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It’s Friday and we’re looking forward to a jam-packed weekend of fun! Although if we’re being honest we’ll probably just eat take-out on the couch.


Preview Brochure Cover

Insight Vacations has revealed its 2018 Europe Preview collection – giving travel agents and consumers the first look at new tours and offers.

The 23-page preview brochure highlights Insight’s new Discovery tours, allowing travellers to cover all points of the European compass with the opportunity to experience the full diversity of this vast continent. The eight new tours have been re-imagined to include more immersive and engaging activities, including authentic farm-to-table restaurants and dining in local homes. The new Discovery journeys ensure travellers have local and meaningful experiences for memories to last a lifetime.

The 9-day Flavours of Europe discovery journey allows guests to experience the essence of Europe as they travel through bustling Rome and Paris with visits to the Cinque Terre and the snow-capped peaks of Switzerland, new experiences include a taste of the Parisian way of life, as guests enjoy an intimate gourmet walking tour of a local Paris neighbourhood. Sure to be another favourite, the 11-day European Flair itinerary takes guests on a fairy-tale journey through Amsterdam’s canals, Salzburg’s ‘Sound of Music’ hills and Italy’s most revered cities, a highlight of this trip will be the unique experience of meeting a castle owner on the romantic Rhine for a taste of the regions famous wines.

The launch of the preview collection allows agents to secure their client’s ultimate holiday now, with the bonus of a price guarantee with 2018 tours at 2017 prices when booking now, an additional 10% Early Payment Discount and additional savings for previous Insight guests with an additional 5% off.

Travellers Choice member meetings get personal

Travellers Choice MD Christian Hunter_2017

Travellers Choice management will conduct a series of meetings around the country this month to explain how a new “persona analysis” initiative is giving the network unprecedented insight into its members’ individual needs.

Managing Director Christian Hunter – who will present alongside Chair Trish Ridsdale at meetings in Perth, Adelaide, Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane – says the concept involves the development of a series of “personas” based on key criteria such as industry experience, customer mix, turnover and marketing activity.

Member agents can then be mapped into clustered groups, allowing Travellers Choice to deliver support services specifically tailored to meet each group’s needs.

“Every Travellers Choice member is different, which means it is important we customise our support services to ensure they are of equal value to agents of all shapes and sizes,” says Hunter.

“But developing these personas not only allows us to optimise the level of support we offer, it also helps our management team assess the different ways our business strategies can impact individual members.

“With the deep customer insights this work gives us, we can ensure that we’re making informed decisions to deliver every possible benefit to our members.”

Travellers Choice member shareholders attending this month’s meetings will also receive an update on the company’s current performance, and have the opportunity to discuss issues relevant to their own businesses and the broader travel industry.

This year’s meetings will commence in Perth (4 July), followed by Adelaide (5 July), Melbourne (6 July), Sydney (7 July) and Brisbane (9 July).

Topdeck Launches 2018/19 USA & Canada Brochure with a Flight Deal or 10% off!

Topdeck is launching their new North America Brochure for the 2018/19 season. As icing on the cake, Topdeck is offering return flights to Los Angeles from $799 with Virgin Australia on selected trips 7 days or more.

For customers that already have flights sorted, Topdeck are offering a 10% discount instead. To redeem the flight deal or 10% discount, trips must be paid in full by 31 August 2017.

In addition to the limited time offer, Topdeck is also announcing new trips travelling to Hawaii and Alaska! The new 7-day Hawaii Highlights visits main attractions like Honolulu and Maui and includes 6 nights in hotel accommodation, a Honolulu City Tour, a Road to Hana day trip, a Royal Lahaina Luau experience as well as visiting Pearl Harbour and the USS Arizona Memorial.

The new jam-packed 9-day Alaskan Adventure itinerary ticks off destinations including Anchorage, Talkeetna, Denali, Tangle Lakes, Wrangell St Elias National Park and Prince William Sound. Highlights include a dog sled demonstration, a wildlife viewing drive and a scenic drive through McCarthy as well as some awesome optional experiences such as whitewater rafting, glacier trekking and sea kayaking.

With new demands for a more social travel scene in the USA and new hostel-style accommodation opening up, Topdeck has also expanded their Hostel Plus range offering more opportunities for travellers to see the USA at more affordable prices as well as adding the benefit of socialising with other travellers in more communal environments.

Gearing up for a new and improved 2018/19 season, get in quick to secure Topdeck’s $799 flight deal or 10% early bird discount. Offer ends 31 August 2017.

It’s time to find your inner Superstar and win a trip to Switzerland

Gotthard railway Switzerland

Some travel agents are born great, some achieve greatness, but only a precious few will become… Swiss Travel Pass SuperStars!

One of the travel industry’s most popular training programs is back, with agents from today having the chance to win a coveted spot on a seven-day Christmas markets famil to Switzerland, along with watches, vouchers and delicious hampers.

As in previous years, the Swiss Travel Pass SuperStar program consists of six entertaining modules, each posing 10 multi-choice questions. To pass, and put themselves in the running for prizes, agents simply need to get at least six correct answers for each module.

The program will run from 4 July to 31 August, with the six Australian consultants scoring the highest number of points winning places on an unforgettable famil to Switzerland in November. The grand prize includes return flights, accommodation, first class train travel, mountain excursions and city tours.

In addition, the top three scoring agents for each module will receive an elegant Bucherer watch, $250 worth of gift vouchers or a delectable cheese hamper.

To take part agents simply need to visit Any consultant who took part in the 2016 program can log-in using their existing credentials.

Agents can complete their SuperStar’s training any time before 31 August, and there is no need to answer each module’s questions in one sitting – simply save your work and return to complete the module at a later date.

Swiss Travel Pass SuperStar Certificates will be awarded to participants who complete all modules successfully and register a minimum of 36 points

Rayavadee Summer Offer for Thailand Escape

Rayavadee Swimming Pool

Rayavadee Swimming Pool

Rayavadee in Krabi has announced a Summer Offer including bonus complimentary nights for guest stays from Australia in a Deluxe Pavilion at this popular resort in Thailand through to the end of October 2017.

This Rayavadee Summer Offer is applicable for new bookings only of a minimum 4-night stay in a Deluxe Pavilion, which will include the fourth night free and can be combined with a special Kids Go Free Offer and a reduced Special Half Board Offer. Bookings need to made by 31 July valid for travel from now until 31 October 2017.

The Kids Go Free Offer provides a complimentary stay and dining for one or two children up to 12 years of age sharing a room with adults. The Special Half Board Offer is priced at THB1700 per person per day, representing a 25% reduction off the normal pricing.

A member of The Leading Hotels of the World, Rayavadee presents award-winning architecture, fine cuisine, a relaxation spa and a fleet of speedboats for excursions to surrounding islands.

Set within the spectacular scenery of Krabi’s Marine National Park in the heart of the Phranang Peninsular on southern Thailand’s Andaman coast, Rayavadee features 98 luxurious pavilions and four beachfront villas spread over 26 acres of coconut groves and tropical landscapes, set against a backdrop of sheer limestone cliffs and bordered by three beaches.

Each two-storey Deluxe Pavilion offers fully-equipped spacious accommodation and stylish, tropical decor with polished wood, richly-coloured fabrics and hand-crafted details throughout as well as an outdoor terrace with seating.

Accommodation in a Deluxe Pavilion is priced from THB14,000 per night for two people net inclusive of breakfast, tax and service charge.

For further information contact Svetlana Jovanovic at The Unique Tourism Collection on (02) 9211 6590 or

Agents get an Edge on Celebrity Cruises


Yesterday Sydney travel agents participated in a special Celebrity Cruises Masterclass hosted by Celebrity’s UK & Ireland Senior Training Manager, Leon Hand.

The Masterclass helped agents to understand the Celebrity difference and its appeal to luxury lovers, as well get under the skin of the premium cruise line, including why Solstice Class is a foodie’s paradise, and why Celebrity is the established Galapagos expert.

Training also covered Celebrity’s newest ship Edge, set to revolutionise the cruise industry with its stunning suites, ship-climbing Magic Carpet platform and the newly announced architectural marvel, Eden, spanning three decks and fusing design, cuisine and entertainment.

Images: agents with Celebrity Cruises training manager Leon Hand

Aircalin July 2017 Escape the Winter to New Caledonia Sale

Aircalin Australia is offering your clients an “Escape the Winter to New Caledonia” Sale, flying to New Caledonia from only $295* one way including taxes.

Are you sick of grey cloudy skies and cold winter days? Escape the winter to New Caledonia!

Discover this idyllic island escape just over 2 hours flying time from Brisbane, under 3 hours from Sydney and less than 4 hours from Melbourne flying on direct services with Aircalin.

Take advantage of this amazing sale and visit your closest South Pacific neighbour today.

Sale Period: From 07 July 2017 to 28 July 2017

Travel Period: 20 July 2017 to 28 February

2018 Prices are ONE WAY GROSS airfares and include all taxes. (Surcharge dates may apply)

  • Sydney to Noumea: from $295* one way
  • Brisbane to Noumea: from $295* one way
  • Melbourne to Noumea: from $312* one way


Travel agents are invited to enjoy a break on Norfolk Island alone or with a friend to experience the wonderful variety of adventure, wellbeing, dining, adventure, cultural and historical activities on offer at this popular short-haul holiday destination for Australians.

Air New Zealand will support the Self Famil Program with a $179 (plus taxes) ‘works’ industry fare and $319 (plus taxes) ‘works’ friend fare for return flights ex-Sydney from 21 July to 1 September and ex-Brisbane from 5 August to 22 August. Sale dates are 5 July to 7 August.

Local operators will offer complimentary accommodation and experiences so guest trade partners can discover “There’s More to Norfolk Island.”

Contact Laeticia Wong Chou at The Unique Tourism Collection on for an application form requesting participation in the Norfolk Island Self Famil Program.

Australians, say ‘Adiós’ to Reciprocity Fees and ‘Hola’ to Argentina Stopovers


Argentina Stopovers have just become a whole lot more convenient for Australian travellers with Argentina’s “Dirección Nacional de Migraciones” announcing the suspension of its reciprocity fee for Australian citizens entering Argentina, effective 1 July 2017.

Chad Carey, co-founder of Australia’s Latin America specialist Chimu Adventures says the suspension was yet another milestone bringing Argentina one step closer to becoming Latin America’s favourite travel hot spot for Australians.

“Demand for Argentina has been booming for us and the fee suspension will only reinforce this trend” he said.

“With air capacity being at record heights and airfares as competitive as never before, we are expecting Argentina to fly high for years to come. With its amazing culture, food & wine, architecture and spirit, Argentina truly combines everything Australians love in a destination.”

Chimu offers a 4-day Buenos Aires Stopover package, priced from AU$ 679*, that takes in the city’s colourful neighbourhoods, its art galleries, antique stores and its historic landmarks as well as a tango show and a day spent in an exclusive Argentinian estancia.


Europe Preview 2018

The European summer has officially kicked off, which means there will be no escaping the #noregrets beach selfies!

For those that are dreaming about a summer in the Mediterranean or Baltic seas – youth travel provider Contiki is offering Europe Summer 2018 trips at 2017 prices PLUS an additional 10% discount. This amazing preview offering gives travellers a great incentive to start planning their adventures early.

The Europe Summer Preview deal gives travellers an unrivalled saving across a range of product, catering to every type of wonderluster – Discover, High Energy, In-Depth Explorer, Easy Pace or Sailing & Cruise. This offer is available on select seven day or more itineraries, departing 28 March 2018 – 29 October 2018.

With a variety of trips to choose from across five travel styles, Contiki travellers have the opportunity to explore the culture, food and adventures of some of Europe’s most sought after destinations. Just think what you could do with the money saved! Preview offers are live now on until 5th September 2017.

Some of the incredible experiences on offer include:

European Discovery – prices start from $2,765 for 12 days

Ticking off nine countries in one trip, European Discovery takes travellers from London to the likes of Paris, Switzerland, Venice, Munich, Vatican City, plus white water rafting through the mountains of Tyrol, Austria.  

Croatia Island Escape – prices start from $1,225 for 8 days

Dive into the deep blue Mediterranean seas as you sunbath and sail your way across Dubrovnik, Split, Hvar and Korcula, with options to kayak and feast like a Captain.

Simply Italy – prices start from $2,495 for 12 days

Get the full taste of Italy with 12 days spent floating around all the must-see spots. See the Leaning Tower of Pisa, Romeo & Juliet’s Balcony and enjoy wine tasting in the Chianti region.  

Book before 5 September and pay in full by 14 December to secure a 2018 trip at 2017 prices PLUS 10% off.  A non-refundable deposit must be made within 7 days of booking. Full prices will kick in once the preview deals end in September 5, 2017.  

NEXT TIME INTAKE Open Now – 102 Mentors Await

Find your perfect mentor at the Travel Industry Mentor Experience – TIME, and take charge of your future by investing in yourself.

TIME attracts mentors from senior ranks of the industry who are passionate about giving back and sharing their experience with aspiring travel industry professionals.

The program has a stable of 102 accomplished senior executives who are matched with program participants on the basis of complementary business skills and experience that enables them to offer relevant advice and perspective.

And right now, TIME is calling for expressions of interest from ambitious industry professionals wishing to take action and develop their skills, networks and advance their careers.

TIME’s 6-month mentoring programs are focused on Mentor-Mentee relationships that are Menteedriven. Mentors are drawn from the senior ranks of the industry and generously volunteer their time and energy to the program.

They are matched with successful program applicants on the basis of non-conflicting business skills and experience that enables them to offer relevant advice and perspective.

To be part of the program’s 28th intake, aspiring participants are encouraged to visit the TIME website.

Ride Cairns website to guide bike enthusiasts

Mission Beach

Tourism Tropical North Queensland has relaunched the Ride Cairns website to help spectators and competitors in the 2017 UCI World Mountain Bike Championships prepare for their trip to Cairns.

Director of Business and Tourism Events Rosie Douglas said more than 20,000 people would arrive in the city for the event on September 5-10 and would be wanting to know where to go mountain biking and cycling and what else there was to do in the region.

“Great new images and updated information on trails, destinations, events and riding in our region can be found at giving a comprehensive guide to riding in the Cairns & Great Barrier Reef destination,” she said.

“The destination of choice for those who love to ride for sport or for fun, Cairns & Great Barrier Reef has more than 700km of documented trails where you can explore ancient tropical rainforest, ride along the edge of the waters of the Great Barrier Reef or cycle through the outback.”

Cairns & Great Barrier Reef riding hubs:

Cairns and Northern Beaches – Cairns is a world-class mountain biking destination with the 2017 UCI World Mountain Bike Championships to be held at Smithfield Conservation Park, just a 20-minute drive from Cairns Airport.

The city and its northern beaches also boast a great network of cycling trails taking in key attractions, while the Captain Cook Highway is a popular training route for major events.

Atherton Tablelands – The intimate, friendly towns of the Atherton Tablelands are the perfect base for exploring this picturesque destination of crater lakes, waterfalls and farms with only your bike for transport. Atherton Forest Mountain Bike Park has an exciting network of mountain biking trails for all abilities.

Mareeba – Near Mareeba is the Davies Creek Mountain Bike Park, a Tropical North Queensland wilderness experience just a 40-minute drive from Cairns but a world away from the hustle and bustle of the city. Here you can end your ride with a cool swim in Davies Creek.

Port Douglas & Daintree – Some of the region’s most gruelling mountain bike trails can be found in the Port Douglas and Daintree region which is home to the world’s oldest, toughest, and most adventurous race, the Crocodile Trophy and the iconic RRR Mountain Bike Challenge. For a leisurely ride, try spectacular Four Mile Beach and the cycle paths around the resort town of Port Douglas.

Cassowary Coast – Boasting rainforest mountain bike trails with beautiful creek crossings and waterfalls where you can stop for a dip, the Cassowary Coast is in the heart of the World Heritage Wet Tropics Rainforest. Families will enjoy riding along Mission Beach, a 10km stretch of sand overlooking Dunk Island.


CostSaver 2018

CostSaver is launching trips to the USA, Canada and for the first time Latin America for travellers in 2018. The CostSaver product allows its guests to travel to these iconic destinations at unbeatable value, while never compromising on the quality holiday experience for which Trafalgar is renowned. Spanning 29 itineraries in seven different countries, CostSaver has your clients covered when it comes to savvy-travelling, with trips starting from just AUD $166 per day.

CostSaver’s 2018 Americas brochure includes four new destinations; Peru, Argentina, Costa Rica and Brazil and five new itineraries. The programme features two different travel styles, Panorama Experiences and Regional Experiences, providing a breadth of choice for customers looking to explore these diverse destinations.

NEW CostSaver itineraries in 2018 include:

–          From the Windy City to the Big Easy: An 11-day CostSaver Regional trip, visiting Chicago, Louisville, Nashville, Memphis, Indianola and New Orleans

–          Costa Rica Adventure: A seven day CostSaver Regional tour visiting San Jose, Monteverde and Arenal Volcano. A four day optional pre-extension to Tortuguero, and three day optional post-extension to Guanacaste are available.

–          Peru Explorer: A seven day CostSaver Regional tour, visiting Lima, Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu and Cusco. A three day optional Puno and Lake Titicaca extension is available.

–          South America Samba: A nine day CostSaver Panorama tour, visiting the icons of Argentina and Brazil, including Sugarloaf Mountain, Rio de Janeiro, Iguassu Falls and Buenos Aires.

–          South America Discovery: A 15-day CostSaver Panorama tour, visiting the icons of Peru, Brazil and Argentina, including Rio de Janeiro, Iguassu Falls, Buenos Aires, Lima, Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu and Cusco. A three day optional Puno and Lake Titicaca extension is available.

Pitcairn Island Tourism launch 2018 tour program

With visitor interest continuing to grow Pitcairn Islands Tourism is pleased to announce a new tour program for 2018.

The 18 night /19 day tour includes a stopover in Tahiti, the epic ocean voyage to Pitcairn, and 11 days on island with a range of activities and all meals included.

The first tour departs Australia on 18 February 2018, with future departures planned based on demand, to complement the regular shipping service to Pitcairn.

Omniche Holidays are offering an early bird package starting from AU $11,999 pp twin share including return airfares from Sydney, Melbourne or Brisbane to Papeete flying Air Tahiti Nui and the 19 day tour package. This special deal is on sale until 17 July.  For details click here

Located deep in the South Pacific, half way between New Zealand and Peru, Pitcairn has been home to the descendants of the HMAV Bounty mutineers since 1790 and remains one of the most remote and undiscovered tourism destinations in the world.

Access to Pitcairn is via a quarterly shipping service that offers 12 round-trips annually between Mangareva in French Polynesia and Pitcairn Island.


Looking for an artsy escape? With the imminent opening of Zeitz MOCAA museum in September 2017, South Africa’s Cape Town region is fast becoming the leading art destination on the African continent.

Visitors looking to get their art fix should also head out to charming Stellenbosch in the Winelands, a ‘haute’ and happening tourist destination where old meets new with international sophisticated charm.

Located just 45 minutes outside of Cape Town, Stellenbosch has been drawing creative spirits for decades and packs a big punch for a small city with its cultural offerings. Culture vultures should make sure to visit some of these top arty wine estates:


Situated on the outskirts of Stellenbosch, on the steep and winding Helshoogte Pass towards Franschhoek, Tokara is a picture-perfect destination, offering sweeping views across False Bay and all the way to Table Mountain.

The estate has accumulated an impressive collection of various local works, representing South Africa’s established and emerging talent.  


On the same scenic Simonsberg Mountain as Tokara, lies the ultra-premium Delaire Graff Estate, one of the most aesthetically interesting contemporary art destinations in the world. The estate is an architectural masterpiece, combined with spectacular floral gardens and towering sculptures that grace the estate’s landscape.  


Spier is remarkable for having the greatest number of gables – 21 in total – dated between 1767 and 1822 and therefore representing the ‘best’ half century for Cape Dutch architecture on a single property. The Spier Art Collection is one of the largest contemporary South African art collections and works by both emerging and established artists can be seen in the estate’s meticulously restored Cape Dutch buildings.

Other recommended Art & Cultural Experiences in Stellenbosch:

  • STAND, the latest public art exhibition in Stellenbosch is on display for 12 months, starting from June 2017. Marking the end point of the Cross Cape cycle route from Plettenberg Bay to Stellenbosch, see bicycle racks as art and a giant pin-board pin designed by Porky Hefer.
  • #artystellenbosch: Last Thursdays Stellenbosch – a free gallery-hopping event which takes place on a monthly basis. Visit local galleries, get a look at what the talented students of the Stellenbosch University Visual Arts Department are producing and have a glass of wine while you’re at it.
  • Dylan Lewis Sculpture Garden – see one of the most important collections of contemporary animal sculpture to come out of Africa (

Travelport and UOB Travel Planners renew long-term partnership

Today, Travelport, a Travel Commerce Platform, and UOB Travel Planners, one of Singapore’s largest local corporate travel agencies, are pleased to announce a renewed long-term partnership.

This agreement allows UOB Travel Planners continued access to Travelport’s unrivalled choice of travel content.

UOB Travel Planners will continue the use of Travelport’s industry leading point of sale solution, Travelport Smartpoint, benefitting from intelligent, fast and accurate searching and booking which can be personalised and tailored for their customers.

As part of the agreement, UOB will also be Travelport’s first corporate client in Asia to pilot its new corporate booking tool, Travelport Locomote. The solution with enable UOB’s corporate clients to seamlessly plan, approve and book travel while enabling duty of care and traveller safety, all from one place.

Taking the lead from the continued rise of mobile travel bookings in Asia, Travelport will support UOB Travel Planners in the development of its mobile app.

Travelport’s Universal API makes it easier for app users to connect to in-house agency systems and access the widest choice of content, providing the rich, open and integrated travel experience that today’s connected travellers expect.

Deccan Odyssey’s Early Bird Offer is here to turn your dream into reality

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Asia’s Leading Luxury Train, the Deccan Odyssey has made the most awaited announcement of the year. Rolling out its red carpet for discerning travellers around the world, India’s pride, Deccan Odyssey has unveiled its Early Bird Offer for journeys starting October ’17.  

Embark on a once in a lifetime expedition for 7-nights at the cost of 5-nights only. Offer applicable on bookings made before 31 July 2017.

Pay INR 4,37,500 per couple per journey instead of INR 6,12,500 per couple per journey in a Deluxe cabin. Unravel the mystic secrets of India’s landscape as you are manoeuvred by the vintage cabins engraved with unparalleled opulence.

It gives you an unhurried and intimate introduction to the grandeur of India. Being pampered with the wide range of onboard amenities, guests are escorted to some of the most charming destinations in India including iconic Hampi, Ellora Caves, Sasan Gir, Rann of Kutch and many more.   

The Deccan Odyssey comprises 21 royal coaches. 12 of these contain the guest cabins that are spacious and equipped with every modern amenity to make sure that your journey is comfortable. ‘Ayush’, a spa, with well-trained masseurs helps you relax your body using ancient Indian techniques and skills.

The two restaurants in the train, ‘Waavar’ & ‘Utsav’, are centrally located that offers delicacies quite unimaginable.

The royal train also boasts of unique features and amenities such as 24*7 Wi-Fi connectivity, gym, beauty salon, paramedics, a bar and cell phones & LCD TVs in every cabin.

The Deccan Odyssey halts at selective stops to make the journey fulfilling. Following are some captivating itineraries:

  • Maharashtra Splendour: Mumbai – Nashik – Aurangabad – Ajanta –– Kolhapur – Goa – Sindhudurg –  Mumbai
  • Hidden Treasures of Gujarat: Mumbai – Vadodara – Palitana – Sasan Gir – Little Rann of Kutch – Modhera – Patan – Nashik – Mumbai
  • Jewels of the Deccan: Mumbai – Bijapur – Aihole – Pattadakal – Hampi –Hyderabad – Aurangabad –  Ajanta – Mumbai
  • Maharashtra Wild trail: Mumbai – Aurangabad – Pench (Ramtek) – Tadoba –Ajanta – Nashik – Mumbai

For more information visit our website and for bookings email us on


Trafalgar has extended its Sun-Kissed September sale until July 24 2017 – so there is still more time to savour the European Summer! Guests can save 10% off when they book any remaining Europe and Britain 2017 Trafalgar or CostSaver September departure. But get those bookings in quick as dates are selling out.

With mild weather and fewer crowds, September in Europe makes way for authentic experiences and a taste of local life in a different light.

Whether guests are taking in the beauty of the Scottish Highlands,  admiring the majesty of the Rhine River cruising past Germany’s medieval castles, travelling to the imperial cities of Morocco, visiting 12th century mosques or taking in la dolce vita in the great Italian cities of Venice, Rome and Florence – the warmth of a truly European welcome awaits.

TTC weekly deals

Winter Morocco - Busabout

Winter is so hot right now.

Youth Travellers can SAVE up to 10% OFF select Busabout, HAGGiS Adventures & Shamrocker Adventures Winter trips when they book and pay in full before July 31 2017. Your clients can now SAVE $204 off per person the 15 day Morocco Encompassed trip.

As a highlight they’ll visit the ancient imperial city of Fes, the oldest and largest medieval city in the world, exploring its maze of souks, tanneries and potteries learning about the fascinating history of the city. Priced from $1,834 (including discount), including their Busabout crew, transfer from Marrakech airport, 14 nights’ hotel accommodation, transport in 4×4 Land Cruiser, guided tours and a cheeky Sahara camel trek.

Offer valid for any trip departing from October 2017 to March 2018 only. To book quote promocode CHILLOUT.  For more information and a range of other winter Europe trips on sale visit or call 1300 287 226

Where to start?

Millennials can now book a 2018 European Summer departure with Contiki at 2017 prices, AND save an additional 10% off when they book before 5thSeptember 2017! With a perfect combination of culture, relaxation and of course, good times, your clients can save from $244*off the 18-day European Whirl trip.

Perfect for those wanting to travel to Europe but don’t know exactly where to start. It truly is a whirlwind, a high energy trip covering 9 countries including France, Italy, The Netherlands venturing into Prague and Berlin – the must sees of Europe!

Priced at $2,651 *per person (including discount) and available for travel between 5 April – 22 September 2018. For more information visit or phone 1300 266 845. *Conditions Apply

Sandy Beaches and Ancient Forests

Guests travelling with AAT Kings can receive a FREE return airfare to Perth (departing from Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane or Adelaide) when they book the 16-day Western Wonderland guided holiday.

They’ll discover crystal clear water, white sandy beaches and ancient forests. Taste Margaret River’s renowned food and wine, venture to seaside Fremantle and spend time discovering wildflowers and frolicking with dolphins at Monkey Mia! This package includes an experienced Travel Director & Driver Guide, quality accommodation, travel in luxury coach, airport transfers, and more!

Priced from $5,495 with free return airfare, twin share and available on select departures between 8 July 2017– 31 March 2018 (subject to availability). For more information or to book call 1300 556 100 or visit *Conditions Apply.

Romantic Summer

For a limited time only book your clients on any August or September 2017 Europe or Britain escorted journey with Insight Vacations Summer Sale and they’ll save 10% when they pay in full before 31 July 2017.

Guests will save up to $602 per person on the 18 day Romantic Britain and Ireland escorted journey. A wealth of history, dramatic scenery, sacred sites, legends and traditions all come together, invoking a sense of romance on this journey from London through York, Edinburgh, Belfast, Galway , Bath, Stonehenge and more.

Priced from $5,422 per person twin share (including discount) price reflective of departure date 20 September 2017 (other departures available, subject to availability). For full terms and conditions visit or call 1300 727 767.​

Sun-Kissed in Scotland

Due to incredible demand, Trafalgar has extended its Sun-Kissed September sale until July 24 2017. For a limited time your clients will save 10% off when they book select remaining Europe September 2017 departure.

They can SAVE $392 per person on the 13-day Scotland’s Highlands Islands and Cities guided holiday where they will join the Wood family at their 15th century historical farm on the shores of Loch Ard for a home-cooked Scottish dinner, tales of Rob Roy and a few foot-tapping Ceilidh tunes.

Travelling from Edinburgh through the Isle of Skye to Glasgow, priced from $3,533 per person twin-share, reflective of departure dates available on 20 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 or call Trafalgar on 1800 002 006(toll-free).*conditions apply.

Land and Sea Explorer

If you have clients that would enjoy a land and sea explorer holiday, book them now on Creative Cruising’s 22-night Tuscany, Adriatic and Aegean Medley and they’ll receive up to US$85 on board credit per stateroom when they book this cruise package before 31 July 2017.

Travelling through the Italian countryside, and sailing the Adriatic Sea up to Montenegro, through the Aegean Greek Islands, all the way to Barcelona. This package includes an 8-night Rome and Tuscan Highlights guided holiday with Trafalgar from Rome return, with visits to St. Peters Basilica, the Tuscan city of Siena, the medieval town of San Gimignano, the Leonardo Museum in the town of Vinci, the Vatican Museum and Sistine Chapel.

Plus a 14 –night cruise on-board Crown Princess from Rome to Barcelona, transfers throughout and more!  Priced from $6,169*pp, holiday starts 11 May 2018 *Conditions apply. Please visit or phone 1300 362 599 for more information

India paints a picture

When India paints a picture, she uses all possible colours on the palette. Book your clients on a select 2017 or 2018 Indian voyage with Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection before 30 September 2017 and they’ll receive a 15% saving on their river cruise along the Ganges River.

Guest will take an adventure by land and river that will touch all of their senses on Uniworld’s 13-day India’s Golden Triangle and the Sacred Ganges cruise from New Delhi to Kolkata.

Including some meals and select beverages onboard a 7-night river cruise on the Ganges Voyager II, 11- days of hosted excursions, 5 nights in various luxurious Oberoi Hotels & Resorts, services of an experiences Uniworld Cruise/Tour Manager and more! Priced from A$10,029 per person twin share (including discount) departing 29 January 2018 (other departures available). For more information call 1300 780 231.


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Board Air Canada in Sydney’s CBD via a sleek Light Rail

Visitors flocking to Vivid Sydney will glide through the CBD in the newest addition to the Air Canada fleet – a sleek Light Rail tram wrapped in the airline’s unique livery. The Air Canada-themed tram is part of a new marketing campaign designed to put Air Canada in lights during the Vivid Sydney festival (25 […]

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Carnival Splendor to the rescue of Aussies and Kiwis left stranded in Vanuatu

Carnival Cruise Line’s Carnival Splendor has come to the aid of a group left stranded in Vanuatu, following the collapse of Air Vanuatu. The group, eight Australians and one New Zealander, were visiting the island of Santo when Air Vanuatu cancelled all flights, leaving them without a way home. Carnival Cruise Line responded by offering […]

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QT Singapore set to open in heritage Eastern Extension Telegraph building

Bookings open today for QT Singapore, in the historic former Eastern Extension Telegraph building along Robinson Road, the first property from QT Hotels & Resorts to open outside Australian and New Zealand. Previously Accor’s So Singapore, then the Hotel Telegraph, QT Singapore will officially launch on September 16 and will feature 134 rooms, ranging in […]

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Minor Hotels’ Anantara group reimagines the brand as its portfolio surpasses 50 properties

Anantara Hotels & Resorts is marking a significant milestone with a reimagined brand identity as recent openings across Europe, Middle East and Asia have propelled the brand portfolio beyond 50 properties. Part of the Minor Hotels group, the Anantara visual refresh takes an elegant, pared-back approach that enables each hotel’s unique character to shine – […]