Travel Agents

Big Fat Agent Wrap

If there’s anything we love more than agent wraps, it’s Fridays. Both of which happen to be on the same day! Which makes bruising ourselves coming up the stairs this morning worth it.

Bunnik Tours Mystery Famil

sdr

Small group touring specialists, Bunnik Tours, hosted a mystery day-trip famil for 40 travel agents in NSW on 16 May 2018.

Business Development Managers, Walter Delorie and Lachlan Burnet travelled with the group up the NSW coast in two groups of 20 to give agents the Bunnik Tours experience of travelling in a small group of just 20 passengers on a full-size coach.

The groups enjoyed a guided tour of Sydney’s Q Station in Manly, followed by a delicious three-course meal in Palm Beach before concluding at Sydney’s Central Station.

 

Mega Friends with Benefits Incentive: Win a private tour for you and three mates!

IMG_0078

Win the ultimate gift of mega happiness and experience one of our mega destinations for yourself. Sounds like it’s time to prep the squad, pack your bags and take off to Mega Asia!

Every week, we’re drawing a winner for a $500 MEGA EXPERIENCE voucher, with the final major prize being drawn in June. This week’s lucky winner, grabbing a $500 experience voucher, is Lina Maddalena, from Travelcall in Armadale, VIC.

There are four more weeks of $500 prizes to be won, before the major prize of a private tour for four is announced. Hurry, this incentive is open for bookings made before 15 June 2018. Some terms and conditions apply, for full details visit wendywutours.com.au/agents, or see your Business Development Manager.

Sell three, sail free with U by Uniworld

UBU-TheA-IceBar-3598

U by Uniworld, the first river cruise dedicated to a new generation of adult travellers, announces its first Sell Three, Sail Free promotion for travel agents.

Effective for new bookings made between 14 May and 30 September 2018, agents who make at least three new bookings on any 2018 U by Uniworld voyage, will receive a free eight-day balcony cabin cruise for themselves on any 2018 or 2019 U by Uniworld voyages.

U by Uniworld’s sleek and sophisticated 120-passenger ships, The A and The B, sails Europe’s most picturesque rivers through France, Germany, Austria, Hungary and the Netherlands. While on U’s ships, guests can take part in unique inclusions, such as mixology classes, silent discos, yoga, wine tastings, farm-to-table dining and more.

Agents must be part of the U Squad on Facebook to qualify. All bookings must be paid in full to qualify. Standard deposit terms and certain other restrictions apply.

The 2018 Amazing Thailand Roadshow in Australia has successfully concluded

thai-roadshow-may-2018-2

Over 50 representations of Thai hotels, attractions and airlines exhibited their products and networked with the Australian trades last Wednesday (2nd May) in Melbourne, Thursday (3rd May) in Sydney and Monday (7th May) in Perth.

The roadshow was opened by the newly appointed Ambassador of Thailand to Australia Mrs. Nantana Sivakua. TAT Marketing Manager, Sherly Handjojo shared that visitor numbers and tourism revenue from Australia had increased, and there are numerous improvements with Thailand public transports from Phuket to Chiang Mai.

Tourism Authority of Thailand’s new marketing concept of Open to the New Shades, is being translated into three strategies – promoting Thai local experiences with Gastronomy in highlight, promoting secondary destinations such as: Chiang Rai and Trat and creating responsible tourism a balance for tourism, environment and community needs.

Melbourne guests were treated to a Thai contemporary performance at the end of the show, while Sydney guests had cooking demonstration by Chef Sujet Saenkham (founder of Spice I Am Restaurant). Perth had a unique guest speaker – Jack Thompson, an ultra-endurance adventure cyclist speaking of his Thai cycling experience.

Eight-day Taste of China tour, from $699pp including return flights

Webjet Exclusives, curator of holiday experiences around the world, have released their newest package travelling to China; featuring eight days of site seeing for $699 per person twin share including return airfares and accommodation. This offer is available from May 15th for a limited time only.

The Taste of China tour showcases the very best of this vast and diverse country.

Travelers will see rare giant pandas at Chongqing Zoo’s breeding centre, visit Beijing’s most famous sites including Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City and Temple of Heaven, plus walk the Great Wall of China and more.

This tour includes return international flights, accommodation, delicious meals, dedicated coach transportation, professional English speaking guides and sightseeing. Optional activities at an additional cost include the Legend of Kung Fu Show and Summer Palace.

Australia & NZ Represents at Discover New England Annual Summit

IMG_9305[1]

Representatives from travel trade in Australia & New Zealand attended the 23rd annual Discover New England Trade Summit in Cape Cod, Massachusetts

Over the course of the week the delegates attended a three-day trade show, where they meet with over 100 travel suppliers from all over the New England states. Leaving Cape Cod, they then went out and explored the region on a History, Culture & Cuisine itinerary, which highlights included the newly opened Dr Suess Museum, Mark Twains House, Newport Mansions, Nantucket Island and the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame which is undergoing a multi-million dollar renovation and expansion to create an interactive experience.

The New England states are seeing growth out of the Australia & New Zealand Market, presently although ranked number eight globally to visit New England we are number three globally with our expenditure, we stay averagely 10 plus nights in New England and will visit three states. 78 per cent of visitors from this market to New England come as a leisure client. With direct services from Australia to Houston & Dallas this really opens up the eastern states as an accessible independent traveller & touring location.

Mega Friends with benefits incentive: Win a private your for you and three mates! 

IMG_0019

Win the ultimate gift of mega happiness and experience one of our mega destinations for yourself. Sounds like it’s time to prep the squad, pack your bags and take off to Mega Asia!

Every week, we’re drawing a winner for a $500 MEGA EXPERIENCE voucher, with the final major prize being drawn in June. This weeks lucky winner, grabbing a $500 experience voucher, is Carolyn Oakley, from South Perth Travel, WA.

There are three more weeks of $500 prizes to bewon, before the major prize of a private tour for four is announced. Hurry, this incentive is open for bookings made before 15 June 2018. Some terms and conditions apply, for full details visit wendywutours.com.au/agents, or see your Business Development Manager.

Today is ride your bike to work day

Gavin Tollman Bike 1

Trafalgar CEO Gavin Tollman is encouraging agents to go green for a good cause and celebrate bike to work day today!

A keen advocate of cycling to his office in Geneva, Tollman is pledging to plant a tree with sustainability partner https://onetreeplanted.org/ for every agent that tweets or tags him at https://www.instagram.com/gavin.tollman @gavintollman with a photo of them riding their bike to work.

There’s also a prize of a sustainably sourced bike helmet and back pack (found here) for the best pic found here. Happy riding!

TTC Weekly Deals

Trafalgar LR-2

TRAFALGAR – Wonders of Portugal

Save your clients 7.5% on select Autumn, Winter and Spring trips when you book Trafalgar’s 9 Day Wonders of Portugal travel itinerary before the 23rd of August 2018. Let the melancholic trill of the Fado Guitar follow your clients from Portugal’s Manueline Lisbon to Baroque Oporto and the port wine Douro Valley. They will wander through the medieval cities of Obidos, Évora and Guimarães, and visit the religious landmarks of Fatima, Batalha and the dramatic Hieronymite Monastery, enjoying some delicious pasteis de nata or two along the way. Starting from $1846* per person. On sale now until the 23rd of August 2018 for departure between the 27th of October 2018 – 9th of February 2019 and the 23rd of February 2019 – 23rd March 2019. For more information or to book call 1800 78 78 78 or visit www.trafalgar.com.

ADVENTURE WORLD TRAVEL – Cruising the Ecuadorian Amazon

Your clients will receive a FREE cabin upgrade and a FREE return flight from Quito to Coca valued at $1789* when they book Adventure World Travel’s 4 Day Cruising the Ecuadorian Amazon journey before the 31st of May 2018. Guests will experience the captivating beauty of the Ecuadorian Amazon as they venture into remote areas meeting the local people of the Amazon and visit the wildlife-rich Panayacu River Delta. Starting from $2225* per person, twin share. On sale until the 31st of May 2018 for trip departures between the 4th of June and the 19th of November 2018. For more information or to book call 1300 295 049 or visit www.adventureworld.com.

UNIWORLD – Bordeaux, Vineyards & Chateaux

Uniworld’s Picture Perfect Deals save travellers up to $1400* per person. Guests will savour the unique heritage of southwest France on Uniworld’s 8 Day Bordeaux, Vineyards & Chateaux travel itinerary. Cruise along the Garonne and Dordogne Rivers from delightful Pauillac, the gateway to the storied Médoc wine route, to elegant Bordeaux, the “Pearl of the Aquitaine,” and onto Libourne and Saint-Émilion your clients will discover the douceur de vivre (sweet life) for which this region is known. Starting from $4,099* per person, twin share (including discount of $700 per person), 8 days of an all-inclusive cruise, including captivating exclusive excursions, services of an experienced Uniworld Cruise Manager and more! This offer is on sale now until the 31st of May 2018 for departures on the 1st, 15th, 22nd & 29th of July 2018 and the 5th, 12th & 19th of August 2018. For more information or to book call 1300 730 010 or visit www.uniworld.com.

AAT KINGS – Western Wonderland

Save on their Airfares on a selection of AAT Kings bestselling guided holidays. Travellers will explore vibrant, cosmopolitan Perth before travelling inland to iconic Wave Rock and Kalgoorlie on ATT Kings 16 Day Western Wonderland, then watch in awe as the landscape transitions on the approach to the southern coast, where travellers will discover white sandy beaches, crystal-clear blue waters, and ancient forests. Seaside Fremantle and Margaret River’s renowned food and wine culture await your clients before heading north to spend time interacting with the friendly dolphins at Monkey Mia. Starting from $5995* per person, twin share. This offer is on sale now until the 19st of October 2018 for travel dates from now until the 20th of October 2018. For more information or to book call 1300 556 100 or visit www.aatkings.com.

INSIGHT VACATIONS – Best of Eastern Canada and USA

Book before the 31st of May to save 10%! Cosmopolitan cities blend perfectly with natural wonders and fun activities on Insight Vacations 16 Day Best of Eastern Canada and USA travel itinerary through Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal, Quebec, Boston, Washington DC, Manhattan and New York. Starting from $6566* per person twin share. This offer is on sale now until the 31st of May 2018 for departure dates on the 26th of August, 9th of September and 7th of October, unless sold out prior. For more information or to book call 1300 727 767 or visit www.insightvacations.com.

BUS ABOUT – Ultimate Winter Adventure

Save 10% when you book select Busabout Winter Deals for your client, like the 26 Day Ultimate Winter Adventure, before the 31st of May. Was from $2999*, Now from $2699*! This snow-packed wander through Europe’s wintery-wonders boasts everything we love about travel. Experience all the sights, sounds, and secrets Europe has to offer with us as we travel between Austria, Belgium, Czechia (Czech Republic), France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Netherlands, Slovakia and Switzerland! Starting from $2699 per person, hostel share. This offer is on sale now until the 31st of May 2018 for trips departing between October 2018 and March 2019. For more information or to book contact http://www.busabout.com or call 1300 287 226.

CONTIKI – East Coast Represent

Whether your customers are looking for urban adventures in iconic cities like New York and San Francisco, or getting off the beaten track and seeing natural wonders like the Grand Canyon and the bayous of Louisiana, one thing is for sure: these experiences are best shared with others.
Travellers can now save 15% off select 2019 USA trips with Contiki! Beaches, culture and even a little slice of Cuban cuisine, the 14 Day Eastern Discovery trip from New Orleans to NYC is the perfect adventure where your customers can lay on white beaches one day and see the White House the next- exploring art deco architecture in Miami, visiting the grave of J.F.K. and finally landing in the epicentre of the world, New York City. Starting from $2,920* per person, twin share (discount included). This offer is on sale from now until the 4th of June 2018 for departure dates between the 1st of January 2019 and the 26th of February 2019. For more information or to book call 1300 266 845 or visit www.contiki.com.


SEE WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING

Leave a Reply

Cruise

“Abducted by luxurious pirates!” Crystal Cruises ship heads to Bahamas after US issues arrest warrant

The Crystal Symphony is channelling its inner OJ Simpson by running from the law. Unfortunately the cruise ship doesn’t have Al Cowlings by its side to keep it going.

Share

CommentComments

Aviation

United Airlines flight turned back after passengers start a “riot”

These two unruly passengers decided “if I can’t have business class seats, then no one can have business class seats!”

Share

CommentComments

Aviation

Scoot to resume Singapore-Gold Coast flights in February

Ready your wallets, because this may be one of the more expensive Valentine’s Days with a spontaneous venture to south-east Asia.

Share

CommentComments

Travel Agents

Travel workers stage national day of action urging politicians to introduce AFTA’s recovery package

Travel industry folk across the country are participating in a National Travel Day of Action outside the offices of key federal and state parliamentarians today to speak up about the industry’s unique struggle.

Share

CommentComments

Hotels

Club Med’s Pacific boss speak out against WA’s delayed reopening

The kings of the all-inclusive holidays have signalled their support for WA’s travel agent community, blowing a big raspberry in Premier McGowan’s direction.

Share

CommentComments

Hotels

REVIEW: QT Melbourne is a luxury boutique with a rock ‘n’ roll mentality

by Ali Coulton

QT’s Melbourne property is the embodiment of everything we love about the Victorian capital – it’s both uber-chic and a little bit bad-ass.

Share

CommentComments

Aviation

Qantas group cuts capacity after WA delays border reopening indefinitely

Aussie airlines are having to continuously lower expectations, announcing more cuts than a post-lockdown hair salon.

Share

CommentComments

News

ICAO Report says Ryanair bomb threat ‘deliberately false’

by James Harrison

The new report from ICAO has exposed a bold move of political repression by the Belarusian president, who allegedly orchestrated a bomb scare on a Ryanair flight.

Share

CommentComments

Travel Agents

Agent shines a light on cruising in a time of COVID

After two years of being denied her usual travel escapades, this Queensland-based travel agent had the opportunity to dust off her suitcase and give travellers confidence by sharing her experience.

Share

CommentComments

News

Entry restrictions eased for international travellers

by Ali Coulton

Those with a debilitating fear of having foreign objects wedged in their noses will be over the moon upon reading this recent announcement from the Minister of Health.

Share

CommentComments

Hotels

Fitzroy Island Resort gets million-dollar makeover as bounce-back anticipation grows

Queensland’s ultra-luxe island resort is about to get at least 60 per cent more lavish, by our reckoning. However, we made that stat up on the spot so best to just click here and see for yourself.

Share

CommentComments

Tourism

Journey Beyond Group Looks Beyond 2022 and Releases 2023 Season!

by Sponsored By Journey Beyond

Journey Beyond is going above and beyond to take you to infinity… and beyond. Or at least to 2023, a good start!

Share

CommentComments