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Big Fat Agent Wrap

This is a record breaking Agent Wrap today, with more famil photos than we’ve ever seen (probably) and a stack of deals specially for agents. Enjoy!

Women’s Only Tour to Explore the Culture of Northern India

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Australian company, Active Travel, is waiving solo supplements for single travellers keen to join a women’s only cultural tour of northern India this November.

The 16-day small group tour for Australian women will immerse them daily in the authentic and colourful culture of Rajasthan and surrounding areas, with guests learning how to dance, cook, weave, tie saris and apply traditional henna dye for temporary tattoos. The tour also includes a visit to the iconic Taj Mahal.

The guided, round-trip itinerary begins in Delhi on November 17, 2017, with visits to a jewellery studio and bangle market and encounters with local puppeteers, wood carvers, musicians and street performers. In special workshops, guests will learn how to dance Indian style and apply traditional henna dyed tattoos.

The tour then moves to the sacred Ganges city of Varanasi where the women will learn about Hinduism and local music and enjoy sunset and sunrise cruises on the Ganges to see pilgrims perform time-honoured Hindu rituals by ‘Mother Ganga’. Weaving villages and several temples and palaces are visited and a safari through Panna National Park is included to spot leopard, tiger, deer and sloth bears.

A train trip aboard the Kerala Express will take the group from Jhansi to Agra to see the majestic Taj Mahal at sunset. The grand forts and palaces of Jaipur, Jodhpur and Udaipur in Rajasthan are then featured along with folk performances, textile villages, produce markets, a crystal gallery, a sunset cruise on Lake Pichola and a traditional meal in a private home.

The 16-day women’s only guided tour includes accommodation, 31 meals, domestic flights and extensive sightseeing and is available from $6493 per person, twin-share. The waiving of the solo supplement means single travellers pay the same rate, saving $1470. Flights from Australia are extra but can also be booked through Active Travel.

Wendy Wu supports Inaugural China Red Nose Day!

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Wendy Wu Tours’ global offices celebrate a huge milestone for China, with the country’s first ever Red Nose Day.

With a number of staff in China, and to show their support for the cause, the global Wendy Wu Tours teams have donned their very own Red Noses.

The money raised during the event will go directly to the Baozou Foundation in China, who will then distribute the funds in line with Comic Relief’s vision and grant strategy, with 55% spent on projects within China and 45% spent in Africa.

Andrew Mulholland, General Manager Australia & New Zealand for Wendy Wu Tours said, “With offices in Shanghai and Xi’an, and a long history of over 20 years in China, we are proud to support our staff and their communities, on the country’s inaugural Red Nose Day.”

Red Nose Day in Australia is penned for 30 June 2017.

Travellers to save up to 20% on Mediterranean Sailing options from G Adventures

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The Sail on Sale, the adventure company’s Mediterranean Sailing promotion, offers savings of 20% across select Mediterranean itineraries – the perfect escape from the Southern Hemisphere’s looming cold front.

Trips vary in length and style, exploring some of the most picturesque locations the Mediterranean has to offer, including the Dalmatian Coast in Croatia, the dazzling panoramas of the Greek Islands and the breathtaking beauty of Montenegro. The sale ends 30 June 2017, with departures up until December 15, 2017.

Discounted offerings include:

  • Sailing Greece – Santorini to Mykonos – A yacht adventure is the ideal way to experience what many consider the world’s most beautiful islands: the Greek Islands. Sail for eight days aboard our 15m (52 ft) yachts, with time for hiking, snorkelling and relaxing. Explore ancient archaeological sites and taverna-lined harbours, and dine on fresh seafood. Sale price $1399 (save $350)
  • Dalmation Coast & Montenegro Sailing – When it comes to Croatia, every experience is filled with memories that ignite all the senses. This sailing trip covers the Dalmatian coast from Split to Dubrovnik, along with plenty of time in Montenegro. Travellers can venture from coastal town to coastal town, stopping to swim, snorkel, or relax on beaches before exploring the rich history behind this storied Old World region. Local food and wine are in abundance, giving delicious homegrown flavour that’s difficult to forget. Sale price $2543 (save $636)

Discover L.A. and L.A. County Arts Commission launch immersive destination app

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Discover Los Angeles, the city’s official tourism marketing organisation, in partnership with the Los Angeles County Arts Commission, has released the Discover L.A. app, a sleekly designed, pocket guide exclusively made for those looking to optimise their experience in the City of Angels.

Packed with rich content and tailored for those looking to explore the best of Los Angeles, the iOS app launch coincides with the start of the busy summer travel season and is available for free download at www.discoverlosangeles.com/app. An Android version is forthcoming.

Thematically synced to deliver personalised content based on weather, time and distance, the app culls suggestions from the city’s endless entertainment options—including world-class museums, diverse dining options, and captivating events.

Discover L.A. App Features:

  • Highlights top daily events throughout Los Angeles County
  • Finds locations featured in film and television
  • Features transportation options by bike, car, and Metro
  • Locates closest, free WiFi locations
  • Develops itineraries based on weather, time and distance
  • Discovers accommodations by neighbourhood
  • Creates a passport to save favourite locations
  • Content developed exclusively for the app, including summer standouts like al fresco dining, outdoor music festivals and venues, and Pride events.
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New travel guide about Korean wave provides great travel inspiration 

For fans of the stars of Korean movies, drama series and K-Pop, a new ‘Hallyu’ Korean Wave Travel Guide has been published to assist fans from around the world plan and enjoy some special experiences whilst travelling in Korea.

‘Hallyu’, the term for the Korean wave refers to the phenomenon of Korean entertainment and popular culture rolling around the world these days. The new guide details many of the most popular stars of Hallyu dramas as well as the film locations of their hit series.  It details how fans and visitors to the country can travel to and enjoy these locations.

The guide also details where to enjoy the new tastes of Hallyu – trendy restaurants, cafes and bars where visitors can enjoy many of the latest food trends.   Find out all the latest celebrity hotspots where you have a better chance of running into some of the Hallyu stars whilst they are relaxing and shopping.

For your free copy of the Korean Wave Travel Guide in Australia please send your request by email:  visitkorea@knto.org.au

Las Vegas shows Aussie agents why it is the ‘entertainment capital of the world’

Back row from left: Karen Caba, Total Travel Management; Melanie Kelaher, Allsorts travel; Front row from left: Linda Hogan, iTravel Ryde; Orsi Debulay, Gullivers Sport and Music Travel; Bart Druitt, LVCVA AUS/NZ; Justine Till, Educating Adventures; Sarah McMath, Virgin Australia; Ashley Sweeney, Antipodeans; David Loboja, All Aussie Travellers
Back row from left: Karen Caba, Total Travel Management; Melanie Kelaher, Allsorts travel;
Front row from left: Linda Hogan, iTravel Ryde; Orsi Debulay, Gullivers Sport and Music Travel; Bart Druitt, LVCVA AUS/NZ; Justine Till, Educating Adventures; Sarah McMath, Virgin Australia; Ashley Sweeney, Antipodeans; David Loboja, All Aussie Travellers

The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA), Delta Air Lines and Virgin Australia recently hosted nine Australian agents and PCOs for four action-packed nights in Las Vegas to showcase the exciting offerings available throughout the city for groups.

Staying in style at MGM Grand and Aria Las Vegas, attendees got the full VIP experience with a backstage meet and greet at both Mystère by Cirque du Soleil and Blue Man Group, took in the Las Vegas Strip at night via helicopter, sampled delicious dishes on a walking food tour, ziplined over Bootleg Canyon and got down and dirty at Dig This Las Vegas.

Bart Druitt from LVCVA AUS/NZ said, “With around 150,000 hotel rooms, unique experiences and activities for groups, exceptional dining and plenty of air access, it’s no wonder Las Vegas constantly ranks among the top MICE destinations in the world.

“This familiarisation trip aimed to educate our groups agents and PCOs on some of the amazing things they can offer their clients in Las Vegas.”

Magellan Agent Famil – South Africa

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Hosted by Africa travel experts, Bench Africa and South African Airways, these lucky Magellan agents have been snapped on a 10-day famil in South Africa.

The agents first headed out to experience some of the safari highlights that the rainbow nation has to offer. They spent three nights at the luxurious Sanctuary Makanyane Lodge in the Madikwe Game Reserve where they were lucky to see all of the ‘Big Five’,  as well as the endangered wild dogs and cheetahs, both of which are rare sightings these days.

From there they headed down to Cape Town where they took in the sights and sounds of the vibrant ‘Mother City’; visiting Table Mountain, Cape Town’s Victoria and Alfred’s Waterfront, as well as the Winelands. The group even had the opportunity to have a drink with South African celebrity chef, Reuben Riffel!

The trip concluded at Sun International’s opulent Sun City where they sampled the huge array of activities, restaurants and shops before they hopped on their plane back home!

Pictured in Madikwe Game Reserve, from back to front: Jane Elliot (Spencer Travel), Cassandra O’Bryan (Landmark Travel), Charlotte Nowrojee (Claremont Cruise & Travel), Mannuela Arcidiacono (Travel Experience.com), Sally O’Brien (Mary Rossi Travel, Lindfield), Stephen Coulter (Benalla Travel), Jennifer Shanahan (Albury Travel), Raika Naidoo (Capital Travel), Nicole Vergano (Surrey Travel), Chris le Roux (Bench Africa).

Buffalo Tours ATAC Vietnam Famil

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Buffalo Tours, together with Paradise Cruises and Entising Asia, hosted ATAC agents on a 5 Star famil of Vietnam which included the spectactular  Ha Long Bay cruising with La Vela Paradise Cruise, followed by an unforgettable tour of all that Hanoi including a memorable dinner  at Home Hoi An, an exquisite French townhouse.

Topped off by a couple of days exploring the UNESCO World Heritage town Hoi An whist be pampered at Almanity Hoi An and totally indulged at Fusion Maia Danang where they were treated to body massages, facial and more. Finishing off with a breakfast on the beach and more massages !!!

Donning traditional dress on Ha Long Bay, Jo Cvirn – Holiday and Cruise Centre Ballarat, Barbara Sherrif – Noosa Travel , Melanie Webb – The Travel Bug, Matthew Edwards – Buffalo Tours , Katerina Dzvezdakoska – Worldstrides, Melissa Goodwin – Mount Stephens Travel, Marina Mattioli – Pellegrino Travel, Liz McHerny – Two’s a Crowd, Linh Ngo – Paradise Cruises, Roshi Mc Manus – Transair Travel.

Travel Associates Famil

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Delta Air Lines in conjunction with Gate 7 hosted eight Travel Associates staff on a seven night famil touring around Napa Valley, Sacramento & South Lake Tahoe in Northern California.  Agents experienced activities such as the Napa Valley Wine Train, breakfast at Michelin restaurant Auberge Du Soleil, a stroll around the Midtown Farmers Market in Sacramento, a gondola ride up Heavenly Mountain in South Lake Tahoe (to experience the last day of the ski season) and a morning out on chilly Lake Tahoe sport fishing!

Pictured from top-down: Penny Brand (Gate 7 Host), Fiona Boileau (Gunther & Turner), Milly Stendrup (Low & James), Stephanie Darcy (Reis & James), Kylie Mcfarlane (Trendell & Turner), Megan Hill (Stepnell & Turner), Donna Grant (TA National Brand Leader), Tara Wheeler (Dare & Turner), Heidi Adams (Egan & Turner) and Jamie Bunn (Delta Air Lines Host).

Qantas Holidays host a dedicated Magellan Famil to Tropical North Queensland

From left back: Heather Testro: Hawthorn Travel, Megan Costello: East Burwood Travel, Katja Rutzer: Travel Consultant, Louise Askerlund (with MJ): Active Travel, Laura Stone: Qantas Holidays, Jaclyn Townsend: Shire Travel, Aoife Murphy: Northern Beaches Travel and Cruise. Front: Alicia Hunter: Complete Travel Solutions, and Susan Duff: Spencer Travel.
From left back: Heather Testro: Hawthorn Travel, Megan Costello: East Burwood Travel, Katja Rutzer: Travel Consultant, Louise Askerlund (with MJ): Active Travel, Laura Stone: Qantas Holidays, Jaclyn Townsend: Shire Travel, Aoife Murphy: Northern Beaches Travel and Cruise.
Front: Alicia Hunter: Complete Travel Solutions, and Susan Duff: Spencer Travel.

Qantas Holidays recently hosted a dedicated Magellan Famil to TNQ with the group visiting Hartley’s Crocodile Adventures, meeting a little furry friend – “MJ” the Koala.

The group were also lucky enough to experience many of the TNQ Luxury highlights from Fitzroy Island to Thala Beach Nature Reserve, with everyone in attendance displaying plenty of smiles throughout the famil.

Major events “Come to Life” on the Sunshine Coast with launch of new marketing campaign

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Sunshine Coast Council and Visit Sunshine Coast, today (May 31) launched a new marketing campaign promoting the diverse range of major events hosted on the Sunshine Coast.

The campaign, Major Events ‘Come to Life’ on the Sunshine Coast, features television and radio ads, a 54 page major events guide with My Weekly Preview, digital and social media activation.

The joint campaign will be activated in the Sunshine Coast region, by Sunshine Coast Council and in key drive markets by Visit Sunshine Coast.

Visit Sunshine Coast CEO Simon Latchford said the new events promotion completed the final theme of the ‘Come to Life’ national campaign launched by the regional tourism organisation earlier this year.

“Visit Sunshine Coast launched a new destination marketing campaign called ‘Come to Life’ building on the region’s ‘naturally refreshing’ branding, earlier in the year. The campaign reflects the key brand pillars of contemporary beach culture; wonders of nature; innovative food and produce; immersive encounters, and now the final piece – exhilarating events.

“We know that events provide the perfect opportunity to not only showcase our region as a tourism destination but also position the Sunshine Coast as the regional events capital of Australia.

“Research indicates three-quarters of event attendees would not have gone to a destination, if not for an event. Also, for 57% of first-time visitors to the region, the event is the main reason for visiting and likewise for 69% of repeat visitors.

“We are pleased to again partner with Sunshine Coast Council to market the impressive events on offer throughout 2017, in order to drive interest and visitation from outside the region.”

Titlis-Engelberg debut at Snow Travel Expo 2017

Participating at the Snow Travel Expo for the very first time this year, Titlis-Engelberg representative, Peter Niederberger, was pleased to report that the region received much interest from attendees over the two weekends in Sydney and Melbourne. Compared to many other parts of Switzerland, Titlis-Engelberg hadn’t been the traditional go-to destination for Aussie skiers; and as a relatively small village, the interest pouring in was encouraging.

Highlights of the region include the facts that Titlis-Engelberg is not only home to the largest freeride area in the country, but also Europe’s highest suspension bridge and the world’s first revolving gondola. Its longest ski run stretches 12 km, the glacier stands at a towering 3000m above sea level and its steepest vertical drop is 2000m. The village of Engelberg sits at 1,050m and is only a 45 min train ride away from the historical city of Lucerne. A monastery, cheesemaker and a host of accommodation options are also very much part of the attraction.

Snow enthusiasts also learnt about value-add, such as ski passes that automatically included as part of their winter stays and the series of discounted winter packages offered for visits between October and May.

Helloworld Business Travel hear from Carlton Football Club’s elite leaders

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Pictured L-R: Steve Hona – Helloworld Business Travel, Chris McGetrick – Bayview Travel, Brendon Bolton – Carlton Football Club, Coach

Helloworld Business Travel recently joined Carlton’s business elite for the third Carlton IN Business event for 2017.

Senior coach of the Carlton Football Club Brendon Bolton and CEO Steven Trigg addressed the audience on leadership, values, teamwork and the financial challenges and achievements for the Club over the past year.

Bayview Travel Director – Chris McGetrick and 1000 Mile Travel Director of Partnerships – Alex Stewart joined Helloworld Business Travel Business Manager Steve Hona at the event which provided an opportunity for agents to engage and connect with prominent Australian businesses.

CONTIKI BIDS FAREWELL TO THEIR TOP-SELLING AGENTS

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1998 will forever go down in history as the year Contiki introduced ROCK Around the World. Almost 20 years later, 50 top-selling agents from all around the world will depart over the next few days to rock out at NOS Primavera Sound in Porto, Portugal and enjoy the best that Spain and Portugal has to offer from June 3-14, 2017. It will surely be one to remember.

Katrina Barry, Managing Director of Contiki Australia, commented, “We’re so excited to have our top selling agents experience Spain and Portugal the Contiki way.

“Music and travel are a match made in heaven; both create memories, bring people together and trigger a whole range of emotions, and that is why ROCK Around the World proves increasingly popular, year after year. This is the trade incentive of the year so I’d like to congratulate all the agents who have secured themselves a spot.”

From seeing Bon Jovi in Dublin to R.E.M in Moscow, Contiki has taken agents all over the world. This year with festival headliners Bon Iver, Aphex Twin and Justice set to hit the stage at Porto’s infamous indie festival, Contiki’s top performing agents will enjoy three days of music at NOS Primavera Sound.

They will then journey through Barcelona, San Sebastian, Burgos, Salamanca and Madrid to soak up the music, sunshine and sangria, sharing their passions and journey with other loyal agents from across the globe.

Van-tastic Infinity famil to Vanuatu

Hanna Shilo from Travel Projects recently returned from a famtrip to the idyllic island of the Dominican Republic with a selected small group of travel agents. They inspected some of the resorts in Punta Cana in the East and the Northern Coast of Cabarete, Sosua and Puerto Plata. The famtrip ended in the colonial capital of Santo Domingo. Here in the picture from left to right Josie McPaul from Bayview Travel, Sallee Vuletich from Travel Masters, James Jang from Where2Travel, Hanna Shilo from Travel Projects and Cindy Hazler from Holiday & Cruise Ballarat.
Front: Ben Chambers, Infinity Dream Melbourne Middle Left to Right: Jasmine Kathage, Flight Centre Kew; Corey Lyons; Flight Centre Epping Plaza; Catherine Bateman, Flight Centre Lilydale; Penelope Murphy, Escape Travel Ballarat; Kathryn McInnes, Flight Centre Mornington; Jessica Luxton, Vanuatu Tourism Office Australia Back Left to Right: Joel Pettas, Flight Centre William St; Victoria Glenn, Infinity Melbourne Downtown

In May, Vanuatu Tourism Office Australia co-hosted a five night trip to the main island of Efate and capital Port Vila with Infinity Holidays taking 10 Flight Centre Group consultants from Victoria.

The group, also supported by Air Vanuatu, stayed at Warwick Le Lagon; Iririki Island Resort and Spa; and Holiday Inn Resort Vanuatu. The group enjoyed activities including horse riding with Club Hippique, ziplining through the jungle with Vanuatu Jungle Zipline and swimming in the pools at the Mele Cascades.

They were also treated to hosted meals at Breakas Beach Resort; The Beach Bar and Restaurant; and Mangoes Resort Restaurant and Bar.

Helloworld Travel and Qantas Holidays support the Humpty Dumpty Foundation Balmoral Burn

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L-R: Colin Dunne – Team Helloworld Travel, Emma East – Team Qantas Holidays, Kealan Kelly – Team Helloworld Travel, Maryluz Escandor – Team Qantas Holidays, Benn Hartung – Team Helloworld Travel, Andrej Dopud – Team Qantas Holidays, Mark Brownlee – Team Helloworld Travel and Jim Milazzo – Team Qantas Holidays

Helloworld Travel Limited are proud to be involved with the Humpty Dumpty Foundation, taking part in the annual Balmoral Burn event last weekend. The support of the event is building on the long standing partnership The AOT Group has had with the Foundation that now continues under the Helloworld Travel brand.

Helloworld Travel Limited CEO and Managing Director Andrew Burnes, a longtime supporter of the foundation, said “it’s great for us to be part of this event again in 2017 and for the Helloworld Travel and Qantas Holidays staff and their families to be involved in supporting such a worthy cause”.

Helloworld Travel and Qantas Holidays entered two corporate teams to complete in the “Burn” up Awaba Street in Balmoral, one of the steepest streets in New South Wales. Helloworld Travel staff and their families also participated in other various events and activities on the day.

The event took place on Sunday 28th May 2017 and raised over $2 million dollars for much needed lifesaving medical equipment for children’s wards across many Australian hospitals.

Dominican Republic famil fun!

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Hanna Shilo from Travel Projects recently returned from a famtrip to the idyllic island of the Dominican Republic with a selected small group of travel agents.

They inspected some of the resorts in Punta Cana in the East and the Northern Coast of Cabarete, Sosua and Puerto Plata. The famtrip ended in the colonial capital of Santo Domingo.

Here in the picture from left to right Josie McPaul from Bayview Travel, Sallee Vuletich from Travel Masters, James Jang from Where2Travel, Hanna Shilo from Travel Projects and Cindy Hazler from Holiday & Cruise Ballarat.

Stay cool under the midnight sun 

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This Scandinavian summer season marks the first for the ICEHOTEL 365, a permanent structure that offers art and ice experiences year-round, which was constructed in November 2016.

From May to October, summer 2017 brings a new chapter for ICEHOTEL when summer activities can be combined with a night on ice for the first time ever.

Located in the heart of Jukkasjärvi, ICEHOTEL 365 is a specifically designed 2100 square meter ice art hall and permanent structure that is cooled by solar power from the midnight sun during the summer months. The hotel is created out of ice and snow from the Torne River – just like the classic ICEHOTEL that will still be built on the riverbank when winter arrives.

Designed by Swedish architect and sustainability designer Hans Eek, the hotel houses luxury and art suites, bar, sculpture gallery, event hall and sauna.

This unique accommodation and year-round ice experience, where it is all about ice and creativity – with art as the result – will be sure to thrill clients. Cold Room Art Suites, with breakfast included, start from A$380/NZ$405 for two people per night. Contact Bentours, the Scandinavian Specialists, for more information or to book.

Hola from Excite Holidays and Los Cabos!

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Excite Holidays recently treated its Brisbane-based agents to a Mexican themed breakfast at Watt Riverside Restaurant and Bar.

In collaboration with Los Cabos Tourism, the event was designed to showcase and educate agents on all that this Mexican hotspot has to offer. Including the fact that Los Cabos is only a two and half hour flight from Los Angeles, and is the perfect stopover or standalone destination. Agents were also given the chance to win some fantastic prizes!

Filled with an abundance of good food, great company, stunning views and plenty of colour, the agents started their morning off the right way. Upon arrival, they were met with a fancy cocktail, mexican hot chocolate and a delectable spread that  included baked goods such as muffins and danishes, before sitting down to indulge in a Pico de Gallo Burrito, a traditional Mexican breakfast.

The agents were even lucky enough to meet with the Managing Director of Los Cabos Tourism, Rodrigo Esponda, who came straight off the plane from Mexico to offer his expertise and passion for this incredible destination. The agents also heard from Lisa Hollenberg, from Thompson Hotels and Rebecca Maitland from One&Only, who both took the agents through their incredible properties.

GREAT TIME TO LEASE CARS IN EUROPE

WITH the northern summer approaching now is the time for agents to secure a brand new Peugeot lease vehicle for self-drive clients holidaying in Europe and receive one week free through DriveAway holidays.

DriveAway is also offering complimentary pick up and return fees from all depots until June 30, a further saving of $1080.

The Peugeot leasing in Europe program is ideal for longer durations of between 21 and 175 days for driving through more than 30 countries.

Sno’n’Ski celebrates ski season

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Last Friday 26th of May Sno’n’Ski hosted 24 Ski Resorts from around the world for a training session and after party at the new Flight Centre Headquarters in Southbank. FCTG staff had the opportunity to personally meet representatives from many of the major resorts, who provided small group training sessions on each ski resort.

The ‘Apres Party’ themed event saw Sno’n’Ski staff dress up in flashy 80’s style ski clothing, while FCTG staff used a ski pass, which when completed gained entry into the draw for 1 of 2 major prizes;  a ski trip for 2 to Vail and Beaver Creek thanks to major sponsors Vail Resorts and Virgin Australia.

The second major prize was a seat on the Sno’n’Ski Canada Mega Famil, which was announced to be going ahead in March 2018 after the huge success of the first Sno’n’Ski Mega Famil in 2017.

After the training sessions came the much anticipated ‘Apres Party’! After taking in the fantastic view of the Brisbane skyline that makes the backdrop of the Flight Centre Headquarters top floor, it was hard to miss the 1.5m lighted letters that spelled out Sno’n’Ski. These two features added to the setting for the snow themed gif photo booth, complete with crepe paper snow.

The gif stop was themed with props and ski gear thanks to major sponsor, Aspen Snowmass. A magnum Mumm Champagne will be awarded to the best gif posted on Instagram with #snonskiapres this coming Friday.

FCTG agents, representatives from the 24 Ski Resorts and the Sno’n’Ski team celebrated the evening with a ski themed menu and beverages. It was hard to go past the s’mores station, that was conveniently located in the line for the gif stop, only to be greeted by the do-it yourself ice-cream station.

No worries if you didn’t have a sweet tooth because there was a delicious build your own poutine station, mini burgers, corn dogs and gyoza, which were washed down with Caesars and Asahi.

Sno’n’Ski offers a huge thank you to the visiting ski resorts for supporting this exciting and unique event.  Very special thanks to major sponsors Vail Resorts and Aspen Snowmass, who without their support and prizes the evening would not have been possible. Also a special thanks to Virgin Australia who supplied the flights for the major prize.

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Fly Free to South America

Your clients can now FLY FREE TO SOUTH AMERICA from either Sydney or Melbourne to the Galápagos Islands on selected 2017 departures with Lindblad Expeditions when they book an expedition and pay in full before 30 June  2017.

The 10-day Galapagos with Lindblad Expeditions- National Geographic itinerary takes guests on a journey of a lifetime, including highlights such as a visit to the Charles Darwin Research Station in Santa Cruz, hiking over lava flows in Fernandina and studying fur seals in Santiago.  Priced from $9,160*per person, including return flights to Galapagos, 7-night cruise and 2-nights hotel accommodation, excursions and services of a veteran expedition leader, a team of naturalists, an undersea specialist and National Geographic photographer and more!

Available for select between 18 August – 9 December 2017. For more information and full terms and conditions visit Adventure World at www.adventureworld.com call 1300 363 055 *Conditions Apply  

Natural Beauty

Guests of AAT Kings can continue to save 5% on select 2017-18 New Zealand trips when they book and pay in full before 3 July 2017. From Auckland to Christchurch, they’ll find themselves on a trip of a lifetime, saving up to $610 off per couple on the 15-day New Zealand Splendour guided holiday. Exploring New Zealand’s natural beauty, highlights include venturing down into the depths of Waitomo Caves enchanting glow-worm grotto.

This package includes an experienced Travel Director & Driver Guide, quality accommodation, travel in luxury coach, airport transfers, and more! Priced from $5,392 (including early payment discount), 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 *Conditions Apply.

Timeless Giverny

Book your clients on Uniworld’s 8-day Paris & Normandy river cruise before 30th June 2017 and they will receive a complimentary stateroom upgrade, PLUS Fly return to Paris from $4,799 in Business Class per person on these sailings as part of Uniworld’s You Deserve the Best Upgrade Promotion.

They’ll discover Giverny, the village where Impressionist master Claude Monet once lived and worked. Guests will also enjoy an all-inclusive 7-night cruise down the Seine River 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 from A$10,099 per person twin share (including upgrade and Business Class airfare return to Paris) departing on 13 August 2017 (other departures available). For more information call 1300 780 231 or visit uniworld.com

HAGGiS Adventures takes travellers from Castles to Mountains

Travellers booking with Busabout can SAVE up to 15% off select 2017 departing HAGGiS & Shamrocker Adventures when they book before 30 June 2017. Your clients can now SAVE $154 off per person on the Scottish 10-day Compass Buster tour. It’s ten days of creepy castles, wild Viking history and all the eye bursting beauty of Scotland.

Starting in Edinburgh all the way up to Orkney, spanning from pub to mountain, from beach monsters, they’ll see the true Scotland.  Priced from $875 (including discount), including 6 breakfasts, hostel accommodation, all ferry crossings, and of course a legendary HAGGIS Guide and more.

Available for select departures between 14 June – 27 September 2017 (subject to availability). For more information and a range of other Europe trips on sale visit http://www.busabout.com/ or call 1300 287 226

Munch Mexico

Millennials can save 10% off Contiki’s NEW 2017-19 Latin America brochure when they book and pay in full by Thursday 1st August 2017. Calling all foodie travellers!

Throw out those preconceived notions of what Mexican food is all about. Save $303*off the NEW Limited Edition 12-day Munch Mexico itinerary , an exclusive culinary trip visiting Puerto Vallarta, Tequila, Guadalajara, Mexico City, Merida, Cancun and more! Foodies will delight in included Tequila distillery tours, cocktail classes, market tours, salsa making classes and specialist regional cooking demonstrations.

Priced at $2,892 *per person (including discount) and available for travel on the 16 July 2018 and 22 October 2018. For more information visit www.contiki.com or phone 1300 266 845. *Conditions Apply

Croatia & the Greek Isles

Book your clients on Creative Cruising’s 17-night Croatia & the Greek Isles cruise before 30 June 2017 and they’ll receive return flights, 14 night cruise, and pre and post cruise accommodation. Travelling from Athens through the famous Olympia, Crete, Rhodes, island of Mykonos, up to Croatia’s Dubrovnik & Split,ending in Venice.  This package includes an economy class airfare to Athens; returning from Venice, stopping in Doha flying Qatar Airways.

It also includes a private transfer from airport to hotel, 2 night pre-cruise accommodation in Athens, a 14 –night voyage on-board Queen Victoria  from Athens to Venice, 1 night stop-over accommodation in Doha, and more!

Priced from $4,759*pp flights included, departing Perth (other departures available Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne & Adelaide) cruise departs 07 October 2017. *Conditions apply. Please visit www.creativecruising.com.au or phone 1300 362 599 for more information.

Best of Eastern Canada and USA 

Guests of Insight Vacations who book select departures before 26 October 2017 from the NEW USA and Canada 2018 programme will SAVE 10% off.  From June 2 they’ll save up to $729 per person on the 16 day Best of Eastern Canada and USA journey from Toronto through Quebec, Boston, Washington, DC and The Big Apple, including the complete NYC experience staying in the heart of Times Square at the New York Marriott Marquis.

With easy access to a Broadway shows, Fifth Avenue shopping, Radio City Music Hall, Rockefeller Centre, Central Park and more. Priced from $6566 per person twin share (including early payment discount) available for select departure between 13 May – 07 October 2018 (subject to availability).

For full terms and conditions visit insightvacations.com or call 1300 727 767.

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