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Wholesaler wrap: Trafalgar’s 2020 trips at 2019 prices, Excite honoured at IPW, Luxury Gold’s new American journeys + more!

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TTC announcements: Trafalgar 2020 trips at 2019 prices, Contiki celebrates change-makers, AAT Kings and TreadRight

Trafalgar releases 2020 trips at 2019 prices for Europe and Britain

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For agents looking to lock in their client’s 2020 Europe & Britain trips in the coming months the time is finally here, with Trafalgar releasing its Europe & Britain Presale deals of 2020 trips at guaranteed 2019 prices.

By releasing pre-sale deals earlier this year, this news comes at the perfect time for customers looking at 2020 Europe & Britain travel, with the brand already seeing an increase in the number of enquiries for next year’s travel, in advance of the brand’s official 2020 launch later this year.

Visit Trafalgar.com for limited-time only pre-sale trips and deals. For agents also looking for 2019 trip deals for their customer, they can also take advantage of Real Travel Deals on 2019 worldwide trips for travel in the upcoming months.

Contiki celebrates young Aussie changemakers with five local ’35 under 35′ nominees

Contiki has revealed five local nominees for its annual ’35 under 35′ event, celebrating young change-makers around the world:

Lisa Patulny from Call Time on Melanoma, Jacob Pearce from Pearcey’s Pledge, Lottie Dalziel from Banish, Rikki Gibley from Wave After Wave Handplanes, and Madeleine Bell from Take 3 for the Sea. 

With Contiki’s second annual 35 under 35 awards, the company is celebrating people who live with hope, who understand the impacts of human action and who work tirelessly towards actionable change for people, the planet and wildlife.

35 Under 35 is an annual awards program with a mission to uncover and celebrate the unsung young people pioneering change in the world – and to ultimately crown one as Contiki’s new Sustainability Ambassador.

Nominations were crowd sourced globally and the final list for this year’s awards has been determined by Seth Maxwell, CEO of thirst.

These five young Australian’s have made the final list with the overall winner to be determined by public vote. Voting for a young Australian that’s making an impact in the world, will contribute to the success of a cause you care about and ultimately, give the winner a strong platform to advocate for change. Votes can be cast at six-two.

Find out more about the initiative here, and explore other projects supported by Contiki on the Contiki Cares website and www.treadright.org.

AAT Kings and TreadRight celebrate World Oceans Day by taking part in a beach clean

In honour of World Oceans Day, Australian Guided Holiday expert AAT Kings and its sister brand Inspiring Journeys, along with its not-for-profit TreadRight Foundation, celebrated with local team members from Alexandria and Bondi Junction offices to make a conscious effort to give back to their local communities and #MakeTravelMatter.

The team worked together to clean the shorelines of the Kyeemagh Beach in Brighton-Le-Sands and were educated on ocean microplastics by Scott Wilson, the Director of AusMap to better understand the important changes we can make when visiting our favourite coastal locations.

Aligned with one of TreadRight’s three key pillars as the brands share a collective desire to conserve and protect the planet, wildlife and people of the local communities visited through their immersive journeys.

One year ago, The Travel Corporation’s family of brands pledged to remove all avoidable single-use plastics across all its operations and offices by the end of 2022; and that single-use plastic water bottles will no longer be made available for purchase on all TTC coaches this year. This action is expected to reduce plastic waste by over a million plastic bottles per year.

 

Excite Holidays honoured at IPW

Excite Holidays IPW Chairmans Circle
Pictured (L-R): Christopher L. Thompson, President & CEO, Brand USA. Andrew Yell, General Manager: Global Sales, Product Contracting & Operations, Excite Holidays. Vanessa Richards, Global Head of Marketing, Excite Holidays. Roger Dow, President & CEO, U.S. Travel Association.

The U.S. Travel Association and Brand USA on Saturday honoured representatives from the world’s highest-volume tour operators and buyers of U.S. travel at its annual Chairman’s Circle Honors awards. Excite Holidays was honoured to be included in the Chairman’s Circle for a third consecutive year of growth for the global business.

Held at The Resort at Pelican Hill in Newport Beach, CA, during the association’s 51st annual IPW, this exclusive awards event—co-hosted by Brand USA —honoured international travel buyers for outstanding efforts to bring the world to America.

 

Luxury Escapes launches flight-integration packages

Luxury Escapes tour integration

Luxury Escapes has launched flight integration into its existing accommodation and tour packages, where customers can now book their entire luxury holiday at once through the company’s website.

The new feature gives customers the opportunity to seamlessly include flights to its luxury hotel packages, cutting down the time and effort of searching for flights through another website and allowing customers to view the best value months to travel up to one year in advance.

 

On The Go Tours reveal winners of Tour Guide of the Year Awards

On The Go Tours has announced the winners of its annual ‘Tour Guide of the Year’ for 2018.

The awards recognise the top six tour guides from all OTG signature destinations and this year’s winners are from Egypt, Jordan, Morocco, Turkey, Sri Lanka and Cambodia.

The awards are judged on traveller feedback collected over the course of the year.

Check out all the winners by clicking here.

 

Luxury Gold presents 2020 Americas collection with three brand new journeys

Luxury Gold, Colombia

Luxury Gold has revealed its 2020 Americas mini-magazine with 12 journeys to North and South America including three brand new journeys to Colombia, Ecuador and Canada & the USA.

This year, Luxury Gold is offering enhanced journeys and six itineraries with notable Chairman’s Collection VIP experiences on select departures. The collection also includes some of the award-winning brand’s most popular journeys such as Treasures of the Incas and Indulgence in Eastern Canada.

Clients can book early and take advantage of Luxury Gold’s popular early payment discount, offering savings of 10 per cent if booked and paid in full by 18 December 2019.

Terms and Conditions apply. For more information, visit luxurygoldvacations.com/au/agent-area, call 1300 727 767 or contact your local sales manager.

 

Back-Roads Touring brings the small group experience to the US

Back-Roads Touring has announced new tours to North America, with seven itineraries on offer for 2020 travel.

The new North America tours explore California, New England, the Southwest, Mid-Atlantic and Deep South.

The announcement comes following overwhelming positive customer feedback from Back-Roads Touring’s expansion into Asia in 2018, and the increasing popularity of their UK and European tours.

Details of all seven North America tours can be found at backroadstouring.com/tours/north-america.

 

Explore launches 12-day flash sale

Explore Worldwide - Spain

Explore has launched its Flash Sale with 15 per cent off more than 500 trips in over 120 countries* when booked between 6th and 17th of June 2019. Travellers can choose to take the family on a Costa Rican rainforest adventure this summer, explore the archaeological wonders of Baalbek on a new trip to Lebanon or discover the volcanic island of Gran Canaria on foot.

Visit one of the most biologically diverse countries in the world on Explore’s Family Rainforest Adventure in Costa Rica.  Cruise through jungle waterways, discover cloud forest trails, learn how to make chocolate, relax on golden sand beaches and zip wire through the forest canopy.

For more information, visit exploreworldwide.com.au or call 1300 439 756.

 

Bunnik Tours launches 2020 European bestsellers early

Group in Moscow, Dennis Bunnik

Bunnik Tours has hand-picked a range of their most popular European small group tours to make available for pre-release and Earlybird savings, so your clients can save up to $500 and book their spot for 2020 now before the full program is officially released.

A 2019 NTIA finalist for Best Tour Operator International, Bunnik Tours were keen to launch this selected range of 2020 departures due to the strong interest being shown by the trade in the 2020 European season.

For more information or to book your clients now, visit bunniktours.com.au or call 1300 125 007.

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