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Georgie Chapman-Burgess heads to Tokyo as winner of the inaugural tourism Australia scholarship

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The 2018 winner of the Exhibition and Event Association of Australasia’s (EEAA) Richard Geddes Young Achiever Award, Georgie Chapman-Burgess, heads to Tokyo next week as the inaugural winner of the Tourism Australia scholarship.

Chapman-Burgess will be one of four Australian women to take part in the Asia-Pacific Conference of the Global Association of the Exhibition Industry (UFI).

The Australian delegation comprises:

  • Joyce DiMascio, CEO, Exhibition and Event Association of Australasia (EEAA)
  • Helen Mantellato, Business Development Manager – International & Exhibitions, International Convention Centre Sydney (ICC Sydney)
  • Jo-Anne Kelleway, CEO, Info-Salons Group
  • Georgie Chapman-Burgess, Operations Manager, Exhibition and Trade Fairs

Entire Travel Group March webinars – From Switzerland to Monaco and Canada

As you may know, Switzerland Travel Connection is officially launched!

With a brand new brochure and website, it’s ready to inspire agents and tell them all about the Swiss Way. Some agents may have attended its launch event but if you missed out, you can catch up on all things Swiss by attending the In Love with Switzerland webinar next Thursday the 14th at 10am.

From Switzerland, the webinar will be heading to Canada on Thursday 21st with The Canadian Bucketlist: Wildlife, wild lights, and wild adventures – there’s nothing quite like the thrill of a Canadian escape in the Northwest Territories.

On Thursday 28th March agents can discover or re-discover Monaco. This mythic place, between the Alps and the Mediterranean sea will offer dreams and reality with iconic hotels to experience. To register click here.

Time for a TIME celebration in Sydney

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The event at Four Seasons Sydney was typical of a TIME gathering, with program graduates, mentors, mentees, sponsors and members of the TIME Board and Committee rubbing shoulders, networking and enjoying the collegiality the program is famous for.

Special guest speaker on the night was Libby Roy, Managing Director of TIME scholarship sponsor, PayPal Australia. In her role, Libby sits on the Australian board and serves as an executive committee member of the PayPal Core Markets leadership team.

PayPal’s inaugural TIME scholar, Stephanie Cowdroy, took her place in TIME’s 32nd intake and will graduate on 10 April. TIME’s 34th group enters the program on that same date, and leading Australian travel insurance provider, Cover-More, has generously committed to fully-fund a placement in it.

https://www.travelindustrymentor.com.au/could-you-be-times-2019-cover-more-scholar/

Interested individuals are encouraged to download a scholarship application HERE.

Sno’n’ski mega famil takes off for Canadian ski slopes

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30 of Australia’s most prolific agents have strapped on their boots for the snow trip of a lifetime, departing Australia today (8 March) for the largest ski famil to operate ex Australia – Sno’n’Ski’s annual Mega Famil.

During their eight-night ski road trip, which straddles the border of Alberta and British Columbia, the agents will tick four of the finest ski resorts in the country – Jasper, Lake Louise, Panorama and Banff – off their bucket lists.

From exploring postcard-perfect mountain towns to marvelling at frozen waterfalls, relaxing in outdoor hot pools and star-gazing at the world’s largest astronomy park, each destination will pull out all the stops to ensure these top-selling agents have an unforgettable experience.

Peregrine/THAI Travel Agents Famil – FEB ’19

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This photo was taken during a recent TG/Peregrine/iTravel fam trip including flights on THAI and THAI Smile and an adventure cruise from Penang to Krabi onboard the ‘Panorama’, hosted by Peregrine’s Brett Harvey and THAI’s Angela Tanis.

The group of agents in attendance are from the iTravel agency group,  Jade Gaul, Nina Moussalli, Callum Whitehead, Tegan Worboys.  The Peregrine adventure Cruise was from Penang to Krabi on the Panorama, escorted by Brett Harvey.

THAI showcased our THAI service from/to Australia in addition to THAI Smile service from BKK to PEN.

The Hong Kong tourism board and Cathay Pacific land in Perth

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The Hong Kong Tourism Board (HKTB) and Cathay Pacific presented a product update to 50 retail travel consultants at The Westin Perth.

Agents were eager to learn about what’s hot in Hong Kong including new hotel openings and infrastructure developments. Cathay Pacific has introduced the Airbus A350 to the Perth > Hong Kong route providing passengers with unsurpassed comfort.

HKTB’s Trade Marketing and Business Tourism Manager, Lisa Lee said “HKTB was excited to partner with Cathay Pacific to update Perth travel consultants about Hong Kong’s latest happenings including the Hong Kong – Zhuhai – Macau Bridge and the High Speed Railway to Mainland China”.

Congratulations to Karen Duffus from British Travel, the lucky winner of two economy return airfares to Hong Kong flying Cathay Pacific.

Costsaver ready to go deals: book now and your clients receive a flexi e-gift card of up to $300

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As the fastest growing brand in the guided travel category, there’s never been a better time for your customers to discover the world. Book with Costsaver and secure your clients the best price possible, and up to $300 eGift card on selected trips when you book one of Costsavers Ready To Go Deals.

Your clients can splash out on some new luggage, that must-have travel gadget or catch up on their reading with some extra books for the flight! As the Go Flexi eGift card can be used in over 6,000 stores around Australia, plus the top online shopping websites.

Scenic launches agents Rewards incentive for Europe 2019/2020

Scenic has launched its latest agents incentive offering $100 Scenic Rewards points for any booking on 2019/2020 Europe River cruise product for both Scenic and Evergreen brands. Valid for bookings made and deposited from 1 March 2019 and 30 April 2019.

Following on from the successful launch of Scenic Academy which has seen more than 1000 agents across Australia and New Zealand complete the initial training programs, Scenic has now launched a follow-up incentive.

TTC Weekly Deals

Adventure World Travel - Classic Polar Bear Photo Adventure

ADVENTURE WORLD TRAVEL

Classic Polar Bear Photo Adventure

All Natural Habitat Polar Bear package bookings made in March will receive a free helicopter tour valued at $860! Enjoy this bonus inclusion on the 7 day Classic Polar Bear Photo Adventure. This Arctic expedition is one of the most thorough encounters with polar bear and the Canadian North. Guests will traverse the tundra in heated Polar Rovers to search for bears, and watch them roam, play and interact—sometimes at exceedingly close range through large picture windows or in the open from the outdoor viewing platform. Starting from $12,525* per person, twin share (Churchill helicopter tour included). This offer is on sale now until 31 March 2019 for departure on select dates in November and October 2019. For more information or to book call 1300 363 055 or visit www.adventureworld.com *Conditions Apply.

TRAFALGAR

Best of Holland, Belgium and Luxembourg

Fly to Europe for $999 with Trafalgar! Enjoy this offer in conjunction with the 10 day Best of Holland, Belgium and Luxembourg itinerary. From fairy-tale castles to flowering fields and Rembrandt to Royal Delft enjoy a holiday embracing the beauty of Europe as you travel on a round trip from Amsterdam through Bastogne, Luxembourg, Orval, Dinant, Bruges, Brussels, Rotterdam, The Hague and Keukenhof. Starting from $4296 * per person, twin share PLUS fly for just $999 with Cathay Pacific.This offer is on sale now until 31 March 2019 for select departures between 19 April and 4 Oct 2019. For more information or to book call 1300 78 78 78 or visit www.trafalgar.com *Conditions Apply.

INSIGHT VACATIONS

Country Roads of Croatia

It’s not too late to book your 2019 European holiday! Guests can fly from $899* return, when they book a 2019 European journey with Insight Vacations before 31 March 2019. Enjoy this offer in conjunction with the 14 day Country Roads of Croatia itinerary where travellers will discover the pristine landscapes, idyllic islands and sun-dappled seas of Croatia, where fortified towns of cobblestone and terracotta echo a time when Venice ruled the waves on this journey from Zagreb to Dubrovnik through Postojna, Opatija, Plitvice Lakes, Split, Hvar, Korčula, and Kotor. Starting from $5,549* per person, twin share (discount included). This offer is on sale now until 31 March 2019 and valid on select departures between 7 and 28 October 2019. Other departure dates available however prices will vary. For more information or to book call 1300 727 767 or visit www.insightvacations.com *Conditions Apply.

UNIWORLD

Castles Along the Rhine

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 8-day Castles Along the Rhine luxury river cruise from Basel to Amsterdam through Strasbourg, Mannheim, Koblenz and Cologne. Starting from $5,699 (return economy airfare included or save 30%) per person, 8 days of an all-inclusive cruise in a Classic stateroom, including captivating escorted excursions, services of an experienced Uniworld Cruise Manager and more! This offer is on sale from now until 31 March 2019 for departure on 19 & 26 July and 2 & 9 August 2019. Other departure dates available, prices may vary. For more information or to book call 1300 780 231 or visit uniworld.com *Conditions apply.

BUSABOUT

West to East Roadtrip

Save $935 on Busabout’s 22 day West to East Roadtrip! Travellers will enjoy the smooth Jazz undertones of New Orleans, the soul food diners of the Deep South and all the Elvis impersonators in Memphis on this kick ass road trip from LA to New York through Las Vegas, Santa Fe, Austin, New Orleans, Memphis, Nashville and Washington DC. If they’ve been waiting for the ultimate all-American experience, this is it! Covering 12 states over three unforgettable weeks, this adventure will tick off every item on their USA bucket list in one go. All travellers need to do is kick back on Route 66 and buckle up those cowboy boots, because it’s time to live the American Dream on this coast to coast road trip of a lifetime! Starting from $3,744* per person (discount included). This offer is on sale now until 31 March 2019 and valid on 17 April 2019 departure only. For more information or to book contact www.busabout.com or call 1300 287 226. *Conditions apply.

AAT KINGS

Perfect Tasmania

Save up to $1260* per couple with AAT Kings Last Minute Deals! Enjoy these savings on the 12 day Perfect Tasmania travel itinerary. The island of Tasmania is renowned for its pristine wilderness, abundant wildlife, gourmet food and wine, and friendly locals. On this wide-ranging journey, you’ll visit Hobart’s bustling Salamanca Markets, witness the stunning natural beauty of Cradle Mountain and Freycinet National Park, and indulge your tastebuds with local artisan cheeses and other delicious treats. Starting from $4,750* per person, twin share. This offer is on sale now until sold out or departed for depature dates between 26 April and 7 May 2019. For more information or to book call 1300 556 100 or visit www.aatkings.com *Conditions Apply.

CONTIKI

Greek Island Hopping

Save 15% off select Greece trips with Contiki’s Greek Flash Sale including the 13 day Greek Island Hopping trip. Most travellers feel lucky to get a quick ferry stop at an island like Santorini. But small samples aren’t the Greek Island Hopping style. With 3-nights in Mykonos, Ios, Santorini & Athens, you’ll have plenty of time to explore charming fishing villages, shops, volcanoes & spotless beaches, getting deep beyond the ouzo and the olives and the ancient statues. Starting from $2597* per person, twin share (discount included). This offer is on sale now until 1 April 2019 for departures on or before 30 June 2019. For more information or to book call 1300 266 845 or visit www.contiki.com *Conditions Apply.

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