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Big Fat Wholesaler Wrap

Happy Monday readers! Have we got a wholelotta wholesaler news for you! Not really, this wrap is quite short, we just wanted to use a pun.

Massive agent incentive with Canada & Alaska Specialist Holidays

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Canada & Alaska Specialist Holidays are currently running a flash Rocky Mountaineer incentive. The travel agency who books the most Rocky Mountaineer bookings between today and 15th of Feb will win a spot on a Rocky Mountaineer famil.

The winning travel agent needs to be available to travel from the 6th of May, 2018. Booking with our reservations team on 1300 794 959 or sales@canada-alaska.com.au for your chance to win! Terms & Conditions apply.

On Safari in Botswana by boat

Pangolin Photo Safaris Chobe River Lions. Pic Pangolin Photo Safaris Toby Jermyn

Pangolin Photo Safaris offers an alternative for adventurous Australian looking to add another dimension to an African safari.

The Botswana specialist takes guests onto the water, to see wildlife around the iconic Chobe River near Kasane in the country’s north, during multi-day expeditions that blend the delights of a luxury river cruise with the best of the southern African bush.

Pangolin Voyager houseboat is a boutique vessel boasting five comfortable suites with Pangolin Photo Safari’s director Toby Jermyn explaining the craft not only offers comfortable waterborne accommodation but serves as a viewing platform and base for outings on a smaller excursion vessel.

The benefits of waterborne exploring were reinforced to Jermyn in January when those on board Pangolin Voyager saw a pride of lions – a mother and four almost-grown cubs – cross the Chobe which marks the natural border between Namibia and Botswana.

Rail Plus’ Your World on Track Brochure is LIVE!

Rail Plus’ brand spanking new brochure for 2018 is now live and available to download, print and order!

‘Your World on Track’ not only features a complete redesign that aims to improve the brand’s positioning in Australia and New Zealand, but importantly, travel agents will find the thoughtfully created layout most user friendly, resourceful and current.

In the web and mobile friendly brochure, agents will learn about the many train services offered by Rail Plus; the different types of trains operating around the world; the unbeatable range of Great Train Journeys; day trips; side trips and much, much more. And finally, a ‘Count the Trains’ contest will run from now till 28 Feb, where agents who submit the correct number of trains in the brochure will stand a chance to win one of 16 prizes including four first class rail passes, two AU$75 gift vouchers and 10 goodie bags!

To celebrate the launch of the new brochure, and to encourage agents to stay informed with the latest news, itineraries, ideas and product updates for 2018, Rail Plus will be holding a webinar on Tuesday 13 Feb at 09:30hr AEDT. Spots are strictly limited and registration is necessary.

Delve into New Zealand’s Enchanting Natural Wonders in 2018/19

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Proud cultural traditions, sailboat-studded horizons and majestic mountain scenes. Travel deep into the heart of New Zealand with Travelmarvel thanks to the launch of their brand-new brochure for 2018/19. Discover spectacular landscapes from the North Island to the South while taking advantage of Earlybird Specials including ‘Two For One Airfares’ when booking before 31 July 2018.

Journey through New Zealand’s most iconic scenes on the 15-day New Zealand Getaway tour. From a cruise along the aquatic wonderland of the Bay of Islands, traverse the geothermal expanse of Rotorua on your way south to New Zealand’s adventure capital, Queenstown, before cruising the magnificent Milford Sound. You’ll visit destinations you’ve dreamed about, while also discovering the lesser-known gems you may have missed otherwise. This incredible adventure starts at $4,795pp, twin share, including ‘Two For One Airfares’ and an early payment discount.

From exploding geysers, to bubbling mud pools, the tranquil Lake Tekapo and the idyllic alpine scenery of Aoraki Mt Cook National Park, the natural wonders of New Zealand will leave you awestruck. Whether it’s a traditional Hāngī feast, Māori art tour at Te Puia, or a guided tour of Dunedin– a city steeped in grand Victorian heritage­– the rich Māori history and culture is brought to life thanks to your knowledgeable Tour Director and local guides.

Burgundy Indulgence Exclusive VIP Treatment

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French Travel Connection, Australia’s leading specialist in travel to France, is offering exclusive VIP treatment for travellers who sign up for the Burgundy Indulgence package, including a bottle of champagne and a box of chocolates upon arrival. Book before 31/03/2018 and travel between 01/05/2018 and 15/10/2018 to catch the FTC-exclusive add-ons.

The two- to six-night Burgundy Indulgence package starts at AU$2,770 per couple and offers travellers the best of Burgundy — rich wines, tasty cheeses, picturesque villages & medieval towns. Enjoy an authentic Burgundian holiday at the beautiful private estate of Domaine des Morillons and visit the renowned Auxerre and Chablis wine countries.

This FTC special offer is inclusive of accommodation, transfers, daily breakfast and guest-picked activities or excursions where travellers are escorted by an experienced private English-speaking guide.

Taj Mahal continues restorations in 2018

Details of Hawa Mahal, The Palace pf Winds, Jaipur, Rajasthan, India.

Tailored holiday specialist, Adventure World, is reminding agents of the ongoing restoration work on the Taj Mahal this year, essential to preserve the ancient history of the renowned marble mausoleum that attracts up to eight million visitors each year.

With work on the main dome to begin in India’s off-season month of April, work won’t be completed until November 2018. However, this shouldn’t stop your clients from travelling to this vibrant country, with so much to see outside of Agra.

With over 25 itineraries in India alone, Adventure World is advising agents that there is a plethora of cultural and heritage wonders to see and experience from the pink city of Jaipur, to discovering the diversity of Old Delhi or visiting Pench National Park, rich in wildlife including the chance to spot the Royal Bengal tiger.

On Adventure World’s Handpicked North India itinerary, guests can take a dawn boat ride on the Ganges River in Varanasi for a spectacular view of ceremonies performed along the river, or head to the romantic suburb of Udaipur for great restaurants and a visit to the ornate City Palace.

Abbey Ireland & UK announced as Scotland’s Heritage International Tour Operator of the Year

Abbey Ireland & UK has been named International Tour Operator of the Year by Scotland’s Heritage for the second time. The award recognises the efforts of Abbey Ireland & UK in supporting the Scottish visitor attraction sector, and is voted on by the 25 partners of Scotland’s Heritage who represent over 800 visitor attractions across Scotland.

The Tour Operator Awards were created in 2013 to acknowledge the role that the travel trade plays in promoting Scotland’s Heritage’s partners and visitor attractions, and in securing forward business for this sector. The award will be officially presented to Abbey Ireland & UK at Visit Scotland Expo 2018.

Abbey Ireland & UK is a leisure tourism specialist and offers the full range of services for Group and Individual Travel in the UK and Ireland. Established in 1978 and celebrating 40 years in business in 2018, its mission is to deliver a quality service to its clients while its experienced multi-lingual teams are on hand to service requests and enquiries on a tailor-made basis.

Get in a Nevada State of Mind with Excite Holidays

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From Monday 12 February – Sunday 25 February, Excite Holidays and Travel Nevada will be taking agents beyond the bright lights of The Las Vegas Strip and showcasing what this unique destination is all about and why it needs to be on your clients’ bucket list.

Whether its venturing through the picturesque scenery and rugged terrain just outside the bright city lights or pushing the fear factor on one of the state’s infamous ghost tours, skiing perfect powder at Lake Tahoe or exploring sacred sights and learning about the Native American History, Nevada has it all and more, and is ready and waiting to be explored.

The curated destination guide has you covered from start to finish. Over eight pages, the guide will take agents on a journey throughout the state, from Tahoe to Reno, the Great Basin and cowboy country, right through to the state’s crowning glory of Las Vegas.

Excite Holidays are also thrilled to offer agents 500 bonus rewards points for every night booked and paid for in Nevada during the campaign period.

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