We’re calling this Agent Wrap our best ever. Our nan calls our lasagne the best ever too, although we think she might be fibbing.
Australian cruise wholesalers experience a new way to see Europe by river
Riviera Travel has hosted its first Australian travel industry famil on its European river ships as part of the company’s first foray into the booming Australian river cruise market.
Riviera Travel’s Sales Manager for Australia, Shelley Davey, based in the UK, will also visit Australia this month to host a booth at the CLIA Cruise 360 Australasia Conference in Sydney on August 25 as well as a CLIA webinar on August 30 and also meet local wholesalers and travel agents.
Joining the recent, seven-day famil on the Rhone River in France aboard Riviera Travel’s five-star river ship, Lord Byron, was a three-person team from wholesaler, Cruise Traveller, which helps distribute Riviera Travel product in Australia. The lucky trio to experience Riviera’s Burgundy, River Rhone and Provence cruise were Product Manager, Sam Patton, Business Development Manager, Karen Revelle, and Travel Consultant Madeline Bielak.
Travel Insurance Direct refreshes with a rebrand
Leading online travel insurance provider, Travel Insurance Direct, today announced a brand refresh; rebranding to TID and revealing a new look across its online platform. With a focus on targeting a younger audience, the refresh mirrors the provider’s goals of simplifying and innovating the travel insurance process for Australian travellers.
Recognising that insurance is not deemed sexy, the brand has overhauled its look and tone to be more contemporary, fresh and dynamic, essentially becoming a travel buddy in your pocket.
Working with Revolver Capital for market research and South South West for the creative brand design, the team worked to create a new look and feel for TID, across all brand elements including on the site and forthcoming media assets. Digital and tech aspects of the rebrand were handled in-house by the TID team.
‘Treasures of the South Pacific’ continues to captivate audiences with their second round of events in Brisbane and Gold Coast
The second instalment of ‘Treasures of the South Pacific’ has just concluded with successful events held in Brisbane and Gold Coast.
The South Pacific Tourism Organisation (SPTO) hosted over 80 travel agents in Brisbane on Tuesday, 22 August 2017 and another 60 agents on Wednesday, 23 August 2017 at the Gold Coast event.
Travel agents enjoyed presentations from representatives of the tourism offices of Cook Islands, New Caledonia, Norfolk Island, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tahiti, Vanuatu and from hidden treasures including: Kiribati, Nauru, Marshall Islands, Palau, Federated States of Micronesia, Tonga, Tuvalu and American Samoa.
The series was conceived as a platform for representatives of South Pacific destinations to inform and inspire Australian travel agents about the extensive range of tourism product and experiences available within the region.
Journeys & Africa
Journeys & Africa would like to invite you on our Educational to Africa for 2017.
Depart Perth with South African Airways 03 November 2017
Accommodation twin share from 4 – 12 November inclusive of most meals daily, all transfers, park entrance fees and flights ex Perth including internal flight from Mara to Nairobi
Participation Price $3,465 per person sharing
Helloworld Travel caters to golf fans through new PGA of Australia partnership
RUTAS rebranding to ‘Unique Latin America’
RUTAS, Latin American Representation, is thrilled to announce that it will be relaunching under the new name of Unique Latin America. The new name will be accompanied by a new website, amended logo and ongoing passion.
A major component of the relaunch includes a new and improved website which provides additional support to tour operators and more in-depth information regarding Unique Latin America’s partners, featured destinations, travel products and marketing functions. Their business logo has been amended to include Central America as the business prepares to expand their representation services to emerging destinations.
The relaunch is also a fantastic opportunity to announce their ongoing focus on sustainable tourism, a passion at the heart of Unique Latin America and each of their partners. As travel to the region continues to increase rapidly, Unique Latin America is committed to promoting businesses that constantly strive to have a positive impact upon the communities and natural environments in which they operate.
Ormina Tours launches first ever famil in Piedmont, Italy
After much anticipation, Ormina Tours has announced their first Famil Tour to the Australian marketplace. The tour will take a selected group agents on their newly released Piedmont Tour in Italy, giving them the opportunity to experience the spectacular hotels and services that Ormina Tours is renound for.
The tour will depart from Milan on 22 April, 2018, and close on 27 April, following the six-day food, wine and truffles tour around the undiscovered region.
The offer for agents is somewhat unique in that Ormina Tours will give them an opportunity to select another agent from their office to join them on the experience and there are limited spots for agents to bring a non-industry friend or partner at 50 per cent of the cost.
Uncover Switzerland – Save up to $400 per person
Stunning mountain scenery, fairy-tale villages, buzzing cities and the world’s best cheese and chocolate are just a few of the reasons to view this charming, compact nation. We’re talking about Switzerland of course!
There’s more to this surprising country than banking and watches. Switzerland is also blessed with great beauty, from its snow-capped alpine ranges to stunning lakes, and a unique mix of cultures. Imagine relaxing on the Glacier Express, one of Europe’s most awe-inspiring train journeys, and making your way through petite, picturesque villages into the iconic Alps!
Tempo Holidays and Swiss Tourism are giving you the chance to sell this incredible destination and way of travel with exclusive offers!
Time Design’s Dynamic Package booking engine connects with Sabre’s SynXis Central Reservation System
Time Design, a Global Dynamic Package Solution company, today announced its integration with Sabre Hospitality Solutions’ SynXis Central Reservations (CR), which will give hotels the ability to offer travel packages.
With the integration, global travelers’ can combine their hotel reservations with airline tickets on the hotels’ official websites. Time Design’s Global Dynamic Package Solution combines real-time availability and prices of both accommodations and transportation (such as international airline tickets) and will allow global travelers to book both rooms and flights at the same time on the hotels’ official websites across mobile phones, tablets, or PCs.
Travelers visiting a hotel’s official website with Time Design’s Global Dynamic Package Solution will be able to choose airline tickets from a wide variety of airline carriers (including Low Cost Carriers (LCCs)), by specifying the airline name, alliance, prices, departure and arrival times, flights routes, as well as other options.
Tempo Host Spanish Fiesta
Tempo Holidays hosted a Spanish fiesta last week for a group of very special agents. Selected agents were invited to join Tempo for a night of Spanish tapas and flamenco. Agents learnt the tips and tricks from Tempos on ground experts.
They enjoyed three courses including a banquet of tapas to share, alongside salads, breads and olives followed by the main dish of paella. Agents then got to witness an incredible flamenco performance to go with their churros and chocolate for dessert.
Tempo Holidays currently have up to 25% off a range of their Spain tours for bookings made until 30 Sept 2017. Visit www.tempoholidays.com/specials for more information.
Scenic World bolsters tourism investment with new Skyway upgrade
Travellers Choice members prepare to meet tomorrow’s consumer
One of Australia’s most renowned experts on retail trends will provide Travellers Choice agents with a rare glimpse of the ‘future consumer’ in November, when the national retail network’s members gather at Perth’s six-star Crown Towers Complex for the 2017 Annual Shareholders’ Conference.
In line with the 2017 Conference theme – ‘20/20 Vision’ – Travellers Choice has invited Amanda Stevens, one of the country’s most sought-after authorities on the forces shaping tomorrow’s consumer, to take members on a journey into the retail future.
Stevens, who spent more than 15 years at the helm of her own marketing and research agency, now consults on consumer trends to a wide range of retailers, banks, insurance companies, franchise groups and political parties in Australia and the United States.
A former Young Australian of the Year (Career Achievement in NSW), she has also been honoured as the 2000 Sydney Young Businesswoman of the Year Award and 2003 recipient of the prestigious Centenary Medal from the Governor General for Business Innovation.
SIVB launches ‘Hapi Isles Specialist’ agents training program
The Solomon Islands Visitors Bureau has launched its first ever specialist agents’ online training program – ‘Hapi Isles Specialists’.
SIVB CEO, Josefa ‘Jo’ Tuamoto said a focus of the program was intended to equip key front like sales staff with product knowledge via a series of online modules designed to help them learn about the Solomon Islands and the nine provinces which make up the country.
This includes culture, reef and wreck diving, WWII history, sport fishing, surfing, bird watching with all modules to be expanded as more product comes online.
As part of the launch the NTO is offering agents who successfully complete all training modules by 15 October 2017 automatic entry into a draw to win one of 10 $50 pre-paid Visa cards.
The time is now: Busabout launches widest range of European itineraries for 2018/2019 – with 100 per cent guaranteed departures on all trips
Flexible travel experts, Busabout, HAGGiS and Shamrocker Adventureshave launched their 2018-2019 Europe offering with a brand-new look. 95 per cent of the brochure has been designed using UGC (User Generated Content), created from passionate Busabout travellers to reflect real experiences. This new program will allow agents to not only offer their clients even more choice than before, but also sell with 100 per cent confidence that the trip will go ahead.
New for 2018-2019 is the expansion of Busabout’s travel network which includes some new stops through Portugal and Spain, a trip to the foodie capital of Bologna for the first time, an off-the-beaten-path exploration of Eastern Europe, as well as four new Europe Winter & Festive itineraries, nine new Adventures, and a new Winter Music Festival itinerary.
Rocky Mountaineer welcomes two millionth guest
Rocky Mountaineer very recently welcomed its two millionth guest onboard! Joanne Scanlan, together with her husband Tom Neid from Colorado Springs, were upgraded from SilverLeaf to GoldLeaf to mark the milestone.
Rocky Mountaineer operated its first train on May 27 1990 and has since travelled over eight million kms through Canada with guests, the equivalent of 150 times around the world.
The company works with more than 600 trade partners globally and uses 1,500 different suppliers to deliver a luxury experience to guests. Offering all-daylight journeys – to optimize the scenery – Rocky Mountaineer purchases over 125,000 hotel nights per year.
Agents experience authentic Thailand with Excite Holidays!
Glistening Croatia revealed as Globus family of brands 2018 Supertour destination
Globus family of brands (GFOB) has revealed the 2018 destination for its highly anticipated annual Supertour – one of today’s hottest destinations; Croatia.
Supertour is designed to reward leading agents for their loyalty to the company with the 20 top-selling travel agents from Australia and top 10 from New Zealand being offered a place on the trip, departing 4 May, 2018.
To be in the running for this year’s trip, agents need to book as many passengers as possible on Globus or Cosmos tours, Monograms city stays or Avalon Waterways river cruises, with all bookings made from 1 March, 2017 to 28 February, 2018 counting in the tally.
While GFOB remains tight-lipped on the itinerary inclusions, Croatia is known for its glistening blue oceans, interesting architecture, stunning natural beauty and delicious cuisine and wine – meaning top selling agents will be in for a well-deserved treat.
2017 New Zealand Tourism Awards Supreme Winner – Haka Tourism Group
As much as Aussies don’t like to admit it – they LOVE New Zealand! And you may pretend not to be interested in what’s happening across the ditch, though it pays to know what the awesome team at Haka Tourism Group are up to.
At last Thursday’s New Zealand Tourism Awards, Haka Tourism Group swept all of the awards in their categories, including:
- Air New Zealand’s Supreme Tourism Award (the best of the best!)
- Business Excellence Award for Large Tourism Businesses (high performance on and off the field!)
- Tourism Marketing Award
- Founder, Ryan Sanders, as Tourism Champion Award
Over the past ten years, Sanders’ Haka Tourism Group has experienced exceptional growth and are proud recipients of the tourism industry’s highest accolade, the Air New Zealand Supreme Tourism Award.
Trade priority access to Wendy Wu Tours new 2018-2019 brochure offer
HKTB at HK20 Fun Fun Carnival
Last weekend, the Hong Kong Tourism Board (HKTB) showcased Hong Kong’s Great Outdoors to Australian families by holding an informative booth at the HK20 Fun Fun Carnival in Sydney. Event participants learned about Hong Kong as an exciting holiday destination not only for culture, food and shopping, but also for the unexpected nature and adventure activities on offer in the cooler months.
The carnival, organized by the Hong Kong Australia Business Association (HKABA), was held at Darling Harbor in Sydney on 09 September, 2017, to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the establishment of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region.
Elite African safari with Latitude 33
After overwhelming success of its inaugural Ultimate Africa tour in 2016 and a record-sell out of its 2017 tour – Australia’s newest elite travel company, Latitude 33, has released a land-only luxurious African safari tour for 2018.
Departing Australia on April 7, 2018, this 13-night African adventure includes staying at some of the most elite hotels- including the only six star hotel in Africa, the One&Only Cape Town, an exclusive stay at the contemporary Sabi Sabi Earth Lodge, the historic landmark Victoria Falls Hotel and a number of privately chartered jet flights within Africa which eliminates the hassle of commercial airports giving guests the ultimate travel experience.
This limited numbered tour is also packed with more inclusions like airfares from Australia with Qantas Airways, fully escorted land touring in Africa, two-nights accommodation at Four Seasons in Johannesburg, a helicopter tour over Victoria Falls, an all-inclusive five-night exclusive stay at Sabi Sabi Earth Lodge with all meals, beverages, mini-bar, laundry service, double-daily guided safaris and emergency evacuation insurance, transfers and port charges and government taxes.
Reindeer Tribes of Mongolia with Kiwi photographer, Chris Van Ryn
The Tsaachin tribe or Reindeer People are a diminishing nomadic tribe with an estimated number of only 200-400 Tsaachin people left spread across 100sqkm of northern Mongolia.
This specialist photography tour with leading photographer New Zealand photographer, Chris Van Ryn is the perfect way to explore and mingle with this shrinking tribe in the spectacular landscapes of Mongolia whilst improving your photography skills.
Become more confident with your equipment and return from your journey with spectacular images, memories and new-found knowledge.
The Tsaachin or Tsaatan’s entire existence is based on their reindeer herds which provide them with milk for producing cheese, antlers for carving and medicinal purposes, transportation and on the odd occasion, meat. Part of the Tuvan ethnic group, this small tribe is truly nomadic, regularly moving in search for a rare type of lichen and grass for their reindeer.
Travel Manager to The Stars Can Arrange Almost Anything
Alison Irwin from Stage and Screen Travel Services has received many last-minute requests in her profession, but one recent one touched her more than any other.
Following the decision by singer Ariana Grande to hold her One Love Manchester concert in aid of the victims of the Manchester stadium bombing, the long-time travel agent Alison had to quickly arrange last minute travel for Channel 9 to attend and cover the benefit concert featuring a host of international stars including Katy Perry and Justin Bieber.
It’s the type of dedication that has seen Alison awarded the Best Corporate Travel Consultant at the 2017 National Travel Industry Awards, which is great recognition for her after commencing her career in Griffith, NSW with Flight Centre ten years ago.
Personally Escorted Best of India 2018 date released
The Best of India escorted tour date has been released for 2018. Departing 15th September, 2018this extensive tour of India is priced from $6,275 per person. For 15 Days/14 nights experience one of the most vibrant, exciting and beautiful places on Earth.
This luxury tour uses superior accommodation and private air conditioned vehicles throughout. Pricing includes all transfers, internal flights, all sightseeing, excursions and entrance fees.
India Tours & Travel Specialist Sean Fernandes, shares his favourite spots showcasing the best of India’s history, culture, scenery, unique architecture, meeting friendly locals along the way.
Get Cashed Up with APT’s Cash or Cabin Incentive!
Trans-Siberian Rail journey adds St Petersburg
Booking a bucket-list Trans-Siberian rail journey in September will earn you three extra days exploring the art, architecture and history of beautiful St Petersburg at no extra cost.
Trans-Siberian train specialist Flower Travel is offering the free St Petersburg extension package to those booking the 2018 Tsars Gold itinerary from Beijing to Moscow (or the return) in a Bolshoi Platinum cabin or Bolshoi cabin by September 30.
The 15-day trip on the Tsars Gold Private Train is a once in a lifetime journey reliving the classic era of rail travel with attentive service, sumptuous menus and luxurious décor.
Travelling between May and September along this historic route, you will experience spectacular scenery including the Gobi Desert, Siberia’s mountainous steppes, Lake Baikal and historical cities from the comfort of a private train.
TTC’s latest travel deals:
For a limited time your clients can save $1,000 per couple when they book UnCruise Adventures 8-day small ship cruise through the Hawaiian Seascapes before 30 September 2017. On this cruise, guests will discover the islands of Moloka’i, Lana’I and Maui. They’ll visit the Humpback National Marine Sanctuary, a breeding ground and haven for marine life in Olowalu and spend exhilarating days kayaking, snorkelling and paddle boarding as they explore remote shorelines and secluded bays. Priced from $5,648 per person (including saving) which includes 7 night’s cruise accommodation, all onboard meals and activities, select beverages onboard, exclusive transfers and baggage handling, entry fees to national parks/preserves, a wellness program and more. Available on select departures between 1 December 2017 – 31 January 2018. For more information and full terms and conditions visit Adventure World at www.adventureworld.com call 1300 363 055 *Conditions and blackout dates apply
Transparent Air Deal to Europe
Secure a Trafalgar guided holiday for you clients along with a fully transparent air deal where guests can Fly for $699 return to Europe and Britain, when they book any of the 95 summer Europe and Britain Trafalgar trips on offer, before 2 November 2017 (subject to availability). Guests can get in early and book the 6- Real Britain guided holiday along with an airfare to London and meander through the lush green landscapes of Britain, where they’ll see the mythical Stonehenge, journey to Wales, admire the beautiful lake District before rambling up the Royal Mile in the mesmerising medieval city of Edinburgh. Priced from $1,795 per person, twin share PLUS Fly for $699, reflective of departure dates available between 16 April – 4 June 2018 (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 apply
White Stone Windmills
The time is now for your clients to save up to 15% off Busabout‘s European Hop-on Hop-off passes, Adventures, Sailing and Festivals, as well as their Scotland, Ireland and winter offerings when you bookbefore 21 December 2017. Travellers can save up to 12% off the 11-day Greek Island Hopper from Athens through Mykonos, Paros, Ios and Santorini where they’ll soak up sunshine, enjoy water sports, rave on the coast and be stunned by world-famous sunsets. Priced from $1,231 per person twin share (including discount), this trip includes your Busabout guide, 10 nights’ accommodation (combination of hostel and hotel share), 10 breakfasts, full day Antiparos boat trip with BBQ lunch on boat included, orientations of each island, transfers and more! Available for May, June and September 2018 departures. To book quote promocode EB1. For more information and a range of other Europe and Asia trips on sale visit http://www.busabout.com/ or call 1300 287 226
Heart of Eastern Europe
Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection is offering The Ultimate 2018 Air Offer for guests to Fly Free return to Europe economy class or upgrade to Business Class from $4,599 when they book a 2018 European voyage before 30th September. Guests can combine this air offer with the 10- day Highlights of Eastern Europe river cruise and tour from Budapest to Bucharest. This voyage shows off Europe’s eastern side, including the countries of Bulgaria, Romania, Serbia, Croatia and Hungary. This river cruise is complete with intimate meals hosted by local farmers, with visits to artists in Croatia and a bicycle tour in Belgrade. Including 8-days of captivating escorted excursions, a 7-night river cruise in a Riverview stateroom onboard the imperial River Duchess, 2-nights post cruise at the Radisson Blu Bucharest, all meals and beverages unlimited onboard and more! Priced from $6,799 pp twin-share (including economy class airfare) or from $11,399pp with a Business Class airfare, departing 17 May 2018 (other 2018 departures available, price may vary). For more information call 1300 780 231 or visit uniworld.com .
Taste of Europe
Insight Vacations has just announced the most incredible air deal– fly for just $299* return to Europe when you book one of the twelve 2018 European Discoveries on offer with Insight before 2 November 2017. Guests can combine this air offer with the NEW 9-day Taste of Europe discovery journey through England, France, Italy and Switzerland. Travellers will come face to face with a Royal Horse Guard in London, take a gourmet foodie walk through the backstreets of Paris and meet a nature ranger on top of Switzerland’s soaring Mount Stanserhorn. Priced from $4,394 per person twin share (including return flights to Europe) price reflective of departures available 14 & 28 July, 18 August 2018 (other departures available for alternate price, subject to availability). For full terms and conditions visit insightvacations.com or call 1300 727 767.
Ibiza and Beyond
Contiki has just launched their new Europe Summer 2018/19 program with a 10% Early Payment Discount valid until 14 December 2017. Travellers can save from $180 on the NEW Ibiza and BeyondHigh- Energy trip. From bright disco lights to boutique shopping, idyllic pebbled bays to crumbling alleys of coffee shops – this trip is a wonderland of all things Spain. Millennials will hop through a kaleidoscope of sceneries ensuring there’s never a dull moment, starting at the beach side beauty of Barcelona, passing through Valencia the birthplace of Spain’s adored paella, and concluding at the inland capital of Madrid. Priced from $1,809*per person (including discount) and available for travel between 6 May 2018 – 16 September 2018. For more information visit www.contiki.com or phone 1300 266 845. *Conditions Apply
World’s Greatest Road trip
Book in a last-minute holiday with AAT Kings where guests can SAVE UP TO $500 per couple on the 7-day Great Ocean Road & Kangaroo Island Escape Guided Holiday (available until sold out or departed). Guests of AAT Kings will embark on one of the world’s greatest road trips along the Great Ocean Road and experience for themselves the dazzling scenery of Kangaroo Island and the picturesque Adelaide Hills. They’ll meet local wine, whisky and marron producers and taste their specialities in the Coonawarra, on Kangaroo Island and in the Barossa. This package includes an experienced Travel Director & Driver Guide, quality accommodation, travel in luxury coach, airport transfers, and more! Priced from $2,445 per person twin share (including last-minute saving) and available on select departures 21 October – 2 December 2017 (subject to availability). For more information or to book call 1300 556 100 or visit aatkings.com * Conditions Apply.