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Australasian MegaFam wraps up with all nine South African provinces on proud display

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South Africa attracted more than 133 000 arrivals from Australasia last year, and to further tap into this important source market, South African Tourism recently hosted 52 travel agents from the region on a mega-famil that took place across all nine provinces.

Made up of 50 Australian agents and two from New Zealand, the bumper trip was the result of a fruitful partnership between South African Tourism, South African Airways and Flight Centre.

Agents were given an attractive incentive: those who sold the most SAA flight tickets so South Africa in September and October last year earned a spot. From there, they went on to complete the SA Specialist training course, equipping them with the knowledge to sell South Africa as a destination.

Six groups of Australasian Flight Centre travel agents enjoyed six different week-long itineraries showcasing an array of attractions across the length and breadth of the country.

Book to win your way to Iceland with Travelmarvel

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Win a place on Travelmarvel’s Small Ship cruise along Iceland’s rugged coastline in 2019 as part of Travelmarvel’s new agent incentive.

All Travelmarvel Iceland bookings made during August and September 2018 will place agents in the draw to win a Window Suite on the 10-day Icelander Explorer – Fire & Ice journey, aboard the Ocean Diamond, a compact ice-class vessel privately chartered for Travelmarvel guests. The agent incentive coincides with the announcement of a huge $1,700 saving per person on the cruise.

Filled with guided discoveries that take guests from vast glaciers to thunderous waterfalls, lava fields and steaming hot springs on board one of 14 zodiacs, it’s an adventure that is sure to impress guests at every turn.

Inclusive of airport transfers, port charges, tipping, the vast majority of meals, plus beer, wine and soft drink during lunch and dinner this once-in-a-lifetime journey is now available for the reduced price of just $6,995 per person, twin share in a Category H Stateroom.

Travel agents say “Aloha” to Hawai‘i mega famil

Hawai‘i Tourism Oceania (HTO) has partnered with Hawaiian Airlines to present the Experience Aloha Hawai‘i Mega Famil, open exclusively to Australian travel agents, which will run from the 27th–31st October 2018.

To qualify for the famil, agents must:

  1. Login to agents.gohawaii.com
  2. Complete the Hawaii e-learning module
  3. Sell at least four Hawaiian Airlines International return tickets to Hawaii ex Australia between 23 July -30th September
  4. Fill in the online form: agents.gohawaii.com/resources/incentives to log your information and bookings by 30 September 2018.

Winning agents will be whisked away on a four day adventure to their choice of Hawaiian Island including Kaua‘i, Maui, Oahuand the Island of Hawai‘i. Travel Trade Executive for Hawai’i Tourism Oceania, Alicia Palmer, said that it was a great educational opportunity for savvy travel agents.

Maldives Travel Connection unveils first travel agent incentive

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Entire Travel Group is celebrating the launch of its newest brand, Maldives Travel Connection, by giving travel agents the chance to win an unforgettable seven-night trip for two to the ‘Jewel of the Indian Ocean’.

The lucky travel agent will get to experience three of the Maldives’ leading properties: Centara Ras Fushi Resort & Spa Maldives (two nights in an Ocean Front Beach Villa, all inclusive), Centara Grand Island Resort & Spa Maldives (two nights in a Beach Suite, ultimate all inclusive) and Sheraton Maldives Full Moon Resort & Spa (three nights with daily breakfast).

The prize will be awarded to the travel agent who books the highest number of passengers through Maldives Travel Connection before 30 November 2018. But there is a twist – every booking made with any of the incentive’s three partner resorts will receive a double entry.

Launched last month, Maldives Travel Connection offers Australian travel agents an unparalleled range of products and services, with its debut brochure featuring more than 40 four- and five-star hotels and resorts spread throughout the Maldivian archipelago. As with all Entire Travel Group brands, travel agents working with Maldives Travel Connection will also receive the full support of specialist consultants with first-hand experience of the destination.

Costsaver Launches First Top Achievers Agent Famil

Costsaver is delighted to announce that for the first time, it is awarding agents with an exclusive trip not to be missed as part of its new agent Incentive program – Costsaver Clique.

The travel brand which offers value without compromise, will be flying top Costaver achievers to a mystery destination, taking them to see some iconic spots with amazing experiences along the way. Every booking will get agents one step closer.

Places on the Costsaver Clique are limited and one place will be awarded to the top 20 agencies, as well as five wildcard spots.

Costsaver Sales Managers are there to assist with further training and cooperative marketing support to help trade partners secure their place.

Three more winners announced for A Very Merry Toy Story Land Christmas Mega-Fam

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Disney Destinations, Virgin Australia and Delta Air Lines are pleased to announce three more winners on the ‘A Very Merry Toy Story Land Christmas Mega-Fam’ to Walt Disney World Resort in Florida.

Rebecca Forster from Flight Centre, Mandy Finlayson from Wow Travel and Lauren Priestley from italktravel won their seats on the Mega-Fam after attending the recent Disney Days Roadshow. All agents who attended the Roadshow were invited to complete a questionnaire and survey to win one of three additional spots.

Michael Cassis, Travel & Business Development Manager for Disney Destinations remarked “the response was overwhelming with 92 agents getting 10o per cent on the questionnaire including our three winners who were then drawn at random from the 92 potential winners”.

There are still 10 spots up for grabs on the Famil and to be in with a chance at winning, agents must make a new profile on wheredreamscometrue.com.auand register any eligible Disney Destinations, Virgin Australia and Delta Air Lines bookings that fit the competitions criteria listed on the terms and conditions on the site. The second of three random winners will be drawn in August and finally the top sellers and the final random winner will be selected at the end of the incentive period after 21 September 18.

Personal Travel Managers explore Middle Earth and more

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From the natural thermal wonders of Rotorua to the subterranean magic of Waitomo, an opportunity to experience some of the highlights of the upper North Island on a TravelManagers exclusive self-drive famil was a fantastic opportunity for six personal travel managers (PTMs).

TravelManagers’ Executive General Manager, Michael Gazal, says the six-day, five-night famil was the participants’ reward for their achievements in an Air New Zealand/ANZCRO sales initiative run during February and March.

A total of eight PTMs participated on this famil hosted by Kylie Wapp, ANZCRO’s Sales Executive for Victoria & Tasmania and escorted by Gabriel Fonesca, Air New Zealand’s Melbourne-based Business Development Manager.

The group started their self-drive itinerary with a night in central Auckland before heading south of the city and into the rolling green farmland of the Waikato region for a visit to the world-famous Waitomo Caves. From here, they continued to Rotorua for a four-night stay in the North Island’s adventure capital, which all eight participants acclaimed as a standout destination.

Win a pre-paid Visa card with Tourism Solomons

As part of the launch of its new ‘Solomon Is’ re-branding initiative, Tourism Solomons is offering travel agents to win a $100 pre-paid Visa card and two $50 pre-paid Visa cards. Winning one of the cards is simple – all agents need to do is simply complete the following sentence in five words or less: Solomon Is.….

Agents need to submit their entries to Tourism Solomons’ marketing representative Richard Skewes via email at richard@ptm.net.au by COB on Friday, 24 August 2018.

The winners of the Visa cards will be announced on Monday, 03 September 2018. Launched in early July the new ‘Solomon Is’ branding has been purposely created to be versatile, covering every niche the multi-faceted destination offers and which set these Hapi Isles apart from its South Pacific neighbours.

Brand USA and Air New Zealand announce Australian agents scooping spots on USA MegaFam

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Brand USA and Air New Zealand have today announced the 30 lucky Australiantravel agents to secure highly sought-after spots on the 2018 USA MegaFam, the largest ever trade famil to depart Australia and New Zealand for the US.

The 30 Australian travel agents will join 30 agents from New Zealand on the trip later this month which will see them split into six groups, with each group spending the first five nights exploring exciting music-themed itineraries in various, diverse U.S. destinations.

The group will then come together for a finale celebration in Las Vegas, Nevada,where they’ll be able to share their experiences, ultimately enabling attendees to better sell the destinations on their return to Australia and New Zealand.

Brand USA has partnered with Air New Zealand on the MegaFam for a second time to promote the diversity of the US for travellers as well as the ease of getting there with the airline. To secure a spot, travel agents were asked to sell Economy, Premium Economy or Business Premier return Air New Zealand flights to the USA during the campaign incentive period which ran from 8 June –15 July 2018.

Save on Intrepid Tours!

Save $548 on Intrepid’s eight day Best of Jamaica trip departing 1 September 2018. Experience an abundance of colour in the Caribbean from Rastafari and reggae to the unspoiled coast. Travellers on this trip will visit the Bob Marley museum to learn the musical background of the island, enjoy a home cooked meal at a private home in Jamaica and lie on the spectacular beaches of Negril. This trip will also give travellers the chance to experience an authentic Jamaican cooking class to impress family and friends upon their return home.

Or, save $1,115 on Intrepid’s eight day Majestic Peru trip departing 8 September 2018. From hot coastal plains to the ancient Machu Picchu, discover the country of Peru in style. Travellers on this trip can opt to trek the one day Inca Trail, perfect for those wanting to experience trekking in Peru but want to avoid the full four days. This trip will also take travellers to the city of Cusco, floating islands of Lake Titicaca Island, the giant desert inscriptions of the Nazca Lines and of course, no trip to Peru is complete without a visit to the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu.

You can also save $342 on Intrepid’s 15 day Delhi to Goa trip departing 11 September 2018. Explore the best of India from the city to the coast on a trip from Delhi to Goa. Travellers will discover Delhi, both new and old, with a range of historic walking tours, explore the heritage quarter in Mumbai, witness the one and only Taj Mahal and two of India’s most enchanting destinations, Jaipur and Udaipur. This trip will also take travellers to Goa where they can relax on the golden sand beach or tour the organic spice farm as well as the opportunity to sleep on an overnight train with padded bunks and vendors selling traditional chai and samosas – essentials to any Indian adventure.

Weekly TTC Deals

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UNIWORLD – India’s Golden Triangle & the Sacred Ganges

SAVE your clients 20% on select 2018 and 2019 itineraries in India, Egypt, Vietnam & Cambodia. Redeem this offer on Uniworld’s 13 day India’s Golden Triangle & the Sacred Ganges travel itinerary to treat your clients to an adventure through a complex and beguiling country unlike any other: India. Wondrous sights rich in romance and intrigue come alive in the “Golden Triangle”—Delhi, Jaipur and Agra. Delhi’s immense red sandstone marble tomb, commissioned by Emperor Humayun’s grief-stricken wife, will capture your heart, while Raj Ghat, a black granite memorial to the “Father of the Nation,” Mahatma Gandhi, will stir your soul. Jaipur’s Pink City and Agra’s Taj Mahal, a grand tribute to love, will leave you forever mesmerised. Starting from $8,399* per person (including 20% discount). This offer is on sale now until the 30th of September 2018 for departure on the 29th of November and 7th of December 2019. Other departures are on sale available at alternate prices. For more information or to book call 1300 780 231 or visit www.uniworld.com.

LUXURY GOLD – Majesty of the Rockies

Allow your clients to experience the Majesty of the Canadian Rockies with Luxury Gold. They will enjoy a 10% Early Payment Discount on 2019 journeys when they book & pay in full by 31 January 2019. Guests will be able to take in the majesty of the Rocky Mountains as they travel in luxurious comfort by road, rail and sea to the most dazzling national parks, glaciers and historic villages of Western Canada and Alaska on Luxury Gold’s 14 day Majesty of the Rockies with Goldleaf Rocky Mountaineer travel itinerary. Guests will also savour delicious local cuisine in trendy Vancouver and meet passionate Local Experts, as they discover Mother Nature’s bounties from the Rockies to the waters of Alaska. Starting from $9,810* per person twin share. This offer is on sale from now until the 31st of January 2019 for 12th and 19th of May 2019 departures unless sold out prior. Other departure dates are available however trip pricing may vary. For more information or to book call 1800 621 387 or visit www.luxurygoldvacations.com.

TRAFALGAR – Best of South Africa

Book Early & SAVE 10% on select Trafalgar trips. Redeem this offer on Trafalgar’s 14 day Best of South Africa travel itinerary and you’re clients will travel from Johannesburg to Cape town through the awe inspiring Kruger National Park, Mbabane, Durban, Drakensberg, Port Elizabeth and Knysna. On their adventure through South Africa they will take a private safari game drive in the Kruger National Park with a local specialist, tour the village of Phezulu and witness a traditional Zulu dance performance before connecting with Swazi culture during a visit to a local Chief’s village. Guests will also be treated to a stay in Durban’s five-star Oyster Box Hotel which overlooks Umhlanga’s iconic lighthouse and is owned and run by Trafalgar’s Tollman family. Starting from $7,874* per person (including discount). This offer is on sale now until the 1st of November 2018 for departure on the 5th & 19th of January, 2nd of February and 2nd of March 2019. For more information or to book call 1800 787 878 or visit www.trafalgar.com.

ADVENTURE WORLD TRAVEL – Churchill Town & Tundra

Select 2018 Adventure World Travel departures have NO Single Supplement. Take advantage of this offer in combination with the 6 day Churchill Town & Tundra travel itinerary. This Churchill hotel-based adventure allows you to experience the excitement of polar bear viewing from a world-famous Tundra Buggy, as well as enjoy the eclectic charm of this unique Northern town. Explore the Churchill Wildlife Management Area in a Tundra Buggy in search of polar bears and other arctic wildlife with a seasoned Tundra Buggy Driver and knowledgeable interpretive guide who will offer insights to the lives of these incredible animals. A delicious lunch will also be served right out on the tundra. Starting from $7,975* per person (including return airfare from Winnipeg, three nights hotel accommodation in Churchill, two nights hotel accommodation in Winnipeg, two full day Tundra Buggy tours including lunch and refreshments, transfers in Churchill and applicable taxes). This offer is on sale now until the 31st of August for departures between the 25th of September and the 14th of November 2018. For more information or to book call 1300 363 055 or visit www.adventureworld.com.

CONTIKI – African Safari

There’s adventure and then there’s AFRICA! In 2019 Contiki is heading to Africa, bringing even more once in a lifetime experiences for young travellers. Save 10% off Contiki’s brand NEW trips that qualify when you book before 31 January 2019. Save $450 per person on Contiki’s East Africa Safari. On this adventure travellers will visit vast National Parks full of wildlife, an orphanage for elephants, a Maasai village and an ancient volcano: this isn’t a film plot, it’s just a taste of what East Africa has to offer. They’ve included morning and afternoon game drives in the Maasai Mara and Serengeti for your best shot at seeing the Big 5, and even better, you’ll be driving through valleys and plains in open-top vehicles and staying in African lodges for a true safari experience. Your free time is your chance to experience the magic of a Balloon Safari. Drifting silently over the rumbling herds of elephant and giraffe as the sun rises over the horizon and the animals start waking up for the day, the balloon safari is a highlight of any trip to Africa. Starting from $5,165* per person (discount included). This offer is on sale now until the 31st of January 2019 with price reflective of select departure on the 12th of May 2019. Other departures available for an alternate price between 9 June 2019 – 5 Jan 2020. For more information or to book call 1300 266 845 or visit www.contiki.com.

AAT KINGS – New Zealand Vista

Travellers can Save on their Airfares on a selection of AAT Kings best-selling guided holidays, which includes the 14 Day New Zealand Vista travel itinerary. Guests will wander up one of the forty-eight volcanic cones that make up the rolling landscape of Auckland for panoramic city views, relax at Oriental Bay, Wellington’s golden-sand inner city beach and amble alongside the Avon River, as it runs through the heart of Christchurch. Starting from $4,249* per person. This offer is on sale from now until the 30th of September 2018 for travel dates until the 30th of September 2018. For more information or to book call 1300 556 100 or visit www.aatkings.com.

BUSABOUT – STOP! Island Time

Book your client on Busabout’s 7 day Thai Islands Moon Party trip before the 7th of September to save them $50! The word lunacy comes from the Latin word for moon, lunar. This is because people believed the full moon could make you go stark-raving mad. At this party, you’d think it was true. You see half-naked people dancing like maniacs, witness insane fire throwing antics, and spot saucy acts in very peculiar places. Best of all, we make sure you enjoy the madness. Join this adventure and let yourself go loony at the best party in all of Southeast Asia. We spend 7 days exploring Thailand and visit Koh Samui, Koh Phangan, Koh Tao. Starting from $449* per person. This offer is on sale now until the 7th of September 2018 for departures between August 2018 and March 2019. For more information or to book contact www.busabout.com or call 1300 287 226.

 

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