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Sophie Harrison

TravelManagers welcome home its 500th recruit!

TravelManagers has plenty of reasons to celebrate having reached a significant milestone with the recent signing of its 500th recruit, while welcoming home South Australian-based Personal Travel Manager (PTM) and 30-year veteran of the industry, Corinne Mutz.

Corinne Mutz’s smile says it all - happy to be back home at TravelManagers!
Corinne Mutz’s smile says it all – happy to be back home at TravelManagers!

Contours travel hosts in-depth famil trip to Peru

One of Australia’s leading Latin American travel wholesalers and agencies, Contours Travel, has hosted eight Australian agents on a 15-day famil trip to Peru, showcasing Lima, Machu Picchu, Sacred Valley, Cuzco, Lake Titicaca, Colca Canyon and the Amazon region.

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Pictured at Machu Picchu (back left to right): Sian Pritchard (Blackrock Travel), Kyran Bottomley (from Phil Hoffman Travel), Brett Ambrose (Contours Travel), Sianne Yensch (Our Vacation Centre), Cheryl Beattie (Castle Hill Travel) and Tanya Kellen (MTA Travel). Pictured in front (left to right): Jennifer Mikkelsen (Travel Counsellors), Lisa Wells (Brighton Travelworld) and Catherine McHenry (Wow Travel).

Buffalo Tours Famil celebrates this year’s ATAC Top Achiever’s in Myanmar

Hosting this year’s ATAC Top Achievers, Buffalo Tours Famil of Myanmar in conjunction with The Strand Hotel & River Cruise, discovered the authentic hidden treasures of Myanmar aboard the latest luxury cruise up the magnificent Ayeyarwady River.

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Travel Counsellor wins prestigious growing business of the year award

Announced Growing Business of the Year at the 2016 Amazon Growing Business Awards this week, Travel Counsellors is celebrating another successful year of impressive growth across the company in market leadership, industry-leading standards of service, and innovation around customer experience.

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Tanya Chivers wins $10 000

Tanya Chivers, from Flight Centre Business Travel, has won a massive $10,000 in the same DriveAway Holidays/ Flight Centre incentive in which  Rishi Krishnan from My Adventure Store in Sydney won return flights to Los Angeles last week.

35 per cent Trade discounts in Hong Kong

Hong Kong’s Harbour Plaza Group is offering a travel industry discount of 35 per cent of. the best available rate at the four-star property overlooking Victoria Harbour in the heart of the city, Kowloon Hotel. Available to travel agents, airline, cruise and tour operating staff, the deal is one not to miss!

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Technology

DFAT to give Smartraveller a major facelift

by Christian Fleetwood

The federal government’s travel advice and consular information service is set to receive a major upgrade, including improvements to travel updates.

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Aviation

Police bust “Serial Stowaway” attempting to sneak onto flight, again

by Christian Fleetwood

Are you known for trying to wrangle a bargain on airfares? How about sneakily pushing in to lines? Well, it looks like you’ve met your match.

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Cruise

Cruise Wrap: Peregrine’s Antarctica sale, Crystal Endeavor reveals new expedition leaders + MORE!

With hotter months ahead, the announcements of polar sales would have come in the nick of time… if we could afford to take advantage of them.

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Aviation

Passenger loses court case against Emirates over drinking water

A woman has lost a court case against Emirates after she claimed she had collapsed and broken her ankle as a result of the airline not giving her enough water.

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Tourism

The travel companies recognised on Deloitte’s Best Managed Companies list

Meanwhile, our office dog has been recognised for her efforts in keeping the kitchen floor clean. And by clean, we mean covered in dog saliva, but relatively crumb-free.

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Road & Rail

STUDY: Australia has the second most expensive public transport in the world

Readers familiar with the quality of Sydney’s commuter trains may need to take a moment before reading this. That is, if you’re not currently stuck on a delayed service.

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Cruise

Royal Caribbean announces world’s first carbon-neutral cruise destination

A South Pacific nation will become the home of Royal Caribbean’s newest private island destination, which is set to be pretty eco-friendly too.

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Midweek Interview

Midweek Interview with Collette’s Roger Clulow

This week, we enjoyed a beautiful sunset with Collette’s senior global contracting manager. Well, he enjoyed the sunset – we emailed him and took a nap instead.

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Aviation

Virgin Australia to introduce ‘fly now, pay later’ option

Look, I’m sure all travellers would prefer a ‘fly now, pay never’ option, but at least this is a step in the right direction.

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Destinations

“A decision needs to be taken”: VisitBritain’s regional director talks Brexit and sustainability

Australians are not going to let Brexit get in the way when it comes to travelling Britain, according to VisitBritain’s Tricia Warwick. Find out why here.

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Technology

Booking Holdings pulls support for Facebook’s controversial cryptocurrency project

The parent company of Booking.com, Kayak and Agoda has pulled out of a controversial cryptocurrency project spearheaded by Facebook.

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Destinations

Typhoon Hagibis update: More than 50 killed and a third of Hokuriku bullet trains submerged

by Christian Fleetwood

Emergency crews are racing against time to rescue dozens of people unaccounted for, after Japan was ravaged by its most powerful typhoon in decades.

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