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Wholesaler wrap: Tempo Holidays’ Sri Lanka message, TTC weekly deals, Wendy Wu Tours’ new sale + more!

Got five minutes? Grab a coffee and a Tim Tam or two, and we’ll fill you in with all the latest trade news in this week’s wholesaler wrap (or we’ll just show you what got sent in over the weekend).

Tempo Holidays’ message of support for Sri Lanka

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Tempo Holidays has released a “business as usual” message for agents and travel professionals in support of Sri Lankan tourism:

“Sri Lanka is making the safety and protection of its country and visitors a priority. Airlines, hotels, beaches, national parks and most transport are now all open and its business as usual,” the message said.

“Establishments have tightened their security as a precaution and are reminding the industry that Sri Lanka is safe, open and needs the industry’s vital support after the horrific events that occurred.”

“Head to the lovesrilanka.org website as a way to stay current with all tourism relation updates, and to support this beautiful destination, please contact Tempo Holidays, tailormade specialists.”

 

TTC brand deals: Luxury Gold, Busabout, Contiki and more

Italy, Venice, gondolas on Grand Canal in front of Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute
Italy, Venice, gondolas on Grand Canal in front of Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute.

Luxury Gold

Ultimate Italy

Don’t miss out on this unforgettable last-minute special on our popular Ultimate Italy Journey and save up to $4870 per couple.

Your clients can enjoy these savings on the 12-day Ultimate Italy journey which showcases Italy’s grand past, romantic cities and exquisite natural wonders as guests journey between Rome and Venice through the cities of Capri, Perugia, Florence, Pisa, Cinque Terre, Tuscany, Rapallo, Verona and Burano.

Starting from $7315* per person, twin share (savings included). This offer is on sale now until 31 May for departure on 23 June 2019. For more information, click here or call 1300 661 828. (*Conditions apply.)

Busabout

Ultimate Eastern Adventure plus a FREE three-stop Hop-on Hop-off Pass     

Add a Europe three-stop Hop-on Hop-off Pass for FREE when you purchase a full priced 15-day Ultimate Eastern Adventure with Busabout.

Guests can add three amazing cities on the Hop-on Hop-off network to this whirlwind two-week adventure beginning and ending in Budapest, exploring Romania, Bulgaria and Serbia on the way.

Starting from $1799* per person (free three-stop Hop-on Hop-off Pass worth $299 included). This offer is on sale now until 31 May for 2019 departure dates only. For more information, click here or call 1300 287 226. (*Conditions apply.)

Contiki

Croatia Island Escape

Lock in the eight-day Croatia Island Escape for your client now at 20 per cent off thanks to Contiki’s Croatia Sailing Flash Sale.

Travellers will soak up the sea, sand and sensational views as they sail past the palms, cypresses, olive trees, citrus plantations and colourful reefs of the Elaphite Islands on their way to Trstenik.

Starting from $1740 per person, twin share (discount included). This offer is on sale now until 30 June 2019 for 27 July and 3 and 7 August departures. For more information, click here or call 1300 266 845. (*Conditions apply.)

AAT Kings

Western Wonderland – Air Credit

Book selected bestselling Best Buys Guided Holidays now and receive up to $1000 per couple Air Credit to help you discover the magic of Australia and New Zealand. This offer includes the 16-day Western Wonderland trip.

Guests will explore vibrant cosmopolitan Perth before travelling inland to iconic Kalgoorlie, then watch in awe as the landscape transitions on approach to the southern coast, through to Margaret River, up to Monkey Mia and coming back to finish in Perth.

Starting from $5825* and $500 per person, twin share. This offer is on sale now until 31 July for select departure dates between 6 July and 5 October 2019. For more information, click here or call 1300 556 100. (*Conditions apply).

Costsaver

Highlights of Scandinavia

Save 10 per cent* on Costsaver tours as credit towards your clients’ flights. Lock in these savings in conjunction with the 12-day Highlights of Scandinavia adventure

The land of the Vikings, deep fjords and the Northern Lights – Norway, Denmark and Sweden – are explored on this fascinating journey of discovery.

This trip is $2750 per person, twin share. This offer is on sale now until 29 May 2019 for departure on 5 June 2019. For more information, click here or call 1300 78 78 78.  (*Conditions apply.)

U River Cruises

The Danube Flow

Save $750 per person on select departures for a limited time. Enjoy these savings on the eight-day Danube Flow cruise itinerary.

Guests can de-stress on the beautiful Danube waterway. Cruising through Germany Austria and Hungary, guests get to explore three unique countries on this eight-day cruise that is part small town, part big city and all parts good times.

Starting from $1749* per person, twin share (discount included). This offer is on sale now until 31 May 2019 for departures on 25 May; 1, 22 and 29 June; and 24 and 31 August 2019. For more information, click here or call 1300 730 010. (*Conditions apply.)

Uniworld

Brilliant Bordeaux

Let’s Fly Away: Free air with 2020 Europe cruises, with the option to upgrade to business class air from just $3999 per person.

Guests can enjoy this offer on Uniworld’s eight-day Brilliant Bordeaux luxury river cruise itinerary as they uncover the proud legacy and heritage of Southwest France on our newest Super Ship, the S.S. Bon Voyage.

Guests will explore the country’s breathtaking backdrops, wines and cultural treasures across the region in Bordeaux, Fort Médoc, Cadillac, Blaye, Libourne and more.

Starting from $5599* per person, twin share (with return economy flights included). This offer is on sale now until 30 June 2019 for departure on 29 March, 5 April and 1 November 2020. For more information or to book, call 1300 780 231 or click here. (*Conditions apply.)

Trafalgar

Paris Explorer

Save five per cent* with Trafalgar on select itineraries when you book and pay by 29 August.

Your client can lock in these savings on the eight-day Paris Explorer trip where they will see the City of Lights, on this, as it has never been seen before, exploring its hidden courtyards and arrondissements, each with their own distinct personality.

Starting from $2750* per person, twin share (discount included). This offer is on sale now until August 29 for departure dates between 17 November 2019 and 22 March 2020. For more information, click here or call 1300 78 78 78. (*Conditions apply.)

 

Wendy Wu Tours launches ‘Great Asia Stocktake Sale’

Wendy Wu Tours has launched its latest promotion, the ‘Great Asia Stocktake Sale’, available on a large range of its most popular group tours for 2019 across Japan, China, Vietnam and India. The promotion is available across a wide selection of 2019 departures in their Classic, Immerse Yourself and Solo touring collections.

For further information or to book, click here or call reservations on 1300 727 998. To view the entire range of included tours and dates, click here.

During the promotion period, WWT will be offering the change for agents to win a luxury trip for two to Vietnam as well as a weekly $500 gift card prize draw. To be in the draw for both prizes, agents must make a qualifying Wendy Wu Tours booking by 9 June 2019.

For more details , click here or speak with your friendly BDM.

 

Excite Holidays and Travel Portland launch new trade campaign

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Excite Holidays has announced the launch of its latest campaign, ‘Portland: Weirdly Wonderful’, in conjunction with Travel Portland.

Agents can download a custom Portland guide that showcases all the best bars, restaurants, food carts, craft beverages, galleries and green spaces in a city known for its creativity and unique style.

As an additional incentive, agents will also receive 500 bonus rewards points for every night booked and paid for in Portland during the campaign period of Monday 13 May to Sunday 26 May 2019.

To download the guide, click here.

 

Fiji super-sale on now with Omniche Holidays

Omniche Holidays has released its list of offers for Fiji. Here are some of its best packages, on sale until 31 May 2019.

  • Anchorage Beach Resort: flights and five nights with Mamanuca Is. day cruise from $915 per person.
  • Fiji Hideaway Resort & Spa: flights and nine nights with breakfast daily and 50 per cent off accommodation from $1299 per person.
  • Westin Denarau Island Resort & Spa: flights and five nights with buffet breakfast with bubbles and sunset dinner cruise from $1479 per person.
  • The Wellesley Resort Fiji (16-plus): flights and seven nights in a private plunge pool villa from $1699 per person.
  • Musket Cove Island Resort: flights and nine nights with breakfast daily and FJ $300 credit from $2299 per person.

For more information, call Omniche Holidays on 1800 111 653 or email res@omnicheholidays.com.

 

Casper, Wyoming to host The Great American West 2020 Trade Show event: international roundup

Caroline Davidson

The international tourism tradeshow International Roundup, which helps promote the five-state region of South Dakota, Idaho, Montana, North Dakota, and Wyoming through The Great American West brand globally, will be held in Casper, Wyoming in 2020.

The 25th annual International Roundup (IRU) has just taken place in South Dakota, with Caroline Davidson (pictured) from Davidson Communications, the Australian and New Zealand representative for The Great American West, attending alongside Julie Gerrard, destination team-leader for Adventure World New Zealand.

 

Bentours and Hurtigruten meet

Names from left to right- Sudarshan Madan, Jesse Biddle. Cherie Vella, Alanna Lee, Samuel Manga, Kristie Pittman, Rhea Daniels, Rebecca Stokes, Stacey Atkinson, Charley O’Neil, Adam Celeban, Marcus Dunn, Kashmira Commissariat, Sarah Field, Marina Amato, Liliana Chen, Ryan Bennett, Maridza Riccioni, Damian Perry, Daniel Skjeldam
From L to R: Sudarshan Madan, Jesse Biddle. Cherie Vella, Alanna Lee, Samuel Manga, Kristie Pittman, Rhea Daniels, Rebecca Stokes, Stacey Atkinson, Charley O’Neil, Adam Celeban, Marcus Dunn, Kashmira Commissariat, Sarah Field, Marina Amato, Liliana Chen, Ryan Bennett, Maridza Riccioni, Damian Perry, Daniel Skjeldam.

The Bentours team were recently joined by Hurtigruten CEO Daniel Skjeldam and APAC managing director Damian Perry to discuss the company’s plans for the future.

Bentours presented Skjeldam with an appreciation award to thank Hurtigruten for all its support.

 

On The Go Tours May Madness sale: save up to $1,319 per person

On The Go Tours, the tour operator specialising in locally-led group tours and tailor-made holidays, has launched a May Madness sale with 15 per cent off all signature tours that are over nine days in length, for travel in 2019.

The sale runs until 22 May 2019 and offers savings up to $1319 per person to worldwide destinations such as Egypt, Jordan, India, Bhutan, Israel, Cambodia, China, Morocco, and Peru.

To see all tours on sale, click here.

 

Insight Vacations celebrates Mother’s Day with magical special interest journeys

 

Insight Vacations, Chelsea Flower Show Humming bird

Insight Vacations recognised mums on Mother’s Day by offering special interest journeys focused on gardening and magical insight experiences, with departures just announced for 2020:

For more information, click here, call 1300 727 767  or contact your local sales manager.

 

Adventure World Travel introduces sustainable travel wallets for guests

New Document Wallets 2019

Adventure World Travel has announced the introduction of sustainably produced travel wallets, with funding for the program directly benefiting a women’s cooperative in India.

Partnering with the Purkal Stree Shakti Samiti organisation for the production of the premium travel wallets, the women of the local Purkal village have the opportunity to boost their economic status and position in the family through employment.

Throughout the past 16 years, the organisation has grown to employ 169 artisan women, working on empowering them through the promotion of sustainable growth, zero hunger, health and wellbeing, decent wages and a responsible production and consumption mentality.

 

Sno’n’Ski launches 2020 Mega Fam with new destinations

Sno'n'Ski Mega Fam Marmot Basin

Sno’n’Ski has launched its 2020 Mega Fam, hosting 30 top-selling agents on an annual eight-night adventure to the world’s most desirable ski destinations.

For the past three years, the Mega Fam has toured top ski resorts in Canada, including Whistler, Banff Lake Louise, Big White and Panorama.

Sno’n’Ski has announced that next year’s Mega Fam will be heading stateside, to the iconic winter resorts of Aspen, Snowmass, Steamboat and Park City.

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