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Ynot Concepts Wraps up Big Five Roadshow

Big Five Sydney

Last night at the Art House Hotel in Sydney, industry guests were given a taste of Africa as a part of Ynot Concepts inaugural Australian roadshow.

Representatives from African Bush Camps, Grootbos Private Nature Reserve, Lemala Camps and Lodges, Sabi Sabi Private Game Reserve and Wild Horizons visited Australia for a series of networking and B2B events in Melbourne and Sydney this week.

Ynot also held networking events in Sydney and Melbourne to assist sales and reservation staff on how best to sell the destinations and products.

Aside from award-winning luxury camps and lodges, the ‘Big Five’ have a common thread of being trailblazers in practices of sustainability, community engagement and conservation.

Individually they have been practicing sustainable tourism long before it became fashionable to do so. Their businesses help empower local communities changing the lives of many and their efforts in conservation have kept natural environments in pristine condition and ensured endangered species will endure on this planet.

Uniworld River Cruises accolade for MTA’s Wendy Gunther

MTA Uniworld event - MTA Team Feb 2019

Uniworld River Cruises has recognised MTA – Mobile Travel Agents Wendy Gunther’s outstanding sales performance at a special presentation taking place at the Art Gallery of NSW.

Wendy was flown from Brisbane to attend the event where she was presented with Tiffany jewellery and, along with other guests, treated to a private showing of ‘The Masters of Modern Art’ from the Hermitage in St Petersburg currently on display at the gallery.

The evening rounded off with a Matt Moran-inspired dining experience.

Wendy is pictured second from right with her MTA colleagues attending the event, from left Mandy Patterson; MTA business development manager, NSW/ACT Jackie Pennock; Sally Curtis, Anne Coombes and Robin Stevens.

Playful pachyderms charm agents on Southern Africa famil

Travellers Choice members encounter elephants on the banks of the Chobe River

Unexpectedly close encounters with wild animals can stir some deep emotions – mostly notably fear. But for Endeavour Travel and Cruise’s Jill Faircloth it led to some sweet tears.

Travelling on an exclusive Travellers Choice educational tour of Zambia, Zimbabwe and Botswana as guests of The Africa Safari Co., Jill stepped into Nehimba Safari Lodge in Hwange National Park to find herself almost face-to-face with a group of curious elephants.

US consul general meets agents at Visit USA expo in Brisbane

agents full house

Prizes, presentations and a celebrity vibe brought Brisbane travel agents out in droves to the Visit USA Expo in Brisbane last night with over 250 agents attending.

Held at Howard Smith Wharves, travel agents chanted throughout the prize rounds, celebrating the prize-winners announced by I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out of Here winner and MC Richard Reid. 

US Consul General Sharon Hudson-Dean also made a surprise visit to mix with the agents commenting, “The energy and enthusiasm at the Visit USA Expos 2019 is really impressive.”

“The USA has an endless list of top class tourist destinations and we’re thrilled that Australian travellers come for long visits to explore and experience as much as they can, frequently more than once,” commented Hudson-Dean.  “Our doors are open and we love to host Australian visitors.”

Hayman Island EXCLUSIVE Deal with Viva! Holidays extended due to popular demand!

With ALL the buzz surrounding the opening of the InterContinental Hayman Island Resort on July 1st it is no surprise that the exclusive Viva! Holidays special deal for the opening of the resort has been selling like hotcakes!! Gorgeous-Luxury-Island style hotcakes that is!

The response has been so good that the original travel dates have had to be extended due to overwhelming demand. And it’s no surprise when you look at the deal itself!

More info here.

High Times in Melbourne at TIME meet up

Sandy Colombo, Matt Drummond, Brett Harvey, Georgia Murphy

The lively gathering of ambitious travel, tourism and hospitality professionals were treated to an evening of inspired presentations, tasty victuals and refreshing libations with industry folk with a common passion for mentoring and career development.

Under a perfect evening summer sky with spectacular views over Albert Park lake, leadership & management consultant Sandy Colombo emceed the event. Sandy introduced TIME’s renowned mentoring program to the first-timers, before handing over to the night’s guest presenters, Graeme Riches and Peter Topping.

TIME’s 34th program intake starts its six-month mentoring journey on 10 April 2019, with expressions of interest due on 10 March 2019.

Leading Australian travel insurance provider, Cover-More, has generously committed to fully-fund a placement in the 34th intake.

Interested individuals are encouraged to download a scholarship application HERE.

Visit USA wraps up expo week in Sydney with a full house of agents 

Richard Reid closes the show with thanks

As the finale event, Sydney was the strongest of the three shows yet at Visit USA’s Expo Week that wrapped up last night with over 350 agents filling the Hilton Sydney’s ballroom.

Once again entertained by Hollywood celebrity and I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out of Here winner Richard Reid, it was a memorable night for agents as they were presented with all the latest tourism offerings by US suppliers, with many winning trips to the USA.  

TTC Weekly Deals 

Guide explaining to tourists the Coliseum of Rome

TRAFALGAR

Italian Concerto

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ADVENTURE WORLD TRAVEL

South Africa Panorama

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BUSABOUT

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UNIWORLD

Danube Holiday Markets

Save up to 30% on the 8 day Danube Holiday Markets cruise with Uniworld thanks to their Our Best Offer deal. Glorious baroque architecture, delightful concerts and ravishing scenery will make this Christmas season unforgettable, as guests sail through the holidays on the Danube from Budapest to Passau through Bratislava, Vienna, Krems & Linz on the S.S. Maria Theresa. Starting from $3,359* per person, twin share (discount included).  This offer is on sale until 31 March 2019 and reflective of departure on 9 December 2019. Other departure dates are available, prices may vary. For more information or to book call 1300 780 231 or visit uniworld.com *Conditions apply.

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CONTIKI

Berlin to Budapest

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