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Big Fat Agent Wrap

Vanessa Bussoletti

We’re far too hungover to come up with anything witty today, so please enjoy this article we prepared earlier.

Luxury Greek getaway to tempt clients 

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Indulgent massages, delicious food and amazing accommodation is what awaits you with Tempo Holidays luxury Greek Island holiday packages. Tempo have put together these indulgent packages for the more luxurious client, or those wanting to treat themselves on their Greek getaway.

Luxury Crete Escape. Four nights overlooking an enviable beachfront location with the Mirabello Bay and Aegean Sea visible in the background. Breakfast and dinner is included and take advantage of the range of activities this resort offers. A bonus relaxing 30 minute massage is included for each guest booked on this package. Prices start from A$1495 // NZ$1575 per person.

Luxury Mykonos Escape. Luxurious accommodation, breakfast daily, transfers and a relaxing 55 minute massage. Prices start fromA$865//NZ$910 per person.

Luxury Santorini Escape. Five night package that includes luxurious accommodation, breakfast daily, local wine and desserts upon arrival, transfers and a special dinner for two. Prices start from A$1600//NZ$1685 per person.

These packages are independent allowing for an authentic local experience at your own pace and depart selected dates between 01 Apr – 26 Oct 2017.

With tours in Mykonos, Santorini and Crete already packaged for you or if one of the other Greek islands takes your fancy, call the tailor-made specialists and they can arrange your personalised luxurious Greek Island holiday.

Discover the best of Kangaroo Island on an Escorted Tour 

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Discover Kangaroo Island’s intriguing history, fascinating wildlife, spectacular coastal scenery and landscapes, pristine beaches and unique local wines and produce on SeaLink’s fully inclusive and escorted four-day and three-night tour.

The Kangaroo Island Experience Tour departs 15 May, 25 September and 17 October, 2017. All tours are inclusive, with accommodation at Kangaroo Island Seaside Inn, Kingscote and are escorted by well-known South Australian Tour Host Shirley Tamm, who has over 36 years experience in the travel industry.

It is priced from $1179AUD per person twin share and departs from Adelaide.

Travel Counsellors see New Zealand

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Last month, a group of Travel Counsellors travelled to New Zealand to be schooled on the phenomenal range of opportunities to relax, dine, pursue adventure and soak up culture in New Zealand’s Wellington and Marlborough regions.

Travelling last month, Rebecca Munnings, Emma Cammarata, Kris Higgins, Bronwyn Weir, Heidi Smithers, Cheryl Andrews, Julie Moore, Rebecca Russell and Dean Hickford all travelled to the Land of the Long White Cloud to experience different sides of New Zealand on two separate itineraries that showcased the very best of the regions that are so popular with Australian travellers of all ages.

In stunning Marlborough, the group got to visit iconic cellar doors to sample drops of cool climate pinot noir and sauvignon blanc, feast on local fresh seafood, try handmade chocolates, stay in deluxe accommodation and cruise the famous Marlborough Sounds.

In Wellington, the group got to discover the thriving arts and dining culture that the city is fast becoming known for. A visit to a film studio revealed the talent behind New Zealand’s film production industry, while a food tour led by a local guide helped to uncover the city’s best bars, restaurants and cafes to find gourmet produce, craft brews and wine. A trip across Cook Strait on the Interislander Ferry also demonstrated why it’s known as one of the most beautiful ferry rides in the world.

 

And the winner is……. Karen Majsay

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Karen Majsay, Manager at Low & James Travel Associates, Neutral Bay is the lucky winner of the WIN five Plaza Premium Lounge Passes competition that was held last month.

Michael Thomson from Plaza Premium Group presented Karen with a bottle of bubby and the five passes that can be used at any Plaza Premium Lounge worldwide including the Brisbane Airport lounge and the newly opened arrival lounges in Heathrow London.
Congratulations Karen!

Trek through British Columbia’s wilderness with Google Maps and BC Journeys

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Through a partnership with Google, stunning imagery from Canada British Columbia’s wild places has been added to Google Maps, complemented with interviews with BC locals, imagery, drone footage, immersive 360° video, and featured businesses on the new BC Journeys platform www.bcexplorer.com/journeys.

Using Google Street View, people from around the globe can now virtually hike in some of the province’s vast wilderness and be inspired by the powerful nature they see around them.

British Columbia joins a select group of bucket-list Google Street View Trekker destinations such as the Pyramids of Giza, the Grand Canyon and the Galapagos Islands.

There are currently 176 new British Columbia Google Street View Treks now featured on Google Maps, with 14 more to be uploaded by Google. Here is a sample of the Treks:

Find treks in British Columbia by reviewing the BC Explorer platform http://www.bcexplorer.com/journeys or through Google Maps, by searching for BC’s Google Street View Treks.

Visit USA Australia Final Nationwide Expos For The Year

Next week Visit USA Australia will be hosting its final nationwide expos for this year. The USA experts will host breakfasts in Newcastle on 02 May and on the Gold Coast on 03 May. An evening event will be held on 03 May on the Sunshine Coast.

Some lucky agents will go home with some incredible prizes, including air tickets to Los Angeles with Fiji Airways. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn about the growth in travel to USA. It will be entertaining and educational.

There are just few places left for each event next week. Agents interested in attending can RSVP through the Visit USA website link http://visitusa.org.au/vist-usa-events/.

 DETAILS:

  • Newcastle
  • Venue: Merewether Surfhouse
  • Date: Tuesday, 02 May 2017
  • Time: 7am start

Gold Coast

  • Venue: QT, Surfers Paradise
  • Date: Wednesday, 03 May 2017
  • Time: 7am start

Sunshine Coast

  • Venue: Oaks Oasis Resort, Caloundra
  • Date: Thursday, 04 May 2017
  • Time: 5.30pm start with a two-course dinner being served

 More information on all Visit USA events and news can be found at www.visitusa.org.au

Travellers Choice BDMs come together

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A gathering of Travellers Choice Business Development Managers in Canberra got off to a flying start recently with a delightfully disorderly Segway journey around the capital.  

Their aim was to explore ways that members fully utilise the support tools and services available to help grow their businesses, as well as strategies for showcasing the Travellers Choice network to potential new members across Australia.  

Travellers Choice members will meet in Perth’s new six-star Crown Towers in November to celebrate the group’s 40th anniversary.

The Cruise Team and Royal Caribbean – agent famil

The Cruise Team and Royal Caribbean International recently took 11 West Australian Helloworld agents on an exclusive famil to Singapore to experience the amazing Ovation of the Seas!

The group stayed at the revamped Park Royal on Beach Road before experiencing the amazing cruise then indulging at the fabulous Capella Resort Sentosa before flying home to WA.

 

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Image L-R:  Lorraine Wilson, Karen Way, Tanya Lepidi, Tracy Trivanovic, Stacey Van den Akker, Nicole Chapman, Cassie Perry, Toni Bardsley, John Davidson, Lisa Bone, Bronwen Milsom, Jennifer Wilson & Olga Shrewsbury

TTC Travel Specials 

Trek Peru

Travellers keen to trek to Machu Picchu should book Adventure World’s 7-day Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu. Book your clients in before 31 May 2017 and they will save $787 per person! They’ll have the opportunity to trek a lesser-known, historic section of the Inca Trail, exploring villages where the locals still maintain age-old traditions, and ending each day’s trekking at a  beautifully-appointed mountain lodge.

Priced from $5,245*per person, including 6-nights lodge accommodation, 1-night hotel accommodation, many meals, transport, an experienced trekking guide, a guided visit of Machu Picchu, entrance fees and more. Available for departure 9, 14 or 23 June 2017.

For more information and full terms and conditions visit Adventure World at www.adventureworld.com call 1300 363 055 *Conditions Apply

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Kia Ora

Guests of AAT Kings can receive a discounted return airfare to New Zealand (departing from Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Perth or Brisbane) when they book the 17-day Kia Ora New Zealand guided holiday.

Your clients will begin their New Zealand story by taking a scenic cruise through the stunning Bay of Islands and pass through the ‘Hole in the Rock’ before they learn the arts and traditions of Maori culture.

Priced from $4,999 with discounted return airfare* departing Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney, twin share and available on select departures between 1 October 2017 – 30 September 2018 (subject to availability). For more information or to book call 1300 556 100 or visit aatkings.com *

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Alpine Christmas

Guests of Insight Vacations can save 7.5% on tours from the 2017/18 Seasons brochure when booked and paid in full by 24 August 2017. On the 9-day Alpine Christmas Markets escorted journey guests will save $390 per couple entering the realm of gingerbread, Glühwein , snow-frosted Alps and carol singers this winter.

Priced from $2,400 per person (including 7.5% early payment discount) on select departure dates between 26 November – 12 December 2017 (other departures available). For full terms and conditions visit insightvacations.com or call 1300 727 767.

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City of Light
Book your clients on an 8-day Parisian Holiday river cruise before 30th June 2017 and they will receive a complimentary stateroom upgrade, PLUS SAVE $1,000 per person on these sailings as part of Uniworld’s You Deserve the Best Upgrade Promotion.

This voyage is as much royal as it is holiday, with four exclusive château visits, trips down the glittering Champs-Elysees and strolls through the Christmas Markets in the heart of Rouen’s historic medieval quarter. Guests will enjoy an all-inclusive 7-night cruise in a riverview stateroom onboard the brand NEW S.S. Joie de Vivre, including all meals and unlimited beverages onboard, 6 days of hosted excursions, services of an experiences Uniworld Cruise Manager and more!

Priced fromA$3,299 per person twin share (including upgrade and saving) departing on 13 December 2017 (other departures available).For more information call 1300 780 231 or visit uniworld.com

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World of Wisdom

Travellers booking with Busabout can SAVE up to 20% off Asian trips when they pay in full between 1st May – 31st of May 2017, quoting the promocode LATEDEAL. On the 14-day Thailand and Laos Adventure, travellers can save a total of $440 per person on their adventure from Chiang Mai, through Laos’ Luang Prabang  & Vang Vieng to Vientiane.

Including highlights such as white water rafting and jungle hiking in Pai, visiting an Elephant nature park, Kayaking in Vang Vieng, a boat ride down the Mekong and experiencing life on a rice farm. Priced from $1,759 (including discount) per person, departing 2 June & 28 July 2017.

Deposit of $100 must be paid at time of booking and full payment due 45 days prior to departure. For more information and a range of other Europe trips on sale visit http://www.busabout.com/ or call 1300 287 226

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Eastern Exploration

Book your clients on Creative Cruising’s 13-night Eastern Cultural Exploration luxury all inclusive cruise travelling through Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam and Hong Kong, before 31 May 2017 and they’ll receive a BONUS of US$250 Shipboard credit per stateroom.

This package includes an Economy class airfare from Perth to Singapore, returning from Hong Kong flying Singapore Airlines (departing from Sydney, Brisbane & Melbourne flying Qantas Airways) , pre-cruise accommodation in Singapore, a 12-night cruise onboard Seven Seas Voyager from Singapore to Hong Kong in a deluxe veranda suite, complimentary unlimited WIFI, 24-hour room service, unlimited shore excursions in each port and more!

Priced from $10,879pp (price ex Perth), cruise departs 5 December 2017 *Conditions apply please visit www.creativecruising.com.auor phone 1300 362 599 for more information.

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