Road & Rail

Big Fat Road & Rail Wrap

It’s our last road and rail wrap for the year, folks! Which means if you’re planning a last-minute rail holiday, it’s either read this, or buy some toy trains and pretend.

Christmas comes early with Busabout’s end of year savings

Berlin - HOHO Pass - Busabout1

This festive season Busabout is treating clients to a sack load of savings on some of its best-selling itineraries. Travellers can save up to 20 per cent off USA Hop-on Hop-off passes, 12 per cent off Small Group Adventures including the Croatia and Balkan Sailing options and 10 per cent off everything else!

All agents need do to reap the savings for their clients is call res and quote #HOHOHO or enter it in the agent portal when booking their client’s trip before the 27th of December 2018. Whether it’s sailing the crystal blue waters of the Mediterranean, travelling the West Coast of the USA on Busabout’s Hop-on Hop-off network or exploring the fragrant, floating markets of Asia Busabout has savings for every type of adventurer!

Those wishing to sashay their way across the USA can create their own adventure along the West Coast with Busabout’s flexible coach network. The West Coast Hop-on Hop-off Pass connects travellers to eight unmissable destinations such as San Francisco, LA, Las Vegas and South Lake Tahoe. Clients who’ve sailed the Greek Islands may opt for Busabout’s Balkan Sail. Eight days exploring Croatia & Montenegro, sailing the pristine turquoise-blue waters of the Adriatic between Dubrovnik, Cavtat, Herceg Novi, Kotor & Elaphite Islands should be the next stop on their travel bucket list.

A huge selection of Small Group Adventures across Europe, Asia & USA are also on sale! The hardest part is going to be picking an adventure – or two… or three! The Eastern Wanderer will have travellers spend 14 days discovering the grand palaces of Vienna, the ancient old town of split and the fairy tale architecture of eastern Europe as they travel between Austria, Croatia, Germany, Hungary and Poland.

Blue Train refurbishment and schedule

The Blue Train is undertaking a complete refurbishment, replacing all safety-critical components such as the brake system, coupler system, septic toilet system and structural components whilst attending to soft finishes such as new carpeting, upholstery, telephone system, air conditioning system, wooden panels, toilet marbles, roman blinds and brass shower mechanisms etc. This project should be complete before the end of 2019.

From 2019, the itinerary from Pretoria to Cape Town (and vice-versa) will include a two-night journey. Therefore the dress code has been relaxed a little – gentlemen are requested to at least wear a jacket or waistcoat (no tie necessary), elegant evening wear for the ladies and traditional attire for ethnicities.

Check out the schedule here.

Qantas Holidays launches new USA product range!

Screen Shot 2018-12-20 at 10.47.22 am

Qantas Holidays has recently launched brand new brochure content covering the United States of America. Launching for the 2019 and 2020 seasons, these two brochures combine to give travellers access to the very best of the USA with a brand-new brochure offering specifically dedicated to Escorted Coach Tours.

Produced in partnership with North America’s leading tour operator, American Tours International (ATI), the new USA Escorted Coach Tours brochure is an extension of the tours featured in the Qantas Holidays USA brochure and provides agents and clients with a full day-by-day itinerary of featured Tours.

The brochure, that operates as a comprehensive manual providing all details on the highlighted Escorted Coach Tours, features 20 Escorted Coach Tours in the USA, with some crossing into Canada.

The extensive day by day itineraries for each tour are featured over a double page spread allowing for a comprehensive and complete day-by-day itinerary, so both agents and clients can explore and know exactly what each tour includes. Showcasing a great range of popular tours, including small group and Premium Air tours, the brochure provides detailed itineraries, tour highlights, important information and available optional tours. From Western Highlights to Eastern Discovery and The Great America Crossing.

Rail Plus announces top five Great Train Journeys for 2019

Tren Crucero panoramic coach LR

Rail Plus has announced their top five Great Train Journeys for 2019, which agents can look out for and share with their clients heading to Europe and South America or travelling within Australia and New Zealand.

Featuring four new train journeys, agents subscribed to the Rail Plus newsletter have had the opportunity to tune in to the dedicated webinar on the topic last week on 13 and 14 December, where they heard first-hand about the experiences, services and destinations.

Starting in Australia, the Great Southern journeying between Adelaide and Brisbane will operate from 6 December 2019 – 21 January 2020. A 3D/2N itinerary from Adelaide to Brisbane, highlights will include exploring the Grampians, discovering the capital city of Canberra and enjoying a stunning beachside dining experience. On the return 4D/3N itinerary from Brisbane to Adelaide, travellers will also enjoy the beachside dining experience before exploring the Hunter region and seeing the Twelve Apostles along the Great Ocean Road.

Across the ditch in New Zealand, the five-hour Coastal Pacific is back in the Great Train Journeys portfolio after a two-year suspension due to earthquake damages. A daily service running until 28 April 2019 between Christchurch and Picton via Kaikoura, agents can note this is as the perfect connection to the TranzAlpine in Christchurch and the Northern Explorer via the Interislander service.

SEE WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING

Leave a Reply

Travel Agents

Magellan Travel boss exits after 12-year stint, replacement named

by Huntley Mitchell

Do you happen to work at Magellan and noticed someone different sitting in the GM’s chair today? All is explained here.

Share

CommentComments

Technology

OPINION: The time is now for companies to review their T&E technology

by Nadia Yahiaoui

This blogger argues that there’s never been a better time for organisations to get their T&E in order. And no, they’re not talking about tea and Equal tablets.

Share

CommentComments

Aviation

Qantas CEO says vaccines could restart international travel before “bubbles” eventuate

To be fair, Aussies were expecting to be able to travel to New Zealand by now, but the closest we can get is watching Flight of the Conchords while sipping a pinot noir from the Marlborough region.

Share

CommentComments

Tourism

New research shows how Aussies’ travel behaviours have changed since COVID-19

Unsurprisingly, the global pandemic has drastically changed the way Aussies get out and about. Here’s some handy research to quantify it for you.

Share

CommentComments

Cruise

Celebrity Cruises clarifies rumours around Pullmantur revival

The Spanish cruise brand, which filed for insolvency earlier this year, looks like it is in the process of a revival, but Celebrity Cruises wants to clear up one detail.

Share

CommentComments

Hotels

Fears of Bali booze ban quashed by local hotels association

Tell your clients not to throw out their Bintang singlets just yet, as it looks like they’ll still be able to enjoy a frosty one in Bali after all. Well, at least once the COVID-19 pandemic has settled down a bit.

Share

CommentComments

Aviation

Air NZ and Tourism NZ search for eighth Wonder of the World in fun new safety video

The Travel Weekly team can guarantee that Air New Zealand’s latest safety video is a lot better than that cringeworthy rapping effort with Julian Dennison.

Share

CommentComments

Wholesalers

Ormina Tours releases 2022 program with free cancellation offer

Writing this story made Travel Weekly’s editor thirsty for a wine or few, so much so that he’s decided to work from the pub for the rest of the day.

Share

CommentComments

Destinations

Giant snorkeller invades Sydney Harbour as part of Tourism Tropical North Queensland’s latest campaign

Don’t worry, giants aren’t invading the city! It’s just TTNQ’s latest bid to inspire Sydneysiders to get their butts up to Cairns and the Great Barrier Reef.

Share

CommentComments

Aviation

Steaks on a plane: TikTok prankster appears to cook steak on aircraft toilet

How does one cook a steak using an airline toilet? Well, you’re just going to have to click on the article and find out, aren’t you?

Share

CommentComments

Aviation

Joyce “optimistic” about recovery as Qantas renews trade partnerships

The national carrier revealed it has signed off on new multi-year agreements with 10 of the top 12 agencies, so if your boss was raging this morning, assume you work for one of the two that missed out.

Share

CommentComments

Tourism

Australia responds to the UK’s emergency approval of Pfizer vaccine

While the UK might be getting the jab as early as next week, the Australian government is holding fast to its original roll-out schedule.

Share

CommentComments