Travel Agents

Agent Wrap: PTMs go ‘off the beaten track’, Win a $100 gift card with Riviera Cruises + MORE!

If you’re in need of a bit of wanderlust, and keen to have a wee little sticky beak, this week’s Agent Wrap is exactly what you need.

Personal Travel Managers go ‘off the beaten track’ in Northern France

Pictured (L to R): Personal travel mangers Rose Febo and Sharon Ward
Pictured (L to R): Personal travel mangers Rose Febo and Sharon Ward

TravelManagers’ Rose Febo and Sharon Ward were thrilled to join a recent famil of Northern France, hosted by Back-Roads Touring.

Febo and Ward, who are TravelManagers’ representatives for Wynnum, QLD, and Deep Bay, TAS, respectively, were among eight Australian travel advisors who participated in the famil, along with seven others from around the world, and were accompanied by Backroads’ USA-based National Business Development Manager, Kristina Zito.

The group’s itinerary began with a short journey from Paris to the town of Giverny, where they had time to explore the house and gardens once the home of and inspiration for Claude Monet, before heading to the Normandy port town of Honfleur. From here they followed the Cider Route toward the village of Beuvron-en-Auge.

Win a $100 gift card from Riviera Cruises

Travel agents are invited to follow Riviera Travel River Cruises’ new Australasian Facebook page to go in the running for a $100 Visa gift card.

But get in quick! When the brand new Facebook page reaches 100 members, one lucky travel agent from Australia or New Zealand following the page will be randomly selected to win the gift card.

Riviera Travel’s Australasian Facebook page has been launched to keep Australasian and NZ agents updated on the cruise line’s European river cruises.

MTA adviser ‘bears up’ on Holland America Yukon cruise 

Pictured: Mobile travel agent Sarah Manning in Anchorage
Pictured: Mobile travel agent Sarah Manning in Anchorage

Hedging her bets just in case she didn’t get to see a real bear before embarking on a Holland America tour, MTA – Mobile Travel Agents’ Sarah Manning made sure to be photographed with the next best thing – a statue of a grizzly bear – while visiting Anchorage.

Mannily did, however, get to see four bears along with moose, caribou, eagles, Dall sheep and Arctic ground squirrels while visiting Denali National Park, Alaska on the 12-day ‘Yukon & Double Denali land and sea journey’.

Departing from Vancouver, her program also included Juneau, Skagway, White Horse, Dawson and Fairbanks.

Helloworld agents explore Colorado

Pictured at United Flight Training Centre (L-R): Carolyn Nightingale – Colorado Tourism; Belinda Condon – United Airlines; Helen Koroneos – Helloworld Travel Niddrie; Sarah De Vries – Helloworld Travel Bonnyrigg; Brad Standen – Hunter Travel Group; Stacey Skinner – Helloworld Travel Warrnambool; Rachelle Evans – Eastern Hill Travel; Craig Pearce – Figtree Travel

Six lucky Helloworld Travel branded and associate agents recently took off to the USA on a famil thanks to United Airlines, Colorado Tourism and Helloworld Travel.

The group of high performing incentive-winning agents were treated to an action-packed week exploring Colorado and experiencing a wide range of exciting activities on offer in the area.

The thrilling trip took the agents on an adventure spanning Loveland, Vail and Denver.

Pictured above at United Flight Training Centre (L-R): Carolyn Nightingale – Colorado Tourism; Belinda Condon – United Airlines; Helen Koroneos – Helloworld Travel Niddrie; Sarah De Vries – Helloworld Travel Bonnyrigg; Brad Standen – Hunter Travel Group; Stacey Skinner – Helloworld Travel Warrnambool; Rachelle Evans – Eastern Hill Travel; Craig Pearce – Figtree Travel

Global STARS 2019 set to experience the extraordinary in Dubai

Dubai supplied by Helloworld Travel

Global STARS is back again in 2019, and excitement is brewing as 75 top selling agents from around Australia are taking off to Dubai for a weekend of luxury, adventure and reward!

Following on from the idyllic and secluded Hamilton Island Global STARS of 2018, this year’s event will most certainly impress and spoil those lucky enough to be rewarded with attendance.

To get one of these golden tickets, agents must have reached top seller status through sales across wholesale brands including; Viva Holidays, Qantas Holidays, Sunlover Holidays, Rail Tickets, Ready Rooms and Territory Discoveries.

New Zealand based agents will also be represented with top selling stars for NZ based wholesale brand GO Holidays joining the exclusive event.

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Cruise

Uniworld sues MSC over $18.5m in damages from Venice ship collision

by Christian Fleetwood

Uniworld Boutique River Cruises has levelled a lawsuit against MSC Cruises over massive damages sustained in a Venice ship collision last year.

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Travel Agents

Agent Wrap: Registrations open for RWC 2023, Counselling for agents impacted by bushfires + MORE!

This week’s Agent Wrap is full of everything you need on a Friday: news of agents on voyages around the world, plenty of pictures and, most importantly, a short word count.

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Wholesalers

Wholesaler launches flexible European coach-touring brand

The new brand combines the convenience of escorted tours and the independence of FIT, with guaranteed departures on all tours, regardless of their size.

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Aviation

Aussie influencer slammed after tricking airline into free business-class upgrade

by Huntley Mitchell

An Australian influencer has copped a swathe of criticism after wearing a moon boot to successfully con airline staff into a free business-class upgrade.

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Destinations

South Australian Tourism Commission warned ‘Old mate’ ads weren’t “child-friendly” months before launch

Just released documents have shown that the SATC was warned its now infamous ‘Old mate’ ads were inappropriate months before the campaign even launched.

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Tourism

Flavour of the Week: Ex-Liberals leader named Boeing’s new regional boss, CMV’s team expansion + MORE!

If this edition of Flavour of the Week was a marine animal, it would be a blue whale. In other words, this wrap is an absolute whopper.

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Aviation

PHOTOS: Coco the very good rabbit scores a seat in business class

Nobody freak out, but we’ve got some very important news: this very cute bunny rabbit wearing a bowtie just scored its own seat in business class, and the photos are SO CUTE!

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Tourism

Coronavirus poses bigger threat to Aussie airports than SARS: analyst

Meanwhile, China has placed more than 18 million people in lockdown overnight as the number of those infected climbs to 650, with 18 confirmed deaths.

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Wholesalers

Wendy Wu Tours’ Aussie boss exits after less than three months

Troy Ackerman’s sudden departure follows that of Wendy Wu Tours global CEO Joe Karbo in July last year.

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Aviation

Qantas, Virgin Australia update pet travel policies following dog deaths

by Christian Fleetwood

Australia’s leading carriers will introduce further precautions on their pet policies, in association with the RSPCA.

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Aviation

Canberra Airport closed as fire services use airfield to fight “out of control” bushfire

Canberra Airport has cancelled departures and arrivals as its airfield is used by aviation fire services to facilitate aerial firefighting efforts.

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Hotels

Hotel Wrap: Accor’s new rideshare partner, Melia Hotels International opens first Thai hotel + MORE!

Welcome to the Hotel Wrap. This week’s addition features some gobsmackingly wonderful properties which we warn could cause a severe case of FOMO.

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