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Buckle up folks, its Thursday! Which means you get to catch up on all the latest news and current affairs concerning just about every mode of transport that isn’t a plane.

Take Time to Enjoy a Walk Japan Tour During the Rugby World Cup 2019

Izu Geo Trail - high resAs interest surrounding the Rugby World Cup 2019 grows to reach fever pitch during the event later this year, attention is increasingly falling on the host nation, Japan, and the opportunities for the sport’s fans to make the most of their visit.

Walk Japan, which has been established for over 25 years, is the leading provider of small group walking tours, both guided and self-guided, that provide authentic and fulfilling experiences of this still little-understood and under-explored but wonderful country, its delightful people, intriguing culture and fascinating beauty.

Fans can make their visit extraordinary by sojourning between matches with Walk Japan and experience Japan at ease and in depth by joining either the company’s top-rated Tour Leaders on a guided tour or travelling on a self-guided tour.

A variety of off-the-beaten-track itineraries to enjoy include: following in the footsteps of samurai and monks along venerable byways and on ancient pilgrimages; walking through little-visited, lush countryside of paddy fields and verdant forests dotted with charming hamlets and ancient shrines; and visiting onsen hot spring towns, remote islands and sleepy fishing villages.

Warm welcomes are always extended at Walk Japan’s atmospheric, traditional Japanese inns, which also serve delicious, regional cuisine that always reflects the season. Onsen hot spring baths feature frequently and provide a delightful and relaxing way to savour the end of each day.

For more info, go here.

Catch the provenance express to Orange F.O.O.D Week 

The Provenance Express to Orange F.O.O.D Week includes farm, vineyard & orchard gate visits. Photo Credit Silver Compass Tours

Running from Friday 5 to Sunday 7 April 2019, the PROVENANCE EXPRESS is a dedicated train carriage of up to 40 foodie aficionados from Sydney to Orange during the 2019 Orange F.O.O.D Week festival. The carefully curated and hosted itinerary has a unique focus on local organic and biodynamic food and wine experiences, as well as visits to sustainable farms, vineyards and orchard gates.

The PROVENANCE EXPRESS itinerary has been hand-selected and jam-packed with foodie adventures aimed at immersing guests in the abundant Orange region during harvest and vintage in Autumn, a spectacular time of the year to visit.

The journey commences on Friday 5 April from the Country Platform at Sydney Central Station, with a five-hour slow travel experience in a dedicated rail carriage that includes a Prosecco & Pastries breakfast followed by an onboard organic wine and artisanal cheese tasting hosted by a local vigneron and producer.

www.silvercompasstours.com.au

Busabout’s 2019 All-Stars famil location has been announced and its EPIC!

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Busabout, the flexible travel experts, are proud to announce that the top 15 selling agents in Australia will be headed for Ibiza on the 2019 Busabout All Stars famil as well as Rome, Florence and the Cinque Terre. Winners will be announced by the 15th of May 2019, with this trip of a lifetime scheduled to take place in late May to early June.

To qualify for this bucket-list worthy trip, agents simply have to keep doing what they do best – selling Busabout, Haggis & Shamrocker trips! Agents will earn points for every trip sold from July 1, 2018 until  March 31, 2019. Every Hop-on Hop-off pass will earn them 4 points (including Europe, USA & Small Group Adventures), whilst all other Busabout, Haggis & Shamrocker trips equal 1 point towards this epic trip. To qualify, each selling agent will need to sell a minimum of 10 Hop-on Hop-off trips and 20 Busabout trips overall.

With amazing stretches of golden sand to explore by day and world renowned superclubs to party at by night, Ibiza is the perfect place for an All Star.

Agents can kick off a stellar selling season with this incredible trip to aspire to. The more points accumulated, the higher the chance of winning a spot on the what will be the best Busabout famil yet!

For more information visit https://www.busabout.com/all-stars

Rail Europe Announces Rocky Mountaineer Incentive Winners!

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Rail Europe has announced Ben Hurth-Gye of Flight Centre Young NSW and Cat Parker from House of Travel Remuera NZ as winners of the latest Rocky Mountaineer incentive program.

Scoring the most points from Rocky Mountaineer bookings between April and November last year, both Cat and Ben have won themselves two seats each for themselves and a travel buddy to experience the GoldLeaf Service, plus $1000 towards their airfares!

Pictured: Ben Hurth-Gye with his prize.

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Midweek Interview

Midweek Interview with Plaza Premium Lounges’ Stuart Vella

This week, Plaza Premium Lounges’ national general manager took us for a spin on his motorbike and told us all about his two Siamese cats – Seth & Zeke. Then he emailed us the answers to this interview.

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Tourism

Instagrammer slammed for “disrespectful”, “tasteless” Auschwitz shot

by Christian Fleetwood

The blogger has since apologised and taken down the image, which was marked as “tasteless”, “offensive” and “insensitive”, after drawing intense scrutiny on social media.

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Destinations

Two Australian travellers killed in rental car crash in New Zealand

by Christian Fleetwood

Two Australian women have tragically lost their lives in a head-on collision in New Zealand, shortly after arriving in the country.

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Aviation

Aviation Wrap: Sandra Oh headlines second Air Canada ad, Delta restores same-sex love scenes + MORE!

While this week’s fun-filled Aviation Wrap won’t shake off your Tuesday blues, you can be damn sure a three-shot ristretto will. 

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Aviation

Qantas aircraft door almost ripped off during maintenance mishap

by Christian Fleetwood

It might be like comparing apples to oranges, but earlier today, Travel Weekly’s reporter was also ‘ripped off’ when he paid $6.50 for a cold drip coffee.

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Cruise

MSC chairman says environmental concerns are “fake news” as line commits to carbon-neutral goal

by Ali Coulton

MSC Cruises has committed to becoming the world’s first fully carbon-neutral global cruise line, despite its chairman making some troubling comments in the media this week.

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Destinations

Raunchy ad does wonders for tourism in little-known city

Lithuania’s infamous ‘G-spot of Europe’ campaign is having another moment, once again proving the age-old saying that sex sells.

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Wholesalers

G Adventures names its top destination picks for 2020

Having broken our crystal ball, Travel Weekly is putting its faith in G Adventures to fill you in on all the hottest spots your clients are going to want to visit in the year to come.

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Destinations

FOMO alert: Time’s running out to enter South African Tourism’s epic famil comp!

by Sponsored by South African Tourism

It’s the talk of agency-town right now, and it won’t be long before the entry gates to South African Tourism’s famil competition close!

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Events

Tourism

REMINDER: The Travel Awards ticket price is set to rise! Get in now!

Tickets for The Travel Awards 2019 are selling like hotcakes, and with just one month to go until the glitzy, glamorous affair, there’s no better time to secure your spot than right now!

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Hotels

Hotel review: Shangri-La’s Fijian Resort & Spa, Yanuca

by Chloe Noel De Kerbrech

Travel Weekly was lucky enough to stay at the recently renovated property. Admittedly, we spent most of the time at its various bars.

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Destinations

Destination Wrap: Wellington becomes UNESCO City of Film, small Finnish city’s quirky Santa bid + MORE!

Looking for more reasons to cross the ditch, or “seize the day” on a cheap flight? Allow us to indulge your FOMO with this week’s Destination Wrap.

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