Look out world, it’s Friday and we’re here with a massive agent wrap for you, before you disappear to the pub for an afternoon tipple.
Win a spot on a five-star Dubai famil in new TravelCube sales incentive
TravelCube and Dubai Tourism are giving 10 lucky travel agents the chance to experience the city of Dubai first hand.
The agents will travel in style with Emirates in October on an exclusive five-star journey exploring Dubai’s shopping, culture, architecture and nightlife. The five-night famil will also include mega-attractions such as Dubai Parks and Resorts, IMG Worlds of Adventure (the planet’s largest indoor themed entertainment destination), and a brand new safari park set to open its doors in the second half of 2017.
Places on the trip will be awarded to the top 10 agencies who create the highest amount of Dubai room night bookings between 3 April and 15 May.
For agents, selling the destination has never been easier, with discounts available at 25 of Dubai’s key properties, including the three-star Ibis Al Barsha (15% off), four-star JW Marriott Marquis (40% off) and five-star The Oberoi (35% off). In addition, properties across the emirate are offering 24-hour room check-in for Australian travellers.
Launch of the Dubai on Sale incentive also coincides with the launch of Dubai Expert – an interactive online training tool from Dubai Tourism that helps agents develop the knowledge and skills required to build ‘must-do’ itineraries for all types of travellers.
For further information on TravelCube please visit www.travelcube.com.au
Kiwis living in Australia need a visa to visit South Africa
South African Airways has issued a warning about the need for New Zealand passport holders living in Australia to obtain a visa before visiting South Africa.
According to Tim Clyde-Smith, SAA’s Country Manager for Australasia, the new visa rules came into force on January 16 this year, but many New Zealand passport holders are still unaware of the requirements.
Further information on visa requirements for New Zealand passport holders and required documentation for any persons under the age of 18 years travelling to South Africa can be found at www.dha.gov.za to find out about supporting documents. For travel agents, details on both document requirements are in Timatic located in GDS.
For more information on SAA flights and reservations please visit www.flysaa.com
Go Wild in Africa with G Adventures
G Adventures have launched their Go Wild in Africa campaign, offering savings of up to 15% across select tours throughout the region. The sale ends 30 April 2017 and includes departures through to 15 December 2017.
Discounted offerings include 15% off select Yolo Africa tours such as:
- Botswana & Falls Adventure – This trip offers a fully immersive, unyielding African experience in a compact eight day package. Soak up the wildlife and vibrant colours and scenery of Zimbabwe, Botswana and South Africa, with wildlife walks and plenty of options for wildlife safari drives. Camp under the stars of the Okavango Delta and marvel at Victoria Falls, the adrenaline capital of the region. Sale price $1039 (save $260).
And 10% of select Classic and Active Africa tours such as:
- Mt Kilimanjaro Trek – Machame Route – Experience the splendour of Kili with an extra day to acclimatise to the summit of Africa’s highest peak. Considered by many to be the most scenic path to the summit, the Machame boasts different routes to the summit and back. This path leads travellers through magnificent forests before traversing a ridge leading through moorland to the Shira Plateau. Sale price $3374 (save $375).
- Culture & Wildlife of Uganda & Rwanda – There’s a wealth of adventure to be had in both Uganda and Rwanda, especially now that tourists are beginning to rediscover this region. There’s trekking to spot chimps and gorillas and wildlife drives through Queen Elizabeth II National Park to see elephants and hippos. Travellers will also have the opportunity to visit the genocide museum for a closer look at the recent history of the region. Sale price $3149 (save $350)
In conjunction with the campaign, G Adventures has sent adventure travel influencer and vlogger, Tyson Mayr aka The Naked Traveller, on a 14 day tour of Mt Kilimanjaro and the Serengeti. Throughout the next two weeks Tyson will be taking over G’s Instagram account to showcase his experiences of Africa.
World Expeditions Marks the Nepal earthquake anniversary with a new school rebuild project
World Expeditions has launched a new school rebuild project in Nepal’s remote region of Gorkha, its fourth since the earthquake devastated the country on 25 April, 2015.
Administered by the company’s not-for-profit arm, the World Expeditions Foundation, the 18 day trip combines sightseeing in Kathmandu, an 8 day trek and 4 days working alongside local people to assist rebuild three new classrooms at the Shree Manjushree School in the remote village of Kashi Goan.
The school, which was established in 1962 and has 365 students attending, was severely damaged during the earthquakes. To date, the World Expeditions Foundation, via the company’s Earthquake Appeal, has funded several teams of volunteer trekkers in the building of classrooms at three schools across Nepal.
The 18 day Rebuild Nepal: Shree Manjushree Secondary School trek departs Kathmandu on 25 November and costs $2,490 per person.
More information at www.worldexpeditions.com or call 1300 720 000.
Peru on Sale with TEMPO
Uncover the ancient wonders and incredible biodiversity of Peru with Tempo Holidays up to 20% off sale.
Available on bookings made until the 31 May, travellers can save 20% off Machu Picchu by Train and 10% off a range of selected coach and independent packages.
Save up to A$355//NZ$370 per person with Tempo’s 15 day coach tour, Best of Peru. On this comprehensive tour travellers will begin their journey in the City of Kings, Lima, walk on the amazing floating islands of Lake Titicaca, and visit the ancient ruins and monuments of Cuzco, Machu Picchu and Sacred Valley. Prices for this tour start from A$3185//NZ$3325 per person, and includes 14 Breakfast, 7 lunches and 3 dinners.
Or experience Tempo’s nine day independent tour, Jungle & Inca Discovery, and choose from a range of activities including jungle walks, jungle excursions and viewing the studding Macaw’s in the Amazon of Puerto Maldonaldo. Travellers will also experience Cuzco, the colourful market of Pisac, Ollantaytambo in the Sacred Valley and spectacular Machu Picchu. Prices start from A$2655//NZ$2770 per person.
Valid to travel 1 Apr until 31 Dec 2017. Call Tempo Holidays’ Latin America specialists on A 1300 362 844 / NZ 0800 836 764, or visit www.tempoholidays.com/specials / www.tempoholidays.co.nz/specials.
Africa Deal of the Week!
Bench Africa – 9 Day package, $6,995 per person
Sanctuary Retreats Luxury Safari – up to 35% off
Save up to $3,725 per person on this 9 day safari through Botswana, staying at some of the best properties in the Chobe National Park and the Okavango Delta. On arrival at Kasane Airport you will be met and transferred to Sanctuary Chobe Chilwero where you will spend 2 nights. The camp borders the Chobe National Park, offering one of the greatest concentrations of game found on the African continent including a large elephant population. Board a light aircraft to Sanctuary Stanley’s, in the Okavango Delta. Here you will find a virtually untouched area of lush wetlands, home to a myriad of different animals. Stay 3 nights here, enjoying a plethora of game viewing activities before taking a very short flight to Sanctuary Chief’s Camp where you will spend your last 3 nights. On your last day you will fly to Maun Airport, where your journey comes to an end.
Luxury accommodation and all meals are included, as are local drinks (soft drinks, beers and wines), road transfers, light aircraft transfers and varied game viewing activities, including top quality guiding throughout. Park fees and local airport taxes are also included. International flights and taxes are not included in the price.
Topdeck’s MEGA Sale – 30% off!
Save now on Contikis Limited Edition Summer Series
Last year Contiki introduced its 2017 its 2017 Limited Edition Summer Seriesthree millennial mega-trends; food, photography and culture .
New Zealand Ski Areas Announce What’s New for 2017 season
THE REMARKABLES, QUEENSTOWN
Double Conveyor Life on Learner Slopes
The Remarkables ski field in Queenstown will enclose its existing double conveyor lift on the learner’s slope with a Slinky-style transparent tube enhancing the learner experience over the magic carpet area. Guests that are travelling up to the top of slope will be sheltered from the weather without missing out on watching some of the fun of learners sliding down the slope outside. As a first of its kind in New Zealand, the cover will be assembled and ready to go by the planned opening date for The Remarkables of June 10.
Expanded Skiable Terrain
With return transport provided for Outward Bound skiers/riders, and the base building removed, The Remarkables accessible terrain has gone up from 265.5 to 385 hectares.
Additional snowmaking guns have been installed at The Remarkables’ Curvey Basin Trail, covering extensive runs accessed by the new chairlift installed last season.
CORONET PEAK, QUEENSTOWN
Introduction of mid week night skiing in July
During the month of July, Coronet Peak is adding an extra night of the week to its ever popular Friday and Saturday night skiing experience with the addition of a midweek inclusion on Wednesday evenings.
Night skiers will also be able to enjoy two new additions to the floodlit trails. Running off the side of the M1 trail Duncan’s Dance, a rolling terraced run, and the Pro Am run alongside the lower Coronet Express will be lit up for 2017 night skiing adding to the many runs on offer.
Coronet Peak has added to its snowmaking capacity near the base of the mountain. Two guns – a mobile and boom fan gun – will improve snow cover at lift access.
Ice Bar relocation
The ever-popular on mountain Ice Bar is moving from the Greengates trail to beside the pump house steeps on the M1, making it more accessible for all levels of skiers and giving guests awesome photo opportunities of their Queenstown ski experience.
Extensive trail remodeling and new features
New terrain near The Meadows Express Chair will be a kids’ delight, as a kids fun zone complete with tunnel and bank turns is being created.
Extensive grooming and remodeling under the Coronet Express lift includes the afore-mentioned Duncan’s Dance, the widening of the steepest part of the M1, making it more intermediate-friendly. Duncan’s will now also have a short terrain park with intermediate hard features. Further down, the Pro Am run is being groomed into a more enjoyable intermediate run that holds snow coverage better. Both Duncan’s and Pro Am will be lit at night.
Expanded Skiable Terrain
An additional 21 new ha of skiable terrain has opened up at Mt Hutt as the boundary at the South West face has been extended.
Mt. Hutt has purchased and installed new automated guns at the upper mountain and modified the terrain to improve snow coverage on higher runs. The addition of a pisten bully winch groomer will help maintain snow across the mountain.
World Ski Awards
Mt. Hutt has won New Zealand’s Best Ski Resort for a consecutive year at the 5th annual World Ski Awards held in Austria. This global initiative recognises, rewards and celebrates excellence in ski tourism.
- The Remarkables – Saturday 10 June
- Mt. Hutt – Friday 09 June
- Coronet Peak – Saturday 17 June
See www.nzski.com for more information.
Mat McLachlan Battlefield Tours launches new Battle of Stalingrad 75th Anniversary Tour
This year marks the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Stalingrad.
Mat McLachlan Battlefield Tours is offering a unique and fascinating tour of the Battle of Stalingrad, which took place from July 17, 1942 – Feb 2, 1943, a major battle in which Nazi Germany fought the Soviet Union for control of the city of Stalingrad (now known as Volgograd), the Soviets were victorious and the defeat of Nazi Germany marked the turning of the tide of the war in favour of the Allies.
The tour begins in Moscow, with highlights including Lubyanka Square, the Kremlin and Stalin’s Bunker. We then fly to the city of Volgograd (Stalingrad) where we will hold a wreath-laying ceremony to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the battle. Our tour will visit sites from the Battle of Stalingrad including the Motherland Calls Memorial, one of the tallest statues in the world, the iconic site of the Grain Elevator and one of the biggest World War 2 museums in the world, the Panorama Museum. Not only will you see these historic sites, you will enjoy traditional Russian cuisine and entertainment and get free time to explore these captivating cities.
The tour begins in Moscow on 24 September, 2017, and runs for 7 days. Cost is $4297 per person (twin share, land only), and includes all accommodation, transport, expert guide, extensive touring of the battlefields and most meals.
Travellers Choice agents explore Tanzania in style
As guests of The Africa Safari Co. and South African Airlines, eight agents explored some of Tanzania’s world famous game reserves and luxury safari lodges, including the recently-opened Asilia The Highlands, which sits on the edge of mountain forest north of Ngorongoro Crater and near a Maasai village.
Tullie Seneca from Travel and Cruise Ceduna says it was here that the group were given the opportunity to visit the settlement, and speak to Maasai women and children still unaccustomed to meeting international guests.
The itinerary also included a night at & Beyond Ngorongoro Crater Lodge, and three nights in the Singita Grumeti Reserve, adjacent to Serengeti National Park.
Travel Associates takes to Tahiti
A group of Travel Associates’ leading agents have retuned from an actioned packed famil to the Islands of Tahiti hosted by Tahiti Tourisme and Air Tahiti Nui.
The agents were treated to the destination’s best accommodation, dining and visitor experiences with highlights including the new Conrad Bora Bora Nui Resort & Spa, Four Seasons Resort, Pearl Beach Resort on the atoll of Tikehau and more.
The famil took place from March 22-27.
Buffalo Tours Travel Managers Incentive Winners
Buffalo Tours recently ran an exclusive incentive for Travel Managers top sellers of Buffalo Tours products. Twenty of the top seller were awards two sightseeing voucher for a scenic flight over Halong Bay with Hai Au Aviation one of Buffalo Tours companies.
They will take off from the Tuan Chau Isldand Marina, this sightseeing flight takes in all the highlights of Ha Long Bay, with amazing views over the magnificent landscape of limestone pillars reaching up from the green waters.
Agents explore the best ski resorts in Nevada and Utah
The winners of United Airlines’ ski incentive (which ran in 2016) have enjoyed beautiful sunshine and incredible snow conditions, as they travelled around Lake Tahoe and Salt Lake City.
The first group included Lucy Daniels (Travelplan), Tristan Belen-Davidson (Mogul Ski World), Mitchell Galloway (Flight Centre), Louise Dunn (Blue Powder), Ashlee Viro (Phil Hoffmann Travel) and Kirill Litovchenko (United Airlines), who travelled with United Airlines direct from Sydney and Melbourne to Los Angeles, connecting to Reno, NV. The group visited Diamond Peak, Heavenly Ski Resort and Mt. Rose. Some key highlights were snowmobile rides, sleigh rides, and plenty of apres ski!
The second group of Anthea Huxley (Travelplan Ski), Tammy Bakker (Dive Fish Snow Holidays), Emily Macleod (Andrew Jones Travel), Sean Appleby (Flight Centre), Andrew Bridgewood (Sno ‘n’ Ski) and Deidre Parkes-Finch (United Airlines) flew into Salt Lake City via San Francisco and visited Park City, Deer Valley, The Canyons, Brighton, Solitude, Alta and Snowbird Resorts. The group also visited Salt Lake City spending time at the Natural History Museum, Temple Square and This is the Place Heritage Park.
New Caledonia Tourism invites wholesalers to #TasteNewCaledonia at its annual Rendezvous Workshop
This week, New Caledonia Tourism held its annual Rendezvous Workshop aimed at educating Australian wholesaler about the destination’s diverse landscape and gastronomic offerings.
On 27 March, 36 tour operators attending the workshop on Amedee island. Divided into three smaller groups, the participants embarked on three pre-workshop famil itineraries which showcased the diverse and unique landscapes found in New Caledonia.
One group travelled to the North for an adventure-filled intinerary which included flying over the famous mangroive formation – the Heart of Voh, scuba diving and kayaking across the clear blue waters of the Pacific Ocean. Another group explored the authentic cowboy country of beautiful Bourail on horsebacjk, while the third group headed out to panoramic Ouvéa uncover underwater treasures in New Caledonia’s vast lagoon.
itravel’s Radiance of the Seas Client Inspection
itravel hosted over 100 clients this week on a walkaround and a 3 course lunch aboard Royal Caribbean’s Radiance of the Seas. The day was a huge success with a “shipload” of deposits taken on the day. All the clients were treated to a itravel & Royal Caribbean goodie bag along with lucky door prizes which include itravel branded cap, travel pillow and RCCL tee shirts.
The second Brazil Showcase event in Sydney was successfully concluded with the participation of representatives from 15 Brazilian companies, members of the NSW Parliament, diplomatic officials and media.
Co-hosted by the Consul-General of Brazil and Ambassador ranking, Mr Carlos de Abreu and The Honourable Anthony Roberts MP, the Minister for Planning, Minister for Housing, Special Minister of State, Leader of the House and Chair of the Parliamentary Friends of Brazil in New South Wales, in partnership with the Australia Brazil Business Council (AUBRBC) and with the support of the Latin AmericaAustralia Business Council (ALABC).
The event showcased business opportunities between Brazil and Australia.
Wendy Wu Tours Global Director of Sales Visits Australia
Leading Asia holiday expert Wendy Wu Tours recently welcomed London-based global sales director John Warr in Australia for a whirlwind tour of partnering consortia’s in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane along with head of Sales Vara Glover.
Meetings included I travel, Helloworld, Travel managers, Flight Centre, ETG, Magellan, Travel Partners and Travellers choice.
Mr Warr’s visit tied in with the national sales conference where he was able to spend time with the Australian business development team in the beautiful South Coast region of NSW.
You only turn ONE once!
Celebrations continue for the MyTravel Group first Birthday festivities with members of the group coming together to enjoy a commemorative and very suitably decorated cake this week in Melbourne. Modelled on the My Travel Group distinctive orange suitcase it was both good looking and delicious! Congratulations My Travel Group!
MTA rolls out “productivity game changing” facility
Mobile Travel Agents (MTA) will shortly commence the roll out of its new in-house ‘Global Fares’ tool across its entire Member base. The new product has undergone successful trials and roll out is scheduled for May.
Key attributes of the new technology include:
- A search engine displaying all available flights on any given sector
- The ability to book flights that originate outside of Australia
- Access to world-wide low cost carriers/web fares for availability, pricing and ticketing
- Multi – leg itinerary search capability
- Access market specific published and private fares– at local point of sale
- Access world-wide specialty fares – e.g. marine/off-shore, missionary)
- Automated PNR creation from existing GDS stored profiles
- Local currency equivalent display with each search
- Fare rules shown with a click of a mouse
TTC Weekly Travel Specials / Deals
Savings from Plane to Coach
Clients who book a 2017 Insight Vacations Europe & Britain tour before 30 April 2017 can take advantage of flights from only $2,859* per person return in Premium Economy or from $6,085* per person return in Business Class, flying with British Airways. Clients can ALSO SAVEup to $299* with an early payment discount when they book the 14-day Country Roads of Switzerland journey before 27 April 2017. Guests will embark on an intimate journey of discovery amid Alpine panoramas, receiving hotel upgrades along the way and first class seats on a Lake Geneva cruise. Priced from $5,676 per person (including discount), all journeys include an expert Insight Tour Director, luxury coach, quality centrally located hotels and more. Select departures available between 11 June – 30 July 2017. For full terms and conditions visit insightvacations.com or call 1300 727 767.
Travellers can book with Busabout and save 15% off the 7-day Thailand Adventure, saving $102 when they book before 2nd of June 2017quoting the promocode LATEDEAL. This trip takes guests on a real adventure, to the true heart of Thailand. They can explore the temple-laden-landscapes, trek in the hills, learn some unforgettable history and get a glimpse into the ancient tribal culture that shaped this beautiful country. Priced from $577.15 (including discount) per person, departing 8 June 2017. For more information and a range of other Europe trips on sale visit http://www.busabout.com/
Youth Travellers can save up to 25% off Contiki’s European Limited Edition Summer Series, PLUS SAVE $400 off their flight when they book and pay in full by 21 April 2017. Travellers will nibble their way across the continent on the new 9-day ‘Munch’ itinerary, saving $653discovering food markets in Bologna and learning how to cook in Barcelona with other foodies. Priced at $1,962 *per person (including discount) and available for travel 27 May 2017 & 16 September 2017. Flight savings applies to all new bookings made on select trips, including the limited series from now until 27 April 2017.For more information visit www.contiki.com or phone 1300 266 845. *Conditions Apply
Taste of Christmas
Book your clients on the 8-day Rhine Holiday Market Cruise with Uniworld by 1st May 2017 and they will SAVE $400 per person when they deposit at the time of the booking. Guests will discover the roots of our Christmas traditions as they explore Europe’s most charming towns through Switzerland, France and Germany. They’ll enjoy an all-inclusive 7-night cruise in a riverview stateroom onboard the S.S Antoinette , including all meals and unlimited beverages onboard, 6 days of hosted excursions, services of an experiences Uniworld Cruise Manager and more! Priced from A$5,799 per person twin share (including discount) departing on 19th December 2017 (other departures available). For more information call 1300 780 231 or visit uniworld.com
Guests of AAT Kings can receive a FREE return airfare to Outback Australia (departing from Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Brisbane or Perth) when they book the 15-day Outback Adventure guided holiday. Guests will witness the stunning beauty of Australia’s vast and varied landscapes on a journey from Adelaide, through the Red Centre to Darwin in the Top End and enjoy Uluru’s renowned sunset. This package includes an experienced Travel Director & Driver Guide, quality accommodation, travel in luxury coach, airport transfers, and more! Priced from $5,750 with free return airfare, twin share and available on select departures between 1 April 2017 – 30 November 2017 01 (subject to availability). For more information or to book call 1300 556 100 or visit aatkings.com *Conditions Apply
Guests who book the Discover China & Japan Cruise with Creative Cruising before 24 April 2017 and the second passenger cruises FREE*! This package includes a return Economy class airfare to Hong Kong flying Cathay Pacific, pre and post cruise accommodation in Hong Kong, a 5-night cruise onboard Genting Dream from Hong Kong return, and more! Priced from $1,959 pp (discount included, excludes taxes and port charges, and is split over both passengers, airfare departing Perth. Valid on twin share staterooms only) cruise departs 10 September 2017. *Conditions apply please visit www.creativecruising.com.au or phone 1300 362 599 for more information.