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Big Fat Agent Wrap

We’ve got a stellar agent wrap for you today. Mostly because of the ahhh-dorable photo of the agents in the frame, but still.

Travel Counsellors support the first day at school

It’s back to school time! For parents and children, it can be a time of angst or pure joy. Either way, there is something very special about a child’s first day at school. Travel Counsellors recognise what an important milestone it is and so in 2017, announced that any staff who have a child off to school for the first time, will be given a bonus day off!

Working as a Travel Counsellor affords an agent the freedom to set their own schedule, and with opportunities like this, head office staff can enjoy those special moments with loved ones too.

A food journey in the top end

Mark Olive - aka the Black Olive

In a testament to the popularity of the Northern Territory and the travelers desire for food and wine experiences, a three-day luxury Food and Wine package to Cicada Lodge in the Top End presented by renowned Indigenous Chef Mark Olive and Australia’s leading wine critic Jeremy Oliver has sold out in less than 48 hours.

Set against the backdrop of Nitmiluk National Park and the luxury of Cicada Lodge, the three-day event explores the food and wines from Australia’s most renowned wine regions and includes a five-course degustation menu created by Mark Olive and hosted by Jeremy Oliver, as well as a cooking masterclass incorporating produce and native flavours from across Australia.

With accommodation at the award-winning Cicada Lodge, Nitmiluk Tours is also providing guests the opportunity to explore the destination and discover the magic of Nitmiluk with an exclusive cruise on Nitmiluk Gorge, and an exhilarating scenic helicopter flight over the first eight gorges of the river system.

North Star gets green light on water park development

Northstar gets the greenlight on Waterpark

It’s been a long, arduous and expensive journey for Ian Beadel from North Star Holiday Park at Hastings Point but approval from the Land & Environment Court has finally paved the way for an upgrade to the existing water park at the popular Tweed Coast Resort.

A decision on a Development Application submitted to the Tweed Shire Council to replace the current waterslide with a new, ultra-modern double waterslide was deferred at a Council meeting in July 2016 and subsequently refused by Council at their meeting in December 2016.

Beadel was left with no alternative than to approach the Land & Environment Court in the hope of having Council’s decision overturned. It was! Work will commence in May and the new slides are expected to be up and running by August this year.

For nearly four decades, Ian and wife Diana Beadel have continually updated and revitalised the Resort’s facilities and key attractions, keeping them fresh, new and appealing; a philosophy which has helped them achieve over 35 per cent repeat visitation annually.

Last Chance to Lock-in Year-Round Skiing at Perisher, Whistler, and 10 Additional World-Class Mountains in the U.S for only $49 Upfront

Monday 26, February will be the last day for Australian skiers and snowboarders to purchase the Epic Australia Pass at a price unmatched and to take advantage of only AU$49 upfront to lock in the best value ski pass. The Epic Australia Pass is the most flexible ski-pass for Australians, offering year-round skiing across 12 world-class resorts including the largest and most celebrated in Canada, the U.S. and Australia, at a price unmatched.

At just AU$819 for adults, AU$462 for students and AU$588 for seniors, the Epic Australia Pass pays for itself in under five days, with season-long skiing at Perisher and access to the Best of the U.S. and Whistler Blackcomb. Pass holders who pay only AU$49 upfront, ensure they enjoy the best available low price and won’t have to make full payment until May 1, 2018.

Australian skiers and snowboarders can enjoy unlimited access to Breckenridge, Keystone and Arapahoe Basin in Colorado; Park City in Utah; Heavenly, Northstar and Kirkwood in the Lake Tahoe region of California and Nevada; and unlimited, unrestricted access to Perisher; in addition to 10 days at Whistler Blackcomb, Vail, Beaver Creek and Stowe, combined (some holiday restrictions apply). This is the perfect pass for Australians planning a ski holiday to the U.S. or Canada, looking for a season of skiing and riding at Perisher, or both.

Bentours celebrate 40 years with No Single Supplements

Antarctica, Cuverville Island, 22/11/09

As part of Bentours 40 years of travel celebrations, Bentours currently have huge savings with ‘No Single Supplement’ offer on almost 20 expedition cruises including Antarctica, Greenland, Iceland and Canada.

The biggest saving is on The Ultimate Expedition to Antarctica, Falklands and South Georgia – now priced for a solo traveller from A$18,120//NZ$20,655 and departing in Dec 2018. This epic expedition takes you through the isolated Falkland Islands and stunning South Georgia before experiencing the great continent of Antarctica. Price includes onboard accommodation on a full board basis, return economy flight Buenos Aires to Ushuaia and landings with small boats and activities onboard and ashore.

The no single supplements offer ends 28 Feb 2018, so get in quick for an incredible deal.

Personal Experience results in Barge Cruise Booking for PTM

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Six personal travel managers (PTMs) recently enjoyed a dedicated TravelManagers’ famil of the Bourgogne region in France where they experienced a six day Back-Roads Touring Barge Cruise aboard MS Jeanine on Le Canal De Bourgogne from Dijon to Besancon.

Hosted by Karen Nelson, Business Development Manager NSW & ACT, for Back-Roads Touring the New South Wales based PTMs attending the famil were Kristina Acevski representative for Merewether Heights, Jason Smith representative for Newtown, Peter Carmichael representative for Merewether, Michelle Michael-Pecora representative for Tennyson Point, Janice Lee representative for Surry Hills and Maria Miller representative for Parkes.

TravelManagers attribute the exceptional, strong and effective business relationships with key airline, cruise and wholesale suppliers with providing personal travel managers the ability to experience exclusive educationals on a variety of products and worldwide destinations.

Travel the lands of King’s and Castles

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Albatross Tours ‘Black Forest, Bavaria & the Tyrol’ tour takes travellers on a holiday discovering the lands of King’s and castles. This magnificent tour features leisurely three and four night stays in medieval Triberg, the wonderful mountains of Bavaria, the stunning Austrian Tyrol and Mozart’s baroque city of Salzburg.

Embark on a journey to discover Heidelberg Castle, take a river cruise through Strasbourg, enjoy a wine tasting on the route Alsace du Vin and wander the botanical gardens of Mainau on Lake Constance. Be guided through Neuschwanstein Castle and Hitler’s Eagles Nest and admire the thundering Krimmler Waterfalls before a final three nights in Salzburg.

Escorted by an experienced tour manager the tour includes 14 nights’ hotel accommodation, 24 meals, all sightseeing, excursions and entrances as per the itinerary plus more!

Priced at only $6,399 per person twin share. The 15 day Black Forest, Bavaria & the Tyrol tour offers departures between May and September 2018.

Rail Plus’ Your World on Track Brochure is LIVE!

Rail Plus’ brand spanking new brochure for 2018 is now live and available to download, print and order!

‘Your World on Track’ not only features a complete redesign that aims to improve the brand’s positioning in Australia and New Zealand, but importantly, travel agents will find the thoughtfully created layout most user friendly, resourceful and current.

To celebrate the launch of the new brochure, and to encourage agents to stay informed with the latest news, itineraries, ideas and product updates for 2018, Rail Plus will be holding a webinar on Tuesday 13 Feb at 09:30hr AEDT. Spots are strictly limited and registration is necessary.

And finally, a ‘Count the Trains’ contest will run from now till 28 Feb, where agents who submit the correct number of trains in the brochure will stand a chance to win one of 16 prizes including four first class rail passes, two AU$75 gift vouchers and 10 goodie bags!

Beyond Travel bonuses in new brochure

Sri Lanka, India & Beyong 2018_19

Steady growth in inquiries for Sri Lanka and India has prompted Beyond Travel to double the number of itineraries on offer in the new 2018 brochure released this week.

The updated Sri Lanka, India and Beyond brochure includes an extra eight pages of product – now up to 44 pages – with a choice of private and escorted itineraries, river voyages, mountain retreats, and visits to coastal resorts catering to the holiday whims of all travellers looking to explore Sri Lanka and India.

Beyond Travel is offering discounts up to $400 per couple for bookings made by June 30 with the savings applicable to a wide choice of Sri Lanka adventures include six-day retreats to Tangalle and Trincomalee, the immersive 13-day expedition Sri Lanka Uncovered, and the 14-day outing Wild About Sri Lanka.

On top of the early-booking discounts Beyond Travel is offering room upgrades on many Indian tours, a free bottle of wine, 15 per cent discounts on meals and spa treatments in a selection of trips, and free wifi at many stops.

MTA Members cool off on British Columbia study tour

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Pictured, blue with cold but putting on brave faces in Whistler’s famous Vodka Ice Bar, MTA Members Leisa Crotty and Mel Sherry who visited the iconic watering hole as part of a recent Whistler Tourism and Vancouver Tourism exclusive study tour.

Itinerary highlights included a plethora of further ‘cool’ activities including skiing, snowmobiling and snow shoeing, a float plane tour of Vancouver’s Grouse Mountain, a visit to the popular Granville Markets, the Capilano Suspension Bridge, a food tasting tour of Gastown and a Vancouver city tour.

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Destinations

Giant 2,000-year-old cat mural found in Peru

A huge drawing of a cat relaxing has been uncovered in Peru’s Nazca Desert, and now we know where we’re headed the second international borders open.

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Destinations

Queensland to reopen borders to NSW (except for Sydney)

Sydneysiders were seen kicking cans down the street this morning while shaking their fists in Queensland’s general direction following the announcement.

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Helloworld’s retail network “largely intact”, as company lays out border and travel ‘bubble’ forecasts

by Huntley Mitchell

Travel Weekly has poured over Helloworld’s quarterly update to bring you this package of highlights.

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Technology

Emirates unveils new NDC-powered gateway for travel agents

Have you always found Emirates’ online trade platform to be a little clunky and lacking in capabilities? Relieve your tech-induced pain here.

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Road & Rail

Velocity Frequent Flyer partners with Hertz-owned car share company

Are you seeking other ways to boost your Velocity points than by buying a case of Virgin Wines or signing up for another credit card? Look no further.

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Hotels

NSW introduces strict new laws to regulate short-term rental market

The new laws include a ‘three strikes and you’re out’ approach for irresponsible hosts. However, that’s not to say they will be forced to wield baseball bats or chew tobacco.

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Cruise

Royal Caribbean updates 2021/22 Aussie sailings

The cruise line has also launched a new agent-focused campaign to help you get clients booking early.

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Wholesalers

Intrepid slashes prices for NT trips

Show your clients that they don’t need to leave the country to experience epic scenery with this banger deal from Intrepid.

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Aviation

Qatar Airways entangled in online recruitment scam

Adding to its already horrendous news week, the airline has become embroiled in an online recruitment scam.

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Wholesalers

“It’s good business to have”: Contiki boss talks pivoting to domestic and why agents should target youth travellers

Adam Armstrong began his stint at Contiki at an interesting time, to say the least. Here’s his game plan for the brand and his advice for agents.

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Travel Agents

Flight Centre boss demands proof of Queensland’s border closure advice

Skroo’s patience with the Queensland government is wearing thin, after making yet another request to see the medical advice that influenced the state’s border closure.

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