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Big Fat Wholesaler Wrap

As the weather gets warmer, what better way is there to spend the days than in the office air con? Besides distracting yourself with this wholesaler wrap until you can go to the beach, that is.

German National Tourist Board launches Summer Cities campaign for 2019

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The German National Tourist Board (GNTB) has announced its worldwide campaign for 2019 in addition to the recently introduced ‘100-years of Bauhaus’. Entitled ‘German Summer Cities’, the campaign will include pop-up events, digital and trade marketing and PR & social media activity in numerous source markets including Australia, using the hashtag #GermanSummerStories.

As the market leader in urban and cultural travel, the GNTB operates a storytelling strategy across five core themes. For example ‘Urban City’ highlights big-city culture, shopping; roof-top bars; for a ‘Romantic’ story, it’s all about fairy-tale small historic towns in rural areas, castles and parks.

The campaign will feature everything from museums and exhibitions, to industrial heritage, music and open-air events.

The German National Tourist Board (GNTB) has its headquarters in Frankfurt am Main, Germany. It works on behalf of the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) to represent Germany as a tourist destination and is funded by the Ministry in accordance with a decision taken by the German Bundestag.

APT’s Kimberley short breaks and wilderness lodges offer something for all

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Today, award-winning domestic tour operator APT launches its new Kimberley Wilderness Lodges and Short Breaks brochures. Offering ideal accommodation for self-drive adventures or a great touring addition to an independent holiday in the region.

APT’s collection of Short Breaks are perfect for guests that are limited on time, but still want to explore the remarkable Kimberley region. They’ll be able to discover the highlights of Purnululu National Park in just a few days, including the iconic Bungle Bungle Range, Echidna Chasm, Cathedral Gorge and Piccaninny Creek.

Ranging from two to four-day holiday packages, the Short Breaks consist of light aircraft flights, guided day tours and unique stays at our exclusive Bungle Bungle Wilderness Lodge. Prices for APT’s three-day Purnululu 4WD Experience start at $1,695 per person twin share, with savings of up to $500 per couple if booking before 15 December 2018.

For those driving through the Kimberley, APT’s Wilderness Lodges provide the ideal base from which to explore. Perfectly placed in the key locations of Purnululu National Park, Mitchell Plateau and close to Bell Gorge, our secluded lodges allow guests all the comforts of home in remote locations. Each of the lodge’s tented cabins boasts spacious ensuites with hot showers and a private front deck. Guests will also enjoy gourmet three-course dinners as well as a hearty breakfast, with packed lunches available on request at an additional cost.

Run to paradise this Christmas

If spending nine hours with your extended family this festive season is enough to make you want to run for the hills, make a dash for the airport instead. In the same amount of time, you could escape the clutches of your in-laws and land in the incomparable Islands of Tahiti.

Less than a day of travel will have you feeling a lifetime away from the drama that so many of us experience over the Christmas period – in fact, at least one study suggests that the festive season can literally give you a heart attack!

Conversely, other studies have shown that spending time in nature can reduce your stress levels, and it’s difficult to find a place more naturally beautiful and relaxing than The Islands of Tahiti. Plus the range of family and group-friendly accommodation means that you can still celebrate Christmas with the nearest and dearest of your choosing.

The town centre of Papeete throws a tropical Christmas party that you’ll remember forever, and many of the resorts offer traditional Christmas feasts with a Tahitian twist to ensure your festive spirit remains firmly intact.

Great deal to South America with Evergreen

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Book an 18-day Splendours of South America tour with Evergreen and get a free upgrade to include a four-day Amazon lodge experience. From $8,245 per person, save up to $2,550 per person.

Key highlights and inclusions: two night stay in Santiago; touring both sides of the Iguazu Falls – from Brazil and from Argentina; visit the mysterious ancient city of Machu Picchu).

Plus four nights in the Amazon staying at Ceiba Tops Lodge including a dolphin spotting cruise, visiting a local Indian village and walking the spectacular Canopy Walkway.

At a height of over 35 meters and extending for 500 meters the Canopy Walkway provides a view of the rainforest from the treetops, the best vantage point for observing Amazon wildlife and vegetation. Valid for bookings from 29 October to 30 November, 2018.

Trafalgar unveils 2019 program for Europe & Britain

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Trafalgar has unveiled its dynamic 2019 Europe & Britain brochure which offers 116 handcrafted trips spanning 220 cities, including four brand new trips (and two new trip extensions) that meet client demand for ‘real’ experiences – so that agents can grow their sales imminently and well into the new year.

In its continual strive to put #AgentsFirst, Trafalgar understands that client demands and needs continue to evolve, so it’s important to stay one step ahead so these can genuinely be delivered. Therefore, Trafalgar conducted a research study amongst travellers to ensure they’re providing agents exactly what their clients want with this new program.

The research revealed that a staggering 89 per cent of respondents said travel is enjoyable but stressful and difficult to plan, and 49 per cent surveyed claimed that “real” travel experiences didn’t actually feel that real. 71 per cent of travellers saw trips where they had new experiences as being more important than those where they visited all the sights.

Each Trafalgar trip provides clients exactly what they’re seeking on holiday including real ease, as all the details are taken care of – combatting the stress of planning. Shamrocks and Leprechauns through Ireland is Trafalgar’s NEW Family Experience, which takes out the complexities of planning a family holiday, so everyone can relax and spend quality time together.

Dive Adventures in-depth Solomon Islands knowledge catalyst for Island Adventures new website launch

Underlining its more than three decades experience selling travel to the Solomon Islands, Dive Adventures’ sister company Island Adventures has harnessed the knowledge to release a comprehensive guide to the destination and the wide range of activities on offer with the release of its new website located at https://islandadventures.com.au.

The website sees Island Adventures build on its years of expertise as a dive specialist to increase its overall product range to offer a substantial range of the myriad non-dive experiential activities now online in the ‘Hapi isles’.

These focus on culture, dive, free dive and snorkelling, adventure cruises, kayaking, hiking and surfing with each activity underpinned with in-depth information. As part of the launch, Island Adventures has released two value-added packages highlighting two of the destination’s most popular locations – Gizo and the Marovo Lagoon.

NEW BROCHURE: Mat McLachlan Battlefield Tours

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With the centenary commemorations of the end of World War 1 underway in Europe, it’s a fitting time for Mat McLachlan Battlefield Tours (MMBT)—Australia’s leading battlefield tour operator—to release its 2019 brochure. New tours include:

  • Western Front Small-Group Explorer: four-day itinerary
  • A new ‘Value Tours’ range: more than 20 tours in Europe mostly covering WW2 battlefield sites.
  • Mat McLachlan Signature Tour to the Western Front: nine-day behind-the-scenes exploration personally led by Mat McLachlan.
  • Vietnam Past and Present: 12-day itinerary led by Gary McKay, a Vietnam veteran, who was awarded the Military Cross

The 2019 brochure also asks Australians to think about where they’d like to spend Anzac Day. Accordingly, a new range of Anzac Day tours has been added including:

  • Anzac Day at Hellfire Pass in Thailand
  • Trekking and non-trekking tours of Kokoda in Papua New Guinea
  • Anzac Day in Australia that visits Canberra, Cowra and Temora

Aviation

Plane struck by lightning before fiery crash: report

A preliminary report on the tragic Aeroflot plane crash that killed 41 people last month has provided some more clarity around what went wrong.

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Hotels

TAA announces finalists for 2019 Awards for Excellence

Travel Weekly was shocked to find we had been left off this year’s shortlist, despite being nither an accommodation provider or particularly excellent.

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Hotels

Hotel owner charged after seven die cleaning septic tank

The tragic event comes as campaign groups call for a crackdown on ‘manual scavengers’ who often die clearing septic tanks across India.

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Destinations

“Business begins now”, as DFAT downgrades travel advice for Sri Lanka

The downgrade indicates that Sri Lanka is progressing towards a state of normalcy, but is still cautious, with high levels of security in place across the country.

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Cruise

Scenic Eclipse is back on track with sea trial success

The new-build is one step closer to launch, after suffering more delays than Sydney’s CityRail on a rainy day.

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Events

Have you secured your spot at Travel DAZE 2019?

A plethora of top speakers, comfier seats and a swanky new venue – we’ve even surprised ourselves with just how good Travel DAZE is shaping up this year.

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Tourism

Rome bans ‘messy eating’ in spate of new tourism rules

The new rules will also mean fines for placing your mouth around the nozzle of drinking fountains, which is pretty bloody gross anyway if you ask us.

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Tourism

Vienna amusingly roasts web reviews (and itself) in latest tourism campaign

by Ally Burnie

Hey, Vienna’s given us many marvellous thing – Sigmund Freud, the schnitzel and the Streets Viennetta to name but a few.

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Tourism

Tourism Australia’s ‘Dundee’ campaign wins a Logie

The Logies aren’t for another two weeks, so this story really does come with a “spoiler alert”.

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Wholesalers

Wholesaler wrap: Intrepid’s mystery trip, Chernobyl short breaks, TTC deals + MORE!

Today’s wholesaler wrap is a little soggy after Travel Weekly’s wrap aficionado fell in a puddle on her way to work this morning.

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Travel Agents

Agent wrap: Globus’ agent Supertour wraps up, Helloworld’s huge famil + more

This week’s agent wrap has left Travel Weekly’s editor looking like The Incredible Hulk, such is his jealousy of all these mega famils and ‘supertours’.

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Tourism

Flavour of the Week: Accor’s Simon McGrath honoured by Queen, Village Roadshow’s new CEO + more

This update on all the industry’s latest movers and shakers can best be described as a fruit salad, in that it has a bit of everything.

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