Travel Agents

Agent wrap: Cash or cabin is back, agents take on Chicago + more

Take a look at all these agents doing fun things! Then go back to sobbing at your desk with the rest of us nine-to-fivers.

Cash or cabin incentive is back

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Back by popular demand, APT Travel Group, Australia’s leading cruise and touring wholesalers today announced their CASH OR CABIN incentive is on again for 2019!

Experience APT or Travelmarvel’s (depending on which brand you sell more of) incredible 7 night Mekong river cruise first hand or opt for the cash and take a cool $1,000 in the hand, the choice is yours.

To win simply book and deposit any four APT/Travelmarvel Europe River, Mekong River or APT Kimberley Coast cruises between 1 April – 31 May 2019.

Winners will be congratulated Monday 10 June 2019, for more information on how you can win CASH or CABIN with ATG please contact your ATG Business Development Manager or Inside Sales on 1300 668 298.

First two MTA Advisors achieve ‘MTA Professional Plus’ accreditation

MTA Pro Plus Don Beattie withSaragh Fenton April 2019

The first two of the 125 MTA – Mobile Travel Agents Advisors currently participating in the ground breaking ‘MTA Professional Plus’ inhouse online accreditation scheme have now completed the self-paced program.

The two Advisors, Sarah Fenton (pictured with MTA CEO, Don Beattie) and Julia Campbell, took just five months to complete the program which, launched in late October, has been designed to help further educate and support MTA Advisors in their day to day business and, overall enhance their standing as travel industry professionals.

Developed by MTA in-house training manager, Kirsty Tate, ‘MTA Professional Plus’ comprises nine core pathways and two optional pathways.

These focus on social media, corporate, cruise, air, land product, luxury, marketing, business and professional development.

Agents get a handle on Bunnik Tours!


Lucky agents from the Flight Centre Adelaide City store in SA were treated to a two-hour HandleBar tour around Adelaide last week as winners of a statewide Bunnik Tours incentive. Bunnik Tours awarded the prize to the top-selling SA store for their outstanding results in the first six weeks of the year.

Unique to Adelaide, the HandleBar hosted the agents as they rode around town visiting two bars and stopping for photos at iconic locations such as Bunnik House and Victoria Square. Runner up stores in Barossa, Modbury and Burnside all received a ‘fill your fridge on Bunnik’ prize.

Outrigger Hospitality Group’s Global Showcase Entertains Across Australia

Outrigger Global Showcase Delegation

The Outrigger Hospitality Group global showcase event has wrapped up after a week-long series of events and appointments in Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney.

President and CEO Jeff Wagoner joined the team in Brisbane while Vice President Hotel Operations Hawaii/Guam Mike Shaff, VP Sales and Marketing Asia Pacific, Mr. Andrew Gee and VP Corporate Communications, Monica Salter travelled with the team to all three cities. Executive VP and Chief Marketing Officer, Sean Dee joined the showcase in Sydney and Melbourne.

Outrigger’s properties in Hawaii, Fiji, Thailand, Mauritius and The Maldives were all represented at the showcase.

Guests included key wholesalers and product managers, specialist travel agents, tourism industry partners, airlines and travel media. Outrigger Resorts communicated with more than 450 travel industry professionals during the week-long roadshow.

Magellan Travel kicks off their annual state dinners 

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Last week on Tuesday night, Magellan Travel kicked off their Annual State Dinners at Vue De Monde in the heart of Melbourne’s CBD. Later that week, the roadshow continued in Perth where local members attended Fraser’s restaurant in Perth’s iconic King’s Park. With over 70 people in attendance collectively, both evenings were filled with great company, delicious food and memorable conversations. The dinners will continue on the east coast this week in Sydney and Brisbane.

In his address to the members in Melbourne and Perth, General Manager, Andrew Macfarlane shared the 3 key focuses of business being; Commercial, Member Benefits and Marketing, whilst also reviewing current member tracking of utilised resources and head office movements. In Melbourne, Helloworld Travel Limited CEO and MD, Andrew Burnes and Executive Director, Cinzia Burnes also addressed the group.

Commenting on the State Dinners, Macfarlane said “the travel industry moves too fast for us to come together only once a year at our annual conference.” He went on to say that “in keeping with our model and our core values, we place considerable importance on facilitating events such as these.”

Travellers Choice members take part in mega-educational month

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The Travellers Choice network is set for one of the busiest months in its 42-year history with one in five of its agency owners taking part in a series of exclusive educational journeys over the next few weeks.

A total of 30 member shareholders – all winners of Travellers Choice’s coveted Choice Awards, which reward agencies for delivering the highest levels of support for preferred suppliers – will take part in three separate journeys this month.

First to depart will be Gold Choice Award winners, who travel on an elegant Azamara Club Cruise voyage from Hong Kong to Japan, and Silver Choice Award winners, who will explore Switzerland, Germany and the Netherlands as they float down the Rhine on an APT river cruise.

Later in the month, Journey Beyond – one of Australia’s leading experiential tour operators – will take 10 Bronze Choice Award winners from Rottnest Island to the Blue Mountains, with the trip incorporating three nights’ on the legendary Indian Pacific.

HLO Agents explore the windy city on a ‘Bean thinking about Chicago’ Incentive Famil with Air New Zealand


A group of eight lucky Helloworld Travel Branded, Helloworld Travel Associate, Helloworld Business Travel and Magellan agents were invited to attend an Air New Zealand and Helloworld Travel “Bean thinking about Chicago” Incentive Famil from the 20th – 24th March.

The group enjoyed Koru lounge access before taking to the sky for an exciting itinerary ahead of them.

While in Chicago, the group got to sample delicious food, admire the fabulous architecture and watch a Chicago Bulls vs Utah Jazz NBL basketball game!

Thank-you to Gabriel Fonseca from Air New Zealand and Anna Bruce from Helloworld Travel for hosting this special famil.

TTC Weekly Deals

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Authentic Danube & Prague

Let’s fly away – free air with 2020 Europe cruises, with the option to upgrade to business class air from just $3,999 per person. Enjoy this ten day Authentic Danube & Prague luxury river cruise where the adventure begins with two days in Prague before guests get off the beaten path along the Danube from Nuremburg to Vienna through Roth, Kelheim, Regensburg, Passau, Melk and Weissenkirchen. They will uncover the scenic wonders and remarkable histories of the cities that rest along the Danube on this unforgettable luxury cruise experience. Starting from $5,999* per person, twin share. This offer is on sale now until 30 June 2020 for departure on 25 & 30 October 2019. For more information or to book call 1300 780 231 or visit *Conditions apply.


Splendours of Chile

Save your client up to $2385* per person on Adventure World Travel’s 14 day Splendours of Chile itinerary. This trip combines the beauty of the most arid desert on earth with Tierra Atacama, the pristine wonders of Torres del Paine National Park with Tierra Patagonia, and the unique cultural experiences to be found on Chiloe Island at Tierra Chiloe. Starting from $10,105* per person, twin share (discount included). This offer is on sale now until 31 May 2019 for departure between 1 April 2019 and 31 May 2020. A black our period applies from 20 December 2019 to 2 January 2020. For more information or to book call 1300 363 055 or *Conditions Apply. 


European Discoverer

Save $450 on Flights with Costsaver’s Ready to go Deals! Enjoy these savings on the 28 day European Discoverer itinerary. This A to Z of Europe will reveal a feast of flavours, culture and history, from medieval monuments, myths and legends to the glittering capitals of Paris, Athens, Rome and Madrid. This bucket-list trip visits London, Paris, Bordeaux, Madrid, Barcelona, Florence, Rome, Venice, Innsbruck, Rhineland, Amsterdam and Calais trip in one trip. Starting from $5,490* per person, twin share. This offer is on sale now until 30 April 2019 for departure on 26 June 2019. For more information or to book call 1300 78 78 78 or *Conditions Apply.


Outback Adventure

AAT Kings are passionate about welcoming all Australians and New Zealanders to discover the beauty of their own backyard. That’s why for a limited time only, we are offering guests the chance to Fly FREE On a selection of our bestselling Guided Holidays. This offer can be redeemed on the 15 day Outback Adventure itinerary, where guests will discover the legendary Australian outback on a fascinating northbound journey from Adelaide, through the Red Centre and onto tropical Darwin in the Top End. Experience the stunning beauty of Australia’s vast and varied landscapes including the rugged Flinders Ranges, ancient Uluru and Kata Tjuta and the lush wetlands of Kakadu National Park. Starting from $6,475* per person, twin share (return economy airfares included). This offer is on sale now until 31 July or until sold out, for departures on 25 June, 6 July, 20 August, 3 & 17 September 2019. For more information or to book call 1300 556 100 or *Conditions Apply.


Vietnam and Halong Bay Adventure

Save $100 with Busabout on the 16 day Vietnam and Halong Bay Adventure! On this adventure, you don’t have to compromise. Chow down on the delectable local cuisine, kick back on the white sand beaches, get lost in the vibrant buzzing nightlife, take in the mind-blowing limestone karst scenery, and absorb every last drop of culture that surrounds you as you travel with Busabout through Vietnam as you visit Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Ha Long Bay, Mai Châu, Huế, Hội An, Hue, Hoi An and many more amazing cities. On this trip you won’t be short of highlights as you go on a Hanoi Street Food Tour, visit Vung Vieng Floating Fishing village by a rustic row boat, explore the Vinh Moc Tunnels where an entire village lived under the ground and take a gondola ride to the Golden Hand Bridge in Danang. This offer is on sale now until 10 April for all 2019 travel. For more information or to book contact or call 1300 287 226. *Conditions apply.


European Vista

Flash Sale! Save 20% off select European holidays with Contiki! Like for example the 23 Day European Vistas adventure that boasts all the highlights of Europe combined into one enchanting adventure. This is the trip for travellers who want to fall in love with Europe. Travellers will journey through Amsterdam, Berlin, Warsaw, Krakow, Prague, Vienna, Florence, Rome, Milan, Lucerne and Paris on a round trip from London. Starting from $4840* per person, twin share (discount included). This offer is on sale now until 31 May 2019 for departure on 23 June or 7 July 2019. For more information or to book call 1300 266 845 or *Conditions Apply.


Treasures of Spain, Portugal & Morocco

Clients can experience the Winter magic, Spring blooms and Autumn colours on their next trip to Europe. If they book now they can enjoy a 5%* Early Payment Discount on select departures with Insight Vacations; such as the 17 day Treasures of Spain, Portugal & Morocco itinerary that takes guests on a kaleidoscopic adventure from some of Europe’s most cosmopolitan cities, to an exotic and vivid land of medinas and minarets on a round trip from Madrid through Ávila, Fátima, Lisbon, Seville, Fes, Marrakesh, Casablanca, Costa del Sol and Granada. Starting from $4,536* per person, twin share (discount included). This offer is on sale now until 29 August 2019 for departure on the 2, 16, 23 November 2019 and 4 and 18 January 2020. Other departure dates available however prices will vary. For more information or to book call 1300 727 767 or visit *Conditions Apply.


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