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Vanessa Bussoletti

Happy Monday readers – here’s hoping you’re not battling too much Mondayitis just yet! Grab a cheeky coffee and enjoy catching up on all things Wholesaler.

KI Odysseys 2 and 3-night Wilderness Trail packages

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Kangaroo Island Odysseys has launched a two or three night Kangaroo Island Wilderness Trail package so everyone can experience the new, world class 61 kilometre walking trail across the most rugged, remote and spectacular coastline in Australia.

The fully inclusive two or three-day Kangaroo Island Wilderness Trail packages are tailored for small groups of up to 11 guests and feature fully guided walks along selected sections of the Wilderness Trail. Each day guests are transferred to and from their accommodation at Kangaroo Island Wilderness Retreat to the walking trail in luxury 4×4 vehicles.

Packages depart on 17 May, 14 June, 12 July, 16 August, 13 September, 18 October and 15 November 2017 and 14 February and 14 March 2018. The two-day Kangaroo Island Wilderness Trail is priced from $1180 per adult twin share and the three-day package is priced from $1786 per person twin share. Packages include return transport to/from Kangaroo Island (Coach/Ferry or Fly), luxury 4×4 touring and transport with a local driver guide, all entrance fees,  Kangaroo Island and more.

Experience the Essence of Scandinavia 

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To get travellers there, Bentours have discounted their coach tour ‘The Essence of Scandinavia’ until the 31 May 2017. Couples can save up to A$600/NZ$630 for all new bookings made.

Starting in Stockholm, this nine-day tour includes the Scandinavian capitals and the fascinating and wild nature of the Norwegian Fjords. Enjoy a combination of diverse cultures and historic attractions in the capitals, and feel the essence of the North.

Valid for departure dates 20 July and 17 August 2017, this comprehensive tour includes accommodation in 4-star hotels, eight breakfasts and two dinners, panoramic city tours in Stockholm, Copenhagen and Bergen and the services of an English speaking tour escort from day one to day eight inclusive. Prices start from now A$2060//NZ$2165 per person, was A$2360//NZ$2485 per person.

G Adventures launches “Rediscover Thailand”  with savings  up to 15%
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The campaign – which is run in partnership with the Thai Tourism Authority – invites Aussies and Kiwis to explore some of Thailand’s lesser-known corners and to experience a side to the country they might not expect. Beyond the bustle of Bangkok and the famously dreamy beaches of the south exist a million other reasons why the country is known as the “land of smiles” and with savings of up to 15 per cent across

The sale ends May 31 2017 and includes departures through to December 15 2017. Discounted offerings include 15 per cent off select Thailand tours such as Ban Jabo Thailand Hilltribe Trek and Thailand Hike, Bike & Kayak, while 10% off can be applied to all remaining Thailand tours.

AAT Kings appears on Sunrise with random acts of kindness for Mothers Day

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From the Harbour Bridge to Circular Quay, followed by the iconic Opera House to Brekkie Central – AAT Kings took the Sunrise crew and a host of lucky guests on a morning tour of the Harbour City and engaged passers-by with ‘random acts of kindness’ in the lead up to Mother’s Day.

Giving morning commuters a bright start to their day, guests handed out chocolates and bunches of sunflowers to spread some #smileKings love to Sydneysiders.

Catch the live crosses on Sunrise: Random Acts of Kindness, Dishing out Choccies at 6am, Eddy leads the kindness pack, A surprise for morning commuters, Flower power in Martin Place, Bridge facts with Henry, and  That’s Amoré.

Insight Vacations Secures the Best Seats in the House at The Oberammergau Passion Play 

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Insight Vacations are now taking bookings for tour packages featuring the renowned 2020 Passion Play in Oberammergau. Available on five different tour itineraries for departures from May to September 2020, the one and two night Oberammergau packages all include tickets to the performance in the best available Category 1 seating.

Entrenched in tradition, this famous once-a-decade event will appeal to those interested in history and culture, as well as those with religious faith. Since 1634, this event has taken place in Oberammergau, Germany and in 2020 the picturesque alpine village will once again host the dramatic play, with more than 1,500 villagers participating.

Travel agents can offer their clients the chance to experience Oberammergau the ‘Insight way’. With each journey bringing together the best of Europe’s must-see landmarks, hidden gems and breathtaking scenery – all while staying in the heart of the action whether in Italy, Switzerland or Germany.

Tempo Holidays extends Italy offers

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Tempo Holidays has extended its Italy offer until the end of the month!

There are discounts on a selection of coach, independent and short break tours in Italy over the month of May, for all departures from now until 26 Oct 2017.

Included in the deal is one of Tempo’s best sellers, Emerald Tour by Coach, a five day coach tour journeying through Italy’s most spectacular coastline, including Sorrento and Amalfi. Prices now start from A$975/NZ$1025 per person, was A$1085/NZ$1140 per person twin share.

Other tours discounted include Gastronomic Tuscany (5 days), Bella Italia (8 days), Taste of Sorrento & Amalfi (5 days), Taste of Lake Como (4 days) and Neapolitan Magic (3 days).

Contiki has the Hottest Destinations this European Winter 

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The arrival of winter in Europe may bring cooler climes but there is plenty to experience that’s sure to get temperatures rising. From skiing in the Alps to bathing in hot springs in Iceland, Contiki’s new 2017-2018 Winter Europe brochure is jam packed with cool travelling experiences guaranteed to make winter the sexiest season.

Agents should remind clients that travelling to Europe in winter also comes with some major benefits; think the same amazing European sights with less people, lower prices and the comforting winter sun beating down.

Travellers who book their 2017-18 winter adventure before 14 June 2017 and pay in full will be able to take advantage of a 7.5% discount with Contiki’s Early Payment Discount. There’s never been a better time to book and enjoy an epic European winter experience at the lowest possible price.

 

Bentours and Hurtigruten offer savings on the Northern Lights

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Hurtigruten is offering travellers onboard credit or a 10% discount on their Norwegian coastal voyages. Select fare travellers receive onboard credit, whilst basic fare travellers will receive the 10% discount. Receive $500 on board credit on the 11 day Classic Norwegian Discovery, as well as the 12 day Classic Coastal Voyage Return. Receive $250 on board credit on the North or South bound coastal voyages. Offer is valid to book before 30 June 2017 and for travel September – December 2017.

The Classic Coastal Cruise up Norway’s coast is renowned the world over and for very good reason – it is the world’s most beautiful sea voyage. The full 12 day program stops at 34 ports and Hurtigruten is the only cruise vessel with exclusive access to this.

If you are travelling on their 12 day Classic Coastal Cruises between November and February, and are unlucky enough to miss out on seeing this ethereal display, Hurtigruten will put you on another cruise to try again next winter, free of charge.

FIJI Sevens vs. the Travel Trade at FTE 2017

On Thursday 4th May, Fiji’s national rugby sevens team got ‘in touch’ with international travel trade media and buyers at the fourth annual Fijian Tourism Expo (FTE) hosted by Tourism Fiji.

The friendly game of touch-rugby held at sunset on the beach at Sheraton Fiji Resort was an undoubtedly a highlight of FTE 2017, complete with Fijian warrior referees and Denarau Island holidaymakers cheering on both teams.

The Fiji sevens faced-up against buyers and media from Australia, Sweden, France and India in the friendly match, which provided a great warm-up before the Fiji sevens left for Paris the next day (5 May), for the HSBC World Rugby sevens Paris leg.

With a record number of international buyers and travel trade media attendees, FTE 2017 has been hailed a great success.

 

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