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Hertz and Tickford to celebrate original Hertz Mustang

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Hertz Australia has collaborated with Tickford, Australia’s leading aftermarket vehicle personalisation company, to customise a limited number of Mustangs in its fleet. The collaboration also pays homage to the limited-edition Shelby GT350H that Shelby created for Hertz over 50 years ago in 1966.

Hertz has worked with Tickford to customise six of the American classics. The customisation sees the latest model Mustang receive Tickford’s special treatment in various areas of the car including suspension, wheels and tyres, interior and exterior aesthetics.

More info here.

Jayco launches first off-road hybrid camper – Jayco Crosstrak 

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Leading Australian RV manufacturer Jayco, has today launched its first ever purpose-built off-road hybrid product with its new Jayco CrossTrak hybrid camper laying down the stake that it’s a serious player in the off-road RV market.

Garry Moore, Jayco Australia CEO says Jayco has been researching the off-road hybrid RV category for quite some time and is pleased to be able to offer customers Jayco’s’ product offering.

More info here.

Explore Laos by Bicycle with Grasshopper Adventures

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With its dense forests, limestone caves and seemingly endless waterways, Laos is a dream destination for intrepid travellers seeking an off-the-beaten-track corner of Asia. On this 8-day cycling tour, guests will pedal past karst mountains, alongside rivers, and through remote hill tribe villages.

They will boat down the Mekong River, interact with Buddhist monks, take Laotian cooking lessons, learn about rice wine making, and visit both bear and elephant conservation sanctuaries.

The trips starts at $2,600 per person double and includes 195 km of moderate cycling from Muang Xa to Luang Prabang.

More info here.

Busabout introduces three stop hop-on-hop-off pass for the USA 

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In response to the success of Busabout’s new USA program and traveller demand, the flexible travel experts have introduced a 3 stop Hop-on Hop-off Pass for the USA coach network. And its only $479!

This new pass, ideal for shorter stays not only cuts costs for travellers but also caters to those that choose to explore West Coast USA for as little as a week, three weeks or even three months if they like a holiday that’s leisurely.

For those wanting to explore and immerse themselves even more, the Unlimited Hop-on Hop-off Pass allows three months of unlimited travel across Busabout’s entire West Coast USA network for only $799.

Busabout’s Hop-on Hop-off coach network is the new and alternative way for independent travellers to explore some of the top spots of West Coast USA such as Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, San Francisco, Yosemite National Park and more!

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Aviation

Canberra Airport closed as fire services use airfield to fight “out of control” bushfire

Canberra Airport has cancelled departures and arrivals as its airfield is used by aviation fire services to facilitate aerial firefighting efforts.

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Hotels

Hotel Wrap: Accor’s new rideshare partner, Melia Hotels International opens first Thai hotel + MORE!

Welcome to the Hotel Wrap. This week’s addition features some gobsmackingly wonderful properties which we warn could cause a severe case of FOMO.

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Road & Rail

Road & Rail Wrap: Railbookers and Amtrak sale, Indian Railways to introduce pod hotel + MORE!

Planning your next overseas trip but riddled with flight shame? Bury some of it on receipt of this week’s Road & Rail Wrap.

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Tourism

Leading demographer says purpose is defining modern-day travel

by Christian Fleetwood

Purpose, aspiration, and the pursuit of authentic experiences are defining the way we travel, according to a well-known Australian demographer.

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Wholesalers

The Excite Holidays news that agents didn’t want to receive

by Huntley Mitchell

The first creditors meeting about the collapse of Excite Holidays has revealed the wholesaler’s debt is estimated to be up to $35.1 million, and the news gets worse.

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Destinations

Tourism Australia launches ‘Holiday Here This Year’ campaign to boost bushfire recovery

It’s yet another campaign from Tourism Australia. Hopefully this one won’t need to be pulled like the Kylie ad.

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Technology

Webjet boss scores massive pay rise, as sale speculation lingers

by Huntley Mitchell

John Guscic’s salary has almost doubled, meaning he’s probably down at his local Maserati dealership right now purchasing a new sports car or few.

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Cruise

Viking unveils new online trade marketing centre

Do you find selling Viking is a bit of a breeze? Well, prepare to put both feet up and recline your office chair thanks to the cruise line’s newest offering.

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Aviation

Velocity Frequent Flyer’s CEO to fly the coop

Karl Schuster will be shedding a tear or two over his impending departure, as he prepares to kiss goodbye unlimited Velocity Frequent Flyer points and free stays on Sir Richard’s private island.

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Aviation

Flight diverted after passenger takes off pants, kicks chairs and hits flight attendant

According to fellow passengers, the man’s girlfriend also got involved by spitting at them and threatening legal action.

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Aviation

Boeing: Judge orders pilots suing manufacturer over 737 MAX to reveal their names

by Christian Fleetwood

Pilots suing Boeing over lost wages have been given an ultimatum: reveal their names or withdraw the case.

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Travel Agents

Failed travel agency issued customers fake plane tickets before going under

Yet another travel agency has filed for liquidation, this time after issuing customers with fake plane tickets.

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