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.

Couleur appointed to manage Rugby World Cup 2023 official travel program

Groupe Couleur has been appointed exclusive global rights holder for the Rugby World Cup France 2023 Official Travel Programme and will manage the official travel agent appointment process.

This process kicks off to agents around the world who will be invited to register their interest between 23 January and 31 March 2020.

Rugby World Cup 2023 official travel agents will be appointed in September 2020, marking a major milestone for fans planning on attending rugby’s showcase event.

Ticket-inclusive packages sales will be launched early 2021.

Companies interested in registering for consideration in the recruitment process should visit www.groupecouleur.com/travelprogramme

Cover-More offers counselling for travel agents impacted by Australia’s bushfires

Travel insurance provider, Cover-More, is offering counselling for travel agents impacted by Australia’s bushfires.

The confidential, free-of-charge counselling support is provided by Cover-More’s Benestar business, one of Australia’s leading providers of workplace wellbeing and incident management services.

Travel agents are encouraged speak to one of Benestar’s professional clinicians by calling 1300 360 364 and requesting Cover-More’s Bushfire Support.

Cover-More’s national bushfire support program for travel agents is available now.

Winners of the ultimate famil announced by McLachlan Tours

The lucky winners will visit Wallonia, Belgium during the five-day ‘Highlights of Flanders and Wallonia’ tour (iStock.com/arssecreta)

McLachlan Tours has announced the four best-selling agents who will be joining the incredible 10-day Europe famil from 16 to 25 August 2020:

  1. Naomi Jones, Helloworld Travel Engadine (NSW)
  2. Kelli Kirk, Albury Travel (NSW)
  3. Leah Hughes, Travel Managers Balberra (QLD)
  4. Emma Deed, House of Travel Matamata (New Zealand).

TravelManagers’ Portuguese fiesta

Stacey Farnham at Quinta Nova luxury winery hotel at Pinhao in the Douro Valley (TravelManagers)

Nine days exploring the highlights of Portugal was an appealing prospect for six personal travel managers (PTMs) who signed up to represent TravelManagers on a recent Back-Roads Touring famil.

From trying their hand at ceramic tile painting to learning how to create some of Portugal’s most beloved dishes, the famil was a chance to get to know the real Portugal beyond the major cities and experience authentic culture and cuisine.

Kirsty McKenzie (left) and Teresa Reyes test their ceramic tile-painting skills at Ana Cordovil’s Azulejos studio in Lisbon (TravelManagers)

The famil, which was hosted by Kate Doherty and Mikaela Toze from Back-Roads Touring, began in the capital city of Lisbon, where the group of 13 agents took a tour of the city and visited a tile painting atelier before spending the afternoon exploring Pena Palace in Sintra.

From Lisbon, their itinerary headed north to Alvados, through the fishing town of Nazaré and the medieval walled town of Obidos. In Alvados, they were treated to a Portuguese cookery lesson followed by a dinner of authentic Portuguese cuisine.

The group then spent their final night together in Guimaraes, which included a walking tour through the medieval town centre, where they were treated to dinner and a traditional dance performance.

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Wholesalers

Wholesaler Wrap: Collette celebrates 5th anniversary in Australia, Globus previews 2021 European tours + MORE!

Out of sorts when it comes to the who’s who of the wholesaler scene? This week’s Wholesaler Wrap comes in the nick of time. 

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Aviation

Boeing confirms debris found in 737 MAX engines, as Qantas eyes cut-price deal

by Christian Fleetwood

Alan Joyce says Qantas’ “unmatched” safety reputation positions it to negotiate a discounted deal with Boeing for a new fleet of 737 MAXs when the jet is re-certified.

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Travel Agents

AFTA considers partial ATAS review following collapse of online travel agency

by Huntley Mitchell

The liquidation of an OTA and ATAS member has caught AFTA by surprise. Travel Weekly apologises for the excessive acronym usage.

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Tourism

Police shoot man dead in Brisbane after tourist stabbing

by Christian Fleetwood

Police officers were called to a disturbance on Sunday following reports a man armed with a knife had stabbed an overseas tourist.

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Travel Agents

Helloworld posts profit and record TTV, but expects “minimal growth, if any” for rest of FY20

by Huntley Mitchell

Can you hear the popping of champagne corks coming from Helloworld HQ? Well, it’s either the company celebrating its half-yearly results or a staff member trying out their new pop gun.

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Cruise

More Diamond Princess evacuees catch coronavirus

Meanwhile, experts fear quarantines could be compromised by a longer incubation period.

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Aviation

Flight attendant says keto diet got him fired

The flight attendant claims he was fired for testing negative in a breath test, but says it was caused by the keto diet – not alcohol.

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Tourism

Ardent Leisure suffers another loss, warns of further impact from Dreamworld tragedy

by Huntley Mitchell

The company has warned investors it is unlikely that Dreamworld will break even in the second half of FY20.

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Destinations

Destination Wrap: Abu Dhabi’s record-breaking visitor numbers, Tourism Fiji rolls out new stage of Bulanaires + MORE!

Meanwhile, the only destination Travel Weekly staff will be exploring today is the streets of Surry Hills in search of a cheaper coffee than the place downstairs.

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Cruise

Hurtigruten makes history in Antarctica

Meanwhile, Travel Weekly’s editor has entered the office record books for shortest distance thrown in the staff paper plane throwing competition.

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Wholesalers

Aussie wholesaler expands to New Zealand

Staff at an Aussie wholesaler are beginning to work phrases like “choice bro”, “sweet as” and “chur” into their vocabulary upon receipt of this news.

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Cruise

Coronavirus: Diamond Princess passengers die, as two evacuated Aussies test positive

The coronavirus outbreak continues to wreak havoc on the travel industry, prompting the federal government to extend its travel ban for another week.

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