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Autumn of Gyeongbokgung Palace in Seoul ,Korea

 Autumn Foliage and Festivals make it a great time to visit Korea

Now is the perfect time to visit Korea with the best Autumn foliage appearing from mid October to mid November at the same time as a multitude of food and other festivals happening around the country.

From the golden gingko tree laneways of Seoul to the spectacular maple leaf tunnel walk at Naejangsan National Park Korea offers incredible autumn scenery at this time of year.

The brilliant Autumn foliage appears from early October in Seoraksan National Park on the east coast of Korea and gradually moves south across central and southern Korea reaching the southern coast of the peninsula by early to mid November.

Jirisan National Park in central Korea is another great place to go hiking amongst the Autumn foliage and Naejangsan National Park has the most number of visitors daily enjoying the multi-coloured Autumn maple leaf tunnel that runs for about a kilometre from the ticket office to Naejangsan Temple.


Solomon Islands October 2016 Webinars


The Solomon Islands Visitors Bureau is offering industry staffers the opportunity to win an AUD50 iTunes card simply by registering for the tourist office’s Solomon Islands Update Webinars taking place on Tuesday, 18 October 2016.

Sessions are timed from 0830 and 0930 Eastern Australia Summer Time (1030 or 1130 New Zealand Summer Time).

The webinars run for approximately 20 minutes and also include a Q&A session

Interested agents do need to register ASAP via the following link:

Please note spaces on the webinars are limited.

For more information on the webinars, please contact SIVB marketing representative Australia/NZ, Richard Hankin, telephone toll free on 1300 713 132 or via email at


End of biggest-ever whale swim season in Tonga paves way for even more whale encounters in 2017

RD1153-D. Humpback Whales (Megaptera novaeangliae), calf resting under mother, while lucky underwater photographer observes. Tonga, Pacific Ocean. Photo Copyright © Brandon Cole. All rights reserved worldwide.

The biggest-ever whale swim season in the warm tropical waters of Tonga has just ended with guests of Australian eco operator, Majestic Whale Encounters, enjoying close encounters with hundreds of humpbacks over the past two months.

The promise of even more whales in 2017 has prompted Majestic Whale Encounters to offer an earlybird discount of $700 per couple on all its whale swim holidays in Tonga next year, with packages that include all main meals, inter-island flights and a free night on arrival in Tonga.

Majestic Whale Encounters will offer five eight-day whale swim tours in the peak humpback season in August and September, 2017.

The unique tours allow Australians to swim with the graceful humpbacks and their playful calves in the turquoise waters of Tonga off the idyllic, tropical island of Ha’apai, a short flight north from the capital, Nuku’alofa.

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