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Big Fat Road & Rail Wrap

It’s another one of our fabulous Road & Rail wraps! It’s also the fourth time we’ve spilt porridge on our keyboards this week, but who’s counting?

RAIL PLUS names winners going on The Ghan Expedition Famil 2019

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Following the launch of the new booking season for Great Southern Rail, Rail Plus has announced two lucky agents who will be participating on the 4D3N Ghan Expedition famil in March 2019.

They are Baden Brown from Launceston Travel and Cruise AU and Kayleigh Thomas from House of Travel Albany NZ (pictured).

Several prizes were also awarded to agents who aced the quiz: Kathy Stuckey, Lismore Cruise and Travel took home an Indian Pacific picnic blanket; Tania O’Reilly from Flight Centre Taranaki Street NZ and William Doherty from Flight Centre Cairns each won a ‘The Ghan Berlin’ pen; Emily Troube of Jamison Travel won an Indian Pacific stubby holder; Kylie Organ from Redcliffe Travel took home a ‘The Ghan’ stubby holder; Jaclyn Underwood from Travel Partners and Elly Jackson from Travel Associates Shellharbour took home a set of Great Southern Rail headphones each; and Siobhan Bull from House of Travel NZ won a ‘The Ghan’ beanie.

Agents should note that there still remains one special spot on the famil to be won by the first agent who sells the Reef to Reef package.

Discover your own backyard as Australia is brought to life with AAT Kings new 2019/2020 offering

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With a dramatic image of Uluru as the cover shot and over 40 exciting itineraries across two different trip styles, AAT Kings’ bright new 2018/2019 brochure provides agents with everything they need to bring the wonder of Australia to life.

Be inspired by our extraordinary landscapes, selecting from a vast range of holidays – suited to those who enjoy meeting a group of likeminded individuals and travelling with a passionate and knowledgeable Travel Director – AAT Kings’ Guided Holidays and Inspiring Journeys allow for seamless selling to our scenic part of the world.

Agents will be inspired to sell these itineraries – from the allure of the Field of light in our iconic outback; to the sprawling wilderness of Western Australia with its golden beaches, timeless indigenous culture and desert landscapes; or for those looking to head south on a staycation to Tasmania, discover an untamed natural paradise filled with hidden valleys, prehistoric rainforests and rugged coastlines.

The 2019/20 Australia brochure has been designed to make it easier for agents to sell with AAT Kings’ also offering a fantastic 10% Early Payment Discount for guests who book and pay in full before January 31, 2019.

Travel to new heights with Rocky Mountaineer’s Perks and Peaks offer

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Rocky Mountaineer has been providing its guests with a luxurious experience that tantalizes all of the senses since 1990 and now it’s time to experience the wonders of the Canadian Rockies with Rocky Mountaineer’s latest offer. For a limited time, travellers booking eligible 2018 Rocky Mountaineer packages will receive up to $800 per couple to help create their ultimate Rocky Mountaineer experience.

Qualifying packages in both GoldLeaf and SilverLeaf Service of eight days or more will receive a $400 bonus for each guest ($800 per couple), and shorter packages of five to seven days will receive a $250 bonus for each guest ($500 per couple).

Guests can use the added value credit on something to make their trip even more memorable, be it extra hotel nights, indulging in additional meals or inspiring activities like the Victoria Excursion with whale watching. For next-level scenery, a summit helicopter tour in Calgary sees the more adventurous whisked 2,300 metres above sea level to marvel at the landscape with a bird’s-eye view.

Cameras are constantly at-the-ready when aboard Rocky Mountaineer, the must-do premium train that embarks on several jaw-dropping routes throughout western Canada’s Rocky Mountains. Just as much about the journey as it is about the destination, Rocky Mountaineer is an experience for those who wish to soak up their surroundings while enjoying world-class service.

RAIL PLUS’ Great Train Journey Rail Expert modules launched with even more prizes to be won!

Rail Plus has released its Great Train Journey Rail Expert modules with an additional 150 prizes to be won!

Taking agents around the world starting locally in Australia and New Zealand before moving on to the other continents, agents will learn about the many popular and emerging train journeys that are on offer in the extensive Rail Plus portfolio of Great Train Journeys. Apart from gathering all of the necessary basic information on the train journeys, agents will also gain valuable selling tips, insider knowledge and other expert advice.

Top scoring agents will be rewarded with prizes including $500, $200 and $100 vouchers for the first – third place winners, a series of wine vouchers, double movie passes to the British and Latin American Film Festivals, cookie postcards, coffees and gift packs from various Great Train Journey partners.

Agents are reminded that Rail Expert is a training program aimed to better equip them will the necessary and latest information on train travel, where the reward system is based on scores, modules completed, the time frame in which they are completed and sales performance.

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Aviation

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by Christian Fleetwood

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by Christian Fleetwood

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Travel Agents

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by Christian Fleetwood

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Wholesalers

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Aviation

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by Ali Coulton

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Destinations

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Tourism

Samantha Harris chosen as face of Tropical North Queensland’s #FeelGrounded campaign

by Christian Fleetwood

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Hotels

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Cruise

Cruise wrap: Crystal Endeavor’s 2021 deployment, Silversea’s expedition world cruise + more!

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Midweek Interview

Mid week interview with Coral Expeditions’ Jeff Gillies

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