Agent wrap: FREE Macao TurboJET tickets, Quasar’s Autumn deal, CLIA members milestone + more!

Agent wrap: FREE Macao TurboJET tickets, Quasar’s Autumn deal, CLIA members milestone + more!

If Travel Weekly’s agent wrap was a meal, it would be tiger prawn spaghetti with chilli and dun-dried tomatoes – full of flavour and slightly spicy.

Macao ferry tickets giveaway

To celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Asian Centre’s establishment as a Special Administrative Region (SAR) of the People’s Republic of China, the Macao Government Tourism Office (MGTO) is giving away a limited number of free TurboJET tickets to agents and consumers planning a trip to the former Portuguese enclave, including a visit to the Ruins of St Paul’s (featured image).

The ticket giveaway to the City of Gastronomy, supported by Sun Tak TurboJET, also coincides with the newly unveiled five-month-long Art Macao festival which spans across the centre until the end of October.

The complimentary tickets apply to travel from Hong Kong to Macao or vice versa for travel before 31 December 2019.

To book the free ferry tickets, email


 Quasar Expeditions Autumn deal: free three-day & two-night Ecuador stay with Galapagos cruise


Agents can now offer their clients complimentary three-day/two-night and two-day/one-night tours in Ecuador when booking their Galapagos cruise holiday on board Quasar Expeditions’ M/V Evolution vessel on selected departures between 21 September and 14 December 2019.

Valued at up to $630, three package options are available with this offer. The first is a three-day/two-night Quito ‘Latin American Capital of Culture’ itinerary staying at the five-star Casa Gangotena and a four-hour Quito Colonial walking tour.

The second option is a three-day/two-night ‘Complete Guayaquil’ itinerary staying at the five-star Hotel del Parque and a four-hour Guayaquil city tour.

The third option is a two-day/one-night ‘Chocolate, Chocolate, Chocolate at Hacienda La Danesa’ itinerary staying at the boutique Hacienda La Danesa and a full day’s activities at the property. Airport transfers, entrance fees and most meals are included as well.

Valid for new twin-shared bookings, prices for the Galapagos cruise start from $8860 per person. Terms and conditions and FOREX fluctuations apply. Contact your preferred South American specialist for more information.


CLIA members hit education landmark

Travel agent members of Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) Australasia have reached a new education landmark, completing a combined 100,000 online modules in under five years.

The milestone has been achieved by more than 5300 travel agents from across Australia and New Zealand since the launch of CLIA’s online training modules in late 2014.

The CLIA online Learning Academy includes more than 1000 pages of content and more than 150 downloadable resources for CLIA travel agent members. Its content covers the full spectrum of the cruise industry, including cruise lines that together represent 95 per cent of the world’s cruise capacity.

For more information visit the CLIA Learning Academy here.


NYC & Company’s three-city Australian mission

MTA Morning Tea Gold Coast

A NYC & Company delegation spent last week in Sydney, Brisbane and the Gold Coast meeting and training agents as part of an Australian sales mission for business development and education.

The mission incorporated a range of training sessions, classes and events over the week with the aim of the NYC & Company mission to train agents on the depth and breadth of new and classic products in New York.

For further information on New York City or working with NYC & Company, click here.


Travel Counsellors return from famils in Canada and Fiji

(L-R) Ben Gorman (Rocky Mountaineer) Emma Cammarata, Neil Westaway (Air Canada), Tirsh Hollis, Dean Hickford, Jake Cassar, Rocky Mountaineer host, Tania Kennedy, Sharon Wood.

(L-R) Ben Gorman (Rocky Mountaineer) Emma Cammarata, Neil Westaway (Air Canada), Tirsh Hollis, Dean Hickford, Jake Cassar, Rocky Mountaineer host, Tania Kennedy, Sharon Wood.

Five challenge-winning Travel Counsellors and a member of the Melbourne head office team jetted off with Air Canada on an exclusive familiarisation hosted by Neil Westaway of Air Canada last month.

Over eight nights, the Travel Counsellors visited stunning destinations like Vancouver, Whistler, Jasper, Lake Louise and Banff taking part in a wide variety of activities from sightseeing to dining; ziplining to horse riding; and, of course, a two-day journey aboard the famous Rocky Mountaineer.

(L-R) Kaylene Shuttlewood, Hamish Naicker, Karen Coates, Samantha Slattery, Hannah Foster, Geoff Ivin and friends at Fiji’s Nanuku Resort

(L-R) Kaylene Shuttlewood, Hamish Naicker, Karen Coates, Samantha Slattery, Hannah Foster, Geoff Ivin and friends at Fiji’s Nanuku Resort

Six top-achieving Travel Counsellors have also just returned from an exclusive trip to Fiji with Fiji Airways, hosted by Regional Managing Director Kaylene Shuttlewood.

The group of award winners received the VIP treatment with five blissful days including immersive cultural experiences, luxury accommodation, butler service and private charter flights.


Personal TravelManager returns from famil in Turkey

White calcium terraced pools of Pamukkale

From the Lone Pine Australian War Memorial on the Gallipoli Peninsula to the fairy chimneys of Cappadocia, TravelManagers’ Sharon Wright (pictured) was “thrilled” to experience the many highlights of Turkey on her recent famil with On the Go Tours.

Wright, a personal travel manager (PTM) based in Lower Plenty, Victoria, is a travel industry veteran with 30 years’ experience. Although she has travelled extensively, this was her first time in Turkey, but she said it won’t be her last.

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