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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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by Huntley Mitchell

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Aviation

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by Ali Coulton

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Destinations

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Wholesalers

Abercrombie & Kent unveils remote Flinders Island adventure

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Tourism

“There’s a fair bit of work to still go there”: ScoMo plays down hype around ‘vaccine passports’

by Ali Coulton

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Travel Agents

Flight Centre posts $234m loss, but grows its share in “large and important” Aussie leisure market

by Huntley Mitchell

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Aviation

Qantas suffers $1bn half-yearly loss, pushes back international flight plans

by Huntley Mitchell

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Destinations

Brisvegas tapped as preferred host for 2032 Olympic Games

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Cruise

Carnival Cruise Line extends US pause, as Canadian port closures spark Seabourn, Princess and HAL cancellations

Canada’s obnoxiously handsome PM, Justin Trudeau, has chucked a spanner in the works for cruise fanatics over on that side of the globe.

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Technology

Intrepid co-founder backs the Pinterest of travel apps

The social media platform claims to be the first to let users share travel-specific content to create real-world itineraries.

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Destinations

Why your clients will be drawn to Japan’s heartland once international travel restarts

by Sponsored by Gifu Prefecture Tourism Federation

With your clients no doubt itching to get back overseas, here’s a destination that’s a realistic chance of reopening to Aussies before many others.

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