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Travel Associates partners with Opera Australia in first arts sponsorship

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Australia’s premier boutique advisory service, Travel Associates, today announced the first in a suite of “Arts in Australia” partnerships, forging a relationship with Opera Australia at a boutique event in Sydney, that included a dinner at ARIA and a performance of Puccini’s Turandot, at the UNESCO World Heritage site of the Sydney Opera House.

Culture, art, leisure and travel have always been inextricably linked, and the rapid rise of the “experience economy”, also known as -travelling with purpose – drove the decision to financially support the Australian arts community, where many client’s interests lie, both in Australia and overseas.

It will also lend valuable support to the TA’s advisers’ knowledge bank, through personal experience, educational programs, and regular product updates. Most advisers have an average of 15 years experience, and the association will enable TA to connect with new audiences and enrich existing client relationships.

More info here.

Entire Travel Group: Switzerland Travel Connection brochure launch

Spiez castle by lake Thun in Canton of Bern, Switzerland

Switzerland Travel Connection in partnership with the Switzerland Tourism Board invite agents to attend an Exclusive Swiss inspired cocktail event to celebrate the launch of our dedicated Switzerland Brochure on Monday the 4th of March at Verandah, Sydney CBD from 6pm.

Agents will get a chance to learn about this fascinating destination, win some fantastic prizes and be the first to hear about some exciting announcements including how to win 1 of 8 seats on a dedicated Switzerland famil. #DreamTripAlert! Register here.

Fly for just $999 and experience the best of Europe & Britain with Trafalgar 

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The hottest air deal has finally arrived with Trafalgar announcing an exclusive ‘fly for $999’ fare to accompany their award-winning Europe & Britain trips.

With this unbeatable flight deal on Europe’s best travel experiences up for grabs, close those sales and book your clients by 31 March to take advantage of this exclusive offer. And for Trafalgar’s past guests it gets even better, with an extra 5 per cent VIT discount on trips.

More info here.

Fly free to Galapagos with Lindblad Expeditions and National Geographic 

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Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic has made it easier than ever for travellers to visit the stunning natural oasis that is the Galápagos with the launch of an incredible fly free offer available until the 30th of June on select 2019 departures.

Free return economy airfares are included when travellers book select Galápagos itineraries aboard the National Geographic Endeavour II and National Geographic Islander with Lindblad Expeditions. Trips start from $9,120* per person, twin share for 10 days. This offer is only valid on select departure dates between the 6th of July and 9th of November 2019; available departures dates can be found online.

More info here.

Wendy Wu Tours launch exclusive Chile Eclipse tours

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To capture the once-in-a-lifetime event of a total solar eclipse, Wendy Wu Tours have released three specially curated Chile Eclipse tours departing in late June, new for 2019.

The tours include an exclusive total eclipse-viewing experience with guests transported via private charter plane into the heart of La Serena in the Elqui Valley – to a reserved viewing area for optimal star-gazing. Here they will sip on premium South American wine as they are guided through this unforgettable celestial viewing by eclipse expert, Dr Stuart Clark, a renowned Astronomer, BBC presenter and author of several published books.

Travellers will have the opportunity to explore the best parts of Chile and South America with these three itineraries spanning from 7 – 18 days.

More info here.

Vibrant processions, dances and ceremonies: Experience Easter Week in Peru – 2019

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Australians can experience an authentic South American Easter this April – complete with colourful processions, folk dances and cultural ceremonies – on a new tour to Cuzco, Peru. The trip will also include a visit to the famed Machu Picchu, the Lost City of the Incas, and the lively capital city, Lima.

The team at Contours Travel – Australia’s longest-running tour operator for Latin America – are experts in planning special interest tours, personalising trips for different families and groups. ‘Easter week at Cuzco’ is an itinerary designed to focus on authentic cultural experiences, particularly the spectacular religious celebrations which grace the city each year.

More info here.

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