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Big Fat Agent Wrap

TGIF! Seriously. The TW team is off to Splendour in the Grass, so enjoy this wrap and nick off early yourselves!

Vic agency first winner in TravelCube’s Asia on Sale ‘super incentive’ 

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TravelCube today announced the first of eight weekly winners in its Asia on Sale ‘super incentive’, which is giving agents the chance to experience some of the region’s top destinations and to compete for the grand prize of a six-night all-inclusive holiday in Penang courtesy of Penang Global Tourism.

To take part in the promotion agencies simply need to create and pay for room nights in Asia before 31 August 2017.

The agency* selling the most room nights each week will win a weekly prize, with hotel and resort accommodation in destinations such as Vietnam, Hong Kong, Cambodia, Thailand, Indonesia and Kuala Lumpur up for grabs.

The first weekly winner is Student Flights Fountain Gate in the suburb of Narre Warren, Melbourne, which has picked up nine nights’ accommodation for two in Bali, staying at Grand Istana Rama, Ramada Encore and Courtyard by Marriott.

The agency with the most Asian bookings created and paid for between 1 July and 31 August will win the Asia on Sale promotion’s ultimate prize: return airfares for two to Penang, accommodation at the Eastern & Oriental Hotel Penang, the Parkroyal Beach Resort Penang and Element By Westin, along with transfers and sightseeing tours.

Tempo Holidays release early-bird deals to celebrate 2018 rates

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Getting ahead of the game? Tempo Holidays have a huge range of 2018 rates for Spain, Italy and France available to book now! More and more inventory is being added every day and increased availability makes booking exciting new programs a whole lot easier! Along with increased availability, Tempo are also offering a number of early-bird deals across Europe.

Enjoy massive savings across French ANZAC Day Tours and early booking offers for small group touring in France, Portugal and Malta with savings of up to A$460//NZ$490 per person on a range of 2018 departures. Best of all, lock in a range of selected 2018 tours in Spain at 2017 prices – but the offer is strictly limited and with prices set to increase from September 1st, now is the time to book to secure cheaper prices for your clients.

If it is only hotels in Rome, Milan and Venice that you need – we have a small range of those ready for sale too. Our favourite in Rome, the Domus Australia, we have rooms for immediate confirmation, but if you want a little more luxury, check out the Grand Hotel Via Veneto or the Cavalieri Waldorf Astoria – both with rooms for immediate confirmation.

Apartment rates for families in Barcelona round out the accommodation offers ready for 2018. Book early and secure the rooms now in Spain’s most popular playground – ideal for those great family holidays on the Spanish Mediterranean coast.

Tour offers are available to book until 31 August 2017, whilst hotel rates are available year-round with specials available periodically.

Earn Qantas Points with Insider Journeys’ Small Group Tours

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Insider Journeys is pleased to announce that Small Group Tour bookings can now earn Qantas Points! Qantas Frequent Flyers can earn 1 Qantas Point per $1 spent on all Small Group Tours, on new bookings from 1 July 2017.

Insider Journeys Managing Director, Tony Mayell, says with this new partnership there are even more benefits for travelling with a group of like-minded travellers seeking the best experience.

Agents can secure Qantas Points for their clients by quoting their Qantas Frequent Flyer membership number when booking any Insider Journeys Small Group Tour. Or clients can be directed to sign up for the Qantas Frequent Flyer program for free at qantaspoints.com/freejoin/insiderjourneys if they are not already a member (saving $89.50). 

On The Go Tours Launches Seven New Tours to the Indian Subcontinent  

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On The Go Tours, the award-winning tour operator specialising in locally-led group tours and tailor-made holidays to worldwide destinations, has launched seven new tours to the Indian Subcontinent. 

Travellers can now choose from over 70 tours in India, Sri Lanka, Bhutan, Nepal and Tibet, ranging from festival tours in Bhutan to safari adventures in Sri Lanka or active cycling journeys through India.

On The Go Tours has also made exciting changes to eight existing Indian itineraries with the addition of the city of Karauli in place of Alsisar, giving guests a unique opportunity to bed down for the night, and privately explore, a palace which is still a residence for the region’s royal family, as well as an early morning bike tour option in Delhi.

 The Indian Subcontinent tours range from day trips and city breaks to 18 day journeys, and are suitable for all types of travellers from solo travellers (no sharing and no single supplement on select departures) to families. 

Byroads Travel reveals secrets of Sri Lanka

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For centuries a magnet from around the world for its gems, pearls, spices and tea, Sri Lanka boasts as many secrets as treasures, many revealed on a Byroads Travel Secrets of Sri Lanka 13-day tour.

Designed for small groups, this tour – March 15-27, 2018 – begins in the capital Colombo and covers such sought-after sights as the cave temples at Dumbulla and the ancient ruins at Polonnaruwa, not forgetting the spectacular rock citadel at Sigiriya.

Led by Byroads Travel’s Steve Mortimer, who with 30 years’ experience has visited more than 100 countries, the Secrets of Sri Lanka tour passes through the scenic Knuckles Range to the old Sinhalese capital at Kandy.

The breathtaking highlands at Nuwara Eliya, in the heart of the tea growing industry, are also visited along with scenic hill town Ella, the tallest Buddha statue in the world and Ude Walawe National Park, Sri Lanka’s premier elephant reserve.

The tour also covers the much-celebrated south coast and its beaches and resorts, the highlight being Galle, a perennial favourite among many, before returning to Colombo. The tour, limited to 16 passengers, is priced from USD3695 per person, twin share (about AUD$4860). Return air fares from Australia are extra.

Travelport to disrupted air passengers: Your hotel room is waiting in the palm of your hand

Being stranded at an airport is an airline passenger’s worst nightmare. However, thanks to new, industry-first mobile-based technology, available from Travelport, the pain of airline disruptions is now a thing of the past.

Travelport Resolve which was formulated from an idea developed in the Travelport Labs Accelerator program, transforms the current labour-intensive, manual hotel sourcing, booking, and payment process that typically plagues airlines during disruptive irregular operations (IROPS) situations.

By combining Travelport’s mobile expertise and its ability to source and book hotel rooms across the globe, and allowing airlines to automate and monitor the entire hotel distribution process, Travelport Resolve demonstrates the unique power of Travelport’s platform to improve the travel experience for airlines and their customers.

Travelport Resolve also provides airlines with actionable insights into IROPS, including hotel-related costs, room usage, passenger status and activity patterns, with up-to-the-minute reporting tools that analyze the true cost of disruptions to an airline’s business and identify improvements an airline can make to its service.

The product will soon include predictive features enabling airlines to recognize potential IROPS situations, along with local conditions or events, that may create limited hotel availability. Travelport Resolve will then automatically procure room inventory needed to meet passenger demand.

Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Announces Extraordinary Line-Up of Experiences Coming to Disney Parks around the globe 

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At the D23 Expo 2017, held at the Anaheim Convention Center from 14th – 16th July 2017, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts announced an extraordinary line-up of brand new attractions and experiences coming to its parks and resorts around the world.  Disney continues to revolutionise the guest experience, starting from before guests even arrive for a holiday, to the many memories that last a lifetime.

Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Chairman Bob Chapek welcomed nearly 7,000 fans as he unveiled more than a dozen new experiences coming to Disney parks and resorts and gave a sneak peek at the much-anticipated projects in development.  Several Imagineers joined the presentation by providing details of the creativity, imagination and innovation in development around the world.  Chief Creative Officer of Walt Disney and Pixar Animation Studios John Lasseter also shared his enthusiasm for plans to include a larger Pixar presence at Disneyland Resort.

From new lodging and transportation options that make getting around more fun, to original storytelling and immersive experiences based on guests’ favourites, Disney continues to provide unparalleled holiday destinations for guests across the globe in even more exciting ways than ever before.

Travelport’s Trip Assist gives APAC agencies a mobile edge

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 Travelport  has launched of Travelport Trip Assist, a new mobile product for agencies.The new product enables travel agencies to meet the expectations of today’s mobile-first customer. It is projected that in 2017, 50% of global mobile travel sales will originate in Asia Pacific. This is expected to grow, especially in markets like China where they are expected to account for nearly 75% of online bookings by 2020.

Travelport is showcasing the Trip Assist technology in Sydney this week, at its annual APAC customer conference event, Travelport LIVE.  Trip Assist will help travel agencies by providing advanced mobile travel capabilities such as flexible itinerary management, real-time communications and day of travel assistance.

With high internet and mobile penetration, travellers in APAC expect faster and easier access to travel. Mobile bookings in APAC are growing at a faster rate than in any other region. In the past five years, mobile travel sales have seen double digit growth in markets like South Korea (58.7%), Australia (52.2%) and China (49.9%). It is estimated that by 2020, 76% of the growth of online travel will come from mobile sales.             

With Trip Assist, TMCs and other travel agencies can grow more valuable relationships with travellers by providing the right experience and information at the right time, in the channel they use most, the smartphone. It provides agencies with more opportunities to connect, support and engage end-travellers at every stage of their journey, providing a seamless, trusted and personalised mobile customer experience in line with the expectations of today’s ‘always-on’ traveller.

Contiki Return to Splendour in the Grass with Contiki Tiki Bar

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Contiki are returning to the annual Byron Bay music and arts festival, Splendour in the Grass this July. 2017 marks the sixth year in a row Contiki will be taking music lovers to the most anticipated Australian festival of the season.

To celebrate the launch of their new Big Kahuna Hawaii trip, Contiki are returning this year with their Splendour in the Grass festival and accommodation packages, along with a Hawaiian themed bar! The Contiki Tiki Bar will be the perfect place to luau between watching the amazing line up on offer, open to all festival goers featuring bespoke cocktails and the relaxed vibes you’d expect from any Hawaii holiday. Contiki are also giving one lucky winner a trip for 2 on the Big Kahuna, all they have to do is simply tell Contiki which Hawaiian island matches their vibe: Maui for the adventurous Hawaiian explorer, Kona for nature lovers, or Oahu for surfers and shoppers alike. May the best response win! 

These lucky winners will have the chance to say Aloha to Contiki’s newest destination. The 9-day Big Kahuna trip is kinda a big deal – 3 islands, 3 internal flights to get you around faster and endless fun in the sun. The Hawaiian island hopper trip starts in Oahu (The Big Island) and ends in Maui. Youth travellers will spend glorious days exploring Honolulu and Waikiki beach activities by day to partying it up by night with a lot of adventure in between.

Highlights include visiting the USS Arizonian Memorial and Punchbowl Cemetery to learn about the historic events of Pearl Harbour, learning to surf at Waikiki, snorkelling with wildlife in Kona and mountain biking down the 3055m Mt Haleakala Volcano.

Greece National Tourism Organisation welcome guests at the NTIA Gala dinner.

The Australian Federation of Travel Agents (AFTA) together with Greece National Tourism Organisation looks forward to welcoming Guests to the 10th anniversary of the National Travel Industry Awards Gala Dinner.

 “We are proud be the arrival Sponsor for the 2017 National Travel Industry Awards. We hope that guests will get a sense of the wonderful destination as we welcome them to the biggest event in the travel industry’s calendar,” The Consulate General of Greece in Sydney, Dr. Stravos Kyrimis said.

“Greece is a tiny country with a big embrace. A destination where life never sleeps, there is always something magical to experience. The ANZACs came in their tens of thousands to defend democracy all those years ago and today we warmly welcome Australian travellers to come and enjoy life as never before”.

Gala Dinner Guests are invited to arrive from 5pm to enjoy the welcome function in the Grand Ballroom welcome area on Level 5, of the International Convention Centre Sydney. Formalities will begin at 6pm sharp.

Volleyball fans take home a 5 day P&O Cruise thanks to Helloworld Travel!

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Two very happy customers of Helloworld Travel are heading off on a 5 day P&O Cruise after winning a recent competition held at the World League Men’s Indoor Volleyball on the Gold Coast where the Helloworld Travel Volleyroos took home the bronze medal! 

Jay and Sandie Carter were thrilled with their prize, thanking the team at Helloworld Travel. “We love cruising and are so excited to win this fantastic prize, thanks to Helloworld Travel, P&O and Tony Strong and Madonna at Helloworld Travel Helensvale”, they said.

Helloworld Travel Agents around the Gold Coast worked together to promote the competition which was launched at the World League event, including Helloworld Travel Helensvale Plaza, Helloworld Travel Helensvale Westfield, Helloworld Travel Southport, Helloworld Travel Hope Island, Helloworld Travel Nerang, Helloworld Travel Mudgeeraba, Helloworld Travel Worongary, Helloworld Travel Burleigh and Helloworld Travel Banora.

It is very exciting times ahead for Helloworld Travel and Volleyball Australia in the lead up to the 2018 Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast, where the Helloworld Travel Volleyroos will be on show.

Wendy Wu Tours invites Sydney travel agents to join them in an exciting trade technology launch.

The company is launching an innovative new digital instant-booking platform, reducing your booking time to only 2 minutes.

London based Global CEO Joe Karbo, and Managing Director Australia/New Zealand Andrew Mulholland will be on hand to talk through the technology.

A host of exciting prizes is available on the night, including a trip for two to China!

“I’m very much looking forwarding to launching this exciting new initiative to the trade, yet another way that we are supporting travel agents to grow their business” said Mulholland.

Sydney travel trade are invited to attend. Please confirm your attendance by Wednesday 26 July to rsvp@wendywutours.com.au.

International Rail update on Luxurious South East Asia rail journeys 

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International Rail has announced the latest news on the popular Eastern & Oriental Express classic rail journeys that travel between Singapore and Bangkok, for agents to advise their clients.

The 2018 Eastern & Oriental express program has been released and for the first time the luxurious train experience will now include complimentary beverages throughout the journey. These include house wines, house spirits, local beer and soft drinks. Premium drinks, and drinks ordered to guest cabins will also be available, at an additional charge.  

Due to the Raffles Hotel undergoing a restoration project, the Singapore check-in location will be relocated to The Fullerton Hotel from September 14, 2017 for the start of the next season. 

A final update is the dress code on board Eastern & Oriental Express has been revised for guests to dress for relaxed comfort on excursions and as you move about the train. To appreciate the traditional quality of the rail experience, smart casual with a touch of understated elegance is required for the restaurant cars and with the Southeast Asian balmy afternoons it is suggested light linens, smart full-length trousers and open-neck shirts are most suited, whilst for dinner a jacket is suggested.

Last minute luxury in the South Pacific on Celebrity Solstice 

 As Australia counts down to Celebrity Cruises’ sixth season based down under, the cruise line has announced incredible prices on selected South Pacific sailings, starting from just NZD$1,069/AUD$999 per person.* 

Australia’s highest rated cruise ship according to Cruise Critic Australia, Celebrity Solstice returns to her Sydney summer home in just three months time, on 20 October 2017.

Three cruises to the South Pacific are included in the offer, including an 8-night roundtrip Sydney cruise departing 22 October 2017. Priced from just NZD$1,069/AUD$999 per person twin share, the eight night adventure visits the stunning Isle of Pines, Lifou and Noumea in New Caledonia. 

Or choose an 8-night school holiday roundtrip sailing departing Sydney on 14 January 2017, priced from just NZD$1,279/AUD$1,199 per person twin share, with calls to Isle of Pines, Lifou and Noumea in New Caledonia. And for families, quad share Balcony Staterooms start at NZD$1,619/AUD$1,509 per person.

Celebrity Cruises is a premium cruise line known for its modern luxury style, fine wine and dining experiences on state-of-the-art, stylish ships. Celebrity Solstice boasts a stunning two story, floor-to-ceiling glass wine tower capable of holding 2,800 bottles of wine, 12 sophisticated bars and lounges, as well as ten remarkable dining choices – including Sushi on Five, Tuscan Grille, Murano for fine European fare and Silk Harvest for Asian-fusion dishes.

SuperStar Virgo’s Maiden “Golden Sea Route” Voyage Garners Gold-Stars from Guests

Star Cruises has successfully completed SuperStar Virgo’s trendsetting “Golden Sea Route” maiden voyage with delightful feedback from guests of this very popular cruise. From 6 July to 30 November, there are 21 sailings where guests can get a chance to experience this specially-designed itinerary showcasing four amazing destinations in China and Japan. With overwhelming response from the market only limited cabins are left for the summer.

This first-of-a-kind 8-day/7-night “Golden Sea Route” cruise holiday experience outclasses regular air and land travel packages, allowing guests to visit multiple destinations without the hassle of several flights and land transportations, as well as the inconvenience of packing and unpacking from different hotels.

The “Golden Sea Route” offers a variety of flexible shore excursion options, allowing guests to better appreciate the cultural and natural wonders of Osaka, Tokyo, Mount Fuji and Kagoshima, as well as enjoy more time at each destination – whether they prefer to do more shopping, savour more traditional delicacies, explore more exciting entertainment or just enjoy local life.

Many children took part in the popular Junior Cruiser Program, where they enjoyed tailor-made activities and games, including cosplay and prince and princess parties, while teens joined enrichment programs such as DJ mixing and hip-hop classes.

 Helloworld Business Travel continues re-sign success!

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Helloworld Business Travel (HWBT) have continued to build on the recent success of high re-sign rates as the member re-signing period nears completion.

Strengthening the network group and validating the re-sign success were recent announcements including Travel Connections re-signing for a record six year term, plus a number of other agencies committing to the group including Anywhere Travel, The Journey Masters, Travel Crew, Broome Travel Centre and Tripaway Corporate Travel all signing for new terms. The group also welcomed a brand new signing into the group in May with Locale Travel from Manly NSW.

“Following the recent Helloworld Business Summit on the Gold Coast I was impressed by the direction and focus of the HWBT network, as well as the direction that CEO Andrew Burnes is taking it. I wanted to commit to the group and the brand for more than just a three year term, so we went for six years!”Owner of Travel Connections Andrew Allen said.

Travel Connections is a full service agency dealing with a mix of corporate, leisure and group requirements, located in North Melbourne and they have been a member of the network for 20 years.

Insight Vacations Rewards top achieving Agents with trip to Italy

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Insight Vacations is sending their top achieving travel agencies on a remarkable trip to Southern Italy this week – the ultimate reward  for the brand’s best supporting partners.

Top travel agents will go on a dream getaway travelling through Italian delights such as the ‘must see’ sights of Rome, Alberobello, Sorrento and Capri on what is set to be a memorable 8-day holiday.

In Rome, travel agents will be introduced to the grandeur of the city with Insight Vacation’s Local Experts, starting in the richest city in the world, Vatican City. They will then be taken on a voyage across to Alberobello and Puglia, a food lover’s paradise with plenty of robust red wines and local dishes using the freshest ingredients. On the Isle of Capri, travel agents will be treated to a Michelin star lunch at Ristorante Mammà, for the feast of their dreams overlooking Capri’s sights and crystal waters.

Escape Winter With Bear Rentals

With winter well-and-truly being upon us, it’s about now that you start to yearn for some warmth in bones, and the heat of the sun on you back… but good news is that summer-days are just a drive away. Get up North to Australia’s tropical tip with Bear Rentals’ fleet of Land Rover Defender hire vehicles. Completely camp-ready and stationed in Cairns, Bear Rentals is ready to help you beat the winter blues, and tackle the Cape York Peninsula pilgrimage.   

For a limited time only, Bear Rentals, is offering a 12 day trip including vehicle hire and the best that the tropical North Queensland has to offer in terms of staying and playing; including:

  • 12 days Bear Rentals ‘European’ Vehicle Hire
  • 2 x Adult Ocean Safari Great Barrier Reef snorkelling trip
  • 2 nights camping for 2 adults unpowered site at Cape Tribulation Camping
  • $50 bar / food voucher for “the Sand Bar” @ Cape Trib Camping

 Bear Rentals Tropical Winter Escape Package: $2,650, Valid from August 1st – October 31st 2017.

Personal Travel Managers Rolling Through the Canadian Rockies

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One of the great perks of working in the travel industry is the opportunity to indulge in the love of travel. A recent Canada mega-famil gave five of TravelManagers’ personal travel managers (PTMs) the opportunity to do just this, as part of a group that experienced one of the world’s great rail journeys: the Rocky Mountaineer.

Kim Mason, representative for Cronulla in New South Wales was one of the PTMs that embarked on the six-night itinerary that began in Vancouver and concluded in Calgary, with stops in Kamloops, Jasper, Banff and Lake Louise along the way.

“Our last full day was one of the best days on the entire famil: an eight-minute gondola ride to the top of Sulphur Mountain, overlooking the town of Banff and the surrounding mountains, followed by a flightseeing helicopter tour. You could see for miles and the scenery was incredible,” she said.

TravelManagers’ Executive General Manager, Michael Gazal, says the company is always eager to encourage staff to take advantage of famils such as this one when they present themselves.

“Not only do our PTMs benefit from the opportunity to experience these amazing travel destinations for themselves, which in turn enables them to do a better job of looking after their clients, but they also return home full of energy and enthusiasm for their work and with a fresh passion for the world of travel.” 

Collette Launch new 208/19 North American brochure with early booking savings

Collette has launched its brand new 2018-19 North American brochure, featuring two new tours that provide travellers with the chance to broaden their horizons, in particular to the beautiful landscapes of British Columbia, Alberta and Alaska.

Other highlights of the brochure include its range of touring styles to suit different travellers’ needs, with 31 Classic tours, two Exploration (small group) tours and six in-depth city Spotlight tours.

There is a saving of 10% on selected 2018 North American tours for bookings made by 31 August 2017.

Australia International Dive Expo to join Sydney International Boat Show 2017 

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For the very first time this year, the Australia International Dive Expo (AIDE) will take place at the International Convention Centre Sydney as part of the Sydney International Boat Show, the largest recreational boating event in the Southern Hemisphere.

Highlights at AIDE2017 include dive try-outs at the on-site pool, a free full day photography course for university students and free dive gear maintenance workshops. Photography fans will also have the chance to meet a number of professional underwater photographers, cinematographers and filmmakers who will be sharing their experiences as well as useful tips and tricks of their craft. 

A series of entertainment, live presentations and prize giveaways will no doubt help visitors immerse themselves in the diving world over at the show. There will even be a kids’ corner for families with young children; and world-renowned painter of blue, Pascal Lecocq, will also be sharing some of his work and conducting demonstrations.

Finally, 25 prize giveaways worth just over $20,000 including five dive holiday experience vouchers and dive equipment and gadgets will be given away over the five-day event.

The Australia International Dive Expo will be running from 3 – 7 August 2017 as part of the Sydney International Boat Show. Opening times will be 10am to 8pm in the halls, with the adjoining marina display closing daily at 7pm.

Macao set to invade Sydney suburbs

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Macao is gearing up for a spectacular “Virtual Reality” invasion which is sure to have Sydney shoppers in a spin.

This week, from Thursday, July 20, till Sunday, July 23, visitors to Castle Towers Shopping Centre, in Sydney’s north-west Hills District, will have the chance to view Macao as if they were there – through 360-degrees. While seated and geared with goggles at a specially designed stand, they will enjoy a few closeups of the former Portuguese enclave’s major attractions, old and new. They will also have an opportunity to fly like an eagle, experiencing an exhilarating Macau Tower bungee jump, 233 metres above the ground.

If you happen to miss this week’s extravaganza, further shopping centre events will be staged at Chatswood Chase from August 3-6, and Eastgardens Westfield from August 17-20. The showing of the VR imagery, filmed in Macao earlier this year, coincides with the Macao Government Tourism Office’s links with Xiamen Airlines in launching a new “One Fare – Two Cities” product.

It’s the first time the Chinese airline has teamed with the MGTO (Australia) to offer a dedicated fare, the price – from $768 – including a complimentary night’s stay in Xiamen (6-24hrs) or a free coach tour (4 -24hrs) of a city popular for its beaches and colonial past.

In addition, passengers would not require a China visa if spending up to 72 hours in Xiamen. Macao is visa-free for Australian passport holders staying no more than 30 days.

TTC Weekly Deals

Halloween in Transylvania

What better place to spend Halloween than in Dracula’s Transylvania? Your clients can SAVE up to 10% OFF Busabout’s 7-day Transylvanian Halloween Trek  when they book before 31st of July because winter is so hot right now with Busabout. They’ll SAVE $111 off per person travelling from Budapest through Romania’s quaint villages. Youth travellers will experience the medieval atmosphere of Sighisoara, Dracula’s birthplace and receive exclusive access to Busabout’s ultimate fancy dress Halloween party in a Transylvanian mountain retreat – the crowning glory to this once in a lifetime adventure!

Priced from $998 (including discount), including their Busabout crew, 6 nights’ accommodation (combination of hotels, villas, lodges and hostels) and breakfast every day, Bran Castle tour and entrance, exclusive Halloween Party and orientation walks in Brasov, Sighisoara and Cluj. Offer valid for any trip departing between 27th October – 2nd November 2018. To book quote promocode CHILLOUT.  For more information and a range of other winter Europe trips on sale visit http://www.busabout.com/ or call 1300 287 226

For the Solo Traveller

Get in quick and book your solo clients on a select 2018 Uniworld departure and they will receive a waived or reduced solo supplement. For those clients who want to explore the world on their own, Uniworld is offering a saving of $4,500 when they book the 16-day European Jewels  river cruise from Amsterdam to Budapest.

Allowing them to discover the full spectrum of European culture, history, art and architecture; and for the connoisseurs of fine food and world-class wine, this river cruise passing through The Netherlands, Germany, Austria and Hungary will leave them with a collection of jewels, memories and new friendships. Including 13- days of captivating escorted excursions, a 15-night river cruise in a Riverview suite onboard the River Duchess, all meals and beverages unlimited and more!

Priced from A$12,199 per person (Category 3, including reduced solo supplement) departing 2nd May 2018 (other departures available). For more information call 1300 780 231.

Rugged coastlines

Guests of AAT Kings can receive a free return airfare to New Zealand when they book the 18-day Best of New Zealand guided holiday, travelling from the blue waters and sandy white beaches of the North Island, to the snow-capped mountains and rugged coastlines of the South Island, they’ll explore every nook of New Zealand.  Guests will explore native rainforests and pristine lakes, and also get the taste of Maori culture with a heart-pounding haka welcoming them to Rotorua. This package includes an experienced Travel Director & Driver Guide, quality accommodation, travel in luxury coach, airport transfers, and more!

Priced from $6,650 with free return airfare* departing Brisbane, Melbourne, Sydney, and Adelaide 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 *

Medieval Hill towns of Italy

The countdown is on! Book your clients on any available August or September 2017 Europe or Britain escorted journey with Insight Vacations Summer Sale and they’ll save 10% when they pay in full before 31 July 2017. Guests will save up to $327 per person on the 9-day Country Roads of Umbria and Tuscany escorted journey from Rome to Venice that devotes quality time to the medieval hill towns and evocative landscapes of Italy’s two famous and most photogenic regions.

Passing through Perugia, guests have the chance to visit a workshop to learn about the art of hand-weaving textiles. Priced from $2,947 per person twin share (including discount) price reflective of departure date 3 and 10 September 2017. For full terms and conditions visit insightvacations.com or call 1300 727 767.​

Irish Brew

Get in quick and secure your clients 2018 Europe and Britain departures at 2017 prices  with Trafalgar before 12 September 2017 and they will also save an additional 10% off with an Early Payment Discount. They can SAVE $370 per person on the 14-day Amazing Ireland guided holiday from the medieval city of Waterford in the south to the northern mythical land of Finn MacCool, the Giant’s Causeway. Guests will experience the highlight of visiting Smithwick’s, Kilkenny’s medieval brewery, to learn about the origins and brewing of Ireland’s oldest beer brand.

Priced from $3,325 per person twin-share (including discount), reflective of departure dates available on 22nd and 29th of April 2018 (other departures available for alternate price). For more information or a further selection of Trafalgar’s authentic, fun and effortless guided holidays visit www.trafalgar.com or call Trafalgar on 1800 002 006(toll-free).*conditions apply.

Spanish Spree

Millennials have their summer sorted. They can now book a 2018 European Summer departure at 2017 prices with Contiki before 5th September 2017, AND receive an additional 10% off their trip! Your clients can save from $279*off Contiki’s two week Spanish Spree holiday that will get travellers under the covers of this cultured country, exploring everywhere from San Sebastian to Seville, with a side trip to Ibiza in between.

They can expect non-stop fiestas, flowing sangria and all the tapas they can dream of. Priced at $2,696 *per person (including discount) and available for travel between 30 April 2018 – 24 Sep 2018. For more information visit www.contiki.com or phone 1300 266 845. *Conditions Apply)

Wine on Waiheke

Take your clients through the scenic route, book them on Creative Cruising’s 18-night Wine on Waiheke & Cruise to Perth package and they’ll receive a reduced cruise fare when they book before 02 August  2017. Cruising from Auckland through Tauranga, Naiper, Wellington, Picton, Sydney, Hobart, Adelaide ending in Fremantle, this package includes, a one-way economy class airfare to Auckland flying Air New Zealand, shared transfer airport to hotel, 2 night pre-cruise accommodation in Auckland, a Wine on Waiheke Island Tour with 3 premium wine tasting sessions with exquisite views, a 16 –night cruise on-board Celebrity Solstice from Auckland to Perth and more!

Priced from $3,289*pp (departing Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne, other cities available for an alternate price. Flight from Perth is not included) cruise starts 17 February 2018 *Conditions apply. Please visit www.creativecruising.com.au or phone 1300 362 599 for more information

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Aviation

ACCC gives Virgin Australia’s cooperation plans with Virgin Atlantic a boost

This news couldn’t have come at a better time for Virgin Australia, given its current financial predicament.

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Travel Agents

Agent wrap: Beyond Travel’s Sri Lanka commission deal, Magellan award winners revealed + MORE!

This week’s agent wrap is somewhat of a whopper, a “Big Bertha”, a “Goliath”. Meaning there’s lots of news.

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Cruise

Nearly half of all new cruise builds to rely on LNG fuel: CLIA

The cruise industry is making “unprecedented” progress in going green, according to CLIA. Find out exactly how it’s making cruising more sustainable here.

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Aviation

Young man snagged at Indian airport after impersonating 81-year-old to enter US

In all honesty, Travel Weekly thinks this man’s disguise was pretty convincing.

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Wholesalers

A&K reveals its 2020 ‘hot list’

Abercrombie & Kent has announced its ‘hot list’ for 2020. However, that’s not to suggest it’s made up of attractive people in the travel industry.

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Aviation

Maori groups threaten to boycott Air New Zealand over ‘kia ora’ trademark

The airline is seeking to trademark the masthead of its inflight magazine, Kia Ora, just in time for Maori language week.

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Destinations

Aussie travel bloggers detained in Iran over alleged drone activity

The pair were documenting an overland voyage from Australia to London when they were arrested for allegedly launching a drone near a military area.

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Aviation

Pilot’s coffee spillage causes plane carrying hundreds to divert

by Christian Fleetwood

According to the incident report, the pilot was using a single-use cup. Shame, shame, shame!

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Road & Rail

Flight Centre drives away with Uber

Look, we were going to go with the headline “Flight Centre shifts up a gear with Uber”, but thought it was too lame.

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Tourism

Flavour of the Week: LATAM’s new CEO, RCL gets new agency, Uber Air appoints boss + MORE!

There has been an awful lot of movement in the travel industry recently, so we’ve prepared a mammoth wrap-up of all the latest appointments to give you some to toast to down at the pub later today.

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Tourism

Tourism Australia names new boss

Tourism Australia has appointed its new managing director, who also happens to be the organisation’s first-ever female head.

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Travel Agents

“It’s a complete abrogation of responsibility”: Flight Centre urged to stop selling elephant riding

by Christian Fleetwood

Flight Centre has ruffled a few feathers over its stance on elephant riding. Get the lowdown here.

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