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Rail Europe cuts Eurail prices by 20 per cent in earlybird sale

Rail Europe is giving travel agents the opportunity to secure an outstanding earlybird deal for their customers by offering 20 per cent discounts on selected Eurail passes that can be booked up to 11 months in advance. Savings are also now available on popular low-season rail passes for Britain and Germany.

The ‘Eurail Off-Peak Sale’ runs until 27 December 2017 and offers 20 per cent off the Eurail Global Pass, Eurail Select Two, Three and Four Country passes, and Eurail One Country Pass (including the Eurail Greek Islands Pass).

The discount is available on all fare categories, there are no travel restrictions and the passes are bookable 11 months in advance.

Rail Europe is also offering a 20 per cent discount on selected Britrail passes booked before 20 February 2018.

Last Chance for Scenic Earlybird Offers to North America

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Agents are reminded they have until 31 October to secure the best rate on a 2018 Scenic North America or Canada tour for their clients.

Discovering the wonders of North America and Canada in five-star style has never been more affordable, because with Scenic, all accommodation, transport and transfers, excursions – such as once-in-a-lifetime Scenic Enrich experiences – and even tipping is included.

Among the great itineraries on offer are:

  • See the highlights of the Canadian Rockies before setting sail on an Alaskan cruise, during a 13 day tour and cruise package from Calgary to Vancouver.
  • Be transported through the remarkable Canadian Rockies and Alaska’s vast wilderness on Scenic’s 26 Day The Rockies, Voyage of the Glaciers and Arctic Circle tour and cruise.
  • Discover the charm and culture of the east on Scenic’s 15 Day Eastern Canada & USA Explorer tour from romantic Montreal to cosmopolitan New York.

MW Tours host famil for agents

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MW Tours hosted a famil to Palawan & Manila, exploring the pristine and stunning islands of El Nido. Picture taken sailing through the famous big Lagoon known for its crystal clears waters,  an ideal paradise at its best in the Philippines!

Agents from MW Tours BDM, hello world Travel, Travel Partners Newcastle, MTA Travel, Wauchope Travel, Getaway Travel & Cruise, italktravel Warners Bay, Travel Menai Metro, Travel Emporium and The Cruise & Travel Authority Central Coast attended. 

Intrepid launches Myanmar emergency appeal

Almost 400,000 displaced people from Rakhine state, Myanmar, have fled across the border to Bangladesh in the three weeks since violence flared on 24 August. IFRC is supporting Bangladesh Red Crescent to address the needs of the displaced population. Red Crescent is purifying water and distributing it along with food. Two Bangladesh Red Crescent mobile medical teams are also treating hundreds of patients a day. The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies has been supporting an earlier group of displaced people since the start of 2017 and is urgently scaling up its response to address the needs of the latest influx.

Intrepid Travel has today launched a Myanmar Emergency Appeal through their foundation to support the work of Red Cross, who are helping hundreds of thousands of people seeking refuge from violence in the Rakhine State.

More than half a million people have crossed the border from Myanmar into Bangladesh to seek refuge after violence broke out in Rakhine State in late August. Temporary settlements and camps in Bangladesh are overflowing and it’s estimated the humanitarian situation in the region is likely to get worse. The International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement is currently on the ground providing aid to people caught up in the violence on both sides of the border.

Intrepid Travel is encouraging travellers and agents to donate to Red Cross relief efforts by matching all donations made through its not-for-profit The Intrepid Foundation dollar-for-dollar,  up to a total of AUD $20,000 (potentially a donation of AUD $40,000).

GlobeNet Travel commits to Helloworld Travel associate network 

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Helloworld Travel has today announced another re-signing to their associate network with the family run, Brisbane based, GlobeNet Travel renewing with the network to remain committed to the Helloworld Travel family.
As the 2016 winner of the Helloworld Travel Associate National Retailer of the Year award, GlobeNet Travel is highly valued within the industry, having received multiple industry and cruise awards over the years since its inception in 1994.
Started by the parents of now General Manager Dan Russell, GlobeNet Travel has grown significantly over the years and brings together the whole family, with Mum, Dad, sister Jean and brother Casey all working together with their team of consultants as fantastic advocates for the Helloworld Travel.

TravelManagers Highlight Luxury and Experiential Product with Training Workshops

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TravelManagers is a company who truly value their personal travel managers (PTMs). With a commitment to personal development and training highly evident, TravelManagers recently combined corporate training with a luxury and experiential focused workshop with the view to further equip its PTMs to benefit from the current increase in bleisure travel.

Ensemble Travel Group, TravelManagers’ North American-based partner supplier with a wide portfolio of global luxury and experiential travel products including adventure activities and customised cultural vacations, was invited to jointly conduct PTM workshops across Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and Brisbane.

With such overwhelming positive feedback from the inaugural workshops, TravelManagers is already in conversations with plans for further Ensemble workshops in 2018.

Italy, France, Spain 2018/19 brochure out now for Tempo

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Tempo Holidays has released their brand new Italy, France & Spain brochure for 2018/19. This brochure introduces a wide range of new product that is new, exciting and experience rich.

Travellers can enjoy a cooking lesson in Tuscany whilst staying at their own beautiful villa, or enjoy a river cruise on the same boat that Rick Stein filmed his French Odyssey, or follow the vines around regional Spain with an immersive display of food and wine in this beautiful region.

This brochure also showcases Tempo’s brand new Signature Range.  Essential Italy, Northern Spain by Train and Toca Espana are programs that combine rich experiences, comprehensive inclusions with tried and tested hotels.

There is Only One Best and It’s APT -The Leaders In Luxury Travel

APT, the leaders in luxury travel, continue to celebrate their third consecutive win of ‘The Best River Cruise Operator’ at the 2017 NTIA’s, now offering new deals and savings on their 2018-2019 programs.

APT’s recent win, adds to their total of 12 National Travel Industry Awards (2011-17), cementing their position as the best in luxury travel, as Australia’s most awarded luxury cruise and tour operator!

When you book APT, road, rail, river or sea journey’s, you’re offering clients an uncompromising level of luxury that continues to set the benchmark in touring and cruising around the world, ensuring your they are getting the best, as they deserve.

This unique sale offers free cabin upgrades, fly free deals, business class upgrades and huge savings across APT’s worldwide destinations. From river cruising through Vienna on a Magnificent Europe tour; traveling through the Canadian country side on the Rocky Mountaineer; experiencing the sunrise at Angkor Wat with a drink in hand, on The Best of Vietnam and Cambodia journey; and unmissable deals on Australia and New Zealand.

itravel spends September exploring the world

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itravel agents spent last month in various corners of the world with three famil trips across the network. Agents have travelled to West Hollywood and San Diego in the U.S.A, Xi’an and Zhangjiajie in China and have cruised the rivers of Cambodia and Vietnam to experience the best of both countries.
Exploring the sights of West Hollywood like locals, itravel agents stayed at the Ramada Plaza – right in the centre of the L.A. action. The group visited Universal Studios, shopped until they dropped at the Citadel Outlets with VIP passes, Dined with The Orcas at Sea World, visited the San Diego Zoo and so much more!
In China, itravel agents explored the ancient city of Xi’an where they visited the Terracotta Warriors. The group also met Wendy Wu at the reception for Australian Tourists and braved the heights of Tianmen Mountain in the Zhangjijie National Park. Amazing sights were seen on the 30 minute cable car ride, down the Bailong Elevator and some descended the 999 steps of the Stairway to Heaven. During the trip, the group were welcomed and met the mayors and tourism representatives of the cities.

Don’t Wait for 2018: Book Inca Trail Travel from October 5

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Award-winning, small-group tour operator G Adventures shared a time-sensitive message with its sales partners and travel customers today: if you or clients have long imagined trekking Peru’s famed Inca Trail and pictured yourself on its summit, looking out at the sacred site of Machu Picchu – or if you have friends, family or clients who are ready to fulfill this travel dream in 2018 – then now is the best time to act.

Inca trail permits go on sale Thursday October 5, and the Peruvian government will only award permits to tour operators with confirmed travelers for 2018. G Adventures cannot save spots for tentative trekkers.

In 2016, the company secured close to 8,000 permits on behalf of its customers around the globe. It has since collaborated with the local government to share feedback and strengthen the new timed entry procedures that were implemented to better protect the integrity and legacy of Machu Picchu.

WWT Launches New 2018 Brochures!

Wendy Wu Tours are delighted to announce the launch of their 2018-2019 brochures – and with them, a series of exciting new tours, and product upgrades. Now available to order via TIFS, the 4 brand new 2018-291 brochures – China, India, Southeast Asia and Japan – offer travel agents a full complement of touring styles, designed to be able to suit a huge spectrum of travellers. In 2018, Wendy Wu Tours becomes your one-stop-shop for travel to Asia.
Wendy Wu Tours announces the launch of 10 exciting new tours, to destinations including Borneo, Myanmar, Kerala – and even the Trans Mongolian journey. The new tours take guests further into the depths of Asia than ever before, and include priceless experiential inclusions.
With the award-winning Wendy Wu Tours, the possibilities are endless. We are the Asia experts and have one simple goal – to give our guests the trip of a lifetime.

Globus family of brands tees off its annual Golf Day

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Globus family of brands gathered industry friends and partners for its coveted annual Golf Day, hosted at Pymble Golf Club in St Ives on Monday 25 September, 2017. The event attracted 114 keen golfers including media personality Doborah Hutton, Fox Sports commentator Greg Clark and renowned cricketer Ian Healy.

Twenty-nine teams took to the green in an Elimination Ambrose shotgun start, with Matthew Hickey, from Helloworld Katoomba, taking out the title for the fifth year, alongside teammates John Ford, Peter Valabek and Vladimir Dzupinka.

Intrepid Travel wins tour guide Oscars again 

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Intrepid Travel is today celebrating winning Gold and Bronze at the Wanderlust World Guide Awards 2017, the tourism industry’s equivalent of the ‘Oscars for tour guides’.  The adventure travel company has had more finalists than any other in the history of the awards.

This year saw Khalid Lamlih, an Intrepid Travel leader who grew up in Morocco’s Atlas Mountains, clinch first place at the ceremony at London’s Royal Geographical Society on Thursday 5 October 2017, receiving his Gold Award from legendary travel writer Bill Bryson.

These awards, now in their 12th year, recognise the world’s best tour guides and honour these far too often unsung heroes of the travel industry, as voted for by Wanderlust Magazine readers and a range of knowledgeable and experienced judges.

Each year thousands of tour guides from around the world are nominated by their travel clients, making it a tough job for the winners to be chosen. Intrepid Travel’s local leaders have now been recognised with three Gold, one Silver, and three Bronze Awards as well as a one-off award for Outstanding Contribution.

Broome, Kimberley and Beyond hosted 6 lucky agents to Bamurru Plains Wilderness Lodge

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Broome, Kimberley and Beyond hosted six lucky agents to the Top End recently and had an amazing time Air boating, quad biking to name some of the amazing activities at Bamurru Plains Wildbush Luxury, where they travelled here by a small eight seater aircraft from Darwin.

Bamurru Plains is located just west of Kakadu NT, on the coastal floodplains of the Mary River delta. The exclusive bush camp exudes ‘Wild Bush Luxury’ in the wilderness region.

The Experience:
Bamurru Plains Wilderness Lodge offers an experience of a lifetime. A real safari adventure, on the edge of Kakadu, in NT Australia!
You can watch the buffalo migration to the wetlands from your bed…And there’s more: Croc spotting, bird watching, bush tucker safari, quad bike riding and air boating through the wetlands was an unforgettable experience! After a hard day in the wilderness relax by the pool with a glass of champagne in hand – simply magic.

Intrepid offers ultimate school-leavers reward – the world

With up to 25 per cent off trips to Mexico, the Galapagos and Machu Picchu in November, Intrepid Travel is encouraging school-leavers and their families to think bigger than the Gold Coast and Bali, and see the world as the ultimate end of year reward.

On sale now until October 18, 2017, the discounted tours offer savings of up to $970 per person meaning a family of four can slice nearly $4,000 off the trip of a lifetime together.

Deals include:

  • A 13-day trip through Guatemala and Mexico via Belize, departing November 9, 2017, and priced from $1,458* per person (savings of $500pp).  This tour delivers a slice of action, a dose of history and culture, and some well-deserved relaxation as guests travel from the cobblestone streets of Antigua through Belize and along the Yucatan Peninsula to the sandy shores of Playa del Carmen on this Guatemala to Mexico adventure. There are regular departures throughout November and December, 2017.
  • An eight-day Galapagos Family Holiday, departing November 18, 2017, is priced from $2,568* per person (savings of $800pp).  Take the family to see some of the rarest animals on the planet while exploring this natural wonderland. Everyone will enjoy snorkelling with sea lions, marvelling at giant tortoises, spotting blue-footed boobies and Galapagos crabs and keeping an eye out for marine iguanas, whales, dolphins and sharks.
  • A 15-day trip to Peru and the ancient civilisation of the Incas, departing November 20, 2017, and priced from $2,910* per person (savings of $970pp). This adventure of a lifetime from Peru to Bolivia includes a journey along the coastal shores of Lima, beneath the Amazon Jungle’s lush canopy, past the llama-filled plains of the Sacred Valley, to the dizzying altitude of Lake Titicaca and along the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu before immersing in the history of La Paz. There are regular departures throughout November and December, 2017.

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