopkeeper even asked us to look after her shop while she popped out to get something.”

Adventure World Travel celebrates 40th anniversary with VIP travel agents

12.03.19 Andy Kirkman (Head of Sales), Neil Rodgers (MD), Andrea Morgan (Sales Manager ) - Adventure World Travel Lo Res

Last night, Adventure World Travel celebrated its 40thanniversary – hosting a dinner for the brand’s VIP 70 travel advisors at Sydney’s The Mint, a historical and inspirational venue in line with the celebration.

Representatives from Adventure World Travel’s GSA brands, Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic, Explore Worldwide, Star Clippers, Natural Habitat Adventures and Rocky Mountaineer were also in attendance, who help form an integral part of the Adventure World Travel brand and its ethos – Culture & Heritage, Wildlife & Wilderness, and Active Adventures.

Globus Family of Brands gears up for 2019 Supertour

Globus Family of Brands (GFOB) is preparing for its highly anticipated annual Supertour. This year, the 20 top-selling agents from Australia will be heading to the US, for an all-expense paid trip to experience the Southern charm of St Louis, Nashville, Memphis and New Orleans, as well as the architectural hub of the US, Chicago.

Taking place from 26 May to 5 June 2019, highlights of this year’s Supertour will include the Memorial Day festivities and celebrations in Chicago, visiting Graceland in Nashville, the former private retreat of The King of Rock ‘n’ Roll, Elvis Presley, and learning about Cajun cooking at the New Orleans School of Cooking.

Spots on GFOB’s annual Supertours are reserved for top sellers of Globus, Cosmos, Monograms and Avalon Waterways.

Details about the Supertour 2020 will be announced in September 2019.

Helloworld Travel agents turn out to support the Helloworld Travel Volleyroos!


Helloworld Travel agents from around NSW attended VolleyFest at Manly Beach on Sunday to cheer on the Helloworld Travel Volleyroos in the World Beach Tour event, which saw Australia’s Nicole Laird and Becchara Palmer take home gold in the women’s event over the USA in a thrilling point for point match.

Agents and their guests were treated like VIP’s, enjoying all the action from the Helloworld Travel balcony seats in the VIP marquee at the event, with more representatives cheering on from reserved seats in the grandstands.

Queensland agent wins her own dream California STAR Road Trip itinerary


Thanks to California STAR, Visit California’s digital agent training platform and supplier directory, we are excited to announce the winner of this year’s #CaliforniaSTARRoadTrip agent incentive competition! 

At the 2019 Visit USA (AU) / Discover America (NZ) expos, Visit California gave agents the opportunity to win their very own dream California road trip itinerary worth $5,000 USD. At the Visit California expo booth, agents could pick up supplies to customize their own California licence plate at home.

Entrants then had two weeks following the expos to graduate California STAR and upload a photo of personalised California number plate to Facebook or Instagram, along with a caption explaining their dream road trip, hash tagging #CaliforniaSTARRoadTrip.

And the lucky winner is… Genevieve Hofman of Everton Park Flight Centre in Queensland!

Genevieve completed Visit California’s STAR training modules before submitting her very own dream California road trip itinerary on Instagram. Her entry was chosen for its creativity, amazing diversity, and excellent knowledge of the state and suppliers, acquired through her STAR training.

TTC Weekly Deals

Busabout - Greek Island Hopper


Greek Island Hopper

Guests will save up to $225 when they book Busabout’s Greek Island Hopper before March 31 2019 with the MARCHSAVER promocode. Picture it: water so turquoise you can’t help but answer its enticing call, raves beginning at sunrise and lasting well into the early hours of the morning, more golden beaches than you could shake a parasol at and sun-kissed skin as far as the eye can see. All this and more is your clients on Busabouts 11 day Greek Island Hopper trip. The Greek islands are every perfect postcard you’ve ever seen. Best of all, they come gift-wrapped with more history, mythology, fine foods, and parties than any sane person could ever hope to consume. Fall head-over-heels in lust with the four gods of seduction: Mykonos, Paros, Santorini, and Ios! Starting from $1,274 per person (discount included). This offer is on sale now until 31 March 2019 for the following departures; 8, 16 and 20 May 2019. For more information or to book contact or call 1300 287 226. *Conditions apply. 


Grand Italy & Sicily

It’s not too late to book your clients on their 2019 European holiday! They can fly from $899* return, when they book a 2019 European journey with Insight Vacations before 31 March 2019. The 17 day Grand Italy & Sicily trip takes guests from picture-perfect Capri to romantic Sicily, as travel through Pisa, Cinque Terre, Santa Margherita, Baveno, Verona, Venice, Florence, Pompeii, Capri, Matera, Alberobello and Taormina Rivera. Starting from $7,749* per person, twin share with return flights for just $899.This offer is on sale now until 31 March 2019 for departure on the 12th of April 2019. Other departure dates available however prices will vary. For more information or to book call 1300 727 767 or visit*Conditions Apply.


Contrasts of New Zealand

Save your clients up to $960 per couple with AAT Kings Last Minute Deals on the nine day Contrasts of New Zealand itinerary. Guests will experience the contrasts of New Zealand’s distinct islands as they travel from Auckland’s sparkling Harbour to adrenaline packed Queenstown through Rotorua, Christchurch, Fraz Josef and Milford Sound. New facets of New Zealand’s splendour will reveal themselves each day as guests explore the Land of the Long White Cloud. Starting from $3,495* per person, twin share (discount included). This offer is on sale now until sold out or departed, departing 12th April and returning 20 April 2019. For more information or to book call 1300 556 100 or visit *Conditions Apply.


Enchanting Emerald Isle

Your clients can fly to Europe for $999 with Trafalgar on the eight day Enchanting Emerald Isle travel itinerary. Centuries of Irish heritage and culture will be revealed across the windswept valleys of Ireland on this round trip from Dublin through Strokestown, Enniscrone, Westport, Kylemore Abbey, Cliffs of Moher, Killarney, Blarney and Kilkenny. Guests will also have the chance to connect with locals in Killarney as they journey back to 12th-century Ireland and explore the remains of the Lost Town of Newtown Jerpoint followed by a hearty Irish Be My Guest dinner with the O’Connells and a spot of Eton Mess. Starting from $3,718* per person, twin share with return flights for just $999. This offer is on sale now until 31 March 2019 for select departures between 7 April and 13 October 2019. For more information or to book call 1300 78 78 78 or visit *Conditions Apply.


Enchanting Danube

Free Air to Get You There: your clients can now save up to 30% with Our Best Offer or enjoy free economy air on select 2019 cruises with an option to upgrade to business class air from just $4,299 per person.* Guests can enjoy this offer on the eight day Enchanting Danube luxury river cruise. Uniworld will take your guests well beyond the “must-sees” of each region as they travel between Passau, Germany and Budapest, Hungary through Linz, Melk, Dürnstein, Vienna and Bratislava along the Danube river. Starting from $6,599* per person, twin share (including discount). This offer is on sale now until 31 March 2019 for departure on 21 July and 4 & 11 August 2019. Other departure dates available, prices may vary. For more information or to book call 1300 780 231 or visit *Conditions apply.


Mykonos & Santorini Island Escape

Flash Sale: 15% off Europe with Contiki! Your client can enjoy these savings on the nine day Mykonos & Santorini Island Escape. Is your client dreaming of endless blue and white buildings, party nights and ancient sights… it’s surely got to be Greece, right? They’ve craved it, we delivered it, with just over a week of the best times they can possibly imagine across Mykonos & Santorini beginning in Athens. Starting from $1,806* per person, twin share (discount included). This offer is on sale now until 15 April 2019 for departure on or before 30 June 2019. For more information or to book call 1300 266 845 or *Conditions Apply.


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