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Hertz and Tickford to celebrate original Hertz Mustang

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Hertz Australia has collaborated with Tickford, Australia’s leading aftermarket vehicle personalisation company, to customise a limited number of Mustangs in its fleet. The collaboration also pays homage to the limited-edition Shelby GT350H that Shelby created for Hertz over 50 years ago in 1966.

Hertz has worked with Tickford to customise six of the American classics. The customisation sees the latest model Mustang receive Tickford’s special treatment in various areas of the car including suspension, wheels and tyres, interior and exterior aesthetics.

More info here.

Jayco launches first off-road hybrid camper – Jayco Crosstrak 

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Leading Australian RV manufacturer Jayco, has today launched its first ever purpose-built off-road hybrid product with its new Jayco CrossTrak hybrid camper laying down the stake that it’s a serious player in the off-road RV market.

Garry Moore, Jayco Australia CEO says Jayco has been researching the off-road hybrid RV category for quite some time and is pleased to be able to offer customers Jayco’s’ product offering.

More info here.

Explore Laos by Bicycle with Grasshopper Adventures

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With its dense forests, limestone caves and seemingly endless waterways, Laos is a dream destination for intrepid travellers seeking an off-the-beaten-track corner of Asia. On this 8-day cycling tour, guests will pedal past karst mountains, alongside rivers, and through remote hill tribe villages.

They will boat down the Mekong River, interact with Buddhist monks, take Laotian cooking lessons, learn about rice wine making, and visit both bear and elephant conservation sanctuaries.

The trips starts at $2,600 per person double and includes 195 km of moderate cycling from Muang Xa to Luang Prabang.

More info here.

Busabout introduces three stop hop-on-hop-off pass for the USA 

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In response to the success of Busabout’s new USA program and traveller demand, the flexible travel experts have introduced a 3 stop Hop-on Hop-off Pass for the USA coach network. And its only $479!

This new pass, ideal for shorter stays not only cuts costs for travellers but also caters to those that choose to explore West Coast USA for as little as a week, three weeks or even three months if they like a holiday that’s leisurely.

For those wanting to explore and immerse themselves even more, the Unlimited Hop-on Hop-off Pass allows three months of unlimited travel across Busabout’s entire West Coast USA network for only $799.

Busabout’s Hop-on Hop-off coach network is the new and alternative way for independent travellers to explore some of the top spots of West Coast USA such as Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, San Francisco, Yosemite National Park and more!

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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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