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Trafalgar announces 100 per cent definite departures on all summer Europe and Britain trips 

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Trafalgar is making it easier for agents to book 2019 Europe & Britain holidays with confidence, today announcing all Europe & Britain summer departures are guaranteed. The global leader in guided holidays is also creating further client enticement with its $999 (return) air offer for bookings made by 31st March 2019.

AAT Kings celebrates Australian and New Zealand wildlife this World Wildlife Day 

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Australia and New Zealand guided holiday experts, AAT Kings, together with The Travel Corporation’s not-for-profit organization, The TreadRight Foundation is committed to the preservation of Australian Wildlife.

In Australia, AAT Kings have an ongoing partnership agreement with the Australia Zoo Wildlife Warriors, with the intent of raising awareness towards the rehabilitation and conservation of our flora and fauna. AAT Kings continue to fund world-class Koala care at Australia Zoo’s Wildlife Hospital, ensuring every guest that passes through has the chance to contribute to the Koala Rehabilitation Project and show their support towards the preservation of our native creatures.

In New Zealand, AAT Kings support the Rainbow Springs Kiwi Conservation, committed to the conservation of New Zealand’s endangered native icon. The project has a huge impact in maintaining the livelihood of Kiwi’s in New Zealand with 76 per cent of North Island Kiwi’s and 56 per cent of all Kiwi’s being incubated at the hatchery.  Guests travelling to New Zealand’s North Island can visit Rainbow Springs on the nine-day Contrasts of New Zealand guided holiday.

World Expeditions launches new Middle East, Central Asia and India program – and first ever brochure dedicated to the region

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World Expeditions’ has expanded its range of overland and active adventure travel experiences in Central Asia, the Middle East & India, launching more than 20 new itineraries including never before offered trips, such as a Ladakh Cycling Epic with Kate Leeming, Karakoram Exploratory with Tim Macartney-Snape and Trans Caucasian treks in Georgia and Armenia.

The new adventures are part of the Middle East, India and Central Asia brochure, which is a brand new addition to the company’s suite of brochures and demonstrates the growing demand for unique adventures to more remote destinations.

The new brochure is packed with 76 adventures ranging from guided touring itineraries, such as the fascinating Ancient Silk Road Cities – the Five Stans journey to explore the five former Soviet republics of Central Asia, dozens of new active itineraries, featuring various combinations of cycling and trekking, right up to an advanced mountaineering expedition to summit two 7000m peaks, hosted by Soren Kruse-Ledet.

2020 Passion Play’s Jesus to spread the word in Australia for Collette’s Oberammergau Passion Play Tours

In a long-held tradition dating back to 1634, the once-in-a-decade event that is the Oberammergau Passion Play will be performed in the tiny Bavarian hamlet in May 2020, and travellers wishing to experience this iconic performance will have more choice of tours than ever before with Collette.

To spread the word about this magical experience, Collette, together with the German National Tourist Office Sydney, is welcoming German actor, and devout Catholic, Frederik Mayet – who will play Jesus in the Oberammergau Passion Play 2020 performance – to Australia from 18-21 March* for a series of media interviews in Sydney, Melbourne and Perth.  Having played the role of John the Apostle in the 2010 performance, Mayet is set to take the lead role in 2020.

Journeys & Africa – Indian Ocean Islands & Africa Brochure

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Journeys & Africa is excited to announce their brand new brochure hot off the press. Our brochure is hoped to inspire our many agents in selling the Indian Ocean Islands and Africa and can be used as a tool to assist in the many properties that are on offer.

We are featuring our top destinations like Mauritius, Seychelles, Reunion Island, Maldives and Sri Lanka and on the Africa side we are covering our top selling packages to South Africa, East Africa, Madagascar and Ethiopia. Should your property or itinerary not be found in the brochure please call us to discuss your tailored holiday experience on 1800 624 268 or drop us an email on info@journeysafrica.com.au.

Discover The Camino and Northern Spain

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Discover Portugal, Spain & Morocco Holidays has announced three exciting new itineraries with guests offered a special insight into the Camino and Northern Spain and all that is part of these exclusive adventures with an amazing array of cultural, historical and dining experiences presented along the way.

Each of these fully escorted tours perfectly captures the essence of the Camino and Northern Spain as only Discover Portugal, Spain & Morocco’s team can provide to guests.

  • 11-day Small Group Camino from St Jean Pied de Port to Logrono – 7 – 19 July 2019 from $2895 per person twin share. Last spots available.
  • 8-day Solo Ladies Camino last 100km from Sarria to Santiago – 29 August – 6 September 2019 from $2995 per person.
  • 14-day Northern Spain Food, Wine & Cultural Small Group With A Touch Of The Camino – 12 – 25 September 2019 from $11,460 per person twin share.

Industry partners not yet registered for Discover Portugal, Spain & Morocco Holidays’ agent B2B booking portal and wishing to do so contact reservations@discovertvl.com.au The trade website is www.discoveragents.com.au

Fly one stop to Europe with Insight Vacations’ $899 return airfare

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Insight Vacations, the award-winning leader in premium escorted journeys, is offering travellers a seamless and stress-free travel experience with the launch of their newest air offer, giving travellers the opportunity to fly return to Europe and Britain from just $899*

Travel agents can book clients with complete confidence, with the brand’s latest offer providing minimal fuss, availability over peak travel seasons and flights with premium airlines.

The offer is available to book from now until 31st March 2019, for travel on selected 2019 Europe & Britain summer trip departures, until sold out.

Save $1,800 on Japan Cherry Blossom tours

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On The Go Tours, the award-winning tour operator specialising in locally-led group tours, are offering 20% off on their 13-Day Cherry Blossom tour in Japan with prices starting from $7,196 per person – equating to a huge saving of $1,800 per person.

This limited time offer ends 2nd March 2019 or until sold out and applies to the departure date of 31st March 2019.

Starting in Tokyo, take a cruise down the Sumida River to see the cherry blossoms in full bloom, visit Matsumoto, home to one of the few original and complete castles in Japan, and explore the impressive gardens in Kanazawa.

Other experiences include seeing the famous Spring Geisha Dances, taking part in a tea ceremony in Kyoto and visiting Hakone National Park, which offers incredible views of the snow-capped Mt Fuji, before returning to Tokyo where the tour ends.

Crooked Compass 2020 Earlybirds for 2019 prices and half price deposits!

Due to an increasing number of requests from agents Crooked Compass has just released all of their 2020 departures 5 months earlier than originally anticipated.

Lisa Pagotto, Founder & Director of Crooked Compass, explained that the influx of agent enquiries since they began working with Evolution Travel Collective BDMs has meant the business has had to prioritise access to agents with clients already looking to secure small group spaces on 2020 tours.

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