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itravel agents enjoy Viva! Holidays & Malaysia Airlines famil in Kuala Lumpur


Ten agents from itravel recently got to experience Malaysia and what it has to offer thanks to the Viva! Holidays & Malaysia Airlines famil.

Chantelle Sobkowski of Viva Holidays and Trent Carter of Malaysia Airlines accompanied itravel agents Jade Gaul, Karen Lamond, Amy Morris, Joanne Rothwell, Kade Lucich, Stephen Talbot, Davina Pratt, Anne Parkinson, Liane Harrison and Jennifer Medhurst on the Kuala Lumpur famil.

The group stayed in the heart of the city at Berjaya Times Square Hotel, Kuala Lumpur for two nights.
They were given a site inspection and enjoyed access to the club lounge which is located on the 14th floor of the hotel and incorporates a sophisticated and contemporary design.

Agents inspired by South Pacific destinations at Treasures of the South Pacific event

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Travel agents gathered this week to attend Treasures of the South Pacific, a series of events designed to educate and inspire Australian travel agents about the variety of tourism product and experiences available across the South Pacific.

The South Pacific Tourism Organisation (SPTO) and Pacific Trade Invest, Australia sponsored the events, hosting over 65 travel agents in Maroochydore on Tuesday 17 April, and 85 travel agents in Brisbane the following evening.

Agents were inspired by the culture, nature, creativity and adventurous spirit that the South Pacific has to offer as they gained knowledge and insights from tourism office representatives including the Cook Islands, Fiji, Norfolk Island, Vanuatu, Samoa, Tahiti, New Caledonia, Solomon Islands and the Hidden Treasures of the Pacific.

The next Treasures of the South Pacific events will take place in the following locations: Sydney, Tuesday 16 October, 2018 and Wollongong, Wednesday 17 October, 2018.

Celebrity Cruises announces winners of Celebrity Edge Agent Incentive

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Celebrity Cruises is thrilled to announce talented agents Erin Lutwyche (Infinity Cruise) and Karen Wasserfuhr (Ucango Travel and Cruise Centre) as winners of the Celebrity Edge Agent Incentive.

Lutwyche and Wasserfuhr will be two of the first Australian travel agents to experience the revolutionary Celebrity Edge when she sets sail from Fort Lauderdale in November 2018. They will both enjoy return economy flights as well as a night’s accommodation before the spectacular inaugural.

In June 2018 Australian and New Zealand travel agents were given the chance to enter the exciting competition through every new booking made on Celebrity Cruises sailings departing before 30 April 2019.

A Very Merry Toy Story Land Christmas Mega-Fam – second winner announced


The race to the finish line on the “A Very Merry Toy Story Land Christmas Mega-Fam” has commenced with only three weeks left for agents to register for a chance to win their way to Walt Disney World Resort.

To kick start the final weeks of the incentive period, today, Disney Destinations, Virgin Australia and Delta Air Lines are pleased to announce Brooke Barden from Flight Centre Chermside as the second winner of a Random Spot on the Famil.

Brooke will get to experience six magical nights’ accommodation at Walt Disney World Resort where she will visit all four incredible Theme Parks and be one of the first to visit Buzz, Woody and the entire Toy Story team at the all new Toy Story Land. Plus, if that wasn’t lucky enough, she will get to see the Resort sparkle with the lights, sounds and scents of the merriest season of them all – Christmas!

There are still nine spots up for grabs on the Famil and to be in with a chance at winning, agents must make a new profile on and register any eligible Disney Destinations, Virgin Australia and Delta Air Lines bookings that fit the competitions criteria listed on the terms and conditions on the site. The top sellers and the third random winner will be selected at the end of the incentive period after 21 September 18.

Agents journey to Thailand with Viva Holidays!


Viva! Holidays recently hosted a group of travel consultants on an action packed Thailand educational with thanks to Thai Airways. The group indulged in two luxurious nights’ accommodation at The Sands Khao Lak along with two nights at the Patong Merlin Hotel.

In Khao Lak the group enjoyed many adventurous activities including waterfall hikes as well as an exciting trip to the famous Khao Lak Night Markets.

Highlights in Phuket included a day trip to Phi Phi Island along with a Phuket Sightseeing tour hosted by Tour East where they were blessed by a monk at the Big Buddah.

Tale of two Asian cities


Seventeen travel agents from Sydney’s inner north-west were recently briefed on the latest Macao-Xiamen “Two Cities, One Fare” campaign at a special workshop dinner at North Ryde.

The Macao Government Tourism Office and Xiamen Airlines teamed up with leading Asian specialist Helen Wong’s Tours to spread the news of the promotion, including the unveiling of a special agents Xiamen Air return fare deal and accompanying free hotel stay in Xiamen en route to Macao. Guests were informed of the latest developments in Macao, including the opening of the new luxurious Morpheus Hotel and the impending opening of the Hong Kong – Zhuhai – Macao road link which will draw larger tourist numbers across the Greater Bay Area on China.

It was appropriate the agents were treated to a lavish Chinese banquet at the House of Tong restaurant as Macao continued to celebrate the Year of Gastronomy.
Xiamen, on China’s south-east Pacific coast, is popular for its beaches, tree-lined paths, colonial villas and attractions such as UNESCO World Heritage listed Gulangyu Island and the historic Hakka architecture.

In contrast, Macao is famous for Portuguese-meets-Chinese characteristics and a Macanese cuisine which is among one of the world’s earliest forms of fusion food. It is also well known for its UNESCO World Heritage listed sites and extravagant contemporary integrated resorts, in particular on the Cotai district between the Macao islands of Taipa and Coloane.

Australian wholesalers get a taste of Vanuatu at this year’s Tok Tok


Vanuatu’s annual two-day travel industry event, Tok Tok, has welcomed 50 buyers across seven countries, including Australia, to discover the South Pacific Island’s latest and greatest offerings.

Now in its 16th year, Tok Tok is showcasing 53 local sellers – including eight new operators – across a range of boutique and mid-level accommodation offerings, fresh touring options and locally owned products, all available for face-to-face meetings. An anticipated 1,600 individual appointments are set to take place across the course of the event.

Tok Tok will officially launch on the morning of Thursday 30 August followed by a buyers’ function, featuring live local entertainment at the beautiful Port Vila Seafront Precinct. The event will round-out with a spectacular Gala dinner tomorrow evening (Friday 31 August) at this year’s host venue, Warwick Le Lagon.

Pre-famils also coincided with the event, providing the opportunity for wholesalers to experience Vanuatu’s distinct offerings firsthand, including swimming in the breathtaking natural blue holes on Espiritu Santo and a once-in-a-lifetime experience on Tanna Island’s Mt Yasur – one of the world’s most accessible volcanoes. Attendees were also treated to exclusive site visits through Vanuatu’s newest boutique accommodation offerings, Rockwater Resort and Black Pearl Resort, located on Tanna and Espiritu Santo respectively.

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INSIGHT VACATIONS – Spectacular Scandinavia and its Fjords

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TRAFALGAR – Highlights of Vietnam

Save 10% when you pay in full by the 27th of September 2018. Enjoy these savings on Trafalgar’s 12 Day Highlights of Vietnam travel itinerary. Your client will explore all Vietnam has to offer on this in-depth itinerary through the cities of Hanoi, Hoi An, Hue and Ho Chi Minh city whilst also experiencing Halong Bay, Hanoi Danang and the Mekong Delta. Starting from $3,508* per person (including discount). This offer is on sale now until the 27th of September 2018 representative of departure dates taking place before the 14th of December 2019. For more information or to book call 1800 787 878 or visit

UNIWORLD – Alluring Amsterdam & Vienna

The choice is yours, there’s more to explore with $1,000 off your next experience with Uniworld or one of our luxury sister brands: The Red Carnation Hotel Collection, Insight Vacations or Luxury Gold. Enjoy these savings on Uniworld’s 15 day Alluring Amsterdam & Vienna, on this trip guests will encounter truly authentic experiences as they cruise along the most scenic parts of the Main, Rhine and Danube rivers from Amsterdam to Vienna through Cologne, Rüdesheim, Würzburg, Nuremberg, Passau & Dürnstein. Starting from $9,899 per person. This offer is on sale now until 31st October 2018 and reflective of departure on the 28th of April, 7th & 21st of July and 13th of October 2019. Additional departure dates available, prices may vary. For more information or to book call 1300 780 231 or visit

CONTIKI – Beat the Price Rise!

Winter is almost over, we know the FOMO levels are peaking and the only cure is to make sure you don’t miss out next year. Save 10% on Europe Summer 2019 with Contiki- There’s limited availability on sell out trips so book now! It’s FINAL WEEKS, beat the price rise! Enjoy these savings on Contiki’s 14 day Spanish Spree where your client can spend two weeks drifting around Spain. They’ll be hablando Español in no time! The Spanish Spree gets travellers under the covers of this cultured country exploring everywhere from Madrid through Bilbao, Pamplona, Ibiza, Granada, Seville and Cordoba. Starting from $3,497 per person, twin share (including discount). This offer is on sale now until the 31st of January 2019. Price is reflective of departure on the 29th of April 2019 (other departures available for an alternate price between 20 May 2019 – 9 September 2019). For more information or to book call 1300 266 845 or visit

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Save up to $610* per couple when you book select Last Minute Deals with AAT Kings. You clients can enjoy these savings on the 9 day Southern Spotlight guided holiday as they tick off all the must-dos in the South Island of New Zealand. Guests will journey through the South Island on a round trip from Christchurch through Omarama, Dunedin, Te Anau, Queenstown & Franz Josef. They will also explore the Southern Alps on the TranzAlpine train, have a night out at a High-Country Station in Central Otago, cruise down the still waters of Milford Sound, and roam through the stone-hewn campus of New Zealand’s oldest university in Dunedin. Starting from $3,000* per person twin share (including discount). This offer is on sale now for select departure dates until sold out or departed. For more information or to book call 1300 556 100 or visit

BUSABOUT – Sin City to Hollywood

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