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On The Go Tours hosts agents in Vietnam
On The Go Tours, an award-winning tour operator specialising in locally led group tours and tailor-made holidays to over 60 worldwide destinations, recently hosted a group of Australian travel agents in Vietnam on a specialised version of their Very Vietnam ten-day tour. The group, hosted by On The Go Tours BDM for North New South Wales, Aaron Dodkin, included representatives from Flight Centre Travel Group in New South Wales.
The ten-day itinerary was led by On The Go Tours expert local guide Ken who took the group on a journey spanning the length of the country from Hanoi in the north to Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) in the south. This diverse and colourful itinerary encompasses Vietnam’s; buzzing urban cities, spectacular coastal scenery, remote villages, imperial citadels, religious pagodas, expansive Mekong delta and the charming port town of Hoi An.
Prices for the Very Vietnam 10-day tour start from $2,495pp.
Travel Counsellors take ‘coaching’ to another level with new Learning Management System
Travel Counsellors have developed and launched a bespoke in-house learning and professional development platform for its global network of over 1,600 Travel Counsellors and 350 support team.
Named ‘Coach’, the international system is based on the Travel Counsellors’ unique relational model of selling and focuses on both the mindset and skill set needed to build a business based on retention and referrals. It covers content across a range of fields including personal development, technology, products, sales and marketing.
In the first week of launching Coach the company has seen over 600 Travel Counsellors utilise the new system globally, with 260 courses currently available and a further 70 planned to be rolled out over the coming months.
Coach is housed in the company’s bespoke technology providing access 24/7 digitally wherever and whenever a Travel Counsellor needs it.
Content within the system includes webinars, toolkits, ‘Quicks Hits’ designed for those who are keen to absorb some new knowledge but only have a few minutes to spare, and pocket books – a range of short mini books on a range of topics including time management and mindfulness.
Each person has their own ‘dashboard’ to keep track of their development and progress, with plans to link this to the company’s TC Rewards scheme that recognises and rewards Travel Counsellors based on their business success.
Sunshine Coast Domestic Visitors Reaches New Record High
The Sunshine Coast recorded its highest ever domestic visitor numbers, attracting 3.4 million arrivals to the year ending March 2017, a rise of 6% and contributing $2.06 billion in visitor expenditure to the economy. The results were announced today by Tourism Research Australia in their quarterly National Visitor Survey (NVS).
The 6% growth rate was reflected alongside the positive national Australian domestic growth figure of 3.1%, and the Queensland State average of 4.3%. Interstate visitors grew by 14.7%, with 452,000 New South Wales visitors producing a 17.6% growth rate. Interstate travel is set to grow even faster following the announcement yesterday by Virgin Australia that they would be increasing direct flights from Sydney to Sunshine Coast Airport from 23 July, and from Melbourne to Sunshine Coast Airport from 3 September.
The data released today recorded a total of 12.5 million nights across the region up 7.6% with the average holiday stay of 4.3 nights, up 0.1% of a night.
The Sunshine Coast continues to be a popular destination for business events with 230,000 business visitors recorded to the year ending March 2017. Business events have emerged as a dynamic growth industry for the Sunshine Coast. The positive economic impact generated from increased business events has escalated bed nights and presented a lucrative flow on effect for the local business economy.
Umapped Releases API for Collaborative Travel Itinerary Management Platform
Umapped are releasing an Application Programming Interface (API) for its award-winning collaborative itinerary management platform. The Umapped API is systems-agnostic, enabling travel brands to extend their existing systems and data sources in a new way that drives efficiency and incremental revenue. The API aggregates reservations data and content from multiple sources into a unified mobile itinerary, helping travel brands stay engaged with their customers throughout the travel journey.
The API enables travel brands to streamline their document delivery processes and communicate with their customers in real-time, sending relevant and personalised offers within their mobile itineraries. The API has numerous benefits, with its foundation connecting fragmented data from multiple systems in a plug-and-play fashion to deliver a personalised mobile itinerary experience to travellers.
Brands also benefit from greater flexibility and interactivity, including 2-way group messaging capabilities. In addition to itinerary document delivery, the integration of the Umapped API allows travel brands to unlock the power of Umapped’s proprietary offer management system which identifies suggested offers for missing segments within an itinerary. Travel brands can choose to either plug in their own bookable content, or utilise content that Umapped has integrated through its supplier partnerships.
New Rail Plus service delivers a luggage free Paris
Rail Plus have unveiled an exclusive new luggage storage and transfer service in Paris that gives passengers the freedom to fully embrace the City of Lights. Customers using the service are greeted upon arrival by train or aircraft in Paris by a concierge who collects their bags and delivers them to their hotel at a convenient time – which can range from check-in on the same day to one, two or even three days’ later.
At check-out, the concierge collects the bags and then delivers them to the train station or airport in time for departure. Rail Plus Commercial Director Ingrid Kocijan says the new service allows customers to make the most of their time in one of the world’s most exciting cities.
“As soon as the concierge relieves customers of their luggage they can start enjoying Paris, rather than lugging suitcases around for hours while waiting for their hotel check-in,” says Kocijan.
“And when it’s time to depart, they can hand over the bags and enjoy all the city has to offer – whether its strolling through the Louvre, relaxing in cafes or shopping in the city’s stylish boutiques – until it’s time to board their train or flight.”
The service – which customers can use on arrival and/or departure – must be booked through Rail Plus seven days prior to luggage pick-up. Prices range from $61 for two pieces of luggage for same day delivery, to $129 for five pieces of luggage stored for three days.
MW Tours and Asiana Airlines South Korea Famil
MW Tours and Asiana Airlines hosted a South Korea Famil from 11th to the 18th May. The photo was taken at the beautiful and historical Bulguksa Temple near the city of Gyeongju. Featured in the photo,from Left hand side Micheal Son (Asiana Airlines BDM) Grace Wall (MTA Travel) Sharon Restuccia (Cronulla Travel) Sandy Sirianni (MTA Travel) Grant Mason (itravel Medowie) Elle Willmott (MW Tours BDM) Vivienne Smith (Travel Counsellors) Andrew Parchimowicz (CH Cruises & Travel) Paayal Chandra (Travel Partners) Young Sub Kim (Asiana Airlines GM).
1,500 agents to take part in the ULTIMATE Disney Destinations Nationwide Training Roadshow
Disney Destinations hosted 370 travel agents at Event Cinemas George Street in Sydney, as part of its fully booked, nationwide ‘Disney Days Roadshow 2017’. Hosted by Michael Cassis, Travel & Business Development Manager at Disney Destinations International, agents enjoyed drinks and canapés, before taking part in the ULTIMATE Disney Destinations Travel Trade Training Event.
The nationwide Disney Days Roadshow 2017 has received unprecedented demand this year, with 1,500 agents registered to attend Disney Destinations’ seven events around Australia. In addition to Sydney’s successful event yesterday evening, two successful events also already took place last week in Brisbane and Melbourne on 12th and 14th June respectively.
The Disney Days Roadshow 2017 will provide agents with training on a comprehensive list of Disney Destinations including: Disneyland Resort in California; Walt Disney World Resort in Florida; Aulani – A Disney Resort & Spa in Hawaii; Disney Cruise Line; Hong Kong Disneyland; Disneyland Paris; and Shanghai Disney Resort.
AirAsia announces agent news
AirAsia has landed and is available to book via Calypso, this means you now have instant access to routes & air availability across AirAsia’s extensive network with Asia Escape Holidays.
A few key points about the fares and AirAsia:
- Flights ex: Perth, Sydney, Melbourne, Gold Coast
- Destinations include: Bali, China, Hong Kong, India, Japan, Malaysia, Maldives, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Vietnam , Cambodia & Laos.
- Fares available:
- Economy (with or without 20kg checked baggage)
- Premium Flex (20kg checked baggage)
- Premium Flatbed (40kg checked baggage)
- Please Note: The passenger(s) date of birth and nationality must be provided at the time of booking creation.
- 24 Hour Hold Period* on selected itineraries (*conditions apply)
- Tickets: to be issued within 1 day of PNR creation.
- Live Now: on CalypsoNet build your own here (packages coming soon)
TravelCube names Dubai famil winners
Ten top-selling travel agents are off on a luxurious Arabian adventure in October after winning coveted spots on TravelCube’s Dubai on Sale incentive.
The exclusive five-star famil will see agents fly Emirates to Dubai to soak up the fast-evolving destination’s culture, shopping and nightlife, along with mega-attractions such as Dubai Parks and Resorts and IMG Worlds of Adventure (the planet’s largest indoor themed entertainment destination).
TravelCube awarded places on the trip to the 10 agencies that created the most Dubai room night bookings during April and May, with winners including:
- Allround Travel Centre
- Flight Centre North Essendon
- Helloworld Laurieton
- RAA Mile End
- Pakenham Travel
- Cronulla Travel
- Weber & Turner Travel Associates
- Flight Centre North Rocks
- Flight Centre Neutral Bay
- Travel Avenue
Personal Travel Managers Support World Leading Cruise Lines Masterclass in Mass
World Leading Cruise Lines (WLCL) recently invited TravelManagers’ personal travel managers to experience a cruise masterclass onboard MS Emerald Princess as it docked at Circular Quay International terminal.
The 45 personal travel managers included 18 from regional New South Wales from as far as Wagga and Jindabyne in the south, Dubbo and Parkes in the west and Port Macquarie and Forster to the north. Lauren Compton representative from Townsville in Queensland and Melanie Whyte from Devonport in Tasmania travelled interstate specifically to attend the WLCL Master class. In addition, three national partnership representatives Julie Anderson, Julia McLean and Aaron Loss experienced cruise updates from WLCL brands; Holland America Line, P&O Cruises, Carnival, Seabourn, Princess Cruises and Cunard.
The personal travel managers indulged in a five-course lunch following the interactive training sessions as well as a privately escorted ship inspection of MS Emerald Princess.
TravelManagers’ Executive General Manager Michael Gazal recognizes the significant contribution home-based consultants make to the cruise sector and the need for ongoing education.
“We encourage any opportunity for personal travel managers to experience products for themselves and wholeheartedly support participation in training to help build and develop industry contacts and relationships.
TRAFALGAR IS OFFERING 2018 EUROPEAN DEPARTURES AT 2017 PRICES
Trafalgar is offering the travel deal of 2018, with trips to Europe and Britain held at 2017 prices for a strictly limited period. Valid for bookings made by 12 September for travel next year, across 87 guided holidays, clients should move quickly to make the best use of their budget.
For guests who missed out on booking their dream holiday in 2017 – now’s their chance to get in quick with the best possible price for 2018. Not only do these clever planners get to secure this year’s prices on a trip of a lifetime, Trafalgar is offering an additional 10% Early Payment Discount for bookings on select 2018 Europe and Britain departures made by 14 December 2017.
The hottest sellers that clients need to be quick not to miss include:
- Italy – Take a slice of la dolce vita next year and make all roads lead to Rome and beyond with a choice of 18 different ways to enjoy bella Italia.
- Britain and Ireland – With 21 grand adventures on offer, delve deeper to uncover the local legends, lochs, lakes and laughter in Britain and experience the warmth of welcome in Ireland as you meet the personalities that showcase the charm of the Emerald Isle.
- France, Spain, Portugal and Morocco – From the melting pot of Morocco to the Moorish architecture of Spain, the fado of Portugal and the food of France, the magic of the Mediterranean is showcased across the 15 guided holidays on offer.
- Central and Eastern Europe – Whether you’re falling in love with cobblestone laneways, following in the footsteps of emperors, or taking in the all-encompassing beauty of the Swiss Alps, you’ll see the magnificence of Central Europe on any of the 15 itineraries on offer.
- Northern Europe, Scandinavia and Russia – Across five Preview trips, journey beyond the deep fjords, glaciers and islands of the north, hear stories of Sami culture in Saariselkä, Northern Finland and re-live your childhood with a visit to the hometown of Santa Claus in Rovaniemi.
- European Discoveries – Travel seamlessly across Europe, from one iconic destination to another. Whether you’re exploring the wealth of Monaco, or the rustic beauty of Amsterdam, there’s something for everyone. With 13 discovery trips on Preview, lasting between 7-29 days, cross over multiple countries and immerse yourself completely within a range of local cultures. See it all!
Australians’ Love Affair with Peru shows no Sign of Slowing Down as Travellers Navigate towards Unconventional Paths
Australians’ love affair with Peru continues to grow according to the latest figures revealed by PromPerú showing a 3.1% increase in the number of Australians visiting the South America icon in 2016 compared to the previous year. Peru welcomed a record breaking 3,744,461 international visitors in 2016, with Australian visitor numbers reaching 42,870. For 2017, figures are showing no sign of slowing down and Peru is expecting “a sustained growth from the Australian market for 2017” according to PromPerú.
According to Latin America specialist Chimu Adventures’ co-founder Greg Carter, this figure was helped by an increase in air seats from all major Australian cities, increased competition on the South America routes and competitive airfare prices.
On the back of increased accessibility and affordability, Chimu has also recorded new trends in the ways in which Australians choose to explore the bucket list destination.Whilst there hasn’t been so much change as to what to see, there has undoubtedly been some rethinking on how to see it, according to Carter.
Responding to this trend, Chimu Adventures have created a new luxury tour package designed to introduce discerning travellers to the highlights icons of Peru whilst giving them the option to explore the paths less travelled in the most exclusive way.
Mudgee Region Join Sydney Good Food and Wine Show
Mudgee Region will showcase its distinct country charm for the first time at the annual Sydney Good Food and Wine Show, taking place at the International Convention Centre, Friday 23 – Sunday 25 June. With local and international exhibitors, prominent chefs and countless tasting opportunities at this year’s coveted show, Mudgee Region will spoil festival-goers with an indoor garden area showcasing its award-winning food and wine offering from a range of local producers.
Participating Mudgee Region wine & food stalls include, Yeates Wines, Elephant Mountain Wines, Robert Stein, Walter Wines, Gooree Park Wines, Moothi Estate, Naked Lady Wines and more.
“Mudgee Region is a wine and food lover’s paradise and the Good Food and Wine Show is the perfect opportunity for Sydneysiders to get an authentic taste of what our sophisticated country region has to offer. We invite festival-goers to join us in our indoor garden area with the opportunity to win a trip to Mudgee Region.” CEO Mudgee Region Tourism, Cara George said.
Good Food and Wine Show returns to Darling Harbour at the International Convention Centre, 23 – 25 June 2017.
Qantas Holidays first foray into China
The group experienced some of the most fascinating and popular sights in China including the Great Wall, Terracotta Warriors and iconic giant pandas.
Pictured below in Tiananmen Square in front of the Forbidden City, the lucky group was made up of Helloworld Travel branded and associate agents and Qantas Holidays representatives.
Image attached (L-R): Rhian Buzza – Qantas Holidays, Leigha Clough – Ulladulla Travel, Sophie Culbert – Helloworld Travel Charlestown, Cedric Fewkes – Qantas Holidays, Sonya Prior – Travel Menai Metro, Tori Matheson – MTA, Annette Simpson-Rial – Qantas Holidays, Patrick Lijnders – Helloworld Travel Ferntree Gully, Kerri-Anne Kasprzycki – Helloworld Travel Winston Hills, Sarah Harris – Helloworld Travel Bonnyrigg, Kathy Polak – Helloworld Travel Emu Plains
Philippines gets fashionable
The Philippine Embassy in Canberra, the Philippine Consulate General in Sydney, and the Philippine Department of Tourism, in cooperation with Philippine Airlines as the official airline carrier and major sponsor, are pleased to launch the Philippines Hobol Ilonggo Fashion Festival.
As part of the festival, an exclusive fashion event took place this week, Monday 19th June at the Park Hyatt in Canberra, whilst another is set to take place this weekend, on Saturday, 24th June at the Art Gallery of New South Wales in Sydney.
This fashion festival will showcase five of the Philippine’s top contemporary designers, international models, and the country’s rich history in textile design and production, with demonstrations of traditional hand-weaving looms.
The Sydney fashion show is free to the public and also marks the opening of the first ever exhibition of the *Bayanihan Philippine Art Project ‘Passion and procession: art of the Philippines’ on display at the Art Gallery of NSW at the Upper Asian gallery from 24th June until 12th November 2017.
The Travel Specialists’ 50th Anniversary Gold Collection
Travel Specialists are sharing more of their 50th Anniversary Gold Collection of exclusive tours and safaris. Crafted by our passionate specialists, the itineraries provide the very best 5 star travel experiences at unbeatable prices, offering experiences and giveaways exclusive to The Travel Specialists.
- Luxury Sri Lanka: 11 Days/10 Nights from $2,495 per person twin share.
- Croatia’s UNESCO Heritage: 9 Days/8 Nights from $6,170 per person twin share.
- Salkantay Adventure: 10 Days/9 Nights from $5,610 per person twin share.
- Botswana Luxury Camping Safari & Victoria Falls: 10 Days/9 Nights from $6,150 per person twin share.
- Tigers and Temples: 14 Days/13 Nights from $8,840 per person twin share.
- Ultimate Luxury Tanzania: 8 Days/7 Nights from $7,550 per person twin share.
Jumping for joy in Chile’s Moon Valley
Pictured, MTA – Mobile Travel Agents’ Sarah Smith jumping for joy while visiting northern Chile’s Valle de la Luna (Moon Valley) best known as the place where NASA tested its Mars Exploration Rover before shooting it off to the Red Planet in 2005.
Part of a ‘Contours Chile Study Tour – Most Valued Agents Program’, Sarah’s busy itinerary also included hotel inspections walking tours and cookery classes while in the capital Santiago de Chile and port city of Valparaiso.
Tour highlights included a visit to the Atacama Desert and a stopover at the world-famous Santa Emiliana Winery in the Casablanca Valley and an opportunity to sample some of Chile’s finest wines.
Visit USA Parramatta Expo
Agents are invited to attend the USA Parramatta Expo on Tuesday 4th July 2017 at the Novotel Paramatta.From 5:30pm to 8:30pm visitors can collect the latest information and sales tools for Alamo Rent-A-Car, Warner Bros. Studio Tour Hollywood, and EagleRider.
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Discover LA Launches a Summertime Culinary Road Trip
This July, Summer dineL.A. kicks off for 15 days, encompassing two weekends of value-driven menus starting at USD$15. Taking place 14-28 July, 2017, the biannual food event spotlights the city’s rich, culinary diversity and features more than 300 restaurants throughout Los Angeles.
“Summer roadtrip,” is this season’s dineL.A. theme – inviting guests to travel to and throughout the city eating their way across the various neighbourhoods and a diverse variety of cuisines. Tying into the roadtrip theme, Gary Baseman, Emmy award-winning creator of ABC/Disney’s animation series Teacher’s Pet and collaborator with luxury brand COACH, has designed a map featuring iconic Los Angeles landmarks and restaurants that will be included in the dineL.A. Roadtrip Guide. The guide also contains a list of participating restaurants divided by neighbourhoods, a helpful tool that diners can print from the dineL.A. website or pick up at visitor information centres throughout the city.
For a second season, dineL.A. once again partners with the California Avocado Commission to feature California avocado-centric dishes from some of the best chefs in the city. Summer dineL.A.’s specially-priced lunch menus are USD$15, $20, and $25, with dinner menus priced at USD$29, $39, and $49. American Express is also offering diners a way to save during the promotion. Diners can sign up and use their American Express card at all participating restaurants to receive USD$5 off their final bill of USD$25 or more.
Diners are encouraged to share their Summer dineL.A. experiences by participating in the Dine. Snap. Win. Instagram contest sponsored by American Airlines. Participants simply snap a photo of their dineL.A. dish, using the hashtag #DineSnapWin, and include the restaurant name to be entered into the contest where one winner will receive 100,000 American Airlines AAdvantage® miles. The contest is valid for the dates of Summer dineL.A.
TTC weekly deals
Brand: Rocky Mountaineer
Your Clients can receive up to $1000CAD per couple of added value when they book a Rocky Mountaineer journey before 25 August 2017. Imagine touring through Western Canada’s rocky peaks in the morning, and feasting on gourmet meals in the evening! The 10-day First Passage to the West culinary exploration journey brings a dash of foodie-focused features in Vancouver, Lake Louise, Banff, and Calgary.
Including 9 nights hotel accommodation, 2 days Rocky Mountaineer SilverLeaf Service, a culinary walking tour of Granville Island or Chinatown, two 6-course wine-paired meals, national park pass and more! Priced from $4,920 (including added value) per person available for departure between 14 April – 10 October 2018.
Brand: Creative Cruising
Christmas in July
In the spirit of Christmas in July you’ll receive a $50* flexi eGift Card while your clients will receive a reduced cruise fare* when they book & deposit Creative Cruising’s 18-night Christmas in Hong Kong cruise package before 31 July 2017. Travelling from Singapore through Thailand, Vietnam and Hong Kong.
Including an economy class airfare to Singapore returning from Hong Kong flying Singapore Airlines, 1 night pre cruise accommodation in Singapore, a 14 –night cruise on-board Azamara Journey from Singapore to Hong Kong, an AzAmazing Evening exploring the ancient city of Bangkok, 3 nights post-cruise accommodation in Hong Kong, and more!
Priced from $4,879*pp discount included, departing Perth (other departures available Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne & Adelaide) cruise departs 09 December 2017. *Conditions apply. Please visit www.creativecruising.com.au or phone 1300 362 599 for more information.
Counting down to summer
Get in quick, there’s just one week left for your clients savour the European summer and save 10% off when they book a remaining European September 2017 departures with Trafalgar by 30 June 2017. They can SAVE $433 per person on the 13-day Best of Italy guided holiday made ever more delectable amidst the lemon scents of Sorrento, Renaissance romance in Florence and imposing Rome.
Priced from $3,893 per person twin-share, reflective of departure dates available between 5th September – 24th of September 2017 (Other departures available for alternate price). For more information or a further selection of Trafalgar’s authentic, fun and effortless guided holidays visit www.trafalgar.com or call Trafalgar on 1800 002 006(toll-free).*conditions
Brand: Insight Vacations
Road to Rome
For a limited time only your clients can book a 2018 European departure at 2017 prices with Insight Vacations and continue to save with an additional early payment discount of 10% off when you book and pay in full before 14 December 2017.
Your clients can save up to $495 per person on the 12 day Road to Rome discovery tour including grand views from the Eiffel Tower, taking in the pristine Swiss Mountain air and the art of Renaissance Florence. Priced from $4,455 per person twin share (including early payment discount) available for select departure dates 7 & 14 August 2018 (other departures available, subject to availability). For full terms and conditions visit insightvacations.com or call 1300 727 767.
Brand: Uniworld Boutique River Cruises
Cruise and Air
Book your clients on a carefully selected 2018 voyage with Uniworld’s Cruise and Air promotion by 30th June 2017 and they can fly on a fantastic business class airfare to Europe with their river cruise!
Happiness blooms from within, guests will discover the best of the Netherlands and Belgium on the 10-day Tulips and Windmills river cruise. They’ll wander through picture perfect villages and admire one of the most impressive public gardens in the world, the 28 hectare Keukenhof Gardens in Lisse. Guest will enjoy an all-inclusive 9-night cruise in a riverview stateroom onboard the River Duchess, including all meals and unlimited beverages onboard, 8 days of hosted excursions, services of an experiences Uniworld Cruise Manager and more!
You can now book Europe 2018 for less
Travellers booking with Busabout can now get ahead and book select 2018 European departures at 2017 prices, AND SAVE up to 15% off select 2018 Unlimited Hop-on-Hop-off Pass when they book before 11 September 2017. Your clients can now SAVE $300 off per person on theultimate flexible travel network for independent travellers! Linking up to 46 of the best European destinations, perfect for those wanting to spontaneously change where they explore and how long they stay in each destination.
Priced from $1,699 (including discount) available for departure for Hop-on-Hop-off season from May to October (subject to availability) quote promocode PREVIEW18. For more information and a range of other Europe trips on sale visit http://www.busabout.com/ or call 1300 287 226
One week left for millennials to save 10% off the Top 10 USA and Canada 2017 Contiki trips when they book and pay by 30 June 2017. Your clients can save from $302*off the 12-day Boot Scoot n Blues trip where jawdroping eats, bright lights, and music filled late nights await. They’ll experience the sights and delights of New Orleans, Nashville, Memphis and Austin to name just a few.